Fly Recipes

Qualicum Bay Today

Qualicum Bay Today

It was a grand day for a prowl along the beaches today; no wind, a balmy 10°C during intermittent sunshine, slowly receding tide, no floating debris in the water. That scenario promised good fishing conditions.   Hop-scotching through various beach access points...

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Arctic Magic

Arctic Magic

Polar bear hair; as a fly-tying material you either love it or hate it. Well, maybe not hate it, but do not use it that often to appreciate the wealth found on a patch of this hair and fur. Yes, two materials for the price of one; long guard hairs for slinky, mobile...

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Scouting… the Upper Big Q.

Scouting… the Upper Big Q.

This time last year, there were still small patches of snow lingering in the shadowy recesses. This year, not so much. Even though a bitter south-easterly wind whipped across Horne Lake today, mild temperatures over the past few weeks had seen off the snow.  ...

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DIY in Boca del Rio – Part 7

DIY in Boca del Rio – Part 7

After a couple very windy days that had dust clouds, cats and dogs blowing down the streets, and whitecaps on the creek, it was time to put it all together and land a Sabalito. No need to paddle way up the creek anymore, as fish were showing in the spot 300m from our...

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DIY in Boca del Rio – Part 6

DIY in Boca del Rio – Part 6

After hooking several good fish and losing them all, figured it was time to learn about the quarry. I was obviously lacking in the knowledge and skillset required to land a baby Tarpon - or Sabalito, as they are known here. I'd somehow been dropped into Sabalito...

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Groundhog Day on the Little Q.

Groundhog Day on the Little Q.

After wintertime high water events, a cruise around the riverside often yields major changes to the watercourse and surrounding environs. Today was no different. First off, new informational signs had been posted to greet all passersby. And they had nought to do with...

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Stoneflies…

Stoneflies…

It’s getting to be that time of year again; stonefly time. When the Puntledge river was my home stream, most of February was spent searching through the pockets and deeper fast water slots with a big stonefly nymphal imitation. These were big, juicy looking, darkly...

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DIY in Boca del Rio

Not wanting to tarnish the name of the CVFF Club with only a couple tiddler baby Tarpon, the next morning I held my nose, launched the kayak through the ooze, and paddled upstream to the spot where I'd caught the small Tarpon. Same as the other day, there were no...

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Name That Beach — Finale

Name That Beach — Finale

Thank you to all who participated in the E14 challenge. The correct response was Point Holmes. And a posthumous thank you to Stocky Edwards for letting me in on one of his favourite hot-spots, way back when. A big thank you to all who participated in this series of...

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