Back to the future - steelhead nymphing! December 01 2014, 1 Comment


fishing on the swing isn't always the answer..."



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.

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!



Steelheading Gear Talk Part 1 - Weight for flies March 26 2014, 0 Comments

Steelheaders are a funny bunch.  We deliberate over so many different things, when in fact there are only a few things that really matter.  When it comes down to it, it’s all about getting the fly in the right place at the right time.  Steelhead will eat more or less anything, and often have, so fly selection should be based more on weight than anything.  Getting the fly to where the fish are is paramount, and can be achieved in a number of ways.  What I’ve found requires the least amount of work is to start with an intermediate sink tip and simply vary the weight of the fly.  Unweighted and weighted patterns. 95% of the time, the fly could all be the same pattern.  Most people choose to use dumbbell eyes to weight, given they both add weight and provide a trigger point to the fish to induce a strike.  Lead eyes, brass eyes, tungsten eyes, bead chain eyes, and of course beads.  They all work and all serve different purposes. 


In a nutshell, if you want to make sure your fly rides a particular way, put dumbbell eyes on it.  If you just want weight, either eyes or a bead.


We try to avoid lead wraps for weight as it doesn't offer the trigger point eyes or beads do.


Good eyes can be found about anywhere.  We’ve selected a few that we think are a little unique and offer them at wholesale prices.  An assortment of different colour metallic brass eyes and beads.  Check them out at our site:


That little extra flash doesn’t hurt, and will help get your flies to where they need to be. 

When it comes to colour, try to stick to the theme of your fly.  Remember that the darker colours such as blue, black, purple as more visible to the fish.  A large orange brass bead tied on an egg sucking leech pattern is about as deadly as it gets, and only takes a minute to tie.  Not that sexy, but it works.  


Be sure to check back with us for the next in the series of steelhead gear… Fly storage!