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Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

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Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

welcome everybody to the new flag Fisher I’m your host Colin McEwen in this week’s show it’s all about learning you know one of the great things about being an anglers you never stop learning and after 14 seasons of doing the new flight Fisher I can tell you everybody here has learned a lot and is still learning we’re gonna be dedicating the show to the tips and tricks that we’ve learn we’re gonna be talking about northern pike smallmouth bass atlantic salmon and brook trout the tips and tricks we’ve learned I know you’re gonna love it stay with us let him go back to live another day away he goes great fish Wow Oh baby look at that bitch stop wiggle on the way down the new fly fisher has been made possible thanks to the support of Orvis sporting traditions islander precision reels scientific anglers rail riders outdoor clothing the toughest clothes on the planet net staff the world’s first waiting staff and net you know bad weather can really impact your fishing especially for species such as smallmouth bass in this first segment bill spice are going to be dealing with post cold fronts moment pass the conditions are really tough but what we’re gonna do is I’m gonna be looking for certain types of structure and we’re also going to be adapting our retrieves to be successful watch this it’s late season and the weather is changing bringing in cold front after cold front cold fronts will challenge all your angling skills this is mainly because fronts sent most fish into negative feeding moods what is a cold front a cold front can be described as the edge of a colder airmass that moves in on a warmer air mass the intensity of the front will vary rain high winds and overcast skies occur in the initial stages of most cold fronts after the edge of cold air passes typical weather conditions are bright blue skies few clouds low humidity and a drop in air temperature these post front conditions might be pleasant for most anglers but they make for really tough fishing fishbowl yes it’s good fish to write by a rock where you said it would be always putting a good pony rock yeah real good pulling my rod here I think I want to get him on my reel now cold weather tactics done we’ve had to slow down right oh absolutely yeah absolutely colder weather bill you’ve got to slow your presentation down and presentation is more important than anything really isn’t it oh absolutely bill like you know that that fly basically has to crawl across the bottom yeah you’ve got to go down where the fish are right right this is a good fish that’s a nice boat that’s a nice box very nice bats so presentation though that’s the farm work that’s even more important in the selection of fly right well I think so but again like you know we’re in a little bit chalky colored water so my choice of the fly was to go to that black fly to give us a good silhouette silhouette right so you know a black bugger is a great little point of using the situation a little bit of weight and you’re down there where it’s dark I’m telling you it’s a real nice start okay this time this time I think we got a head up and ski them up behind me just take your rod over my head hey very nice fish very nice it’s a good good start you’re very nice start for the car and cold front past we’ve had to slow down our presentation that’s the most important thing is how you present the fly beautiful slow it down to a crawl I’m talking up just to crawl these fish because we’ve had a major cold front go through today that they’re hunkered down you got to put it in front of them and slow it down a big smallmouth kept coming out from under the dock shadowing my fly but never taking it I kept changing flies trying to find the right one that would trigger a take Arius thing that is a big bass all right whoa hey I gotta tell you ladies and gentlemen that was a lot of work I saw that fish three times and couldn’t get him to come up and take it and then I missed him and then he give credit to my cameraman I was looking at the flies trying to decide what to come back with and you picked the bright flashy and gaudy when he said that’s the one you want and you know something it worked look at the size of that bass folks that’s a big bass oh look at the one behind him it’s as big as he is hole hole hole hole hole this is why you come to Rice Lake oh look at the size the one right behind him I hope the camera can see that look at that it’s as big as he is Wow look at that – look at that bass it’s as long as my arm it’s huge and look at that fly right in the top corner in the mouth isn’t that beautiful see the end there 20 21 21 inches that’s a Rice Lake bass all right you know early season northern pike fishing can be very difficult one of the problems is these post pond fish are very scattered and they don’t have structure to relate to the weed beds are not that defined at the same time the other problem we have is if you don’t have the right fly setup you’re gonna lose a lot of fish in this next segment bill spice and I are gonna join two Northern Ontario guides we’re gonna teach us some secrets for success to catch these fish the northern pike is a cool water species and its habitat is usually slow heavily vegetated rivers Stuart’s strategy was to put out marker voice to identify the edge of the weed line and then work the fly along the side of the beds Pike will hide along the edge of the weeds waiting to ambush their brain oh that was got him I got him good one now we’re fishing around weed beds Stewart has put out some marker boys to mark where the edge of the weed bed is and we’ve been uh we’ve been going up and down it boy this is old man fighting like a good one he’s fighting like a good one yes for sure he had he had it for open water that’s what we need yeah now tell you the way he took it was I felt nothing all of us and I was I was stripping it in all of a sudden I felt nothing so I set the hook and I actually seen as his tail come out of the water just a little bit oh my goodness nice nice now that’s on my perch pattern and that is the main bait here Wow sewer I’m telling you guys it’s a big fish they got enough food in here that they grow big right right and you said this is one of your your favorite spots it’s like Christmas when it comes up yeah well this is Christmas I’ll tell you right now this is Christmas your arm shaking a little there bill I’m getting tired I’m not afraid to admit it I’m getting tired oh man no they’re big I’ll keep I’ll try to get her head back up see I told you come Oh real easy yeah barbless hooks you can win the fight of a big fish on Barbra sucks oh man we just put a tape on this just put a tape on it and it’s 46 inches you gotta come to kosaka me oh man what a fight wasn’t that a thrill oh not gonna hold it out too long but all man huge huge fish this tie is my best fish John yuccas shows us how to modify our fly for more hook-up success what we’re doing here with our flies which is very important because we’re losing some nice fish before you have to add a little treble stinger hook to the back of these flies because these fish are so big when they hit the fly they flatten the fly when you set the hook