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Friday, May 15, 2009

Fly of the Week

Yes, it's not the greatest photo but the simplicity of this fly is what makes it; There Isn't any great details that you can't see in this picture! The Burlap, acclaimed as a great fly by many Old time Steelheaders from the BC coast for both Summer & winter fish! I must say, this is the opposite of what many of us are aiming at these days with Winter Steelhead flies... there's been more than one man that's told me about there great success in the old days fishing this simple pattern, makes you wonder why we approach fishing differently these days for success; is it because larger flies work the same but find the few fish that are around better than the days of Steelhead filling pools in good numbers? When targetting Steelhead these days, I find it's much more like hunting than fishing in winter time on the Island, a style of fishing I have loved for a long time... We use large patterns, cover 4 - 5 steps every cast, swinging flies to "dig them out"!! Using larger flies seems to boost confidence that if there's a fish in that water, he's not going to miss it! I'm not sure I'd feel the same fishing big water, covering ground fishing this pattern. None the less, I love the simplicity of this fly & often get discouraged when people complicate the sport, the flies etc... As I have been guilty of in the past:)

Historical island fly fishing addition #2

The Island is a great place to fish smaller mountain streams for Summer Steelhead. This is a fish I guided last fall after some good rain brought this typically gin clear river up & put a tinge of green in it! Yes, that's colored for this particular watershed. We often cast upstream to these fish with small patterns wet or dry. Sight fishing these beautiful wild Summer Steelhead is spectacular and they fight incredibly well! Can't wait to do it again...