Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Trout Fly Fishing Equipment for the Whistler & Squamish Area

I am often asked what to bring to fish for trout in the Squamish and Whistler area. Well here it is:
Fly Lines:
1. Sink tip line Type III or IV (Required for targeting char in rivers)
2. Floating Line (rivers and lakes) 3. Intermediate sink Type II or III for stillwaters

Rods: 9 or 9.5 ft - 4wt for rainbows, 5 or 6wt for rainbows/cutthroat/char (Dolly Varden/Bull Trout)

Reels: Large arbor is essential to pick up line when fishing the lakes. The rainbows have a tendency to turn and run very quickly at the angler.

Flies: A selection of the following:

Dry Flies
*Elk Hair Caddis - Brown/Black (#10-#16)
*Tom Thumb (#10-#16)
Stimulators (#6-#10) Goddard Caddis (#10)

Nymphs (beaded and unbeaded):
*Pheasant Tail - Browns #14-#10
*Hare's Ear - Natural
Kauffman stonefly - brown, black #6-#10
Caddis Pupa - #14
Dragon Nymphs - Browns/Blacks
Damsel Nymphs (olive #8,#10)

Streamers:
Doc Spratley
*Wooly Buggers - size 8 (*Brown, Black, Olive)
Egg Sucking Leech
Muddler Minnows
Leech

Most prey species in the area are as follows:

Salmon fry / Small Trout (1.5-3"), Sculpins (1.5-4"), Caddis, Mayfly, Stonefly, leeches (mostly browns)

Hint - In Summer, fish the surface first in rivers with a dry, then follow through again with a wet fly to produce char!

*Make sure you have these!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

clint,

my name is jay, we met at Tommy Africa's through a mutual friend Greg from snowboard school. this is an excellent blog, thank you for the patterns i will need to fill my box with.