Fishing on Social Media

Fishing on Social Media

Fishing on Social Media

We love our social media. Since each of the platforms have been released to the public, we have been there. We take pride in showing beautiful photography and interesting content.

We also use social media to communicate with many of you on there.

Its a amazing place, if ,who you follow actually puts up unique, interesting content. We’ve done some research for you and found some pages that have some stimulation fishing imagery.

If your looking for a few more pages to follow check out these Fishing Related business’ on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook check out the following.

The links below go to Instagram pages.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

Fishing in BC

Mariko Izumi Travel/TV Host

Chromer SportFishing

Simms Fishing Products

Cuda Knives and Tools

Beattie Outdoor Productions

Fraser River SportFishing Alliance

Adventure Destination International

Nobis

We will throw up another blog sometime with more updated pages to follow. If your not on Instagram, most of the pages above with have the same or similar handles for the Facebook and twitter. All you need to do is search for them. Happy viewing.

What’s up with the Blog?

Photo by Yos Gladstone from Chromer Sport Fishing

I’m sure some of you who check into our blog are wondering where we have been! The quick answer to that is busy!

We are at the tail end of our busy season. Sturgeon fishing slows for the winter months and the ice will soon be on the lake in Lytton. As one season ends another begins. It’s tradeshow season! Our first show is in a couple weeks already. We will be at the Vancouver Men’s Show November 18-20th at Tradex in Abbotsford. We will have our Ruddocks Ranch booth up and will be bringing the Fly Fishing Film Tour to the show. An hour of entertainment played daily for those looking to sit back and relax while at the show.

After Christmas we will be heading for a couple shows in Alberta and then back to BC for the BC Boat and Sportsmen Show held again at Tradex in Abbotsford. There is no shortage of things going on so that is why we have been absent from this blog.

If you didn’t know already, we run another blog called Fishing in BC. This is updated every couple days with information around BC. We keep it fresh and are always up for posting your pictures. Feel free to send us any information that is relevant to BC, to info@fishinginbc.com.

As some of you may or may not know. I recently wrote the feature article for Nov/Dec issue of BC Outdoors Magazine called Modern Dinosaurs. I am proud of the way it came together. It is different from most typical writing styles, and information usually given about Sturgeon fishing. I stressed handling and care for our Sturgeon and I believe that was evident in the article. It is available now in stores! If you are interested in buying a subscription to the magazine (stocking stuffer) click HERE to be redirected to the BCO website.

As social media is everywhere we have made a point of updating our facebook business page and our twitter accounts regularly. It is much easier to do a quick update on these than on the site. If you are interested please follow us @STURGEONSLAYERS on twitter or search for us on facebook.

Our new t-shirts are available as well which are another good stocking stuffer for your fishing die hards. They are $25 each. Contact us if you want yours!

Our gift certificates are available year round and are good towards anything we offer! This is a seriously good gift idea for not only family and friends but co-workers and employees. You pick the amount, we will send you the GC.

Brendan Morrison from the Calgary Flames will be at The Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight presented by The Fishin Hole in Calgary. Click HERE for the landing page for the shows being presented by TFH in Canada. Not only will you see awesome film production but you can win a free guided trip with BMO!

December 2nd in Winnipeg it will be the captain of the Winnipeg Jets, Andrew Ladd. He will be our special guest for the evening of The Fly Fishing Film Tour. Make sure you get your tickets early!

If you are involved with a Lodge or your a business owner. Email me (info@flyfishingfilmtour.ca) to find out how you can become involved with F3T for 2012. With print,video, and internet exposure across Canada it is pretty tough to beat for a marketing campaign to a targeted audience.

Please feel free to send us emails with your thoughts.

Kevin

My Lifetime Steelhead

This past winter has been a grind for various reasons. Trade shows and traveling took up a lot of time and energy over a 2 month period. I was left feeling like I was living in Alberta for most of the winter!  Frustration that I couldn’t get out was crippling me. So when I heard that South West British Columbia was having the best Steelhead fishing, possibly ever, I had to find a way to get in the water.

This being our first season with the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Canada, a never ending amount of time, prep, phone calls and much more took place for the past 6 months, getting everything ready for 2011. Something that we are very proud of, the tour is growing and expanding across Canada with another upcoming show in Prince George next week.

