Tangled Lines

Anatomy of a Wizard

Anatomy of a Wizard

The intricacies of a Wizard suddenly came into focus and were revealed while peering through a magnifying glass. I was visually dissecting the components of this remarkable fly pattern when Art Limber, the mastermind of this fishy concoction put it this way, “The...

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SEINING THE OYSTER

SEINING THE OYSTER

The call went out ~ ORES would be looking for broodstock in the week of September 8: Tuesday, 10 Sep, the targets were pink salmon in Frank’s Pool.  Because of the recent Rexpo at CFB Comox, a number of military personnel attended; it turned out we had six divers! ...

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World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day

Held annually on the last Sunday of September, World Rivers Day is fast approaching. For one day per year, international attention is focused on the planet’s life-blood of freshwater streams. For many of us fly-fishers, fishing rivers and streams is our passion. We...

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Dog Swimmers and Stone Skippers

Dog Swimmers and Stone Skippers

Last Wednesday quite a few very fresh Chinook salmon were seen holding in the deeper pools of the Little Qualicum river. But I was just on a recc’y to see what was what. No fly rod with me at that time. There were no anglers anywhere to be seen, so these fish were...

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A Sign of the Times

A Sign of the Times

Went up into the high hills today. Went searching for some small water trout, Tenkara style. Drove into the roughed-out parking area at the trailhead to the trail which leads further up into the valley. Greeting me there was a spanking new wooden post with a shiny new...

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Re-opening Day

Re-opening Day

With seasonal winter time angling closures and now seasonal summer time angling closures, many streams/creeks/rivers along the East side of Vancouver Island are given a much needed rest. Opening day, or should that be “re-opening day”, offers the chance for...

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Vote: Pink Salmon…

Vote: Pink Salmon…

Having patrolled the beaches for the past three to four weeks, hitting it a various tides and weather conditions, having spoken to a myriad of folks who had done the same thing, as yet, the consensus is; the Pink salmon are wherever you find them at the time. No one...

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On Wading Wet

On Wading Wet

During those hot and sweaty days of summer, wading wet while on stream is a simple pleasure. Being immersed in the fish’s element is both refreshing and enlightening. Over the years I have utilized various footwear for wading wet. Once again I have upgraded to a...

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On the Little Q. Today 22 08 2019

On the Little Q. Today 22 08 2019

The timing was right, the third week of August, to have some Chinook salmon showing up in the Little Qualicum river. Usually there is a nice rainy day in late August which starts the run. But not so this year. The rain promised/forecast for yesterday did not...

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