Id like to start off by saying I am not any type of fishing “purist”. Some will only fly fish with dry flies insisting that any other method is “cheating”. Some will only fish with bug imitations and insist that a san juan worm etc are the same as fishing with a real worm. Some will not ever touch a spinning rod. Some will profess that chumming is cheating. Some will only fish for bass and pike. What ever makes you feel good about your self, thats fine with me, but I fish which ever way I feel like fishing at the time and if I want to catch a fish I will do what it takes to get one. I’m not going to sit there and throw a dry fly at fish that aren’t rising because my ego says thats the only way to fish, it just makes no sense.
Over the weekend I was able to get out for some carp on the Grand River in Cambridge one morning. As I approached the waters edge I saw something Ive never seen before, there was a group of at least 10 carp feeding off the surface. Their mouths were coming out of the water and sucking back spent caddis flies, there was a big hatch going on. Luckily I had some tan caddis of various sizes in one of my boxes that I had on me, normally I only carry carp flies, but this time my trout stuff was on hand. I tied one on using an advanced clinch, not my normal knot, but the fly was too small to fit through my normal surgeons loop that I use for carp fly fishing. This, along with the fact that the caddis fly was a size 12, had me very worried, but I cast it out to where they were feeding none the less. Within seconds one gulped down the fly and my line went tight. I followed up with a strip set to make sure i was hooked up and a 15 minute battle insued. I got the fish to hand and got some great pictures and video which you can see below.
My apologies, I have been away from my desk at theriverlife.ca for quite some time. My absence from this space did not stop me from wetting a line though. Continuing where we left off, fall of 2013, I planned out two months worth of fishing trips with a good friend who mainly targets trout. I booked off work one day per week from September through part of November on days that my friend was off so that we could check out all the major Great Lakes Tribs in search of salmonoids. He, being quite experienced with these fish, was able to show me the ropes and get me up to speed with Ontario’s most sought after fish, Steel head. I will break down this post into sections, each covering one trip.