Welcome to the September 2016 issue of “The Flyfisher Magazine” the free online magazine by keen fly fishers for keen fly fishers throughout the UK and Abroad. If you wish to advertise within the magazine or the magazine’s website www.theflyfisher.webs.com please email email@example.com for an advertising rates quote Parent website: www.flyfishingdirectory.co.uk If you would like to contribute a free story or a fishing report along with Photographs; please email those to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a bio about yourself so that it can be added to your article. Editor: Robin “The Cormorant” Lambert: Cover Photo: Editors fishing buddy Gordon Inglis with a cracking 6lb Brownie from Rutland Water Content Fishing Travellers to New Zealand: Page 4 Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Jubilee Lakes in County Durham: Page 8 When to take your kids fly fishing: Page10 5 Tips for Your First DIY Bonefish Trip: Page 13 Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery: Page 19 Fishing Reports: Page 21 The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation: Page 25 The Importance of Kick Sampling: Page 26 Crunchers - The How and Why!: Page 28 Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum: Page 29
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Fishing Travellers to New Zealand By Sue Farley email@example.com
Another Great Trout Fishing Year Coming Up in New Zealand
We’re rapidly approaching the start of another fabulous fly fishing season here in New Zealand. With just over two months to go it’s already looking promising. We’ve had this report in from one of our guides who works the rivers of the central South Island. He says, “The signs look good for a bumper mast year again this year. In a mast year beech forests (native New Zealand beech, that is) produce a higher than normal amount of seeds. Beech seed provides good food for mice so they can breed prolifically. Mice and rats looking for food sources or potential mates cross rivers and lakes at night, falling prey to waiting trout. This phenomenon normally occurs in 4-5 year cycles. Local anglers are already reporting seeing larger than normal quantities of pollen, which is an indicator of a good beech mast. Many are also reporting seeing substantial quantities of beech seed falling on the banks of our local rivers. “Nothing gets anglers more enthused than the prediction of a bumper beech mast. Next season is shaping up to make that a reality for anglers who enjoy fishing for the aggressive, mouse-fat trout that the bumper mast creates. Trout typically increase in size by 20 to 30 per cent when feeding on mice. During a mast season there are some very large double figure trophy trout in the beech forest of W est Coast and Canterbury High Country streams and waters.” Interestingly, two of the last three years have also seen a high mast count in the New Zealand bush, creating trout of extraordinary sizes. Unfortunately, trout fishermen are the only ones to gain from this phenomenon as any increase in pests such as mice or rats only has a detrimental effect on the local wildlife. Neither rats nor mice are native to New Zealand and their liking for eggs and young birds has a devastating effect on the local native birdlife. A number of New Zealand’s native birds are flightless and nest on the ground. Others nest happily in low trees, having evolved through millennia of living in a country with no predatory animals. So, in the long run, the trout are doing us all a favour by eating these millions of mice. So, with the possibility of another bumper year in the trout fishing arena in New Zealand we suggest you get your lodges and guides booked now.
Our Top 5 New Zealand Fly Fishing Lodges It’s a hard call but here’s our Top 5 New Zealand Fly Fishing Lodges for the Coming Season Although in no particular order (because they are all fabulous) these five beautiful lodges are our picks for the coming season in New Zealand, which opens on 1 October – only three months away now. And already the pace is heating up with rooms and guides becoming scarce in some of them over the big months of January through to March. Our advice – book now while you still have choices. And be prepared to travel out of the peak of the season so you still have plenty of options to choose from. New Zealand has become a very HOT destination and is reaching saturation point at the busiest times. Mid-summer coincides with Christmas, New Year and the long, hot school holidays, all combining to put a strain on the country’s accommodation resources. However, there are just as many trout and long stretches of unbelievably beautiful river out there as ever, so read on to find out where you will want to go this season. There’s a mix of large and small, and North and South Island lodges here – what they all have in common is great accommodation, service and cuisine, and world-class fishing. Poronui – there’s a lot of adjectives used to describe Poronui – remote, rustic, breath-taking, relaxing and unforgettable, to name a few. And Andrew Harper likes it too. But the essence of Poronui is a lot more than the combination of all those things. It’s a rustic sporting lodge that has grown from earlier fishing camp roots, set on the edge of the Kaimanawa Forest Park in the central North Island. It’s surrounded by a vast area of wild rivers, mountains and valleys, and is home to some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand. Accommodation is a mix of luxury lodge rooms, a separate homestead and a summer safari-style camp deep in the heart of the property
Owen River Lodge – sits in the heart of the brown trout country at the top of the South Island. It’s the smallest lodge in our selection, so one of the harder ones to get in to. But size means nothing when it comes to the excellent fishing available from this secret spot. Host, Felix, is a passionate fisherman himself and loves the myriad local waterways as much as you will. With just 6 rooms Owen River Lodge is boutique and personal. Accommodation is in garden suites overlooking the beautiful Kahurangi National Park. And the fishing for brown trout is among the best in the world.
Fiordland Lodge – is the southern-most lodge on the list, overlooking Fiordland National Park, which in turn is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area of south-west New Zealand. This richly-timbered lodge sits above Lake Te Anau, one of the deep, brooding lakes in the area. Fiordland Lodge is surrounded by an impressive number of fishing rivers and streams, and also has just as many fishing spots accessible by helicopter. You can fish in a different place every day for a month if you wish. Accommodation is in a selection of wellappointed lodge rooms and two free-standing chalets. The cuisine, service and location are all excellent, as is the trout fishing. Tongariro Lodge – our second North Island fishing lodge pick is Tongariro Lodge. This traditional-style lodge also has a long history as an iconic New Zealand fly fishing lodge. It sits on the bank of the Tongariro River, one of New Zealand’s best-known fly fishing rivers, and has a great range of fishing opportunities within an easy drive. There is also lake fishing available on nearby Lake Taupo. Accommodation is in a mix of 1-bedroom chalets and 2 – 5 bedroom chalets. Their executive villa is an excellent place to host a small group or family stay of up to 8 people, depending on the configuration required. The trout fishing is generally sublime.
Blanket Bay – just an hour from Queenstown’s international airport, Blanket Bay is a very handy place to fly in for a luxury fishing stay. This sumptuous lodge is one of the best in New Zealand and is highly acclaimed for its fishing as well. As with Fiordland Lodge, just a few hours away, Blanket Bay is within easy reach of the unforgettable fishing in the Fiordland area, including the Otago and Southland rivers. Accommodation is a mix of stunning luxury lodge rooms and chalet suites. There’s plenty here to do for non-fishing partners and there is also excellent golf, wilderness activities and wineries nearby. You could stay at all five of these exceptional properties, or just pick one or two. Save a few for your next trip maybe.
