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Polarized Sunglasses | Costa Caballito & SmartBuyGlasses

Costa Cabillito Polarized Sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses

Polarized Sunglasses Review
Costa Caballito from SmartBuyGlasses

The term “artificial fly” is generally described as a type of fishing lure constructed with furs, feathers, thread or any of very many other materials, tied onto a fish hook for the purpose of imitating natural food sources which fly fishers present to their target species of fish while fly fishing. “Fly fishing” is an angling method in which one attempts to catch fish utilizing said “artificial fly” by casting it to an area where you query hopefully resides using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line.

Summarizing for simplicity: fly fishing involves the hurling of a very sharp pointy object, travelling approximately Mark II, and in close proximity to ones eye balls, in hopes of impaling a fish, and not yourself, or worse yet your buddy! 😉

In all seriousness, polarized sunglasses are a very important piece of fly fishing equipment as they protect your eyes from harmful sun rays while cutting the glare to allow you to better see detail above the water as well as bottom structure and fish through the water. With respect to safety, in my opinion they move from the “important equipment” category to the “essential equipment” category as they help protect your eyes while casting. And with the tremendous options available today, at prices to fit everyone’s budgets, there’s no good reason for every angler not to have a set or two.

With that said, it was time for a new set of polarized sunglasses so I thought I’d combine the process with a quick review. I settled on the Costa Cabillito polarized sunglasses purchased through  SmartBuyGlasses.ca. Here’s my review …

Polarized Sunglasses | Ordering Process & Customer Service

A quick google search for polarized sunglasses led me SmartBuyGlasses, where I quickly discovered a HUGE selection of eyewear. So many that it was actually overwhelming at first. It didn’t take me long to noticed the filter system in the left hand column which soon had me surfing through all polarized glasses in the frame/lens colour and price range that I had selected. The website worked well. I was able to find the glasses I wanted, select them, check out and purchase within minutes. I received a confirmation email a few minutes later thanking me for the purchase and informing me that the glasses would ship the next day. Ordering process and customer service … CHECK!

Polarized Sunglasses | Shipping

The shipping was incredible! Picked up at 15:39 at Kennedy Town, HK January 25, 2018 – At my door in Kamloops BC 15:37 January 26, 2018. DAMN! They say a pictures worth a 1000 words so here you go …

Packaging was also very good as the glasses were in a hard case, within a bubble wrap case, within a box, within the Fedex envelope.

So far so good!

Polarized Sunglasses | First Impressions

Costa Cabillito Polarized Sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses

 

The Costa Cabillito polarized sunglasses arrived as exactly as expected, Tortoise colour frames with Gray 580P Polarized Polycarbonate lenses in a rugged hard case with cleaning cloth included. The polarized sunglasses looked to be of good quality materials and workmanship. A quick fit test proved that the fit was good and, as mentioned, the hard case was rugged yet light weight.

Polarized Sunglasses | Costa Cabillito Specifications

Costa Cabillito Polarized Sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses

The Costa Cabillito polarized sunglasses, with their 580 polycarbonate lenses,  claim to be 100% polarized and to provide 100% UV A/B/C protection.  The 580’s also claim to eliminate the majority of yellow light, said to be very hard on the eyes,  while at the same time boosting reds, blues and greens. In the process “visual noise” like blur and haze are said to be diminished resulting in unsurpassed definition, enhanced colour saturation and sharper contrast.

Costa’s limited lifetime warranty covers the polarized sunglasses against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product. All repairs or warranties are handled directly by Costa regardless of where they were purchased and the process is easily found and initiated through their website … costadelmar.com.

Polarized Sunglasses | On the Water

Costa Cabillito Polarized Sunglasses SmartBuyGlassesGetting down to where the rubber meets the road the Costa Cabillito polarized sunglasses have lived up to all the claims that they made, although I am unable to comment on the warranty process as I have had no need to try and use it.

With respect to optics, prolonged use on multiple entire days on the water have  proven them to be very easy on the eyes while reducing glare (very evident when trying to concentrate on strike indicators on a sunny day, or in a choppy ripple) and allowing for good visibility on and through the water column.

Polarized Sunglasses | Conclusion

Costa Cabillito Polarized Sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses

Would I buy the Costa Cabillito polarized sunglasses again? Yes I would. But even if they are not the polarized sunglasses for you, the beauty is that they are only one of many brands/options offered at SmartBuyGlasses.

Would I use SmartBuyGlasses again? Absolutely. Huge selection, great prices, and excellent customer service … what more could you ask for!


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Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018

Headed down to Vernon first week of April for a family shindig, I left my tube at home but brought some fishing gear. I had talked to the boys about trying OK lake with some plugs and bucktails and maybe Kal Lake too. We’re a good 6 weeks away from ice off in these parts so I just wanted to troll around some open water.

As I rolled into Vernon Swan Lake was still frozen solid and I knew we would have only the three big lakes to fish. Day one the boys humored me and we trolled OK lake without a nibble. The next day we went to Mabel as Donny had done a pre-fish a couple days earlier and caught a couple little guys. It was a day with snow squalls blowing down onto the lake and choppy/whitecap conditions. As usual the best fishing was when the weather was at it’s worst and we were trying to make it back to the trucks for some drying, warming up time.

All fish were caught trolling leeches (SSS Blue and Don’s Purple Egg Eater) with Dons Purple doing the most damage. Hooked a lot of fish, lost a lot of fish and landed a lot of fish. We kept a few for the BBQ and had a great feast that night. Whetted my appetite and now I have to wait again. Resume tying.

Rick with a nice 22 incher …

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018 - beauty bow!
Check the tail out on this one …

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018 - BIG Rainbow Trout

Double header …

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018 - Double Header

Don with supper …

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018 - fish for supper

Purple Egg Eater …

Mable Lake Fishing Report Spring 2018 - Purple Eater Leech Fly

Don, Rick Gord
FLYGUYS Northern Division
KEEP CALM
FISH ON


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Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue
Leech Fly Pattern

March came in like a Lion and is going out like a Snow Leopard! Still four feet in my front yard and the piles alongside my driveway are pushing eight feet! I’m thinking a late spring with flooding.

The weekend itinerary was to shovel driveway, grab a beer and head on down to the tying bench. Plan is to try to head south mid-week so I thought I’d quickly throw up this tie of the Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern just in case I get trapped in the Pine Pass. 😉

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern
Materials List …

HOOK: #6- #8 I’m using Demmon ST 800 BL
CONE: 3/16” silver
BEAD: Silver lined red glass
TAIL: Black marabou
BODY: Senyo Fusion Midnight/Icedub Blue Steelie

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern
Tying Instructions …

Tie in thread and cover the shank of the hook …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Tie in the tail …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Create a dubbing loop with the Fusion Midnight dubbing closer to the hook and the Ice Dub Blue Steele at the end …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Twist up …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

Take the toothbrush to it and tease out the fibers …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

All nice and fuzzy ready to wrap forward …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

This gives you a black body with the Steelie Blue collar. Put some krazy glue on your thread make a few wraps to lock in the dubbing loop and whip finish …

Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern

And that’s the Superintendent Sam Steele Blue Leech Fly Pattern. Stripped or trolled this one’s deadly!

