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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!

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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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Quick Fish Fry Fly | BC Salmon Fry Pattern

Quick Fish Fry Fly ……. say that three times fast 😉

Quick Fish Fry Fly | BC Salmon Fry Fishing Pattern

Quick Fish Fry Fly | BC Salmon Fry Fishing Pattern

Quick Fish Fry Fly | BC Salmon Fry Pattern

I know they’re out there and they are hungry, so here’s a recipe for a quick fish fry fly.

Now before you run off to find a skillet or wok this is not one of those delicious recipes that you will find on this site. No this is a recipe for a fry fly (smolt fly) and I dare you to find a simpler one. All that’s required is two hackles, a hook, some thread and a fish skull.

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Olive Shuttlecock Emerger Fly

Olive Shuttlecock Emerger Fly | Mayfly Chironomid Caddis

Olive Shuttlecock Emerger Fly

Olive Shuttlecock Emerger Fly Pattern
Mayfly | Chironomid | Caddis

Groundhog day doesn’t hold much weight up here in the North East corner of B.C. We really don’t care if some Eastern, flea ridden, rodent comes out of its den, dressed in a smoking jacket and does a jig.

Nothing will change the fact that, no matter what, we will have at least another six weeks of winter! No for us much more scrutiny is given to the old saying about March. “ In like a lion out like a lamb” or “ In like a lamb and out like a lion.” The old timers seemed to hit that one on the head. So it was that I awoke this morning (March 1) to see minus 32 degrees with a wind chill of 40 below. ROAR. It actually put a smile on my face and to celebrate I decided to head downstairs and tie up a batch of the Olive  Shuttlecock Emerger Fly …

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BC Fishing App (fishin BC) Review

BC Fishing App Review | Fishin BC | Mobile Phone BC Fishing App

BC Fishing App Review | Fishin BC | Mobile Phone BC Fishing App

Downloaded this BC Fishing App (Fishin BC by EPW Labs) the other day and have been playing around with it since. Tons of very good waterbody information for BC fishermen & women including detailed stocking charts and a log that will store your catch information, including pictures, and then display trends over time! Plan on giving it a good work out over the upcoming fishing season so stay tuned for a detailed review. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of the app and its features by the author …….

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Best Skunked Day Ever!

… BC fishing, it’s not always about the fish! 😉

... a gorgeous fishing day in beautiful Brtish Columbia!

Well the end of 2013 fishing kind of fizzled out for me. No fishing in November or December! I know some of you are thinking,” Ya no big deal,” but for me that’s the first time that’s happened in about 35 years. I love winter fishing whether it’s hard water or out on the Peace River , which never freezes up near the dams. Continue reading


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Zebra Chironomid Pupa Fly

... the zebra chironomid pupa fly easy peasy black & white chironomid pupa fly pattern!

Zebra Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern (AKA Black & Thread)

Zebra Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern …

Every year about this time I get to thinking about, anticipating, the upcoming open water season. This year was no different.  I forget where I was or what I was supposed to be paying attention to at the time, but I do remember that the particular reminiscing session I was having took me back to early ice off chronie fishing at Stump lake. It was a couple years ago and, although we were doing OK,  our friend Ron (Kamloops Fly Shop) and his buddy were anchored not far from us kicking our butts! When I finally got a chance to speak with Ron about what he was using that day he showed me a very simple black & white(ish) ribbed chronie with a black bead and no gill. From it’s appearance I immediately dubbed it the Zebra Chironomid Pupa.

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Last Chance Saloon

... Brook Trout on an Olive Bi Polar Leech!

Decent fall weather this late in October, although not unheard of, is not the norm up here in the North. The leaves are long gone with only the smell of their decay to indicate they were ever here. But Friday had suddenly opened up for me Continue reading


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Bipolar Balanced Leech Fly

... the Bipolar Balanced Leech Fly Pattern

Bipolar Balanced Leech Fly – Ready to Swim or Balance!

Bipolar Balanced Leech Fly Pattern ..

Ahhhh night shifts! 3:30 AM and all kinds of crazy shite is going through my head.

Every now and then a balanced leech flashes by and then is gone … lost in a smorgasbord of bizarreness. I get my sleep deprived mind to latch onto the leech next time round and I shake my head like a rainbow to try and concentrate on what the back of my brain is trying to convey to me. I kind of gather that I should be tying balanced leeches but things are still fuzzy. Continue reading


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Fly Fishing Bomber Chironomids – the Exception to the Rule

... Kamloops Bomber Chironomid Pupa - flyguys.net

Fly Fishing Bomber Chironomids

Fly Fishing Bomber Chironomids

As stillwater flyfishers we know that the late summer heat of August has forced the trout to murky depths and made them too lethargic to chase any offering we present. It is at this time that we pursue other recreational interests while we wait for water temperatures to cool down in mid September and bring on the fall fishing season. However there is an exception to the rule … fly fishing bomber chironomids! Continue reading


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Rocky Mountain Rainbows 2013

... fly fishing wild rocky mountain rainbow trout in the alpine lakes of British Columbia!

Mid summer in beautiful British Columbia means to find willing trout you have to look up … way up! In this case not only did we look up but we had to hike up to an alpine lake nestled in the East slope of the mighty Rocky Mountains. Wild BC Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout … a fly fishing trip that dreams were made of! Continue reading


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Useful Fly Fishing Links

Useful Fly Fishing Links Tools & Resources ... fishing, hunting & outdoor related links from our friends around the globe!

Useful Fly Fishing Links Tools & Resources

Useful BC Fly Fishing Links & Resources

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Hardcore Frogz Fly Wallet Review

... hardcore frogz custom leather fly wallet

Hardcore Frogz Fly Wallet Review

Hardcore Frogz Fly Wallet Review

Well the home office sent me a package earlier this spring and wanted me to do a field test. Holy crapite an assignment!  When I opened the package I found a gorgeous fly wallet from Hardcore Frogz! The Hardcore Frogz fly wallet review … now I can do that! 🙂

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The Last Boatman Standing

... fly fishing water boatman spring & fall!

Well last time out in my tube, post ice off, did the trick in releasing the winter doldrums. It just felt good to be into some fish. Last weekend the plan was to take the “River Wolf” and drop it into a lake that had bigger fish. The thought of standing up on my bow, using it as a casting platform, and targeting cruising fish in the shallows had me wired for sound. The weather had been crappy all week with the last two days under a heavy rainfall warning.
That was going to change on Friday and with the barometer rising fishing could be stellar!

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Finally Ice Off in FSJ!

... fly fished Rainbow trout!

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!

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Best BC Interior Fly Fishing Boats!

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!

... a BC Interior still water favourite!

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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UV Leech Fly Pattern

... the UV Leech Fly Pattern - a BC Interior Still Water lake must have fly!

The UV Leech Fly Pattern … by Mark Y

UV Leech Fly Pattern …

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! 🙂

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Clear Goo Caddis Pupa Fly Pattern

Clear Goo Caddis Pupa | Sedge Fly Pattern

... clear goo caddis pupa fly pattern!ddis pupa fly pattern!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! 😉

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Brian Chan Still Water Ice Out Tactics

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BC Still water Ice Out Tactics

* a big thanks to Brian for allowing us to share his invaluable still water ice out tactics & strategies on flyguys.net!

Still Water Ice Out Tactics …

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!


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