“What is Prime Time for Interior Stillwater?”

This is a question that comes up often, and I try not to sound like a used car salesman when I tell people that there really is not a “perfect” time to visit the interior weather or fishing-wise.  Some lakes fish best early season and begin to taper off somewhat quickly, while others take a while to get going and seem to have a prolonged period of consistent fishing.

Elevation, depth and amount of sun or shade that a lake receives are just a few contributing factors to the timing of each fishery.  There is no way to tell what the weather will do, you can have shorts weather in April and you can have a hail storm in June.  There are lakes that seem to peak when everything else gets past ideal temperatures.  Tunkwa Lake is a prime example of this, if I were to plan a visit there I would pick late July into August to fish their “bomber” chironomid hatch. 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

Fall Spey Fishing Course – Fraser River – November 9-11, 2018

We have added a great package for those looking to get into or further their knowledge in fishing two handed fly rods.  This course is done on the water, and includes three full days of guided fishing on both the Fraser & Harrison rivers with Oliver Rutschmann of Oliver’s Sportfishing Adventures.  We have 4 spots available, all of the info can be found on our Hosted Trips page right here!

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

Five Applications for Intermediate Sinking Fly Lines

Clear intermediate sinking, or “slime lines” are an extremely versatile fly line that I believe don’t receive the recognition they deserve.  What these lines are is a full sinking line that simply falls at a very controlled rate of 0.5-2 inches per second.  They don’t hang up in shallow water, they’re very useful in fishing sub-surface and best of all they’re totally clear.  Here’s my 5 favourite applications:

1)      Scuds & Ledges – Freshwater shrimp are a huge part of a trout’s diet, they are the Big Mac of the underwater world and there’s a reason that lakes holding massive rainbows will typically have a large scud population.  What I will do with my clear intermediate line is find a ledge or a dropoff and anchor parallel to it.  If I can’t visually distinguish it, I’ll use my depth sounder to tell me right where the transition is.  From here, I will cast along the drop off or slightly over it onto the deep side.  With a quite erratic twitch retrieve I will bring the shrimp back to the boat with the occasional pause to allow my fly to fall.  Takes are usually quite savage. read more

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