Fly Fishing River Report

Grindstone Angling Fly Fishing Report

The rain could not have come at a better time and the amount that fell was almost perfect if not on the light side. Having said that, some rivers fared better than others as the precipitation was widespread and varied but just about everywhere was positively impacted. If nothing else, the rain was consistent and just steady enough to have added a good water layer to the ground and that will pay off for the rivers with subsequent rain fall.

John’s rundown on local rivers.

Bighead– The Bighead got some water and some fish but having fished it on the 27th and seeing it first hand, my sense is it will drop fast. Look for the next rain to really turn it on.

Beaver– The Beaver fared about the same as the Bighead. A little spike with a fresh run of fish. It will hold its levels longer than the BH.

Bronte and Credit– My early report indicates that a good number of Browns came into both systems and I would be looking for good numbers of steelhead as well, as the salmon should be nearing the end of their run. Don’t expect them [the rivers] to hold their water for long.

Grand– The Grand has been fishing well all season and with the current spike in flows, I would seriously recommend taking advantage of the fine weather. The water through Brantford will be in great shape but the lower section around Caledonia may still be off colored. I do not have good data on that area, but history tells me that it will be stained.

Maitland– The Maitland did receive some rain but is still on the low side. It is currently fishing well.

Saugeen– The Saugeen may have been impacted the most by the rain and should be in the best shape after it settles down. It did not get too high as to make it dangerous but the lower river, from Paisley to South Hampton did go off color on Monday, making for poor visibility. It should be in good shape by Sunday and expect next week to be epic.

Sauble– no report as it looks like it didn’t take enough rain to have really affected it.

Water temperatures have been hovering around 50 degrees so the fish are active. Take advantage of this to fish the swing before the weather gets too cold. Another advantage to the higher than normal water temperature is the bass fishing has been uncommonly good. We have been successful with large Clouser minnows fished slowly on sink tips.

This is the time of year that smallies will start to feed heavily after getting used to the colder temps, prior to winter conditions.

This all may last just a few more days as we seem to be experiencing a late Indian summer so get out while the getting is good.

Tip of the week.

Most of our steelhead water is unrestricted in terms of bait usage so during slow periods, try a tandem rig (two fly rig) until you have established a pattern. To do this, simply clinch knot a piece of 12 inch mono to the turn on your original fly and add a second fly. Some common combinations that I use are stones, princes or buggers up front, with an egg trailer.

Happy hunting and fishing,

John Valk Grindstone Angling

Deer Hunters get ready to set your clock

Ontario deer hunters will have a split time zone if they hunt the first two weeks of November Gun hunt.

Eastern Daylight Saving times ends November 7th this year. If you at deer camp for two weeks remember to set your clock back on hour on Saturday night before turning out the lights

A quick check on Ontario’s weather website for sunrise/sunset calender for your hunting area will confirm the correct times.

You have to add or subtract an hour difference as it doesn’t include the DST.

An example is for an area I deer hunt:


*** Daylight Saving Time is in effect. ***

Date              First Light       Sunrise                                  Sunset                    Last Light

Nov 1           7:25                  7:55                                        18:12                      18:41

Nov 2          7:26                  7:56                                       18:10                       18:40

Nov 3          7:28                  7:57                                       18:09                       18:39

Nov 4         7:29                   7:59                                       18:08                       18:38

Nov 5         7:30                   8:00                                       18:06                       18:36

Nov 6        7:31                    8:01                                       18:05                        18:35

***Daylight Saving Times ends***

clock fall back 1 hour

Date        First Light                Sunrise                             Sunset                  Last Light

Nov 7        6:32                         7:03                                    17:04                      17:34

Nov 8        6:34                         7:04                                    17:03                      17:33

Nov 9       6:35                           7:05                                    17:02                      17:32

Nov 10     6:36                          7:06                                    17:01                      17:31

Nov 11     6:37                          7:08                                    17:00                      17:30

Nov 12     6:39                          7:09                                    16:59                       17:29

Nov 13     6:40                          7:10                                    16:58                       17:28

Nov 14     6:41                           7:12                                   16:57                        17:27

Check your local times for legal hunting and be safe.

