There are days when fish are simply tight-lipped, lock jawed, or conditions are far less than ideal. Maybe there is no sign of a hatch to be found, and fish need to be coaxed into eating.
Whatever the case, attractor fly patterns definitely have a time and place when it comes to moving fish that might not otherwise be interested. Todays instalment of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education covers precisely what makes attractor patterns so effective under a multitude of challenging scenarios.
Fly fishing has come a very long ways, as has fly design, and our ability to imitate natural food sources is better today than it has ever been.
Natural materials play a major role in catching fish that are keyed in to a specific food source, fish that are being pressured heavily, or simply a situation that calls for imitating what is hatching at any given moment.
Enjoy today's episode (below) here or on Apple Podcast, Sticher, Google Podcasts, or your favourite streaming service. Tomorrow we are talking all things attractor fly patterns.
That wasn't supposed to be a pun, but as it was typed out it seemed far too fitting not to keep it.
First off, today marks day 7 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and it has honestly been a fantastic experience. A personal thank you to everybody who has written in, from all across North America and even Europe and Australia!
Today we talk about water temperature... how does varying water temperature affect the manner in which we can approach trout in both still and moving water? Also, how can we ensure we keep the well-being of the fish a priority?
That was a trick question, because there simply is nothing that rivals an aggressive pull on a down-and-across presentation. This episode marks #6 on 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and shares three quick tips on fishing the swung fly technique.
Popular among salmon, steelhead and trout anglers around the world, fishing the swung fly has long been the favoured method for fly anglers chasing anadromous fish. We cover the importance of fishing the right sinktip, stepping through your swing, and fishing the fly all the way to the bitter end.
The idea that 90% of the fish get caught by 10% of the anglers rings especially true in the game of stillwater fly fishing. Today marks day 5 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and the third and final instalment of this micro-series of chironomid fishing on stillwaters.
The first episode covered equipment for chironomid fishing, yesterday's episode covered the bugs themselves, and today I'm thrilled to be able to share five key actionable tips and tactics for real time on-the-water scenarios.
This episode covers finding the right depth, the vitality of starting from the bottom, a tidbit on fishing a naked floating line presentation, the art of "dangling", and more...
Chironomids make up a staggering percentage of a rainbow trout's diet throughout the open water season, but it is vital to understand what their life cycle looks like and how we can use this information to catch more fish.
Chironomids undergo a complete metamorphosis, meaning their life cycle begins in the egg stage, progressing into the larval, pupal, and eventually the adult stage. Chironomids are incredibly susceptible in the larval and pupal stage, with the latter being the most popular stage in which they get devoured by hungry rainbow trout.
Enjoy this episode, and tomorrow we will cover five actionable tips and tactics to close out this micro-series about chironomids within the 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education campaign.
Welcome to day 3 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education on the Fly Fish University podcast!
When I surveyed 800+ anglers from all across North America (and even Europe!), one topic that repeated itself over and over again was that of chironomid fishing in stillwaters.
I was okay with this, as I've dedicated the past decade to improving my skillset and learning as much as humanly possible on the topic of chironomid fishing. There is something about sending down a fly the size of your pinky fingernail, feeling the line come tight, and watching a gargantuan rainbow clear the water directly in front of you.
Rather than trying to squeeze the basics of this topic into one episode, I decided to stretch it out over three days. Today is all about equipment, an absolutely crucial area to understand on the topic of successful chironomid fishing.
Welcome to day 2 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, today is all about fly selection!
Honestly, I used to open my fly box and think "I might as well have a blindfold on right now". I had no idea what to look for, I had absolutely no confidence in my abilities to choose flies that actually worked.
This all changed when I started understanding not just what I was tying on, but why I was tying it on.
Being able to make an educated selection from your fly box goes far beyond reaching in and grabbing the first fly that instills confidence in you. Though confidence is an absolutely vital ingredient in the fly selection process, we must go further. We must have a systematic approach and incorporate a list of factors that could influence what finds its way onto the end of your tippet next.
This episode discusses the effect that water clarity has on your fly selection, understanding the behavioural tendencies...
Welcome to day 1 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education! Seriously, this could not be more exciting.
In case you are new here and thinking "what on earth are we talking about here?", over the past few months I surveyed over 800 people on what they really wanted to learn more about when it came to fly fishing.
Rather than replying to every question in private, I decided to share my answers for the entire world! Every day, for the next 21 days, a new topic will be posted here with an accompanying podcast episode. I received a boatload of questions about floating lines, and today I chat about the two things that make it or break it when choosing a floating line that's appropriate for your casting stroke, rod action, and primary fisheries.
Floating lines can be a tricky thing. Even the most expensive fly rod in the world will never be fished to its maximum potential...
My name is Jordan Oelrich, and in my early teens my entire life was turned upside down when I was introduced to fly fishing. It wasn't long before my aspirations for professional golf fell to the wayside of learning everything humanly possible about the sport of fly fishing.
I began my professional career in the fly fishing industry at the age of 17, and have since been fortunate to educated hundreds of people in the sport of fly fishing. However, I remember when I started, it was far from easy. I had no idea what I was doing, there were times when it was downright embarrassing.
Everything changed when I began getting the right information from people who knew what they were talking about; people who could point me in the right direction and help me remove some of the guesswork. That is my ultimate purpose with Fly Fish University.
When I began designing Fly Fish University, I...