• Mrs. Bates Surf Perch Fly

    Mrs. Bates

      Description: As a follow up to the last surf pattern, I added a white Palmer Chenille "apron" or "skirt" to the Mr. Bates Fly and created a similar but new surf perch pattern which we'll call the Mrs. Bates. Components: Name: Mrs. Bates Hook: Saltwater … [Read More...]

  • Mr.-Bates

    Mr. Bates

        Description: I’ve been experimenting lately with a unique fly tying material called Palmer Chenille by Wapsi after learning of the glittery stuff from another fly tyer. I played around a while at the tying vise with this chenille in medium orange, … [Read More...]

  • mosquito biting

    5 Unique Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

      Mosquitoes suck! Literally. The little blood suckers are not just an annoyance, mosquitoes can carry diseases and, at the least, will leave red welts all over your body. These bugs tend to be especially bad while fishing. Drawn to water, mosquitoes are always … [Read More...]

Feb
27

Mrs. Bates

Mrs. Bates Surf Perch Fly

  Description: As a follow up to the last surf pattern, I added a white Palmer Chenille "apron" or "skirt" to the Mr. Bates Fly and created a similar but new surf perch pattern which we'll call the Mrs. Bates. Components: Name: Mrs. Bates Hook: Saltwater Gamakatsu SS15 Size 6 or Daiichi Xpoint X452 Size 6 Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 210, Fl Orange Body: Palmer Chenille by Wapsi in Med Orange and Palmer Chenille by Wapsi in Small Pearl Weight: … [Read more...]

Feb
25

Mr. Bates

Mr.-Bates

    Description: I’ve been experimenting lately with a unique fly tying material called Palmer Chenille by Wapsi after learning of the glittery stuff from another fly tyer. I played around a while at the tying vise with this chenille in medium orange, and before long I developed a pattern for surf perch fishing that I believe is a keeper. Components: Name: Mr. Bates Hook: Saltwater Gamakatsu SS15 Size 6 or Daiichi Xpoint X452 Size 6 Thread: … [Read more...]

Feb
25

5 Unique Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

mosquito biting

  Mosquitoes suck! Literally. The little blood suckers are not just an annoyance, mosquitoes can carry diseases and, at the least, will leave red welts all over your body. These bugs tend to be especially bad while fishing. Drawn to water, mosquitoes are always looking for a warm body to munch on. Unless you have a strong breeze, they will convene around you and ruin your fishing trip. While you could cover yourself in bug spray, there are plenty of other ways to … [Read more...]

Jul
10

Targeting Big Trout with Streamer Flies

Man Releasing Big Brown Trout

Inciting a Streamer Strike Streamer fishing is a well accepted means of targeting larger than average trout. The technique is often very visual and most experienced anglers are familiar with the common chase and no strike scenario. The chase is typically a territorial reaction, often accompanied by short strikes that never quite connect. While the chase is exciting, making a few minor adjustments can incite a committed grab.   Doubling Up Adding a second … [Read more...]

Jun
27

Tips To Help With Fly Fishing Photography

professional photographer

  Some people will say that taking good shots of the catches you make depends on the camera you are using and it all comes down to the equipment. Others will tell you that it is up to the photographer. A professional photographer will tell you that you can have the most up to date camera with a great zoom lens and the ability to adjust the shutter speed and aperture in the way that you want, but if you don't know how to go about taking the shot then the camera is … [Read more...]

Mar
20

Tenkara Uses Simplistic Approach to Fly Fishing for Trout

tenkara fly fishing on small stream

Today's guest post comes to us from Larry Chandler. Larry is going to give us an introduction to the Tenkara method of fly fishing. People of the orient have often been depicted as calm, focused individuals in their pursuit of greatness.  Movies, books and legends often describe a man on a mission who has the utmost respect for himself and his adversary as he pushes on his struggle with honor and integrity.  The Tenkara method of fly fishing brings these same … [Read more...]

Feb
21

The Redd October

Redd October Chironomid Fly Pattern

  Description: Simple, quick and unbelievably productive.  At first, I tied up this pattern using several materials but as time went on, I realized I could leave most of those materials out, helping me tie up more patterns in less time. Components: Name: Redd October Alt Names:  Bloodworm Hook: Mustad Signature C49S Thread: Black 8/O Body: Red Holographic Tinsel Rib: Gold Wire Thorax: Black 8/O Thread Weight: Gold Bead Tying … [Read more...]

Oct
22

Double Shamus Chironomid Fly Pattern

double shamus fly pattern

The Double Shamus was created by Dan the Irishman’s son, a school teacher from Kamloops, named Shamus Connely. This chironomid pattern is tied using a double tungsten bead. This particular chironomid can be tied in virtually any combination of popular body and ribbing materials. As you will see, this is more of a “style” of chironomid than a “pattern” or “recipe”. Components: Hook: Mustad C49S size 8 – 10 or Mustad C53S size 10 – 14 Thread: 8/0 body … [Read more...]

Oct
14

Pumpkin Head Damsel Fly Pattern

Bulldog Fly Pattern

The Pumpkin Head was created by John Kent originally for fishing in Tunkwa Lake in BC, a highly productive but frequently low visibility lake. Originated as a damsel imitation this fly is a killer all around attractor pattern for searching a new lake or fishing when there is no specific hatch. Components: Hook: Size 10-12 Tiemco 2312 or 200R Thread: 8/0 Olive Tail: Medium Olive Marabou Body: Hareline's Krystal Dub Olive Hackle: Burnt Orange Grizzly … [Read more...]

Oct
10

Fly Fishing For Pinks

fly-fishing-for-pinks

This was my first time fishing for salmon on the fly. We set up at the Mamquam River near Squamish, BC. The pinks were running. It was late Aug. The weather was hot and sunny but the river was running fast and muddy. We started with big casts letting the flies swing almost to shore before picking up and casting again. As the water was so fast we had up to 2-3 split shots to get down. One of us was using a type 6 and the other a floating line but both needed the extra … [Read more...]