Gord FlyGuys Northern Division
Keep Calm
Fish On


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Black Spot Disease | Harmless Red Lake Water Fleas

Black Spot Disease Red Lake Water Fleas

Black Spot Disease
Harmless Red Lake Water Fleas

I have heard a lot of talk over the past couple of years regarding the “water fleas” that seem to be on an increasing number of fish in Red Lake BC (Region 3). I personally have not come across this parasite in any other BC lakes, but it would only make sense that it would not be specific to just Red Lake. I will definitely be keeping a sharper eye out when on my fishing travels throughout this great area of BC just to satisfy my curiosity.

The “water flea” issue caught my ear because I have noticed these small black “poppy seed” type bumps on a larger percentage of the the brook trout I’ve been catching at that lake. It may be just my personal experience, but I am not noticing the spots on the rainbow trout I have caught, but again it would only make sense that it wouldn’t be specific to just brookies. Again I will have to keep my eyes peeled.

With the popularity of Red Lake as an ice fishing destination there has been more than a little bit of attention on this topic this winter as people catch infested fish. Rather than speculate on what the condition was, I thought I’d do some learning, and in the process  stumbled upon a great article written by Gord Pyzer.

Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer; Gord worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. For this article I have quoted much of his knowledge found in a “Canadian Outdoors” magazine story that he wrote for that publication.

Black Spot Disease Red Lake Water FleasTurns out the condition, which we have been referring to as “water flea” infestation is in fact called “Black Spot disease” and involves a parasite that goes through an interesting and complex life cycle before it ends up on a fish. One interesting thing about the life cycle of this parasite is its dependency on snails as a temporary host. I have also notice more of the fish I’m catching at Red Lake have snails in their stomach. Is there a possible increase in snail populations in the lake that is contributing to this possible increase in the Black Spot presence? I cannot say. But it does seem to me the fish are finding the snails in the lake to be an easy food source which are appearing in more of the fish I’ve caught. There is also a need for predation of the fish by birds, which is also an unknown for me as I seldom see fish taken by predator birds while I’m on the lake. Loons would seem to be the main culprit in this stage of the life cycle.

Dr. Pyzer sums it up nicley as follows …….

Well, it is called Black Spot disease, how’s that for an obvious name, and it is actually not so strange. In fact, black spot (or Neascus) is very common in fish in many lakes, rivers, pits and ponds across the continent.

And its life cycle is fascinating.

The black spots that you can see, and feel if you rub your hand over them, are small cysts in the fish’s skin. In a heavily infected fish you’ll find them sprinkled in the flesh as well. And speaking from experience, if you inadvertently happen to eat one, they’re crunchy – like a speck of sand or a piece of pepper corn.

Now, we won’t get into a debate about what came first, the chicken or the egg, but what happens is that a fish-eating bird like an eagle, osprey, great blue heron, kingfisher, gull or cormorant consumes an infected fish and the black spots, which are, in fact, tiny encapsulated worms called trematodes, mature inside the bird’s digestive system.

Once they mature, the worms lay eggs which the bird passes into the water in its droppings. The eggs then hatch into microscopic organisms called miracidia that usually have only about 24 hours in which to swim around and find their next host that is typically a snail.

Once the miracidia worm find their way into the snail, the parasite develops into its next life form, emerging from the snail as a tiny creature called a cercariae, that swims around in the water looking for a fish in which to infect. When the parasite successfully burrows into the fish the fish reacts by encrusting the little bugger in a cyst with black pigmented melanin, which is the black spot that we can see and feel.

The black spot can survive in the fish’s flesh and skin, almost as though it is lying dormant, for many years, while it waits for the fish to be eaten by a bird, so that the process can repeat itself once again.

I suspect the reason the larger brook trout you may have caught are so heavily infected, is likely because they are large enough not to be easily targeted and eaten by too many birds. So, over time, more and more cercariae have worked their way under the fishes’ skin.

I should mention, too, that the literature suggests that the parasites that cause black spot has no affect on the fish they infect nor any humans that may eat them. Although the obvious appearance on the skin of the infected fish is a black spot, a small crunchy presence in the flesh of the fish is what you will discover if you consume one of these cysts. Not very appetizing…but not harmful.

Joe


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Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips

... chironomid pupa fly tying tips - building a better chrony fly pattern!

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips
– Building a Better Chironomid Fly –

Reflecting back on the highlights of our recently completed  2018 Introduction to Chironomid Fly Fishing seminar, I noted participant interest in the chironmid pupa fly tying tips section of the course. Brandyn must of caught it as well because before I even mentioned it to him he had already pumped out three videos focused on tips & tricks for tying the cone, gilled and buzzer style chironomid pupae flies. It was settled then, and with spring and ice off on the horizon the timing couldn’t be better for a chironomid pupa fly tying tips article. 😉

If you’re new to fly tying pay attention as these chironomid pupa fly tying tips are sure to flatten your learning curve to tying effective chronie fly patterns. And even if you are a seasoned fly tier, check it out anyway; who knows there just might be something in it that you’ve never thought of before, or perhaps you could contribute to the tips provided in this article by adding your own chironomid pupa fly tying tips for us in the comments section at the end of the post. 😉

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips | Common Concepts:

Today’s chironomid pupae flies generally fall into three main categories; 1) the ice cream cone chironomid pupa fly 2) the bead & gill chironomid pupa fly and 3) the more traditional style buzzer chironomid pupa fly. In each case there are common traits that can make or break the success of the imitation. These common traits consists of things such as proportion, thorax to body size ratio, taper, and segmentation. The following are some suggestions specific to these common chironomid pupa tying concepts …

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying TipsBead to Hook Size:
Scud Hook #8: 1/8
Scud Hook #10: 1/8-7/64
Scud Hook #12: 7/64-3/32
Scud Hook #14: 3/32-5/64
Scud Hook #16: 5/64-1/16
Scud Hook #18: 1/16

2X Hook  #10: 1/8
2X Hook #12: 1/8-7/64
2X Hook #14: 7/64-3/32
2X Hook #16: 3/32-5/64
2X Hook #18: 5/64-1/16
2X Hook #20: 1/16

Gill = Length of bead or thorax.
Taper = Bead thickness at head to hook thickness at hook bend.

Thread to Hook Size:
Scud Hooks #10 and smaller = Ultra 70 | Uni 8/0 | Danville Fly Master 70
Scud Hooks #8 and larger = Ultra 140 | Uni 6/0 | Danville Plus 140
2X Hooks #12 and smaller = Ultra 70 | Uni 8/0 | Danville Fly Master 70
2X Hooks #12 and smaller = Ultra 140 | Uni 6/0 | Danville Plus 140

Regardless of the chironomid pupa fly style that you are tying, the application of these common concepts should assist to achieve a fairly proportionally accurate imitation.  Specifically, each of the three chironomid pupa fly pattern styles also have their own individual tips & tricks which can further assist to make the offerings more appealing to trout. We will go through each style one by one …

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips | Ice Cream Cone:

The ice cream cone style chironomid pupa fly is probably the simplest version of the pupa fly to tie. In this version a white bead is used to represent the white gills of the natural and the body is tied in behind it.

