Fly fishing Tips You Can Use:
Fly fishing advice from one of the top Grand River fly fishing guides in Ontario. Fly fishing tricks and fly fishing tips which you will use, not only on the Grand River in Ontario, but across Canada. This is the original fly fishing Tips and Tricks Page on the Internet. Don't be fooled by imitations.

Here Are the Fishing Tips:
Archive #10, October 2004

Your best fall and winter tip is: "Go fishing when the barometric pressure is on the way up."

Pack A Pole.
Take an extra rod with you. Ontario salmon and steelhead can be nasty and they can do very bad things to your equipment. Never venture onto the river without taking an extra rod with you on the trip. Even a "$50.00 Special" can get you into a few fish.

Flashlights Are Good.
A flashlight can be your best friend, but you need to have a set of functioning batteries inside it. Most of the good salmon and steelhead fishing takes place when there are low light levels, (Hint: At night or just before dawn.) so you need to be able to see what fly you are tying on. Or should that be, what fly you are trying to tie on? Always pack an extra flashlight in the trunk of the car or into the back pocket of your vest. If you drop the flashlight you have into the river, you have a spare.

Remember To ...
If you are like me, you like to have a coffee on the way to the river. Stop before you get there and make sure you take a whizz before you get your waders on. This sounds obvious, but I have fished with several folks who will wade all the way out into the river, then have to turn around and wade back out again to answer Nature's call. Remember when it is dark, the less wading you do, the greater your chances of staying dry.

Try Going Lite.
Sadly when most fly fisherman head out for salmon and steelhead they use heavy leaders. Some of the best salmon and steelhed fishermen I know will stick to 4 and 6 lb leader material. Having said that, if you find a pod of Chinooks and they are all in the 30 pound range, you might want to think about going to an eight pound leader. The leader length is critical, and you need to be willing to change the length of your leader to match the conditions of the water. If you are fishing a long slow pool, a leader of about 15 feet might be required to get the right drift. In the fast broken water below the pool, a 15 foot leader is more than likely useless, so you could cut back to an 8 foot or even a 7 foot leader to keep you in touch with the fly. You must be willing to take a look at a new section of water with fresh eyes, and avoid the temptation of trying to make do with the leader you were previously using.

Bouncy, Bouncy.

No, I am not talking about having a go on a trampoline. When river fishing, you MUST get the fly down to the bottom. If you are not tapping out and busting off the occasional fly, you are missing fish. Simple as that.

Flies.
Muddler Minnows, White Puke Flies and if you want to use a nymph, stick with a Hare's Ear Nymph or a Muncher Nymph.

Walk Softly ... And Don't Make a Mudline.
Salmon and steelhad can be quite skittish. You should always approach the river with as little noise as possible. Even if a bunch of loogans have been whooping it up in the pool, you might be able to spot a few fish which have buggered off out of the pool due to the racket. These fish will be sitting in locations where you would never think to look for them. A mudline will let them know you are coming making them tough to get, or they will swim off to another location for a bit of peace and quiet.

 

 

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