Hook And Vice blog

Experience real life tales of adventure and good times from our passionate team of fly fishing enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. Everyone loves a good story and our blog is exactly that. The Hook And Vice Ambassador team share everything from fly fishing in the remote Arctic, how to tie our favourite flies, perfecting your casting skills, travel to far off lands, adventure and super number one good times. This fly fishing blog is guaranteed to entertain you for a few hours.

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November 3, 2019Noel Fox, Tying Flies, Video

How to tie a California Neil

Tying a California Neil Variation – By Noel Fox. This video features Noel Fox tying a slight variation to the California Neil that was taught to him by his Uncle Bruce Fyfe. This colour combination is super effective for catching coho …

August 22, 2019Tying Flies

To Tie, or Not to Tie.

To Tie, or Not to Tie – By Josh Rempel. Of all the adjectives I would use to describe myself, artistic is not one of them. To be brutally honest, even the most modest of stickmen require a high level …

May 20, 2019Tying Flies, Zach Copland

Blood Worm

Fly Fishermen’s Pre-Season Checklist – By Zach Copland. Bloodworms are a must have pattern for any stillwater angler that is fishing just after ice off. These patterns are extremely effective under an indicator just off the bottom early in the …

April 14, 2019Sean Chahley, Tying Flies

The Uncle’s Favorite Ant

The Uncle’s Favorite Ant – By Sean Chahley. The emergence of the Black Ant in the Spring typically means that it’s officially dry fly season. As these terrestrial critters make their way out of the ground and take to the …

October 15, 2018Guiding, Jordan Simpson


Guiding -By Jordan Simpson. Guiding, in what it is, is taking people fishing. And I love doing that. That said, being a great angler doesn’t make you a great guide. I know lots of great anglers who shouldn’t be guides. On …

August 31, 2018Environment, Marc Faktor

Stay Cool & Be Fly!

Stay Cool & Be Fly! – By Marc Faktor. As I look out at a smoke-filled city, I am bluntly reminded of the many heat waves that hit the PNW this summer. Things have heated up so much over the …

August 20, 2018Brian Chan, Tying Flies

Solving the Zooplankton Puzzle

Solving the Zooplankton Puzzle – By Brian Chan. The summer to early fall months can be a challenging time for the stillwater fly fisher.  The majority of aquatic insect hatches have occurred and trout become very opportunistic in their feeding …

August 12, 2018Elliot Brass, Tying Flies

Dubbing Brushes

Dubbing Brushes – By Elliot Brass. Dubbing brushes are a great way to tie up strong durable flies.  There are several commercial versions available but I find them a bit pricey and wanted to make mine more sparse then what …