Common thought pattern around when to use a white bead over a black bead with added gill is 1) when visibility is impaired (mukey water lakes) and 2) when suspended particle in the water clog up fiber gills. Having said that there are certainly those that use them exclusively with great success. Having a few of each in the tickle trunk is always a good idea!

Ice cream cone chironomid pupa fly tying tips as follows …

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips | Bead & Gill:

In the Bead & Gill version of the chironomid pupa fly, a white material, typically a fiber of some sort, is used to represent the natural gills. This material is usually positioned above a brass bead of varying colours, most commonly black.

Bead & gill chironomid pupa flies are typically chosen when fly fishing clear water lakes. The theory is that, as visibility is good, fish are better able to observe detail and therefore the more natural in appearance the imitation the more success it should have. Again,  although this might be the case most of the time there will certainly be days when ice cream cone cronies outperform bead & gill style flies in clear water lakes so a diverse  inventory is recommended!

Bead & gill chironomid pupa fly tying tips are as follows …….

Chironomid Pupa Fly Tying Tips | Traditional (Buzzer):

The more traditional buzzer style chironomid pupa fly omits the bead in favour of thread or other materials to represent the thorax and gills of the natural.

Recently gaining more and more traction the Buzzer style chironomid pupa fly, due to it’s strikingly realistic properties, is thought to be the front runner when the trout are being extremely fussy. As this is a new phenomenon, for us anyway, it’s hard to believe that the extra little detail could really make that much of a difference,  but I would hate to the guy on the water without one on the day when the trout decide to prove me wrong!

Specific Buzzer chironomid pupa fly tying tips are as follows …….

There you have it folks, some common and style specific chironomid pupa fly tying tips for the ice cream cone, bead & gill and traditional buzzer cronie fly patterns. Will these little tricks and tweaks always make a difference? Most probably not. But when the fish are being picky they just might make all the difference in the world!

Tight lines from team flyguys! (*videos by Brandyn 😉 )


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Fly Fishing the Booby Fly

How to fly fishing the Booby Fly & Blob Fly

Invasion of the UK Attractor Fly Patterns
– Fly Fishing the Booby Fly –

If you’re reading this article, you may be shaking your head in disgust of the fact that these atrocities have made their way into Canadian waters, be very intrigued as to what these goofy looking flies are all about, or have already had a chance to fish them and realize how incredibly effective they can be. Here’s a bit of booby fly history and, for those that choose to use them, some “how to fish em” intel that is sure to flatten the learning curve. 😉

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | History …

Going back 30-40 years to its inception, the booby fly was originally tied to imitate emerging insects. The foam “booby eyes” were designed to imitate the air bubble most insects use to aid in their ascent to the surface, which would also be visible while they were trapped in the surface film working their way through to hatch.

So yes this fly was originally created to represent insects (specifically insect emergences) but as time flew by the variations began, took hold, and eventually transformed and regulated the booby fly to the attractor category. Yeah you heard that right, perfectly useful, natural boobies of the past now nipped, tucked and, dare I say, augmented, to enhance their attraction factor. hmm ……. ok moving on …….

The attractor style booby fly pattern, usually tied with a big marabou tail and bright chenille or fritz body, became incredibly popular in the UK.  Although you can “booby” most any traditional trout fly pattern (damsels, dragons, leeches, nymphs), the attractor style booby fly has pretty much taken over the game, largely due to the predatory nature of trout & the booby’s ability to entice them to strike … fish do not like these things and will attack them when they see them.

The booby fly became so adept at catching fish that the foam booby eyes were actually banned from many reservoirs and stillwaters in the UK. At that point crafty anglers once again began the with modifications and it wasn’t long until the “FAB” was born (Foam Arse Booby). Originally tied as a replacement for the booby, the foam arsed blob used a rearward placed chunk of foam to basically follow the same  principles that made the original booby fly so effective … except in reverse.

As progressions continued the foam was eventually omitted from some of the patterns and eventually a third flashy tailed bright bodied UK fish magnet was developed … AKA the “Blob”. The blob fly follows the same basic principles of the booby fly but is fished a little differently. Like its predecessor , the booby fly, the blob quickly became another incredibly successful fly pattern.

Fishing secrets are hard to keep from spreading like wild fire at the best of times. Factor in the extreme effectiveness of these two fly patterns with today’s communications at the speed of the interweb and it wasn’t long till the whole fishing world was a buzz with thoughts of boobies & blobs dancing around in their heads! Canada, blessed with some of the best trout waters in the world, certainly wasn’t spared, and just like that the invasion was complete!

fly fishing the booby fly

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | Set up …….

Now that we have a basic history of the creation and development of the booby fly & the blob fly patterns, let’s talk about how to fish them! Although there are a varying “global” methods allowing  for multiple presentations, we will focus on the single fly technique as here in beautiful British Columbia that’s all we are legally allowed to fish.

The booby fly is a fairly simple pattern to fish. It can be fished in all parts of a lake, in both shallow water and deeper water. Regardless of depth, the style is similar.  In the BC Interior stillwaters, you’ll want to start with a 9ft – 10ft, 5 – 6 weight rod, something that allows the pattern to be cast fairly easily and has a little backbone to it as the take’s are not exactly subtle … fish hit this thing like a mac truck! You will also need a fast sinking line, a number 6 or deep 7 line are my go too’s, and to the end of that line I like to use an 8lb leader of about 4 – 6ft. In shallow water the leader may even be reduced to 3 feet.

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | Shallow Water …

What we are trying to do is use the fast sinking line to drag the booby fly under, even letting the line lay on the bottom, while taking advantage of the foam in the booby eyes to float the fly up off the bottom. Using a short leader will keep your fly in the bottom 1-3ft of the water column and, more importantly, keep it in front of the fish.

Erratic movement is what your looking for with the booby fly. Retrieve the booby fly with quick strips 1 – 2 inch short strips, longer 4 – 6 inch strips, or a fast figure of eight hand twist. Keep the booby fly moving in the water as action is the key! As always, play with your retrieves and don’t be afraid to change them up from time to time.

As hard as it might be to do so, as it is quite contrary to most of our BC Interior stillwater retrieves, try to shy away from pausing to much. If you do pause try to keep it to a minimum of just a second or two. This is because if the fish following the presentation strike on a pause they tend to take the fly deep. I like to release these beautiful fish after catching them and keeping the booby fly moving helps to prevent these deep, harmful takes.

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | Sight Fishing …

fly fishing the booby flyIf you find yourself on a clear water lake with large shoals the booby fly can be a super fun sight fishing pattern. Drifting the shoals looking for unsuspecting trout is always exhilarating and being that the booby fly is so bright and buoyant it will grab a trout’s attention pretty quickly. Cast the fly out front of the fish your targeting, give the line plenty of time to sink, and then start working the fly back in the quick choppy manner described above. Alternatively, wait until your fly line is laying along the lake bottom begin to retrieve as you see fish moving into the area. Watching how quickly trout notice, respond and strike the booby fly when presented in this manner is an awesome sight to see!

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | Drop Offs …

As mentioned, fishing the booby fly in deep water isn’t much different then in the shallow shoal water, but a few different options are available. One very successful option is to anchor on the shoal right near a drop off and cast the pattern out into the deeper water, let it sink, and then quickly strip the booby up the drop off.