Dunlichity Trout Fishery http://www.dunlichityhouse.com Dunlichity Trout Fishery is set within the grounds of Dunlichity House, just 8 miles south of Inverness. Weather permitting, the fishery is open all year (except Christmas Day), from 9.00am to 10.00pm or when it gets dark, whichever is the earlier. The fishery consists of 2 lochans, the larger of which is approximately 3 acres, the other approximately one acre. Both lochans are well stocked with quality brown, blue, and rainbow trout varying in size from 2lb to 10lb+. Fly fishing only is available on the lochans (barbless hooks), and experienced fly fishermen and beginners are both welcome (subject to the beginners receiving qualified tuition). Catch and Catch & Release tickets are available on a daily basis. Rod Hire is available and tuition can be arranged for beginners using one of our preferred external fly fishing instructors. Our instructors need to be contacted directly prior to your visit to agree costs, timings etc. Details of our preferred instructors are featured on their links page. Discounted rates apply to children aged 15 or under (when accompanied by an adult angler) and to senior citizens. All fishing is from the bank, and both lochans are easily accessible from the main car park and bothy. The fishery can cater for business events and inter-Club competitions and they are a Troutmaster water. Anyone wishing to enjoy a prolonged stay at the Trout Fishery may wish to take advantage of the 4* B&B facilities. For further information click here.
Catch the Golden Trout Competition One lucky angler could find themselves £2500 better off if they rise to the challenge of landing the Golden Trout at Bewl Water. The tagged trout with a price on its head will be released into the lake on the Kent and Sussex border and anglers who pay an additional supplement of £2.50 on top of their usual ticket price will be able to claim the £2,500 bounty if they land the prize fish. They'll need lots of luck as well as skill and judgement. The Golden Trout has joined the 27,500 other trout swimming in the reservoir which can hold up to 31,000 million litres of water! The competition kicks off on 1st August. There is no time limit to the competition; it will remain open until whenever the Golden Trout is successfully landed. Day prices at Bewl Water range from £12 to £28 for fishing tickets, with boat hire starting at £18. For more information and details of how to pre-book tickets visit the Bewl Water fishing page.
Jubilee Lakes Jubilee Lakes and Anglers Lodge Redworth, Darlington DL2 2UH Telephone: 01388 772611 http://www.jubileelakes.com/
Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Jubilee Lakes in County Durham Quality Stillwater Trout Fishing at one of Northern England’s finest day ticket waters
Fly Fishing at Jubilee Lakes: Whether you are fly fishing for trout as a novice or an experienced trout angler this is the stillwater fly fishery for you. A day ticket water, Jubilee Lakes consists of two beautifully maintained spring fed lakes amply stocked with fighting fit triploid rainbow trout. Excellent sport, perfect peace. You will enjoy fly fishing for trout here at our lakes. Jubilee Lakes Stillwater Fly Fishery offers facilities such a heated anglers cabin and toilet and secure lakeside parking. Well kept banks and paths make trout fishing here a pleasure and ideal for anglers with limited mobility. Our aim has always been to provide first rate trout fishing, complimented by first rate facilities. Notably Jubilee Lakes is home to the renowned Anglers Lodge Tackle Shop; stocking everything for the trout & the salmon angler from Hardy Fly Rods to Fulling Mill Flies. "Good value for money, quality of trout and one of the best tackle shops I know, make a detour off the A1 and visit Jubilee." "It is the quality of angler attracted to Jubilee which perhaps separates it from other small stillwaters. "Charles Jardine, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Situated in County Durham only a short distance from the local towns of Darlington, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland & Spennymoor. Just over the border from North Yorkshire we are in easy reach of the tourist destinations of Teesdale and Weardale as well as the conurbations of Wear Valley and Teesside. Only 5 minutes from the A1 (M) motorway, 1 minute from the A68. Jubilee Lakes Stillwater Fly Fishery is trout fishing at its very best. For a peaceful days fly fishing in tranquil surroundings on well stocked, well maintained trout lakes you must visit us here at Jubilee Lakes. Trout Fishing Facilities Here At Jubilee Lakes Excellent fly fishing for top quality rainbow trout, beautiful surroundings and perfect tranquility and to compliment that we also have excellent facilities for our trout anglers:-
Well maintained paths & banks Car park adjacent to & visible from the lakes Anglers' Lodge Tackle Shop Good disabled access to lower lake Comfy heated anglers cabin Heated toilet Free tea & coffee for anglers Refrigerator to store your catch
The fishery has one of the best game fishing tackle & fly tying shops in the country. A comprehensive range of fly fishing tackle at mail order prices with the personal support you would expect from a family run business. The shop stocks excellent ranges of fly fishing tackle:Hardy Reels, Fly Rods & Tackle, Greys of Alnwick, Vision, Wychwood, Rio Fly Lines, Snowbee, Airflo flylines etc plus a great range of Fulling Mill trout & salmon flies. For fly tying we stock one of the most extensive ranges of tools & materials to be found anywhere including materials from Hareline, Wapsi, Veniard, Flybox, Partridge, Tubeworx, Eumer & many more. So if you’ve left home without something you need for the day; then the shop is the ideal place to get what you need.
When to take your kids fly fishing.
Photo by Austin Green Photography.
For the passionate fly angler, teaching your children all about the pastime will seem like a natural progression. Fly fishing is a great way to get outdoors, learn new skills and wind down away from the bustle of everyday life – something your kids might thank you for later on. But knowing when to put the fly rod into a child’s hand is a completely different matter. Introduce the sport too seriously, too young and you risk losing their interest altogether. Take the kids on a trip during the dead of winter and they may never want to join you in your pursuit for trout again! To ensure you introduce fly fishing in an approach that is positive, fun and at the right time for your family, here are a few points you might like to consider. 1. Age. Children under the age of eight are unlikely to listen with undivided attention as you demonstrate, for the fifth time, how to correctly cast a fly line. They’re even more unlikely to show genuine enthusiasm at the prospect of spending an entire day out on the water, waiting for the fish to bite! If you have a younger family, it can still be a great experience to bring them along. They’ll enjoy the adventure of a new activity, the outdoors and spending quality time with you. Just don’t expect to get too much of your own fishing done on the day as well. Photo by Geoff Stevens of Teton Fishing Co.
Take your baby fly fishing: 5 tips for fishing with an infant. On the other hand, young teens are at an ideal age to join you on your fly fishing trip and learn the right technique and process behind making the best catch. They’re old enough to understand the fundamentals of the sport, can take your interest seriously, and will often respond keenly to direction in order to succeed. 2. Ability. Jess Westbrook and his wife Laura founded The Mayfly Project, a non-profit organization that mentors foster children through fly fishing. Taking your kids on the road with you for fly fishing is an excellent opportunity to develop lifelong skills and an interest in the outdoors. The fresh air will do them a world of good, away from those distracting electronic devices that seem to never leave their hands. While you can take your family fly fishing at almost any age, their ability will affect the nature of your trip. Make sure that your child is able to handle the physical aspect of fishing as well as the mental concentration that it takes to effectively cast a line. Managing the equipment and technique required will be a challenge for many youngsters, given it will be an unfamiliar skill. It’s best for parents to practice patience and, as a figure of knowledge, guide them step by step to learn. Photo by Krystina Bullard. Beyond grasping the basics as a fly fishing beginner, it’s also important that children are safe and under constant supervision. Capsizing, injury and fast-moving rapids are unfortunate realities of the sport. Ensuring that everyone in your family is a competent swimmer and, of course, kitted out with an appropriate life jacket, will make sure that you arrive home all smiles. 3. Weather.
