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Welcome to Fly Craft Angling Adventures!   

 I am Returning to Argentina Once Again in 2017
Please join me!


As some of you might already be aware I spend two spectacular weeks in April at Estancia Laguna Verde chasing the monster rainbows of Lago Strobel.  Better known in some circles as Jurassic Lake.  
If you enjoy stillwater fly fishing then Lago Strobel is probably on your bucket list.  A good friend joined me earlier this year. He caught and released numerous fish including three fish that weighed 18, 20 and 22 pounds!

I will be hosting another trip once again in 2017, April 22-March 1, 2017.  You can also get a measure of the experience including what to expect, how to get there and what to bring through my Blog.

Price per angler is $5200.00 USD  and includes;

Return transportation to and from El Calafate to the lodge, Estancia Laguna Verde
7 1/2 days guided fishing, one guide for every two anglers
Accommodation, based on double occupancy
Excellent local cuisine, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
Beverages including alcohol
Assistance, if required, booking flights and overnight accommodation in Buenos Aires and El Calafate
Airfare to and from El Calafate is not included

Golden Dorado River Cruiser
New for 2017, Golden Dorado on the fly!
 Golden dorado are amongst the finest game fish on the planet. Their striking beauty mixed with their strong, aggressive, acrobatic behavior make golden dorado one of the best fly fishing species the world has to offer. 

Through Golden Dorado River Cruiser, you will be provided with a unique opportunity that will blow your mind away, changing the way you pictured golden dorado fishing. You can be part of this amazing adventure provided by a full-service mother ship, Parana Gipsy, with guaranteed mobility to some of the hottest and most remote fishing spots in the Parana River system, gourmet meals served with some of the finest wines of Argentina, top notch hardcore guides. Join me from April 15-22, 2017.  

Price per angler is $4200 USD and includes:
Return transportation to and from Rosario 
Minimum 6  days guided fishing
7 nights accommodation on the Golden Dorado River Cruiser, based on double occupancy
Excellent cuisine, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
Beverages including some of the finest Argentine wines
Assistance, if required, booking flights and overnight accommodation in Buenos Aires and Rosario
Airfare to and from Rosario via Buenos Aires is not included

Space is limited on each trip to provide the maximum quality experience.  A 50% deposit confirms your spot. Should you wish to combine both trips discounts can be arranged.  

I encourage you to book right away to ensure you have the best flight booking options. 

If you are interested in joining me on the water please contact me directly at flycraft@shaw.ca.  Additional trip information can be found by visiting my Travel page.

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I am Now Part of the Dr. Slick Pro Staff Team

I am proud to announce that I am now part of the Dr. Slick Pro Staff Team. 

Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers was founded in 1989 by Dr. Kenneth A. High, a urologist and passionate fly-fisher.  The story – perhaps apocryphal – is that he had grown tired of using poor quality fly-fishing hemostats (clamps) and scissors, so he “borrowed” some from a hospital’s surgery department.  His fishing friends thought that was “pretty slick” and the company was born.
 
 Following Dr. High’s retirement in 2009, the firm was purchased by long time general manager Steve Fournier and some employees. 

 Today, under Fournier’s direction, Dr. Slick produces some 300+ fishing- and fly tying-related products including various models and sizes of scissors, pliers, clamps, retractors, nippers, hook files, necklaces, fly floatant, hair stackers, titanium and ceramic fly-tying bobbins, hackle pliers, tweezers, whip finishers and dubbing tools, as well as a growing OEM and custom manufacturing division.

For more information please visit the Dr. Slick website.

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Conquering Chironomids Volume II is Now Available!

Building on the concepts and techniques covered in Conquering Chironomids Volume I-Strike Indicator Techniques, this next installment is designed to take you to the next level. In Volume II-Advanced Techniques Brian and I introduce you to deep water indicator techniques using non-stretch leaders, floating lines coupled with long leaders, aka the naked technique, using both slow and fast sinking lines, droppers and dry and emerger tactics.

In addition to the main DVD content there is lots of additional information available in the special features section including How to Use Your Humminbird Sounder, Maintaining an Islander Reel, information on Mystic's M-Series rods and Outcast's new Stealth Pro pontoon boat.  There is also a complete selection of fly images and recipes, many of which we used during the filming of the various on camera segments.

Here is a short teaser our cameraman/editor Barry Acton put together. Enjoy!

 

 

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New Fly Pattern!

