Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fishing Reports - Summer Solstice Edition

First fishing reports of the summer! Those others were just spring solstice versions...nowhere near as good.

Bow River Report – June 23,  2016

River levels have been stable at, or just shy of, 80 CMS for the better part of the week. Lower than normal by a ways but at least stable.

There’s been a LOT of bugs around lately. Caddis and PMDs being the most prevalent. There’s been a reasonably good number of rising fish on both. Most of the good Caddis fishing has been right at the end of the day but on days with some cloud there’s been fish up on them throughout the day.
Mid afternoon for the PMD’s for the most part. If it’s cloudy and you look for them you’ll likely find some fish up on them.
Based on the night time emergence seen the last couple of nights we are right on the edge of peak emergence of the Stoneflies. Been getting a reasonable  amount of eats on Chubbys, etc. but it’s likely going to “go off” any day.

Nymphing has been good, particularly with Stonefly nymphs. You can fish them either with an indicator rig or as a hopper/dropper with a Stonefly dry.

Streamer fishing has been pretty good. Leeches or something small and bright like a Kreelex Minnow. The fish have been eating them all day so streamer are a great choice if you don’t feel like nymphing in between rising fish.

Hatches:  Caddis, PMD’s, Stoneflies

Dry Flies:  Chubby Chernobyl-Gold or Tan #10, Berrett’s Barred Leg Golden Stone #10, Spent Partridge Caddis, Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, Film Critic-PMD

Nymphs:   Jimmy Legs-Coffee, Sexy Stone, Tung Dart, Tung Stud-Olive #14

Streamers:  Kreelex Minnow, Pseudo Sculpin, Circus Peanut, Skiddish Smolt,
                   TB Squirrel leech.

Crowsnest River Report – June 23, 2016

The Crow is kind of blowing up right now. Fishing has been really good on Stonefly dries and nymphs.

It is ridiculously low for the end of June at 4.5 cms. Pray for rain and cooler weather.

Hatches:  Golden Stoneflies, PMD’s, Caddis

Dries: Chubby Chernobyl-Gold or Tan #10, Bank Robber, Nobel Chernobyl,
         E/C Caddis, Yeager’s Foam Caddis, Helen Keller PMD, PMD Stacker  

Nymphs:  Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, Parkin’s Muskrat Stone, WMD-Golden Stone
Streamers: Double Bunny, Ice Pick Streamer, Skiddish Smolt

High Country River Report – June 23, 2016

All reports from the high country were quite good since opening day last week. Dry fly fishing in clear water during the third week of June doesn’t happen very often.
Lots of Stoneflies everywhere!

Hatches:  Golden Stoneflies, PMD’s, Caddis

Dries: Chubby Chernobyl-Orange, Yellowstoner Chubby, Elk Hair Caddis, 
          Neversink Caddis, PMD Thorax

Nymphs:  Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, Conestone, Pink Headed Stone.
Streamers: Ice Pick Streamer, Silvey’s Sculpin Leech, Medusa.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Great Chubby Challenge

In the spirit of Rod Shootouts, Reel Shootouts, we present the 2016 Chubby Challenge, a review and grading of the different types and colors of Chubbys.

We hope this will help you in choosing from all of the different Chubbys available.

Please note that this review is completely unbiased and based on fishing experiences. We have not received any free Chubbys, are not on any Chubby teams, pro staff, and not affiliated in any way with anything Chubby!

Chubby ratings will be separated into the following categories:
1) Color- general munchiness and fish reaction
2) Lightness in the hand/feel (or something like that)
3) General fit/finish (must have category in every shootout)
4) General overview of Chubby. Size recommendations.

Orange Chubby
1) One of the earlier Chubby colors available. Even though it's bright and colorful it catches fish like crazy. A 4 out of 5 munch rating on this one.
2) The orange feels very good in the hand. A light, crisp feel makes the angler feel tingly all over.
3) The finish and general appearance of the orange Chubby is quite pleasing. 3.5 out of 5.
4) For the best munch factor, use this one in a #10.

Purple Chubby
1) The purple leads out the "what the crap do they eat that for" category. Having said that, they eat it time and again.
2) Although the purple Chubby tracks well, likely due to it's Generation 5 technology, the feel in the hand always comes around to "am I really tying this on?".
3) The unique blend of purple, black, and white certainly make this a welcome addition to any fly patch, hat brim, or vehicle headliner.
4) If we didn't fish this one, we'd say it would likely be a 2 on the munchmeter. However, field use dictates a strong 3.2. As for size, #10 seems to be the ticket.

Red Chubby
1) This one takes the level of WTF? found in the purple to a whole new level. Anyone that says fish are smart is out of their mind and possesses the same size of brain as said fish. Some people swear by them, but we only give it a 2.5 out of 5.
2) Anything this goofy has to feel weird to fish. This level of "ickyness" results in a 2 on the performance/feel category.
3) Overall appearance of the red Chubby does make it appropriate for decoration on Xmas stocking stuffers.
4) It does catch fish, so we'll give it a 2.1 out of 5, but there's no love involved. For sizing, who cares, if a fish is stupid enough to eat this it may as well be a size 2 as a 20. But we stock it in a #10.