Ensure your gun is encased before and after legal shooting times.


Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt

Pelee Island should be on your BUCKET LIST of hunts TO DO.

We were guests and hosted by Lonnie Beckett. As members  of SCI Canada, QDMA Canada and of course O.F.H.A.

Steve Elmy of Rack Stacker Deer Products and my self enjoyed an awesome pheasant hunt on Pelee Island with Lonnie as our host and guide.

The first of three pheasant hunts on the island. There were over 400 bird hunters on Canada’s southern most point of land.

The two day hunt starts at 8am until 5pm both days. Getting to a bird filled field early certainly helps in filling the two day ten bird limit.

I shot my first pheasant at 8:02 am. By 11 am we had 26 birds in the bag after walking non stop along hedge rows and cut wheat fields.

MNR and OPP were in the field checking licenses and patrolling the roads.

I talked briefly with the officers and no charges or problems had occurred by hunters.

Steve’s dog Kobe a Chocolate Lab performed great flushing tight sitting birds. Lonnies Nova Scotia Troller also did a great job finding a couple of roosters in thick hedges.

Steve’s Rack Stacker truck turned a few head with the camo wrap job

Peter Wood, Lonnie Beckett, Steve Elmy with Pelee Island pheasants

On Thursday night Lonnie who is also with the Pelee Island Sportsmen Club had three raffle tickets (proceed to local school) drawn by Shannon Cowie a waitress of Westview Restaurant where the raffle was held.

Winners of the draw are:

Sherri Smith of Pelee Island wins an Excalibur Crossbow-  ticket #00562

Shannon Cowie of Pelee Island wins a 2011 Pheasant License for next years hunt ticket #00443

Howard Guerin of Chardon Ohio also wins a 2011 Pheasant License– ticket #01409

Lonnie Beckett holds up the winning Pelee Island Sportsmen Club Raffle Ticket

There are three raffle draws in total over the pheasant hunt season on Pelee Island

Tickets an be purchased on the ferry or island.

All proceed go towards the local school on the island.

We had all our birds cleaned AND BAGGED FOR $3 A BIRD.


Peter Wood with a vest full of Pelee Island Pheasants

I already have my saved my spot for next years Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt.

Thanks Lonnie for all your hospitality!

Bill Otway life long outdoor writer and sportman

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing Of Bill Otway on October 17th, 2010, in Merritt B.C..

Bill was a long serving active member of the BC Wildlife Federation with an involvement of over 50 years.
Bill first came to the Federation from the Port Coquitlam club where he had fought a long battle to save the Coquitlam river from the impacts of a gravel removal operation. He became Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation in 1973 serving the membership in that capacity through the terms of 4 presidents.

He was acknowledged across the country as the most effective executive director of all the provincial wildlife federations.

In 1980 he was awarded the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Sportsman of the Year Award”.

Bill started the very successful celebrity BCWF fund raising dinners bringing the stars from the TV show Dallas to BC.  Following his service as executive director he was heavily involved in the BC Wildlife Federation’s Saltwater Fisheries and Native Affairs Committees. He was also involved over the years in the gun control fiasco. Bill also worked for the federal government as Western Sports Fishing Ombudsman continuing his involvement and dedication to BC’s fishery’s resource and the angling community.
Since his retirement from the service Bill worked tirelessly for the Federation in protecting the fish  and fish habitat of this province. He was deeply involved in getting the Cohen inquiry established to look into the loss of the 2009 sockeye runs into the Fraser river.
Our sympathy goes out to Bill’s family  His family’s loss is also our loss.
Men like Bill Otway come along all to seldom and are sorely missed when they are lost.

Canadian Spokesperson for ic-WiSH

It is with great pride that Canadian Firearms community announces that Pyper Unitt is the Canadian Spokesperson for the International Coalition for Women in Shooting and Hunting (WiSH).

“WiSH is an international coalition of women who hunt & shoot. We have almost 200,000 Canadian women and families who support us and it is a great honour to have the opportunity to represent them here in Canada,” states Pyper Unitt, Vice Chair & Assistant CEO of the Canadian Firearms Institute.