Fly Fishing the Booby Fly | Deep Water …

Or, simply anchor out in the deep water depending on where you think the fish might be. Dissecting the water column can be a very important part of fishing the booby fly and this is where the countdown method can be extremely helpful to determine the depth at which the fish are cruising. Counting the sink time on your fly will allow you to cover the water column pretty effectively and when you hook a fish you should then be able to repeat the process by waiting the same amount of time to begin your retrieve after each cast. As with shallow and drop off booby fishing, alternate retrieve methods and speeds until you get dialed in to what the fish seem to like.

For those interested, here’s my tying video for the Booby Fly …

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The Blob Fly …….

fly fishing the blob flyThe blob fly can be fished in exactly the same ways as the booby but personally I tend to use the blob more in shallow water and switch my line to a clear intermediate sink. This can be beneficial with super picky trout, especially in clear water on shoals. Using a slightly longer leader of about 5 – 7 feet and having the clear intermediate line will allow you to entice even the pickiest of trout as the longer leader and clear line just add to your stealth factor and give them one less thing to see or shy away from.

Another technique is to fish the blob fly static below and indicator. On a windy day, using that wind to drift a blob fly in the shallows, or out in the deeper water, can help turn a slow day into an extremely productive one! On a windy day the erratic nature the choppy water  can enact on the blob fly works just like another type of retrieve, but with a whole lot more hang time and a whole lot less casting!

The Daphnia Blob Fly …….

The honorable mention, and my preferred pattern for the indicator set up, is the Daphnia blob. Although not exactly a true representation of the natural daphnia, daphnia fritz is a neat material that comes in colors similar to the little bugs and can in fact imitate a bunch of them together. It has helped me to have many memorable days on the water catching fish and is something that I would recommend.

Here’s my tying video for the Apricot Daphnia Blob …

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Thank you very much for taking the time to read this article. I hope you’ve picked up a thing or two that can increase your success with the booby fly on the water. Although I am no expert, time on the water with these patterns has proven that they are worthy of our respect, and taught me that sometimes you need to think outside of the box!

Tight lines!
Brandyn


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Pre Hatch Six Pack | Six Essential Ice Off Fly Patterns

Pre Hatch Six Pack - Essential Still Water Ice Off Fly Patterns


The Pre Hatch Six Pack
Six Essential Still Water Ice Off Fly Patterns

Welcome to the second BC Interior Still Water Fly Pattern series brought to you by flyguys.net and BC Interior Fly Tying! Our first series focused on 10 Proven BC Interior trout Patterns. In this series we get a bit more specific by focusing on six essential still water fly patterns for the pre hatch early ice off window. The series ran for 6 weeks on our youtube channel and this post will now make it available in it’s entirety in one place and  indexed on our Best BC Fly Patterns page.

Once again a big thank you to Brandyn and BC Interior Fly Tying for taking the time to produce and share the videos with the gang here at flyguys.net!

There is one video per page so you can watch them all in order or pick your poison through the following menu here -=>

Graham’s Bloodworm | Slim Damsel | Apricot Daphnia | Squirly UV Leech | Cinderella (Glass Scud) | Double Float Immature Dragon

And, either before or after going through these ice off pre hatch fly patterns, we highly recommend checking out the following article by Benny S providing some theory, context and knowledge on the when, where, why and how to effectively use these patterns. 😉

Pre-chironomid Season: Early Spring Fly Fishing Strategies


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10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns

10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns


10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns

Earlier this year flyguys.net teamed up with Brandyn and BC Interior Fly Tying, and in an introductory production developed a video series showcasing 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns for the trophy trout lakes of the beautiful BC Interior. The series was well received so, in an effort to have it all available in one place, and to be able to index it on our Best BC Fly Patterns page, here it is!

A HUGE thank you to Brandyn and BC Interior Fly Tying for taking the time to produce and then willingly share the videos with the gang here at flyguys.net! Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next! 😉

OK Lets go, you can watch them all in order below and on through the next 4 pages OR pick your poison here -=>

GMC | Black & Red | Olive & Gold | Black & Silver Red Butt | Watery Olive | Yellow Booby | Two Tone Blob | Krystal Mayfly | Icy Damsel | Simple Scud


>>> Chironomids <<<

Throughout the open water season chironomids are the number one, and therefore the most important, food item in a trouts diet. And if you’ve spent anytime at all on our website, facebook pagetwitter feed, or youtube channel, you’ll know that we, accordingly, dedicate a ton of time to these little dipteras. It shouldn’t be surprising then that half of the 10 proven BC Interior Still Water Fly Patterns in this series are, in fact, chironomids. Some of them are common fare that we’re sure you’ve heard of, seen and probably even used yourself. A couple may surprise you and hopefully inspire you to not only try them but perhaps adapt them to better suit your needs. And on that note …….


– 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns –
(1)
The GMC (Gun Metal Chironomid)

What can we say about the chromie. It swept through the fly tying scene like a hurricane and has remained popular since its inception. Tied with a multitude of different body materials: mylar tinsel, holo tinsel, flashabou, frostbite, flat braid, krystal flash, to name just a few, everyone has their favourite, and all can work at any given time on any given day. The GMC (Gun Metal Chironomid) however, is one of our top producers. If silver chironomids are popping, whether dark, light, dull or shiny, the GMC just seems to work, making it an easy pick for the first in this series.


– 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns –
(2)
The Black & Red Ice Cream Cone

The Black & Red Ice Cream Cone Chironomid pupa fly is about as proven as a fly can get! It has literally been around for as long as chironomid flies have existed and I wouldn’t hesitate to wager that the very fist chronies were tied in this colour. Like the GMC, body materials are almost endless but in this proven pattern krystal flash is the material of choice. If this was the only chronie you fished you would rarely find yourself under gunned!


– 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns –
(3)
The Olive & Gold Chironomid Pupa

It took me a while to really start appreciating the green/brown tone chironomids but once I started using them it quickly became evident that they were a must have for the fly box. Not a season goes by where the Olive & Gold  doesn’t save the day, at least a few times. Originally tied, and certainly effective,  with a black thorax, the introduction of the Togens Cool Brown Magic bead has brought it to the next level.  Take the time to tie up some of these little beauties … you won’t be disappointed!


– 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns –
(4)
The Black N Silver Red Butt

As good as the all black chironomid is, the Red Butt is a hot spot feature that can some days make all the difference. So much so that it has honestly earned it’s place in the “proven” BC Interior Still Water Fly category. Definitely worth whipping up a few of these little puppies!


– 10 Proven BC Still Water Fly Patterns –
(5)
The Watery Olive Chironomid Pupa

Last but not least, as far as chironomids go in this 10 proven BC Interior Still Water Fly Patterns series, is the Watery Olive Chironomid Pupa Fly. The real neat characteristic about this fly pattern is it’s use of an opaque over body to represent the pupal shuck. The technique can be used over almost every colour but we have found it extremely effective over the watery olive.


