If you could bring only one fly to Algonquin Park in the spring, this is it. Originally tied in Quebec in the 1890's, this original brook trout fly matches the unique yellow spawning colours of the Park's Redbelly and Finescale Dace. Swing in a bigger river, troll behind a canoe, strip in a stream outflow. Anywhere minnows are this fly works.
If you were allowed a second fly, this is the one. An original brook trout fly from the Nipigon region of Northern Ontario from the 1920's, it is designed to simulate a sculpin. We use a yellow or white version, weighted in larger sizes on ponds, and no-weight on small streams where it is more like a caddis stripped in fast water.
Hackle-less dry flies are better in the fast small streams and on lakes. More body in the water for higher visibility (to the fish; tough on the angler) and can be sunk as a wet fly. In fast current drift dry then swing into wet. Even strip it up stream. Any hackle-less caddis, Wulff, or emerger will work. Size 12-16, natural colours.
Nymph fishing is less used; dry or wet flies cover more water. The spring streams of Algonquin Park are fast and tough to get nymphs down. So, go big and go heavy. Buggy Hare's Ear, Copper Johns, even small weighted buggers. Natural colours, no crazy flash.
Our summer drift boat bass fishing is stellar. We have some secret flies we won't put up here (that catch 80% of all fish our clients land over the summer), but of course there is always the bass popper. Is there anything more fun than drifting in the current, with hits on your popper every third cast?
June pike and musky in Algonquin Park! Fly fishing big, noisy streamers on a big rod, with a steel leader. It is heart stopping to see a big fish emerge from the depths and sulk behind your fly. Keep stripping! Size very big, like 4/0 with a stinger. White and black highlights.
We're serious about making fly fishing awesome for you! For a start, here are the typical flies you will be casting on our spring Algonquin Park brook trout trips or the Petawawa, Ottawa or Madawaska River drift boat summer float fishing days. Check out what we have to offer!
All fly photos compliments of Drift Outfitters Fly Fishing in Toronto; check them out for your flies.
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