Fly fishing in Ontario in the fall means different things to different people. The main quarry at this time of year are Steelhead and Brown trout. Some species of pacific salmon can also be targeted, but make up a much smaller portion of what folks are targeting this time of year. Here I’ve compiled a list of my top flies for Steelhead and Brown trout in the great lakes region. Egg flies, Globugs, Yarn Flies Eggflies are one my my go-to flies for the fall and winter season. When I’m nymphing, or fishing an indicator setup, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you’ll find a globug pattern attached to my rig somewhere. Make sure you keep a good supply
Story by Tim Smyth Photos by Mike Verhoef Many of us who have taken to the sport of fly fishing in Ontario have probably also become well aware of some of the guides to our craft that service our waters. One of the first that came to my attention, partly because he specializes on one of my favourite rivers, is Mike Verhoef. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet with Mike on the Maitland itself, for a brief meet and greet with some fishing thrown in for fun. I planned to meet Mike on the river at a creek mouth we both knew. As I approached from downstream, I found Mike already engaged with a fly-fisherman clearly
I can still remember the excitement rising up alongside the morning sun as I pedaled my homemade bicycle, affectionately nicknamed “the swampcycle”, over the loose gravel concession road to where it ended at the Maitland River for a morning fish. In the last couple of decades I’ve been blessed enough to have found many rivers throughout Ontario that have captured a piece of my heart, but the Maitland will always be weighted with significance. The Maitland River was my introduction to river fishing; a bi-weekly escape for a city boy longing to be a country boy. The Maitland River is a large & complex meandering river that changes faces a number of times throughout its entirety. From the almost stagnant
Information for fly fishing the Beaver River in Southern Ontario. Mainly looked at as a cold water stream, the Beaver river and its pristine tributaries are host to several species of trout and salmon as well as bass and other warm water species in the lower sections. The Beaver River in southern Ontario flows from the Niagara Escarpment and empties into Nottawasaga Bay, an inlet of Georgian Bay, at the town of Thornbury, Ontario. A fish ladder near Thornbury allows migratory fish such as trout and salmon species to reach spawning areas up river. Flowing through The Beaver Valley, which is a deep wedge on the western side of the Niagara escarpment, formed by a much larger ancestor of this
In this episode of Bingo Bango Fly Fishing, the crew heads out to several Ontario Steelhead Fly Fishing Destinations to hunt migratory steelhead rainbow trout as well as Brown trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho salmon.Finally released, the first episode of season two – Bingo Bango Fly Fishing. Its fishmas eve, and the Bingo Bango folks are at it once again for some small stream resident trout action, and then a few days on great lakes tributaries for Ontario Steelhead.
Spring River Safety for Your Children Early spring is the time of year us fly fishermen start getting the itch to fish real bad. With less than six weeks left until many Ontario Rivers open for the season there is lots to look forward to. One thing we need to keep in mind is just how dangerous blown or swollen rivers can be. I took a walk with my kids down for a look at the local trout river the other day and she was a raging force of water, mud and debris. The bridge in the park where we were is normally 2 feet above the average summertime water level. The other day it was fully submerged by
The Grand River in southern Ontario is often boasted as being one of the best brown trout fly fishing rivers in Ontario. Many of us would beg to differ on that point, but it remains a very popular destination for fly fishers. The flow of the Grand River is regulated by the Shand Dam. There is an abundance of insect life that flows through this bottom draw dam year round, so the trout in the river are well fed.
In the fall of 2009, the Bingo Bango fly fishing crew were out on a number of streams stalking migratory trout and salmon in tributaries of the Great Lakes. This is a short video of one of those days we were out. This video takes place on Bronte Creek, just outside of Oakville in the GTA.
Hard to see, but this was a massive hendrickson mayfly mating dance early in June of 2008. Mayflies hatch from the stream at certain times of the year and sometimes hatches overlap making it difficult for the fly fisher to decipher which fly to use. After a period of time, the mayflies that hatched enter a different phase of life. They congregate above the stream as a cloud of madness in a mating frenzy. Eventually you have the event that fly fishers wait for….the may fly spinnerfall.
Want to learn a little about fly fishing for brown trout in the rain, or in high, muddy water conditions? This article takes a look at a couple of methods to try when you think the water is to high and dirty, or you can try this when there don’t seem to be very many active fish moving about.