Sport Fishing On The Fly is a nationally broadcast fly-fishing television series, hosted by Don Freschi. The show is now filmed in high-definition, primarily on the pristine rivers and lakes of western Canada. Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and spectacular wildlife, Don shares his experiences, tips, and tricks as he fishes everything from fast moving rivers, to dead calm lakes, to vast open oceans.
One of the most popular aspects of SFOTF is the fly tying segment On The Bench. Most episodes feature this segment which has Don tying both simple and complex flies and explaining the entire process in great detail, making it easy to follow along and replicate the effective patterns he features on the shows.
Up until series 16, the show was co-hosted by Grant Fines. Grant brought his own perspective to the styles and techniques he and Don used to effectively catch fish for well over a decade. He also hosted a segment within the show called On The Technology which featured an in-depth look into fly-fishing related products.
These days, Don hosts the show with guests such as his brother, Dale Freschi, Brian Chan of the Freshwater Fishing Society of B.C., Dwayne D'Andrea of Mountain Valley Sports Fishing, or guides local to the area. The show always places a heavy emphasis on effective flies and fly-fishing techniques, as well as the conservation of our environment and the protection of the wildlife that inhabit it. Catch and release is practiced almost exclusively, however on occasion, a select few fish are retained because of extensive damage to the fish, or for the purpose of consumption.
As a regular guest on the show, Fisheries Biologist Brian Chan brings a unique angle to fly-fishing. He and Don often dicuss the biology of the insects they are replicating and fish they are catching, as well as the stocking types and numbers of popular BC lakes and rivers.
Moving forward, we hope to build a strong online community around the show. We encourage all of our visitors to leave comments and share their fly fishing experiences, and to check back often, as the site and the television show continue to evolve.