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Thanks for viewing my first blog. For more info about my guide service view www.bcflyguide.com or if you have questions about flyfishing Vancouver Island in general please feel free to ask. This site's all about Flyfishing Vancouver Island with some great pictures from guided & personal fishing trips, new flies I'm tying, whats new & all that other good stuff related to casting a fly on island waters! Flyfishing, guiding and my passion for this sport is always growing. I hope this blog will assist those of you in keeping up on what I'm up to here, and why I think Vancouver Island BC is so under rated for it's Flyfishing opportunities. Thanks for visiting and come again, regards.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kens Tube Flies

Here is a pic I received from a friend who loves using my marabou tubes! He had recently purchased some of these flies from me for his Steelhead ventures abound. This style of marabou tube fly is the one that we lived by for many years as a wet pattern for Steelhead in the Skeena area and Vancouver Island. I tie these flies to fish, guide & sell in many color combos weighted and unweighted on plastic tubes. I use cone heads for weight and traditionally used lead eyes. I found that the lead eyes actually worked great compared to tying them on hooks, tied on the plastic tube they didn't move around or break off like they did when fishing them on hooks. There has been many a Steelhead hooked & landed with these patterns. They're lively action and suppleness makes them irresistable once a Steelhead pics them up. I found using supple flies in slow moving cold water was by far the best approach as with more rigid flies it seemed that if a fish bumped them and the fisherman wasn't on the hookup right away the Steelhead would let go of the fly quickly! With soft materials it seemed as though if a fish took a whack at your fly it didn't let go but instead just kept chewing and pulling on the fly wanting it more & more!!  When a fish has all the time in the world to feel your fly out like on a slow swing, soft flies are certainly more effective. Think about this next time your fishing that slow tank where Steelhead live. Want some Steelhead tube flies for your Steelhead ventures, look no further, I have a great selection of patterns to choose from in marabou, arctic fox, bunny leaches & more. Contact me anytime at flyguide@telus.net to place your order :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guide Update March 11 / 10

A couple of pups and a nice buck Steelie! Bringing the dogs fishing, a pain at times but how else do you train a dog to be good on the water than by taking it along for the ride... My dog Parker, the jack russel in the pic has been out on the water in boats fishing with me since I got him as a pup at 8 weeks old. I used to bring him down the Campbell River on my Kayak. Now, his favorite place to be is in any boat fishing with me! If I'm on the driveway hooking up the boat and he's in the house he goes completely mad! My friend also has a younger pup who has taken a liking to our fishing outings:) I have to say is there a better place for a dog to be? I know how I feel when I'm out there, maybe we're just dogs at heart:) Being in the elements, one with nature seems to be more and more valuble all the time for me. I often wonder what people who don't get to mingle with nature get along and keep sensible about who we are and our place here on this awesome planet. Mingling with nature and it's wild creatures is something that grounds me I guess when the world seems to be spinning all too fast! Then you hook a fish and everything seems to stand still... For me the reward of guiding is bringing people who don't get the chance to do this often into our environment and give them a quality time to the best of my ability. The picture here sort of sums things up. Everyone in this pic is enjoying themselves in wonder and in the moment... Ya I know, BLA, BLA , BLA... you get the picture right. I often seem to get caught up like many of us in home life / society and can get sucked into the everyday hussle! Motivating to get out on the river some days  is a challenge but never have I regretted being there once I got off my butt! I was out the other fishing on a low river, the wind blowing upstream and feeling like the catching may be a bit of a challenge and yes for the steelhead fishing it was! Some friends of mine bought some boats they wanted to try out so we took the day we had and went for it. As a result it was a big day rowing against the wind. We sighted one Steelhead but has some good trout fishing. I brought my 5wt and had a blast on a couple of spots for good size cutts, a rainbow and we even managed a dolly which I have never encountered in this particular river... I thought to myself, spring has sprung and the fish are getting more active all the time, soon we'll be smelling the Skunk Cabbage:)