You’ve decided on the type of trip you’d like to take, know your kids are at the right age and ability to enjoy a day of fly fishing fun. But when is the best time for you to take them? The seasons have a large impact on fishing expeditions. Different times of year will yield different fish and conditions. In the winter, a calm body of water could turn into a treacherous swirl faster than you can yell “trout!” The cold could also mar an otherwise fantastic trip – it’s no secret that most kids will fail to see the fun in standing against a chilly wind. The best time of year to go fishing is in the summer – particularly as older children will have school holidays and plenty of time to join you! Take your family at the beginning of the sunny season or as its winding down to make sure you miss the masses and enjoy the peace and quiet of a warm afternoon out on the water. Photo by New River Fly Fishing.
Photo by Ben Eastman. His daughter Aunaleigh is now a master at whip finishing. Choose the best boating accessories to suit your day trip. Without the right tools, even an experienced fisherman would struggle to meet with success! Invest in the right safety equipment, appropriate for the size and age of your kids. Personal flotation devices are a simple addition that can potentially save a child’s life. Invite your kids to bring their friends along. This can make it a fun, sociable activity they’ll be talking about in class for weeks! Teaching fly tying to kids: Where to begin? Mix up your days. Fly fishing is an exciting sport, but kids need variety to keep their attention. Incorporate some exploring, a picnic or visit a nearby playground before heading back out. Finally, if you decide you want the day to be focused on your own fishing, then it’s best to leave your children at home this time and treat yourself.
About Rod Smith:
As the former President of the Boating Industry Association, Rod’s passion for boating and fishing is utilised in his current role as Managing Director of CH Smith Marine. Offering his masterful expertise, Rod ensures that customers leave with a love for the sea that parallels his own.
5 Tips for Your First DIY Bonefish Trip.
Bahamas bonefishing on a budget. I spent a few years messing around with the fly rod when I was younger, mainly casting Bett's poppers at bass and bream in the lily pads – nothing too serious. My real addiction to the fly rod came about 10 years ago when my wife purchased an 8wt TFO fly rod for me. I doubt she knew what she was getting into... Because I’ve been ruined ever since. Completely enthralled with my new pastime, I soaked up as much information as possible, much of it fuelled by saltwater fly fishing magazines. Although our local Carolina species got some love in those magazines, most of the articles were dedicated to the magnificent three: Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. They were the glamour species, and they were etched in at the top of my bucket list. I’ve been lucky enough to scratch the Silver King off the list a few years ago. Permit, well… I’ve seen them, cast to a few, and I’m sure I'll eventually catch one and it will be complete dumb luck. Bonefish, on the other hand, seemed like more of an attainable goal – I just needed to get to them. There are bonefish in the Florida Keys, but any honest guide will tell you that their numbers dropped significantly a few years ago. There are lots of differing opinions on what caused this drop. Luckily, I’m hearing better reports of bonefish in the Keys lately, so hopefully we’ll see them make a big comeback in the near future. I realized that to really have a great bonefish experience, I needed to get to the bonefish capital of the world… The Bahamas. Fast forward several years and I finally decided that there were no more excuses – it was time to scratch the Bonefish/Bahamas goal off of the list. I spent a lot of time researching a DIY vacation for my wife and me in the Bahamas. After a lot of thought, I settled on doing a trip to Grand Bahama Island. My goal was to get the best experience possible for the lowest price – two things that don’t often go hand in hand. I started pricing flights to the Bahamas from North Carolina and looked into driving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and taking a hopper flight over. Ultimately, I came across a ferry service that runs people from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport Grand Bahama at a really good price.
We rented an apartment off of VRBO and reserved a rental car on the Island. Once everything was set, I jumped into researching DIY bonefishing opportunities and looked into fishing with a local guide for a day. This trip to the Bahamas helped me realize how attainable it was, even though I had put it off for many years because I thought it was out of my price range. Lesson learned. We returned the following year and now the Bahamas has made it to the top of my list for DIY fishing vacations. I’m learning more each time I visit, but I’d like to share a few thoughts with anyone who has considered scratching it off their bucket list. 1. Google before you go. Try to do as much research as possible before you go. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend months thinking about your upcoming trip, so you might as well use that time to gain as much info as you can. Put a Bahamas folder on your computer and drop in any articles, forum links and maps worth saving. The first decision to make is where you want to go on your DIY trip. There are 700 islands in the Bahamas with 30 of them being inhabited. Each of these islands is unique, so do your research and figure out which one works best for you. Some are well inhabited with plenty of restaurants and shopping if you want to bring your family. Some are very isolated with only few locals and even less tourists. Some are known for miles of flats covered with bonefish and some are known for swimming beaches and casinos. Some are easy to fly straight into and some require a little more work to access.
All of my trips have been to Grand Bahama Island. You can easily fly from most airports, or take a ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport. Grand Bahama has a nice mixture of shops and restaurants along with some good DIY fishing spots, so you can keep your family entertained and still slip away to chase bonefish on foot. Once you’ve chosen your DIY location, you should put some time in researching fishing spots. I’ve spent hours upon hours searching Google, and using the search function on fishing forums to get hints on where people have had luck on their trips. Don’t be afraid to send a private message or two and ask forum members if they’ll throw you a bone and help you with some locations.
