Ontario Fly Fishing: Dry Flies

Dry fly patterns for use specifically in Ontario. Ontario mayfly, stonefly, caddis fly patterns and more. From late march until late December, flies will continue to hatch in Ontario if weather conditions are right.

Black Stonefly Stimulator

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Around the end of March, black stoneflies begin to emerge on rocks in streams.  This is also the time that steelhead begin to enter rivers in the spring to make their annual pilgrimage to their natal, headwaters streams.  Although most fish won’t be looking up for their food just yet, often they can be teased [...]

Golden Stonefly Stimulator Fly Pattern

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Once the end of May and the beginning of June are here, my go to fly pattern for large trout is the golden stonefly stimulator pattern.  These are big, bushy flies that have many uses.  Not only will they imitate large stoneflies well, but they also imitate grasshoppers, beetles, bees and even small mammals such [...]

High Riding Elk Hair Caddis – Hackled

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When caddis are skittering and flying about the streams surface, they tend to bounce around on top of the water.  I’ve noticed this tends to happen in areas where the water is flowing quite quickly.  Mimicking the behavior of caddis  at this stage in their lives, the egg laying stage can be a tough task.  [...]

Green Drake Extended Body

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Green Drake hatches can begin very early in the day, and commonly start before sunrise. The hatch will continue throughout the day, one or two drakes at a time. Usually beginning around the end of May, and continuing for a couple of weeks. Hook size 8-12 Thread Uni black 8/0 Tail Wild Boar Fibres Rib [...]

Elk Hair Caddis – No Hackle

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Caddis are small moth-like insects that have two pairs wings. They are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings, and the two orders together form the superorder Amphiesmenoptera. There are numerous species that occur in Ontario, but I tend to focus on three of the more dominant species. The [...]

Sulphur Dun

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Sulphurs tend to hatch in slower waters. They are tiny, and thankfully usually hatch in great numbers, bringing even the weariest of trout to the surface for a meal.  Sulphurs are a major hatch on many southern Ontario streams early to late June. Tying Materials: Hook Size 18 dry fly Thread uni 8/0 white Tail [...]

Little Blue Winged Olive Dun Parachute LBWO

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The Little Blue Winged Olive tied parachute style is a perfect imitation for smaller stream fishing. The fly floats very low, almost in the surface film, and when the fly is not dressed, it could easily imitate an emerging dun as it drifts downstream, rear portion submerged. Once a dressing of dry fly floatant is [...]

Dark Hendrickson Split Hairwing

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Dark Hendrickson Spinners are the first of the larger mayflies to make their return trip to the stream in mating.  The flies gather above appropriate sections of the stream enmasse and begin the ritual of dipping and diving toward the water as males and females create next seasons brood.  These flies are usually the first [...]

Light Hendrickson

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Hendrickson Mayflies are one of the larger, early season emergers in Ontario.  Beginning early to midmay and lasting until June, these flies provide some of the first surface action of the season in many areas.  Flies should be tied in sizes that reflect natural insect sizes in the area you intend to fish.  The hendrickson [...]

Grey Drake Quill Body

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Ingredients Hook 10 – 14 dry fly Thread Black 8/0 Tail Red Cock fibres Body stripped peacock herl Wing Dark grey elk hair tied wulff style Hackle Red Cock or other dry fly Head Thread