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Messages - Bob Jurmain

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Fly Tying General Discussions / Re: Cutting Thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 09:04:58 AM »
I'll likely stab myself!  But I'll give it a try.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: End of trout season
« on: November 20, 2016, 05:27:41 PM »
Don't understand why the picture doesn't fit.  To view each entire picture right click on "view image".

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / End of trout season
« on: November 20, 2016, 10:25:54 AM »





Yesterday it was +10 with slight overcast, no wind.  Today -1, snowing and blowing and the future looks cold and miserable.  I think it is over.
So, I went to my secret place not too far from home for one last go at it.  It hasn't been the best of fall fishing for me.  I've had several outings with few fish.  Two days ago at a Rainbow lake with reportedly large trout , I had only one hit, only to discover my fly was off.  I was in 44 FOW with an intermediate so it wasn't a snag.  Previously, I had hooked into some wood near the shore and had to poke at with my paddle.  I made a mistake which given my 50 years of flyfishing, I should not have.  I did not carefully examine by line or connection.  I have also been using 5 year old 3X leader.  New stuff is in order, and some discipline.

Anyway, at a brookie lake I spotted a group of eight of them mulling around close together in social/mating mood.  First cast with a Coney Leech got a hookup and then I changed over to an orange phentex humpy.  I'm told that orange and red are 'angry' colours for mating male brookies.

Then I went to another area and I counted around 100 of them.  It was like shooting apples in a barrel.  Pretty easy fishing.  Landed about ten of them.

I don't have ethical problems in fishing for spawning (or hopeful spawning) brook trout in my local lakes.  We don't have the conditions for successful spawning.  There are a few lakes near and in Algonquin Park that have those conditions along with special regs including no ice fishing.

I wish we had no ice fishing.  The lakes will be frozen soon and the slaughter will begin once the ice is firm.

Nice way to end the season.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Splake
« on: October 24, 2016, 01:48:59 PM »
Rick........I have an 80 page research article on Splake (Kerr) and it states that once they get to a certain size, their prey is almost entirely small fish which is the same as Lake Trout but not Brook Trout.  They have a sleek snout for speed through the water.  A Rainbow Lake in our area has long sleek fish in it as it is not trophic and the likely largest source of food are minnows.,

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Splake
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:31:57 AM »
Rick...........that picture cut off the tail.  It is forked.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / More Splake!
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:39:39 PM »



Went back to my splake lake today and caught the fish I lost last time (perhaps).  This was caught on Phil's Double Bunny with modifications to make it more like a minnow.  Shore fishers said they could see the splake feeding on minnows close to the shore on shelfs.   Splake lakes are typically chosen like lakes that support Lake Trout which are deep and clear.  This lake drops off to 100 feet within a few meters of the shore.  So you crawl along keeping an eye on your depth screen getting your fly close to the bottom in my case today around 25ft.
Look at the shoulders!  They are thicker than a similarly sized Rainbow.  This one gave me a few runs.  I don't take a long time to get them in but he wasn't coming willingly. They spend their days chasing minnows so they get pretty strong.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Splake
« on: October 23, 2016, 03:37:05 PM »
Here you go Rick:


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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Splake
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:11:34 AM »



This is the time of year when Splake come into the shallows to fill up for winter.  Splake are a combo of Brook Trout and Lake Trout.  They were developed to compliment the sagging Lake Trout populations due to changing conditions and harvesting.  Semi reproducing, they grow faster than either progenitor and can get quite big in deep larger lakes.
I've been trying to figure out the formula for over 20 years at my local splake lake about an hour from home and I think I have the formula.  Last outing, I landed six and lost a 'big one'.
Since this lake has difficult access in that there are high cliffs around most of the lake and a nasty road in with no real boat access, it doesn't get a lot of soft water pressure (not so in the winter).  This is rare being so close to Canada's fourth largest urban area.
PQuad was the best fly fished deep (20-22ft) with a minnow attractor as dropper.

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Fly Fishing General Discussions / Re: So what's up with flouro?
« on: October 22, 2016, 08:56:28 AM »
A fishing friend of mine has a relative (can't remember his name) who did research on this topic.  His conclusion was that fish see all fishing lines as "rope".  Fluro has other qualities than lower visibility that make it desirable but my experience has been that if fish are feeding, it doesn't matter what line you are using.  Fussy fish or fish that have been caught and released several times get wary of everything so in those circumstances, having as little of everything is essential.  Same goes for the length of leader.  I catch a lot of trout, some big, on my dropper/attractor which is sometimes only 8 inches from the fly line!
Another thing I can't say enough about.  Change your leader and tippet often!  I've lost a lot of fish and flies by being lazy about this.

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Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Mishaps on the lake.
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:15:05 PM »
It is sheer ignorance but there is no excuse for it.  I've had trollers come between me and the shoreline.  If they were paying attention they would have seen me casting to shore but in their world, trolling is the only way.
Almost everyone has an email account and that is where there is no excuse.  I told the Ministry in my province that they should be sending out educational items and regulatory changes on a regular basis.  I think it would pay for itself.

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Just was out fishing with it today at some local water.  Fish with small mouths could barely get it in but they were trying!  Can't wait to try it as an indicator for trout with whatever below.  Floats like a cork.

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I've named it the "Minky Mouse" because it has a mink strip wound around under a foam pull over but it is so popular with all the various warm water species that it gets beat up prematurely.  Once I figure out how to extend its life, I will post a pic and instructions.  You can see an early version on my blog.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Bass time in Ontario
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:15:58 AM »

We've had a couple of weeks of bass fishing now in Ontario.  They moved the opening up a week in the southern region as they felt that the desirable bass had already completed spawning.  This assumes a general warming trend but we didn't get it this Spring.  We had at a week or more less of C&R trout fishing.  I don't fish for trout when the surface temperature passes 72F.
But bass fishing especially SM are just as much fun and you usually catch quite a few, sometimes without having to travel very far.  This LM was a bit further away at a private lake that doesn't get much attention.  I landed at least 20 like this and bigger (4#) and lost as many in 6 hours of fishing.  All on my new favorite fly, The Minky Mouse, which I will post some time.

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River Competition Angling Discussions / Re: Stocked and native fish
« on: May 23, 2016, 04:16:55 PM »
Trout here in Ontario are released at around 35g.  They dont feed them for a couple of days before transport so they dont poop in the tanks.  However, they are usually in much better shape with stored fat than the overwintering fish in the same lake/river.  I know this from all the stocking we did with our club.
The one thing I can tell you about the difference between wild and stocked is that wild fish are much more spooky.  You will get one chance at them.
As for preferred food, unless there is a massive hatch going on, any plausible fly presented at the proper depth wil be equally succesful in my experience if they are feeding.

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Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Blue Fox Camp video
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:13:03 AM »
Here is a link to the Blue Fox Camp NFF show in which I participated:

http://youtu.be/p9anRh55YI0

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