One of the first websites you’ll come across is run by a DIY Bonefish expert named Rod Hamilton. If you like the info he shares on his website, you should really consider purchasing his book, "Do It Yourself Bonefishing," as it is packed with DIY spots for most of the Bahamian Islands. Google Earth is your friend. Look around the beach areas for shallow wadeable flats. I’ve had good luck finding schools of bonefish along sandy beaches and flats on an incoming tide. Don’t overlook silty mangrove flats, some of my best tailing bonefish were found around mangrove flats on either side of low tide. Speaking of tides, go ahead and get a copy of the tides for the island you will be visiting. Keep in mind that the tides can vary greatly from spot to spot around the island. Save it to your phone or print out your tide info, along with maps, beach names, street names, etc. You can forget using your data plan in the Bahamas unless you want a big bill when you get home, so no Googling locations and maps while wading the flats. 2. Pack light, pack right. Make sure you pack all the essentials and a few backups. I don’t know of any fly shops in the Bahamas, so a broken piece of gear can mean disaster when you are on vacation in another country. Rods Bring a pair of bonefish rods, either 7 or 8wts and a reel for each rod. My personal preference are TFO’s BVK and Mangrove rods matched up with Allen Fly Fishing Kraken reels, all of which have withstood years of my “guide abuse” at a very affordable price. I’d also recommend carrying a bigger rod, maybe a 10wt, to play with the numerous sharks and barracuda you will see on the flats. Don’t be a bonefish snob, you know you secretly want to catch a big ‘cuda or shark too I brought my TFO Esox stick with me on the last trip, as I’ve found that it’s much more than a “Musky rod." It can easily handle landing a variety of big fish and casting the big flies they eat. Invest in a large multi-rod hard tube that can hold 3-4 rods, so that you don’t have to be hassled with carrying 4 separate rod tubes through the airport. Lines. Make sure you have a backup floating line and some extra leaders and leader tying material. My current favorite line for everything from tailing redfish to bonefish to tarpon is the Scientific Anglers Mastery Grand Slam series of line. It can handle everything from close shots at reds with big bulky flies to long accurate shots at bonefish with small shrimp patterns. I usually take a spool of 30lb, 25lb, 20lb, 16lb and 12lb mono, along with fluorocarbon in 30lb, 16lb and 12lb. I’ve had success tying my leaders about 12ft long with 12lb fluorocarbon tippet. If I’m fishing around coral or rocks, or I’m getting broke off, I’ll bump up to 16lb fluorocarbon.
Gear. A decent pair of pliers/cutters is also essential. Carry a good pair of polarized sunglasses in brown, copper, or rose, and I’d really recommend having a backup pair as well. There are a variety of fantastic glasses out there, and I’ve tried several, but I’m a full-on believer in the quality of Smith Optics. My current pair of “can’t live without” shades for sight fishing are the Smith Guide’s Choice frames with the Chromapop Ignitor lenses. A waist pack or sling pack is useful to stuff all of your gear and a couple frozen Gatorades/waters in. Bring a good pair of neoprene wading boots even if you only plan on wading sandy areas. I’ve gotten several years out of my Simms neoprene flats boots. The Bahamas may have white sandy beaches, but they are still islands made of rock when it comes down to it. Some of the places I’ve waded, especially the silty bottoms around mangroves are full of sharp rocks. I always carry a second pair of shoes just in case. If you’ve never been to the tropics, trust me when I say that the sun is harsh, protect yourself accordingly. Bring your t-shirts, board shorts and flip flops but make sure you pack some clothing that offers a little more protection too. My bag is packed with baseball caps, breathable long pants, buffs, and several long sleeve performance fishing shirts from the great folks at Marsh Wear Clothing. Fly selection is very important, enough so, that I’ll dedicate a separate section to it. 3. Bring the right flies. The good news is that the bonefish in the Bahamas don’t seem to be nearly as picky about flies compared to a bonefish that makes his residence in Islamorada, Florida. That being said, it’s still crucial to have a good selection of flies with you on your trip. Basic Bonefish flies like Gotchas and Crazy Charlies work very well. Besides your standard shrimp patterns; spawning shrimp patterns, mantis shrimp patterns and small crab patterns also work great. Do some internet searches for your particular island and see what patterns are recommended. Take a look at the local Bonefish Lodge websites and see what they recommend. Tie a handful of different patterns, but more importantly, make sure you have each pattern in multiple colours and weights. Scanning the flats with a Fish-Skull Shrimp & Cray Tail fly at the ready. The new Fish-Skull Shrimp & Cray Tails are designed to give your fly the same weight you would expect from a bead chain or small dumbbell, allowing a predictable sink rate. For example, I usually bring several Gotcha flies tied in a tan/pearl color and also in darker colors like brown/copper. Shrimp on the flats match the color of their habitat, so you always try to match the fly color to the bottom. You will usually be fishing light colored flies on the sand flats and darker flies on the mangrove flats and backwater areas. Of each of those colors, I will tie most on a size #4 hook, with a few on size #2 and size #6 hooks. I will also vary the weight by having some tied in small bead chain, medium bead chain and small or medium lead eyes. Sink rate is very important. A bonefish in 3 feet of water will likely pass by before a very lightly weighted fly makes it down into his field of view. Conversely, a bonefish tailing in 6” of water will not be very pleased if you plop down a heavy fly right in front of him. This summer, I switched out all of my bead chain and lead eyes for the new Fish-Skull Shrimp & Cray Tails in all 3 sizes and they worked great on the Bahamian Bones.
4. See the fish, feed the fish. As I waded a beach on the south side of Grand Bahama this summer, I was thinking about how easy it was to walk right past fish if you lost focus. Bonefish are tough to see. Not the ones waving their chrome tails on a mud flat, but the ones pushing along the sand flats or cruising along the edge of the beach. When you hold a bonefish in your hand, it’s like every single scale is a perfect mirror. With that mirror finish, they become the David Copperfield of the flats as they reflect their surroundings and disappear right into the background. The first time I walked a bonefish flat, it took me 45 minutes to see my first fish. After that, I saw a fish every 5 minutes or so. I’m pretty sure I passed several bones in that first 45 minutes before I saw the first one. Once you see what you are looking for, it’s easier to pick them out. Sometimes it’s like looking for a bonefish shaped silhouette that is barely a half shade darker than the bottom they are swimming over. Add that in with a little surface chop or glare and you’ll quickly realize why they have earned the name “The Grey Ghost”. A quality pair of polarized sunglasses will make it or break it for you when you are trying to locate fish. Those glasses are there to help cut through the surface glare and hopefully add some contrast between the fish and the bottom. That being said, you still have to train your eyes to look for them. Walking that flat this summer, I realized how easy it is to look at the water, not into the water. Our eyes seem to want to focus on the ripples and the glare along the surface. Try to force yourself to focus past the surface and into the water column. Once you do this, you should start to have better luck spotting fish. Expect to not only see fish working in a foot or two of water, but also expect to see them right along the water’s edge inches from dry sand. There have been times when I have had to walk high along the beach and lay most of my cast along the dry sand with just the leader in the water, so as to not spook the fish pushing along the water’s edge. Expect to see bones traveling in singles, and in groups, anywhere from pairs of fish on up to large schools. As a redfish guide, it took me a little time and some help from a Bahamian guide before I learned how to adjust my presentation to one that was pleasing to a bonefish. When you cast to a fish, try to place your fly 5ft or more short of him, off to his side. A lot of my redfish casts have me casting a few feet in front of the fish and stripping it when he gets within range. A guide explained to me that if you cast in front of the fish, he can see your leader in the clear water as he approaches. If you cast short of him and he turns and comes towards the fly, he will see the fly first and not the leader. I heeded his advice and it made a difference for me. You also strip your fly a lot less for bonefish than I am used to with redfish. Think of stripping the fly as a way to get the bonefish’s attention, not as a way to induce a strike. If you make a cast and the fish doesn’t notice it (he’ll usually bolt or approach it as it’s sinking), then give it a small strip or two to get his attention. When he turns and comes to it, stop stripping. A lot of times he will tip up and eat it while it’s sitting still. If he seems to be losing interest, strip it again to convince him that he wants to eat your fly and then wait for him to take it. Hopefully he’ll eat for you, and if you don’t panic and trout set, you'll be a few seconds away from seeing your backing roll out through the guides.
