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

Six Reasons Stillwater Fly Fishing is Really Great

It’s February 1, and I’m sure I’m not the only one sitting here wondering when the first of the low-elevation lakes will begin to lose the ice that has kept us off of them all winter.  I know it won’t be for at least 45 days, so for the time being all we can do is dream.  Here are a few of my favourite things about our interior stillwater fishery.

*New* Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course – Trout Waters Fly & Tackle – Thursday, March 15

With our March 10th “Intro to Chironomid Fishing Course” being sold out, we’ve added another date at Trout Waters Fly & Tackle in Kelowna, BC on Thursday, March 15th!  This will be an evening course, running from 6-9pm.  This date is also expected to sell out quickly, click here to reserve your spot now.

Chironomid fishing is an incredibly productive form of Stillwater fly fishing.  Though they are small, chironomids make up a huge part of a trout’s diet through the open water season.  This course is a 3 hour indoor presentation that will cover the following: 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:

Choosing a New Net

Nets are often an overlooked piece of equipment in the fly fishing world.  Believe it or not there are a lot of nets on the market that are not safe for catch and release fish handling practices.  Here’s a few things to take into consideration before purchasing yourself a nice new net.

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