The majesty of Canada is in full display in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as host Colin Mckeown goes fishing for Atlantic Salmon in stunning Newfoundland. Tuckamore Lodge is situated in some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer. Regardless of fish, Newfoundland draws tourists from around the world to see its Whales, Dolphins, Foxes, Caribou and other plentiful wildlife. It’s June and the water levels are very low, so guide Steven Flynn takes Colin to a narrow channel of the Main Brook where Salmon are gathered in mindboggling numbers. Fish in these quantities provide the potential for a Salmon fisherman’s dream, a big fresh fish on a dry fly in clear water. After some incredible early morning sport, Steven takes Colin out to sea for some traditional hand line jigging for cod, before circling the island looking for Whales. Whether you’re a fisherman or not, Newfoundland should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Andros Island Bonefish
In this first episode of The New Fly Fisher, host Mark Melnyk and his friend Tom Rosenbauer travel to the beautiful Andros Island in the Bahamas to go fishing for huge Bonefish. Known as one of the hardest fighting fish pound-for-pound in the world, Bonefish represent the ultimate sport for fly fisherman. As if that wasn’t enough, the crystal-clear waters and shallow, mangrove lined bays of Andros Island are known for some of the biggest Bonefish in the world, often reaching into double figures. After discussing the watercraft of fishing the tidal flats, Mark and Tom travel between the various fishing resorts on the island to stalk these incredible fish, making for some explosive action.
In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, host Phil Rowley goes deep into Northern Saskatchewan, Canada to try for big Northern Pike and Lake Trout on the fly from Scott Lake. Only accessible by float plane, Scott Lake Lodge sits in picture perfect Canadian Wilderness, a fisherman's wet dream. Phil learns tactics from some of the country’s most experienced guides such as Mike Demyen, Paul Hamilton and Greg Hamm, who begin by taking him along the shallow bays for some exhilarating, visual, surface Pike fishing. After some great sport, the team head for deeper water, stripping big lures for even bigger Lake Trout. From the fishing, to the scenery, to the people, this episode is quintessentially Canadian.
Palisades Creek Idaho
Mark Melnyk is back in Yellowstone Teton Territory in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, chasing multiple Trout species on the southern fork of Idaho’s famous Snake River. Known for the size and quality of fish, the waters near The Lodge at Palisades Creek are crammed with Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat and Hybrid Trout known as Cutbows. Fishing the river in autumn means one thing… terrestrials. Guided by Jason Pruett, Mark casts big insect dry fly imitations like hoppers and stonefly along the banks from the drift boat, making for acrobatic takes from big, fin perfect Yellowstone Trout. Scenery, big fish, peace and quiet, Palisades Creek has everything a fly fisherman would ever need.
Highway 20 Trout
The New Fly Fisher takes a road trip down Highway 20, Eastern Idaho, as Mark Melnyk hunts Trout on the fly in Teton Territory, Yellowstone National Park. The first stop is Henry’s Lake, where Mark joins guide Kevin Skendandore and Stillwater fanatic Phil Rowley. Known for its massive variety of Trout species, the pair fish for Brook, Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat and hybrid Trout, including one beast of a Cutthroat for Phil. The show then travels south on the highway for some nymphing on Warm River, dry fly hatch matching on the Snake River, and streamer pulling for big brownies on the southern fork. This episode showcases a fraction of the incredible Trout fishing on offer in Idaho.
Colin Mckeown travels further than ever in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, fly fishing for Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling and Nothern Pike in Northern Manitoba, Canada. With nothing but Wolves and Caribou for thousands of miles around, the Little Duck Lodge stands alone in one of the last true wildernesses. Guided by local expert Wayne Giles, Colin begins fishing for Canada’s famous huge Lake Trout in the shallows of the nearby lake. Growing to over 40 inches, one of these fish on light fly tackle is a real prize. After great success, he heads for the Wolverine River to try for a beautiful Arctic Grayling on a dry fly, and ferocious shallow water Pike. This episode represents what kind of fishing would be possible without human intervention, something that may not be around for much longer.
