Sunday, January 31, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
From Facebook, Stillwaters Page
...from Todd Oishi
I highly recommend jig hooks for this pattern!!!!
When I originally created the Vampire Leech fly pattern, I used standard hooks and brass beads (which were more commonly found in those days), but since that time I’ve been experimenting and now exclusively use the Vampire Leech tied on Hanak 450BL Jig Hooks with Slotted Tungsten beads for the past 8 years with far greater success than the standard hooks and brass beads (for both my competition and recreational angling).
The jig hooks make the point of the pattern point upwards, which reduces snagging on the bottom and improves my hook set and landing ratio.
I’ve kept the jig aspect a secret for a long time, as it was that effective and improved my teams’ results at past championships.
The tungsten adds far more action when stripping and pausing to all it sink.its nit ideal for shallow water presentations unless you’re stripping it rapidly.
I also add 3 strands of flash to each side of the tail, as it adds to the pattern’s overall appeal and visibility when stripping at greater depths and under low light conditions.
I have dozens of Vampire Leeches ties on standard hooks that I won’t use during any competitions, and tend to give those flies to my fishing companions for recreation angling and as gifts.
Hope this helps...
Monday, January 25, 2021
I hope you are staying warm. Looks like we have cold air moving in for a week or so. A great time to tie some flies.
I have talked with Phil Rowley about our annual fly tying session that this year will be conducted using Zoom on line. The dates are Saturday February 27th from 10 am til about 12:30 pm and then the following Saturday March 6th again from 10 am to 12:30 pm or so. We will be doing a Zoom introduction as well so you are used to this platform.
I will be preparing all of the tying materials which will be either mailed to you or you can pick up from my house.
The theme is Suggestive Lake Flies. Phil will be doing a Power Point Presentation as he ties flies with all of us following along! The presentation will be recorded so you can look over the tying at a later date if you wish. For those of you who can make only one session, we will work out the arrangements for that too! You again will have access to the fly tying from the session that you missed as well.
The cost is $50. That is an amazing deal! I am chasing down the materials for the tying session to make it easy for everybody!
Drop me a note to sign up! I hope to see you soon on Zoom!
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
I have heard my buddy Phil Rowley say on numerous occasions, "Feed the trout what they want!" Well sometimes, attractor chironomids rock! I have talked to John Kent a few times about this. An attractor that stands out in the crowd can make the difference.
At depth, purple coloured chironomids can be very effective. I have successfully used basic purple/violet coloured chironomids with a lot of success. A purple coloured chironomid can get a lot of attention in 15 to 20 feet of water or more.
Thanks for the pictures and details Rick, much appreciated!
The Okey Dokey (courtesy of Bernie Peet)
Hook: TMC 2457 or similar size #12-16.
Rib: Silver, Gold, Blue or Light Blue copper wire. First 2-3 wraps should be touching to form a butt section then 6-7 open turns to form segmentation.
Body: White fluorescent thread.
Thorax: Fluorescent thread in your choice of colour. Chartreuse, Orange, Pink or Green.
Simple Deep Water Chironomid.
Thread: UTC 140 Wine or Maroon.
Hook: TMC 2457 or similar. Body: Attach thread at thorax then unwind thread so that it lays flat on hook shank. Wrap flattened thread to bend of hook. Once the tail end of chironomid is reached proceed to spin bobbin until flattened thread becomes wound into a rope or round thread. Wrap forward to thorax 6-7 turns. This will provide segmentation for the body.
Thorax: Unwind thread so that it lays flat.
Cheeks: silver or holographic silver mylar tinsel. Once cheek material is tied in proceed to build up thorax to desired thickness then fold over cheek material towards head of fly and tie off. Coat body with your choice of sealant. UV resin, Sally Hansen nail polish etc.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
There has been a lot of debate about coal mining in Alberta as of late. Here are some blog posts that is very thought provoking:
Here is an article from Outdoor Canada that also addresses the controversy from a watershed perspective:
Take the time to add your name to the petition to stop these coal mines right here:
Michael Short from Let's Go Outdoors had a conversation with Robin Campbell who is the President of the Coal Association of Canada. It is well worth a listen!