April is a cruel month in the North. I remember growing up in the North Okanagan and April was all about green grass, leaves sprouting, flowers starting to bloom and warm rains. Now April for me is below zero overnight temps, the odd blizzard and dirty sand and gravel covered snow piles on the edges of the roads. Oh yea the other big downer… ice covered lakes. You can only read and hear about so many ice off adventures down south before you snap. Tying helps,sort of, but when the shack nasties get out of control I’ve found a remedy that works for me. Mexico! Baking in the sun thawing the marrow of my bones and floating in the warm Caribbean works wonders. I came home to snow gone and reports of lakes starting to break-up. So I went fishing … and here’s the first Northern BC Fly Fishing Report of 2013!
British Columbia is a beautiful spot for fly fishing and with a BC boating license (get your boat licence online at BoaterExam.com) there are plenty of rivers, lakes and ponds to take advantage of! However, in order to have the greatest access to fishing sites, you obviously need a fishing boat. Here’s some information on the top types of crafts found on the productive fly fishing waters of our province!
Flat Bottom Fly Fishing Punt
The Flat-bottomed “punt” style jon boat is among the most common type of boat found on the fly fishing waters of British Columbia. These boats are Continue reading
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The UV Leech fly pattern is my favorite starting and finishing fly on any lake. The tungsten bead gets it in the zone quick and keeps it there during windy days. You can play around with color combinations but don’t mess with the UV … it really makes the fly!
I’d recently seen an article about Clear Goo and its uses so I ordered in the light kit with thick, thin and Hydros Goo. My intention was to use it to tie minnow patterns but once I had the stuff at the tying bench I started messing around with it on bait fish and other fly patterns. I started to think of what bugs in life have a translucent or transparent body and the first image that popped into my head was the big Traveler Sedge pupa so famous in British Columbia. Hmm, a translucent clear goo caddis pupa … now this could get interesting!
… ice just coming off a Kamloops area lake – get ready!
* a big thanks to Brian for allowing us to share his invaluable still water ice out tactics & strategies on flyguys.net!
It’s a spring ritual observing Canada Geese defending mating territories and watching grown men in small aluminum boats trying to break up ice on an interior lake. Yes, spring is in the air and these anglers are jumping the gun a little but with good reason. They know the incredible fishing that can occur during the first few days after the ice has left or is leaving a lake.
…… read on for some great BC Interior ice out strategies by expert fly fisherman Brian Chan!
I remember my first really successful day fly fishing Stump lake. It was years ago, the month was June and the damsels were hatching! We were anchored in the shallows tossing out big yellowish green nymphs and trying to imitate their wiggly progression towards the shoreline. For every damsel that made it out of the water to hatch there were many that didn’t as the trout knew exactly what was going on and flooded the area to intercept them on route. It was kind of humorous, the bows were ambushing the damsels and we were trying to ambush the bows … and when we worked it just right the action was fast and furious!
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After coming back from fishing one morning I was annoyed when trying to find room in the corner of my garage for my rods, or trying to make room to cram them on a shelf. I happened to have some 2×4′s, a saw, drill and screws so rather than going out to spend money at a store to fix my problem, I used what I had and in not very long I had exactly what I needed for all my fishing rods and ice auger! This simple fishing rod rack & organizer can be made however wide or short needed to fit all your fishing rods and ice auger too. Check it out …
Here’s a dandy little river fly pattern. Designed for flowing water, the combo nymph has some weight to it, some flash to it, and it kind of resembles a bunch of different trout food found in streams and rivers. This version of the combo nymph river fly pattern in black and green I think can represent little black caddis ( nymph and diving females), beetles, stoneflies and possibly big carpenter ants. Anytime you can cover more than one base your hook up rate should increase! Wishful thinking? Who knows but this is a good river fly pattern to go to when there is no apparent hatch. The basic design of the combo nymph allows for tons of different colours and materials so don’t be afraid to mix and match with what you have kicking around the bench. Let’s get tying!
“Today ended up being very successful, I landed two bull trout, all on the exact same rig, on a retrieve instead of a bounce, the cause of this I don’t know. But this weekend, I am going to find the answer to it!”…
“Flice Fishing” … Ice Fishing With Flies!
After a long hiatus from fishing I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get out on some BC Interior lakes over the past year. The 2011 – 2012 season was a great experience for me as I took on the challenge of learning to fly fish. The process has lead me into a lot of re-newed fun … and a lot to learn!
So today was the day, January 23rd to be exact, that I was going out to start filming my new fishing show for youtube. I was on the hunt for Northern BC Bull trout and knew exactly where I was going to shoot this segment. I thought that I would only be getting into fish in the five to ten pound range but, you know what they say about the best laid plans …