To add to it all, the regular prep for the upcoming season, endless DOT compliance paperwork and regulation changes, Ruddocks Ranch prep to Ranch House and Lake, organizing upcoming Fly Fishing Clinics, dealing with massive amounts of emails and phones calls, the list goes on and on.

This is just the business side of my life!

It’s has not been a 9am-5pm job, its been a 7am-12am job. Anyone who owns their own business can appreciate what I am saying.

Needless to say I have been a stressed out, ready to snap individual.

But on April 28th, 2011, the fish gods rewarded a tired soul.

Fishing with good friends Mike, Ian and Cam we headed out to a river in SW BC, for some Steelhead fishing. Not expecting much, I have always been one who believes that the fish come second. Only to the people you share your time with in these moments, not to mention the experience you pick up along the way.

Guiding takes my personal time away from fishing, so it’s always a treat to be able to head out and relax without having to think throughout the day. So it was a pleasure to be in the hands of fishing buddy Mike Blenkarn, riding in his boat for what would be a lights out day of fishing.

I picked up Cam at 4:45am and away we went to meet up with Mike and Ian.

Before this trip (on the way to the river), I attempted to change out my drag cartridge, its a very simple process which takes 30 secs. For some reason a sticky drag and a rare seized part was my issue. It didn’t work, and I was unable to change over. It needs to be sent in. Obviously after this trip!

So I put everything together, and thought I would give it a go anyway. There was a very small resistance, enough to not keep the line from bird’s nesting, if of course I was fortunate enough to hook into something decent. One problem…..I didn’t put back in the one screw, evidently the screw that holds the drag cartridge in!

You know what happened next!

10am rolls around and I hook into the biggest Steelhead of my life….

A born, raised and proud BC boy I have been after the chrome for about 14 years. I have traveled, fished and lived for 6 years in the US. Wetted lines in the state of Washington on my frequent visits to relatives, lived in Europe for 3 years, driving anywhere I could to find Steelhead, and of course traveled up north in search of the best Steelhead fishing in the world.

But it was within driving distance that my proudest, Steelhead on the Spey moment would come.

As I’m fishing down river from Cam, I feel a massive tug on my Todd Scharf “Blue Balls Intruder” (My all time fav bug). I’m pumped. Not only am I on a fish, I know it’s bigger than 14-16lbs. How big I don’t know yet. As I learned from Toddy years ago, take it to the bank. He always said “Lift em’, lose em'”

Cam there for some coaching and moral support "Don't lose this"

As I take it to the bank, yep you guessed it, the drag cartridge falls right into the water! Great! Cam quickly ran over and snatches up the useless piece, that obviosuly I had not put back together correctly. Nervous of course about what would happen if I put in back in, and defiantly not willing to chance it. I fight the fish like it should be fought, by feel and palm. Now of course the little tiny drag I had to keep line from becoming a giant disaster, is gone. This does not feel like a Hardy, this feels like a free spooling, nervous, scared, hating every second moment in my fishing life.

As it happens, anytime you have a nice fish you don’t want to lose. You start reflecting, on all the teaching you have had, the “do’s and dont’s”, “not to hard”, “right there”, and so on.

I know I have lost enough fish in trying to “play it safe.” With this fish, the frustration and stress in my life over the past while.

I thought $%^& it.

Where do you get playing it safe?

I hammered down on this fish with my CF 8142-4 and went toe to toe. What felt like a lifetime, probably ended up being about 25min. With pretty minimal coaching from the peanut gallery, and my focus to not farm this fish. I slowly was winning the metal and physical battle to get him in.

With flashes and glimpses I knew the fish was big, but it wasn’t until Ian gently landed this brut in the cradle that I felt like crying with joy.

Alas, I have broken the 40 inch barrier.

One proud dude!

The cradle is 42 inches and this fish was all of the cradle plus a little. We did not do a girth and will leave that up to you the viewer to speculate on.

The Deepest Steelhead any of us have seen in person

The day was filled with fish. The gang landed 7 fish that day and the positive upbeat attitude (and of course my fish) made this day one of the best fishing days so far in my 28 years of life (29 in a couple weeks!)

