About Ian Colin James

Ian was the first certified instructor and full time guide on the Grand River, and has been guiding for over 30 years. He is the author of The Bestseller: Fumbling with a Flyrod and is the resident tying expert on the TV show: The New Fly Fisher.




History: I created the Dexter way back in 1983 as a copy of the Mepps #2 red-and-white spinner. One summer day I was out on Guelph Lake, here in Ontario, fishing for Smallmouth Bass with several spin fishermen. At days … Continue reading




Origins I developed the Plonker in 1985 as a drowned mouse pattern for Northern Pike, large Brown Trout, and Smallmouth Bass. I tied it on a #4 Mustad 3366, so I could go after these fish using the same 5-weight … Continue reading


Carping: Fly Fishing’s Crack (Part 1)


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