Monday, October 29, 2012

Loop to Loop Sink Tip Connection

The other day I was asked by a fellow angler whom I had seen on the river in the past about what sink tip line I recommended for fly fishing for the chum salmon.  Usually we are fly fishing in just 3ft of water that isn't moving too fast (chum hold in slower water).  I told him that I preferred to use the Type III sink tip lines and a leader not more than 3.5-4ft.  Heavier lines tend to snag too many fish or too much bottom and casting 45 degrees downstream helps prevent both snagging bottom and fish.

With that information he began to change his sink tip line.  I noticed that when he was switching his sink tip to something lighter he made a common error.  He put the loop of the sink tip through the loop of the fly line and then put the tip of the sink tip line through itself.  Putting a sink tip on that way will result in the line cutting into itself under tension especially with a big chum on!

Here is a bit of instruction and a short video I took to show how to properly put the loops together.

Step 1. Put the loop of the fly line through the loop of the sink tip.
Step 2. Put the end of the sinking tip though to loop of the fly line
Step 3. Pull the sink tip through the loop of the fly line until it forms a square knot (reef knot).

The reef knot does not allow the line to cut into itself.  That is when you know you have done it right!
Good luck out there, those chums are strong!

Tight lines,

Clint Goyette

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rewards from Learning to Czech Nymph

Over the past 5 years I have spent quite a bit of time teaching beginner and advanced fly anglers how to employ the method of presenting a nymph to fish on a short line in fast water.  This technique is commonly referred to as Czech or Polish nymphing. It is very effective for fishing fast streams such as those found on the west coast of beautiful British Columbia.

Quite often the fish caught Czech nymphing are in the 10-14" inch range, but in some cases surprisingly large fish take the little #10 to #18 nymphs.

Some flies used when I teach the Czech nymph Technique

Our streams have many of the standard insects such as stoneflies, caddis, and many mayfies due to the pristine water conditions.  Using fly patterns that imitate these insects in their nymph stage is critical to the success of the Czech nymph technique.

Adult Stonefly Size #10 are common in June

When teaching we use various rods specifically designed for Czech nymphing such as Admira, Vision Cult, and Sage 99.
Admira 10' 4wt is an excellent choice for Czech Nymphing
The Sage 99 is a great choice for Czech Nymphing

One of my favorite things about using this style of presenting a fly to fish is you never know what you're going to get so you always have to be prepared and remember your tippet strength!  The normal tippet size is 3X or 4X fluorocarbon in our coastal streams.

This small char fell for a nymph presented using the Czech nymphing technique in the Mamquam River in Squamish BC

If you are interested in learning more about this style of fishing there are many books available including one by George Daniel just published this year: Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World  

and if you want to get some hands-on training you can book one of my guided trips here and learn the technique of Czech Nymphing on our beautiful coastal rivers!
Wild Rainbow Trout

Large fish such as this Bull Trout - Salvelinus confluentus can also succumb to small nymphs presented properly