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First brook trout trip of the season

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On Friday, the water and weather finally started giving us a break and Mac and I got out to visit a great brook trout river we know.  The water was high, so we could not fish all the runs we wanted to. Nor could we fish the remainder as well as we liked, but we still managed to eke out eight nice brook trout, seven of which were between 13 and 17 inches. I lost a couple, including one that would have been substantially larger. Of the fish we caught, seven were on a size 10 Copper John and one was on...

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A fine time at the river

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My friend Bob and I went brook trout fishing in Algonquin Provincial Park last Thursday and we had a great day. The water was wadable, the fish were biting and each of us was on our game. This was one of the biggest brook trout of the day, measuring around 16 inches. Two others approached that size and another 17 fish were somewhere between 10 and 12 inches. It was the first time I got to use a 30-foot French leader and Frenchie nymph in water they were designed for and, I must say, it was a deadly technique.

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Beadhead prince nymphs

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I'm not sure why this unlikely looking nymph catches fish but, boy, does it ever. This is the beadhead prince nymph and it's a must have fly in any nymph box. I tied this one in size 12 and its one of a dozen I'm tying for the stock I'm accumulating for the shop. The recipe is: Hook: nymph hook from size 8 to 14 or even smaller. Bead: Gold to suit hook size Thread: Red 8/0 or finer Tail: Brown goose biots Ribbing: Gold wire or tinsel to suit hook size Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown hen or rooster...

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A box of blobs

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No, this is not a box of Christmas ornaments. It's a box of blobs. These are a British design not much used in Canada and the US but something I dabbled with last year for rainbows with pleasant results along with booby flies which are another effective Brit pattern. I've tied a dozen for myself to add to my arsenal of rainbow flies that I'll take out in the early season. Really easy to tie. Hook: wet fly hook 2X size, 6 to 10 Thread: Red or hot orange 6/0 or 8/0 Tail: flashabou of your preference. Body: Orange and...

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Tying the Dark Hendrickson wet fly

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