Mark Melnyk is back on the Bighorn River in Sheridan County, Wyoming in search of Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, for another episode of The New Fly Fisher. Every once in a while, Mark likes to get back to his roots with some DIY fishing, so he ditches the guides and fancy equipment to explore the backwater tributaries of the Snake River, looking for whatever fish he can find. Despite some great action on the dry fly with some beautiful Cutthroats, he enlists the help of local guide Scott Shroder for an afternoon on some larger stretches. After Scott gives valuable insight into the concepts behind fishing varying currents and underwater structures, Mark hooks into a few rainbows and some of the most beautiful Brown Trout you’re ever likely to see. This is North American trouting at its best.
Three Rivers Ranch Idaho
In this very special episode, The New Fly Fisher looks at the family and history of Idaho’s beloved Three Rivers Ranch. Nestled in the shadow of the Teton mountain range, Three Rivers Ranch has been a homestead for generations of American fly fishers. Head guide Doug Gibson and lodge owner Lonnie Allen have spent years cultivating the ranch into a destination for men with terminal illness and mentally wounded veterans, earning them both Orvis Lifetime Achievement Awards. With touching words from guides, employees and family members, it becomes evident just how important the people of Three Rivers Ranch have become. This beautiful film is a heart-warming story of the everyday, real people that make the sport we all love what it is.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Once again, The New Fly fisher is back for another episode in Northern Ontario, and this time Colin Mckeown and his daughter Jenna are fly fishing for shoulder season Smallmouth Bass. The term ‘shoulder’ season refers to the cooler periods of Spring and Fall, which for fisherman are characterised by bigger prey and therefore often bigger fish. It’s September, so Colin and Jenna return to an area of Algoma Country that they’ve affectionately nicknamed Trophy Alley due to the immense smallies it’s produced on past trips. Guide Adam Vallee begins by explaining the movement patterns of shoulder season bass relating to water temperature, depth, structure and food source before boating our hosts around the shallower shores of the many Lakes in the area. Big bass on the top and picture perfect Canadian Wilderness, this is why we love to fish.
The New Fly Fisher heads back to Northern Ontario for this episode, finding trophy Brook Trout fishing so good that the whole team can’t help but come along. Colin Mckeown, Mark Melnyk and Bill Spicer begin their incredible trip setting up camp in the woods and canoeing down the creeks, streams and backwaters of the area for pristine, fast water brookies. While these smaller fish are certainly beautiful, Colin spots a pod of real trophy fish bigger than he’s ever seen, sitting against a snag in one of the nearby lakes, so he casts a line and holds on for dear life. After Colin’s success, the crew join him for some boat fishing from the lakes to fish dries and mouse patterns, capping off the trip of a lifetime. This episode showcases exactly why Canadian Brook Trout are one of the most historically desired fish in the world.
In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, hosts Colin Mckeown and Bill Spicer fly out to Northern Ontario for some spring Pike and Walleye fishing on the fly. Hosted by Hearst Air, the pair have access to countless remote outposts and pristine Lakes across thousands of square miles of wilderness. The lake chosen is Napkin Lake, which Bill and Colin are lucky enough to have all to themselves. While peaceful, this makes for a challenge in finding out where the fish are feeding, how deep they are and what flies they're likely to rise to. Nonetheless, both men soon find themselves attached to big, Canadian predators in excess of 25 pounds.
Mark Melnyk and Tom Rosenbauer travel to Dunoir, Wyoming to try some dry fly fishing for Wind River Country Cutthroat Trout, for another episode of The New Fly Fisher. As is always the case with this show, our hosts are fishing against a postcard worthy backdrop, and the fish in question are equally as stunning. Contrary to their reputation, these Cutthroats aren’t stupid, so Mark and Tom need to employ some skillful stalking techniques on these tiny creeks. Nevertheless, with a little help from guide Jeramie Prine, the pair soon see tight lines. It doesn’t get much more American than a big, fat Rocky Mountain Cutthroat.
Early Season Labrador
Colin Mckeown is joined by his friend Richard Smith for this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as they go deep into the rugged wilds of Labrador, Canada to fish for Brook Trout, Lake Trout and Pike on the Mckenzie River. It’s early June and while the water may be cold, the fishing is certainly red hot. Being too early for hatches, the pair opt for big streamer and mouse patterns to tempt the aggressive, predatory Lake Trout that the river is famous for. After guides Ettienne Marier and Jean-Paul Desjardins put Colin and Richard onto some incredible Trout, as well as some big bonus Pike, Colin hooks into a serious calibre of laker.