Well that’s it for chironomids. For more information on everything chironomid, including life cycle, fishing techniques and even more specific fly patterns, please check out our fly fishing chironomids page. 😉


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Friday 13 | A Northern BC Fall Fishing Report

Fall Fishing Report - Rainbow Trout

Friday 13
A Northern BC Fall Fishing Report

I was required to work one day this weekend, on ERT (Emergency Response Team) coverage, and was given a choice on which day it would be. I told them I’d have my answer in a couple of minutes … and off I went to the computer to bring up ‘The Weather Channel’. I was really hoping to get the boat out a couple more times this year before putting it to bed for the winter, and realistically that meant only two, possibly three, more weekends. So the two choices were Friday with highs of 1C, 12 KM winds gusting to 18 KM, and snow flurries OR Saturday with highs around 9C and 35 KM winds gusting to 44 KM! Cold I can dress for but the wind is out of my control so it was a no brainier …  I’ll take my chances with Friday the 13! 🙂

Friday Fall Fishing Report - Rainbow Trout Black Leech

Fall Fishing Report - Rainbow Release

I got to the lake and it was one of those days with very low grey clouds, misty, light snow and you half expect to hear a foghorn echoing in the distance. I could see that the middle of the lake was occupied by hundreds of migrating ducks and above the clouds I could hear the honking of flocks of Canadian geese getting’ the hell out of Dodge.

The Jeep said it was minus 7 C and my first problem was getting the plugs into semi frozen ports on the boat. Nothing that a bic lighter and singed finger wouldn’t take care of. I strung my rods, (full sink, intermediate and floating) bundled up and was off, thermos at the ready. I had a few taps on the intermediate line with the cactus muddler trolling across the lake and thought at least they are active. The plan was to set up way into the weeds on the flat and run the indicator with a small leech, as Timbre had a beauty straighten out his hook in there three weeks ago. After an hour, with not a nibble, it was back out to the drop off. With no action there I trolled over to some flats in a wind protected bay and hung a leech out. The winds were swirling in there so I didn’t anchor I just let the wind move the boat back and forth. This finally produced the first hook up but what turned out to be the biggest fish of the day raced through the weeds and off into the sunset with the Little Wino leech.

Fall Fishing Report - Rainbow in a MOBY

Fall Fishing Report - MOBYnet Leech

The rest of the day was spent trolling, casting and wind drifting a Midnight Blue Cop Car leech that produced six fish, none over 2 pounds. When I pulled the boat out the Jeep said it was Minus 1C so I put in a full 8 hour day freezing my hands but I did get some tugs. One final thought, does geese honking sound like laughter or is that just me. 😉

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Smoke on the Water Dragons in the Sky

Roche Lake Park Fishing Report - Fooled by a Chewy Dragon Fly Pattern

Smoke on the Water Dragons in the Sky
A Roche Lake Park Fishing Report 2017

(Chewy Dragon Fly Pattern Tutorial Included!)

The drive south for summer holidays is usually an exciting time filled with anticipation of some good ol’ R&R. But this year there was a cloud hanging over us as we drove down through a province on fire. That cloud was smoke. Other than a day or two we’ve had a smoke free summer here on the other side of the Rockies. You could see it’ll leave a black scar that’ll be there the rest of my life but it’s all part of the cycle that’s been going on in the Boreal forest forever. All that beetle kill jackpine needs to burn for their cones to release the seeds within. This ,of course, means nothing to all those displaced and burnt out. My heart goes out to them!

By the time I got down to the Okanagan they were into day 40 with no rain and temps were in the 30’sC. I missed my chance to head up into the Monashee’s for some alpine fishing and had to resort to crushing Pikeminnows of the dock at buddies cabin. Small minnow patterns on a full sink line were the ticket. As I got to Kamloops for a week I wasn’t really optimistic about any lake fishing and was leaning toward fishing the Thompson up toward Chase. I’d been hearing that with the constant smoke cover that the lakes weren’t heating up as much as they would normally in sunny 36C weather. I thought I might as well check out a lake in the Roche Lake Park.

I was pleasantly surprised, when I dropped the tube into the lake early one morning, how cool the water felt. I didn’t have a thermometer but it was way cooler than I was expecting. Game on! I started off touring the lake with a mini black, gold bead leech on a camo intermediate line. This set up, more times than not, produces fish. I was looking for any chironomid action but couldn’t find any. By the time I got to the far corner, out of the wind, I was in the middle of a full blown Dragonfly escort. They were everywhere. I switched out to a Chewy Dragon and kicked out to wind drift across the lake. Five minutes into the drift and BANG the rod was almost ripped out of my hands. Watching and indicator go down and setting the hook is fun but there’s something about a monster hit on a tight line, that for me, is more exciting. Turned out to be a nice 18” fish. The rest of the day followed the same pattern. I was lucky the wind was shifting every half hour so I’d drift across the lake and cast until the wind shifted again. Hooked 9 and landed 6 all between 2-3 lbs and all but one were on the wind drift. They fought hard and revived quickly which is always nice. It was definitely not the Dog Days of Summer fishing I was expecting and was another great outing with the Chewy Dragon. I kept one for the mother in-law and there was no doubt that this lake has a healthy population of shrimp as the flesh was bright orange. It was a blast of a day as the Squadron leader of the Dragon Air Force!

Roche Lake Park Fishing Report - Dragonfly

Roche Lake Park Fishing Report - Netted Rainbow Trout

Roche Lake Park Fishing Report - Relaxing by the Fire

For those interested in learning how to tie the Chewy Dragon fly pattern here’s a link to the instructional fly tying post (with video 😉 ) …….

OCD Olive Chewy Dragon | Dragonfly Nymph Fly Pattern

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FGN Spring Tour | 2017 BC Interior Fishing Report

FGN 2017 BC Interior Fishing Report

FGN Spring Tour
2017 BC Interior Fishing Report

The annual end of May fishin’ and carousing tour down south had a major hic-up even before I got on the road. Continue reading


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OCD Olive Chewy Dragon | Dragonfly Nymph Fly Pattern

OCD Olive Chewy Dragon Dragonflyfly Nymph Fly Pattern

OCD
Olive Chewy Dragon
Dragonfly Nymph Fly Pattern

I’ve been accused of being OCD but we won’t go there today! This is just another Darner Dragon pattern to add to the arsenal but I got to tell you that it’s Beta testing went really well! The original version of the OCD was tied with UV Chewy Skin (hence the name) but I found it too thick for my liking. This final version of the OCD is more buoyant with the foam/deer hair body and works well on an intermediate sink line. 😉

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Caddi Melt | Cased Caddis Fly Pattern

Caddi Melt Cased Caddis Fly Pattern

– Caddi Melt –
Cased Caddis Fly Pattern

This unique BC Interior still water fly pattern is brought to us by Brandyn and his BC_Interior_Fly_Tying youtube channel! A big thanks to Brandyn for sharing the Caddi Melt Cased Caddis Fly Pattern with flyguys.net! We’ll be following Brandyn on youetube and encourage you to do so as well. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next! 😀

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Togen Curved Nymph Hook Review

Togen Curved Nymph Hook - Opal Eye Leeches

Opal Eye Mini Leeches tied on the Togen Curved Nymph Hook

Togen Curved Nymph Hook Review

It was about five years ago that I added the “2X” length hook style to my existing “scud” hook style chironomid pupae arsenal. I arrived at the Togen Curved Nymph hook through a process of trial and error, and all the time and frustration that usually goes with it. Regardless, I’m glad of how it all played out as it led me to prove out this well built and extremely versatile fly tying/fly fishing hook.

