Riley Bilous

In the spring of 2014 Riley dropped a resume off at the shop. We did not hire him at that time so he found work elsewhere. In January of 2015, Riley volunteered to help us out during the annual Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition weekend – prepping for the weekend, packing up the shop, setting up the booth – basically wherever we needed his help. We quickly discovered this young man knew how to work and would be a valuable asset to the team…. I think we asked him on the Monday after the show if he was still interested in working with us. Thankfully he said yes and has been with us now for almost a year.

Riley is quick to offer assistance. He’s an avid fly tyer, keen angler, and crazy for most everything out doors. Here’s more….

How long have you been fishing? Since about 5 years old

How long have you been fly fishing? Since 2012

How did you get started in fly fishing? I took a course and fell in love with the sport and have been fishing on the fly ever since.

Favorite species?  Brown Trout

Favorite water?  Smaller rivers and creeks

Favorite technique? Fishing foam dry flies for trout

Favorite flies? Fat Albert, Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, Adams X-fly, Galloup’s Bottoms Up

Favorite fishing book or DVD – “Itu’s Bones” and Barry Mitchell’s “Alberta’s Trout Highway”

Favorite Vise (as in the tool.) Nor-Vise

Favorite pattern to tie? Micro-leeches for lake fishing

Your destination/species wishlist:

  • Flats fishing for bonefish in the tropics
  • Tiger and Brown trout in the parkland of Manitoba
  • High mountain golden trout

Given the opportunity who would you choose to fish with? Or someone who has inspired you as an angler/tyer/teacher/guide. I would love to fish with Brian Chan or Phil Rowley on a lake in BC.


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