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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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fishing Buddy

Going through some pics today I found this one... It instantly made me smile and then I thought I should share it! What a pain in the butt he is but having him with me when fishing alone is nice at times... He will endure the coldest days to be out there with me and there isn't much insulation on him as you can see:) he's a great swimmer, often crossing runs behind me and never hesitates which at times can be a concern... he may have bobbed under a few trees along the way too but don't tell my wife! If I lost him I'd be better off permanently fishing :) He's the boat mascot too having to be right up on the bow waiting to fall in while zooming along. PARKER, THE CRAZY FISHING PUP! gotta love him:)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Meeting in the middle! Spey Flies tube style...

 After writing the last post I was slightly torn about my spey fly comments... I do love Spey Style flies and the simplicity of them. I think when they were originally tied they were the more practical patterns of their time! What most attracted me to Spey Flies was their slender profile and long hackles that came to life when fished. The hooks they were tied on were very cool to look at but not overly great to fish! They were also expensive and being a long shank hook didn't help with good hook-ups...
 I think In the past I had dabbled with tying these patterns on tubes but never was excited with the results. First off was because of the tubing I tied them on, your typical 1/8th tubing which by the time you wrapped a body over the tube made the Spey Pattern too bulky; in my opinion when all was said and done lost the fly lost it's slender profile which makes these patterns attractive... I tied one up today on my flex tubing, the tubing i use for my worm patterns and I think it turned out nice. The tubing is as skinny as it gets which helped to start. I compromised the spey fly rules a little to make this fly more practical for fishing by adding a tungsten cone head to it. This pattern will now get you to the fish when fishing large winter rivers and deep water. Now it's time to put the Tube Spey Fly to the test!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Why Tubes Flies?

 I often get the question "why tube flies? Simply put I reply, "they are the most practical & versatile flies for Salmon & Steelhead fishing"! You can buy our tube flies at our Tube fly Shop page at www.bcflyguide.com
Years ago I had a major fetish for Spey Flies and for a long time that's all I would fish! I had spent many hours tying up an awesome box of very expensive flies which were on very expensive hooks but one day opened a box of rust! Don't get me wrong, I still love fishing these traditional patterns but they aren't overly practical for one who spends plenty of time in a rainy coastal climate. One year I decided to tie some tubes with not too much thought about them but more for the novelty of fishing something different! I tied up some marabou flies in various colors to start and did like them but wasn't overly excited, they were OK but they weren't those cool traditional Spey Patterns I spent time to tie & fish, dreaming about those long Heron hackles pulsating through that long run of just the right depth and flow... STOP!!!! lets get back to reality. I rarely hooked fish on those patterns and as a matter of fact I think I spent more time looking for Heron Hackles than I did playing fish! I like tradition occasionally but sometimes It's just not practical! Point is the next thing I know is I'm hooking more fish, my friends are using my flies and I'm tying up patterns for my other friends who are secretly fishing them under a float on the Stamp River and cleaning up behind all the other anglers... Sometimes you need a good knock on the head and I guess in a round about way it was for me. The more I tied up these flies the more it seemed to be more practical and beneficial! The only thing I will note is that unless the fly is medium to large in size (#6 hook or larger) some patterns just don't make good sense tying on tubes. But when fishing larger flies, especially lengthy ones tubes make perfect sense! Most advantages are related to the hooks we use when fishing these flies. Large long shank hooks have a lot of leverage on the bend of the hook when hooked up on fish, placing a lot of movement on the hook itself while fighting a fish to shore. Now consider fishing that same long fly on a tube with a short octopus style hook behind it! There are 2 benefits here. One is the obvious that your hook isn't likely moving much at all when that crazy fish is bouncing on the end of your line. The other is once hooked up on a fish tube flies tend to slip up the line out of the fishes mouth also preventing the fly from getting torn up. Maybe this isn't a big deal but not a bad thing either! One other great advantage I realized was that many of the flies I tied worked great for all different species of fish so when the trout were biting that fly I'd switch to a smaller hook, and when targeting Kings I put on a larger hook. I would also at
times stack one fly on another to enlarge a pattern which made an articulating fly of any color combo I wanted! Today, many years later my attraction for tubes has come a long way and many companies are offering a whole line up of tubes and cone heads of various colors and weights making them believe it or not even more practical to use... The top picture has a pair of flies that I tied with some product that gives you color coordinated cone heads & tubing. This is a very easy to tie effective fly with just the right weight balance with a tungsten cone-head! As simple and effective fly that looks great!
Another great advantage I came across years ago guiding Skeena River country was tying skater flies on plastic tubes. Since then I have designed tubes that are most reliable in staying on top in the roughest of water. Makes many people wonder how rough a piece of water one would skate a fly on but I have experienced some of the most exciting fishing where that fly is literally shooting water off  its front end in rapids and large chrome Steelhead are taking a whack at them! Oh ya, Trout & Steelhead on Vancouver Island like this too at times... Well enough said, If the above doesn't convince one new to tube flies to give them a try nothing will and I'd rather be fishing them than talking about them...

