Larry Mellors

larry-mellorsLarry Mellors was born, raised and has lived his whole life in the City of Brantford where the beautiful Grand River flows through. While Larry was growing up, many nights throughout the year, his mom would make a picnic supper for the family to enjoy while fishing between Wilkes and Indian Dams on the Grand.

Larry had fishing bred into his bloodlines. During the 60’s and 70’s, Ontario’s outdoor media would regularly contact Larry’s father, Don, and write stories about his fishing prowess for rainbow trout. They referred to his father as “Ontario’s Rainbow Trout King”. Larry started fishing at the age of three and by the age of five had landed his first migratory rainbow trout from Big Creek, a Lake Erie tributary.

Like many other anglers, Larry began fishing with a spinning rod. Today his preferred method of catching fish is with a fly rod, either single or double-handed. Larry’s intimate knowledge of the Grand River and its fish species allows him to catch steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, catfish, walleye, suckers, carp, mooneye, northern pike and several species of pan fish with a fly. But his true passion is targeting smallmouth bass and steelhead!

Larry is committed to the protection and enhancement of Ontario’s diversified fishery. As such, Larry donates over 2,000 personal hours per year to this end. In recognition for his conversation efforts, he has been awarded several provincial and national conservation awards. Larry has a passion for fostering a sense of environmental stewardship among the youth of this province. Since 1982, he has actively been associated with numerous schools having the students conduct stream rehabilitation projects and aquaculture. Larry was the President of Ontario Steelheaders for 19 years and a Director for 28. He has been the only President of Brantford Steelheaders since its creation in 1982.

Larry is an Instructor and Guide for Grand River Troutfitters.

Larry has been teaching fly tying for over 20 years. If there is any free time for Larry, he can be found at his fly tying bench. Larry will be tying a successful pattern he developed for the Grand River called the “Grand Series”. It proved itself in British Columbia this past fall as well.

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