Fly fishing in Ontario in the fall means different things to different people. The main quarry at this time of year are Steelhead and Brown trout. Some species of pacific salmon can also be targeted, but make up a much smaller portion of what folks are targeting this time of year.
Here I’ve compiled a list of my top flies for Steelhead and Brown trout in the great lakes region.
Egg flies, Globugs, Yarn Flies
Eggflies are one my my go-to flies for the fall and winter season. When I’m nymphing, or fishing an indicator setup, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you’ll find a globug pattern attached to my rig somewhere. Make sure you keep a good supply of different colours and sizes of these yarn flies as water colour will dictate the colour of fly you should be using.
I keep a good supply of these larva for one simple reason….they are always in the water. These migratory fish spent many months in their natal streams gobbling up countless caddis nymphs.
Tie these up in green, white, brown and orange to imitate the various species out there. Hook sizes can range from size 6 all the way down to size 16, or smaller if you choose to do so. Use the larger sizes in high, dirty flows, and the smaller sizes in gin clear water.
Stoneflies are another species of insect that are abundant, and active for most of the year. They’ll continue hatching throughout the fall and winter months provided water temperature meets their needs. You’ll find hatches stoneflies occurring on days when the sun is shining, causing the water temperature to warm up just a couple of degrees.
Probably one of the most versatile flies ever created is the wooly bugger. These flies imitate anything from large nymphs, such as stoneflies and salmon flies, to leeches and even small baitfish.
These flies are hard for any species to resist, and thus its probably a good idea to keep a good supply of these flies in different colours, sizes and styles.
Wiggler style patterns are designed to imitate a number of different insects in their nymphal stage.
Tie these up in a variety of sizes and colours to suit your needs.