I would like to thank Mike, Ian and Cam for this experience, Todd for years of coaching, and of course the fish gods for rewarding a warn down, mentally drained individual who was rejuvenated by a Beautiful, Thick, Wild, British Columbia Steelhead!!

The Release

PS. The story behind my arrogant hat is the fact I like to mix it up a bit on the river and have fun. Super comfy and warm.  Don’t knock it until you try it. Check out previous posts where I have an equally comfy hat on called a Pook Toque!

PSS. Feel free to chirp me on the hat if you want 😉

All photos taken by Mike Blenkarn.

A Great First Show!

Crowd Lined Up for Casting Challange

Peter Morrison from Rio

Simon Gawesworth, Official Distance Dude

Kevin,Mike and Todd Enjoying the Night Out in Abby

Todd and Simon Captivated by Mako’s on the Fly

What a great time we had on Friday night in Abby for our first IP show in Canada for the 2011 year! With less than a month to put everything together, Reaction Fly and Tackle delivered.

A casting competition put on by Rio which feature Peter,Reuben and Simon as the “JUDGES” brought in well over 50 people to try it out. They printed 50 sheets and ran out before 7pm.

We let everyone stay out and get a chance to try it out before we started the Films. We kicked off the films around 7:30pm to a packed small venue in Abby which had over 140 people attend.

After the first hour of never seen before footage, we gave out over $1500 in prizes to those who attended. We want to thank all the companies who gave prizes. Reaction Fly and Tackle, Rio,Redington,Simms,Venture River Boats,BC Outdoors,Sturgeon Slayers,FlyBC,Patagonia,Beattie Outdoor Productions,Sage and many more.

Folks enjoyed food,beers,and of course our 2011 selection for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Special guest Simon Gawesworth came out to join us. He was in town to attend the Spey Clave on Saturday put on by Michael and Young.

Thanks again for everyone who showed up. Click HERE for our Canadian and US schedule. Dates will soon be added weekly, with some big news around the corner!!

Back At It

We just got back from Edmonton from the Fishin Hole Outdoor Show and Sale. The event saw over 10k roll through the small venue in 4 days. We were surprised at how much interest we received for our Ruddocks Ranch booth at the show. Probably because Aimee and Blue were in the booth! The show was a good one and something we look forward to doing next year.

With no time to relax, we are back at it tomorrow night with the first Fly Fishing Film Tour happening in Abbotsford. Reaction Fly and Tackle will be hosting the event. Click HERE for all info on buying your tickets and getting to the venue.

The season is here. Our Sturgeon trips start up next week, Fly Fishing Clinics get rolling in May, and the time is now to book to get the dates you want. Keep in mind we are the only company offering 10 Hours guided trips,BBQ meals on board or shoreside and a handful of other unique bonus’ for booking with us. We give you a complete guided trip, including a CD in the mail with all you pictures and video from the day. Nobody does what we do, simply because it takes more effort. I remember one of my coaches telling me once “If it was easy, everyone would do it” we go the extra mile not because we have to, because we care.

Grinding It Out

The last couple months has been a blur for us. We have traveled to Alberta 3 times for the business. Two of them were for the Calgary and Edmonton sportsmen shows put on by CNSS. A job well done by Laurie Paetz and her crew. The Calgary show featured the first preview of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. We presented one hour to give folks an idea of what it was all about. The full IP show is 2 hours in length and will be in various cities. Anyone can purchase the rights to present the FFFT in their area. If you are interested email us.

From Calgary it was back to BC for the Abbotsford BC Boat and Sportsmen Show. Les Trendall’s show was the first in BC to showcase the FFFT. A great showing for Sturgeon Slayers, Ruddocks Ranch and of course the FFFT. It was nice to see many faces I haven’t seen in a while at the show. Thanks again for stopping by. Thank you, Les for being the first to commit to us about 10 months ago to get the sportsmen shows rolling. Much Appreciated.

The tour continued back to Edmonton for the largest show in Western Canada. Over 50k people walked through the doors at Northlands. This 525k sq ft event is the largest by size in Canada. Again the amount of people was staggering and it was a positive experience for all those who attended. Through the 3 sportsmen shows we gave over $5000.00 away in prizes for those viewing the film tour. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for donating prizes and Country Pleasures for donating 2 guided trips for the Alberta Shows.

