Phil Rowley

Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North and South America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. Phil is probably best known for his stillwater exploits.

A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and has been the fly tying columnist for BC Outdoors Magazine for over 10 years. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In 2014, Phil was the proud recipient of a Life Time Achievement Award from Fly Tyer magazine. Most recently, Phil was honored to receive the 2017 Jean Guy Cote award for his contribution to Canadian fly tying.

In addition to his writing, Phil has five instructional DVD’s. In 2018 he, along with good friend Brian Chan, released a Stillwater Fly Fishing App. A unique hand held resource specifically dedicated to the challenges of fly-fishing lakes. Phil was also a competitive fly fisher. He was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2017 Canadian Fly-Fishing championships.

When he isn’t on the water, Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs, conducting fly-fishing schools and fly tying clinics. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home.

Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sports Fishing Adventures, The New Fly Fisher, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta, Let’s Go Outdoors and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney.

How long have you been fly fishing?

Since my early 20’s so over 35 years

What’s your favourite type of fly fishing?

Stillwater fly fishing

Favourite food?

Good old English roast beef dinner with Yorkshire Pudding and mash potatoes. So not good for me!

Favourite music?

Classic Rock

Favourite camping food?


Where I call home?

Sherwood Park, Alberta

My motto?

Because You Never Stop Learning

Principles I live by?

Pay it Forward

What’s on your bucket list?

Fly fishing for Mako Sharks

Favorite Hook And Vice cap?

Stillwater Pro Model

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