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Float Tube Drydock

Published on November 30, 2013 by in Fly Fishing

With local water deteriorating from down  right cold to frozen it appears the stillwater fishing season has wound down. The float tube has been officially dry docked for the winter.

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I last ventured out a couple weeks ago.  Water temperatures at the time were around 42F but the air temperatures were much colder. Rod guides had to be swished in the water to clear the bulbs up of ice.

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Despite the cold, it’s  great time to fish.  The trout are hungry and not nearly as discriminating as they can be in the summer.

Kenauk Rainbow

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It’s been a pretty good season – some great outings but never enough. The season flies by too quickly.

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Thankful Fishing

Published on October 15, 2013 by in Fly Fishing

Canadian thanksgiving and an opportunity to go fishing.

Time to fish

Went in search of trout but found this.

Smallmouth BassNot what I was searching for – but not bad at all.

 

 

 
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Manitoba Recap

Its hard to stay away. The fishing is too enticing. Before our trip this past spring there were no plans for a return but a fairly short discussion led to a few of us committing to a fall trip. This was our fourth trip to the Manitoba Parkland – two spring and two fall trips. While both spring and fall have their pluses, I think our experience has us leaning to fall.

It was a great trip – sometimes challenging but overall lots of great fish.  Here are a few photos.  Grip and grin photos are hard to get when you are in a float tube managing a fly rod, line and hook and an energetic fish so the pictures don’t always do the fish justice. Most of the photos were of 19 inch plus fish.  Some of the larger ones we estimated at over six pounds with a few approaching eight.  The larger ones were mostly released as quickly as possible without photos.

It didn’t take long for us to find cooperative fish.

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And the reward – a nice rainbow trout.

Rainbow Trout

We found browns as well.

Male Brown Trout

The rainbows varied in their coloration.

Rainbow Trout

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Silvery Rainbow

The day ended with the weather closing in but all in all, a good start to the trip.

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Day two fishing conditions were mixed.  The day started slow for me but ended strong with a number of feisty browns and rainbows enticed from the reeds along the shore of Patterson Lake. These two don’t look very pleased about the situation.

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Patterson Brown Trout

The rainbows were energetic and seemed particularly interested in my brown P-Quad.

Rainbow Trout

Day three we packed up and headed to the Harvest Moon Inn in Roblin.  Great people and a great spot to stay if interested in fishing Twin Lakes and Persse Lake.

We checked in Saturday morning and in addition to a warm welcome back Beth informed us that West Goose Lake in the middle of town was fishing well.  That sounded interesting but our attending was focused on the lakes to the north so we unloaded what we didn’t need for fishing and headed off to Twin Lakes.

The clouds had broken over night so things looked good but unfortunately the fish didn’t get the message.  Nothing to show for our morning’s efforts so we moved on to Persse Lake after lunch.  Again, nothing but a few hits.  Somewhat discouraged, we called it a day late in the afternoon discussing a conversation we had had with a local expert – Bill Pollack.  Among other things he mentioned that West Goose Lake in Roblin had been fishing well the past few days. Was there something we should be paying attention to?

That night over order in pizza from Metal Red’s Pizza we discussed plans for the next day. A some point West Goose Lake entered the conversation.  Why not give it a try Sunday morning?

Turns out it was a good idea.  Between the three of us we landed a lot of big fish.

Roger with a large rainbow trout

 

Fat Rainbow Trout

 

The fishing at West Goose on Sunday was so good that we decided to return for a few hours on Monday before heading back to Winnipeg to catch our flights.  And it didn’t disappoint.

All in all, it was a great trip.  We had to work for the fish but they cooperated, including some really big specimens.  I suspect we will be back.

 

 

 
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Manitoba Parkland – Back Again

Its hard to stay away. The fishing is too enticing. Before our trip this past spring there were no plans for a return but a fairly short discussion led to a few of us committing to a fall trip.

It began September 19 with our flight from Ottawa to Winnipeg. By the time we landed, picked up our rental van and drove to Shoal Lake it was lunch time and by the time we got to Patterson Lake (including a return trip to the Shoal Lake Inn to pick up the flippers I forgot) we had time for a few hours fishing.

I was greeted by a very nice brown trout only moments from the launch. The picture doesn’t do it justice but it is a bit difficult to get a great shot of a thrashing trout in one’s net while sitting in a float tube.

 
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Urban Fishing

Tuesday evening urban fishing was on the Rideau River at Hog’s Back Falls.  Nice night for fishing – warm and humid.  I was overdressed and by the time I quit was pretty damp from sweat as well as leaky waders.  The water was pretty high and the fishing pretty slow – as in I caught nothing.  John didn’t do much better.  Todd caught a few.

