Evolution of a Fly – Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail

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The Pheasant Tail is probably one of the most popular nymph imitations used in Fly Fishing. It was created and tied by English River Keeper, Frank Sawyer.  The fly was originally developed to imitate a number of species of the Baetis family, which most anglers know as ‘Olives’.  Since its origin, the fly has evolved into a go to pattern that can be used interchangeably for imitating various mayfly and stonefly species, depending on the colours used to tie it. Like most nymph patterns, this fly can be fished just below the surface or plunged deep into runs and pools. It’s effective when twitched to imitate an emerging or swimming insect, or dead drifted as a nymph caught struggling in

BWO and Hendrickson Nymphs in Action

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Check out the video below to see how active mayfly nymphs act in the water.  Also present are caddis and scuds. Dead drifting your nymph can be effective, but when thats not working, try adding a little bit of twitchy action to your fly. Filmed on the Grand River Brown Trout Waters near Fergus and Elora in early May.  

Ontario Trout Opener 2014

Headed out with the usual crew of cabin fevered pals for the weekend. Had one new fella out with us this year. He survived. We headed to our trout camp on Friday afternoon to get camp set up and do some scouting. Checked out a few streams and had a hard time deciding where to put our focus for the weekend. In the end, we just split up and fished all of them! Friday afternoon was a bit chilly. We had some snow mixed with rain for a couple of hours. Nothing a wee bit of maple syrup whisky won’t take care of though. I made a half dozen litres of maple syrup this year, and turned half of it