How to Approach “Trophy” Stillwater Fisheries

We are blessed with a huge number of what would be considered trophy stillwater fisheries in the interior of BC.  Lakes that hold some of the biggest triploid rainbow trout in the province, fish that will push well over the thirty-inch mark.  Is it difficult? Of course, they grow to these sizes for a reason.

These lakes are a test, they can be mentally draining if you approach them with the wrong mindset.  Do no push your boat into a trophy lake with the idea that you are guaranteed to have lights-out action the whole day.  Mindset is everything, accept the fact that you might come away empty handed and that’s okay.  I couldn’t even count the number of times I have been totally blanked by lakes like this without even an interaction with a single fish over an 8+ hour period. read more

Fly Tying: Two-Tone Chironomid Ribbings

This morning en route home, I was thinking of the small things about the website that I couldn’t quite seem to get dialed in.  Then I started to think about more and more small things, which eventually led me to the idea I was going to do a complete overhaul.

It only took twelve hours, but I have to say I am proud of how the new site looks.  It is easier to navigate, cleaner and more visually appealing in my opinion.  There will be a few quirks being worked out over the next few days, and if you have any suggestions I have thick skin so don’t hold back! read more

Fly Tying: Two-Tone Chironomid Bodies

Tying two-tone chironomid bodies is not a new practice by any means, but it’s one that is a lot easier than it may look at first glance.  I’m sure there are many ways to do it, but this is the method I taught myself at a younger age and have not found reason to change yet.

Chironomid pupa will retain residual hemoglobin when transforming from their larval stage, often you will see dark bodied chironomids with a very prominent red butt or segmentation.  Of course there are many variations of this, but for this tutorial I’ve chosen red and dark brown UTC thread for the body, tied on a size 16 Dai-Riki #285. read more

White Beads: When & Why You Should Fish Them

White beads, often referred to as snow cone or ice cream cone patterns, can really play a big part in the Stillwater chironomid game.  Here’s a few things to consider when using white beads.

Water Clarity:  The big advantage to white beads is that they stand out and can help fish locate them in murky water.  Often fishing tannin, or “tea coloured” water white beads will really shine.  Another great application for chironomids with white beads is during an algae bloom, as traditional pupa tied with yarn gills can grab clippings of algae on their way down the water column.  On the other hand, I will rarely ever fish a white bead in gin-clear water. read more

Six Reasons Stillwater Fly Fishing is Really Great

It’s February 1, and I’m sure I’m not the only one sitting here wondering when the first of the low-elevation lakes will begin to lose the ice that has kept us off of them all winter.  I know it won’t be for at least 45 days, so for the time being all we can do is dream.  Here are a few of my favourite things about our interior stillwater fishery.

*New* Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course – Trout Waters Fly & Tackle – Thursday, March 15

With our March 10th “Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course” being sold out, we’ve added another date at Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC on Thursday, March 15th!  This will be an evening course, running from 6-9pm.  This date is also expected to sell out quickly, click here to reserve your spot now.

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

Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course – Michael & Young Fly Shop Saturday, March 24

We are excited to announce two “Intro to Chironomid Fishing” courses at both of Micheal & Young Fly Shop’s locations (Surrey & Vancouver) on Saturday, March 24th.

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