Northern Ontario, Canada

James Smedley



James Smedley, James Smedley Outdoors

Professional photographer and writer James Smedley’s contributions - more than 400 written pieces and close to 1,000 images -  to U.S. and Canadian books, magazines and newspapers have earned him over 40 National and International awards. In addition to teaching photography workshops, James is Travel Editor at Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine. James has fly fished for brook trout and arctic grayling in far northern rivers and continues to cast for trout, bass and steelhead near his home in the northern Ontario town of Wawa where he lives with his wife Francine and daughters Islay and Lillian.


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Over the last few seasons, the spoons and spinners of my trout box have been sharing their quarters with an increasing number of minnow baits. Rooting through my bass and walleye gear is becoming regular procedure before sliding the canoe into the inland lakes that Northeastern Ontario brook trout call home. I'm looking for small, slender minnow baits, particularly those that suspend. Traditional trout favourites are still in rotation but small suspending jerk baits are…
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:18

Wabatongushi’s Welcoming Wilderness

I enjoy foul weather, especially when there’s shelter and warmth nearby. Of course, it helps when the fishing is great and at Errington’s Wilderness Island, all the ingredients for foul weather enjoyment are converging nicely. My buddy Paul Rosso and I, heads turned away from the driving rain, work a rocky shoreline north of the lodge. It’s early season and the fish are shallow, with 16- to 20-inch walleye biting as ferociously as the wind.…


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