Stillwater Fly Fishing: Early Season Shallow Water

It’s official, ice-off is coming and each day that passes we are closer and closer to putting the boat in open water!  Fishing the first few days of ice-off can be excellent, and can also become challenging.  I love fishing shallow water, and the first place I will usually start searching in the first few days of open water is in the shallow flats.

Fish will often cruise from the safety of the deep water into the shallows to feed, before returning back to where they feel most comfortable.  Staple food sources such a freshwater shrimp, leeches, immature damselfly nymphs, and bloodworms are all readily available and make for an easy early-season meal. read more

Stillwater Fly Fishing: Three Tips on Fishing Two Rods Simoultaneously

In BC we are not allowed to fish two flies while stillwater fishing in a boat alone, but we are allowed to fish two rods and this is something everyone should take complete advantage of.  Time on the water is not unlimited, so why not maximize your chances each and every time out?

Fishing two rods at once allows you to capitalize and experiment when fishing is good, as well as the opportunity to see what is (or isn’t) working when things are slow.  Here’s a few things to help when fishing two rods at the same time: read more

Backwater Boats

We are happy to announce that Backwater Boats will be part of our guided stillwater program.  These single-person prams weigh only 55 pounds, while still offering great stability.  Prams are a great way to access lakes that have otherwise difficult access, whether it is due to road conditions or boat launch.  These boats will allow our guests to experience some of the finest stillwater fly fishing British Columbia’s interior has to offer! read more

Fly Tying: Chironomid Underbody Colours

One of the things that makes a body material great for imitating chironomid pupa is translucency, being able to change the underbody material to give off different effects opens up a world of options.  Anti-static bags used to package computer parts have long been one of the most popular materials for imitating the dull silver sheen that the natural pupa themselves take on as they ascend the water column, but what you put underneath this material can change the whole fly itself. read more

Stillwater Fly Fishing: How Often is Too Often to Change Flies?

We’ve all felt it.  Pure desperation, that helpless feeling of somehow not being able to get one single fish to eat the wrong bug, fly fishing can downright hurt your feelings sometimes.  The fish show up on the sounder and the occasional sound of splashing on the surface assures you that surely they do exist, but it just isn’t happening.  It’s easy to put blame on your fly choice, and sometimes it takes many changes to find “the one”, but how often is too often? read more

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

Stillwater Fly Fishing: The Crack of Noon

I love waking up early.  I love being on the water as the sun is coming up, even days not spent fishing those early hours of the day are my favourite.  But is it necessary to have your lines down first thing in the morning when stillwater fishing season rolls around? I don’t think so.

I used to be adamant about launching the boat first thing, but found myself doing a lot of sitting and waiting for the bite to start.  You can pick up fish on a variety of flies early including leeches, scuds and attractor patterns but I do not find chironomid fishing and first light necessarily go hand-in-hand. read more

Fly Tying: How to Tie EP Fibre Baitfish Patterns

Tying flies in preparation for a quick jaunt down to Tarponville in a few weeks has reminded me how much I love tying with EP Fibre (or “fiber”, for our friends south of the border!).  EP fibre, whether tied in a brush or loose strands, makes it super easy to create great baitfish patterns that offer great translucency.

EP minnows and baitfish can be tied in a variety of sizes and colours for all sorts of species from trout and salmon to GT’s and Tarpon.  The fly in this step-by-step is tied for Tarpon, but can easily be scaled down and fished for rainbows and bull trout. read more

“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

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