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Screaming Viking | Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa Fly

Screaming Viking Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

The Screaming Viking
Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa Fly

Like it’s predecessor, the Bleeding Limey, the Screaming Viking (Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa Fly) was borne out of necessity. The original was needed so that those little green red butt cronies would never get the best of us again! And truth be told it did, and continues to do, a great job in that respect! The problem, if you can really call it that, is that the acetate floss material used in its construction makes it a bit tough to keep smaller patterns slim and in proportion to the naturals that we want to imitate. Is it doable? Yes absolutely! It just takes enough more time and effort that it got me thinking if I could accomplish the same thing in a different way. Enter the Screaming Viking …

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Fly Fishing the Amazon | A Fly Fishing Products Review

Fly Fishing Products Review for Amazon for Small Fishing Gear

Amazon Fly Fishing Products Review
A Fly Fisherman & an Amazon Gift Card

*  be sure to check out even more cool products on our Recommended Amazon Fly Fishing & Related products page! 😉

I’m sure that everyone reading this at one time or another has been, or knows someone that has been, in possession of an Amazon Gift Card.

They are typically received as gifts and therefore typically of amounts not more than $100.00 or so. As a fly fisherman this creates a bit of a dilemma as any experienced fly fisher knows that successful fly fishing is dependent on expensive fly fishing gear! 😉 So what’s a fly fisherman to do? Well, what I did was spend WAY too much time surfing Amazon for useful fly fishing products that I might be interested in. So in an attempt to save anyone that finds themselves in the same position from the PITA factor, I thought it might be a good idea to list my findings here with an Amazon small gear fly fishing products review. 🙂

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Fly Tying on the Dark Side | The Mop Fly

Mop Fly Pattern

The MOP Fly

Fly Tying on the Dark Side
– The Mop Fly –

Well I’m into the Dog Days of winter so I decided to take a little walk on the dark side of fly tying and fishing. At this point I recommend that all the dry fly purists look away lest their heads explode. I’ve been hearing lots lately about the mop fly and decided to investigate a little closer. It appears to be one of those flies that polarizes folks into two camps: Love-em—Hate-em.

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Fishing Cutthroat Trout | Winter Strategies for Coastal Cutties

Fly Fishing Cutthroat Trout - Silver Spotted Cutty

Fly Fishing Cutthroat Trout
– Winter Strategies for Coastal Cutties –

The icy winds of November and December mean an end to the stillwater fly fishing season in most of our province, but in here in the Fraser Valley they signal the beginning of one of my favorite times of year.  While many anglers target winter Steelhead on popular systems like the Chilliwack or Chehalis, I like to explore forgotten Fraser Valley sloughs and secluded backwaters in search of the elusive Coastal Cutthroat.

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Hill People Gear Connor Pack Review

Hill People Gear Connor Pack Review

Hill People Gear Connor Pack Review

Hill People Gear Connor Pack Review
– Quality, Fit, Function & Fishing –

Over the years I’ve purchased and tested many different hunting back packs, and then used them for everything else. So with each new pack I went through I’d end up hauling my fishing gear around in a unit big enough to handle an elk quarter!  Overkill to say the least.  This year I thought I would try something a little  different and focus on a pack to specifically meet my fishing needs. Continue reading


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A Tunkwa Lake Park BC Fishing Vacation

Tunkwa Lake Park BC Fishing Vacation

A Tunkwa Lake Park BC Fishing Vacation in Paradise!

A Tunkwa Lake Park BC Fishing Vacation
Bombers, Bows & Breathtaking Backdrops

Tunkwa & Leighton are man made trout fishing lakes residing at 3,750 feet in elevation within a 5,100 hectares Provincial Park on the southern Thompson Plateau.

The Tunkwa lake provincial park is a mixture of protected mid elevation grasslands, forests, lakes, and wetlands offering year-round fishing and outdoor wilderness recreation opportunities for locals and tourists alike. Tunkwa & Leighton are in such close proximity (actually they are side by each with Tunkwa lake flowing into Leighton lake through a spillway) that it would be impossible to distinguish the fishing characteristic of one from the other. The only real difference is that Leighton Lake is a bit deeper and more sheltered from the wind and therefore may be a bit easier to navigate in a small boat or float tube/pontoon. The main similarity is that they are both  spectacular BC Interior trophy trout lakes perfect for your next BC fishing vacation! … get the rest of the story now >>


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Chironomid Fly Fishing Strategies | Finding Fish

A big thanks to Adam Beattie for sharing his informative “finding fish” stillwater fly fishing article on flyguys.net. For those of you that know Adam, I don’t have to tell you to pay attention to what he’s saying. For those that don’t, take it from us; read the article, practice the strategies within, and it will absolutely improve your fishing!

Stillwater Chironomid Fly Fishing Strategies for Finding Fish in Kamloops British Columbia | flyguys.net

Chironomid Fly Fishing Strategies for Finding Fish … by Adam Beattie

Chironomid Fly Fishing Strategies
– Finding Fish –

Every spring, thousands of BC fly fishers head to their favourite lakes, eager to chase trout with chironomids of all shapes and sizes.

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Palace in the Sky | BC Alpine Fly Fishing 2016

Palace in the Sky - BC Alpine Fly Fishing Report 2016 - Mountain Fish On

Palace in the Sky | BC Alpine Fly Fishing Report 2016

Palace in the Sky
BC Alpine Fly Fishing Report 2016

Well after a 1 year hiatus it was time to head back up for some mountain alpine fly fishing.

Guide cabin and horses were booked well in advance and as the date approached  the only concern was the river level. We have to get across before we can start the climb. There was 6 of us going
which required more food and beer. I’ll be honest here, the extra food was hardly a factor in adding another pack horse.

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The Chironicals of May 2016

May Chironomids - Fly Fishing Kamloops British Columbia

May Chironomids 2016 – Fly Fishing Beautiful British Columbia

May Chironomids 2016 …….

“Go north young man, go north.” It’s been over 38 years since I heeded those words and I have to tell you I’m glad I did. There is a lot of territory farther north that still calls me but lately I’ve been hearing a faint echo every now and then “ Go south old fart, go south.” So periodically I must subdue the voices and head back to the home stomping grounds. Back to my natal valleys, back to my home waters, back to Rob’s driveway and May chironomids. I fully expect one of these times a request to sign a timeshare for in front of his house! I think the jeep spent more time there than anywhere else in Kamloops that week. Continue reading


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Scientific Anglers Cold Water Intermediate Fly Line Review

Scientific Angler Cold Water Intermediate Fly Line Review

Scientific Anglers Cold Water Intermediate Fly Line Review

Fly Line Review
Scientific Anglers Cold Water Intermediate

Intermediate (slow sink) lines have their niche within the arsenal of the Stillwater angler. Although some shallow water  situations can be reasonably managed through the use of either a floating or intermediate line, there are times when the intermediate line is a clear choice Continue reading


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Beadmaster Fly Tying Tool Review

... Beadmaster Fly Tying Tool Review

The Beadmaster Fly Tying Tool Review

Beadmaster Fly Tying Tool Review

“Get your bead on” is the slogan that ‘on the fly products’, the company that makes this interesting new fly tying gadget, uses to describe the Beadmaster fly tying tool.  They say this tool will help you to easily and effectively place beads on your fly fishing hooks. So does it work? Continue reading


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The Fluorocarbon Myth

... The Fluorocarbon Myth

The Fluorocarbon Myth …….

