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Algoma That Destination for Fly Fishing

Updated: By Mark Melnyk

Algoma Country in Ontario’s north, has been a destination for anglers for decades. Vast landscapes dotted by nearly countless bodies of water, dissected by even more rivers, creeks and streams make the entire area a sport’s persons paradise. Though there are many species, lodges and regions within Algoma Country to fish, there are a number of businesses that have realized the opportunity to expand their offerings to fly anglers.  Catching fish in this region on fly is what all of our hosts at The New Fly Fisher look forward to every single year. But why?

Fly Fishing

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First and foremost, the fishing is FANTASTIC. Especially on fly! However, if you’ve never picked up a fly rod, you need not worry. Fly fishing is as easy as you want to make it. It is simply a different way of angling. The principals are the same as conventional fishing; both presenting a potential food source to trick fish to eat. Fly fishing draws direct parallel similarities to conventional angling. Sure the equipment is a little different, as are the lures and flies, however the result is the same – having the ability to catch multi-species giants in Algoma Country? Perfect!

The Species

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Technology today allows anglers the ability to catch any fish that swims on fly… if it’s wet, and eats, you can target that species with a fly rod.  From panfish like yellow perch and rock bass to giant catfish, northern pike and musky, all can be targeted, caught and released on fly. Algoma Country is well known for its multi species and rightly so. With access to great lakes species such as atlantic salmon and steelhead with professional guide services or fly-in opportunities for trophy walleye, northern pike and brook trout or drive to locations, Algoma has you covered. Bring your own boat or be whisked away on a fly-in adventure, there is something for every ability of angler in the region.

Location

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Algoma Country, and its virtually overall unpressured angling opportunities, is highly accessible for fly anglers. The road gateway from the south is straight up one of Ontario’s most accessible highways, highway 400 from the border in Buffalo or Niagara Falls or motorists can drive across the border at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to the Sault on the Ontario side. An 8-hour drive from Toronto finds you in Algoma Country as does access from Sault Ste. Marie’s airport for those who prefer to take to the air. Driving north in Algoma is an adventure onto itself with countless do it yourself opportunities to stop, string up your fly rod and have a go after a short hike off the beaten path.

Plan your Vacation

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The best way to maximize your angling time in Algoma Country is to simply do some research on the internet as to the places you need to see, the people you need to visit and the waters you need to fish before you begin. A simple phone call or email to a local bait shop, guide service or outfitter will have them answering all of your questions about where, when and what to fish for… They will even suggest the best flies for you to bring to use in their area for the species you want to target.

Algoma Country is big. It’s vast. It’s wild and it’s pristine. But… It’s accessible, there is incredible fishing and is a place considered by locals and travelers alike to be one of the best places in Canada to wet a fly and whet your skills as a fly angler.  Drive, fly, bike, walk or crawl to Algoma Country. You’ll be glad you did!

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About Mark Melnyk

Currently, Mark is the host and producer of The New Fly Show. With a passion of fly fishing, the shows goal is to help both novice and veteran fly fishers everywhere by giving them a top-quality fly fishing series that will make them better anglers.

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