Being able to match your presentation to the conditions or find a new way to offer your fly to finicky fish can be the difference between landing the fish of a thousand casts or going home skunked. The importance of presentation is that the more accurately you are able you are to place your fly where a fish is holding, the closer you can get to reaching the strike zone. More important to catching fish than the perfect cast is how your fly performs in the water and there are at least 5 techniques every Island Angler should have in their arsenal.
As outdoor recreation explodes in popularity, the more accessible the area, the greater the fishing pressure and it can be a challenge to break free of the crowds. Only a fellow angler would understand why anyone would trek miles into the backcountry, fording creeks, clambering over obstacles and navigating slippery logs just to cast a fly to wild trout in an untouched wilderness sanctuary.
Traditionally called “kebari tsuri”, meaning “hair hook fishing”, tenkara fishing originated in the Japanese mountain streams for Yamame trout, Iwana char and Amago. The beaches, streams and small lakes on Vancouver Island make this the perfect place to try this angling technique for trout, char and even bass. The long, telescoping rods of modern … Continue reading Tenkara Rods – Fly Fishing Japanese Style, Island Angler, June 2018, Page 7
A Vancouver Island advantage is that it is one of the few places in Canada that the winter chill does not freeze all the lakes, and thus fly fishing is possible year-round. Typically, the best time for lake fishing is spring and fall, however with the right understanding, a year-round fishery exists. Casting winter lakes … Continue reading Winter time fly fishing for trout, Island Angler, Winter 2017-18, page 3
The belief is that stillwater fishing slows in the summer because spring hatches are over and the water is too warm. And in some cases, especially shallow, low elevation lakes, this is true. However, on Vancouver Island, there are thousands of lakes in 123 watersheds, and summer hatches of damselflies, caddisflies and dragonflies that make […]
For the first time, on May 11, Fisheries & Oceans Canada granted emergency authorization to reduce water flow on my home river, the Cowichan, to below 15 m³/s before the traditional flow pattern ends June 15. To put this into context, a flow rate of 4.5m³/s was reached approximately August 8 in 2014 & 2015, … Continue reading Fly Fishing for Trout in Changing River Conditions, Island Angler June 2016, page 5