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Chummy Day On Remote Waters

Chum / Dog Salmon are great sport fish! Among the locals who have been fishing the Campbell River area most of their lives, most will agree that Chum are some of the best fighters and sportiest fish when bright and healthy. Not only for the fly guy who likes a challenge but in saltwater too amongst the charter boat / gear fisherman. For the most part when you hook a chum you're in for a job getting it to hand. I have seen these fish take more fly lines from uneducated fly-fisherman than any other fish! They are known for being brute pullers more than anything else but I have also seen them jump and do all the things a fish can to attempt breaking you off... The funny thing to me when guiding these great fish is how many clients think they have foul hooked these fish after getting pulled around the pool endlessly! "Are you sure Ken, seems fouled" they'll often say! And then "I mean I just can't turn him"!! Often at the end of the fight you hear "bloody hell Ken" or "Gawd Damn they can pull can't they"! :) The one thing about Chums more so than any of our other Pacific Salmon is, timing is of the essence! These fish turn extremely fast in fresh water to spawning mode here on Vancouver Island. They are the last to arrive of all our salmon and typically get to business soon after arriving to the river. It's best finding these fish near saltwater within the lower reaches of the watersheds. When caught like this one in the picture just following a flood tide & just above tidal waters, they are a great  fish to target ending our main guiding season. Thanks to everyone who joined us this great 2010 season. Lucky for us residents the attention now turns to hunting for early Winter Steelhead within the next week or two. I hope some of you will consider a winter trip for in my opinion the best fishing we have to offer on the Island from Dec - May; It's Winter Steelhead time...!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Todays Fly! Winter Wing Tube Fly

A great color combination for many Winter Steelhead rivers on Vancouver Island. I placed this fly on my hand to show size of the pattern which is approximately the size I personally like to fish when swinging flies on large waters... The cone head is 1.8grams getting this winter wing fly down to places where Steelhead don`t like things intruding in their space! when tying flies like this one should consider how they stack the wing, starting with firmer materials and building the more supple lifelike materials on top. This pattern has Finn Raccoon for the white part of the wing which is some of the most life like material I have ever used... the Guard hairs on this material I also leave in because they seem somewhat reflective (translucent) similar to polar bear. Flies like this one will be on my upcoming fly page on my web site at www.bcflyguide.com where those who don`t tie flies can purchase some. I will post when my fly page is available (hopefully soon) so please do have a visit then and give me feedback, any comments are welcome as this will be new for me and I want it to be as good as possible.


 Winter Wing Recipe









  •  pink eumer tubing
  • Tail : glitter hair on flashabou
  • Body : oval silver rib over single strand pink wool with pink saddle hackle palmered along rib
  • Wing : glitter hair, pink arctic fox, white finn Raccoon, topping of flashabou
  • Collar : Pink Shlappen
  • GIANT CONE HEAD :)
Click on the pic to enlarge, enjoy!