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Chironomid Fishing Technique & the flybc forum

Chan's Pupa


 “As I stated earlier, when things are right I do feel more involved with my deep water chronomid fishing— retrieving the line up (which can make a big difference) in a smooth, jerky, slow, fast, whatever motion. . . . it keeps me motivated and interested. Don’t get me wrong– I love fishing indicators also and will continue to do so– but deep-sinking-line Chronomid fishing adds a little more “technique” on my part which I thoroughly enjoy. Most of all I love the direct contact with the fish during the take. It is amazing and at times truly heart-stopping…..”
Often, the trout will not take the fly as it is moving, instead they take it about 10 seconds after you stop what-ever motion you are providing. Just about the time you think to yourself “well, there is nothing there this time . . . ” a fish takes hold. If you move it constantly you get a lot less takes than if you move it and rest. Often these resting distances should only be a foot or so apart (about two or three hand twists, or one or two smooth strips). Moving it too far up before resting seems to cause the trout to loose interest.”
(January 6, 2007 by Johnnycronny on the Flybc forum site).
This site is a good learning tool for chironomid presentation techniques and for the gathering of information about BC lakes. Register for free and log on and participate. Similar to, the participants have their own clique, but that is to be expected over time, and ok. Much to learn…give as much as you receive…which is true for any forum you enter into.   
Leighton L. Trout~by Hoof @ Flybc

Leighton L. Trout~by Hoof @ Flybc


Stillwater Leech (Wind drifting a maroon leech pattern)

Brushed Leech

Brushed Leech

I have recently watched two television shows showcasing Brian Chan fishing BC lakes (Hatheume & Heffley). In both episodes he was fishing in the Fall and utilized the Brush Leech pattern. What was novel, to me, was that he used a slip strike indicator above a Leech pattern. Chan cast the rig out and let it wind drift, much like he has advocated wind drifting chironomid patterns. I am not sure why I have never considered doing this. Not sure I have ever noticed anyone doing it either or I would have probably tried it at sometime. I don’t know if I want to use a slipping strike indicator because of the casting, Chan just lobbed it out there in an open loop and watched for the indicator to move and did a quick strip set. The indicator slid down the leader to the fly. This is apparently a well known rig in BC, with indicators marketed by Rowley and Chan. The Leech was used as one of a few food options in the Fall. 
The other technique I read about is similar. A leech below the strike indicator. The Leech is adjusted so that it reaches below the algae bloom and is manipulated either by wave action or retrieve to enticingly undulate in view below the bloom. Both of these techniques are similar to chironomid fishing except with some form of Leech. I think a weighted pattern, but not overly weighted, would sink to the desired depths. A bead head or evenly wrapped/weighted shank would break the surface. The wind drifted method is more of a horizontal/diagonal presentation and the beneath the algae bloom presentation is vertical, ala chironomids.
Passing this on to those, like me, that had not previously recognized the technique.                

Brian Chan, Roche Lake, Dubbed & Brushed Leech


 Last night, I was watching a sat. channel and the World Fishing Network. A show called The New Fly Fisher was on. I didn’t expect much, but Brian Chan was the guest flyfisher at Roche L. in B.C. I have seen Chan at expo shows, written to him and talked to him once over the phone. Watching the show last night reinforced what I have always thought. Chan is a very nice guy. Of course, he catches frigging amazing diploids and triploids, but he is just so seemingly humble and a well spoken teacher. Chan and the host were fishing this past Fall, I believe, and the fishing wasn’t fast but it was still productive using a green leech with a beadhead. Later, during a ‘how to tie’ segment, the host demonstrated how to tie the Leech they were fishing. It was not a typical Woolly Bugger. It was similar to what I have tied in the past. Dazzle or a Sparkle or Ice Dub dubbing (something long fibered, synthetic and bright) and was used and applied by a dubbing loop, which was then wrapped around the shank from the bend to the front bead/eye. I am not adept yet at showing a sequence of tying steps but the pattern was so simple I can explain: A typical streamer or Bugger hook was used, thread attached, and red wire attached and a dubbing loop was constructed at the bend from the wire. The dubbing was slightly pulled apart and strands (1/2″ or so)/clumps of the shiny dubbing were placed between the two pieces of wire, as you would with normal dubbing. Once the loop was filled, the loop was spun and then the ‘noodle’ was wrapped forward up the shank to form the body. The fibers of the dubbing would be brushed back to form a tail as in a streaming comet. I have tied similar flies, but without the wire loop…just using a normal thread dubbing loop. I will have to try this and see how it looks. Definitely good reinforcement and some extra weight uniformly added. Chan had great success, only appearing to use the green leech. Chan is a credit to the B.C. fisheries and reflective of many of the people I have encountered in the Highland, Kamloop, Merrit to Salmon L. area. The show was ok and the fish were willing and how I wish more of our fisheries were in the NW.