… as originally posted on Active Angling NZ by Alan Bulmer. Thank you Alan for allowing us to share this interesting and informative piece on flyguys.net! 😀

For several years I’ve had a growing feeling that fluorocarbon monofilament simply does not live up to the marketing hype. It is twice as expensive as nylon monofilament but is it twice as good in terms of performance? The short answer is No and this piece will explain why.

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Green Grass Cased Caddis Fly Pattern

Green Grass Cased Caddis fly Pattern

Green Grass Cased Caddis Fly Pattern

This Green Grass Cased Caddis fly pattern is courtesy of James Meyer. A big thanks to James for sharing this innovative caddisfly larva imitation with the guys & gals of flyguys.net! 😀

Green Grass Cased Caddis Fly Pattern …

In all honesty, caddis nymphs are rarely my first choice when choosing flies.  I was raised fishing Kamloops’ stillwaters, where I focused my fishing efforts on chironomid, leech, dragonfly nymph, and dry fly techniques. It wasn’t until I moved from the Kamloops area, and began fishing more swiftwaters, that I started to fully appreciate the utility of knowing how, and when to fish caddis nymphs.   Imitating a cased caddis always seemed like a silly idea to me. I had never spotted a cased caddis in a throat pump and figured their case must be an excellent deterrent to foraging trout.

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Perdigon Nymph Jig Fly Pattern | Getting Jiggy With Jig Flies

Perdigon Nymph Jig Fly Pattern

Perdigon Nymph Jig Fly Pattern

Perdigon Nymph Jig Fly Pattern …

There’s at least another month and a half before the lakes in my neck of the woods thaw and I’ll be fishing rivers and streams until then. Picking up on European Competition anglers I decided it was time to go all in and tie up a box of jig flies. With Jig hooks you will have to use slotted beads for proper results. Some of the benefits of these flies are that: Continue reading


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Pre-chironomid Season: Early Spring Fly Fishing Strategies

Pre-chironimid Season Early Spring FlyFishing Strategies

Pre-chironimid Season: Early Spring Fly Fishing Strategies

Early Spring Fly Fishing Strategies …

In the pacific northwest, particularly in the interior of BC and Washington, spring stillwater fly-angling is often referred to as “chironomid season”.  With an abundance of lakes where spring emergences are dominated by little dipterans of the taxonomic family Chironomidae (and to a lesser extent Chaoboridae), the colloquial term “chironomid season” is fitting.

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Zucchini Chironomid Fly

... hooked by a Zucchini Chironomid Fly pattern!

Zucchini Chironomid Fly Pattern (photo by Adam Bruno)

Zucchini Chironomid Fly Pattern …

Over the last few years the Zucchini Chironomid Fly has become one of our most popular and most requested chronie fly patterns. And justifiably so. It is typically the first fly tied on once the spring chronies start hatching and it rarely needs to be swapped out! I was recently asked if we invented the Zucchini. Well, although I can honestly say that at the time of its inception we had not heard of anyone else using this particular material combination, it seems unlikely that we would have been the first to put it together. The name however, and arguably a good portion of its recent popularity, can certainly be attributed to flyguys.net. But all of that is really irrelevant. What matters is that this extremely simple, highly versatile chironomid pupa imitation is extraordinarily effective at enticing trout to strike. If we had to choose only one chrony pattern to fish with, the Zucchini Chironomid Fly might just be it!

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Coach’s Smoked Brook Trout Recipe

... Delicious Smoked Brook Trout Recipe

Coach’s Smoked Brook Trout Recipe

What seems like only a few years ago, Coach was asking about my Simple Smoked Trout Recipe. Then, in typical Coach fashion, he tweaked and twisted things until ultimately arriving at more flavorful brine mixture, with a significantly lower salt content, perfectly suited for smoked Brook Trout. Still simple, and similar enough to the original that I questioned the value of a separate post, but after devouring a fresh batch last night it became clear that this Smoked Brook Trout Recipe, complete with Coach’s dry Brookie Brine, was just too good too not share!

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Producer Chironomid Pupa Fly

... producer chironomid pupa fly

The Producer Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

Producer Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern …

Well It’s winter time, the lakes are icing over and for the avid stillwater fly fisher that means it’s once again time to start replenishing our supplies of our favorite chironomid patterns!

Perhaps a little early, but for me the anticipation has already begun! And in preparation of next season, I couldn’t possibly be fully prepared without having a long line up of “Producers” ready to go.  If you’re unfamiliar with “The Producer” chironomid pupa fly pattern, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Continue reading


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Boat Master Waterproof Duffel Review

Overboard Waterproof Duffel Dry Bag 60L

Boat Master Waterproof Duffel Review | Water Proof Dry Bag Review

Boat Master Waterproof Duffel Review
Water Proof Dry Bag Review

The early BC southern Interior spring had been upon us for some time. A few months prior, when the first of our lakes had begun thawing, I earnestly began organizing my fly-fishing gear, preparing to take advantage of an early spring. In my preparations, I noted that my nylon duffel bag looked poorly adept at protecting my belongings from the rain which the skies were unleashing at the time. Continue reading


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Togen Fly Reel Review | ZSRA | Size 5/7

Togen Fly Reel Review | Togens ZSRA Fly Reel

Togen Fly Reel Review (Model ZSRA 5/7 Gun Metal Gray shown above)

One of the great things about living in the Southern Interior of BC is the multitude of fly fishing opportunities available. Of course, when opportunities abound, so does the gear. But in a market with a lot of gear, how does the consumer find the products with great value?? Well, really, it’s all word of mouth. With most companies spending big money on advertising and marketing, word of mouth is the only real objective information you’ll receive on a product. That’s where gear reviews come in handy. I’m just one guy with one opinion, but I think it’s helpful to both consumers and retailers, since the best way to unveil strengths and weaknesses is let the anglers (and the fish) have their way with the product for a while. So on that note, I’d really like to thank Togens Fly Shop for giving us the chance to throw these reels around. They played an integral role in us being hated by quite a few fish. The reels look good, work well, and feel nice as part of the rod. Continue reading


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2015 Fishing Spring BC Northern

Now that’s how you end a day of fishing! 😀

... fly fishing spring BC Northern with flyguys.net North!
30 minutes earlier …….

We’re trolling into the boat launch , just as we’re about to reel in a truck whips in and backs down the launch to pick up his boat. I look at Steve and say “ leave your line out I’ll do a figure 8 in front of the launch until this guys out of our way”. I just got turned and parallel  to the shore and my rod bends back. I yelled at Steve to take the wheel as I fight what feels like a decent fish. He maybe was in control for 30 seconds and BAM his rod bends way back. His fish shows right away on the surface and there is no doubt that it’s a nice fish. At this point the boat is shut off and we are at the mercy of the wind  trying to keep to hot fish from braiding up our fly lines. I get mine in the net and thought about trying to net Steve’s but that would have been a net overload! Steve got a quick shot of mine and we concentrated on landing his …all good. Continue reading


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Kissing Chironomid Fly

Kissing Chironomid Fly Pattern

Kissing Chironomid Fly Pattern

Kissing Chironomid Fly Pattern …

After having my eyes opened fishing chironomids in 35 feet at Roche lake Kamloops a few years ago, and hearing stories of going 60-70 feet at Sheridan lake, I started thinking of how to add more weight to chironomids without bulking them up.

