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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Damsel Adults Can Create Some Heart Stopping Action

Karen and I were recently fly fishing at a private trout pond with some friends. The 1 acre pond is amazingly enough feed by a spring creek that allows the water to never climb over 15C. There were damsel adults everywhere on the pond and several of the trout were slamming these tasty morsels! Well Karen and I decided to tie on an adult damsel dry that I got from my buddy! It did not take took long to see that damsel disappear into the jaws of a very large rainbow trout! 

Adult damsels are usually tied with a piece of 2 mm foam. They are easy to tie and when the trout are on them, it is well worth the effort to try and hook one on the dry!


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Filming For Outcast Boats.

I had the opportunity to help my buddies Phil Rowley and videographer, Barry Acton do some filming for Outcast Boats. There is a tremendous amount of work involved in getting short tips properly pulled together for the consumer to watch and easily understand. Watching a carefully prepared script being pulled together by two pros teaches me a lot about camera work and being properly organized. Getting all of the pieces collected, adding the appropriate voice over and adding "B-Roll" to get it right is a lot of work. There is a lot to learn from these two pros!


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Finally Cutthroat Fly Fishing

What a fabulous day. Karen and I have been following the flow rates of many streams and waiting for an opportunity to hit the eastern slopes for cutthroats. Well the river flows are not perfect and neither is the visibility but we just had to get out there! Oh man the dust was crazy on the way out but that is what a car wash is for. The golden stones were out and about so Karen and I tied on the foam Orange Crush. 

Lots of the places that should have cutthroats was flowing so fast, it was tough to get a take. We did find lots of willing cutthroat today. The water temperature today was in the high 50sF. The cutthroat were fiesty.

At the end of the day, I asked Karen how many steps did we take. She knew. Almost 30 000 steps, over 15 km of walking and lots of up and down!

Just a safety reminder. Many rivers are high and fast flowing. Karen and I hooked arms to cross the river for safety. Always remember to angle downstream when crossing. Safety first!

The fishing will hopefully get better! Don't forget your sunscreen!


Monday, July 12, 2021

Water Temperature on the Raven River is High

 A friend of mine headed out to the Raven River. He is a big hatch chaser but he also knows that if the water temperature is too high, it is time to put the rod away or find cooler water, fish for warm water species.

Yesterday evening , the water temperature was 68.9 F. The temperature is way too high for the trout to withstand any fight with a fisherman!

Do take a thermometer with you and then do the right thing!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Fly Fishing Cree Lake with the OFF (Out Flyfishing) Fly Shop Gang

Steve Luethi, from our tying club, guides for OFF in Calgary! Josh Nugent is the owner of Out Flyfishing and he is a big fan of fly fishing for monster pike. Josh organized a very cool do it yourself trip to Cree Lake Lodge located in Northern Saskatchewan. It was an opportunity to cast to monster pike, fly fish the Cree River for arctic grayling and perhaps shake hands with a few lake trout! Josh brought along Naoto, his brother Yoshi, Ty from the fly shop and, of course, Steve. The guys are all skilled fly fishers and they are incredible videographers and photographers.

After a 6 hour drive from Red Deer, the guys organized their personal gear, food, and a breath taking amount of photography gear that was loaded on a Cessna Caravan. The flight from Fort McMurray was a mere 75 minutes. The caravan was amphibious so they took off on the pavement and landed on the water, right out front of the lodge.

Cree Lake is enormous. It is located in "The Land of the Little Sticks, aka lots of black spruce. The shore line is dotted with amazing sand beaches and shallow bays where giant pike lurk! The sand beaches would rival beaches in the Carribbean. The Cree River flows out of Cree Lake and works its way to Wapata Lake and then onto Black Lake and Lake Athabasca. The land and its waterways are amazing.

The trip was self guided. The guys had two boats and off they went each day. The guys were mostly after giant pike but they did spend a day chasing arctic grayling and sight fishing for lake trout! The guys stayed in a wall tent with bunks and they cooked their own food!

Well, the rest of this post is pretty much a photo essay of the action over the course of the week that the guys were there! The guys did catch a 50 plus inch pike, along with so many 40 plus inch pike their arms ached. Steve had the opportunity to sight fish for lake trout. He thought that was so neat!

Take a look at Steve's images. They tell an amazing story! Thanks for sharing this incredible adventure, Steve!

If you are interested in a trip like this, contact Josh Nugent at OFF (Out Flyfishing) in Calgary!