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Canadian Adventure
never seen or experienced any of this
great country, it was too good an
opportunity to miss, and I soon contacted David Gale sharing my
thoughts and saying I was very keen
to take part.
However, things were not to pan
out in 2011, and unfortunately the trip
was cancelled. David did tell me however that in February 2012 the guys
from Ontario Travel and also Fish’n
Canada, a TV show that had been on
the air for many years in Canada, the
guys would be over at the Big One,
one of the angling shows in
my home town of Farnborough in February 2012, and
that if I wanted to pop along
and see the guys and have a
chat, they would be there,
and he hoped that the trip
would be rescheduled for
2012.
And so it came to pass
that in January of 2012,
David Gale contacted me
again with his intentions to
get the trip moving again for
June 2012. In the meantime I
had an opportunity to go
along and meet some of my
hosts for the trip; Jim Grayston of
Ontario Travel, Angelo Viola of Fish’n
Canada and Pete Bowman of Fish’n
Canada.
So over the weekend of the Big One
show in Farnborough, I made myself
known to the guys and tried to get a
bit of information on what was in
store for us. The object of the trip was
to show us, the English anglers that
there was a lot more to Canada than
the St Lawrence, and they had every
intention of showing me exactly what
was on offer.
Plane tickets were booked, the
itinerary came through and I was
informed that I would be joined by
three guys on the trip; Jeremy
Bridger, the Editor of Crafty Carper
magazine, Roy Russell, a journalist
who works for Carp-Talk magazine
(Top left) The view from my bedroom
window.
(Top right) Niagara Airbus outside
The Sheraton on the Falls.
(Above right) From left to right
Jeremy Bridger, Roy Russell, David
Grove and trip organiser Jim
Grayston.
(Above left) Contemplating the climb
down to the whirlpool.
(Left) What a view!.
(right) The rods are out.
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and David Grove who worked for
Windows on the Wild, a UK tour operator specialising in fly fishing around
the globe. Some great company it
seemed, and these guys were going
to turn out to be really good friends by
the end of the trip.
It was at this point that I made
some enquiries about tackle and bait.
Obviously fishing some very different
venues I imagined that my normal UK
carp gear might be inadequate for the
trip, and certainly on some of the
venues that we fished, larger weights
and heavier line was necessary to

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