Parkland Region of Manitoba Brown Trout!

Parkland Region of Manitoba Brown Trout!
...and fly fishers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Foggy Start to a Beauty of a Day on the Water

Karen and I crawled out of bed in the dark and realized it was going to be a frosty start to the day. The lift back on the truck was even frozen! We had set aside today to head out to the west country to enjoy a day on the river together. It was a foggy wet drive out to Rocky Mountain House and beyond! Once we arrived at our destination, our two elkhounds sprinted around. They knew where they were. A day on the river.

The water was again high and more coloured than a few days before when I was out with my buddy Byron. We wore waders, the water was c-c-cold. After a 45 minute walk we rigged up and started to nymph. There were no bugs to speak of. I think we saw 4 rises all day!

It did not take long to hook up and the cutthroat certainly were in a feisty mood.

As the temperature warmed, the cutthroat became quite active.

If you are heading out to fly fish for cutthroat, take your time! The cutts get going late in the morning this time of the year!

Today, fall was at its best. Colourful trees made each run very beautiful! The thermometer crawled up to about 8 degrees. Karen brought her winter coat and she was glad to have it in the morning hours.

One month of cutthroat fishing to go! Bundle up and get out there. It is a long wait until next June!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bullshead in September

Betty and Steve MacKenzie as well as Larry Prowse and his brother, Ken, spent some time fly fishing Bullshead Reservoir in the Cypress Hills in the last week or so. The good news is that Bullshead water levels have risen dramatically since the spring. Lots of moisture in the area has allowed the reservoir to get back to normal levels. If you head down to Bullshead this time of the year, you will have the chance at catching large rainbows. You cannot easily fly fish from shore because of the weeds and you also have to deal with the strong winds that often blow in the Cypress Hills. Betty and Steve decided spend one of their days there touring around the Cypress Hills. There is lots to see! 

They even stopped and explored Orion, a ghost town in the area. Betty and Steve were fortune enough to get two relatively calm days to fly fish. They saw a boatman fall but the rainbows were not on the surface chasing these delightful morsels. Instead they found some deeper slots to  dangle their boatmen and backswimmer offerings. They had a lot of success with this. Larry and his brother had one day that was not too windy and another day where the wind was howling. They caught some nice rainbows as well.

Bullshead is open until the end of October. Once some serious frost sets in, the weeds start to die. At that point you may have a chance at shore fishing!

Thanks for the pictures Betty and Larry, much appreciated.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Early Fall in the Parkland Region of Manitoba with Betty and Steve MacKenzie

Betty and Steve MacKenzie just got back from a fly fishing tour that included a stop at several lakes in the Parkland Region of Manitoba. Betty said that Twin Lake was a little slower than they're used to but they caught some nice tigers on floating backswimmers. Betty and Steve camped at East Goose Lake, and despite the lack of amenities, it was great to be so close to the wonderful fishing at West Goose Lake.  The rainbows and browns were really biting and they had a couple of great days
there.  Betty and Steve even caught 2 rainbows that had tags on the dorsal fin. The MacKenzies then camped at Patterson Lake for a week and the fishing was excellent there.  They had time to try lots of different spots, and enjoying spotting and stalking the big browns along the reeds.  Where they fished often depended on the wind direction that day! Balanced leeches and backswimmers were the best flies.
Betty and Steve left just as the weather was taking a turn for the worst, and got to
Alberta just as the weather was warming up!

...and then they stopped at Bullshead!