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Flyfishing in Canada has become world-renowned for its diversity, abundance, quality, and international leadership in conservation and respect for the sport.

Although Canada itself is only 140 years old, the age depends on the starting point. The Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867. The Colony of New France was established by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. Basque mariners were regularly fishing the Grand Banks and operating a whale-oil refinery on the Labrador coast before Jacques Cartier arrived in 1497. Four hundred years earlier, around 1000A.D., the Icelanders founded a settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. No one really knows when the indigenous peoples first crossed the Bering Strait and arrived on soil that is now part of Canada, but it was probably as far as 10,000 years ago.   But needless to say, fishing in Canada has probably been around for hundreds of years.

This website is a small celebration of fly fishing in Canada or call it a nostalgic look back.  Feel free to send me anything that might contribute to this little shrine; pictures, stories, artifacts, etc.


Rob Chernenko  (email: Rob.Chernenko @ BCFlyFish.com )