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Sunday, May 9, 2021

An Incredible Chironomid Hatch on Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day everyone! I hope all the special moms in your life were spoiled today!

We arrived at the lake just before noon. It was cold (5C), a light drizzle was falling and there was no wind! All I could see was chironomid adults on the surface everywhere and lots of them. The arctic terns and swallows were devouring the adult chironomids. It was very cool to watch!

Karen and I quickly launched the boat and we headed over to met up with Steve and Taryn who were already out on the lake. 

While we motored across the lake, we stopped to watch the terns and swallows chowing down. We finally caught up to Steve and Taryn. Karen and I started off with micro leeches but we quickly switched to chironomids (a Rusty Nail size 16). The action was excellent. We caught mostly rainbows and a few tiger trout! Fishing in 12 to 14 feet of water about 7 or 8 feet down worked great.

I do not think that I have seen a chironomid hatch that heavy before. The strikes from the trout were hard and the rainbows and tigers were feisty!

I was quite distracted by the eagles, sand pipers, osprey, hawks, pelicans, terns, loons and a wide variety of ducks and geese.

The Arctic Terms were picking the chironomid adults off of the lake's surface!

The swallows swooped in to get in on the feeding frenzy! 

...and then it was our turn.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

What Chironomids Have Been Working Lately?

It is a rainy and snowy Saturday! I had a chance to to top up my chironomid box today. These are the chironomids that I have been using a lot lately. I am sure others have had success with other patterns. Based on the throat samples I have posted on previous posts, I have tied these patterns on and have done well!

Olive and Copper

Rusty Nail (John Kent originator)

Black and Silver

Bleeding Elvis (John Kent originator)


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Windsday!

The warm weather always seems to be accompanied by rocking wind. Today it is warm and the south east wind is blowing like some areas in Manitoba we love to fly fish. Karen and I decided to get on the water early so we could fly fish a little while before the wind came. That was a good strategy although getting into the leeward areas was a good idea. I did see Wayne and Ken out on the water doing just that! Lots of chromies are showing up. Today I fly fished with John Kent's, Rusty Nail size 16. It certainly drew lots of attention. Yes there were tangles and we had three break offs today, all on dandy rainbows. Sigh, you cannot win them all. Karen did land this enormous rainbow (picture below) yesterday on a Rusty Nail! Below you can take a look at how John likes to tie the Rusty Nail! This chironomid has been one of my "go to" chironomids when chromies are showing up in the throat sample.

photo courtesy of Steve Luethi 


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Not All Trout Are Dining on Chironomids

It is certainly fascinating to see what food items the trout key in on. These two samples were taken within a few minutes in the exact same spot. One trout was dining on shrimp and the other,  chironomids. There are literally several 1000 different subspecies of chironomids, so keeping an eye over the course of the day on what the trout are eating can help you fly fish with the right chironomids.

These chironomids have been staples the last 10 days out on the water. Thanks for the photo Rick Miyauchi


Monday, May 3, 2021


Throat samples certainly help determine what to tie on! Our throat samples were quite telling. Size 16 chromies, olive chironomids and some blood worms were in all of the throat samples Karen and I took! We had steady fishing for the 4 hours we were on the water!


Saturday, May 1, 2021

"Bobber Down!"- Area Lakes and Ponds are Getting Fish Stocked and Early

I have to admit that I love THAT MOMENT when the bobber disappears below the surface of the water! Fish on! Not everyone likes to use "strike indicators, " I certainly do!

Fish stocking is now happening throughout the province. It is the first of May and I think the Alberta Fish Stocking Program is going great!


Connecting with Some Big Rainbows

Steve Luethi photo

Every once in a while, we land some biggies!

Luckily Rick was there to save the day!