Archive for the 'Lake Fly Fishing' Category

02
Jul
15

fishin’ flies…

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Here is a quite simple larva/pupa pattern I use for suspended chrionomid/midge fly fishing on lakes or just presented along the bottom on a stream. The pattern has been productive for Kamloops, Rainbows & Cutts. The pattern has an under layer of brighter thread wraps along the middle portion of the shank, which provides the darker bump beneath the over layer of latex wraps. These were wrapped front (eye) back toward the bend of the hook and tied off, but you can tie it the traditional way (rear of hook toward the eye of the hook).

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‘suspended’: beneath a strike indicator, which presents the fly just above the bottom or just above the vegetation…or on a tippet ‘greased’ with floatant to within 6 to 12″ of the fly (both presentations for lakes). 

Just a reminder, if you didn’t know, SwittersB used to be SwittersB & Fly Fishing. There is about 6 years of how to’s, fly patterns and techniques. If you have a fledgling interest in fly fishing and fly tying peruse the archives.

26
Oct
14

Solitude…

Sometimes solitude is loneliness for a person. Just as often, solitude is a state of mind, an experience we seek to survive, to be away from it all. Both weigh upon our minds, our hearts, our health. 

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25
Sep
14

Quiet, back bay…

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of a lake, lined with tall reeds. The bottom drops off quickly and the tinted waters are about 10′ deep in no time. Weed pods reach the surface here and there. The wind is not reaching this spot on the lake. It’s early morning and calm. The surface is still save insects coming off the surface and sizable swirls and waves caused by a cruising, large trout working just below the surface on emerging insects.

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This was not a place for a horizontal presentation via an Intermediate, slow sink line. I decided upon a Stimulator dry fly on the surface with a chironomid pupa pattern as a dropper pattern some four feet beneath the surface. A soft, turn over cast plopped the offerings into the channels amongst the weeds.  The take was powerfully slow. The dropper was taken and the surface dry fly disappeared away from me. I raised the rod tip, gave a slip strike and expected to feel the power of my rod challenged by a nice fish. My rod and then my wrist felt more than the usual thrust of power. My boat took a lurch toward the fish so strong was the surge away. A nice battle ensued amongst the weeds. The calm water was thrashed as the trout went airborne and came down broadside to create quite the splash. I enjoyed the fight but knew I wanted the fish in sooner than later to spare it too much stress as I planned to release the fish. A quick snap in the shallows and the nice fish was released as its powerful tail thrust pushed the trout away.

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15
Apr
13

Fly Fishing: Gaviglio’s Minnow Bugger

The Minnow Bugger is an amazingly productive stillwater pattern. Over the last five years, this pattern has become my top producer for trout. Tied in sizes 6-10, it rarely fails to produce. I have mixed up the body colors and tail color combinations, but I always revert back to the same color scheme because of the dominance of responsiveness to that pattern.

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26
Sep
12

Stripping Line Onto the Apron (Stillwater Fly Fishing)

A frequent scenario that occurs while fly fishing: you are retrieving the fly line while presenting the fly. The fish takes the fly and the fly fisher, tight to the fish, continues to fight the fish, with coils of line at their feet or on the apron of deck of a vessel (float tube, pontoon boat or drift boat, etc.), by stripping the line/fish inward.

This is not a huge problem if the fish is smaller and the fisher can strip it inward to the net/hand. But, if the fish are likely bigger, my advice is to get the fish on the reel/drag. Do not continue to strip in lengths of line while pinching the line to the cork. I know this is common, I do it also for fish up to 18-20 inches. 

A second problem: the coils may or may not be a problem of tangling as they lay below the reel. I recently purchased a Rio Aqua Lux Intermediate line for stillwater fishing. My previous, older Intermediate coiled badly in cold weather and frequently had multiple knotted, messes tangled on my apron.

When a larger than usual fish took line, the knots jetted upward toward the stripping guide. The knots jammed there, or if they made it through the stripping guide, they definitely jammed against the more fragile second guide. Fish were lost or damage occurred. The new Rio Aqua Lux line never tangled once during days of fishing and thousands of strips. Sure there were a couple simple slips knots, but not the sticky, coiled tangled messes that use to beset my old Intermediate line. 

My suggestion is buy quality lines that are less prone to tangles/coils and when that uncoiled line slips up through the guides, as a bigger fish takes line, get that fish onto the reel. Even if you pinch tight to the cork at the first signs of a hook up, reel the loose line onto the reel in order to get tight to the fish.

27
Jun
12

Stillwater Fly Fishing: Good Info on Retrieve & Setting the Hook

Here, I took refuge from the winds by pulling off into a back bay where I could rest from the rowing and kicking. The seam between the quieter water and the wind driven water (almost like a river’s current) was about six feet deep. I was able to maintain position in the quiet water and cast out into the chop and let the wind drift along my fly with success. The quiet water is not always available so anchoring up with the wind at your back is another option.

A video by Bennett Watt on retrieves and hook setting (excuse the up front ad…ugh) (X)

25
Jun
12

Summertime, Warm Temps and Trout

Finding Trout, in lakes, during the Summer requires some thought. Oxygen, temperatures, inlets, outlets, channels, drops, food, structure…………SwittersB

SOME HELPFUL ADVICE FOR FINDING TROUT IN LAKES DURING THE SUMMER

Red Bead Bugger has been productive at times.




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