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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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Fly Fishing Product Reviews / Fly lines
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:26:42 AM »
I was browsing around to find lines for my 3wt rods (and my proposed 2 wt rod build this winter) and they aren't that common.   I did notice one site that was selling 2 wt lines which are made in Abbotsford.  Rather silly IMO to buy something from the states that is made in Canada.  Does anyone know of this company and how I might contact them? Or other suggestions on less expensive fly lines?  I"m pretty tough on my lines so I don't like spending $50-$80 on them.  My preferred price range is $20 or even less.  One of our club members went to Cortland, NY and came back with a 6wt Intermediate that cost $6!!, likely a reject or experiment.  Not wrapped fancy in the bin but still works well after a couple of years.

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Quebec Bass
« on: June 26, 2015, 12:32:55 PM »
Water is getting too warm for safe C&R of trout but we have bass..... do we ever!  A bit of a drive for me but worth it to catch one like this on a mouse in shallow water.

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Blue Fox Camp
« on: June 04, 2015, 06:04:37 PM »

I was asked to accompany Mark Melnyk (above), a host for the New Fly Fisher, as a 'stillwater expert' on a shoot at Blue Fox Camp in Algoma country.  It is a 20 minute plane ride north or Blind River or a two to three hour rough quad trail.  I had Mark land the fish  as I had just lost one at the tube (the only other one caught at that lake).  They needed this fish for various shots.    It was caught on Todd's Vampire Leech.
These walk-in lakes are rather unique.  There are no minnows and they are stocked on a Life Span basis, ie, every five years and not many.  There is no competition for food.  Catch a fish and it will be the same age and size.

This fish was caught at another walk-in lake near the camp.  They are all three years old.  The three year olds around Ottawa are half that size! I landed four and lost four in the few hours we were there.
The main lake where the camp is located (Kirkpatrick Lake or Blue by the locals) has natural reproducing Rainbows, Brookies and Lakers.  The spawning stream runs through the center of the camp.
Great food, sauna by the stream and rustic buildings.  I'd sure like to go back some time.

Events and News / George Daniel Seminar and IF4 in Ottawa
« on: February 09, 2015, 03:49:52 PM »
George Daniel is coming up from stateside to give us a lecture on nymphing on March 22.  On the same day in the same location the OFS is showing IF4.  Contact me if you wish to pay in advance through INTERAC


Trout fishing is almost over for the year.  We might get one more day in next Tuesday.  Although I should be able to get in a few days chasing Musky as the rivers are the last to freeze over. Above is my first Lake Trout on a fly  (It has been a year of firsts: Musky, Tiger, and now Laker).  I've caught two more since.  Mind you, it is the first time that I have targeted them.  This lake which I had not fished before is a bit further away has both Rainbows and Lakers (and a few Browns).  That day I also got a 4.4 pound RB (below).  The Lakers are quite sleek and have very sharp teeth! (not for bugs, I'm sure)

On a Brookie Lake nearby I also got this one on a PT nymph.

Now I have a question for you chubby trout chasers.  I theorize that I caught these larger fish because no-one else has been fishing the lakes recently. Prior to this I had also caught a 22 inch rainbow in a lake I've fished for 20+ years.  I had not caught such a trout in this lake but again, there was no evidence that anyone had been fishing there for some time.   Basically trout fishing has been so lousy in my area for the last three years that most fishers have given up.  It could be a number of factors but over harvesting is certainly one of them.  MNR has told me that they have been having trouble with their stocking and will be getting triploids from Washington State next year, so here's hoping.  My theory is that with no fishing the grandpas of the lake come out of hiding and become more vulnerable especially at this time of year.  No boat noises, etc.  What do you think of this idea?  I fish in a tube so I'm pretty stealthy.  I don't have a picture of that trout as I really didn't expect to catch anything for the hour I was there after fishing elsewhere earlier.

We did our Kenauk trip a bit earlier than last year to avoid the frozen fingers.  Temps were pretty good at +7C for one day and closer to freezing the other two.  Rented Green and Sugarbush.  In two full days I landed 34 rainbows, so not bad but lower than in the good ole days of 20+/day. Bill N tells me they are still trying for their hatchery and may get it with the new owners.  Coney Leech has been my best fly this Fall along with Orange Hammill's (Canadian style).

