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Dry Fly Heaven | Labrador Brook Trout Fantasy


welcome everyone to the new flight
Fisher I’m your host Bill Spicer on today’s show we’re gonna talk about
brook trout and dry flies now I’m talking brook trout that measuring the
size of pounds not inches we’ll talk about the equipment the techniques and
everything you need to know to be successful stay with us we’ll be right
back on today’s show the new flight Fisher
crew is 60 miles to the south of Goose Bay Labrador at the headwaters of the
renowned Eagle River at Eagle river trout Lodge strategically located at a
narrow section of the river moving water directly in front of the fishing lodge
yields huge eastern brook trout and northern pike within a short distance of
the fishing lodge anglers can fish virtually any type of water they prefer
joining us today our guides ivan keeping whom is affectionately
known as bubbles and dwayne tucker both of these men are very experienced guides
which will assure me of a successful trip eagle river’s double a-frame
fishing lodge offers all aspects of home comfort for the angler this canadian
fishing lodge has six double occupancy bedrooms each complete with full
bathroom facilities including showers Lodge also supplies all bed linens
towels face cloths and soap hearty home-cooked meals are prepared by
locally trained cooks and served in the main fishing lodges dining room in the
evening relax around an old-fashioned wood stove recount the day’s exciting
fishing action or plan tomorrow’s strategy Eagle River trout fishing lodge
tries to ensure maximum comfort for the guests while still retaining the warm
atmosphere on the first morning we headed a short
distance upstream to the first spot which is known as Ivan’s hole it didn’t
take long before the action started a big Pike bike yes sir
twice I went after him yeah he showed himself once we heard a splash first so
I knew there was something there I cast once to him he showed himself
I cast second time and he took it and it’s a good plate not a bad start yes
sir yeah good job oh he’s a strong one Andy and not bad for a start probably 7
8 pounds big old toothy critter but old boy they really show themselves I love
it put them in the water bike generally don’t take too long to revive 5 minutes
I get a good sized Pike gotta love that anywhere when searching for brook trout
on the Eagle search out pocket water these waters are also known as a rattle
by the local guides these areas have scattered boulders that off an old
feeding trout in the slots and pockets around the boulders anytime the water is
deeper than three or four feet and has some sort of obstruction to break the
current you will nearly always find trout they will be feeding and taking
whatever the current has to offer them I decided to get back into the boat and
try fishing deeper into the pocket water and work around the boulders boys this
guy got some big head shakes big head shakes oh it’s you know why ha ha it’s a
big Pike boy oh boy I thought so when it first stopped it just didn’t quite act
like a a brook trout but oh boy it’s a good-size pike he’s taking some line on
me now while we we’ve got a lot of wind today easterly wind which makes it four
it makes tough fishing you won’t have banner days when you got easterly wind
but generally what you get are aggressive fish like this one that’s
that’s very large and I’ll just get my guide here eivin but we call him bubbles
he likes to be called bubbles all right there bubbles Hellboy yes sir yes sir yes sir Wow now penny in
a bad start it’s not a bad start at all good size pike which they are bigger
here but that’s not bad and as you can see we’re in a like a run to call them
rattles here it’s nothing but large boulders I’ll get them down into the
water it shouldn’t take long to revive him no
and away he goes having two rods rigged up one with a
streamer and the other with a dry fly makes changing tactics much simpler you
never know when the fish will begin rising got him yes sir
yes sir got him whoo that was incredible that was just incredible now I gotta
manage some line here I was casting farther before Hey see if we can get him
in the in the net now oh boy on a catastrophic oh my god right there
yes sir yes sir and this is a good fish how big would you say oh he’s 4 for 4
for sure your visitor yeah there that is what it’s all about drive lie fishing
it’s the reason most of us got into the sport is for the dry flies well that’s
incredible now we’re gonna get to the number off the tag we’re gonna put them
back in the net put them back in the water get a drink and then we’ll get the
number off the tag and we’re gonna record it and he’s about ready to go and away he goes that’s the way to do it
you revive them until they’re completely back to normal again and then they can
swim away easily and and deal with other predators if they need to get away so
you don’t want to release them too soon we’re gonna try that wrong again I’m
gonna try that rock again for sure we see more than one fish rising there so
listen try that again the recommended equipment for the Eagle
River system are 9 foot number 6 and number 8 wait medium action rods along
with large arbor reels with smooth drags for fighting these large fish the lines
that are recommended are wait for word floating lines matching the rod and reel
for dry fly fishing along with sinking tip and full sinking lines for fishing
subsurface the insect hatches on the Eagle are
quite healthy both mayflies and caddisflies can hatch
at the same time on this particular trip the catice flies were more abundant and
the fish were eagerly eating them waiting on the Eagle River can be
treacherous due to the large boulders it’s advisable to bring along a waiting
staff this will act like a third leg and make for safe and enjoyable fishing
one of the most effective stream tactics is to cast a fish upstream trout will
always face into the current their vision is quite good on the sides above
and in front but not very good behind them this tactic will allow you to get
quite close to the fish and remain undetected watch how close to my guide
this fish is okay let’s start walking out towards them I don’t want to let him
get him into the into the fast water again all right okay he’s just about
ready he’s turning on the side yes sir another good-sized brook trout now let’s
go boy this is something else this is on a dry fly oh boy look at that buddy
look at that that’s unbelievable on a dry fly beautiful beautiful good
three and a half four pounds took it actually stuck his whole head out I
could see it let’s get him down into the water face him upstream I’m gonna wait
till he fell he kicks and he’s kicking now already and away he goes
oh my that’s the way to do it we decided to head back to the lodge for
