Thursday, April 11, 2024

Five of Diamonds Streamer,...Why Not

The Five of Diamonds is the number one seller for Len Thompson Lures in Lacombe. It is an amazing lure, so why don't we have a fly fishing equivalent? We do now! I got the tails at OFF, Out Flyfishing Outfitters in Calgary.  A couple of streamer brushes and a few Bauer Rig snaps later, a Five of Diamonds Poor Man's Whistler! What a great idea!



 Five of Diamonds Poor Man's Whistler

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Tokaryk Specials-An Excellent Ice Off Pattern


The Tokaryk Special is an outstanding fly fished as a streamer. jigged or dangling under an indicator. For some reason, the trout love them. I always have a few dozen ready to go. I tie them mainly on jig hooks from sizes 8-12. I use them when the trout are on daphnia and as a general searching pattern. If you are tying them with just a jig hook, use tungsten head turner beads. Of course you can use your favourite streamer hook so you can cast and retrieve! I like using hares ear ice dub for the body but you certainly can use basic ice dubs as well!





Tied Balanced


Tied using a tungsten head turner bead similar to the video above!

 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Fly Fishing the Parkland Region of Manitoba


The New Fly Fisher paid a visit to the Parkland Region of Manitoba last Fall. Phil Rowley did an outstanding job showing how he likes to fish this region in the Fall. Take a look. It is an educational show.




An excellent show from the Parkland Region of Manitoba!







 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Maligne Lake Streamer and Blue Flash Damsel for Maligne Lake


I just finished tying up several streamers for our trip to Maligne Lake in July! Maligne Lake is spectacular place to fly fish and camp. Parks Canada has three designated camps on the lake that require reservations. Karen, several of our friends and lately our grandkids have gone to Maligne Lake. We love the fly fishing and you feel like your are part of a scene from a post card. It is a very special place.

Last year, We had excellent success fly fishing with Blue Flash Damsels and this year we are going to try a tried and true streamer that several guides use at Maligne Lake. Never forget chironomids, caddis patterns and some micro leeches.

If you spend any time fly fishing at this treasure, be sure to add a few of these streamers to your fly box.






















 

Monday, April 1, 2024

Gearing Up for the New Season


It is April 1st and that means getting organized for the upcoming season! Filling in empty spots in fly boxes is a high priority! I have been checking my batteries and I opened my kit bag to quite the mess that needed serious help from Karen and I. It is at least under control! If you are under the age of 65, head over to Alberta Relm and get you 2024 fishing license too!

Happy Easter everyone from Karen and I!






 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Trout Unlimited Canada's Annual Report 2023

Trout Unlimited Canada's Annual Report. I am very glad that I am a member of TUC. The freshwater conservation work that they are involved with is amazing. Take a look! (Click on each slide to make it easier to read)!

















 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Thanks to All the Fly Tying Monday Presenters

Well our fly tying season has come to a close as a group. It was another awesome season of Fly Tying Mondays. I would like to thank all of the presenters who pulled together outstanding evenings for us all to enjoy! I want to personally thank Adam for organizing our meeting place at Reliance Oilfield Learning Centre. The space and facility has been amazing Adam. Rick, Larry, Steve, Josh, Garnet, Doug, Dan and Dr. Bill thanks for the lessons. We all have learned so much and our fly tying techniques will be better and our flies will be amazing.

Well coming April 1st is the official start of the 2024 fishing season. Don't forget to head over to Alberta Relm to get your 2024 Fishing License.  See you on the water! I will post current fishing information as the season evolves! Get those gear bags ready to go!


Larry


Josh and Doug


Steve


Dan


Dr. Bill


Rick


Bob


Doug


Garnet

 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Fly Fishing in Beautiful Belize Part 2

Doug Pullan, Scott Fink and I spent close to two weeks in Belize on Ambergris Cay fly fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon! I have posted several images taken by both Scott Fink and I. This is mostly a photo essay for you to enjoy! This is part 2!


The Ghost of the Flats-Bonefish


Can you see the tails?




Hilian Martinez


Bar Jack






Shrimp


Glass Minnows







Bird life in Belize is incredible











A Croc on the Flats- Gulp!





Several images of tailing bonefish!













Scott cooking snapper for dinner!




Permit rock!





Doug with a dandy permit!









Fish trap-they are supposed to be removed.