Members of our Ottawa club have been going to the Manitoba Parklands now for over five years and this Fall I finally got to go.  In four days of fishing we landed over 50 large trout (22"+) and maybe 20 smaller ones (16"+) is still hard for me to regard 'smaller' trout at 16" but that is the Parklands.  By aerating these shallow lakes in the winter, the fish grow huge and fast.    Here is me with my first Tiger Trout at Twins.

Here is a closeup of the patterns.  Tigers are a mixture of Browns and Brookies and can be very aggressive with your flies.

Here is me fumbling with a 6# Rainbow at West Goose.  They were were "full of beans" with ST55F.  I couldn't hold it for a picture and off it went.

More pics of big browns.  You can see Todd's Vampire Leech in one of them.  It was my best fly but others caught lots on a variety of patterns.  They are eager for food.  Just get it in front of them (and be in the right place).

And another Tiger.  I was the only one to get Tigers of any size.  Just lucky (and then I had a day when I couldn't catch and others were hammering them)

This is our Mecca, boys.  You have to get there at least once.

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / 3wt dilemma
« on: July 19, 2014, 12:37:10 PM »
Yesterday, i was finished work by 10AM (mostly retired now) and decided to get out onto my local lake 20 min from home.  The last time I was there with my 5/6 Switch, I only caught small ones, the largest being a 12" SM Bass.   So I decided to take my 3wt in order to match the expected size of fish.  Usually bass fishing is best in the early morning and late evening.  Well, this is what I got into almost right away.

And two of them at 18".  SM Bass of this size usually weigh around 4 pounds (I must get a scale....they keep getting heavier). Lots of jumps as SM do.  They are pretty much the equivalent of Rainbows in the way they behave when caught.  It was a bit much for my fast action 3wt. but I got them in.  I also caught four or five 14 and 15" SM and LM. as well as the expected pile of small bass, perch and sunfish.

So what do I do next time?  Bring my 5wt or 3wt ?

As I was bringing in the top fish, a couple of ladies in kayaks came over curious about my float tube and took a picture of me with the fish.  They wanted to show their husbands who were not catching.  I told them that their men would have to learn how to fly fish!


I don't often go out to my local waters on holiday weekends as the lakes may be crowded but the trout fishing has been lacking as of late due I believe to excessive harvesting.  I noticed on my way that some lakes were empty of fishers!   However, I have got two lakes that are less than an hour from home that are producing this year.  These pictures are from my favorite little brook trout lake.  There was a worm fisher there when I arrived and he had taken out what was likely a third year fish.  There aren't many in this lake.  But I did manage to catch one on my best dry fly, the white Phentex Humpy.  We still have a small boatman hatch and I believe the Humpy imitates it somewhat.  I have various Boatman patterns but they don't seem to do as well as the old standby.

I also had some action on a dropped chironomid off the humpy.  I like this arrangement.  The fish is attracted to the dry on the surface and on its way up it spots this other food item.  So you can have the activity of dry fly fishing and the advantages of the less exciting midge fishing all in one.  I've been doing this for years and apparently so has Joe Humphries as he told us at his seminar last winter.

You will notice the Muncher fly in one of the photos.  That fly is shown in the flytying section of this website.

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Char Babies
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:54:41 PM »

I haven't been posting but that doesn't mean I haven't been fishing!  We just got back from Pourvoirie Baroux, a couple of hours out of Ottawa.  We went to this venue because Lac Vinet is stocked with Arctic Char.  Having never fished char (other than Brook Trout), I was intrigued.   They are quite the groupies.  Once you find them, you are in for a treat.   Twice I had two on at the same time.  This one is about 16 inches which is just about the largest we caught.  If they had been Rainbows, I would have had a more difficult time getting them in but they do have shoulders (like Brook Trout).  They don't jump much.

As you can see, Todd's Vampire Leech was a favorite.  There was a significant mayfly hatch at the time and I put on a PT Nymph as the point fly.  They only took that fly if the Leech was already occupied, LOL.  But I did catch one who chose it over the VL.  I only caught one fish on the dry which surprised me.

We caught significant numbers of Brook Trout and a few Rainbows.  I'll report more on this trip....too busy getting ready to go out fishing again!

Fly Fishing General Discussions / Damsels in distress
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:56:03 AM »
Here is a great video to soothe the winter blues.

Now, how to make our damsels float like that?

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