Many agree that fly-fishing is more than just sport. Its history dates back thousands of years, but a fundamental understanding has remained constant over time — to catch a fish, you must think like a fish.
Good common "fish sense" isn’t acquired overnight. There’s work involved in becoming familiar with what particular species like to eat, their behavioural patterns, preferred water temperature and living conditions, sensitivity to light, and knowing which insects "catch their eye" (remembering, too, that they have nearly 360 degree vision and may be spooked by the slightest movement or shadow).
When it comes to designing the perfect fly, imagination and creativity are necessary. And to master fly-casting, patience and persistence are a requirement, just like any art form.
Imagine fishing a different lake every day for 270 years; with its 100,000 lakes and rivers, Saskatchewan is an angler’s heaven. Unique fly-fishing adventures await anglers among crystal clear lakes that cover the province’s north and intimate creeks and streams of the south and central regions. Spring-fed streams flow through the Cypress Hills, in the southwest corner of the province. The cool waters are abundant with rainbow and brown trout. Walleye, perch and pike can also be found in the southern and central regions.
Saskatchewan parks offer excellent fly-fishing. Narrow Hills Provincial Park, in the province’s east central region, has over 50 stocked lakes where more than a dozen species of fish can be caught, including seven varieties of trout.
If it’s big fish that you’re after, head north. And take a quality fly rod that won’t snap under force. In late spring, lake trout ranging from 5 to 50 pounds are abundant in the shallow waters of the north. This is also prime time for catching northern pike on a fly — a favourite with anglers for its size, powerful strike, and for the challenge of bringing this spirited fish to the surface.
Walleye and whitefish are fighters, too. Arctic grayling are beautiful to watch, performing impressive acrobatics in the swift flowing waters of the north. They’re even more exciting to catch.
Catch and Release
Many Saskatchewan outfitting camps practice catch and release, which ensures a continuous abundance of trophy size fish. Reliable outfitters can offer advice and assistance in planning a fly-fishing adventure that’s guaranteed to be among your most memorable experiences.