Legendary Big Horn River
Mark Melnyk is in Montana for this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as he goes fly fishing in search of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and some surprise Carp. The show begins in Fort Smith, a small town built around the sport of fly fishing just yards from the banks of the Bighorn River. Tackle shop owner Pete Shanafelt is Mark's guide for the day, and with the use of drone footage animation and extensive knowledge, he educates Mark on the most effective way to work a fly and locate fish in the dynamic current. After some beautiful specimens, Mark heads to the unbelievably situated Bighorn Lake to try some unique dry fly fishing for Carp.
Hosted by Bill Spicer, this episode of the New Fly Fisher heads to the Nipigon River in Ontario Canada, to sample the incredible fly fishing for Brook Trout. A long, wide river, the Nipigon is legendary in the world of Brook Trout fishing, having produced the world record some years ago. Joined by veteran guide Gord Ellis, the pair drift through a stretch of the river near the town of Red Rock, hooking into many beautiful, trophy brookies over the magic 20-inch mark. Before heading home, while his fly dangles in the water, Bill hooks into a BIG surprise species, putting up a serious fight on light tackle.
In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, host Mark Melnyk heads to Casper, Wyoming to fish for Trout and Carp on the fly. Guided by local experts Ty Hallock and Addie Dees, the show begins on the North Platte River. Famous for its clear water and incredible backdrop, the Platte river makes for idealistic fly fishing. The fish on offer are supremely conditioned Rainbow, Cutthroat and Hybrid Trout, energised by the Grasshopper season taking place across the state. Using nymphs and dries, Crazy Rainbow Lodge owner Blake Jackson teaches Mark how to approach fishing the river in hopper season, resulting in some incredible visual sport. The following morning, Mark heads to Alcove Reservoir for a chance at a rarity in fly fishing, a big Carp on a dry fly, rounding off the kind of session all aspire to experience.
Labrador Atlantic Salmon
The mighty Atlantic Salmon is the target for this incredible episode of The New Fly Fisher, as host Colin Mckeown visits somewhere close to his heart, the Flowers River in Labrador, Canada. The Flowers is not known as an easy river to catch fish, but what it lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in size, offering a chance of a fresh fish over 30 pounds. Guided by Terry Byrne and Chris Sinclair, Colin spends a week moving up and down the river looking for a once in a lifetime catch, a big silver leaper on a dry fly. With the postcard scenery and quintessential Canadian angling, it’s no wonder Colin returns year after year.
Wind River Fly Fishing
Mark Melnyk embarks on a do it yourself adventure in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, fly fishing for cunning Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat Trout in the Rocky Mountains. After parking up in Lander, Wymoning, Mark treks up and down the tiny, publicly accessible streams that surround the town. Clear water and narrow runs require stealthy tactics to draw spooky fish out from underneath the boulders. Despite having fun with smaller fish, Mark gets a real thrill when he hooks into a much bigger browny in a deeper pool. This episode proves you don’t need privilege to experience incredible, scenic fishing.
Teton Valley Lodge Idaho
Mark Melnyk goes in search of Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Hybrid Trout on the fly in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as he heads for the gorgeous Teton Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Eastern Idaho. The Teton River is a tributary of the legendary Snake River, known for some of the best Trout fishing and scenery in America. Mark is joined by Teton Valley Lodge guide Chris Scott, as they begin the day stalking Trout with dries on glassy calm, shallow water. After good success on the Teton, the pair travel to the Palisades Dam on the Snake River in search of bigger specimens, resulting in one of the best looking, big Brown Trout either man have ever seen. This is the kind fishing we all dream of.
Bay of Quinte Carp
In this unique episode of The New Fly Fisher, host Colin Mckeown joins guide Glen Hales in Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte to go fly fishing… for Carp!? Known for its game fishing, few lake Ontario fisherman know to target the Carp on this giant water, much less with the use of a fly rod. Using small nymphs and lures, Colin and Glen can stealthily stalk fish in the shallow flats and tiny backwaters that line the bay. Such techniques require a lot of skill, but are entirely necessary to tempt these big, smart Carp that can weigh in excess of 30 pounds. Who knew Carp fishing could be so exciting?
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