Hawk Lake Lodge, Day Three: Teeth and Mouths

After two days of fantastic smallmouth fishing at Hawk Lake Lodge, we decided to head for a smaller lake known for its great pike population. Sandy and I once again teamed up with guide Jeff Blum for a very short boat ride, followed by a hike to . . .

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Hawk Lake Lodge, Day Two: The Mouse that Roared

Our second morning at Ontario’s Hawk Lake Lodge dawned bright and warm–it looked to be a carbon copy of the previous day–and we decided to fish Paddy Lake for smallmouths. One of the 19 lakes that the lodge has access to, Paddy is just a . . .

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Follow Our Adventure at Hawk Lake Lodge This Week

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to take one big trip each summer with my buddy/photographer, Sandy Hays. This week, we’re heading north to visit my friend Ted Putnam at Hawk Lake Lodge, the 2019 Orvis International Destination of . . .

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Video: Top 5 Warmwater Flies for June 2019

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, General Manager Rick Mikesell offers his favorite patterns for chasing largemouth and smallmouth bass in late spring and early summer. It’s mostly a subsurface game in much of the . . .

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Spring Bonanza on Lake Powell

Nestled between the Arizona and Utah boaders, Lake Powell is the country’s second-largest man-made reservoir, behind Lake Mead. It was created by the Glen Canyon Dam–yes, the same dam responsible for such famous trout spots as Horseshoe Bend . . .

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Video: Desert Bass & Bull Bluegills

Here’s the latest installment of the “Buffet Series” from Gilbert Rowley and Phil Tuttle. In this video, they head for the desert, where they find sand, sun, lizards, and some killer fly fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills. The . . .

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“Same Time Next Year,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Fishing the “Big Lake” for smallmouths was twice an annual tradition for Bill Tapply.
Photo courtesy Colin McKeown, of The New Fly Fisher 

It was shortly after the arrival of the new year—the snow drifts around the north side of my barn stood eight feet deep, and the red stuff in the thermometer outside my kitchen window was . . .

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