This variation is using long plastic chenille. Note the red wool butt as you can't place the chenille any further than half way without crowding the maribou tail. Interestingly, I caught a large rainbow with this fly. There are sunfish in the lake and maybe this triggered the response.
We get about 6 weeks of brook trout fishing in the fall from Sept 1st to about mid October. Some of our district shuts down Sept 30 because of a very old idea of reproduction protection which in reality cannot happen in our lakes. It remains I believe to protect fish stocks for ice fishers!
This report is a composite of 3 separate trips to a "new" lake in my district of Eastern Ontario. Originally a brook trout lake, an introduction of bass about 7 years ago decimated the trout, or at least the stocking each year. MNRF decided on what I have been telling them at the Council for years and that is to stock 2nd year fish. Very successful and I hope they will continue here and do likewise elsewhere. Vampire Leech was the most successful fly but all manner of black leeches worked. Rainbows are the most aggressive trout species and a joy to catch. They almost always jump to the peril of our hearts.
Dazzle Dubbing Black and Red body with white Phentex shell back. This fly has been catching since the hatch right after our first frost. The phentex post aids in sighting and creating some noise when jerked.
Caught this one some time ago a couple of weeks after ice out. This is a third year fish in our neck of the woods. Always good fishing at the beginning before they are taken out. I wish more fishers would let them go. Now it is too hot for safe C&R
I have great hopes for this fly as soon our lakes open. The body is a piece of plastic Q Tip handle. Should float like a cork! I'll make a larger version for Bass.
In previous years here in Eastern Ontario we usually get comfortable fishing well into November but we have been cut off early. My last time out was Oct 30 and long term forecast is not promising. However here is a couple of videos I've made of late fall Brook Trout fishing.
Water is still a bit warm for C&R so I'm not taking pictures of the fish. It is possible to encourage long line releases by not setting the hook and letting the line go slack. I managed that four times the other day but two had to be let off at the tube quickly.
This is my new version of the Orange Hammills. It allows an inline arrangement and less tangling. Worked well and caught fish. Orange certainly seems attractive especially to Brook Trout.
This a trout version of a new series of flies I am tying. I'm still working on the bass and pike types which have been very successful. Water is too warm for C&R on my trout ponds so I may have to wait but if we have a cool stretch before Fall, I'll be out trying it. Theory is that it must be attractive to see a minnow with a leech attached. Being a trout fly, I deliberately made it as slim as I could with only a bit of flash. They can be easily spooked.