Stoney Lake Youth Fly Camp 2018 – Day 1 Recap

It has been a hot minute since a new blog post has been written!  Apologies, work has a way of consuming a hell of a lot of time through the busy months.  Couple that with not having access to wi-fi for the last 5 weeks and it makes things a bit tricky.  Luckily, we are at Stoney Lake Lodge this weekend for the 2018 Youth Fly Camp and things are off to a stellar start!

This event is for youth under 16 years old, and it is incredible to see such young people interested in the sport of fly fishing.  This morning I was lucky enough to take two young anglers aged 11 and 12 on the water, after a few missed opportunities I got to watch their eyes light up as one nice rainbow after another hit the net. read more

Using a Throat Pump Effectively

Using a throat pump to acquire a sample of what a fish has recently been feeding on is not an irresponsible or inhumane act.  A proper throat pump has a beveled end that tapers down slightly to avoid any harm done on fish, and the fish itself does not have to leave the water for more than three seconds to grab a throat sample.  A throat pump is not meant to be jammed into the stomach of the fish, only pull a sample of what has recently been ingested.

To throat pump a fish, cradle it upside down in your net with the pump in your opposite hand.  Fill the bulb with water, then allow most of it to be squeezed out while the tube remains wet.  Depress the bulb, insert it directly into the fish’s throat and quickly release the bulb.  Immediately set the fish back in the water and set your throat pump aside.  Release the fish before examining the contents. read more

Fly Tying: The G.B.D Micro Leech

Whether it is in a morning/evening session or after a big chironomid feed takes place, micro leeches are a staple food source that can save even the toughest of days.  This fly works great in the shallows under a strike indicator, fished on an intermediate sinking line, or in deeper water on a full sink.

This is an incredibly simple marabou micro-leech with a collar of Arizona Simi-Seal in “Black/Purple”.  To me, that is the most important part of the fly itself.  The iridescent and translucent qualities of this dubbing allow you to keep the fly sparse while still maintaining a teardrop profile. read more

Kamloops Fishing Recap – May 6 – 20th, 2018

After wrapping up the Fishing BC Hosted Trip on the 10th of May, guests from both the United States and Canada have been enjoying some of the best fishing we have had all year.  Steady chironomid hatches, warm weather and fairly consistent winds in the Kamloops area have yielded some great fishing conditions.

Chironomid pupa, bloodworms, boobies and the occasional mayfly nymph have been on the menu as of late.  Dark gray/Red rib, Light Gray/Black rib, Olive Green/Black rib and the Chromie/Brown rib have been the bugs of choice, with the Cranberry Larvae being the go-to bloodworm for morning sessions. read more

Photo Essay: Fishing BC Hosted Trip

It is no secret that spring stillwater fishing in the interior of BC is a great time.  During this event led by Brian Chan and Phil Rowley, two days were spent at Corbett Lake Lodge followed by another two at Stoney Lake Lodge.  The food, the people, the experience, it was an event I am very grateful to have been able to work alongside some of my favourite people in the fly fishing industry.

Here are a few photos that brought back great memories from last week’s adventures:

The 1756 G3 ready to do work on Corbett Lake, BC

Phil Rowley putting a nice rainbow in the basket caught in shallow water

Brennan Lund with an after-hours rainbow caught on the surface at Corbett Lake

The evening shift. Photo: Brennan Lund

Brian Chan explaining what ingredients make a productive trout lake

Steve hooked up on a nice Corbett Lake rainbow

A nice fish that took a size 18 dark brown/copper rib chironomid pupa 6 feet under the surface

Marty hooked up on a nice rainbow caught on a chironomid read more

Kamloops Fishing Recap – April 29 – May 6, 2018

Weather and fishing have both been excellent in the Kamloops area the last week.  Lakes below 3,000 feet are seeing some great mid-day chironomid hatches and the fish have really been on them.  Some of the high elevation lakes are turning or just cleaning up right now, and some are still frozen rock solid.

Best flies for lower elevation lakes that have already turned over and are seeing prominent emergences have been chironomids in the way of the Zucchini, Black/Red Rib, Chromie/Brown Rib in sizes 16 and 18. read more

Stillwater Fly Fishing: 3 More Early Season Tips

Stillwater season, the most wonderful time of the year, has officially arrived.  This week’s forecast is surely going to get some ice moving around and we should see plenty of fishing options start to open up in the next 10 days or so.  Here’s 3 tips to help out with early season stillwater that can be very productive or very puzzling.

1) Move Often

Early season means cold water.  Cold water means that fish aren’t going to be cruising the shoals at Mach speeds in search of food.  Sometimes the first few weeks that a lake is ice-free involves doing some searching to find feeding fish.  Don’t be afraid to move around a little bit more than often and you will be rewarded. read more

The Most Humbling Piece of Equipment in Fishing: The Tape Measurer

Once upon a time, I think I called everything a “twenty-incher”.  I was young, new to fly fishing and wanted to impress my elders.  Can anyone guess what the most shocking item I purchased that year was?  Yes, a tape measurer.

How could this happen though?  All of a sudden my 20 inchers were 16 inches long, my 22 inchers were 18 inches long, and all of a sudden I gained a whole new appreciation for the “twenty-inchers” that I had been landing left right and center the last few years. read more

Photo Recap – Trout Waters Fly & Tackle Free Casting Demo Day

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Despite the annual gusting north wind and cool temperatures, the turnout for the annual Free Casting Demo Day put on by Trout Waters Fly & Tackle.  Each year the turnout is increasingly stronger, with great numbers of people who have never even tried fly fishing showing interest in the sport.

The great thing about events like this is the freedom to cast anything from a rod or line you are looking at purchasing to your dream setup.  Thanks to the reps that made their way out for the event, these would not be the same without the help of great people in the industry! read more

The 2018 Interior Fly Fishing Season Begins Now

Despite the weather, David Page and myself made our way onto the water to make sure the boat was in order for the upcoming guide season.  Cold, windy, pouring rain but the +3 degrees Celsius thermometer reading was just enough to make it worthwhile.  I can not remember a year in the last decade that has been a later ice-off than this, but that is one thing that I cannot change.

We hooked up the trailer just as it was getting light out, knowing this was going to be a short outing.  I wish I could say it was a fishing day, but it was more so a boat check-up day where we happened to bring a few rods.  Accidentally, of course… read more

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