5. Go with a guide. Why would I spend all this time talking about DIY bone fishing and then recommend fishing with a guide as the final tip? Because it’s worth it and it will pay off in dividends. If you can pony up the cash to spend one day on the water with a guide, not only will you see places and fish you won’t see on foot, but you will also learn a lot about bonefish. Simeon Higgs from East End Lodge races to the bonefish and permit flats. A day with a guide will teach you where to look for bonefish, how to see them, proper fly placement and how to feed and land them properly. I believe a day on a guide’s skiff or wading with a guide will teach you as much as a week of fishing on your own. If you can line up that guide on the first day of your trip, then you will be a week ahead of the learning curve when you start looking for bones on your own during the rest of your trip. I have spent a few days on a boat with the guides at East End Lodge on Grand Bahama Island, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to them for the knowledge they have imparted on me.
About John Mauser: Captain John Mauser owns and operates Tailing Tide Guide Service, a fly fishing and light tackle guide service out of Swansboro, North Carolina. He has been fishing the waters of North Carolina for thirty years. John graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Marine Biology and soon started working for the North Carolina Aquariums. John is the program lead for the local Project Healing Waters Program, which rehabilitates disabled military veterans through fly tying and fly fishing activities. Most of the time, John can be found poling his skiff along the inshore waters of the Crystal Coast. His favourite targets are redfish and false albacore…but he also spends time chasing Spanish mackerel, bluefish, speckled trout, sharks, and countless other species. During the Spring spawning run, John fishes for Shad, Striped Bass and other species that are found in North Carolina’s Coastal Rivers. John looks forward to sharing his love of the waters along the Carolina Coast with everyone he meets.
Glenda Powell Guiding & Blackwater Salmon Fishery The Largest Flood of the Autumn has Come. Biggest Seatrout Caught on Our Beats in Years. A few snaps from Iceland, the Land of Fire, Ice and Salmon. The Irish Game and Country Fair at Birr Castle. After a fantastic start to the fishing season, with great runs of fish coming through the beats, the low water of recent weeks has slowed catches up a little. We were still managing to catch a couple of fish most days but we were struggling to catch many fish on the fly until we started using the methods that I brought home with me from my recent trip to Iceland. Skating tiny hitch flies in the surface making the most miniscule of wakes, attracted our Irish Salmon to take, and we had great fun in the low water conditions on micro hitch tubes and stripping size 18 flies. I will be running a course on these methods next May along with a couple of Icelandic Guides, the cost will be €150 per person for the day and the limit is 10 people. To book a place on this course please contact me. The low water has gone now and we have had the biggest flood since February. There is a little rain forecast for the coming days so the chances of this flood bringing in some of our Autumn fish is high as are the chances of catching one. We welcome the rain and the change of conditions. Now is the time to use up the rest of your holidays, sick days, polish your hooks and get out there. Exciting times ahead as we near the end of the season on the Blackwater. In September we have a few days left for fishing on our beats but we have no availability left for instruction or guiding as I am fully booked to the end of the season. If you would like to go fishing then you can either contact me Glenda on 087 2351260 or if you can't get me then please call Noel on 085 7220923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Best wishes and have a great week wherever you are fishing and please wear a life jacket. Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You) Glenda 00353 (0) 872351260 firstname.lastname@example.org http://blackwatersalmonfishery.com / http://glendapowellguiding.com
Yzabel's Large Sea Trout. It was such a pleasure to land this most beautiful sea trout for Yzabel. She had bought her husband a Christmas present of two days fishing and two guided days with me, and well she thought she would join him on the trip. Best present ever, is to buy one that both of you can partake in especially if you both love fishing. Day 1 Trond hooked and played beautifully his first Atlantic Salmon on the Fly. I must say that Trond is an experienced fisherman and has caught many fish before, but this was his first Atlantic Salmon on the Fly. You can imagine we were all very, very pleased. Yzabel lost a salmon that day but she was very pleased that her husband had caught one. Day 2 Trond lost another salmon after a few minutes of play and Yzabel caught this beautiful seatrout right at the end of the day. What can I say, it is the largest sea trout that I have seen caught on the Blackwater since Gavin OShea landed his specimen a number of years ago. Yzabel gently returned this fish. Memories are made of this.
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Friday 19 saw the 1st semi-final of Scottish Club Championships held at the lovely Lake of Menteith. Nineteen 3 man teams were in contention, including 3 previous winners. Weather conditions were good with rain and wind forecast for late afternoon. Most of the boats headed south for International Bay, Kates Brae, Gravel Bank and Lochend. Remainder saw boats drifting Rookery to Sams Point, Dog Isle to Stable Point, and across Gateside Bay (cages). At end of the match 57 anglers netted 303 trout (rod average 5.3) had been caught with 193 being released. The competition is fished under a 2 fish kill then catch and release with a weight of 2lb being awarded for each returned trout. A lovely rainbow was weighed in at 8lb 0.6 caught be Alan Martin of Tartan Tiers team (capped at 4lb). Top team on the day was Menteith Ospreys trio of Ronnie Gilbert, Peter Auchterlonie and George Whyte. They had caught 27 trout for 53lb 14.8 oz. Runners up were Change "A" team of Kevin McCabe, Jock Kettles and Andy Dunn with 26 trout for 53lb 10.8 oz. Kevin also had individual victory in Llanilar Tynant competition fished at Llyn Brenig, North Wales on 7th August. Remainder of teams qualifying for Club Championship Final at Lake of Menteith on Friday, 30th September: Soldier Palmers 22 held next Friday, 26th at Lake of Menteith and will feature 21 3 man teams. trout 44lb 11oz, Rainbow Warriors 21 trout 43lb 6oz, Househillmuir 21 trout 40lb 13oz, RASC Perth 19 trout 39lb 3oz, Balfron Piscatorial 18 trout 36lb 7oz, Granite City 17 trout 36lb 2oz, Tweed Valley Tanglers 17 trout 33lb 13oz, Crown F.F. 14 trout 31lb 6oz. 2nd semi- final will be held 26 August at Lake of Menteith and will feature 21 x 3 man teams.
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The under 18s had part one of their National Championships on Saturday 20 . 21 competitors caught 111 fish. Top rod on the day was rd Alastair Anderson with 12 fish. In second place was Blane O’Donnell and 3 – Jamie Carruth. Part 2 of the qualifier for the National Youth th Team is on 11 September at Carron Valley Reservoir. Scottish Youth Team takes Silver in Ireland The Scottish Youth International Fly Fishing Team won Silver at the 32nd Youth International Fly Fishing Competition Held at Lough Lein, Killarney, Ireland on Wednesday 3rd August 2016. Ireland won Gold with a close run battle with Scotland. The atmosphere and lifelong friendships that are created from this competition is amazing. The Scottish Youth Team wish to congratulate Ireland for their win and for their hospitality to the Scottish team and to all the other nation’s team for making it a great and memorable event. A very special thanks goes to everyone who supported and sponsored the Scottish Youth Team. The Scottish Youth Team members would like to thanks their Team Manager Mr Arthur Wilkie and all the team coaches for their hard work and support throughout the past year. 1st Ireland 2nd Scotland 3rd England 4th Wales.
