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Fish & Fly For the Adventure Angler "Meet a true Zen Master of Salmo trutta, a fly fishing guide in western Canada whose passion since childhood for the European import has led him to forget more than most guides ever figure out about how to fool big browns."

Robert S. Tomes (pictured), Fish & Fly magazine, Summer 2005 edition

"Expert guide, Garry Pierce, of Tailwater Drifters has fished this entire region for 30 years and knows where, when and what to fish throughout the season. Fishing with him over the past several years we've experienced dry-fly action on big, selective browns that rivals any I've enjoyed elsewhere in the world. We've also heli-fished into spectacular looking water that had never been pressured, where huge cutthroat rose to a fly like it was their last meal on earth. For the serious trout angler who appreciates the challenge of big fish on dries, this is the place."

- as featured in "Travel Guide to North America",
Fly Fish America magazine, February 2005 edition

Fish & Fly America
Peches Sportives "A fabulous Guide, Garry is an honest and passionate man who knows and loves his trout."

- as featured in Peches Sportives magazine, January - February 2006 edition

"All of us want to thank you again for everything. Everybody in the party enjoyed so much fishing under your guidance; all the places you chose to take us were so wonderful; we had such a good time and laughing together; everybody had his best-ever trout on dry fly. What more?"
Jacques Pourrat and group - Toulouse, France

"Thank you for a wonderful day. We had so much fun and you were wonderful, knowledgeable and patient. I told my family I was lethal with that fishing pole at the beginning, but that you got me where I was getting the fly in the general vicinity. Take care and hope to see you next year."

Kerrie Carfagno - Edmonton, AB

"Thanks for making yesterday so special. I really enjoyed myself with Tailwater Drifters. I'll be in touch."

Bruce Leonard - Los Angeles, CA

"Lou and I enjoyed the fishing and your and Connie's hospitality and look forward to a future trip."

Dave and Louella Hall, Boerne, TX

"Thanks again for a good time this week. Good fishing, good food, great country, good people. Tim and I really enjoyed ourselves. You're great hosts for your country!"

Duane and Tim, Walnut Creek, California

"Did enjoy your company last week and the day out was fantastic. I was shattered on the Thursday, even slept for two hours on the flight home."

Colin Carter - Gloucester, England

"I wanted to tell you how much Clay and I enjoyed fishing with you. We appreciate your willingness to fish early and late in the day and do whatever it takes to catch fish. You have shown more than any guide that I have worked with in the past. Tell Connie we are still talking about the muffins, apple pie and fried chicken."

Carl Lindgren, Yorba Linda, California

"Garry: I really enjoyed the Saturday on the North Ram. Great weather, good company and good fishing....sorry I let the big one get away!"

Dave Bathe, Minden, Ontario

"Again, thank you for the wonderful time, along with the good food and laughs."

David Macy - Longmont, Colorado

"I enjoyed fishing with you a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, we can fish together again at some point. I enjoyed chasing after the cuts. I may run into you again in Alberta. It is a relatively easy trip for me to make."

Connor Haggerty - Roeland Park, Kansas

"Garry, thanks again for the guiding yesterday, really good day!"

Tyler Charkie- Calgary, AB

"Many thanks for sending the magazine, it arrived this morning. They done you proud in that report and you deserve it all. A little of your knowledge did rub off on me, but I will have to return again soon to learn more. The Wye is fishing poor, so looks like I will have to wait till I go to Ireland, but if I had to make a choice I WOULD BE ON A PLANE HEADING TO THE RED DEER."

Colin & Jean Carter - Gloucester, England

"I Just wanted to thank you both again for the excellent fishing season. I had a great time on all the trips and I think 2 of the trips were my most successful ones ever."

W. Monty Ross - Edmonton, AB.

"I just wanted to send a note and say "Thank You" to you and Connie for making our stay in Red Deer very pleasant. The food you and Connie prepared was fantastic and beyond delicious. The scenery was breathtaking and beautiful. I really appreciate the extra effort you made to find us fish under very difficult circumstances with the high muddy water on the Red Deer River. The evening spring creek trip was definitely above and beyond the normal call of duty. I would definitely do the trip with you again if the opportunity presents itself."

Anthony Hipps - Lexington, North Carolina

"Thanks for the photos and your hospitality when we were with you. Naturally disappointed we didn't get more time on the river together but we will do it again, hopefully in New Zealand as well as Red Deer."

John & Anne Sanders - Christchurch, New Zealand

"Many thanks for the trip yesterday - we both enjoyed it immensely - it was nice to be on a river in the foothills once again. Landing some large cutts also helped of course. As always, you did a great job and we really appreciate all your efforts in getting us into those fish."

Brian & Anthony Jones - Edmonton, AB.

"The Red Deer River was a great surprise and Garry an extremely knowledgeable guide. We didn't expect to find so many big trout on this river. Unfortunately, the conditions weren't perfect but we managed to see the great potential and we hope to return soon. This river and the area merit an article of their own."

Kathleen & Jean-Pierre Piccin - Lourdes, France
(as reported to Travel Alberta International Inc.)

"I would really like to thank you both for the time I spent with you. It was very special and you are both wonderful people."

Shell Overson - Eildon, Australia

"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you once again for the terrific trip to the North Ram. It is a part of the country that I would have bypassed and I appreciated seeing it through someone else's point of view. Of course, the fish were a blast!"

Tom Arnold - Mt. Sinai, NY

"An able, affable guide, Garry Pierce facilitated an enjoyable trip for my sight impaired father who, with unintrusive assistance, caught fish on the lunker laden Red Deer River and picturesque Ram."

Christopher Hall - Libertyville, IL

"Garry's knowledge of brown trout, their habits, feeding patterns and also insect hatches, is amazing. He knows the Red Deer River like most people know their kitchen"

Alan McRae - Atlanta, GA.

"Garry is a very patient individual who provides constant encouragement for his clients. He never criticizes poor casting, poor presentation of the fly or any other client-produced antic that puts down the fish."

Brian Jones, Edmonton, AB.

"I wanted to let you know how much my two sons and I enjoyed our four days of fishing with you. I particularly appreciate how hard you worked with Tim and Aaron on the finer technical elements of fishing for big browns. It requires a lot of patience to guide two teenage brothers, and you did so marvelously."

Clay Stauffer - Holland, MI.

"Garry is not only an excellent fly fisherman himself but has the unique ability to teach these often difficult skills to his clients whether they be a beginner or expert. He also has the patience and determination to do this day after day on the river regardless of conditions. His keen eyes and understanding of fish and techniques never ceases to amaze me... and always results in great fishing."

Robert Tomes - Chicago, IL.

"Either this guy's a couple of hackle turns short of a Woolly Bugger, or he's one of the most intense, committed and gonzo river guides that we've ever run into"

Neil Waugh - The Edmonton Sun, Oct. 21/2000


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