As a coalition, WiSH emphasizes support rather than membership.

WiSH urges all its supporters  to take practical, grassroots action – by contacting local politicians, writing to local newspapers, lobbying for increased funding for women’s health care and essential services, and if able, make donations to bodies who are really trying to help women.

WiSH works on a volunteer basis, is totally self funded and prefers people make donations towards the objectives it supports – it’s not about the individual members of our community, but about improving services and support for those who most need it – WiSH just asks that our supporters try to do their bit to raise awareness, and work toward positive social change.

“The anti-gun lobbyists around the world have cynically used women to further their cause – and muddy the waters with emotive rhetoric”, states Pyper Unitt – “It’s going to take a group of like minded women working together to effect real positive social change, to counter this rhetoric – and – with the help of all of the rest of the organizations that represent our proud community – re-gain the respect for our sport and our heritage that we deserve.”

If you would like to know more about ic-WiSH, please visit their website – You can also sign up to their mailing list by emailing [email protected]

Grindstone Angling Fall Fishing Report

News from Grindstone River Reports and News Oct 5th 2010

John Valks report

The rain events of the last ten days or so have really jump started the steelhead season and just about every watershed in southern Ontario is fishing well. From Georgian Bay to Lake Erie, you can expect good angling for the upcoming weeks on all of the larger systems like the Grand, Saugeen, Nottawasaga and Maitland. Smaller systems will still be reliant on hits of rain, but if timed properly, one should expect outstanding fishing as these rivers recede.

To highlight a few of the rivers;


-The Sauble came up just enough to have brought some fish in but it has dropped almost too low again. Watch for another good rain event to get this river really going.

-The Saugeen will have good numbers of steelhead and will only continue to get better. Flows will remain consistent and as long as it’s not too high, it will fish well.

-The Maitland will also have good numbers but will still rely on precipitation to some degree to maintain the flows. Watch the rainfall and try to time your trips accordingly.

-The Grand has had great flows over the last 10 days and a good number of fish came in. Her flows will remain consistent and will continue to fish well until the end of the season.

Georgian Bay

-The Nottawasaga will remain consistent until the end of the season

-The Bighead will fish well after spikes in water levels but be prepared for a surprise. If you know this river, it has changed greatly; in fact, more than I have seen in ten years. New runs have opened up and runs that held fish in the past will look very different. Have fun re-learning it.

-Bearing the crowds, the Beaver should remain consistent till the end.

Lake Ontario

Most of the Lake Ontario tribs fall into “spate” category but will continue to receive fish on the rain.

-The Credit, being a bit larger will hold fish in the deeper runs and pockets even on lower flows so be diligent and fish where you can’t see the bottom.

-Bronte, Bowmanville and Wilmot are more reliant on precipitation but will also continue to receive fish on the rain.

-I’ve been informed that Sixteen Mile Creek has an extended season for 2010. Check the regs to be sure. It will fish much like Bronte.

The Home Pool tip: Take advantage of higher water temperatures and try more traditional wet fly tactics (or swinging) but as the temperatures drop, slow things down. When the water temperature is above 45 degrees F, steelhead will be more apt to move to take a fly. Below 45 degrees F, look towards the more deliberate presentation of an indicator and nymph.

On September 23rd, John returned from the Bonaventure River on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula after hosting a group for four days of Atlantic salmon fishing. The trip was a brilliant success and everyone had a great time. For those unfamiliar with the Bonaventure, it is one of the top salmon rivers in the world and really should be on everyone’s bucket list of rivers that need to be fished. As one of the clearest salmon rivers on the planet, sight fishing is the norm and although the temperatures didn’t allow much of it on this trip, it is also considered one of the top dry fly rivers.

(Even in the 49 degree water, John Valk managed to coax one salmon to a bomber, proving even the blind squirrel gets the odd acorn. Way to go Valk!) Four anglers ended up landing 6 salmon and two grilse, with several large fish lost at the net and several more brief encounters.

Grindstone’s fall guiding season is in full swing but there is still some space available.

For information on local guiding, contact the shop at 905 689 0880

or email at [email protected]