 

Jim Crawford's Gomphus is one of the most popular dragon nymphs in use in western North America and in British Columbia in particular.  This pattern is designed to represent the spider-like spawling nymphs of the Lillebulidae family of dragonflies.  Sprawler nymphs are shy and reclusive moving from one ambush position to another using a slow plodding pace.  Patterns need to be buoyant so they can be worked above the bottom weeds and debris these nymphs prefer to inhabit.  The Gomphus is a perfect blend of imitation and function.

Step-by-step tying instructions, including images detailing how to tie the Gomphus can be found in the Fly Patterns section of my site. 

This article can also be found in B.C. Outdoors Sports Fishing magazine.

My tying column focuses on specific tying techniques, tricks or material considerations using a proven pattern as the backdrop. If you have a favorite pattern you would like to share please let me know via email. I will be happy to feature it.

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I Have Fly Rods!

I am pleased to announce that I have Mystic four piece M-Series fly rods, either 5, 6 or 7 weight 10' 3" rods for sale at Stillwater Fly Fishing Store.  These rods retail for $499.00, feature a lifetime warranty and come with a zippered rod tube. 

On many occasions I am asked what are my stillwater rod preference and what rods do I take out with me on the water.  My answer is Mystic M-Series, typically one 6 weight and one 7 weight. 

I have had the good fortune to cast and fish with a variety of fly rods.  Most of these rods have been a pleasure to use but in recent years I have been using Mystic Rods for all of my stillwater fly fishing.  When it comes to fly fishing lakes my fly rod has two key purposes, the ability to provide efficient effortless casts and the backbone to battle the large spirited trout productive lakes are famous for.  Without a doubt, Mystic’s M-Series rods meet these two criteria.  These are medium fast action four piece 10’3 inch rods that cast floating to fast sinking lines with ease.  Their long length allows you to steer and control fish once hooked. The butt section has the power to deliver long casts and battle large fish yet the tip is soft enough to protect tippets from aggressive strikes and surging runs. The M-Series rods provide beautiful roll casts, a presentation technique I use often when fly fishing lakes, particularly with indicators. 

I let my students or clients when guiding use one of my M-Series rods.  Their casting technique and enjoyment on the water improves instantly.  They soon share my affection for the M-Series rod.  At times it is difficult to get the rod back.  Many of them have gone on to purchase their own M-Series rod.  I think you should too.

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Conquering Chironomids Volume I. 

Brian Chan and I are pleased to announce the release of our latest instructional fly fishing DVD “Conquering Chironomids Volume 1”.  Brian and I are fortunate to be recognized as leading educators in the field of fly fishing in stillwaters.  Our latest effort takes advantage of a combined 60 years of experience in fishing lakes and in particular our fascination with mastering chironomid emergences. 

Volume 1 is focused on fishing with strike indicators, one of the most effective ways to fish chironomid larva and pupa. This DVD is broken down into 12 chapters that cover a wide range of topics including the chironomid life cycle, equipment selection including rods, lines and reels, leaders and their construction, how to use a throat pump, selecting the right strike indicator, casting tips, depth sounders and anchoring,  presentation tactics,  recognizing takes and selecting the right fly.   The special features section of the DVD offers a selection of our favorite larva and pupa patterns with tying recipes. Many of the patterns we feature are currently available through our on line Stillwater Fly Fishing store.  In addition the special features section includes animated graphics detailing our favorite knots including two versions of the non-slip loop knot.

At over 70 minutes in length, Brian and I have packed in a ton of information that will hopefully shorten your learning curve as you conquer chironomids. Once hooked on chironomid fishing it will become an obsession!

Conquering Chironomids Volume 1 is available through Brian and Phil's Stillwater Fly Fishing Store for $19.95. 

Dealer inquiries are also welcome.

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Stillwater Fly Fishing Shop On-Line Store is Open for Business

For a number of years now people have always been asking good friend Brian Chan and I at shows, our seminars, through email and social media where they can find stillwater specific products.

Brian and I are pleased to announce that our new online Stillwater Fly Shop is now open. Presently, you can find all of our books, DVD's, Quick Release Indicators, jig hooks for balanced flies along with a complete selection of our favorite stillwater patterns.

We will also be adding new products on a regular basis so please check back often. If you have a specific stillwater need please let us know.  Perhaps we can source and add the product or products for you. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated so please enjoy.


You can access the store directly through the 'on-line' store link located along the left margin of my website or proceed directly to the store.
The link is also available through Brian's website too.

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