Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Brookies and West Slope Cutthroat in a Mountain Creek in Banff National Park

Karen and I took the time, while in the backcountry of Banff National Park, to fly fish some of the tiny creeks looking for west slope cutthroat and brook trout. These tiny creeks seemed to be teaming with small cutthroat and brookies. A small dry fly like a beetle, small caddis or mayfly always made these hungry trout rise aggressively to our flies. It is a joy to connect with pure strain cutthroat and beautifully coloured brookies. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Backcountry Birthdays Chasing Yellowstone Cutthroat

Karen found a backcountry camping cancellation in one of our favourite areas to fly fish in Banff National Park. The Yellowstone Cutthroat in one of the lakes are so beautifully coloured and so aggressive. Well we quickly loaded up our hiking gear and headed to Banff National Park. It took us 5 hours to get our gear to the backcountry campsite. That included climbing over a mountain pass that was adorned in wild flowers! We fly fished a creek during the afternoon but we were looking forward to the next day. The cutthroat trout fly fishing included a tough grind up another pass and then negotiating a rock fall to get to the high mountain lake. We had been there a number of times. We have never seen other fishermen there. These cutthroat love chernobyls. The high floating foam flies fished along drop offs had us into fish all day! It is so cool to watch a cutthroat come from the depths to intercept our flies. We were lucky to have an amazing day weather wise. We thankfully had enough wind to keep the bugs at bay. We had a spectacular day of fly fishing. The 44 km of walking in some of the most spectacular areas of Banff National Park was a great way to celebrate both our birthdays. We feel very lucky that we are still able to do these trips. 

 Cone on the Cob- A Tradition after a great hike!

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Rainbow Warriors and Rocky Mountain Whitefish

The Rocky Mountain Whitefish are on the move on the Red Deer River. This is my go to pattern for catching them. Lance Egan's Rainbow Warrior is a fast tie. Tie them size 16 for the rockies, have some split shot to get them down and you will have an awesome day. I also find that brown trout love them too!

All you need is size 16 curved nymph hook (or jig hook), silver or rainbow tungsten bead, UTC 70 denier red thread, pheasant tail, some pearl mylar and some rainbow dubbing!