After spending countless hours on the steelhead rivers in Southern Ontario I was continuously coming up short handed. I honestly believed that my timing was always off and was too stubborn to realize it was a combination of not only timing the runs with the weather but also my rig setup, as well as reading and observing the water for potential staging areas.
I took a week off work in hopes to finally land that trophy Great Lake Steelhead. Three days flew by and not one fish was even spotted- time was running out! I contacted Jeff Parks of Calmwaters in need of help to dial these fish in. This was the was the second time that I have hired Jeff for a lesson/guide. The first outing was on the Upper Grand, fine tuning my nymph fishing for those big browns that the Grand River is so infamous for.
The day started at 8:00am and by approximately 8:15am we had seen our first fish! Having an expert guide that spends all of their time learning these systems definitely pays off for the client. It didn’t take long before Jeff was putting me onto fish in tough conditions. His methods, tactics, and fly selection that he preaches proved to work time and time again!
As a full time Fire and Rescue instructor, I know what is involved in running a successful course. Jeff has this perfected- great personality, friendly persona, expert fishing knowledge, and down to earth attitude. If your in need of tweaking a specific skill set or looking to land that trophy fish while sharing the water with an all around great guy, I would highly recommend Jeff as your next professional fishing guide, can’t beat him!
-Randy MacLean ( repeat customer)