some needed rest and to plan the next day’s strategies the next morning we decided to head
right back to the same area we fished the previous day hoping the fish were
still rising to the dry fly first thing in the morning and what I’m
gonna do first is observe it’s no different in Labrador than it is in
Pennsylvania or Ontario you first take a look at what’s happening I have an idea
what’s happening but I want to make sure we have some caddisflies coming off and
a few mayflies we have observed some fish activity as far as risings
concerned but we got to determine first what is happening before we barge into
the water oh come on he did get it water jumped
right over the water my goodness yeah I didn’t think he had that but all of a
sudden I didn’t see my fly anymore so I thought I better strike oh yeah okay
doing anytime you’re ready oh no right at the net right at the net
what can I say what can I say and I got him it’s all
right I got him anyways oh right anytime Dwayne hey good man look at how
colored this one is dry fly fishing at his best Labrador brook trout now he he
I thought he’d be bigger because he fought incredibly hard went on some good
runs and just an incredible fight ain’t no way he goes that was that was good
yeah thank you very much sir thank you very much recommended flies to
bring with you and visiting the Eagle River are sutlers leech patterns
deceivers wooly buggers and a selection of trout dry flies including royal
Wolf’s Adams Goddard caddis and el-kheir catice the
setup that we used for streamers was a sinking tipline to a four-foot 12 pound
leader than the streamer the dry fly setup was a floating line to a tapered
nine-foot leader to a 3x tippet than the fly got him first cast all right all
right now we’ve seen the fish come up once and I was I got a really good drag
free drift and he took it now he’s got down pretty far on me and I’m a little
concerned about this because right now I got a sore knee and I don’t know if I
can chase him so we’ll see what happens he’s moving back upstream this is good I
want everybody to notice how I keep the line high when you get so much line out
you don’t want it to touch the water that adds extra drag to your line and it
will pull harder on the hook and you can break your your tippet or straighten the
hook out good man good man and this is a bigger fish yeah it’s nice fish thank
you thank you very much yes big male fish and they’re already starting to
turn color this is surprising to me there we go big if you look at the hook
in the jaw that’s how you can tell whether it’s a male or a female a female
would have a straight jaw and the most would be smaller very good fish and go
the length of my arm anyways come on buddy
and he’ll yes make his way over to to the fast water and away he goes got a
fish got a fish rising up ahead of me here
and because it’s upstream I’m gonna have to strip the line in to ensure that I
get a drag free drift if I allowed to drift the line just to collect and I get
a hit I’d have too much slack out not allowing
me to set the hook properly so what I do is I pick my spot cast to it and then as
it’s coming towards me I’m stripping the line in this allows me to have us almost
a straight line to the fly and if a fish takes it I’ll be able to set the hook
properly if I don’t do this too much line collects and I won’t be able to set
the hook we’re casting to rising fish we’re not
blind casting we’re waiting till we see something break the surface and then we
cast it to it this particular guy here he’s he’s come up two or three times and
so we finally went over and got him this is a strong fish this is a very strong
fish got to get them back on my reel anytime sir yes sir
now it’s yeah that’s a better fish that’s about three pounds and if you
notice back behind the fin here that’s an old Pike mark he’s been grabbed by a
Pike which there is lots of them around here excellent fish excellent fish very
dark back so you don’t you don’t see them very well in this dark water so had
an old guide on a salmon camp showing me this just rub their bellies a little bit
of work every time works every time and away he goes and empty my my shirt
sleeve out waters a little bit chilly but not too bad not too bad that was
excellent again what I did I cast out I wasn’t in
my right spot so I pulled back on my fly to a better position and then let it
float down and that’s me right in there Danny took it yes sir yes
una ah look yes dry fly fishing at its best I’ve never had it this good good
man good man I don’t know another nice mail huh good knit man in a game gotta
love it my goodness healthy fish on rising rising to caddisflies it’s never
been better as far as I’m concerned just at the lunch time decided to take one
more cast and sure enough produced a good fish it’s a long fish that’s a long
fish yes sir now I want people to notice we’re not losing too many fish because
of barbless if you fight a fish properly there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take
them barbs should not make a difference decent fish how do you like that e now
he’s beat up a bit as if his his fins are a little tore up he might have had a
run-in with a pike or something but yeah very very nice fishing yeah and I see a
pike mark right there on the side him just above the back fin little scarred
over mark now Duane my guide said he saw a fish rising directly below me what I’m
gonna have to do now is introduce some slack so I get a drag free drift towards
the fish it’s gonna be a little tricky he’s closer than what I really like him
to be but I have no choice as to where I am so I’m gonna try to get him now and
he’s directly below me got him that’s the one I sent oh that’s the one
that you seen is yeah there’s a yes sir that is just so neat now what I did
there as I cast out across farther and every time I ran out of space I just
pulled the fly back and let it float again now versatility is everything
presentation is everything if you don’t present the fly properly
they’re gonna refuse it and today the name of the game is dead drift the same
as if you threw a marshmallow in the water you want it to run the same speed
as this as a current any kind of drag they seem to be refusing now this isn’t
nearly as big as the other fish but it just shows you that by changing methods
of what you’re doing you can’t produce fish you got him okay just set him down
and the water there so we’ll calm down he’s just a little upset with me but
again another terrific fish this seems to be the average there are many bigger
ones but this seems to be the average and the way it was that was terrific
that was terrific again presentation is everything
if you don’t present a property they’re gonna refuse it Wow wasn’t that incredible well I hope
you learned lots about dry fly fishing today and make Labrador one of your next
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