Archive for July 29th, 2008

29
Jul
08

B.C. Flyfishing (Suggested Patterns for Stillwaters)

Adams Dry Fly~TMuncy

Adams Dry Fly~TMuncy

If I was fortunate to be headed to B.C.’s Interior Lakes in June or July or the higher lakes now, I would take the below flies as my primary patterns. If you study B.C. patterns, you will not see these patterns often referenced. The typical staples, save the Chironomid Patterns, are much different, yet highly effective. Doc Spratleys, Carey Specials, 52 Buicks, Half Backs and Fullbacks, Maroon Leeches, Tom Thumbs and Mikulaks are but a few of the patterns that rarely see the US (except Carey’s). I have faith in my suggested patterns and would also include the Prince Nymph, the Scarecrow Mini Dragon, Palomino Midge, Parachute and Regular Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, a greenish gray scud, a Pheasant Tail Nymph and The Orb just because it works, (Callibaetis or not). I’m posting these flies because I have had some enquiries on what I would recommend for B.C. Stillwaters. I assume these enquiries are from non-B.C. residents. Of course, I am no expert, nor am I a Chironomid fanatic, but out of a few trips North I have built confidence in patterns and the shared information from others that venture North from Merritt to Williams Lake and points East. Study B.C. patterns and you will notice a decided contrast. My patterns are no better than B.C. staples, but perhaps something to add to that traditional repertoire for one of the greatest fisheries, bar none.   

Minnow Bugger
Minnow Bugger
Calico Bugger

Calico Bugger

Little Fort Leech

Little Fort Leech

Kaufmann's Dragon

Kaufmann's Dragon

Renegade

Renegade

Cope's Damsel Nymph

Cope's Damsel Nymph

Midge Pupa

Midge Pupa

 

Harriett Diving Caddis

Harriett Diving Caddis

Midge Emerger

Midge Emerger

Fuzzy Dragon

Fuzzy Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Org~Callibaetis Emerger

The Orb~Callibaetis Emerger

 

 

 

 

Brushed Leeches

Brushed Leeches

 

 

Stimulator~Traveling Sedge Pattern

Stimulator~Traveling Sedge Pattern

 

 

 

Lake Bait

Lake Bait

Georgi's Damsel (B.C. Highland's Inspired)

Georgi's Damsel (B.C. Highland's Inspired)

Of course, these patterns are infused with B.C. flyfishing genetics. The Little Fort Leech, The Sno-Cone type Chrionomid Pupa, The Georgie’s Damsel, The Lake Bait (a Carey Special variation of sorts) are B.C. inspired or owned. The list is by no means the end all of pattern lists. A blood worm chironomid could be added, waterboatman for the spring and fall, streamers etc. I would have all that along as well, but then I always over plan. I am just keeping it simple with what, in the course of a week, I would most probably repetitively remove and tie on.

29
Jul
08

Gray Drakes (Siphlonurus O.~what’s the deal?)

I said it before and I will say it again, why all the interest in Gray Drakes? I notice there is consistent and more than moderate interest in ‘grey’ ‘gray’ drakes. I have researched, to the extent of my emtomological researching capabilities, Ephemeroptera (Order), Siphlonuridae (Family), Siphlonurus (Genus), Occidentalis (Species) (That’s all the fancy bug talk from me, thanks to TroutNut) and I noticed that Trout Nut and Rick Haefle don’t rate it very high on the significance chart of mayflies for trout. They either crawl out from the edges of quiet waters or emerge up to protruding rocks and reeds. There is no definitive agreement on how they ‘hatch’. There seems to be agreement that at some point in the day (they can’t agree on when) there is a Spinner fall that could be of interest to flyfishers. Seems pretty vague to me to warrant all the fuss. Write to me and tell me why the interest.

 http://www.troutnut.com/hatch/169/Mayfly-Siphlonurus-occidentalis-Gray-Drake

http://www.troutnut.com/hatch/113/Mayfly-Siphlonurus-Gray-Drakes




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