Spring Wiggler Steelhead and Salmon


The Spring Wiggler has been one of my main flies for steelhead and salmon.  I’m not sure if its because it does a good job of imitating Hexagenia nymphs, but I know one thing….it works and it works well.  I remember a day out on a local stream in November.  It was cold and very bright.  This fly managed to bring 4 coho salmon and one migratory brown trout to hand that day. The Spring Wiggler fly pattern is also an excellent choice for resident trout fishing in Ontario. [singlepic id=21 w=500 float=center] Hook size 10 nymph hook Thread 6/0 any natural colour Tail and Overbody squirrel tail Body tan dubbing Hackle Short Cock Hackle Head thread Weight optional

Green Drake Extended Body


Green Drake hatches can begin very early in the day, and commonly start before sunrise. The hatch will continue throughout the day, one or two drakes at a time. Usually beginning around the end of May, and continuing for a couple of weeks. [singlepic id=41 w=500] Hook size 8-12 Thread Uni black 8/0 Tail Wild Boar Fibres Rib Pale Yellow thread Body Green dry fly dub Hackle grizzly dry fly palmered forward Wing Tan elk hair comparadun style Head thread head You may also be interested in a video about the giant green drake Fly Pattern Specific Rivers: Upper Saugeen river

Sulphur Dun


Sulphurs tend to hatch in slower waters. They are tiny, and thankfully usually hatch in great numbers, bringing even the weariest of trout to the surface for a meal.  Sulphurs are a major hatch on many southern Ontario streams early to late June. Tying Materials: Hook Size 18 dry fly Thread uni 8/0 white Tail white elk fibres Body orange dry fly dub Hackle dry fly palmered forward Wing White elk hair Head Neat thread head Tying Tips: Tie in the elk hair wing first, facing forward. Bring the hair back to form an upright wing before moving to the rear and adding the tail, body and finally the hackle. Fly Pattern Specific Rivers: I’ve found this patterns particularly useful

Little Blue Winged Olive Dun Parachute LBWO


The Little Blue Winged Olive tied parachute style is a perfect imitation for smaller stream fishing. The fly floats very low, almost in the surface film, and when the fly is not dressed, it could easily imitate an emerging dun as it drifts downstream, rear portion submerged. Once a dressing of dry fly floatant is applied, the fly will ride perfectly flat as it drifts downstream in the current.  Tie these flies tiny and sparse. [singlepic id=31 w=500 float=center]   Tying Materials: Hook Size 18-24 dry fly Thread uni 8/0 grey Tail grizzly hackle fibres Body olive dry fly dub Hackle grizzly hackle Wingpost White elk hair Head Neat thread head   Front View [singlepic id=29 w=325 float=center]    

Dark Hendrickson Split Hairwing


Dark Hendrickson Spinners are the first of the larger mayflies to make their return trip to the stream in mating.  The flies gather above appropriate sections of the stream enmasse and begin the ritual of dipping and diving toward the water as males and females create next seasons brood.  These flies are usually the first species to get winter weary trout looking up, and it seems that the spinners as something that they particularly look forward to. [singlepic id=34 w=500 float=center] Tying Materials: Hook size 12-16 Thread Uni black 8/0 Tail red game cock fibres Body Mahogany dry fly dub Hackle red game cock palmered forward Wing Tan elk hair split, spent wing style Head thread head Front View [singlepic

Light Hendrickson

light hendrickson dun

Hendrickson Mayflies are one of the larger, early season emergers in Ontario.  Beginning early to midmay and lasting until June, these flies provide some of the first surface action of the season in many areas.  Flies should be tied in sizes that reflect natural insect sizes in the area you intend to fish.  The hendrickson dun differs from the spinner in that it tends to be a light grey or tan colour, where the spinner is usually a mahogany or burgundy colour. Hatches usually occur mid day when the weather is rather warm and sunny. Ingredients Hook dry fly size 12 Thread uni 8/o brown Tail Grizzly dry fly hackle fibres Body Tan dry fly dub Wing white elk hair

BWO Emerger


Blue Winged Olives (BWO) are some of the first mayflies to begin hatching in early spring. Surface activity is typically minimal as far as feeding fish goes. You`ll see slight swirls or ever so gentle rises. The fish are likely feeding on the emergers, nymphal shuck dragging behind the emerging insect. Try out an emerger pattern when there is little to no surface activity. BWOs are one of the early hatches, and fish are seldom looking up for their meals at this time of year. Fish it just below or in the surface film. [singlepic id=51 w=625] Hook 18-22 dry fly Thread olive 8/0 Trailing Shuck webby section of turkey feather Body olive dry fly dub Wing Post white poly

Hendrickson Mayfly Mating Dance Mayfly Spinners Spinnerfall Dry Fly Fishing

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.