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FGN Fly Fishing Road Trip 2021 – Finally!

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Chilcotin Bound
FGN Fly Fishing Road Trip 2021

The boys and I had missed out on two spring fishing trips and I have to say I was getting a little bit antsy. Late spring, I threw out the possibility of a Fall fly fishing road trip hoping that travel restrictions would allow it. Don had already booked time off in late Sept so this was going to be our window. Continue reading


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TFO Special Delivery Plus Floating Fly Line Review

TFO Special Delivery Plus Floating Fly Line Review

TFO Special Delivery Plus Floater
Floating Fly Line Review

With floaters being the number one type of fly line used on our BC Interior stillwaters, it’s nice to see, and test, new technologies/ideas/brands as they come up. We are happy to offer the following floating fly line review.

TFO  describes their Special Delivery Plus Weight Forward Floater as follows … Continue reading


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Kokanee Poke Bowl Recipe

Kokanee Poke Bowl Recipe

Kokanee Poke Bowl Recipe

A simply delicious land locked freshwater salmon recipe for those with a bit of an exotic palate! Continue reading


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TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod Review

 

TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod Review

TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod Review

The new TFO LK Legacy series fly rods replaces the BVK in paying homage to TFO’s founding rod designer Lefty Kreh.  The manufacturer describes the LK Legacy as “the ultimate “big water” trout rod for intermediate to advanced anglers” and “powerful & responsive with perfect tracking and crisp, smooth recovery.” 

The LK Legacy is constructed with high modulus carbon fiber material and finished in a matte grey color. Components include a fully anodized up-locking reel seats with angled hoods and braided carbon fiber inserts, a black frame, stainless steel stripping guides and anodized, double-foot, stainless-steel snake guides. The cork grip is Flor grade cork with a comfortable contour and some unique contrasts.  All delivered in a labelled 4 piece rod sock and TFO rod tube.

The TFO LK Legacy fly rod is available in lengths from 8.0′ to 10.0′ and in weights from 3wt. to 8wt. For BC Interior Stillwater applications we would focus on 9′-10′ 5-6 weights and for the purpose of this review are evaluating the 10.0′ 6 weight with fullwell grip and fighting butt. The rod was matched with a TFO BVK SD3 reel loaded with a TFO Special Delivery Plus Weight Forward 6 weight Floating Fly Line (of which we will be reviewing separately so stay tuned 😉 ) …

TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod BVK SD3 Fly Reel Special Delivery Floating Fly Line

Most of my fly rods are 9.0′ 6 weights with halfwell grips, so when looking at the TFO LK Legacy in 10.0′ with fullwell grip plus fighting butt I knew that it might take some getting used to. With that in mind I carried and used the rod exclusively from ice off to the time of this writing, putting a total of 36 full days on the water with it. Weather conditions varied (sometimes within the hour) allowing for evaluation through a range of conditions: cold, hot, windy, calm and fishing from only a couple feet below the surface to long lining as deep as 35 feet.

Initially, and expectedly, the rod felt a bit heavy in the hand. The rod is rated as a fast action but I found it to be a bit slower than other fast action rods that I’ve used. Perhaps  the result of a longer length than I was used to. Regardless, the action suited me well casting long leaders with weighted flies and often a strike indicator included. By the end of week one the rod felt very natural in hand, felt very balanced, and casting was a joy.

And speaking of casting: Although super long casts are rarely necessary, especially when indicator fishing our local stillwaters, when long lining deeper waters it can often be beneficial to belt out as much line as possible to increase your play (amount of time the fly is being retrieved the zone) and I found that it was almost effortless to get pretty much all the fly line out when desired. I’m sure the TFO Special Delivery Fly Line played a role in this feat, but more on that later …

TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod with Fighting Butt SD3 Reel & Floating Line

TFO describes this rod as able to perform well in wind and big water and I can attest to the accuracy of that as well. Lots of spring wind to deal with at ice off and the LK Legacy is truly built to help punch through it. I don’t know if it’s just the extra length, or the stiffer base section, or a combination of both (most likely) but whatever it is it works well. You can literally feel the strength in the rod as you power it through the wind and I was quite happy to have it with me on some of the more sever wind days this spring.

But strength isn’t everything. On the flip side of the equation soft and sensitive are important features. Often takes can be quite light and you really need to “feel” the slightest touch on the fly to know when to strike. At other times grabs can be savage and you need a bit of give to help avoid breakoffs. With as much of a backbone as this rod has it is balanced very well with a tip sensitive and soft enough to accomplish both.

