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

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.

3 Reasons Blob Flies Are Great

The first time someone gave me a “blob” pattern to try I didn’t know if I should put it on the end of my line or in the garbage.  What on earth could possibly drive a fish that lives solely on insects to eat this strange ball of bright material?  It still puzzles me how a fly that is so simple can prove so effective year after year.  Here are three reasons you should always keep your blob box handy:

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