We had a really hot July this year with very little rain. The river level dropped drastically pushing the fish into the deeper pools and off the flats that I’ve been fly fishing. This year I have dedicated my fishing time to expanding my knowledge of fly fishing, specifically targeting carp. I have set aside my love for euro fishing, overnighters and all that bait and tackle to learn a simpler, more down to earth style of fishing which I’ve grown really fond of. The river life will be switching gears focusing more on fly fishing for all species, you can already see this on our Facebook Page which is updated a bit more frequently then this blog. Well, this July, its been hot, the fly action has died down as the fish were forced to deeper water, the flats dried up, weed growth exploded. I decided to take advantage of this and bring back the euro methods that did so well for me in previous years, I spent a week pre baiting one of my favorite pools with cooked maize and chicken feed, a gallon a day. The day before my planned trip, I decided to bring along a rod when i went to bait up for the last time. I brought my old shimano convergence 7′ jig rod with a baitrunner reel pre rigged and baited from my last fishing outing, months prior. The corn on the hook was dried and rock hard. I figured I would just chuck the rod in while I tossed in all the bait, and then head home, hoping for the possibility of hooking one fish while I did my final prep work for tomorrow. Good thing I brought that rod because I hooked into a really nice fish, easily 20 lb+.
So the story begins at home, planning a journey. A journey to trump all journeys! Shawn and I got talking about heading out to Toronto for the weekend, big fish have been turning up lately around there. We contacted our Toronto friends to see if they were interested in meeting up, and showing us around, James was in.
The plan was to meet him at Tommy Thompson Park, a piece of land cropping out of the Toronto harbor front adjacent to Toronto Island, for a mix of fishing styles targeting carp for the day, after we would find somewhere to spend the night fishing and camping. We brought our euro carp setups plus our fly rods for sight fishing action. We were warned that walk in would be long and that when we arrived there would be red ants biting so to prepare I wore waders and Shawn wore rubber boats with ingenious double sided tape on the cuffs. Continue reading
Hello again! Im back, its been a long winter, I barely got out fishing until April. My apologies for not keeping this up to date, but I plan to be here for you guys more often now. Anyways, this is just a generic post with a bunch of shots from some recent sessions. This year I have decided to go full steam ahead with carp on the fly. In the past, I have reserved my fly rod for trout opener and bass opener but after a long winter of watching youtube, I decided, its time to step up and jump into the big leagues of fly fishing. I learned some good ties that can be used to target these wary prey, I perfected my casting technique, got some practice on a small creek with high banks and now I’m ready to tackle carp in bigger waters. Ive had a few sessions in the speed river, got amongst them quite a few times before I hooked my first one. Learned their habits and where they hang out, learned how far I can push them before they spook. Its going to be a great summer!! Well lets start with some picture, we’ll start at the beginning, my first carp on the fly, from a small creek that feeds a pond in Riverside Park, Cambridge. I even shot a video of my practice carp on the fly adventures…