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Articles by Neil Waugh

Articles by Neil Waugh

Neil Waugh is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta who grew up fly fishing for Athabasca rainbow trout and mountain whitefish on Alberta’s historic Coal Branch.
As a long time columnist with the Edmonton Sun newspaper, Neil’s angling adventures have taken him around the world pursuing trout, salmon and other species of game fish.
Including Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas, New Zealand, South Africa, Zambia plus numerous American states and Canadian provinces and territories.
Neil has had his works published in many outdoors magazines and web-sites and writes a monthly article for the popular Alberta Outdoorsmen Magazine as well as being a regular contributor to the Fishin’ Hole’s on-line content.
The University of Alberta history and English graduate and Trout Unlimited Canada volunteer also had a long career as a political and business writer with the Sun newspaper chain and as a member of the Alberta legislature press gallery.
Whether it’s sight-fishing for red fish on Texas’ Gulf Coast or swinging a two-handed salmon rod on Scotland’s legendary Spey River, Neil’s first love is working up an Alberta foothills trout stream or northern Boreal Arctic grayling creek with a light-weight fly-rod on a sunny summer afternoon.
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Straighten Up and Fish Right

2 months ago
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A Beautiful Deception

For the entry-level, first-timer flyfisher, dipping the toe of his/her wading boot tentatively into the water, the learning curve can be steep and intimidating. Gear, knots, casting, where to go, how to read the water when you arrive streamside, the challenges seem endless at times. And nothing is more bewildering when you arrive at the well-stocked fly shop and are confronted with dozens in not hundreds of bins on the fly table.

2 months ago
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Getting There Is Half the Battle

Getting There Is Half the Battle

Every travelling angler – especially when they cast their fate to an airline – has experienced that sinking feeling in their gut when they place their rod cases on the oversized luggage rack.

5 months ago
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No Fun in the Sun – a Survivor’s Guide to Fishing the Flats

No Fun in the Sun – a Survivor’s Guide to Fishing the Flats

As the snow months arrive, sadly, the angler’s window of opportunity closes to little more than a crack.

Fishing through the ice, getting out on the few open-water situations available, tying flies, or dreaming of sunny ways or yesterdays...

5 months ago
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Top to bottom – Pheasant Tail. Beadhead Hare’s Ear, Yellow Stimulator

Best of Both Worlds-Fly fishing the Hopper-Dropper

One sublime sunny afternoon a few years back I was fishing a classic northern Alberta grayling stream that tumbled over ...

1 year ago
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Alberta walleye take up to five years to achieve a catchable size

Low and Slow

Western Canadian fisheries biologists, when confronting the problem of declining walleye populations, must come to terms with our most popular game fish.

1 year ago
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Post Spawn Pike Action

Post Spawn Pike Action

In the pecking order of prairie fishes, the general consensus is that the walleye if our king of the waters.
Maybe more because of Old Walter’s eating qualities than his sporting abilities. Beauty contests are always subject to debate and controversy.
But it hard not to agree that pike are our most versatile fish...

1 year ago
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A Clear Boat is a Happy Boat

A Clear Boat is a Happy Boat

When fly casting for pike and other apex predator game fish from a boat, the length of your line in many cases spells the secret for your success.
A lengthy, free-flowing cast gives your fly the maximum amount of exposure to the fish...

1 year ago
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It’s OK to Be Little Bitty

It’s OK to Be Little Bitty

Angling magazines, websites, film festivals and calendars traditionally are stuffed to the gills with incredible images of super-sized fish. Gonzo pike, sensational salmon, terrific trout, superb sturgeon and wondrous walleye with happy anglers wearing goofy grins holding them up to the camera for the obligatory hero shot.

More times than not caught on a budget-busting charter or at a remote fly-in lodge.

A trip-of-a-lifetime adventure for sure but sadly an unobtainable dream for many. For most of us angling locally is our more likely option.

1 year ago
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Put and Take Is Great

Put and Take Is Great

At point of European contact Alberta’s trout were pretty well confined to the cold rushing rivers of the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies or the deep lakes of the Northern Boreal where lake trout thrived. How times have changed.

1 year ago
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