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GUIDED TRIPS AND CLINICS - Where fly fishing adventures begin


This is our opportunity to describe the guided trips and clinic packages we offer. 
All prices are in Canadian funds and doesn't include the cost of an Alberta Anglers License .




To view Alberta angler licensing fees please visit 'My Wild Alberta'.

 

Our packages are available May through October

All trips takes place Saturday or Sunday.  Your preference of a pontoon boat or float tube, fly rod and reel, fins, flies, net and PFD are all included with your package or you can bring your own personal watercraft and equipment with you.  Due to the many different sizes of anglers, we do not supply waders or wading boots. An Alberta Anglers License must be purchased prior to your trip and is the responsibility of the client. Hotel, home or agreed meeting place pick-up is available with-in Edmonton city limits.


Equipment We Recommend You Bring

  • Chest waders
  • Wading Boots
  • Fishing vest & hat
  • Camera (waterproof)
  • Snacks and/or lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Rain jacket/Poncho 
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen

We supply fly rods and reels but if you wish to bring your own, a five or six-weight fly rod with reels of both floating and intermediate sinking lines are ideal for Edmonton's local lakes. These lines should have at least seven-foot, 5X tapered leaders.

What We Offer

One Day Introduction To Stillwater Fly Fishing Clinic

This 8 hour clinic takes place at Muir Lake only 35 minutes west of Edmonton; perfect for those new to stillwater fly fishing. Before entering the water, we'll go over fly rods, reels, lines, leaders & tippet as well as popular fly-fishing knots and how all of these work together. We'll also discuss stillwater entomology and the flies we use to represent these simple life forms.  Of course we'll show you basic casting instruction with our focus on teaching you controlled casts to 30ft.  And when we get on the water, we'll go over stillwater techniques and tactics, how to read a lake and popular methods used to catch fish.  If you're new to stillwater fly-fishing but are an experienced stream fisherman, we'll tailor make the clinic to meet your needs.

 

Two Day Introduction To Stillwater Fly Fishing Clinic

This two day clinic takes place at Muir Lake, a short drive west of Edmonton. Day one will feature an introduction to fly fishing tackle including rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippet and indicators. You'll then learn about aquatic entomology and the flies we use for imitation. We'll also spend time on popular fishing knots with the remaining time spent on the mechanics of casting and fishing from shore.  Day two will include a casting refresher, fly set-ups, how to read a lake & pontoon boat set-up and inflation. The rest of the day will take place in pontoon boats, on the water, going over techniques & tactics as we try and find trout. Our two day clinics leave a lot more time for fishing and your questions having you ready to be successful for your own stillwater adventure.

 

Chironomid Clinic 

This clinic is specifically designed to help the intermediate to experienced fly angler unlock the secrets to fishing chironomids. Chironomids (midges) are the single most important food source for trout in productive stillwaters. During our eight hour, on the water clinic, we'll introduce you to chironomid entomology and fly selection as well as the different set-ups, tactics & techniques used to become successful in this style of fly fishing. We'll also discuss popular equipment and go over some advanced casting techniques to help you achieve distance while reducing knots and tangles when casting these rigs.

 

Fall Boatman & Backswimmer Clinic  

The boatman & backswimmer migration that happens every fall on most North American lakes and ponds can be some of the best stillwater fly fishing of the season. Aimed at intermediate or experienced fly angler, this eight hour clinic will cover boatman and backswimmer entomology, popular patterns used for imitation, fly fishing rigs and set-ups, equipment and fly lines that consistently produce results as well as on the water techniques and tactics. The boatman & backswimmer clinic runs the 2nd week of September through to the 2nd week of October.

 

Guided Trips For Beginner Fly-Anglers

These four or eight hour stillwater trips will include spending some time on proper casting machanics then we'll get on the water and try to get you into some fish. Lunch and soft beverages are provided.

 

Guided Trips For Experienced Fly-Anglers

We'll get right to the fishing and try to answer any questions you may have while on the water.  Our concentration will be on getting you into fish and having a good time. Lunch and soft beverages are provided.

GUIDED TRIP  & CLINIC RATES

Edmonton's Local Trout Lakes

Clinics and trips are available Saturdays and Sundays

 # Of Anglers 2 Day Clinics 1 Day Clinics or Guided Trips 1/2 Day Guided Trips
 1 $700 $475 $350
 2 $900 $600 $475

 

*To give our clients the best instruction with a few hours for fishing, our clinics only run a minimum of eight hours and are therefore not offered for 1/2 days. 


 

 Guided Trips & Fly Fishing Clinic Guidelines:

 

  • Trips and clinics are limited to two persons so you can get the most individualized attention.
  • Casting instruction & learning the basics are included in your day rate
  • Local guided trips will consist of either four or eight hours of fishing and/or instruction from the time we reach the water.
  • Clinics consist of a minimum eight hours instruction and fishing.
  • A deli lunch and beverages is included with guided trips only. Lunch can be added to clinics for an additional expense, please specify your likes, dislikes and any allergies when requesting.
  • Tailor made or larger group trips can be arranged to your preference, please contact us for rates and for more information.
  • Pike and Arctic Grayling trips are also available, please ask for more on these specialty trips.

 

Choose Your Lake


One of Alberta's first quality fisheries, Muir is located about 30 minutes west of Edmonton and is our selected lake for our introduction to stillwater flyfishing clinics. Thanks to aeration, this lake was stocked with Rainbow Trout in May 2003.  Muir Lake is an enhanced fishery project and includes an education center explaining simple life forms and how trout feed on them as well as future plans for a casting platform.  The regulations at Muir are unique and put in place to give anglers high catch rates and a good chance at catching a trophy sized trout.  As of May 2008, Muir Lake has been stocked with triploid rainbow trout that can grow to trophy size in short order.  



Chickakoo is a small lake that is stocked with both brook trout and rainbows.  The lake is surrounded by trees making this lake perfect for those new to fly casting as the wind doesn't show it's full force here, making casting a little easier.  The trout are on the smaller size but trips usually offer up good catch rates.

 

Star Lake is located about 45 minutes west of Edmonton and is one of my favorite lakes.  This lake is home to some larger Rainbows but is not known for high catch rates.  If you're looking for a challenge and a chance at a trophy trout, then this may be the lake is for you.

 

Payments

Payments can be made in cash, bank draft, money order or cheque. A 50% deposit in the form of bank draft, cheque or money order will be required at least two weeks prior to your trip (please do not send cash). The remainder of your payment will take place at the conclusion of your trip. If you are paying by cheque, please have it certified by your bank first. 

If we have to cancel your trip due to weather, we will re-book your trip for another day,  If you cancel your trip you will forfit your deposit.

Beginner Fly Casting Lessons

If you are simply looking for beginner fly casting lessons.  Please visit our casting page here.

$20 off special is not valid with any other promotions or specials.

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Testimonials

  • "I had a good time at the course and learned a lot. Mike was quite patient with my casting which was improving with practice. "
    Larry Fliegel
    Client
  • "Excellent clinic and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fly fishing. Mike is very knowledgeable and, most importantly, patient guide and teacher. You can't he..."
    Kelly Byrne
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