The Kissing Chironomid fly pattern is the result and, I might add, it came about independently from Rob’s double scoop chironomid. 😉 Continue reading


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Winter Kill & Trophy Trout

Roche Lake Winter Kill & Trophy Trout ... following the winter kill to trophy trout!

Winter Kill & Trophy Trout … who woulda thunk it!

Winter Kill & Trophy Trout …

It’s easy to understand how the term “winter kill” could be perceived negatively by many angling enthusiasts.  Once we understand what it is and how it typically influences our small, productive waters, however, we might be surprised to learn that as often as it can detract from angling experiences, it can augment them. It can actually create some rather spectacular quality fishing opportunities. Winter kill & trophy trout?

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Iron Man Chromie Chironomid Fly Pattern

iron man chromie chironomid pupa fly pattern!

Iron Man Chromie Chironomid Fly …

Whether it’s floating line under an indicator or long lining on a fast sink, since I first moved back to the interior a few years ago, a vast majority of my brain has been overtaken by an obsession of catching  Big Bows on tiny little hooks. So, when I was asked to share a “How To” on a new Chrionomid Pupae pattern I put together, by the guys who helped get me hooked with a passion for fly tying and fly fishing, immediately I was more than happy to oblige. Here’s my IRON MAN Chromie Chironomid Fly Pattern!

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Early Spring Fly Fishing Shuswap Lake

... earlry spring fly fishing Shuswap lake BC
If all you BC Interior still water guys are just itching to get out on the water, your best bet … early spring fly fishing Shuswap lake!

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A Wonderful Whitetail Lake Fishing Vacation

... a wonderful whitetail lake fishing vacation!

Whitetail Lake Fishing Vacation – Sept. 2007

Whitetail Lake Fishing Vacation
– A Wonderful Week at Whitetail Lake –

Whitetail Lake  is located near Fairmont Hot Springs in the BC Rockies Region of beautiful British Columbia (see map below). Managed as a trophy fishery by the provinces Ministry of Environment the lake is very popular and generally productive. It’s numerous marl flats provide excellent fly fishing opportunities with generous chironomid, dragonfly and mayfly hatches occurring from ice off through June and July. Leeches, dragonfly, damsels and shrimp are also abundant and productive. Camping facilities are available and amenities close at hand at near by Canal Flats. The following is a 5 day account that is sure to have you considering a Whitetail lake fishing vacation in beautiful British Columbia!  A big thanks to Don for sharing his story!  🙂

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Rainbow Dinner

... delicious rainbow trout for dinner!

Well the first snow a couple of weeks ago automatically kicked in the winter/survival/ hibernation check down list. It’s a list of things to do before the blizzards come.

1) Mow the lawns one last time … Nope
2) Put hoses away … Nope
3) Turn off water to outside taps … Nope
4) Put away lawn/deck furniture … Nope
5) Put up Xmas lights … Nope
6) Dig out snow shovels … Nope
7) Put on some extra weight … CHECK … Well at least I’ve got one thing done!
8) Put boat to bed … Yikes is it that time already … Nope!

I figure I’ve got 5 weeks if I’m lucky so time to get the boat in some water. Continue reading


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Giant Wild Alpine Trout

... Wild Alpine Rainbow Trout

Is there a better way to spend Canada Day then hiking in and setting up on the shores of a Rocky Mountain lake with giant wild alpine trout? NOPE! Steve, Aaron, Mitch and myself  were preparing to head  back to the lake we hit up last year.  This year we were going in a couple of weeks earlier and my son Timbre was joining us. We had lined up 3 pack horses and under full packs we started our climb up to Mutton Manor( more on  this later). Of course the three young bucks set a blistering pace pulling away from Steve and I. Funny thing though they would always fall back towards us. I would like to think that it was a little respect for their elders but I knew it was because we were packing the Defender (loaded with 6 slugs). My knees and rehabbed ankle hung in there but evidently  I need  a new thermostat as I was over heating pretty good by the time we made the summit. That beer at summit break was the best tasting  one I’d had in a long while… well maybe since the mid ascent beer break. We made our way down to the lake the excitement building with every step. Continue reading


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Welcome Home – 2014 Northern BC Fishing Report

Big BC Bull Trout

Well after 5 days of fishin’ and cavorting it was time to turn the jeep around and head home. That was one tough drive! What normally takes me 11 hours took 12 plus. Two nights of fishing and two nights with the boys and I put everyone to bed all four nights. At the GOEG that required 3:30 AM both nights then up for breakfast around 8:00AM. My advantage was that they live there but when I get back to the ol’ stomping grounds I want to soak in every second I can. Continue reading


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Flyguys North Kamloops Fishing Adventure 2014

BC Rainbow Trout

I got the email early April that a date had been selected for the GOEG IV and it was May 30 + 31. The GOEG (Gathering Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is a get together, for as many as can make it, of all the yahoos I grew up and went to school with. Located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, at a buddies cabin, it’s a weekend of eating large, drinking hard and stories around the fire. First thing that popped into my head was that I have to parlay this into a pre-event fishing trip like Steve and I did two years ago … flyguys Northern Division Kamloops Fishing Adventure 2014! The wife on being informed of all this piped up, ”Good Maggie (dog) and I will come with you and you can drop us off at my mom’s place,” I replied that I didn’t think there would be enough room and I was only half joking. By the time I load the Yeti and all my fishing/camping gear there’s not much room. But yes, you guessed it, I made room, for I’m not a complete idiot!

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Kickin the Sheridan Deep Water Chironomids

Sheridan Deep Water Chironomids - Sheridan Sunrise

Sheridan Deep Water Chironomids | BC Full Sink Fly Fishing Fun

Sheridan Deep Water Chironomids …

So what to do in June for Chironomid fishing?

My May was not filled with chronie fishing anywhere near as much as I would have liked so Rob and I had to make a plan. We hit a couple local lakes and each time we drove we discussed a trip somewhere. The ideas would fly and after whittling it down to just a few Rob left it to me to make the final decision. My previous experiences at Sheridan are limited to waiting most of the day for just one or two fish with the chance that one of those may be a pig, but with the chronie season winding down around the Loops area lakes that prospect didn’t sound so bad … so Sheridan deep water chironomids it was!

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Rock Bottom Stonefly Nymph Fly

... Rock Bottom Stonefly Nymph fly pattern!

Rock Bottom Stonefly Nymph Fly Pattern

Rock Bottom Stonefly Nymph Fly Pattern

In our effort to leave no stone unturned, I bring you the Rock Bottom Stonefly nymph …

Although not common, every now and then I see giant stone flies fluttering around in the late spring early summer up this way. This is my version to represent them. Stone flies are important when they’re coming off but the nymphs are also on the menu in the spring before any major hatches get going. Tie lots because you’re going to leave some on the stream/river bottom if you’re fishing  them properly!

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