Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday's Fly | The Rainbow Warrior

I have a great spot for the early spring.  The river comes up a foot, the water looks a little dirty from all the winter run off, the redhorse stage for spawning, and the fallfish stack up behind.

It is a scenario I hear about a lot in the flyfishing podcasts on salmon and steelhead.  Only replace all the highly sought after species with what most consider garbage fish.  The highly underrated sucker spawn.  I say it is a great time to find feeding fish and work out the winter rust.

This time of the year presents a couple of problems.  The water is dirty, the flow is faster, not much is hatching and the fish are sometimes, ummm, otherwise occupied.

Normally my fly box is pretty tame. The patterns are mostly in natural colours. But this year I am going to try the shiniest brightest flies I can find for the spring.  Pinks, oranges, and a fly almost completely built out of flash - The Rainbow Warrior.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fishing on the Web

It is hard to think about fly fishing sometimes when we look outside and there is 15 cm of fresh snow.  Luckily there are folks who fish 365 days a year and they are more than willing to share their fly fishing stories with us.

This week be sure to check out: Midcurrent

Midcurrent Featured Artist - Clayton Stewart - The Dream

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Local Fly Fishing | Friends of the Jock River

Friends of the Jock River - The Jock River is my favorite small stream fishery. Accessible, surrounded by parks and full of fish. 

The Friends of the Jock River was established in 1996 to provide leadership in improving the health of the Jock River watershed ecosystems.

If you are interested in getting involved there is an Annual General Meeting, in the upstairs meeting room at 7:00 PM, February 21, 2013, at the Barrhaven Loblaws on Greenbank Road (near Strandherd), outside of Ottawa, ON.

I'll be there. I haven't been a member before but after the Utah Stream Access legal action recently, I am starting to not take our fisheries for granted.