LEN THOMPSON PRO-STAFF
Wes David is a professional angler and hunter from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada and a proud Len Thompson pro-staff member! Wes is a established freelance outdoors writer who has had articles in many popular publications including Outdoor Canada, Alberta Outdoorsmen, B.C. Outdoors and Alberta Conservation Magazine. He also hosts the Fishing the Wild West TV show.
Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences. Locations center around the heavily fished, public waters that are easily accessible for the majority of anglers.
LEN THOMPSON BRAND AMBASSADORS
Name: Addison Bell
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Favourite thing about fishing: It’s the perfect combination of science and spirituality.
Favourite Len Thompson: No. 2 YR (Yellow/Black Five of Diamonds)
Best fishing tip for beginners: Can’t catch a fish if you don’t keep the bait wet!
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Name: Scott Bulat
Location: Edmonton, AB
Favourite thing about fishing: Taking new people out in my boat that don’t normally get the chance to catch fish and let them experience a fun day
Favourite Len Thompson: No. 16 SS (Sun Set)
Best fishing tip for beginners: Always keep your rod perpendicular to your line on your retrieve, that way when you get a bite, the rod can do it’s job and flex and you can sweep the rod to the side to set the hook.
Follow Scott Bulat on Twitter @gofishalberta
Name: Graham Cloutier
Location: Castlegar, BC
Favourite thing about fishing: I love flyfishing and chucking lures, not sure which I like better though because I just love fishing. Also I just love the water, that is my main draw to fishing, I love being on it, swimming in it, just being around water makes me happy.
Favourite Len Thompson: Five of Diamonds
Best fishing tip for beginners: If you're not catching anything, try casting where you don’t think fish would be, they like to hide in places where you wouldn't think they are hiding.
Follow Graham's company Chillbilly Sportsfishing Charters on Facebook @chillbilly.charters
Name: Scott Funk
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Favourite thing about fishing: My favorite thing about fishing still has to be the strike. It doesn’t matter how many fish you’ve caught in a day, every hit still gives you that little adrenaline rush you can’t find anywhere else.
Favourite Len Thompson: CE (Canadian Edition - Canadian Flag Spoon)
Best fishing tip for beginners: My tip for beginners would be to network with other anglers, read a lot of articles, and put what you read into practice on every body of water you have access to. The only way to become a better angler is by getting out there and learning from your mistakes as often as you can
Follow Scott's contributions on Warfighter Outdoors Facebook @WarfighterOD
Name: Sam Hart
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Favourite thing about fishing: I love all the different species and all the different characteristic's about them. Nothing like targeting a species and figuring them out!
Favourite Len Thompson: The ole faithful 5 of diamonds!
Best fishing tip for beginners: My advice to beginners is don't always rely on the same honey holes and lures, experiment and try new locations, lures and techniques! Also is don't expect great fishing every time, surround yourself with good friends and family while fishing, and every outing will be amazing.
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Name: Henri-Vine Hétu
Location: Mascouche, Québec, Canada
Favourite thing about fishing: The excitement of a fish battling at the other end of the line and not knowing what it is until it's almost in the net!
Favourite Len Thompson: Reverse Red Platinum Series, this lure attracts the Northern Pike like if it was their dessert!
Best fishing tip for beginners: Don’t give up, read online or subscribe to a monthly magazine to learn the best tactics from the pros!
Follow Henri on Facebook or Instagram @Henri-VineFishing.
Name: Lisa Roper
Location: Lac La Biche, Alberta
Favourite thing about fishing: Fishing to me will always be so much more than just catching a fish. It’s about traditions, relationships, the fishing trip adventures, and the enthusiasm of having a fish on your line. It’s about the determination to try again tomorrow when you came up short today. It’s all those fishing moments we remember forever.
Favourite Len Thompson Lure: The Faithful - Five of Diamonds
Best fishing tip for beginners: My best tip for beginners is have fun, enjoy the journey and really appreciate and respect the feeling of having a fish on your line.
Follow Lisa on Instagram @alberta_roper_girl
Name: Matt Scott
Location: Iron Bridge, ON
Favourite thing about fishing: Appreciating nature, listening to the birds, seeing wildlife, and of course a tight line.
Favourite Len Thompson: Dimpled Sunset (SS) and Five of Diamonds (YR)
Best fishing tip for beginners: Don't hesitste to try new things until you learn what your target fish is looking for based on where you are. Once that information is obtained, use it to your advantage while trying new areas. But most importently, never get discouraged after a slow day on the water!
Follow Matt on Instagram @matt_scott_fishing
Name: Martin St-Louis
Location: Kingston, ON
Favourite thing about fishing: I live at the east end of the magnificent Lake Ontario and have a part time Fishing Charter (Friend with a Boat). My favorite species to target are Chinook Salmons. The great thing about the east end of the lake is that you can also catch Coho, Steelhead, lake trout, walleye, pike, bass... you actually never know what will bite your lures.
Favourite Lure: In 2017 my best Northern King lure was MAG Mixed Veggie. Man! Did I get big salmons and steelheads with this lure. For pike if you never tried Brass and Flame you missed something.
Follow Martin on Facebook @friendwithaboatfishingcharters
Name: Ken Truffen
Location: Burlington, ON
Favourite thing about fishing: Figuring out the pattern and lures to use depending on the time of year, body of water, water temperature and water clarity.
Favourite Len Thompson: Yellow and Red Original Series (Five of Diamond pattern)
Best fishing tip for beginners: Don’t be intimidated by all the lures, baits, reels, rods and fishing techniques. Utilize the incredible amount of useful fishing information, tips, and videos available online and learn one technique at a time, master it, and then learn something new. Even the best anglers in the world will never stop learning. It’s a lifelong process.
Follow Ken on Twitter at @KenTruffen