it’s just pulling out so with this little treble hook it’s getting them right in the corner of the mouth when you set the hook which is really good also which is very very important is a use of a wire leader when you’re fishing these Marlins with the fly this is a 24 pound test wire leader a tileable one it’s very very important that after every fish that you did inspect your way or leader make sure there’s no Nick’s or kinks or in it because you don’t want to lose that fish of a lifetime Pyke our site hunters but they also like to use their other senses to detect prey their lateral line of course is one of the key ways they can detect bait fish and and prey such a small walleye and perch but they also use their sense of smell to detect prey big fish big fish oh yeah oh just slam to rate that right in front of the boat oh oh there he is that’s a nice fish buddy oh-ho yeah man bring on your reel everybody Oh call it you’re a fishing machine today oh he’s strong isn’t it he stay in the boat I’ll take care of knocking in he just came out of nowhere and hammered that fly I just made a short cast cuz I saw a wheat clump oh look at them like that oh yeah look at that fish not ready oh I don’t like fishing on a fly thirty eight thirty eight and a half in fishing one of the ultimate highs he’s using dry flies to catch wild brook trout I’m talking big wild rook trout we’re talking three four five pounders coming up on top taking a drive I mean it’s truly exciting for an angler in this next segment we’re gonna share some tips and techniques we’ve learned over the years for catching wild book travel I know you’re gonna love it watch this now I’m gonna start off we see in some rising fish here and Wayne told me to start with a bummer I just had a rise right here to me at a bomber is an Atlantic salmon fly but he says it works very well on the brook Trobe well I’m gonna find out now we work them a little bit differently than you do on a stream where you want a dead drift here we’re gonna actually retrieve them in and try to make a little wake on the water and see what happens got them yeah two and a half pounds maybe still a beautiful fish though lovely you won’t be long hello’s was me wasn’t quite sure if that was me or not well this one’s a this was a well colored fish wow it’s really well colored not sure what it took weather took the drive fly or took the nymph I’m not sure I have changed setups here I got a dry fly in an infant it’s called a hopper dropper or dry fly dropper that’s a good fish really well colored isn’t it this is almost full spotting colors this one oh wow it is a great fish yes sir all right well now look at the colors on this one folks this is a fall colored fish look at all red the bottom is yet this is only July Wow well give him time to revive now you wait till they want to swim right out yep here he goes now this is a Godard caddis and it’s a deer hair caddis that’s been spun and it’s very buoyant and so your technique I’m gonna try is skittering the caddis catice flies when they hatch they bob up and down they skitter across before they fly away a mayfly is different a mayfly just gets up and tries to dry dry its wings first and floats where a caddis though actually skitters across the top fish see that it excites them and now I’ll show you the technique this will work on any trout stream it’s very effective for brown trout but on brook trout it also works so watch what i’m doing here i cast it out get a good line out there and cast it and when it lands I take my rod and I just shake it like that and what that does it it skitters the catice then I stop let it drift skitter it again let it drift pick it up cast the game skitter stop skitter stop and skitter whenever it stops that’s generally when you get your hit very seldom they hit it on the skitter they see it they’ll follow it and when it stops that’s when they grab it this hopefully it works got him my goodness this is unbelievable this is unbelievable on another good-sized brook trout my goodness oh do I ever like this spa dancer oh my goodness this is unbelievable I know I’m saying that a lot of people but this is unbelievable yes sir there you go huh game this is unbelievable good healthy fish and away he goes you know fly fishing for Atlantic salmon is so exciting this next time when we were talking about some techniques for fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon the king of sport fish when dry fly fishing it’s of utmost importance to be quiet that means how you make your land your fly land and how you lift it up off the water land is easy you just want a nice soft landing let it land like so now lifting it off the water you don’t want this that created sound makes this big smacking noise and will spook the fish now there’s a couple of ways we can lift the line up off the water to stop that what we want to do is break the film on top of the water and we can do that by wiggling first and lifting up I’ll show you again wiggle lift it up or we can do what’s called a snake roll which is that and what that does it breaks the surface tension of the water and allows you a silent lift when searching for Atlantic salmon never passed by a tail out pool that has an exposed large Rock deflecting water this type of structure creates a current break or pillow in front of the rock and is definitely a fish attractor most people know that fish will hold behind a rock but many are unaware that they will also hold in the Hydra cushion in the front of the rock I will always cover both the front and back of rocks and boulders when searching for fish this is an exceptional place to use a drive light to search for rusting salmon using a dry fly such as a bomber can be some of the most exciting fishing on the hunt this is a fresh fish this guy took right at the end of the swing I think you saw him take oh we gonna saw the tail move so I’m thinking I lift it up in the air is there I’ll he’s coming towards me I gotta tell you this is where you really need our jar of a real fight these fish a good capacity because and they come towards you you got a pick up line fast now he’s gone right in there look at that all right this will be my first one in the hunt even though I’ve had four fish swinging out of take it and this is my second fish that’s actually taking the hook it’s incredible beautiful you’ll see man get though you got the hook out already point us okay okay look at that beautiful fish what’s that what 10 pounds sure yeah okay that’s how they go well I hope you enjoyed today’s show and learn from these tips and tricks you know these last 14 seasons have been really great if you want to learn more I recommend you go to our website we have lots of great videos and tips and tricks as well our Facebook page is an incredible resource we have videos we have techniques we have weekly contest they’re really great for all us here at the new fly fisher thanks for joining us see you next week the new fly fisher has been made possible thanks to the support of Orvis sporting traditions islander precision reels scientific anglers rail riders outdoor clothing the toughest clothes on the planet net staff the world’s first waiting staff and net to learn more about the new fly fisher our locations contests news and much more come visit and like us on facebook

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