Fishing on the Rideau River

 
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Still Fishing

Published on August 26, 2013 by in Fly Fishing

Clearly the fishing reports have been a bit scarce this summer.  That’s largely due to the fact that the fishing has been less frequent than hoped.  Its time to get back at it before our summer is completely gone!

Yesterday I headed to one of my two spots just down the road.  The goal was to get in some practice with my switch rod.  It has been sitting dormant for the better part of a year and I wasn’t too good even then so I figure it is time to give it a workout.

Despite all the rain we have had this summer, the river is in pretty good shape and quite wadeable.   This was my first time at this particular spot this year.  I find it interesting how much the river bottom changes from one year to the next.  Places I couldn’t get to in the past were quite accessible this year.

After a bit of fumbling around with the switch rod, the casts started to feel more or less coordinated.   Casting practice was the main objective but it was nice that a few fish cooperated.  This one took an interest in my crayfish imitation.

Smallmouth Bass on a Crayfsh Immitation

 

There weren’t a lot of fish but enough to keep it interesting.  Still a lot of kinks to work out with the casting but it was good to get out.

 

 
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Finally Fishing!

Its taken a while but I finally managed to assemble the fly rod and put it into action.

Today was the start of the 2013 fishing season – for me.  Earlier in the week I called Chris and arranged to fish the Bing Retreat for the day.  Donna came with me and wandered off to browse the shops in Westboro and Newboro.

It was  a beautiful day for shopping and not bad for fishing it you enjoy tanning.  Mostly blue skies with little breeze made for a comfortable time on the water but probably weren’t as conducive to fish activity as some other conditions.  Despite that, I manage to catch a few, lost a few more and had a number of other hits.  So no complaining.  It was great to get out.

The water temperature was around 62F and clear.  All fish were caught at depth and were in the 12-14 inch range.  I fished until about 3pm and it seemed that the fish were becoming more active towards the end of the day including more surface activity.  The go to fly was the tried and true olive wooly bugger fished on a fast sinking line.

Side entertainment included a massive turtle who followed the float tube for a while.  His feet were almost the size of my flippers (only a slight exaggeration).

After fishing Donna and I drove up to Perth and had dinner at Fiddleheads.

Being on the water from 9:30 to 3pm did me in but it was great to get out.

 
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Parkland Trout – Coming Soon!

Published on April 20, 2013 by in Fly Fishing

Our third trip to the Manitoba Parkland is in the horizon – next month, well actually six weeks but who is counting.  This is what we are after.  And hopefully some of his rainbow and brown trout cousins.

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This will be our third trip to the Parkland.  Our first was a September trip and last year we decided to head back in spring.  That venture only wet the appetite for more so back we go at the end of May.  Flights to Winnipeg were secured with Aeroplan points long time ago as was the time we will spend with Phil Rowley. with points were booked long ago as was our time with Phil Rowley but accommodations for the second half of the trip still need to be booked and we need vehicles to move us around.  Last year the plan was to rent two hatchbacks for the four of us but since the rental companies would guarantee specific vehicles the plan only partially worked.  When we got there there was only one hatchback available so we ended up upgrading to a compact SUV for the second.  Although a hatchback is more than adequate for all our gear and access to the lakes is easy, the extra room of the SUV was nice so I will probably lobby for paying a bit extra and reserving one outright. I figure the extra cost is worth it.

The big task is finishing up my fly tying.  I am in good shape for most things but need to tie some more chironomids which were absolutely essential last spring.  And I need to tie some dragon fly imitations.  Jeff Lauze just posted a version on his blog that looks like just the ticket.  Never mind that I suck at spinning and trimming deer hair.

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Dragon Fly Nymph – Jeff Lauze

Amazingly, I don’t think I have any major purchases to make (shocking as that may be) although I am on the lookout for a new pair of float tube flippers.  My Outcast flippers work fine when wearing wading boots but I have a tough time keeping them securely fastened with only neoprene booties over my waders.  I am considering the Force Fin flippers but may compromise with something a bit cheaper.  I am open to suggestions.

So that’s it as far as preparations go.  To manage the anticipation, the plan is to get in as much local fishing if spring ever gets here.

 

 
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Blood Worm Pattern

Published on March 31, 2013 by in Fly Tying

The snow is melting, rivers are raging and the lake ice is thinning.  Its almost time to go fishing.

The Holo Worm is a neat blood worm pattern by Phil Rowley.  I’ve added it to my tying list.

 
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Coming to Ottawa – International Fly Fishing Film Festival

Published on February 16, 2013 by in Fly Fishing

IF4 2013

The Ottawa Flyfishers Society is hosting the 2013 International Fly Fishing Film Festival.  This will be the first time for the festival in Ottawa.

Date: March 20

Location: Centrepointe Studio Theatre

Time: Doors open @ 6pm, Show time @ 7pm

Tickets: $15 (cash), available at Green Drake Outfitters or through OFS

This will be a great event!  So, get your tickets soon!

 
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