Goldenstone/White Wing Chubby
1) The body color on this one, combined with the leg material and color, gives us a warm, fuzzy feeeling all over. This one gets a 4.5 out of 5. Even works after 475 anglers who headed out at 4 AM and dragged, popped, and splatted flies for 4 hours with their Skid Bitches and City Workers.
2) This one just feels good. Everything about it is good. Color is good. Legs are good. It's just so darn good. Did we mention it was good.
3) Whoever came up with the color scheme on this one should get a Nobel. What else can we say.
4) This one needs to be a size 8. Mainly because it's so sexy we want more to look at. 4.9 overall rating on this one.

Gold or Tan Chubby

1) We rated these two together because they're so close they can be reviewed as one. In fact, we're not sure why we stock both. That was stupid. Both colors catch fish pretty darn good though and the dark legs seem to stir the loins of many a trout. 4.2 out of 5 on these ones.
2) We always feel a deep sense of redundancy when we fish these. Maybe because they are quite similar to at least 3 other Chubby variations out there. Once again, why do we stock them?
3) Even though they are eerily deja vu like, they work. So we can break down and give them a 3.
4) We would recommend size 10 in these. Only because that's the size we have.
Black/Tan Chubby

1) Number two in the sexy department, the black/tan is the true essence of Chubbyness. A fish catching machine in every way. We give this one a 4.7 on color. Even higher than the G.S./White Wing. And the grizzly leggs top things off nicely.
2) The combination on these is perfect. Not only does this bug look good, it makes you feel good!
3) see line #2. 
4) the general overview of this Chubby is that it rocks! It's a fish catching, day making, hero producing, slab sticking, ass kicking stick of yumminess. Oh, and fish a size 6 early in the emergence and a size 10 later.

Yellowstoner Chubby-Peach
1) The peach color on this bug is downright sexy. And the furry foam they use on the body has a great look. The fish seem to be quite fond of it as well. A 4.6 out of 5 on the color.
2) These are like a Chubby that vibrates. The fuzzy look and feel on the underside of these bugs result in chubbies all over the place.
3) As with so many other MFC bugs, these are tied flawlessly. A true work of art.
4)  leave it to MFC to take something already wonderful and add a cool factor. Bueno to the guys at MFC! Juicy, juicy, juicy, juicy! Oh, and fish it in an 8.

Chubby Norman
1) A true golden stone imitation. Love the body/leg colors on the Norman. 4.6 out of 5.
2) If people see you with this bug, the first thing they'll think is "this person's dialed in".
3) A truly perfect bug. Reeks of Stoneflyishness.
4) The "sleeper" Chubby. Kind of the "challenged cousin in the attic" of Chubbys in that nobody talks much about it. But it's a diamond in the rough of Chubbys. Should you go out on a limb and put a few of the size 8s in your box (and use them, that's important) you can go to work on Monday knowing your the smartest fly fisher in your office. Now, you're the only fly fisher in your office but does it really matter.

Fishing In The Land of Genghis Khan

 Join us in the Land of the Khans (Northern Mongolia), chasing the spectacular Taimen.
September 18-25,2017
Maximum 8 anglers, 3 spots left.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sage ONE Discontinued/Sale!

Any remaining Sage ONE fly rods in stock 
are now $699 plus GST (reg. $1105). 
While supplies last.
Rods left in stock:
(2) ONE 586-4
(1) ONE 590-4
(1) ONE 690-4 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day. 
Take your Dad (he took you) and your kids fishing

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fishing Reports - Cutthroat Beware Edition

Bow River Report – June 16,  2016

Things are hopping on the river right now!
The fish are extremely keyed into Stonefly nymphs, so much so we didn’t even list a worm on this week’s report.
Although the dry side of Stones is still a little weak it’s coming shortly.
PMD and Caddis dry fly fishing has been great. Streamer fishing has also been good.
And for the first time in a long time there’s fish in the “sexy water”. Along the banks, etc. For a little while here we migt be able to completely forego the mid-river stuff. However, they did turn the taps off a little yesterday with the level dropping a bunch.

Hatches:  Caddis, PMD’s, Stoneflies

Dry Flies:  Film Critic-PMD, Helen Keller, PMD Hackle Stacker, E/C Caddis,   
                 Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, AC Caddis, Chubby Chernobyl

Nymphs:   Sexy Stone, Jimmy Legs, W.M.D. Stone

Streamers:  Bellydancer Zonker, Skiddish Smolt, Sculpin Leech, 1/4 lb. Bugger

Crowsnest River Report – June 16, 2016

Conditions, and fishing, continue to be awesome on the Crow. Visibility at East Hillcrest of over 3 feet, with flow volumes of under 7 CMS.

Salmonfly/Stonefly patterns, both dry and nymphs, are working great right now.

Don’t be afraid of the Crow at this time of year if it’s a little dirty. It can be very good.

And the whole thing is now open!

Hatches:  Salmonflies, Golden Stoneflies

Dries: Stimi Stone, Bank Robber, Berrett’s Barred Leg Stone, Chubby Chernobyl

Nymphs:  Sexy Stone, Jimmy Legs, W.M.D. Stone, Conestone
Streamers: Love Bunny, Party Boy, Double Bunny

High Country River Report – June 16, 2016

As of today, the high country streams are now open (sorry Cutthroat).
As there hasn’t been anyone fishing them we can confidently tell you only one thing….the water looks like July 15th.
As for fly suggestions….we’re just guessing.
We’ll try and be more intelligent next week.

Dries: Stimi Stone, Bank Robber, Berrett’s Barred Leg Stone, Chubby Chernobyl

Nymphs:  Sexy Stone, Jimmy Legs, W.M.D. Stone, Conestone
Streamers: Love Bunny, Party Boy, Double Bunny