• fighting a rainbow

    Curing Seven Common Casting Mistakes

    Sometimes, we should be able to argue with the laws of physics and win a few. That way, we could spare ourselves from owning up to fly fishing casts that make us hang our heads in frustration. Whether it's a matter of angle, momentum or presentation, rod, line and fly … [Read More...]

  • 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...]

Oct
10

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...]

Oct
05

Fenwick HMXF 8 wt Fly Rod – Product Review

I'll have to start by saying that this, and all our reviews are written from the point of view of a casual fly fisher. We aren't the guys out fishing every weekend (OK, maybe some months) or experienced guides. We're just regular guys who love fly fishing and tend to work on moderate budgets. You won't likely see many reviews of Sage or G. Loomis rods here. Having said that we can give an honest opinion on the effectiveness and ease of use of a pretty wide range of … [Read more...]

Oct
04

Effective Techniques for Fly Fishing

The most effective technique of fly-fishing is here; Practice! If disappointed with this homily like suggestion and you want to disagree as violently as a bass or trout at the end of the hook, that’s fine. But, ask around, you will find that practice alone has been perfecting men and women, since time immemorial. But then of course, to practice, you need a few basics to start with. The fly in fly-fishing is ‘copies of insects’ as Mary Orvis Marbury put it over a … [Read more...]

Sep
27

The Booby

    Originated by Gordon Fraser, a UK fly tier in the early 1980s The Booby fly pattern has rapidly gained popularity worldwide. It's certainly a non-traditional pattern and has an amazing bobbing and weaving action in the water. The pattern presented here is an attractor type patterns but any number of natural patterns can be tied with the bulbous eyes that give this fly its name. For those who are wondering, yes, the name Booby originated from the slightly … [Read more...]