Marbou leech March 23 2015, 1 Comment
Quick, easy, and stupidly effective, this is a stillwater staple. Make sure you have a bunch of these in black, brown, olive, maroon, and even red before hitting your favourite lake this year!
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...
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:
- Chironomid Larva
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.
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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.
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!
Sky High First Time April 11 2014, 0 Comments
We recently took out a first-time fly fisher, and paired them with the Sky High 5wt fly rod, HVB fly reel, and a floating fly line. 30mins of casting instruction, followed by a little on-the-water instruction saw a newly competent fly caster catch his first fish on fly - a beautiful rainbow trout caught on the Rubber Legged 20incher fly. Incredible effort first time out!!
Big Fish Leech - Seal Bugger March 21 2014, 0 Comments
Big fish often take small flies. It's true. But sometimes to consistently target large fish, you need to upsize your fly. Match the largest food items in a lake and your chances of catching the largest fish in the lake go up.
With that, we tied a bugger that combines different colours, uses a black and brown marabou tail for motion, pearl flash, black, brown and green seals fur with added sparkle for the body, a red wire rib, palmered hackle with a nice marabou head, and red thread head as a final hot spot. This one is about 3". It has a large profile, has incredible movement, and really disturbs the water when stripped. Not the sexiest fly around, but then a big real leech is hardly sexy either...We suggest upsizing your tippet before tying one on!
Our top Chironomid pattern March 19 2014, 0 Comments
When approaching a new lake in spring, it's wise to play the numbers game when working out what to tie on first. 50% of what trout eat will be chironomid pupae. Chironomid pupae are all sizes and colour combinations, but the one to tie on first should be the numbers play if you don't know what's going on. The black and red does just that. More times that not, this will work, and it's a stupidly fast fly to tie. Throw on a white bead and you'll stand out in the crowd. A size 12 is a good starting point, but have a number of sizes between 8 and 18.
Make sure to start your fishing within 1ft of the bottom, keep all slack possible out of your line, and hang on!
The black and red chironomid pattern in size 12 is a deadly way to start your spring lake rainbow trout fishing.
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!
Leeching off friends? March 10 2014, 0 Comments
We've been tying up some leeches. Old patterns, new patterns, combinations of different patterns. Generally, just stocking up for the season to come. Every now and then, it doesn't hurt to try something different.
If you've ever bought a partridge skin, or similar, you'll notice that some feathers have smaller fluffy feathers attached to their shaft. These are known as aftershaft feathers, and you generally can't buy them on their own. They're usually seen as throwaway, as they're often quite small, and hard to work with. But if you take your time, you can tie the most incredible flies with them. The leech pictured has the best movement of anything I've ever tied. You just have to look at it, and it out leeches real leeches. I wouldn't be surprised if this thing catches leeches as well... In any case, it has amazing movement in the water and a great small profile.
I use two or three small feathers for the tail and additional bulk to the body (use nice wide wraps of thread to secure), and then another 2-3 feathers to palmer a body. Try some yourself - they're cheap, fairly quick, and will be one of the best patterns you've ever tried...
Aftershaft leech tied in natural partridge colour. For scale, head to tail is less than 1 inch.