Sunday, 21 June 2009

Fathers Day Fishing Trip

The plan was for my 10yr old daughter Hunter to take me fishing for fathers day. That was the plan, but things changed. When we checked the weather report this morning it called for showers and a good chance of a thunderstorm. Hunter really didn't want to be standing out in the rain all day so she graciously bowed out. I can't blame her, she's fairly new to fly fishing and hasn't yet become obsessed with the sport. I on the other hand am beyond obsessed (see definition for addiction). So I loaded up the vehicle and headed out to Star Lake. I was going to meet up with Phil and his boys at Millers Lake near Edson but because of a dinner date with my oldest daughter Cassandra, I had to stay somewhat close to home. So off to Star I went. When I got on the water I headed out to the center of the lake and decided to fish the deep water before heading over to my favorite spot. I tied on 15ft of tippet to my 9ft leader and attatched a black thread midge on the point and a Redd October (blood worm) as the dropper. I got into fish right away and caught about 6 or 7 (all this years stockers) before I pulled the anchor and moved on. I then headed over to my favorite spot and anchored in 10ft of water. I fished the same combination of chironomids for about a half hour with another 5 or 6 stockers brought to hand. I was getting pretty tired of catching the small ones however, so I thought I'd target the bigger trout with some larger flies. I tied on an olive wolly bugger as the dropper to my black thread midge and on the second cast hooked into a nice lunker at 23 inches. Got one good jump out of him and then some bull-dogging but the fight was fairly quick. I fished this combo for a good hour and only caught two more stockers, both on the chironomid. Tried some other combos with mostly the same results (more stockers) and about twenty minutes before home time, decided to go back to the Redd October blood worm with a X-mas Chronie on the point. Hooked into a few more stockers and then finally on my last cast, I hooked into another gooder. It wasn't as big as my 23 incher (18&1/2 inches) but it fought a hell of a lot better. All in all a great day to be on the water. Only way it could have been better was if Hunter could have been there with me. Oh btw, I didn't see one rain drop all day, just dark clouds with the constant threat of rain.

Here's a very short video of the two bigger trout I got to the net.

Monday, 1 June 2009

How much do you love your fly rod?

I posted back in February about how I won a new fly rod. I don't win stuff very often, I'm just not one of those lucky types and usually if I do win something, it's not something I can get overly excited about. This time however, I won something that totally blew me away. The rod is called the Wind Warrior - Stillwater and made by a Canadian company (Amundson Outdoors). It was designed with me in mind. By that of course, I mean stillwater fly anglers. The model I received was a #5 - 10ft - 4pc and before I received it, my expectations were fairly low. After all, it's a new product from a company I've heard very little about. I already own a St.Croix Legend Ultra #6 - 10ft - 4pc which I consider to be a great casting, fast action rod. I can shoot line out of my St.Croix pretty good and although I originally bought it for casting big nymphs and streamers on the Bow, it quickly became my go-to-rod for hard blowing days on the lakes. Things have changed however as I now have a new go-to-rod for my stillwater fishing. I've had the great pleasure of casting the Wind Warrior Stillwater on my last four trips out and I'm really enjoying this rod more and more with every outing. The rod shoots line like a canon, has some good back bone that cuts line through the wind like a knife and the sensitive tip aids in detecting strikes. I don't plan on retiring my Sage RPL anytime soon but it definitely won't see anywhere near the use it once did. As a matter of fact, I like this rod so much, I've looked into selling them online at my new site AlbertaStillwaters.Com. Which makes me pose the question: How much do you love your fly rod?