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In Topic: Mississauga Pond Maps

25 May 2023 - 10:45 AM

Fishing is allowed as long as you have a valid license tag: 



In Topic: Pike Lake Suggestions...

11 May 2023 - 10:40 PM

One location you might consider is Lake Scugog. It is conveniently situated less than an hour's drive from Toronto and has a positive reputation for pike fishing. The lake provides both peaceful areas for kayaking and ample space for casting a line.
Another potential location is the Holland River. This river feeds into Lake Simcoe and could offer an excellent opportunity for pike fishing. Moreover, it is a notably scenic location, making it an appealing choice for kayaking.

In Topic: Vintage Blanchard By Algonquin fly Rod has no markings to show Wt.

12 April 2023 - 09:28 PM

It sounds like you found yourself a great vintage rod! Determining the appropriate line weight and reel can be a bit tricky without any markings, but we can try to estimate based on the information you've provided.
First, let me clarify that the rod's circumference measurements don't provide much insight into its weight rating. However, the length of the rod can give us a clue. Based on the 7.6 ft length you mentioned, it's likely that the rod is suited for a line weight between 3 and 5 wt. Here's a simple method to help you estimate the rod's weight:
Assemble the rod, and attach a reel with a known line weight (if you have access to one). Start with a 4 wt line, as that's a common weight for a rod of this length.
Tie on a yarn or a small piece of cloth to the end of the line (no hook needed) to mimic the weight of a fly.
Try casting the line and observe how the rod loads and unloads during the cast. If the rod feels too stiff or doesn't load properly, try a lighter line weight (e.g., 3 wt). Conversely, if the rod feels too soft or seems to be overloading, try a heavier line weight (e.g., 5 wt).
Once you've determined the appropriate line weight for the rod, you can choose a reel that matches that weight. Fly reels are typically labeled with a range of line weights they can accommodate (e.g., 3-5 wt). It's important to balance the rod and reel so that your setup feels comfortable and efficient.
Keep in mind that this method is an approximation, and it's always better to have a professional evaluate your rod if possible. If you're still unsure, you might consider taking your rod to a local fly shop for advice. They may be able to help you identify the rod's manufacturer and provide more accurate recommendations.
I hope this helps, and happy fishing with your new (old) rod!

In Topic: Hello my friends

12 April 2023 - 09:24 PM

Hey there!
Welcome to the Ontario Fishing Forum, and it's great to hear about your passion for fishing and enjoying your catch! Fly fishing can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting way to fish, so I'm sure you'll love it.
As you're putting together your first fly fishing setup, here are a few things you might want to consider:
Rod and reel: Choose a suitable rod and reel combo for your target species and the type of water you'll be fishing in. For beginners, a medium-action rod is often recommended, as it provides a good balance between casting accuracy and versatility.
Line: For fly fishing, you'll need a specialized fly line that matches your rod's weight. There are different types of fly lines, like floating, sinking, and sink-tip, each designed for specific fishing conditions. Floating lines are a popular choice for beginners.
Leader and tippet: The leader and tippet are crucial components of your fly fishing setup. They help transfer energy from the fly line to the fly, enabling proper presentation. Choose a tapered leader and appropriate tippet material based on your target species and the flies you plan to use.
Flies: You'll want to have a variety of flies in your arsenal to imitate the insects and other food sources your target fish are feeding on. For starters, consider getting a basic assortment of dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. You can always add more as you gain experience and learn about local hatches.
Accessories: Some essential fly fishing accessories include a fly box, nippers, forceps, and a good pair of polarized sunglasses. A quality vest or sling pack can also be handy for organizing your gear.
If you have any questions or need help with your setup, don't hesitate to ask! There are plenty of experienced anglers here on the forum who would be happy to help. Tight lines, and we look forward to hearing about your fly fishing adventures!

In Topic: From California to Ontario

26 March 2023 - 09:32 AM

That sounds amazing! Ontario is known for its great fishing spots. I hope the warm weather brings even more success for you in catching more fish! Do you have any favorite fishing spots in Ontario that you would recommend?