And finally, not relating to performance but a feature that I found very beneficial and thought worth mentioning, is the red  dot alignment system to help “get it right” the first time when setting up the rod! Such a small thing to add but a great time saver for a guy that often fishes multiple days per week, or even multiple lakes per day!  Nice and visible and no chance for error … thanks for the time saver TFO!

TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod & Reel

I had to dig deep to find any drawbacks with the TFO LK Legacy fly rod and all I could come up with is that it doesn’t come with a hook keeper. Like the red dot alignment system this isn’t something that would have added much cost, or time for that matter, but it would have helped preserve the base of the cork grip as this is inevitably where the fly gets stuck when relocating on the water. However, when contrasting this against rod quality & performance, along with the TFO Lifetime Warranty & customer service, it’s almost embarrassing to point it out.

In conclusion, the TFO LK Legacy fly rod is a great option for stillwater fly fishers looking for a high end fly rod at a reasonable price point. The LK Legacy performs, period, and recommending it is a no brainer. You can find the TFO LK Legacy Fly Rod series at TFO Canada here …  🙂


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The Lowly Ant | Gord’s Shiny Smooth Flying Ant Sinker

Lowly Ant - Shiny Smooth Flying Ant Sinker

The Lowly Ant
Gord’s Shiny Smooth Flying Ant Sinker

Well as winter lingers on up North the fly tying Marches on. It will probably April on and there will be some May on days spread through the early Ice off. I’m getting to the point where Continue reading


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Sawmill (Burnell) Fly Fishing & Ice Off Report 2021

Sawmill lake (Burnell) ice off fishing report March 27 2021

Sawmill lake (Burnell lake)
Fly Fishing / Ice Off Report 2021
by Glen Heward

Been planning a trip to Sawmill for 2021 since last April. Due to Covid, I couldn’t camp up there, but did sneak in a great day of fishing in 2020. I’m a newer fly fisherman, but let me tell you, I’m hooked! Continue reading


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Chironomid Religion | The Church Window Chironomid

After some time discussing the “church window” effect with retired fisheries biologist/local Kamloops fly fishing enthusiast Richard Bailey, he has graciously taken the time to share a write up on the what it is, the why it’s important,  and the how he has implemented it into the chrironomid pupae tying process. Continue reading


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Osprey Fly Box – Flies of the Pacific Northwest | Book Review

Osprey Fly Box - Flies of the Pacific Northwest - Book Review

The Osprey Fly Box
Flies of the Pacific Northwest
Book Review

I finally got the chance to sit down uninterrupted, something that doesn’t happen much lately, and read through the Osprey Fly Box’s latest publication: their 50th anniversary edition of Flies of the Pacific Northwest. I’ll get into more detail within the review but if I had to sum it up in one word it would have to be … comprehensive! A made in BC book about everything BC fly fishing. Continue reading


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Strip Leech

Big thanks to Devan Sieben for sharing his Strip Leech fly with us! This beauty has fish magnet written all over it and I can’t wait to tie some up and give them a go!

Strip Leech - Black

The Strip Leech (..by Devan Sieben)

My version of the Strip Leech came to me out of necessity. Continue reading


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Pornomid Chironomid Pupa Fly Pattern

Pornomid Chironomid Pupa Flys

The Pornomid
Chironomid Pupa Fly

I’m not sure when the Pornomid fly was developed, or who developed it, or even if the fly I was initially shown, and to this day refer to as the pornomid, is actually in fact the pornomid, or not! What I do know is Continue reading


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Muddled Leech Fly Pattern

... the Muddled Leech fly pattern!

The Muddled Leech Fly Pattern

I designed the muddled leech to have more neutral buoyancy as a lot of my leeches had bead heads.  Leaving off the bead, and adding the deer hair, allows for the muddled leech to be retrieved super slow, which is sometimes necessary, but hard to accomplish, with regular type leech flies. The buoyancy also helps to keep the fly in the zone.  Continue reading


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Chatwin Heirloom Crucial Knife Set Review

Chatwin Heirloom Crucial Knife Set Review

Chatwin Heirloom Crucial Knife Set Review

I am not a chef, but I really like to cook. I especially like to cook from “scratch” and do as much by hand as possible. I’m not especially knowledgeable about different qualities of knives/steel, and since mine cut alright, I wasn’t looking for anything new. Then my husband came home with a new set of knives, the Chatwin Heirloom Crucial Knife Set. Continue reading


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TFO Pro 2 Fly Rod Combo Pack | Product Review

