Stillwater: What 4 Rod Setups We Have Rigged at All Time

On each and every day of Stillwater fishing, there are four rods rigged and ready to go in the boat at all times.  During both spring and fall season, this does not vary a whole lot aside from changing fly lines to match a specific situation.  Here is a quick rundown on each setup:

Rods #1 & 2 – Floating Line/Indicator:  Probably 80% of our Stillwater fishing is done with a floating line setup, and a large majority of that floating line fishing is done with a strike indicator setup.  Leader length will vary depending on the depth of water being fished, and sometimes one rod (or both) will be stripped of the indicator for naked line chironomid or scud fishing. read more

Three Must-Have Fall Stillwater Patterns

Fall is upon us, and some of the best Stillwater fly fishing in the Kamloops area is underway.  Cool nights, comfortable daytime temperatures, and fish that are actively willing to eat!  Fall can present some excellent chironomid fishing, in fact some lakes will fish equal or better in the fall compared to the springtime months.  Here are three flies not to leave home without:

1) Simple Dubbed Micro Leech read more

Three Key Things Your Depth Sounder Does for You

There was a time when I thought that depth sounders were cheating.  How could someone just attach this little mechanism onto their boat, be able to see the whole underwater world and still call it fair game?  This all changed when I broke down and purchased a Humminbird Fishin’ Buddy 120 (which I still use to this day!).

Why have I not upgraded? Because I don’t quite feel the need yet!  There are so many great sounders on the market now that undoubtedly offer much more than the one I am using, but as long as I have the following three things I feel I can execute accordingly from there.  The only three things (in my opinion) your sounder needs to do are, in order of importance, as follows: read more

Don’t Let Confidence Limit You

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Today I realized how easy it is to get into a thought pattern that just because something worked on a certain lake once upon a time, I should always be able to rely on that one method or location to be successful.  Though the lakes themselves do not change drastically the fish that swim them are ever-changing.

I spent three hours this morning staying hung up on methods that had worked in June on one of my favourite lakes.  June!  Did I not realize that these fish have literally had over seventy days since our last meeting?  But there I sat, with complete confidence that the flies I had on were going to get eaten any moment, despite the fact I had gone 3 hours without a sliver of interest. read more

Fall Stillwater Fly Fishing in Kamloops, BC

Crisp morning air, leaves transitioning to vibrant shades of gold, yellow and red, fall is a special time of year.  Each year when the water temperatures begin to drop back to their prime levels and fish become active after a hot summer, it is amazing to me how overlooked this fishery is during the months of September and October.  Do not make it seem like this is upsetting, it is much more enjoyable showing up to my favourite lakes and having the launch to myself. read more

Interior Stillwater Fly Fishing in June

June is an excellent month of the year for stillwater fly fishing in the interior of BC.  Typically, weather is a little bit more stable and the fishing becomes a little bit more diverse.  Chironomid hatches are still in full swing, especially at higher elevations.  Dragons, Damsels, Mayflies are all taking place while the start of the annual Sedge hatch is seen at most elevations depending on the time of the month.

Chironomid fishing in June is very enjoyable as most fish have moved out into deeper water with warming temperatures.  Fishing water that is 20 feet or more can yield some incredibly powerful grabs, especially fishing a chironomid on a naked floating line with no indicator or swivel.  The hit and run on a naked line chironomid setup fished in deeper water can be one of the most addictive things in stillwater fly fishing. 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

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

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

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