How to Fish a Naked Line Chironomid Setup

Strike indicators are an incredibly effective tool in stillwater fly fishing, but sometimes it is more fun to take the indicator/swivel setup off and fish a naked line.  Though it may feel very approximate at first, it can prove quite effective in some situations and can even out-fish the traditional static presentation.  I will typically fish a naked line when I am in water deeper than 15 feet and I know that fish are suspending themselves a little ways off the bottom of the lake. read more

What’s In Our Boat: Chironomid Fishing Setup

Every few days, an email comes in on the topic of rod/reel/line setups for chironomid fishing in specific.  While it does not have to be overly expensive, having quality equipment goes a very long way in making your experience as enjoyable as possible.  Our boats and my personal arsenal are both set up with what I believe are the best tools for the job.  Here is a detailed breakdown: read more

3 Tips for Fishing in a Blanket Chironomid Hatch

Many days are spent cruising around the lake searching for bugs.  Even a small patch of mud that is putting off a half-decent emergence can be worthy of your time.  What about the other end of the spectrum?  The times where there are chironomids blanketing the entire water’s surface and you feel like you are fishing a needle in a haystack?

It is disheartening to think that every chironomid you see hatching is one that made it from the bottom of the lake all the way up without getting intercepted by a fish.  A chironomid hatch will turn fish on, without a doubt, but at what point does it begin to work against you?  Here are three techniques I lean on during a massive chironomid hatch. read more

REMINDER: Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course – Trout Waters Fly & Tackle – Saturday, April 14th

This Saturday will mark the final “Intro to Chironomid Fishing” course before springtime stillwater guiding takes over the schedule.  This course is held at Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC from 10am – 1pm this Saturday, April 14th.

Chironomid fishing is an excellent way to put great numbers of fish in the net, but it can be a technical game at first.  The point of these courses is to ease that learning curve and allow you to be consistently more successful this spring on our local stillwaters. read more

3 Essential Stillwater Ice-Off Patterns

Finally back and settled from a long day of travel that started at 5:00am in Houston, Texas returning from Tarponville Fishing Lodge in Costa Rica.  Tomorrow there will be a full recap of the trip, safe to say it is one of the most incredible fisheries I’ve ever experienced.

Despite the current weather in the interior of British Columbia, ice-off is right around the corner.  Fishing the first few days after the ice leaves a lake can be tricky, but when approached properly will yield some great results.  Here are a few patterns I swear by during the ice-off period: read more

Last Call: Michael & Young Fly Shop Chironomid Fishing Course – March 24th

IMPORTANT: We have merged our two courses tomorrow into one course at M&Y’s Surrey Location.  The course is at 10am and costs $45 per person.

This is a great course for those looking to sharpen their skills before the upcoming Stillwater season.  Spring is right around the corner, give yourself an extra edge on some of our interior trophy fisheries.

This course covers:

Proper boat setup

How to approach trophy stillwater fisheries

Locating and effectively covering a chironomid emergence read more

“Intro to Chironomid Fishing” Course – Trout Waters Fly & Tackle – Saturday, April 14th

By popular demand, we’ve added a third “Intro to Chironomid Fishing” course at Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, April 14th

Chironomid fishing is an incredibly productive form of Stillwater fly fishing.  Though they are small, chironomids make up a huge part of a trout’s diet through the open water season.  This course is a 3 hour indoor presentation that will cover the following: read more

Stillwater Fly Fishing: Using Throat Samples to Determine Depth

Throat pumps are one of the great tools of stillwater fly fishing.  When used correctly, they do not harm the fish at all and allow you to see exactly what was on the recent menu.  They become very effective during a chironomid hatch, as what’s in the throat pump can give you a great idea how deep you should be fishing.

When a chironomid pupa transforms from a larva and ascends the water column, they will build up a gas inside of their abdomen.  This is what gives them the silvery sheen that is often referred to as a “chromie”.  Seeing this silvery chironomid pupa in a throat sample is a great indication that fish may not be feeding all that close to bottom.  Typically, fish that are stuffed with shiny chironomid pupa are actually suspended in the water column.  Using a depth sounder to pick up fish will give you confirmation of this. read more

Fly Tying: The Cranberry Larva

Though it was -9C when I got in the truck this morning, I know that we are almost halfway through March and ice-off is not all too far away.  Laying eyes on an ice-free interior lake you’ve been dreaming of since December is one of the best feelings in the world for an obsessed angler.

This tutorial covers one of my favourite ice-off patterns.  This fly has proven effective for over five seasons now in the early windows of spring stillwater as well as late fall and even mid-summer lake fishing.  The cranberry holographic Flashabou is (in my opinion) what makes this pattern.  It is dulled a little bit by the red scud backing but I believe that is a good thing.  A subtle amount of sparkle from the holo flash mixed with the true hemoglobin colour that the red scud backing brings is a deadly combination. read more

Michael & Young Chironomid Fishing Courses – Saturday, March 24th

Find chironomid fishing frustrating, boring or downright futile sometimes?  Have you had some success but still want to further your knowledge?

Calling all of those on the Lower Mainland of BC, don’t forget about the two upcoming “Intro to Chironomid Fishing” courses at Michael & Young Fly Shop on Saturday, March 24th.

This course runs three hours in length and includes the following:

Proper boat setup

How to approach trophy stillwater fisheries

Locating and effectively covering a chironomid emergence read more

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