TFO Pro 2 Fly Rod & Reel Combo Package

TFO Pro 2 Fly Rod Combo Pack
– Product Review –

Description:
The TFO Pro 2 fly rod combo pack includes a rod, rod bag, reel, floating fly line, leader, and reel-on-rod hard case. The purchase price currently listed on the manufacturer’s website is $409 CAD. Upon exploring the alluring retail packaging, a nice-looking 4 piece case was revealed. Inside I found Continue reading


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PMS | Parasitic Molting Scud Fly Pattern

Parasitic Molting Scud Fly Pattern

Parasitic Molting Scud Fly Pattern

Parasitic Molting Scud Fly Pattern
– PMS –

Okay a little back ground on this pattern whether you like it or not! I’m going to avoid Latin, Chemical processes and complex biological actions. This will be Gord’s Kindergarten Cole Notes with apologies to any biologist out there. Continue reading


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Togens Nymph Tip Floating Fly Line Review

Togens Nymph Tip Floating Fly Line ReviewTime for a floating fly line review! This one on the Togens Nymph Line floater.

Togens describes their Nymph Fly Line as follows:

This line will take your fishing to the next level. Using a braided core with a smooth PVC coating for superior strength and function.

This line features a long, fine front taper for the lightest of presentations. This extra supple line is built with weight distributed towards the back of the line. It is helpful in making easy roll and single handed spey casts. Continue reading


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Fly Fishing the Flow | River Fishing Basics

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Fly Fishing the Flow | River Fishing Basics

With Mother nature taking her time thawing our local stillwaters this year, Taylor Culvor has offered up this article on fly fishing the flow covering the basics of river fishing for those looking for something to bridge the gap! Continue reading


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North Arm Kermode Fillet Knife Review

North Arm Kermode Fillet Knife & Kydex Sheath

North Arm Kermode 6″ Fillet Knife Review

I spend as much time fishing as I possibly can. Although I release a fair amount of my catch, a significant portion of my fishing is for the purposes of putting food on the table. This is particularly true with fishing for salmon and bottom-fish. All my preferred methods of preparation invariably involve boneless fillets, and in that regard, a great fillet knife is of paramount importance. Continue reading


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Green Haze Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Fly Pattern

Green Haze Soft Hackle Caddis Fly

Green Haze
Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Fly Pattern

Soft hackles are under rated, and we certainly don’t have enough of them showcased on the site. So when we saw this beauty by @debpaskall on IG last week it was a good reminder that we needed to start filling the gap.  Big thanks to Deb for whipping up this quick step by step and allowing us to share her Green Haze Soft hackle Caddis here on flyguys.net! Take it away Deb … 🙂 Continue reading


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What I Did for My Summer Holidays | flyguys North BC Fishing Report 2019

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What I did for My Summer Holidays
flyguys North BC Fishing Report Summer 2019

I’m sure most of you at some point in your scholastic endeavors had to, upon returning to school in the fall, write this essay. It was looking like mine this year would be an epic two word masterpiece. I Worked. Then the door opened a smidge, I booted it open, took 22 days off, loaded the Jeep and got out of Dodge before they figured out what was going on. Continue reading


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Ginger Lamsel | Leech/Damsel Fly Pattern

Ginger Damsel Fly Pattern

Ginger Lamsel
Ginger Leech/Ginger Damsel Fly Pattern

This little puppy, as indicated by the name, is a very versatile BC Interior stillwater fly pattern. The materials are minimal and easy to acquire, the tying sequence is simple, and yet the fly is a super effective multi insect imitator. Continue reading


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Trout School – Lessons from a Fly Fishing Master

Trout School - Lessons from a Fly Fishing Master - Mo BradleyTrout School
Lessons from a Fly Fishing Master

AKA – The Mo Bradley Story 🙂

Trout School – Lessons from a Fly Fishing Master, is written by Mark Hume. In it Mark passes on what he’s learned from his countless hours on, and off, the water with the Mo Bradley. If you have done any digging around for information on fly fishing the Thompson-Okanagan region of British Columbia, you’ve most likely heard of Mo Bradley. If not, stay tuned. Continue reading


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Gun Metal Shoot Out | Best GMC Chironomid Fly Body Materials

Gun Metal Shoot Out - Chironomid Pupae Fly Patterns

Gun Metal Shoot Out
Best Gun Metal Chironomid Fly Materials

So as most of you are aware, the original blue steel/gunmetal flashabou #6916 has been discontinued for some time now. Since then it has been an ongoing debate among fly tyers as to what is the most suitable replacement. New products have hit the market and there are now many close representatives. We have seen everything from actual tying materials, to the inside of granola bar wrappers and chip bags! So we decided that it was about time to get to the bottom of it all with a Gun Metal Shoot Out! Continue reading


