Birdtail Waterfowl takes the Manitoba outdoor experience into deeper waters by hunting for record Manitoba rainbow and brown trout with our fly rods. Our guided stillwater fly fishing trips bring you to some of Manitoba’s most nutrient rich lakes that produce some of the largest stillwater tout in Canada. Our collective fishing experience, comfortable accommodations and North American renown trout waters make a complete fishing vacation.
All our staff members are accomplished fishermen with experience in numerous tournaments and events. Together our team represents over 70 years of combined guiding fishing experience with many renowned fishing lodges across Canada. Your experienced guide will help you master fly fishing techniques and pinpoint the perfect catch in Manitoba’s flourishing trout environments. Our lakes boast some of the finest stillwater fly fishing, our lakes are tucked into shallow valleys with birch, aspen, willow and variety of emergent plants.
Spring and fall are optimal seasons to catch a record Manitoba trout, with Browns as big as thirty inches and Rainbows over thirty! Make a fishing memory of a lifetime during your Canadian fishing getaway with Birdtail Waterfowl guided tours.
- Casting Lessons
- Fly fishing equipment
- No natural bait.
- Catch and release only.
Catch and Release:
Barbless hooks must be used in Manitoba and make for easy release of fish and minimize injury. Although some anglers may feel they lose more fish with barbless hooks, steady pressure on the line will seldom result in lost fish.
Reducing the handling time and therefore the stress on a fish, is very important in determining the chance of survival of a released fish. Stress and physical damage are the biggest killers of released fish, so caution must be exercised. A fish that is going to be released should be played as little as possible. If you are going to release a fish immediately, don’t handle it at all. Simply remove the hook with a pair of pliers while the fish is still in the water. Deeply swallowed hooks should be cut off, rather than removed. The damage done trying to remove the hook could be fatal, but left alone the hook will often corrode and work free.
If you must handle a fish, use a wet wool mitt. Never grab a fish by the eyes or gills; instead grasp the fish behind the gills and lift it out of the water. Be careful not to squeeze its belly. After removing the hook, gently return the fish to the water head first. You can support larger fish from underneath with one hand, while using the other hand to hold the tail.
Do not keep the fish out of water any longer than necessary. The chance of survival will be increased by minimizing the time out of water. Many fish will swim away without being revived, but if necessary, work some water through its gills. Be careful not to pull back abruptly on the fish or push it through the water too quickly, otherwise you may do more damage than good.
Though it should go without saying, never toss fish back into the water as you would your boat anchor or a rock. You may have the satisfaction of releasing a fish without realizing that the return may damage it.