One Island, two seasons, three species, three episodes.
In this video series we take a look at Iceland's three native fish species, the rivers they inhabit and what needs to be done to preserve theses...view moreOne Island, two seasons, three species, three episodes.
In this video series we take a look at Iceland's three native fish species, the rivers they inhabit and what needs to be done to preserve theses magnificent fisheries - Lifecycles
A three-part series, one of which will be part of the 2019 RISE film festival throughout Europe!
I recently went out for a good long walk in the cool winter air of Southern Ontario and decided to listen to Dave Stewart and Pat Dorsey on the Wet Fly Swing podcast. http://bit.ly/WFS_Pat_dorsey There...view moreI recently went out for a good long walk in the cool winter air of Southern Ontario and decided to listen to Dave Stewart and Pat Dorsey on the Wet Fly Swing podcast. http://bit.ly/WFS_Pat_dorsey There was a good conversation about the flies Pat ties and uses on the tailwaters he fishes. Flies in sizes #18-26 are the norm for him. I'm used to tying flies in the #12-18 range, for the most part, mostly tying mayfly nymphs and caddis larva for the local trout.
This pattern fits into that small fly for tailwater fly fishing slot, but I'm using the Mirror Dip as a dropper fly in mid-sized rivers. I've tied it as the dropper on a dry dropper set-up where fish were feeding at the surface and just below. It's also been a good fly tied behind a bead head nymph.
Both the original Serendipity and the popular variant called the $3 Dip, originally known as the $3 Bridge Serendipity, are effective patterns to have in your fly box. This variation offers a highly reflective mirror finish and a dark head. I imagine this imitates a caddis larva or a midge pupa but serves as an easy food item for foraging trout.
The original Serendipity was designed by a guide from California named Ross A. Merigold. He was fond of fishing the Madison River in Montana, so much, in fact, you can now find a bronze plaque honoring his legacy. If you are crossing the Raynold’s Pass Bridge look for a boulder that houses the plaque just above the bridge that identifies the Ross Merigold Hole.
Mirror Dip fly pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 633 #18-20
Thread: Olive Brown 8/0 (70d)
Rib: Copper Wire (sm)
Body: Mirage Flashabou
Wing: Congo Hair or Sparkle Yarn or Z-lon
Coating: Bone Dry UV resin
Report: *Season Over - Will resume in October 2018. The normal season runs October thru March. We are looking forward to a solid Fall run! Lake Erie Bass action is excellent right now... Both Largemouth and Smallmouth. Presque Isle Bay is loaded. View more
The Bleeding Prawn is a steelhead fly pattern designed by prolific fly designer Bjorn Beech. Bjorn is the proprietor of the popular fly shop, The Fly Fisher, in Lacey, WA. I’m tying this steelhead fly o...view moreThe Bleeding Prawn is a steelhead fly pattern designed by prolific fly designer Bjorn Beech. Bjorn is the proprietor of the popular fly shop, The Fly Fisher, in Lacey, WA. I’m tying this steelhead fly on a size 2 hook today but is typically tied in sizes 2/0, 1/0 as well as the #2 sized hook.
The pattern has several named color variations. The color in the video is called Evening Storm and other variations include Alcan Express (blue and black), Victoria’s Secret Pink, Red Moon, and chartreuse and orange.
Bjorn is known for his fly patterns like the Jumbo Critter, Stinger Prawn and the Overdressed Hooker. His motto for these flies is Big, Loud and Wiggly. You can find his patterns listed in Jay Nicholas’ Modern Steelhead Flies and in Randall and Mary Kaufmann’s Fly Patterns.
Hi, I participate in inland fisheries Ireland bass conservation programme, I caught, & floy tagged this 68cm bass on 28-4-18 at a location in Wexford, the fish was recaptured last Sunday 13-1-19 @70.8cms...view moreHi, I participate in inland fisheries Ireland bass conservation programme, I caught, & floy tagged this 68cm bass on 28-4-18 at a location in Wexford, the fish was recaptured last Sunday 13-1-19 @70.8cms same location, at liberty for 260 days grew 2.8cm,
Salmon fishing in Russia. It is usually possible to see, how fishers catch with the big lateral drift of a fly. Especially it is characteristic for fishers with a two-hand rod and catching on rather far distance. After cast downwards and across a current our fl... View More
Report: Welcome to 2019, and our first Rockport fly fishing report of the year. We are putting a wrap on the first full week of the year, which has been a pretty interesting one. But things are still looking pretty good around the South Texas Coast these days. Hopefully the tre... View more
Report: Brown trout are still fishing very, very well in the Lake Ontario tribs. Swinging streamers is the most exciting, and one of the most productive way to fish these fish, with baitfish and attractor streamers taking good numbers of both fresh and holder browns. We are als... View more
Cuando se creía todo descubierto aparecen lugares mágicos como el Eagle Valley, un nuevo destino exclusivo de Solid Adventures operado por Tres Amigos Outfitters.
Ubicado en una recóndita zona de la Patagonia Ar... View more
We are already chomping at the bit to get back to the mighty Alagnak Wild River of Bristol Bay, Alaska. This article highlights the tremendous trout and grayling fishing that is available at the beginning of the season.. June 8th sees the opening of this fabled rive... View More
In this video we fish for escaped farmed rainbow trout. They often escape into nature because the industry doesn’t care much. Sad for the fish, fauna and environment. But the fish can be quite entertaining.
Chironomids and stillwater go together like hot wings and beer. Any time of year, you can be rest assured to find chironomids wriggling around in the water. The Elvis Chironomid is the creation of BC angler...view moreChironomids and stillwater go together like hot wings and beer. Any time of year, you can be rest assured to find chironomids wriggling around in the water. The Elvis Chironomid is the creation of BC angler and tyer John Kent. The original name of the fly was the Viva Las Vegas on account that the fly was first tested in a location of a lake known locally as Graceland. The name was later changed to Elvis.
The mirage tinsel over red thread gives the fly a realistic appearance like you will see on the naturals who use gases to help them ascend to the surface of the water before they emerge. I've made some minor changes to the fly by using flat waxed nylon as an underbody rather than the UNI-Stretch John uses. I also used slim rib in place of the Wapsi Stretch Tubing used on the original. One other difference to note is that I wrap the tinsel first and overlay the rib where John lays down the rib first and fills the gap with the flash. Subtle differences, but may affect how the fly is seen underwater. It may be minor, but I wanted to point this out. :)
Elvis Chironomid fly pattern recipe - John Kent
Hook: Firehole 315 #10-16
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Underbody: White FWN
Thread: Red 8/0 (70d)
Rib: Mohagany Slim Rib (brown or wine)
Body: Mirage Flashabou
Coating: Bone Dry UV resin
Report: I fished Sunday morning at Helton Creek. (I guide near Boone, NC as well as Florida's Everglades)The temperature was about 42° when I started and pretty much had the creek to myself. I take advantage of these kinds of days to explore stretches of water I've not yet fish... View more