Steelhead season is almost upon us here in Ontario, Canada. In preparation, it is time to bust out those fly tying vises and stock-up on some flies if you haven't done so already.
Nymphs are highly effective when fly fishing for steelhead on many of the Great Lakes tributaries. The video below shows how to tie a general attractor nymph that can be fished both under an indicator as well as using European nymphing techniques.
It features a brightly coloured tungsten bead providing a hot spot and a dark body that gives great contrast in deep and discoloured water.
Tie up a few and try them out on your river this fall.
Adding flash and vibration to flies is a proven way of attracting predatory fish. A great way of doing so is to spruce up your flies with wiggle tails. The life-like action of wiggle tails are hard for the fish to resist.
In this article you find an instructional video on how to attach wiggle tails to your flies using snaps for hooks and snaps for tails.
Just like many other game fish, northern pike will display seasonal patterns. These patterns are fairly universal and once you are aware of them allow you to more efficiently target structure and cover that are most likely to hold pike, whether it being spring, summer, fall or winter.
This guide will give you an overview seasonal northern pike patterns.
In this video Ben Pacheco from Rapax Fly Fishing shows you how to tie the Clouser Minnow.
Although a fairly simple pattern in terms of the number of materials used, the Clouser Minnow is a proven performer when it comes to bass fly fishing and is a must in every fly box.