One observation which was very evident was the number of people checking out the Fly Fishing Section in these shows. Pieroway Rods did a great job with their casting pond in Calgary and Edmonton. Because of this they were able to attract people of all ages to learn how to cast. This was very positive and nice to see. It was also very cool seeing those in the industry work together! Pieroway and Sage shared the casting pond in Edmonton, of course it came down to who could put it in the cup first! I think Tommy T from Chromer Sport Fishing took that prize. So no bragging rights for the competing rod companies.

This week we are back to Alberta for the 4th time in 2 months. This time it’s for the Fishin Hole Outdoors Show. We will have our Ruddocks Ranch booth up and will be presenting the FFFT once a day for those who want to come check it out.

It has been a crazy couple of months and were are looking forward to hitting the water soon. We still have some spots left open for our Peter Morrison’s Fly Fishing Clinics at Ruddocks Ranch. Please email me if you are interested.

Again this year we are offering our Guaranteed catch for Sturgeon Fishing. This will be for the Lytton area. At least one per trip. We have been averaging between 5-20 per day in the area. The most staggering fact is that we are also averaging around 6 feet per fish. We are back in the canyon starting early April. Remember if you are shopping around nobody offers what we do on the river. Fact!! We do 10 hour guided trips,BBQ meals onboard or shoreside, CD in the mail with video and pics from the day and much more. Don’t compare apples to oranges when your looking to head out on the water.

What does all this mean? You get more value, and a complete guided experience. Show up, and we’ll take care of the rest. We look forward to having you out with us.

Picture below taken by Yos Gladstone featuring Tommy T at Ruddocks Ranch

Come see us at the BC Boat and Sportsmen show this weekend

Come visit our booth this weekend at the BC Boat and Sportsmen show at Tradex in Abbotsford. We will be presenting films from the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Enter in to win over $1800 in prizes, just from watching the films.

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Sportsmen Show Around the Corner, FFFT Stops,Ruddocks Ranch

The BC Boat and Sportsmen show is just around the corner. March 4,5,6th at Tradex in Abbotsford. Drop by and see us at our booth, take in the films from the Fly Fishing Film Tour, and enter to win over $1500 in prizes from us. Enjoy an hour of Fishing and an hour of Hunting content. Shown daily throughout the show.

We have confirmed full length showings of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. For BC the shows will be in Abbotsford,Merritt,Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria. Click HERE to be redirected to the Tour site and schedule for events.

Their won’t be much room left over for our Fly Fishing Clinics at Ruddocks Ranch after the sportsmen shows. Don’t forget we have 2 clinics with Peter Morrison. A beginner and advanced. $525 including HST

Then we have the BC Outdoors Learning with the Pros. This will feature Brian Chan and Phil Rowley. $575 Including HST.

Email me at kevin@sturgeonslayers.com or call 1.866.587.9253 if you are looking for any information on the above.

Thanks For Coming Out

Thanks to all those who dropped by our booth at the Calgary Sportsmen show. We enjoyed chatting with everyone and look forward to having those who booked trips for this upcoming season.

This was our first showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour which we had very positive feedback from. Keep in mind we only showed about 40 mins of the actual 1:45 min full feature for 2011. We included the MetalHead segment which was from last year’s film tour. We thought because we are doing Western Canada, it was important to show some Northern BC content.

Along with the fishing vids we included an hour of hunting. Content owned by the FFFT. We enjoyed our time at the show and would like to congratulate all those who took home more than $1500 is prizes!!!! Just for coming out.

Our next sportsmen show will be at Tradex in Abbotsford March 4,5,6th. Be sure to drop by, watch the films, and enter to win awesome giveaways from our sponsors.

WFN and Calgary Boat and Sportsmen Show

Check us out on WFN the World Fishing Network this weekend. Our show with BC Outdoors Sport Fishing will be airing.

Don’t forget we will be at the Calgary Boat and Sportsmen show Feb 3-6th. Come see us at our booth, and enjoy watching the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Lots of great prizes including guided trips and swag from our sponsors. Admission is free with your ticket into the show.

See you soon!

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