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Rick demonstrating a spey cast

Rick demonstrating a spey cast

As a full time Guide & Casting Instructor, Rick is one of only two Master Single Hand and Two Hand Casting Instructors with the International Federation of Fly Fishers in Ontario. He has spent many years teaching the art of fly-casting by providing casting courses to novices and experts alike. Whether you’re just beginning or have been fly-fishing for years, Rick will help you improve your casting so that you can more effectively present the fly to the fish.

As a member of the IFFF Guide Association, Rick developed his guiding skills “first hand” by spending time with outfitters, guides and fishing shops local & International. Rick’s Fly Fishing and Fly Casting business specializes in walk & wade, as well as drifting many of the rivers in southern Ontario. Rick looks forward to sharing his passion towards the sport of angling with every client.

Rick’s piscatorial pursuits have taken him to some “world class” destinations; including, Atlantic Salmon in Norway, Canada’s Eastern Provinces, Steelhead in British Columbia and on the tributaries of the Great Lakes. Rick has saltwater fished the eastern seaboard from Kennebec Maine to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. His angling experience and knowledge has enabled many of his clients to fulfill their angling dreams.

Jock Scott Stamp

Jock Scott Stamp

As a member of the “hand picked” G.Loomis focus group Rick influenced the design of the G. Loomis Roaring River Two-Hand Rods, which were unveiled in September 2004 at the Fly Dealers Tackle Show in Denver Colorado. In 2012, he was also part of the NRX focus group field-testing the latest advancement in G.Loomis single hand and two-hand rod technology.

For over two decades, he has been an accomplished fly tier, fly fisher, and teacher. Rick has been profiled or published articles in: The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, Fly Tyer, Fly Fusion and The Atlantic Salmon Journal, to name a few. A guest tier and speaker throughout Canada and USA, his flies have been highlighted in many books and periodicals. In 2004, Canada Post commissioned Rick to tie a Full Dressed Jock Scott. The reproduction was replicated and released on Canadian ¢.50 stamp in February 2005.

Rick's Office on the Lower Grand Rive

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Rick Wohorwood on a guide

Beginners Fly Fishing School

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Single Hand Fly Casting Lessons

Single Hand Fly Casting Lessons

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Spey Casting Lessons

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Drift Boat School

Drift Spey School

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Lower Grand River Bass

Guiding - Fly Fishing

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Guiding - Light Tackle

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Buddy A Guided Day

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Rick Wohorwood on a guide

Beginners Fly Fishing School

Rick Whorwood's Beginner Fly Fishing SchoolHosted By First Cast Fly Shop Guelph  Rick Whorwood is proud to announce that in addition to our 2014 ...

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Single Hand Fly Casting Lessons

Single Hand Fly Casting Lessons

Single Hand CastingAll lessons will be based on an hourly rate and designed to meet your needs from beginner to advanced fly ...

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Rick Performing Perfect Spey Cast

Spey Casting Lessons

Spey Casting/Two Hand Casting LessonSpey casting lessons will be based on 4 hours and are designed to meet your needs, from beginner ...

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Drift Boat School

Drift Spey School

 Drift Spey SchoolA quick google search will show you that we are the only Outfitter in Southern Ontario to offer this program.Our ...

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Lower Grand River Bass

Guiding - Fly Fishing

 GuidingOur Guiding Program in Southern Ontario can be summed up as follows: The diversity of the cold water and warm game fish ...

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guide light tackle

Guiding - Light Tackle

It's Story TimeAbout 14 years ago I was invited to spend a week fishing Vancouver Island with my good friend Chris Seipio. ...

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Buddy A Guided Day

Buddy Up A Guide Day or Lesson

 BuddiesOne of the programs we've offered over the last few years, has been our Spey Drift School. Quite often we've been asked, ...

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Latest News

It's been almost two months since I posted on this page !
Mostly because I was away in Florida and secondly I wanted to get the Belize hosted trip completed so I would have more to write about.
I'm thinking that I should do two posts, one on the equipment I used (hopefully this might help anyone planning a saltwater trip) and the actual trip(s)

So let's do some Tech Talk !
The equipment I used on both trips:
Echo3S Rods
Airflo Clear Tip Tropical Taper lines
Airfo Bruce Chard's lines
Hatch Reels

My first opportunity to do a field test with the Echo3 was a trip to Ft Myers Beach and the Everglades. I loaded up a 7wt. and an 8wt, with an Airflo Tropical Clear Tip. Our Target species were Snook and Redfish.

In the last several years the big push has been for ultra fast action rods, because of this it's very common to over load your saltwater rods. If you think about it, a 12ft leader and a 9ft rod = 21ft. If you make a 30ft cast (which is very common when fishing from a boat), you hardly have enough mass outside the rod tip to load that stiff rod. I found this not to be the case with the Echo3S rods, I loaded a 7 line on a 7rod, in fact I did this on all 4 rods I tested out. They not only performed well for short casts, but also when making long casts.

Echo3S fly rods come in six to twelve wt. They have saltwater guides and anodized reel seats, and a beautiful pearlescent blue blank, oceanic grade cork handles, a rod sock and cordura rod cases that won't roll off the deck, and even alignment dots.
All Echo Rods have a lifetime warranty.

I really like the Airflo Clear tip lines. Having this clear tip gives you an extra long clear section (including your leader) this certainly helps when targeting spooky fish. They do take a bit to get used to, I found myself over casting my target a few times, but the trade off is well worth it.
Besides we all practise before we go south right !!

When it came to casting the 9-10wt rods I had them loaded with the Airflo Bruce Chard lines. These lines rock, Bruce and Tim have designed a line with a front taper that will punch thru wind and deliver a weighted crab fly with ease.

Hatch Reels:
These reels are a must for any serious saltwater angler, a one piece frame construction, with a sealed drag system and saltwater anodized make them bullet proof !
Unlike a few of the guys on the Belize trip that had to take their reels off the rods and clean the salt off the exposed internal components, I simply rinsed the salt off and they were ready to go.
One of the biggest fears when fighting a fish is adjusting the drag.
Playing with the drag can result in lost fish, with Hatch's multi drag disk system you can simply apply a small amount of drag pressure to slow down that hard running fish and get better control.

Wow ! this is getting rather long.
I'll end this with a quick story:
On my forth day in Belize while fishing, it was my turn up on deck. My friend had purchased a high end top saltwater rod prior to the trip. We were fishing in what they call the lagoon, it was slack tide so the fishing was slow. Before stepping down I asked him to make 3 casts with his new high end rod, he did. I then said make 3 more. I then gave him my Echo3S and asked him to strip off some line and make 3 casts and then another 3 casts. There was a bit of wind and he casted the same direction each time. Both rods were 9wts and had Bruce Chard lines. His loops & distance were identical in all casts. He was very impressed with the performance of the Echo3S. What he paid for his rod, he could have had 2-9wt Echo3s on the trip ! Something to think about when your planning a trip to the salt !

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P.Clough, Redfish
My first Permit
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3 days ago

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