Friday, November 18, 2022

Fly Tying Mondays Start on November 28th at 7 pm at Reliance Oilfield Learning Centre

Our first face to face fly tying session is Monday November 28th. I am very excited to get our tying sessions up and running again. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. I hope we have some new tyers too! Beginners are more than welcome to attend!

Dust off the tying materials. See you soon!

November 28th- Shrimp Patterns (bring olive 8/0thread)
December 5th- Pheasant Tail Patterns
December 12th- Stimulators
December 18th-Damsels

What do you need to bring:

1. $4

2. Tying Vice

3. Sissors

4. Basic threads (black, olive and red), usually 8/0

5. Whip Finishing tool

6. Crazy glue/ favourite resin

7. Hackle Pliers, velcro brush, dubbing twister, hair stacker (are needed at times)


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

A Beautiful Afternoon of Walleye Fly Fishing on the Red Deer River

Finally the mercury was going to crawl above freezing but at a price. Wind, gusty wind! After getting out for a 90 minute nordic ski, I quickly changed and headed to the Red Deer River below the Dickson Dam. The wind was gusting and I hoped that the wind would not greatly affect the fly fishing below the dam. I was lucky enough that the high hills kept the wind way down. I tied on both a candy corm and a silver minnow pattern. It did not take long to connect with a walleye! The action was excellent for the three hours I fly fished. The sun reflecting off of the Red Deer River kept me comfortable. I was wearing a lot of layers as well. 

Today was a bonus day out on the water. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, you maybe still able to get your fly rods out for a few more hours.

Keep in mind that the Dickson Dam draws water down from the bottom of Gleniffer Lake. The water is warmer for this time of the year (cooler in the summer) and this will help keep the first 4 or 5 km below the dam, ice free.

...also a heads up! There is construction happening at the Dickson Dam Spillway. That may cause the water below the dam to become discoloured.


Monday, November 14, 2022

Ramping Up the Winter Fly Tying Season with Phil Rowley

Phil Rowley and I have been trying to find a spot on our calendars to film some flies for Phil's You Tube Channel. Well our wives finally got this all organized and the roads between Sherwood Park and Red Deer were passable. We both decided to try some different equipment that hopefully will improve our final products. So far, I am liking the results. We managed to film 23 flies for his You Tube Channel. That will keep both of us busy in the coming months. We hope to release the first few flies early next week! It was a work weekend sprinkled in with some Premier League Soccer and CFL Play-Off Football as well as lots of visiting!