Jim and Lynda McLennan
About Jim and Lynda McLennan
About Jim and Lynda McLennan
Jim and Lynda began fly fishing together in the 1970s. Married since 1977,
they have operated McLennan Fly Fishing full time since 2004, and in
that time have taught thousands of people the fine art of fly fishing.
Jim was one of the first fly-fishing guides on Alberta’s Bow River, and is a
well-known outdoor writer and speaker. He is the author of five books on
fly fishing. He is contributing editor for Fly Fisherman and Fly Fusion magazines. 2022 brings his new book Trout Tracks.
Jim is also co-host, along with Derek Bird, of Fly Fusion Television,
a series broadcast on the World Fishing Network.
Lynda was a founding director of Casting For Life, a fly-fishing
retreat for breast cancer survivors, and has been teaching fly fishing
in various formats since the 1980s.
She is a skilled photographer whose work appears in magazines,
books, and on numerous websites.
She has been a photographer for Highfield Stock Farm since 2013.
Lynda is now spending time with her pens and pencils. Illustrations
compliment Jim's writing throughout the new book Trout Tracks.
In 2006 the McLennans were invited to represent Alberta’s fly-fishing community
at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
This website is also the information centre for two other Jim and Lynda McLennan passions/businesses - music and art/photography.
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Photo: Rick Harding
We would like you to meet Allard. He will be instructing a few of our schools this year. We have walked with Allard in his journey of learning the art of fly fishing. We welcome him as one of our instructors.
Although born in Ottawa, Allard van Everdingen grew up in Calgary, Alberta in a mostly non-fishing family spin casting only on camping trips and mountain hikes. He grew up using spoons and lures but that all changed 9 years ago when he and his wife signed up for a 1-Day Intensive Course on the Bow River with Jim and Lynda.
Allard has spent the last 9 years exploring the rivers and streams of Southern Alberta and BC, learning more about the sport, volunteering for Trout Unlimited events, Fish rescues with his family, the Canadian Fly Fishing Nationals in 2013, Casting for Life in 2018, and tying his own flies. Most recently, he decided to take the next step and hone his casting skills. Under the tutelage of a Master Certified Casting Instructor he received his Casting Instructor (CI) Certification from Fly Fishers International (FFI) in August of 2017.
When Allard is not teaching fly fishing, he is spending time with his family fishing the waters he loves.
Glenn began fly fishing hardcore right after high school. In the 90’s he was a trout bum at the 1st Calgary Flyshop – Country Pleasures - there he worked with the most knowledgeable of Alberta fly fishing industry and learned as much as possible from the experiences of many of Alberta's pioneers in the sport. Eventually he taught fly tying along with entomology, reading water, casting and introduced locals and traveling fly fishers to the finer aspects of fishing the Bow River with a fly (...mostly he acquired a massive amount of gear). During that time he was fortunate to have met and worked with many of the greats in the sport – Jim and Lynda McLennan, Doug Swisher, Dave Whitlock, Dave Hughes, Jack Dennis, Mike Lawson, Gary LaFontaine, Brian Chan, AK Best, John Gierach, Joan Wulff ...and more.
In 1995 he founded Blue Ribbon Bow Fly Fishing while working full time in the flyshop, guiding, fishing all over Alberta, B.C. , Montana and Washington. Glenn's fished many of the most famous locations of the NW and is always looking for those lesser known places that hold exceptional trout. An Alberta fly fisherman and a guide right down to the backing – Glenn's passion when guiding is to introduce fly fishers to those big tough fish that are hunted by sight and make exceptional memories the species matter little, but a full net is a happy net.
Robert spent many days as a youth wandering the foothills and high country west of Calgary in search of trout with his family. Like his father and grandfather, the outdoors has been a central theme throughout his life.
Robert graduated from Lethbridge College with a diploma in Environmental Science specializing in Watershed Management. He is a certified Field Leader in Hiking with the Outdoor Council of Canada and served five years as a civilian Search and Rescue volunteer here in Alberta.
As part of his professional life, Robert has led numerous stream crossing restoration projects, some of which have been acknowledged by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Alberta Environment and Parks and The Alberta Conservation Association. One multi crossing project in the southern Rockies was nominated for both a Responsible Canadian Energy Award and an Emerald Award. The stream restoration work also led to features in Conservation Magazine, OilWeek Magazine, and television vignettes on Michael Short’s Let's Go Outdoors.
Robert has participated in various Trout Unlimited events like tree wrapping and fish rescues and was a controller on a Bow River section of the 11th Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships in 2013. He was also a Designated Volunteer Coordinator with Fish and Wildlife's former Stewardship License Pilot Project aimed at educating anglers about the effects of non-native trout species on the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies.
Fifteen years ago, Robert wanted to improve his fly fishing abilities and began taking lessons with McLennan Fly Fishing. The mountain lakes and foothills streams of Alberta's rocky mountains are his first love, and he says that the only thing better than visiting wild trout in wild places is sharing the experience with others!