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Sedgehog | CDC Caddis Adult Fly Pattern

CDC Sedgehog Caddis Adult Fly Pattern

Sedgehog | CDC Caddis Adult Fly Pattern

If you’ve been fly fishing long enough you’ve most likely encountered a scenario where the bows are chasing adult Sedge’s across the surface. It’s an incredible experience! Continue reading


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Three Trout Fly Fishing Tips to Becoming a Better Fly Fisher

Fly Fishing Tips That Will Make You a Better Fisher

* Guest post by Jake Connor, a Michigan angler with extensive fly fishing experience. Although geared more towards rivers, the three fly fishing tips he discusses are also very applicable for stillwaters. …


Three Simple Trout Fly Fishing Tips
Becoming a Better Fly Fisher

When I’m out fishing I always try to encourage a mindset of “proving yourself wrong”. What do I mean by “proving yourself wrong”? Take some rule, tactic or method and try to disprove it. I’m sure most anglers can relate about catching fish while not following their ‘correct’ rules/methods on hooking up fish.It’s great to have the mindset that failure and mistakes are just opportunities to learn from; there are no mistakes just lots of learning opportunities – lots and lots of opportunities. With fishing, the same is true! Continue reading


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Togens Hook & Bead Mat Review

Togens fly tying hook and bead mat

Togens Fly Shop
Fly Tying Hook & Bead Mat Review

Who knew something so very simple could be such a help at the tying bench! Have been working with the new hook and bead mat from Togens Fly Shop and it didn’t take long to realize that it’s now something I don’t think I’ll ever work without! Continue reading


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flyguys Favourite Fall Fly Fishing Patterns


flyguys Favourite Fall Fly Fishing Patterns | fall fly patterns


Five Favourite Fall Fly Fishing Facsimiles
5 Proven Fall Fly Patterns

Welcome to another flyguys BC Interior Still Water Fly Pattern series, this one focused specifically on fly patterns dedicated to the fall. In this series we will discuss and describe five time tested and proven BC Interior still water fly patterns that excel during the post summer/pre hard water window season. The series ran for 5 weeks on our youtube channel. This post will index the series and make it available   Continue reading


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5 Quick Tips to Help Teach Kids to Fly Fish

Tips to Help Teach Kids how to Fly Fish

5 Quick Tips to Help Teach Kids to Fly Fish

One of my biggest regrets when it comes to fishing is not learning how to use a fly rod at an early age. I grew up in an area of Nova Scotia that was littered with lakes and ponds stocked with bass and trout. Using a spinning rod and reel, I had an amazing time spending my days trying my luck at all the different fishing holes, and at the time, this was enough for me. One of my fishing pals took fly fishing classes Continue reading


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A Bullish Market | Rocky Mountain River Fishing Report 2018

A Bullish Market
Rocky Mountain River Fishing Report 2018

To be honest the only thing I want to invest in right now is more fishing. With the weather hot and the lakes around here pretty warm, it’s time to fish rivers. With a Fishin’ Friday available, a plan was cobbled together to head for the Rockies and do some Tributary fishing. With last weekend’s monsoons dumping 100 mm in 24 hours near the mountains, it was a bit of a gamble. Hot and dry all week was going to bring the levels down but how much? Continue reading


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Schools Out for Summer

Northern BC Summer Fly Fishing Report 2018 - Seven Year Lake

Schools Out for Summer
Northern BC Summer Fly Fishing Report 2018

You know that feeling you had in Elementary school as you cleaned out your locker on the last day of school? Loading everything into a garbage bag because mom wanted to see everything from the year. There you were lugging that bag home but it didn’t matter as you were now free for the summer. Free, free ,free to Continue reading


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A Dozen Kamloops Family Fishing Lakes

Kamloops Family Fishing Lakes - Take kids Fishing

– 12 Kamloops Family Fishing Lakes –

Share the passion, share the excitement with these twelve Local Kamloops area family fishing lakes that Should Keep them Entertained while they learn!

It’s BC’s Family Fishing Weekend and Father’s Day this weekend. It’s a weekend where families can fish license free with all sorts events province wide to promote Fishing and encourage more families to get out and enjoy what many of us have already grown to know and love. Continue reading


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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 Continue reading


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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. Continue reading


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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. 😉 Continue reading


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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. Continue reading


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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. 😉 Continue reading


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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. 😉 Continue reading


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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 Continue reading


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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 Continue reading


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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! 🙂 Continue reading


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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. Continue reading


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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

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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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