Whether into fishing or not, it seems that most people in Kamloops have heard of Mo Bradley. We have a feeling that this will probably extend well beyond Kamloops too! We met Mo in 2009 and since then, he and his wife Evelyn have become firm friends, supporting us before, during and since our emigration to Canada – after all, they were in the same boat 47 years ago! Mr & Mrs Bradley themselves immigrated to Kamloops, from Derbyshire in England. Much has changed in Kamloops since then, they tell me. It must have changed for the better, as we love it a lot, just as it is!
A quick internet search on Mo Bradley and you will swiftly come across the descriptions, “local fly fishing legend”, “legendary fishing guru”, “master fly-tyer”, to name but a few. This is because Mo IS an expert fly caster, entomologist and a general font-of-all-knowledge when it comes to lakes and waterways in Kamloops. For over 30 years, he has been developing and promoting recreational fishing in the Kamloops area.
Mo is passionate about teaching others about fishing. He is committed to ensuring that recreational fisheries and habitats are conserved and preserved for future generations and is dedicated to providing more fishing opportunities.
This fly fishing legend has won a number of awards over the years, including;
- Federation of the Fly Fishers, Certificate Appreciation; 1992
- City Of Kamloops, Centennial Medal; 1995
- President’s Award for the Kamloops Fish and Game Club
- Master Fly Tyers Award from the Governement of Canada; 2010
- City Of Kamloops, Distinguished Service Award; 2011
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Recreational Fisheries Award; 2011
Mo ties and donates thousands of flies each year, to conservational groups and charities, in order to help them raise much needed funds. He is or has been actively involved with, the Kamloops Fish & Game, Ducks Unlimited, The BC Wildlife Federation and the Kamloops Fly Fishers. This is where his passion for conservation shines through “Biodiversity, as Mother Nature intended” with the only stumbling block being, human interference. One of Mo’s aims is to get Biodiversity back to how it used to be, before we came along and started to mess things up.
In 2011, Mo unfortunately had a stroke in both eyes, which affected his ability to drive. Recent, successful surgery in one of Mo’s eyes, means that some of the damage caused by the stroke has been reversed, which is great news. Surgery on the second eye in early 2013, may even bring back the possibility that Mo can once again, drive his fishing truck. However in the meantime, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of volunteers willing to drive Mo’s truck, for the opportunity to fish with him for the day! Where they go of course, very much depends on the season and current conditions, but you can trust Mo to know what he’s talking about!
As we are now in the throes of winter here in Kamloops, Mo has been kind enough to talk me through everything one needs to go Ice Fishing. As the seasons change, we will continue to talk to Mo about flies and his fishing knowledge relevant to the area and the time of year.
Click here to see Mo’s take on Ice Fishing