So, the flies (clumped in the box) look good and I have plenty of them. And this raises something I alluded to a few days ago re the archaeological dig in my garage. I have so many darn flies. Do you do this? Tie just to tie. I go on binges, tying that special pattern you read about in a magazine or see online. I tie a dozen this or two dozen that. I finish and go onto the next pattern. The problem is, I do a lot of tying in the Winter when I am not fishing for Trout. Salmon and Steelhead are the focus. So I tie and put away and FORGET. Later, what the hell…look at what I found. What a nice surprise. I am awash in flies. But tying the easier subsurface patterns is enjoyable. I wish I spent as much effort tying dries. How nice to discover dozens of Adams and BWO’s. I wonder if we could call these Leeches: Chan’s Comet? That would be a bit presumptious. Ok..a Brushed Leech pattern.     



Fishing Chironomids (like a prerequisite math class, ugh)


I know, I know. A significant staple of trout and available year round. But, unless it is the last light evening or early morning hatch, I am bored to tears to anchor and fish vertically. I have watched it numerous times in BC. Guys fishing their two rods (legal there..odd, but you can’t fish two flies per rod…more odd) and well dialed into depth and fishing vertical and getting fish. I have done it. I have fished beside a BC gent, who gave me gentle instructions. It worked. We were anchored in heavy wind with rolling 6″ to 1 foot waves and we did catch fish. I think I could do it in waters where it is best to not fight the wind. Anchor up and fish toward the shoreline and see what shakes. But, I do get twitchy to move about. I can’t sit for long and need to move. At any rate, the attached chart by Phillip Rowley does suggest, at least for BC/Eastern Washington lakes that midges and scuds are pretty darn important. But Mayflies at the same level as Zooplankton? Doesn’t seem right. Just thinking of static fishing makes my head hurt…like rolling out of bed, heading off to school and sitting through a math class that just did not compute for me. Necessary but boring. Course, I have all manner of pupa and emerger patterns, even a few larva patterns (bloodworms), but I am not disciplined enough to make them a priority. The chart  suggests that is wrongheaded. At least you should make a wise decision. Pupa photo by Brian Chan. (Read!)


B.C. Flyfishing & Loonphobia

If you are a stillwater fisherman, who ventures to the lakes of Central B.C., your nemesis will not be the weather, the mosquitoes, the wind or too many rods on the water. NO! Your enemy will be the sinister Loon. The most clever and annoying challenge you will encounter. Not beavers, otters, muskrats, eagles, ospreys or misguided Labs will equal the chaos one, or heaven help you, two or more Loons can create to your fishing experience.

Yes they loom off at a safe distance and appear to be soaking up the ambiance of the moment. But no. They will, with deathly certainty recognize the sounding of a Kamloops trout…the thrashing surge….and then ‘where did that Loon go?’   Well, you will find out soon enough as the underwater missile is propelling itself/themselves toward you.

Now if you are still playing the fish near you, you will see a ominously large yellowish grey creature chasing your fish beneath you. Perhaps there will be more than one ominous shape. If you are (temporarily) lucky you will get the fish in. Now here is why I know most BC anglers seem comfortable to kill their fish: when you remove the hook and admire the beauty of the trout you are deceived! Ease that fish back into the water…all 16″ to 24″ of it and odds are those swirling underwater devil’s disciples are going to catch and devour your fish. I know, I know just part of nature. But when you see a Loon emerge from the depths with and 18″ trout head first down its gullet, and look at you as it coaxes the fish into its stomach or where ever fish go in a bird…well it is frustrating. OK, once I can handle it. But as you move around the lake and the birds stalk you…yes stalk you…then you know you either won’t get any hits or if you are fortunate enough to get the fish in the Loon will be waiting. 

When you release the fish and it cruises downward to regain its’ bearings, it is now vulnerable to attack and vooom the Loon has it. I figure, BC fisherman long ago gave up on the catch and feed the Loon routine and kept the fish.

I hate Loons. Beady blood red eyes…the devil’s eyes that aptly portray the cunning evil of this bird. Yes, on Salmon L. east of Merritt, I cheered as the Eagle raided the Loon’s nest and carted away the baby Loon…hooray for fisherman, I thought. I have seen fisherman hook a fish and a fishing buddy nearby crash the water with fins, oars or nets, away from the fisherman playing the fish. The Loon’s attention is drawn to the decoy disturbance and away from the fish and fly combo….sometimes it works. But with more than one Loon stalking you, believe me on how smart they are….    

Ha! Crazy, I know. But they are as annoying as harbor seals…a whole other story. Where are my meds….?  I am a Loonatic!    

p.s. I will give the Loon one postive nod, the sound of the Loon over a beautiful B.C. lake is so amazingly euphoric…lest there be any doubt….I love B.C. (kind fish, kind people). 


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