Lochter Fishery Report – Mild Autumn Good and Bad for Anglers Just as Team GB were scooping up the medals at Rio de Janerio, anglers at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum, were also scooping up the trout during the times that they managed to drag themselves away from the television. Fred Simpson from Huntly started the week in style with eight off the surface on his Klinkhammers. Steve Prince from Meldrum kept things moving along nicely with a score of ten using Buzzers & Diawl Bachs. Although temperature dropped and it got a bit breezy, scores were maintained by Alan Don with fourteen, all on a Damsel, and George Abel with ten on a Semtex, ‘That fly is dynamite’ a fellow angler was heard to mutter. On Saturday the breeze stiffened a bit but not enough to put S. Ruddiman from Aberdeen off his stroke as he caught and released twelve on what he described as a ‘crackin’ day’. There were plenty of bags of five or six and as wide a variety of flies from small dries to big lures, all taking their share.
ANGLING PRESS SERVICES JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer 20 KELVIN DRIVE, KIRKINTILLOCH, GLASGOW G66 1BS TELEPHONE/FAX 0141 776 2920 MOBILE 07433 586867 Email. email@example.com Although now pretty well retired from the front line of the angling media of which he had huge experience Jim still distributes fishery reports on a weekly basis on behalf of a number of the most prestigious small Scottish fisheries and for the past thirty years has written the angling column for the Sunday Post.' Frandy Fishery, Glendevon, by Dollar, FK14 7JZ. Tel: 01259 781352 Mobile: 07920445664 http://frandyfishery.co.uk/ Bob Dick & Geoff Hemmings from Kinross kept 10 fish weighing 20lb 8oz, Ian Gibson & Jock McKenzie, Edinburgh, 6 fish for 14lb and released a further 2, Jamie & Douglas Ralfs, Dunning, for 14lb, father and son David & David Mateer, Inverness, kept 5 fish weighing 12lb and released a further 6 and Jim Watson & Dave Gonsales from Auchtermuchty, had 10 fish weighing for 19lb and released a further 11. George Rose & Gary Malloy from Scone took 10 fish weighing 20lb 8oz and released a further 14, Donald McPherson, Crieff, 2 fish weighing 6lb and released a further 7, Tom Melville & Jim Galloway, Blairgowrie, 10 fish for 23lb and released a further 12 and Bill Ramage from Alva retained 4 fish weighing 8lb and released a further 8. Alan Armstrong & Alan Graham from Glen Devon took 10 for 21lb, Alex Knox & Colin Dillon, Glasgow, 4 fish weighing 9lb 8oz and Dennis Stephen & party from Livingstone had 7 fish weighing 14lb 8oz. On the club front RAF Northern League kept 40 fish weighing 83lb and released a further 7, Phoenix A/C 13 fish weighing 28lb 7oz and released a further 6, SSEB HQ A/C kept 16 fish weighing 35lb 5oz and the Last Cast A/C took 13 fish weighing 23lb 10oz. Linlithgow A/C kept 14 fish weighing 28lb 12oz, Rainbow Warriors AC 39 fish weighing 80lb 5oz and released a further 37, Heriots A/C 10 for 23lb and released a further 26 and Perth RASC took 26 fish weighing 49lb 10oz. The top taking flies last week included the Daddy Longlegs, Kate Maclaren, Bibio Hopper, Black Hopper, Sedge Muddler and the Cormorant and the best fishing areas are the Dogleg, North Shore and the dam wall.
http://www.forbesofkingennie.co.uk/index.php/fishing (Although the weather varied substantially throughout the week, there was some excellent sport to be had if you read the conditions and fished accordingly. The fishery was delighted to host the Willis group for a few days. On Saturday they fished the Boathouse Pool and landed twenty fish for a total of 49lbs 8oz Ian Willis was top rod with four fish weighing in at 13lbs 8oz. Gary Connell also did well releasing seven taken in a fairly short afternoon session. Anything from dries to lures took fish at various times. The Burnside Pool has also seen some decent results. Mr. Hunter released fourteen fish including a fine rainbow estimated at 7lbs and Davie Whitecross returned a similar sized fish amongst his catch. The Willis group again found the right methods, which resulted in a total of twenty nine fish being landed for a combined weight of 67lbs. Lures, buzzers and dries all had their moments. On the Bankside Pool the main patterns to succeed were Sedgehogs, Damsels, Buzzers and Squirmies. Mr. Marshall returned fourteen fish and Frank Sherriff returned thirteen. Powerbait again ruled the best catches on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) with some fine catches being recorded. The McPhersons landed ten fish for 19lbs 8oz, the Palmers took eight for a total of 14lbs, the Milnes had six for 11lbs 12oz, the Harris duo took six for 12lbs and Carl had five fish for a combined weight of 10lbs.
http://www.orchillloch.com/ The water is still warm with an abundance of feeding so again you have to attract the fish with something bright and different and keep changing the retrieve. Dave Lawson, Methven, 3 fish for 12lbs 8oz – best 5lbs on a Howie’s Gizmo, Jim Suddes, Co Durham, 2 for 7lbs 8oz on an Ally McCoist, Anne Suddes, 2 for 6lbs on an Ally, Dougie McKendrick, Alva, 2 for 9lbs on a Sedge, Bill Storie, Comrie, 3 for 8lbs on a Black Nymph and W. Stewart from Dunfermline had 3 for 8lbs 8oz on a Claret Snatcher. Boo Haughton from Stirling took 3 for 9lbs on a Pink Lure, S. Edwards, Aberfeldy, 3 for 9lbs on an Ace of Spades, Bill Thomson, Orkney, 2 for 6lbs 8oz on a Fish & Chips, K McAlpine, Thurso, 2 for 8lbs 8oz on an Ally, Brian Robertson, Stirling, 3 for 12lbs on a Goldie and Derek Robertson from Bishopbriggs used a HH Damsel to take a brace weighing 11lbs 8oz.
