When flashing pays off! September 26 2014, 0 Comments
When coho or silver salmon return to their native rivers to spawn, they become a good target for fly fishermen. Deep pools of almost still water connected to the main river flow should see the salmon stacking up. Typically the fish will sit near the bottom, so you need to get your presentation down. Short strips in the right zone, and a fly that attracts their attention is all you need to bring one of these beauties in. There isn't much written about flies for coho in rivers, and to be honest, most of the flies written about have simply not worked for me. Small bead head flash flies work time and time again. In the deep pools, I'll use these 90% of the time.
Here's a proven fly. Quick, simple to tie, cheap, and drives the coho mad.
Tie up a few yourself and flash those coho. With your waders on of course!
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...
Coho driving you nuts? August 13 2014, 0 Comments
Try the Coho Coconut fly! As we wind down on summer, the loss of the sun is made bearable with the exciting fishing that accompanies the change of seasons. Coho that have been staging for some months now begin to enter the rivers, and with that comes the joy and frustration of trying to catch them. Aggressive biters one day, totally shut down the next. Sometimes it takes something different to stimulate them to bite.
Try tying this fly up. It's quick to tie, cheap, and very effective at producing during shut down fishing. Fish it on a full sinking lines through deep pools, and hold on!
Ants in your pants? May 02 2014, 0 Comments
At some time during the spring, many lakes will see a hatch of ants. This can make for amazing fishing as we get to use a dry fly to concentrated, surface feeding trout. It can also be miserable if you forgot your ants. We offer a short video on a basic ant pattern.
Remember on the black ants to add a sighter post or you'll miss every take that comes your way. Tie some in black and some in light brown in sizes 8-16 and you should cover most eventualities.
It should be obvious when and how to fish the ants, but some things to look for include overhanging vegetation or thick vegetation near the lake edge. Wind will often concentrate the little critters, so look for where the wind is blowing to and you'll be in the money, either towards the shore or in concentrated wind lanes. Oh, and all the trout rising should be a dead giveaway.
Enjoy, and make sure to send us your feedback on how this pattern worked for you! firstname.lastname@example.org.