Fishing the North woods of Maine

Posted: July 1, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Great time with Mark Hudy at his family cabin on the banks of the Kennebek River. We saw more eagles and loons than other fisherman and that made it even more special.

Thanks for a great time Mark!

New movie here!!! Summer steelhead x 2 and more!

Posted: April 16, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

This newest movie of mine plays more like a 15 minute TV show. It’s 3A TV. Mostly edited for language but may not be suitable for all viewers.

Special thanks to my dad Dave Heller, James Evans, Joe Caler, Jason Stricker, Kevin Gray, Jason Resser and Shawn Richey who are all featured in this episode. Hope you enjoy!

Please enjoy these pictures from my trip last weekend with Kevin Gray. Triple A all day up in here! It’s great to get out and even better to catch a couple. The older I get the more I enjoy releasing fish. Especially when their work is yet to be completed. I’m looking forward to releasing more soon! Ha!

Also….have you checked out the new AAA hoodies yet? This is the 3A w/ Fish design by Don Melendez. Don’t sleep next time they come around! New orders this fall.

New HOW TO video is here!

Posted: February 12, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Thanks for coming by and checking out my latest How To tutorial! Now go tip that jig!

Steely Blanchard shows off a DANDY!

Posted: January 18, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here is Chris Blanchard of NWK Fishing with a dandy fooking chromer taken on hardware!! I am very grateful he is donning the AAA Hoody for this beauty!

Any inland winters out there??

Posted: January 8, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

I have seen some chromed-out winters from the coastal rivers but very few inland fish yet. Here’s one Joe got when I was out with him last week hiking.

Taken on a nightmare pattern jig tipped w/ prawn.

Dad’s Alaska video turns out great!

Posted: January 1, 2018 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here is my Dad’s very own movie, that he made, from his trip to see Auntie in Alaska. The trip was for silvers this fall.

Video Tutorial: Offsetting a single siwash hook

Posted: December 1, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports
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If you’re an angler who uses hardware or plugs for steelhead then it’s important you know how to offset a single siwash hook. Whether for pleasure or rule a single hook is often what you’ll find on the end of your line. Check out how to make the fish sorry they grabbed that single hook in the first place. Or don’t and let half or more get free.

Tips up,

Chris H.

British Columbia’s Tsuniah Lake Lodge!

Posted: November 27, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Please welcome guest contributor, Steve Lanigan, as he describes his wilderness, fly fishing trip into BC’s Tsuniah Lake Lodge!

By Steve Lanigan

Tsuniah Lake Lodge up in British Columbia was our home base for a wilderness fly-fishing trip during early September. What made this a unique experience was that we were float tube fishing on a 48-mile long lake!

We were fortunate to have our fishing friend, Doug, in our group since he’s stayed at the lodge several times over the years and he knew where nearby fishing hot spots were located. In fact, several years ago Doug was the one who figured out that float tube fishing was a productive (and fun!) way to fish for large bull trout and rainbows that were feeding where sockeye salmon were spawning along the lakeshore.

As a result, the lodge now has a large supply of float tubes for anyone to use (of course the lodge owners also know the good places to fish, but it made Doug feel “special” to be our guide).

Our focus was having someone from the lodge drop us off at nearby Chilko Lake where we spent most of our time fishing. Most of us had never been in a float tube before, but we all figured it out in no time. When the winds came up, we stayed tucked into sheltered bays and had one of the lodge boats drop us off and then later pick us up. The fishing was excellent, although I was surprised that weighted streamers were much more effective at catching fish than egg patterns.

The scenery was stunning as the lodge is located on the east side of the Coast Range, 200 miles north of Vancouver B.C. The best way to get to the lodge is to fly in, although you can also drive (four hours on a “rough” road) to the lodge from Williams Lake, B.C. The accommodations were great, the food was excellent (I gained five pounds), and the entire Brebner Family, who own and have been running the lodge for the past 50 years were always friendly and helpful.

We also enjoyed some horse back riding, fishing out of hand-made rowboats for rainbows in Tsuniah Lake (in front of the lodge), and taking a day-long boat ride on Chilko Lake where we used spinning tackle to catch fish. The only thing I’d do differently next time is to make sure I have good fitting fins. Mine felt fine in the store, but on the water they ended up blistering the tops of my toes. Fins that don’t cover the end of your toes seem to be the way to go.

AAA Pro Staff smashes some chrome

Posted: November 27, 2017 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Here is my man Eric Koenig aka The Koendog taking care of some chrome action no doubt! Here’s the deets about his catch!

*North Fork Composites Rod 7’6″
*Home Made spinner “Pink Hootchie”
*Braided main line ran to a duo lock snap

Congrats to Eric for this dandy chromer and for always repping that TRIPLE A!