Larry Halyk Bio Picture.

Larry Halyk

In April after a career spanning over 30 years as a Biologist and Stewardship Coordinator, Larry will finally be retiring from the Ministry of Natural Resources.  This will obviously give him more time to spey cast for his beloved steelhead on the Great Lakes and in B.C,  but it will also allow him to devote more time to give back to the waters he loves, whether it be brook trout in tiny Marden Creek near Guelph, or steelhead on the mighty Grand River.  Larry is not the best spey caster, or the best flier tier, or even the best BS artist on the Ontario steelheading scene, but he reads water and knows steelhead behaviour as well as anyone, and always gets his share of pulls, even when swinging behind the experts.

Larry Halyk on The Bulkley River in British Columbia.

Larry Halyk on the Bulkley River in British Columbia.


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Tom Karrow - Bahamas Bonefish

Tom Karrow

Tom Karrow was introduced to fly-fishing by his grandfather over twenty years ago on tributaries of the Beatty Saugeen. While at home he has focused on fly-fishing for Bass and Pike.

Although Tom prefers spending time in the salt chasing fish while on his Maverick flatsboat, his skills and knowledge transfer very well to freshwater where, on occasion he can be found pursuing big fish with saltwater techniques and patterns.

Tom Karrow - Florida Tarpon

Tom Karrow – Florida Tarpon.

Having been a pro staff member for several stores in Ontario, he has managed, guided, instructed flyfishing extensively, and he continues to tie flies commercially, and for The First Cast Fly Shop.

Tom has been teaching science for a decade and a school administrator. With a passion for learning, and desire for continual improvement, Tom returned to university where he is now completing his Masters in Environmental Studies and Resource Management. Tom plans to pursue his PhD starting in the fall at the University of Waterloo.

He will be researching the role that traditional knowledge can play in resource management in the Bahamas. Tom will be interviewing Bonefish guides and applying their knowledge to management policy in the islands. No doubt while there, he will learn a great deal of secrets from the best guides, and throw a line while “off duty”!

Here are some links with regards to his work:

Tom Karrow Pursues Truth From Pioneering Bahama Guides



Dr. Ian Martin


Alec Medemblik

Alec has been tying flies since age 10. If you asked him, he would tell you that he’d rather ties flies than fish!

Now at age 25 he can say that he’s tied flies for more than half his life.

He has tied flies professionally for many local clubs, for certain repeat clients of the shop, as well as for Arron Varga for the world Championships.

Alec’s flies are meticulously tied with all attention to detail.

He has been the guest tier of various fly fishing clubs across Ontario.

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Andy Pappas Musky Release.

Andy Pappas

Andy Pappas – Muskie And Pike Adventures In The French River Area 

Andy Pappas has over 30 years of muskie fishing success to his credit and has boated hundreds of muskies. He caught his first muskies on Lake Nipissing and concentrated on northern Georgian Bay for the next ten years. Then he moved on to try a variety of other waters around the province, from the Niagara River to the Haliburton Highlands, and from the Kawartha Lakes to the Ottawa River. Andy now spends his time exclusively in the French River area as it offers a very wide variety of fishing options in beautiful and interesting surroundings. He operates Vicious Fishes Guide Service, delivering muskie-fishing adventures that are customized to the goals and requirements of each client.

Brian Primeau


Brian Primeau 26 inch Fish form 2011 for Guide Image

Brian Primeau 26+ inch Grand River Brown.

Brian with Amy and Vimal on the Grand River

Brian with Amy and Vimal on the Grand River.

Brian Primeau has been fishing since age 7 and fly fishing since 1988. He is a member of KW Flyfishers, Friends of the Grand River and member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Brian has been guiding/instructing as his full time occupation since 2004. Whether guiding or fishing Brian always has a kind word or helpful hint for fellow anglers on the river.
An accomplished fly tyer, Brian specializes in tying (and fishing) the small stuff down to #32 as well as creating artistic Atlantic Salmon flies up to 4/0.
Night fishing with dry flies is Brian’s passion. Many a huge Brown has fallen to his tactics.

Brian Big Grand River BrownTrout

Brian – HUGE Grand River “Night-time” BrownTrout.

“My biggest thrill is when I am able to catch a fish using my clients hands, especially when the client has learned a new skill or has just caught their best fish ever. It is a privilege to be on the water every day.”

Brian hosts a trip to Chile annually . Details can be seen here.

See here for Brian’s Past Guest Presenter Sessions.

Fly Recipes
Ted Shand BIO AA

Ted Shand

Doug Swift's Chrome Steelhead on the Nottawasaga on a Swung Fly

Doug Swift Biography

Doug Swift Biography