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Stillwater Patterns / Re: Chironomid Swap
« on: April 07, 2013, 07:32:43 PM »
sorry, have to pull out, other priorities.

Fly Tying General Discussions / Re: Time-Saving Tips for Fly Tying...
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:29:42 PM »
agree keep the scissors in your hand, started using a pair of these years ago after reading a book by A.K. Best years ago, they fit in the palm of your hand, have used them for everything even light wire and still going strong.

Events and News / Re: Salmon Confidential video
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:38:51 AM »
read a news story in the globe and mail the Dr. Miller with DFO (she was not allowed to talk to the media in the past) has announced she will be starting a comprehensive study of the health of the salmon on the coast. Not sure what will happen with the study though, hopefully it clears up some of the mystery.

I think there are really two questions, most of the lakes we fish in the southern part of the province are hatchery fish,I am not advocating poor handling of fish but if a fish dies in the stocked lakes it gives it self back to the biomass of the lake, take it home and that energy is gone, I think that is the balancing act the people that manage the lakes look for. I do take the odd fish home from the lakes I fish but don't feel real guilty if I let one go that is questionable that it will survive. Next spring a number of fish will be restocked.

flowing water where fish are naturally propagating should be managed as catch and release and the nutrients stay home so to speak

Casual Conversations and Discussions / pretty cool
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:26:54 PM »
not sure if I would have been able to stay still until the end of the movie.

another art form, what happens when you take it to another level

Fly Tying General Discussions / Re: Togen Hooks
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:47:48 PM »
Agree with Chris, shop around there are s better deals out there, check out Canadian Ilama, you will save 25% or so, cheap hooks are cheap hooks, they will bend or break unexpectedly, eyes will not be closed on the bend, another issue has been the gape on the bend being inconsistent or not matching sizing charts. Most importantly if you are going to spend "your" free time tying fly's you expect to hook and land fish, why take a chance. I would much rather spend money on hooks than a double double.

Fly Tying General Discussions / Re: The Cull
« on: December 22, 2012, 05:58:22 PM »
check around for Springbrook fly boxes, they make a water proof box with compartments and lids,

Fly Fishing General Discussions / Re: fly rod innovation
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:49:00 PM »
no experience at all, just surfing the net. Pretty cool concept, when you move the centre of balance or fulcrum you add another dimension, I can see computer controlled casting built into this, can you imagine programming a rod to cast by waving it. This gives a bit of an option, controlled tip speed to control line speed based on the amount of line stripped off the reel. They are talking systems so who knows. Out there but ???

Introductions and Greetings / Greetings from Paul Begin
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:37:22 PM »
I grew up in Britannia Beach, fished for anything that swam (there used to be sea run cutt's there even with Britannia creek pumping yellow) Fly rods were used, flys usually had some worm slipped over the barb.

Started steelhead fishing before I left, had a friend build me a one piece 10'-6" 1262 Fenwick mustard coloured blank, bought a Silex Superba and went fishing (was still packing a two piece brown 8'6" Army & Navy 7# fly rod as well) hooked two fish on the Eagle Run and never landed.

Then, in 1972 I moved to Port Hardy, it was mid August when arrived, it was sunny and had been for a while, all streams under the bridges were small flows that you could walk across if you wanted too. Soon after I arrived it rained and all of a sudden the creeks were rivers, lots of pinks and coho's on the drift rod but had not used my fly rod (Army & Navy) until after the rains, then there were pinks in all the lower sections of the river, then I was out flailing away with the dry line, most fish were hooked in the hump.

At the time though I was working in the pulp mill in Port Alice,  I had met a guy at work (can't remember his name) got talking fishing and he was telling me about there was a creek close by where we could catch steelhead on a fly. Hell I was game for that, by then I had bought a Thompson model A vice and was wrapping thread and feather's on a hook, but for this fishing trip I bought some muddler minnows and glo bugs.

We went fishing to the Link River (I only name it because it is now closed) we fish our way upstream, in the first run my buddy hooks a fish that goes crazy and throws the hook, as we go upstream we try to position ourselves so we can get a proper backcast from the top of the run, we spooked fish all the way up, we would have fish charge the fly on the sweep, finally landing one bright summer run. I did hook one fish on the a&n rod two eyes back fro the tip, it broke but it got me into building my first fly rod.

The next thing that happened in my fly fishing evolution was fishing the mouth on the Nicola in early October 76, we would hook a couple of fish then move on to a different run, the third day we were there a guy with a fly rod and a yellow lab started fishing directly across, he hooked a fish, landed it, had a rest, walked back up and started fishing again, pretty much the same spot and was soon into another fish, this one took him long ways down. I think he landed the fish, this went on for three days, he would hook a couple of fish and then leave. My buddy and I decided we were going to give this a try, we each hooked and landed two fish on the fly. (the guy with the dog was Dave Winter's) From then on pretty much fished a fly, first trip to the Kispiox in 1978 on the ferry from Rupert to Port Hardy.

Had some GREAT fishing in my time on the north island, saw some huge trees before they were logged walking to the Nimpkish to fish winter runs in November. We left Port Hardy in 81 (had gotten married and had two kids by then as well) and moved to Cranbrook. I was to be a whole new experience fishing, casting a 9 weight in a quite bay with other boats close by can have a good outcome, they all left but the fish never came back.

Since then I have learned a great deal, shared information, worked as a assistant guide for a local fly shop for a half dozen years. Fishing has been a huge part of my life, it was my escape for many years, I know it will continue to be so, I have recently retired. I still make my way to the north coast in the fall but love fishing for cutthroat in mid summer when the hatch's are consistent.

Also have a dog (Springer) that loves fishing as much as I do, I think she gets up with the attitude that "this is the best day of her life" good attitude to have. The only competition I want when I am is fishing is with the fish. Like the site and the openness of sharing of information I will hopefully add something of value.

Fly Fishing General Discussions / Re: What kind of fisher person are you?
« on: December 18, 2012, 07:34:11 PM »
I am interested in new ideas and equipment, have not been shy in in purchasing new equipment, initially building rods from blanks, tying flies, buying good reels and equipment, as finances changed I started buying factory rods through guide programs and was able to try quite a bit of equipment with all the bling of the day, Now I am at the point where I know what feel I want in a rod, my hearing is starting to fail and I love watching my dog getting more excited with the noise from the reel, so back a single pawl reel. I believe all of us as fisher people evolve and we appreciate different aspects of the whole experience, for me fly fishing where it happens is something I can share with somebody or I fish by myself and maybe share the experience later. I am not much of a shopper anymore, have enough fly tying materials to last but still a sucker for old Hardy reels and have just ordered four rod blanks.

Fly Fishing General Discussions / fly rod innovation
« on: December 18, 2012, 06:46:54 PM »
I will post the link to the video and the link to the company separate, somebody thinking out of the box.      the video and the company,

here is another link that shows a video being used to interest new investors, it show what the technology is that makes these rods different, I in no way have any part in this company, not sure it is inappropriate or not, if it is moderators please remove.

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: go to fly for early winter steelhead.
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:03:25 PM »
my first post,
I have spent a bit of time trying to figure out steelhead flies over the years. I have gotten lazy, if I am fishing subsurface I will fish an up eye low water hook in #2 or #4. I use rabbit strips (crosscut) starting with tail using the strip and then palmering the strip to the head, whip finish and then tie another one. Lots of good rabbit out there,best are the hides with a thin skin. I use all black a lot or black with front third of hot pink rabbit strip, one of the biggest fish I hooked was on a all pink fly, lots of different colours and combinations. Do the same with tubes.

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