Posts Tagged ‘B.C. flyfishing

19
Jan
09

Alcan Highway (My father’s passed on…a roadtrip for him?)

My dad died in 1997, and one of his most cherished memories was being part of a ground breaking force that helped construct the Alcan Highway. He was a Staff Sgt. in the Army’s 18th Engineer Combat Regiment. He moved from Skagway toward Whitehorse and then inland for the better part of a year under extreme conditions. He also spent very hard times on Attu & Shemya in the Aleutians. His origins were from the hills of West Virginia, near Panther. Eleven children, a farm, coal mines and a lumber mill. Stills and shotguns. He left home young. He grew up quick. This was my dad. That was my surrounding aura of expectations. My dad worked til he died at 76 y/o. He never really learned how to relax. He did take me camping and as often as not, it was where I steered him toward possible fish. He didn’t fish, but he drove that way anyway. 

I have a calling toward that mega roadtrip in his honor. Time is passing. I figure I would need a month to move up and back from Oregon to some meaningful end point to say we made it and to incorporate the fishing of B.C. and part of the Yukon. I am not sure I will make this happen. But, to write about it and the tough men that endured that experience is at a minimum important. It reminds me of my blessings. It reminds me of my genetics and upbringing. It reminds me to not be a complainer….he wasn’t. Duty, honor, country. He was man of complex components and a simple result…a rock. Love you dad.   

http://www.scribd.com/doc/277490/Construction-of-the-Alcan-Highway-1942     

alcan1

http://www.alaskahighwayarchives.ca/en/chap2/7neal.php

http://www.historynet.com/alaska-highway-the-biggest-and-hardest-job-since-the-panama-canal.htm

If anyone knows of viable fly fishing opportunities up that way, let me know sometime. I may make it in a year or two.          

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.




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