Keen fisher Jenna Mckeown is back in Saskatchewan, North Western Canada in search of modern day dinosaurs, big aggressive Northern Pike on the fly, for another episode of The New Fly Fisher. The boundless wilderness, majestic wildlife and peaceful serenity of rural Canada make the Cree River Lodge an anglers paradise. It’s the sheer size of the Pike however that make the area famous, growing to gargantuan sizes well in excess of 20 pounds. Drifting boats along the shallow weed beds of Wapata Lake, guide Dwayne Cromarty puts Jenna onto Pike so aggressive they have no problem going airborne in pursuit of a lure. This fishing is insane!
Phil Rowley and Mark Melnyk return to Henry’s Lake, Idaho in search of what the locals call a grand slam, a Cuttroat, Rainbow, Brook and Hybrid Trout on the fly, in this episode of The New Fly Fisher. Henrys Lake is one of North America’s most famous Trout Lakes, containing specimen fish of many variants to over that rare ten pound mark. The most desired off the variants are the hybrids of Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, known for their aggressive feeding and size. Phil and Mark experiment with fry patters and dragonflies to tempt the predatory, cold water, autumn fish, and after some lovely trout, Phil feels something a whole lot heavier on the end of the line.
Bonefish & Tarpon Belize
Host Mark Melnyk is in for a real treat in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as he takes an ultimate fishing holiday to fly fish for Bonefish, Permit and the mighty Tarpon on the saltwater flats of Belize. It would be hard to argue that these aren’t the most desirable species in the world to catch on a fly rod, not just because of their picturesque habitat, but because they are all knowns as the hardest of fighters. Hook any of these species in the glassy clear water barely a foot deep and you’ll have a true scrap on your hands. Barely stepping out the front door of Tarpon Caye Lodge, Mark and friend Tom Rosenbauer are immediately greeted with a bubbling school of Bonefish. After countless bones and Permit, guide Ernest Garcia takes the duo out to deeper water for a chance at every fly fisherman's wet dream, a big, silver, acrobatic Tarpon. Sun, sea and big old sport fish, what else could you ever need?
Outpost Lodge Ontario
Jenna Mckeown is chasing big Smallmouth Bass in this episode of The New Fly Fisher, as she travels to Outpost Lodge in Northern Ontario, Canada. The Algoma area is well known for its multispecies fishing opportunities, namely Trout, Walleye and reputed huge Smallmouth. Host and guide Jim Kehoe begins by taking Jenna out on Tunnel Lake, stripping streamer flies along the drop offs around the edge of the beautiful water. After great success, Jenna hikes out to one of the small creeks of the area, which despite heavy rainfall in recent days are still filled with sizeable, feisty smallies ready to put up a fight.
In this episode of The New Fly Fisher, Mark Melnyk heads for the Catskill Mountains in search of Brown Trout on dry flies from the Willowmoc and Beaver Kill River. Sullivan County, New York may not be be the first place you think of when it comes to wild trout fishing, but these beautiful, publicly accessible rivers a stones throw from the road offer some incredible sport. It’s springtime and the hatches are in full effect, so Mark’s friend and Sullivan local Tom Rosenbauer runs through how to fish dry and dropper rigs. Once the hatch is matched, Mark and Tom enjoy some good old fashioned American Trout fishing.
Dry Fly Brook Trout
The New Fly Fisher is back in Labrador for this episode, and Bill Spicer is in for a treat chasing its big, feisty Brook Trout on dry flies. The Mayfly hatch is in full swing and Bill couldn’t be in a better place to take advantage of it. Labrador represents one of Canada’s last unspoiled frontiers, and Crook Lake Lodge sits right in the middle amid thousands of miles of wolves, Carribou and world class fish. Before setting off, guide Christopher Sinclair runs through some of the most popular dry fly imitation patterns used worldwide this time of year, and the pair head out to the rivers that run through Crooks Lake. Casting to rising fish that dwell between the jutting boulders, Bill enjoys some of the best sport of his life with these trophy quality beauties. This episode makes a strong case for Canada as the mecca of fly fishing.
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