Autumn Fishing Tactics September 02 2014, 1 Comment

As the seasons start to slide by and we head into Autumn, the trout start to change their feeding behaviour.  With winter looming, it's a race to pack on as much fat as possible.  It's at this exciting time of the year that trout can become less picky, and can often be taken in shallow water.


Often the ticket to success here is having a near enough is good enough type pattern.  Enter the woolly bugger.  Arguably the most famous pattern of all time, and for good reason.


Here we tie our version of the pattern, specially for fall fishing.  While not representing anything in particular, in the colours we've chosen, it could represent any of the following:

- Baitfish

- Leech

- Crayfish/shrimp

- Scud

- Damsel

- Dragon

- Chironomid Larva

- Boatman


So tie a few up, either weighted or un-weighted, and fish them around the weed beds on your favourite lake.  A floating line should suffice, and make sure to vary the retrieve until you figure out what works.


As always, we love to hear any feedback you may have on using flies or tips we post.  Please share your success (or failure) stories either at or on our Facebook page.

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!



St Paddies Day Guineas Special! March 17 2014, 0 Comments

We brought you the Christmas Chironomid, now time for the St Paddies Day Guineas Special Fly!  We used green Guineas for the tail and collar, a green peacock body with gold rib.  The pearl in the tale is optional... Great searching pattern as it could represent anything from a scud, caddis or mayfly to a damsel or a leech.  Use it when you don't know what you're doing or what's going on, and hang on!



Thoughts on a killer patter February 21 2014, 0 Comments

Anyone ever fished in a lake full of scuds and the trout are keyed in on them?  I have, and it can be tough to stand out from the millions swimming about in the water.  With that in mind, here's a pattern I've come up with to accomplish three things:

- Create a largely imitative pattern

- Stand out from the naturals

- Provide numerous feeding triggers


Most prominently, we've got an orange glass bead to indicate an egg sack, something that trout often choose over scuds without eggs. We've included rubber "legs" at the front and back of the fly for extra movement and because I have a thing for rubber legs...  The dubbing is a blend of three of the most common colours we see scuds in locally (choose your own as appropriate) and some added UV ice dubbing for extra visibility.  Note that scuds will adapt their colour to that of their environment.  An exact match makes it much harder for the trout to find your pattern, so don't drive yourself crazy with colour - near enough is good enough.  

The final two points are a pearl strip for a little flash, and a strip of orange stretch floss running the length of the body.  This extra orange strip probably isn't necessary, but probably doesn't hurt either.  Scuds often carry parasites that cause the digestive track to appear orange. This gives the scud away to the trout (the parasite's definitive host), and in turn the trout look for this orange when searching out scuds. Here's the "final" product.


We haven't had the chance to take this for a test drive, but we're already looking forward to lake season!  We'd love to hear your thoughts on this pattern, or if you have any questions on how to make it yourself.  If so, please leave a comment, visit us at Facebook or email us at


Next Season? December 21 2013, 0 Comments

Anyone cold?  The salmon are done.  Rivers are low, clear and in some cases, slushy.  Christmas is here.  Time to spend a few minutes, or hours, thinking about the next season.  Sure, winter steelhead will be up soon, but with snow in many parts of North America, I'd prefer to think about something a little warmer.  For me, it's getting ready for lake season.  We've been experimenting with some different patterns and tying up some go to patterns.  Check out our Youtube channel for some tying of go to lake patterns.  


The zebra midge (in different colours), chromie and simi-seal leech make up about 80% of what we fish on lakes.  Watch the videos and see how easy these patterns are to tie, then fish them and see how effective they are!

From everyone at Twigg & Barry, wishing you all the best for the festive season.