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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Boatmen and Backswimmers are on the Menu!

Karen and I had an interesting day. Our day started early fly fishing with our grandkids and son-in-law. We caught a few rainbows but the morning was quite slow overall. Our grandkids ditched the boat because they wanted to explore in the forest and the fly fishing was slow. By the time they were finished, it was time for them to head home.

Karen and I wanted to get a bit more fly fishing in so we got back on the water. Yesterday the water was 60F just below the surface. Today it was just a bit warmer. Karen was using scuds and I was stripping flashbacks because I saw several rainbows just below the surface. It did not take long for me to get a few rainbows and Karen then switched to stripping flashbacks. The action for the next two hours was steady. The takes were hard and the rainbows were quite aggressive as they slashed around inhaling boatmen. Karen and I could see what looked like boatmen hitting the water and swimming down to below the surface. The rainbows were on them too as you can see from the throat samples.

Our strategy was to cast our size 14 flashbacks that were set up in tandem at rising rainbows. As soon as the flies hit the water we would strip them in. If we did not see any risers, we would cast out our flashbacks set up on a 12 foot leader, count to 15, then strip them back. At times we hooked rainbows on the drop! Both strategies worked well.

The excellent action lasted two hours then tailed off although it did not stop! We decided to head home to watch the Winnipeg -Saskatchewan CFL game, after having to switch out a tire on our boat trailer. 

Take a look at the throat sample below. The rainbow was definitely eating shrimp then switched over to boatmen. 

As the water temperature drops, the rainbows will start to put the feedbag on. Time to get out there!


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