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October 21, 2017

Fall Trouting Part 5

Another great day with the water cold enough for the trout and the air temperatures great for humans! Headed east again to see if I could better my numbers from last time. A bit windy but not too bad on this small body of water.

First fish, a small tiger trout on a mid lake weed hump, was caught using a damsel nymph on a sunk line.

Small Manitoba Tiger Trout
The next fish I saw were a bit of a surprise.
I saw, what I thought was, tailing fish. I made perfect casts to it and got nothing. I also didn’t spook it. I thought is was concentrated around a log but the log turned out to be another fish. The water temps were perfect for a spawning dance as males competed. I saw this repeated all over the place. I assumed that catching browns was off the table. Here are some pictures of the action.

Not noticing an abundance of hits on the damsel and sinking line I went to floating and a variety of bead heads, settling on a GRHE to catch my second Tiger that was closer to 16″-18″.

Manitoba Tiger Trout

Lost that fly in the bull rushes and switched to a slower sinking bead body soft hackle fly of my own design. This got me my next Tiger Trout (told you I wasn’t gonna get a brown).

Tiger trout Manitoba
Ran into a kayaking fly fisher who sat on a known hot spot but got nothing. He saw a few of the fish I had caught and asked what I was using. He told me he was using a leech pattern. In a teachable moment, I told him that fishing leeches this late was a bit of a gamble as they weren’t active and trout might not key in on them. He left and I cast to the hot spot and well….


I hate to be right…wait no I don’t
Caught one more near the launch around sunset.

One thing I have noticed in my last few outings here, is the lack of rainbows. I don’t know if they are still there (lots of bonk on the head types frequent here) were put off by the over active browns or are being out competed by the tigers.

Still good though!

Manitoba Brown Trout

October 16, 2017

Lyon’s Lake Manitoba October 15th 2017

The 15 is almost the halfway point in October. In most years this means only 16-32 days left in our fly fishing season. Our (very few and far between) trout streams close at midnight October 31st and the beginning of ice on the lakes is not far away. We have manage to get on a lake as late as November 18th, but that is a rarity.

Last time I was at Lyon’s, it was an epic skunking. Sure it was the height of summer but never have I been shut out on this lake.

Things are somewhat back to normal now.

9 Trout to hand mostly in the 12″ range the one that made it to the net but not photogenically, was a fair piece larger maybe 16″. All but the bigger one, was a jumper making amazing leaps out of the water, probably only because I didn’t film it

OF course the pictures Except for the perch they are clones of each other. I could have take the same fish and re-positioned it over and over and the effect would have been the same Please excuse the lower quality of the photo as I was trying a lower resolution to same time on editing later.

Cigars and Manitoba Fly Fishing

A good day for a good smoke

Fly Fishing Lyon's Lake Manitoba

First trout of the day

Perch Fly Fishing Manitoba

Decent Perch but what are they eating that the trout can’t have?

The last hours of sun are always best

 

 

October 07, 2017

Anton’s Lake October 6th 2017

Still Water Fly Fishing Manitoba

Facebook keeps giving you old posts from the past. This week it reminded me of a very successful outing on Anton’s Lake (just past Minnidosa) from a year ago.


Heck just this spring I had a good time as well

So, on Friday I headed out there to repeat the magic.
Well, as the saying goes, that is why they call it fishing.

For one thing it was windy. I usually time my trips to these aerated lakes based on the wind. Even a little wind can make these sheltered, featureless lakes surrounded by miles of featureless prairie, a challenge.

A challenge with staying on a spot, wind knots, casting accuracy, with flies presented, etc. It didn’t seem to matter what fly I put on I got the same reactions, light bites, hits some brief struggles, LDR’s and a couple lost at the boat.

The other fishers did about the same.

For me it was one fish to hand.

Still Water Fly Fishing Manitoba

September 20, 2017

Wild Brook Trout on The Fly

I haven’t been out since the camping trip and not much since June. I tend to go away in the summer because it is so hot here and the fishing so poor that it is a waste of gas. So when the weather finally cooled off a bit I decided to hit my on again off again brook trout spot. It is quite a drive and quite a secret. The fish are small, quite a bit of tramping so not for everyone. But we keep it secret because all that won’t stop assholes from trying and therefore ruining it.

In the spring the whole area is great and stays good through most of the summer but, when the water levels drop they become harder to find. On top of the local beaver population is turning great runs in to silt pits.

Un-named Manitoba Creek

I hit the lower section to only catch chubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the chubs got bigger and the hits more frequent I thought I would get to ‘that run’ that always seems to have ‘real’ fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up from my last chub I saw a large black bear walk out of the bush straight to that run. I reeled up and was going to make way back to the car. I waited to see if there were cubs and when I didn’t I took two steps down stream to see where it went, only to see it eye to eye. I booked it out of there making those ‘gruff and chuff’ sounds while I was  I was also cursing myself for not making more noise, while out there alone, in fairly remote woods! I should have also notice how ripe the wild forage was!

Manitoba Bear Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having made it back to the car in record time, I drove up stream to another access point.

The place is beautiful.

Manitoba Scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After wandering around the once nice runs that a beaver has turned into fish less silt pit, I finally found some fish.

After all that driving a bear, running and marsh hiking I didn’t have to budge an inch to catch my fill of these beauties!