Have been fishing for more than two weeks already. Usually don't get started until 1st week in May. MNRF has given us a lake stocked with 2nd year rainbows and we are catching them on the surface as they go after midges hatching. The great thing is that the lake has survived ice fishing. We are getting them on wet flies as well. Orange works but also leeches, etc.
I have been negligent in keeping up my fishing blog. October 10th was my last outing at out rainbow lake stocked with 2nd year fish, a very successful experiment by MNRF. Bass were killing off 1st year brookies or at least starving them. 2nd year rainbows are much more aggressive.
Right after that outing, I fell victim to Lyme's Disease from a tick bite. In just three weeks I was in a wheel chair unable even to easily get out of it. I was sent for an MRI and when that failed to reveal anything, they assumed Lyme's and started treatment. I was lucky compared to others before me in getting a diagnosis even before proof. I recovered almost as quickly as I went down.
I am relating this to help YOU to be very careful. During tick season you must examine yourself daily and family members. 50% of ticks carry the parasite and they are everywhere. Current thinking is that
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.