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Cutbow Trout: The Future of Alberta’s Cutthroat Streams

Cutbow Trout: The Future of Alberta’s Cutthroat Streams

As the name implies, a cutbow trout is a hybrid species that is the result of a mating event between a rainbow trout and a cutthroat trout. These species chromosomes arrangements are similar enough that they can mate and their offspring are usually viable and able to reproduce. After enough generations of interbreeding between the two species, the cutbow genes become the dominant genes and the pure genetics of the native westslope cutthroat are slowly diluted, eventually being lost all…

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Book a Guided Fly-Fishing Experience

Book a Guided Fly-Fishing Experience

Hello bushwhackers, Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for fly-fishing in western Canada. A special shoutout to all patrons; your financial support means the world and is vitally important to keeping the site going. THANK YOU! For those who might not know, I am an experienced guide and fly-fishing instructor who has been fishing for trout in Alberta’s high country for over a decade. I am taking bookings for guided trips and fly-fishing lessons in southern Alberta….

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Rocky Mountain Gold

Rocky Mountain Gold

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Return of the Salmon

Return of the Salmon

After 80 years of injustice, the time has finally come to bring salmon back to the Canadian Columbia. Since time immemorial, the men, women, and children of the Syilx, Secwepemc, Sinixt, and Ktunaxa First Nations gathered along the banks of the mighty Columbia River every year. Baskets and nets in hand, they all came for one purpose- to fish for salmon. That is until 1942, when the Grand Coulee dam was completed, and the largest run of salmon in the…

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Support Bushwhackers Today for $1/month!

Dear Bushwhackers, Since 2016, our blog has provided western Canadian anglers with a unique resource. We have worked tirelessly to bring you engaging and unique fly-fishing content, top-notch information regarding your favorite streams,  and in-depth research into conservation issues in our backyard. We have strived to inspire the next generation of conservation minded anglers, and have fought to protect our wilderness each and every step of the way. For being part of this journey, we thank you! However, it costs…

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Royal Coachman T-Shirts Now Available!

Royal Coachman T-Shirts Now Available!

You scrounge through your old fly-box frantically, sifting through old mangy looking patterns, desperately searching for the collection of feathers and fur that will bring you a trout. You start second guessing, unsure what the best choice is. You wish you knew more about entomology. You wish you stopped in and bought more flies. You start to panic. Then you see it. The pattern that will ease all your worries. The pattern that you know without a doubt will give…

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New Video: ALPINE EATS

New Video: ALPINE EATS

This trip was one to remember! We hiked into a beautiful alpine lake in the Kootenay region of BC and caught endless small, but feisty rainbow trout. We each kept 4 trout each and were able to enjoy a delicious meal from a truly sustainable and unpolluted source of food. You can check the video out below! We don’t keep our fish often, because many of the streams we fish face many challenges and contain threatened species. However, there are…

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New Video: HEAT WAVE

New Video: HEAT WAVE

In the midst of a historic heat wave in western Canada, we decided to head to the water in search of some world famous Columbia River Rainbows and some cold water to cool us down. Luckily, the fishing was as hot as the weather and we were able to get into many nice rainbow trout on dry flies. You can check the video out below. Don’t forget to like and subscribe! As mentioned in the video, we decided to fish…

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