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Dave Brandt talks Minipi

Dave Brandt fly-fishing at Minipi

Expert fly-tier and casting instructor Dave Brandt visits Coopers’ Minipi Lodges regularly. Dave sat down to speak with our media editor Mandy about his love of fly-fishing and his first ever trip to Minipi. At what age did you begin fly-fishing, and what inspired you to begin the sport? I was about 20-21. I had fished for trout anyway, with a spinning rod for quite a few years. A buddy and I had seen it, we just thought it was a wonderful way to go. It’s like watching someone ride a bicycle when you’re three and they’re 15, and you Continue Reading

Hex vs. Drake

Larry Cory

When Bear Andrews first asked me to go with him to Labrador, he enticed me with descriptions of the big “Hex” fly hatches and spectacular rises by monster Brookies. It worked. I couldn’t wait to see that. Brook Trout have always been my favorite trout and a chance to catch a true leviathan was too much… I HAD to go. Well, the hatches materialized and so did the Brookies. Bear wasn’t pulling my leg. Labrador turned out to be everything he said it was. At one point, I was crouched down in the boat with my camera lens focused on Continue Reading

Minipi Guides Report – July 2014

Minipi Watershed

July month, it seems, was a continuation of June month with bad weather including rain and wind keeping water levels consistently high. A couple of days saw wind speeds of 60km (37 miles) per hour making fishing a real challenge. A huge brown drake hatch at Big Hairy on July 14 was just that, hairy! making it almost impossible for fishermen to entice trout to artificial patterns because of an abundance of available natural ones. Frustrating experiences like this often meant landings were limited to two or three fish at best. Duncan Lewis, a long-time angler at Minipi confirmed that he’s Continue Reading

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