Thursday, November 27, 2014

Slide Show of the 2014 Fly Fishing Season

Hi Everybody!

The video above is a slide show of the 2014 fly fishing season for our Central Alberta Fly Tyers. A big thank you to all of you who submitted photos. Grab a coffee and take a look!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Bonefish Flies with Brandon Fawcett for Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

What a great start to our tying season. Twenty three fly tyers came out tonight to take in Brandon Fawcett's presentation on bonefish fly fishing on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua. Brandon has been guiding on Little Corn Island for several years. His company, Fly Fishing Little Corn has been quite successful. Tonight Brandon gave us a great overview of fly fishing on Little Corn Island. It certainly sounds like an adventure to go there. The bonefish are found on the flats and in slightly deeper water. There are elusive permit and tarpon in the area at certain times of the year as well!

Great job Brandon! What an enjoyable way to kick off the fly tying season!

Next week we will be tying two very cool mouse patterns. The famous Morrish Mouse and a neat mouse pattern called Count Chocula, yes, after the cereal! You will need 6/0 or 3/0 black tying thread for spinning deer hair! See you there!

Crab Fly

Thread: White 8/0
Eyes: Dumbell Eyes-small
Hook: Mustad 34007 size 8 or equivalent
Legs: Sili Legs
Body: EP Fibers

Cuban Libra 

Thread: White 6/0 or 8/0
Hook: Mustad 34007 size 4 or equivalent
Eyes: Dumbell Eyes
Tail: White Ultra Hair or Equivalent
Underbody: Pink diamond braid
Over Body: Mylar Tubing

Green Weenie

Hook: Mustad 34007 size 4
Thread: Green 6/0
Eyes: Dumbell Eyes
Tail: White Ultra Hair or Equivalent
Body: Green or olive diamond braid
Wing: White Ultra Hair or Equivalent

The Gang at Work!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fly Tying Mondays Begin on November 24th!

Hi Everybody!

We have a great line up of presenters ready to go for another season of fly tying!

We will get the ball rolling this Monday November 24th starting at 7 p.m. New comers are certainly welcome to join us!

Remember that there is a $3.00 materials fee for each session.

We still have some open spots for some presenters. Let me know if you can do a session by dropping me an e-mail:

...yes, I have a new e-mail, let me know if you are not on the list!

What do I need to bring for fly tying sessions?

1. fly tying vice

2. a bobbin and a variety of thread colours (basic colours are great: black, red, green, orange, in 8/0 and 6/0)

3. good scissors with sharp point

4. a whip finishing tool

5. a dubbing twister

6. a velcro brush

7. a hair stacker

8. glue (I get brushable crazy glue at Michaels, get a coupon on line for 40% off)

...see you Monday night!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Red Deer – North Saskatchewan Region New Proposed Fishing Regulations and Fisheries Management Survey

Take some time to complete the following survey that will affect the future of the North Saskatchewan River System Fishing Regulations and Fish Management:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Who Would You Put Your Money On?

The shadows are getting longer and the current fly fishing season is quickly coming to an end. All the Eastern slopes rivers are now closed until next June 15th and our local pot hole lakes are very close to freeze up! The sloughs and the wet lands were frozen as Larry and I headed to the dam to chase walleye! We saw lots of geese resting on Gleniffer Lake as they migrate south.

The day was perfect. After a rather heavy frost we decided to wait until late morning to head over to the tailwater. The weather forecast was for only 4C and luckily the temperature was quite a bit warmer. The walleye were not extremely active for the first hour, only a couple to hand but by mid afternoon things changed and we caught lots!

As usual we used clouser minnows. I used my usual dark blue ones (the only colour I tied up) and Larry used purple and white as well as brighter yellow orange version. We both had decent success in the latter half of the afternoon!

As we wandered back to the truck, we noticed that our shadows were long. It was another reminder to enjoy these last few days of warmth. The fishery below the dam is open until the end of February and then it closes until later in May.

A bald eagle sat in a tree and watched over us all afternoon! He is the real king of the tailwater fishery although this afternoon; we were the fish catchers!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

More Steelhead Success

Dr. Bill Young was out in the Smithers area swinging flies for steelies. Nice buck Bill!