Merry Christmas Italo. I am new to fly fishing and am located in souther ontario (Hamilton). Could you direct me to a good fly shop that can affordably set up a beginner with a dozen flies and a couple leaders. I would very much like to stay local and out of downtown Toronto. Or if you could maybe suggest a few styles of flies and advise on leader preferances. I mainly fish great lake tribs. Altho l do fish alot of smaller streams and rivers up to North Bay and over to about Blind River. I watch all your tv shows on wild tv and have been a big fan since l was young. I appreciate all you do and your vast knowlage about fishing. Also I am currently saving for a Ber centerpin/hybred reel, l think thats the sweetest reel ever! Thank you.

Posted on December 22nd, 2022

Hi Tim, nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. Glad you have been enjoying our TV shows for many years. I love to fly fish also and have been blessed to have fly fished in fresh & saltwater. As you probably know, depending on what species of fish you target and the specific body of water, very particular flies will work well at different times of the year. I would suggest you check-out the https://www.grandrivertroutfitters.com/ , or the https://www.grindstoneangling.com/ . Both shops have expert fly fishermen that can help you select the right outfit, flies and accessories you may need.

The Ber reels are some of the highest quality in the world. It’s well worth you saving your money to get a hybrid. I have been using them for trophy saltwater off-shore fish to trout & salmon in freshwater. Amazing reels.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas celebration…God bless you, Italo.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our www.canadian-sportfishing.com website.

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