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Fly Fishing off the Grand River

Big healthy brown trout caught in Whiteman's Creek. • Credit: The New Fly Fisher
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Fly Fishing off the Grand River

Great Small Stream Fishing in Ontario



In Southern Ontario, many anglers know about the Grand River which has a very healthy population of brown trout. However, few know about the great small stream fishing that can be had near Paris, Ontario on Whiteman's Creek. Brown trout in good numbers and sizes can be caught throughout this small creek that runs into the Grand River. There is also small steelhead in the creek at certain times of the year.

Whiteman's Creek is very close to Paris which has very affordable hotels and B&Bs abound. Best of all, this is a place where you can bring your spouse. They can shop or take in the sights while you fish, then you can get together and enjoy a great dinner at a local restaurant.

This is an easy wade creek but the key is stealth. If you just walk in, you are probably spooking big fish and putting them off the bite. Smart fly fishers will use clothing that matches the green bushes, wade slowly and avoid any noise that would give them away. Nymphing seems to be the preferred method of catching the big trout. Once in a while, there is a good hatch of mayflies that moves the big fish, but generally, you need to use nymphs or small to medium size streamers.

A four-weight or five is ideal for this creek in 7 1/2- to 8 1/2-foot lengths. If there has been any rain, the river can quickly colour with runoff. However, it does clear quickly and you can usually get back to fishing within hours. This is a location where catch and release are really essential in order to maintain a healthy population of fish. Information on Whiteman's Creek can be found online. Recommended for those travelling in Southern Ontario.

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