Frankenfly. The egg-sucking sculpin. November 27 2014, 0 Comments
Ever been fishing a fly in a hatch and wonder why a fish will take your fly over all the naturals? It still makes even the most seasoned angler wonder sometimes. Your silly fly that looks only vaguely like what the fish is feeding on, but will cause the fish to ignore everything else. Welcome to fly fishing!
The trick is often to suggest one or multiple things that will trigger a fish's interest, and trigger it to take your fly.
At the moment in many of the coastal rivers in North America, resident and searun trout are keyed in to a few food sources. Right now, that's salmon eggs if they are on offer. But "on offer" is subject to conditions, and when the water spikes with rain, eggs wash down and the trout feed on them. When the rain stops or temperatures plummet, the water drops and clears, and with that, eggs are no longer washed downstream to feeding trout. At these times, trout can then turn to their regular food sources, and at such time will turn to the larger food sources like sculpins. Sculpins, unlike trout for the most part, will take eggs directly from salmon redds. It doesn't take a genius to work out that a little sculpin struggling to swim with an egg sticking out of its mouth might make an attractive meal for trout. Without further ado, here's our take on the egg-sucking sculpin!
Fish the fly on the swing during low water conditions, or tie it with heavy dumbell eyes and strip it just downstream of salmon redds and watch the trout follow.
If you'd like to see a tying video of how we put this little beastie together, please comment on this blogpost.
Can anyone say "Pumpkin Spice Latte"? September 08 2014, 0 Comments
If the weather doesn't let you know the changing of the seasons, the coffee shops surely do. Like clockwork, out come the pumpkin themed everything. Muffins, coffees, you name it. This makes life easy for us, as we know it's time to start thinking about river fishing for salmon, and those beautiful trout that can't get enough of their eggs! The trout will key in on the eggs, and you'll key in on the trout.
In preparation, have a look at a couple of our videos on how to tie the easy egg fly, and how to rig it!
Tying the Reel Egg Fly
Pre-rigging leaders to fish egg patterns
So tie a few egg patterns, catch some of those trout, then head back for a warming pumpkin spice latte to celebrate. With or without whisky...
Sky High Gold! April 22 2014, 1 Comment
We were out on the river again, this time testing out the new Sky High Gold 5wt rod. We put it to the test casting fry patterns to large Bulltrout, Rainbows and cutthroat. Even in heavy wind, rain and fast water, it held up brilliantly. We also tried our hand at some nymphing and it handled a long indicator rig and heavy nymph with ease and produced a couple of nice fish as well. Very impressed!
We'll be putting together a feature on a suitable setup for lake fishing in a coming blog post, and this rod is sure to feature. Stay tuned!