MARKLE (East Lothian) Colin Brash from Edinburgh had 5 on a Bloodworm, Jack Hay, Haddington, 3 on Buzzers, Ken Morrison, Edinburgh, 3 on Daddies and Gordon Dagg from Pathead caught 4 on a Rabbitiser. Bruce Hunter from Edinburgh had 3 on Buzzers and John Thomson, East Linton, used a Blob to bag 3.
http://www.swanswater-fishery.co.uk/index.html The Fishery opening hours are 8.00am to 8.30pm every day. The fishing continues to improve at Swanswater with nearly 300 fish caught in the last week. Many Goldies and some Light Blues are adding colour to the catch returns and anglers are enjoying targeting these highly visible fish particularly in the small ponds. A few Browns are also moving around. For most of the week the fish were in the top 2-3 feet of the ponds although they were to be found nearer the surface in the evenings. The days that it was very warm and bright they went a bit deeper but were still active and looking for something to chase. Small lures, nymphs and traditional wet flies were doing best with favourite patterns including Mini-Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Hare’s Ear, Damsel Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell and Invicta. In the evenings, Sedge patterns and Spiders were working well. Fish are now being caught all-round the main pond, although at times the Dam and the Island are the places to be. The small ponds are fishing very well and providing a lot of sport for those choosing to fish there. Fishery opening hours are now 8.00am to 8.30pm every day. Thomas Holderness, Tillicoultry, 3 for 13lb including 8lb 2oz Rainbow, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Charles Springett, Larkhall, 6lb 14oz Rainbow, David McGhee, Kirkintilloch, took 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow, and his boat partner P Glewinski, bagged 4 for 9lb 12oz including a Brown. Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 13lb plus 3 C&R, Willie Martin, Stirling, landed his 5 for 12lb 12oz including a Gold, before 10am on Wednesday, Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Golds, Keith Muckersie, Peebles, 5 for 12lb including a Gold and T Kilanowski, fishing with the Mayfly FC, landed 5 for 11lb 12oz. Robert White, Camelon, 5 for 11lb 8oz, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Golds and a Brown, Martin Watt, Airdrie, 5 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and 4 Golds from the Meadow Pond, plus another 2 C&R, S Irvine took 3 Golds, a light Blue and a Rainbow and Frank Turner, Alloa, took 4 for 10lb 8oz and returned around 20 more and Allan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 10lb 8oz. George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb plus 3 C&R, Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 8lb 8oz, Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 3 for 7lb 8oz including a Gold plus 4 C&R, James Brooks caught and released 12 and Robert Cochrane caught and released 9.
There were some cracking fish caught last week with Craig Lafferty from Glasgow landing the biggest at 12lbs. Mr Dobbie, Glasgow, 2for 6lbs, Mr Quinn, Cumbernauld, 1 at 3lbs 8oz, Mr Stuart, Aberdeen, 2 for 8lbs 2oz, Mr Ramsey, Kilsyth, 2 for 7lbs and returned 3 and Mr Kennedy from Torrance had 2 on C+R – best an 8lbs 5oz blue trout. Mr Gibson from Clydebank had a brace weighing 6lbs, Mr Johnstone, Clydebank, 3 for 9lbs, Mr Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 9lbs, J. Bailey, Glasgow, 3 for 15lbs – best 6lbs and John Carroll from Milton of Campsie took 4 for 10lbs – best 4lbs.D.Morrison from Carronshore had 4 weighing 15lbs – largest 7lbs, Mark Coutts, Banknock, 1 blue for 7lbs, and Steven Lee from Denny took 4 for 15lbs – biggest 7lbs.
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General: The warm, dry weather continued throughout most of the month with a few very hot sunny days. Water levels are dropping and water temperatures rising (to over 20 ºc), resulting in many of the fish moving out to sheltered, cooler deeper water. Fishing: Kennick – Most fish are still located at the North end of the fishery and in the Narrows stretch where both boat and bank anglers are catching. The higher temperatures have meant that the best fishing has been either early in the morning or in the evenings, when fish have been coming up to Hoppers and dry Sedge patterns. Rod averages have been around two fish per rod, with the majority being caught on sub-surface patterns, mainly teams of Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Damsel Nymphs fished at intermediate depths, or Blobs and Boobies (green or orange) fished on sinking lines. The best fish of the month was a 5lb 2oz Rainbow, caught by Barry Ware from North Tawton fishing from the bank in the Narrows using a small nymph. John Winson from Exmouth caught a 4lb Rainbow fishing from the bank near the Lodge, using a home-tied green lure with a tungsten bead. Mr S Reed from Crediton caught a 3lb 13oz Rainbow from the Narrows Bank using a Hopper. Water level is 65% full. Siblyback - Fishing from boats over the open, deeper, cooler water, particularly nearer the dam, has proved to be the most productive, particularly on the drift, while bank anglers have found a few fish in Stocky Bay and Two Meadows. Nearly all fish have been caught on subsurface patterns (Gold Head Hares Ears, Whisky Fly, Blobs and Boobies) on either intermediate or sunk lines. Wimbleball – Boat fishing over the open, deeper, cooler water, particularly nearer the dam, has proved to be the most productive, particularly on the drift, while bank anglers have struggled to locate feeding fish. Weekly rod averages varied between 1 and 2.5 fish per rod. Evenings have been the best time to fish on or near the surface when dry Daddies, Claret Hoppers, Bobs Bits and Ant patterns have caught fish. Nymphs (Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails) fished on the washing line method, while Orange Blobs and Boobies on sinking lines have caught the deeper fish. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 3oz Rainbow caught by Mr Ormston, while Paul Grisley caught a full bag of fish up to 3lb. Water level is 67% full. Roadford - Roadford exploded into life at the end of July and has fished brilliantly all month. Regulars Duncan Kier and Andy Birkett have both had red letter days fishing by boat over the ‘boils’ (aeration pipes near the tower). Duncan managed 56 Brownies in one day up to 3lb 4oz with Andy catching 30 fish the following day up to 3lb. Duncan has returned to take 9 fish followed by a further 32 fish in separate sessions. Successful flies have been a Squinky, Muddler and Leach on the drift over the boils. Boats and engines are available on 01409 211507. Burrator – The water level is now down to 50%, which means that more fishing is now accessible to bank anglers. The banks at Longstone Peninsula continue to be the most popular for bank anglers, boats catching well in the deeper water at the North end of the water and rods averaged just over 4 fish per angler overall. With fish feeding on the surface in early mornings and evenings, these were the times that dry patterns such as Coch-y-bondhu, Buzzer emergers and Hoopers caught fish. Sub-surface Damsels, Montanas and Boobies caught fish during the day. Stithians – Hatches of Buzzers and Beetles blown onto the water has meant that fish are still feeding near the surface and dry patterns are working well, particularly Buzzer emergers, Klinkhammers, Hoppers and dry Sedge patterns. Subsurface nymphs, such as Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Hares Ears, have worked well, either fished in teams at varying depths or singly just beneath the surface. Pipe Bay, Sailing Bay, Carnmenellis Bank, Pub Bay and the deeper water by the dam have all fished well, with weekly rod averages varying between 1.3 and 1.5 fish per rod, including a number of Brown and Blue Trout as well as Rainbows.
As we enter the late summer 2016 field season, we are beginning to receive several excellent interim project reports. My sense is that this year appears to be another excellent year for salmon conservation. August and September are the months in which staff typically undertake site visits to our recipient groups. Meeting with our recipients is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work as we get to meet the great people behind the projects and actually see their outstanding work. These visits, however, are not just rewarding, they are a necessary part of our due diligence in ensuring that projects are unfolding as expected. Larry Shortt is our featured volunteer for August. Larry has been a member of our Nova Scotia Advisory Committee since 2014. He comes to the table with a wealth of experience as a committed conservationist, a Director of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, and participates actively in several provincial conservation processes. We are fortunate to have good people, like Larry, helping us make good conservation investments. For August we are profiling the major scientific initiative led by Dr. Tommi Linnansaari of the Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB. Tommi’s 3year project is part of the much larger Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study consortium. It’s focused on studying the migration and survival of smolt, post-spawning (kelt), and adult Atlantic salmon through the 96-kilometre long Mactaquac Generating Station reservoir. This project will certainly add to the body of knowledge of salmon behavior in large impoundments so we look forward to its findings.
Volunteer profile - Larry Shortt Meet Larry Shortt, a member of our Nova Scotia Advisory Committee. A retired Dartmouth city police officer, Shortt now works part time at Fishing Fever Fly & Tackle Shop in Halifax. He became an angler at a very early age; in 1983 he began fly fishing and fly tying. Shortt said he was having so much fun fishing trout and salmon that he thought it was time to devote some of his time and give back to the sport he so enjoyed. He joined the board of directors of the Sackville Rivers Association in 1992 where he remained until 2016. He became a director on the board of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association in 1995 and remains so today. He also represents NSSA on Nova Scotia’s Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee, Sportfish Habitat Fund Committee, and the Aquatic Invasive Working Group. “I have always been concerned about our prized Atlantic salmon and have strived to ensure they will be there for future generations” said Shortt. “I tip my hat to the volunteer groups that work so hard on our rivers to keep them healthy and sustainable for without them our rivers would be a terrible place for our salmon to live and reproduce. I can only hope that future generations are as fortunate to see the same numbers of salmon in our rivers that I witnessed many years ago.” Larry has been volunteering with the Foundation since 2014.
The Importance of Kick Sampling
Spend 20 Minutes Kick Sampling and Double Youâ€™re Catch!!!
We think we know what is under the water, are so excited and simply want to get fishing. BUT taking a few minutes to do this simple activity will radically improve your day's fishing and lead to a bigger catch! Spend 20 minutes before fishing and do some kick sampling. This simple technique can increase your catch rate by HUGE volumes says Andy - Managing Director of The Essential Fly First time I learned about kick sampling was on a course 20 years ago on a course run by Oliver Edwards at Bolton Abbey in the north of England. We used what looked like some curtain netting on two sticks of wood about 3 feet long made by Oliver. We stood upstream about 2.5 meters and kicked the bottom and walked towards the net stirring the bottom with our boots as we walked. It took just a couple of minutes - however what happened has lasted a lifetime for me in my fishing. For the first time I started to understand what I was doing with the hundreds of flies I had in my fly box!
In the net there were hundreds of bugs of every shape, size and colour. I looked on and there was one particularly coloured nymph that was particularly prevalent. We had been given samples of flies by the team running the course but none looked quite the same as the main nymph I saw which turned out to be a mayfly nymph. After an explanation of the different bugs we went off fishing on Bolton Abbey, I was fishing a lovely fast piece of water and had 10 fish within the first hour of fishing. Oliver came along and asked me how I was doing, I told him and he said "you're doing well lad!" I was doing well, but which fly was I using? I showed him a fly that I had been using from my own fly box, he said "that fly was not in the box we gave you" I replied no but it looked a closer match and size to the nymphs we had seen in the net. He smiled and said "You're learning lad!" (I was about 30 at the time!). We call it matching the hatch when we match the dry flies however it probably even more important for the bugs under the water! After all 80% of the Trout's diet comes from below the surface. Now it is even easier for me to match the hatch as I have years of experience under my belt than I did then. But I also have the Semperfli colour chart to match the many different shades of colour within the flies to make sure I tie as accurately as possible. More on this follows!
Bugs & Nymphs of the Water All shapes sizes and colours! Here are some examples from our own kick sampling - showing the bugs and the flies we use to mimic them. Now we know why we need so many flies for fishing. And here is the Semperfli colour chart in action! Mayfly Nymph
Walkers Mayfly Nymph Mayfly nymphs
Cased Caddis Cassis Larvae
Czech Nymphs Shrimps , Scuds, Sow Bugs
Pheasant Tail Nymphs - Agile Darters Baetis nymphs
So 20 minutes will give you returns on your fishing any time of year! Try this and you will really increase the catch rates. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a great day fishing is there! Here are some of us and our fishing buddies on some very special fishing trips. Proof of the pudding as they say!
Crunchers - The How and Why!
The trout cruncher fly, or cruncher, is a great imitator of nymphs for rainbow and brown trout. They do look similar to spiders with a hot spot behind the hackles, but its these that help throw them outwards. Fly Fishing With Crunchers When a buzzer hatch is on, these cruncher flies come in to their own. It is best fished on the top dropper of a droppered leader where the hackle gives a better disturbance on the water. Try using a buzzer or diawl bach on the middle dropper - creating a great rig. The cruncher is usually fishing on an intermediate or floating line using a figure of eight retrieve. You will actually find a lot of anglers using the cruncher fly around still waters and competition scene for rainbow trout in particular.
Shortcut To Your Ideal Cruncher Rig Shopping List! 1.
Choose your Cruncher
Choose your Buzzer
Choose your Diawl Bach
Choose Your Droppered Leader
Easy! General Nymph Fishing Advice Most trout feeding is below surface where they forge on Nymphs. Insects drop their eggs on the surface and these drift to the bottom of streams and rivers where they stay until hatch and the newly developed nymphs are prime food for hungry trout. There are hundreds of nymph patterns available with Prince nymphs, Hare's Ear nymphs and Pheasant Tail nymphs being the most popular nymph patterns sold. If you follow the life cycle of a fly there are 3 usual phases of flies; eggs, nymphs and then the flies whose life cycle may be as little as 1 day!. Nymphs here represent insects in their sub-surface and emerger stages of aquatic life. This stage comes before the adult stage where the insects emerge out of the water and fly away. The final stage is the dry fly where the fly mates and lay eggs and the cycle repeats itself. The term 'Nymph' is commonly used to refer to any insect in it's aquatic life stage. Nymphs are, perhaps one of the most deadliest ways of taking trout because most trout feed sub-surface. Sometimes nymphs are weighted in order for them to achieve the proper depth. This additional weight makes them a little harder to cast but the good news is that there is almost no wind resistance. Generally fish nymph flies along the bottom, move them slowly and smoothly. Every now and then dart the fly forward as if it is attacking its prey or trying to escape from the advances of a predatory large fish. Such movements hopefully may induce a following trout to take your fly.
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