35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

BIG Brook Trout of Gods Lake


(light music) With countless lakes
and rivers spread across beautiful
Canadian landscape, Manitoba is known as
a fishing paradise. Huge portions of Manitoba
have never been touched by industrialization or
residential development leaving many of the water
sources across province in pristine condition. The province is filled with a
wide variety of exciting fish including pike,
walleye, rainbow trout, and huge brook trout
to speak of a few. This week we target brook trout. I’m Bill Spicer and this
is The New Fly Fisher. And there you go, ha ha! (relaxing music) – [Narrator] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to the support
of Travel Manitoba, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Rio Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy. Today my adventure’s in
the province of Manitoba. I first fly to the
city of Winnipeg and then board a small plane
for a two hours flight north to Elk Island Lodge located
on Gods Lake system. This system which
runs into Hudson Bay is an internationally
renowned fishery. There is fantastic
fishing on the main lake for Northern Pike,
Walleye, and Lake Trout, with fly out trips
for huge Brook Trout on Gods River system. My guide for this
week is Clayton Bee, he’s a very experienced
guide with a good sense of humor and is very patient. I’m sure I will be successful. (light music) Fish, yeah. Right at the ledge. Right at the ledge now
let’s get ’em on the reel. What I’ve got is a
intermediate sinking line on here right now but I
had to with the velocity of the water I’ve had to
put some extra weight on. A couple of split shot
just to get it down. And I casted over into the
corner where it was quiet and then it went
into the fast water and that’s where it hit. Now my guide is getting us
up into some calmer water so we can net this. Okay. Looks all right. And pass it back here. And a smaller size Brook Trout. And away he goes. Now what I’m using,
I’ll show you right now, it’s kind of a peacock
curled black wooly bugger. Right there. It’s got some peacock curl,
a little bit of flash in it, but what I had to do was
what right here, see, above my knot? I got two split shot. The velocity of the
water here is quite fast, I was unexpected for that. Next time I come I’ll
bring a full sink line which will get me
down but right now this seems to be working. They’re holdin’ tight right
in front of the fast water, I guess that’s where the
food is coming down from so I’ll try that again. Hopefully next one will
be a little bigger. (light music) Yeah, got one. Yes sir. Took it on the swing. It feels decent. Oh yeah, this feels
really decent. (chuckles) I just got a quick
look at it there it’s a little bigger than the
last one I got but we’ll see. Again, we’re just swinging
across Atlantic Salmon style but I’ve got a couple
extra split shot on there just to make sure it gets down. The water here is pretty quick. And, oh this is a good fish. This is a decent fish. Yes sir! Here we go. Now we’re gettin’ into a
little better fish here. Okay, there. Hook’s out. I’m gonna release this guy. And away he went, wow! (laughs) They revive quickly here,
the water’s ice cold. We’re way up in the North
so the water’s cold, Brook Trout are hungry. That was great. Like I say, I’m casting
down and just letting it swing on its own. I’ve got enough weight to get
it down probably two or three feet and these fish are
hammering ’em as they go by. (light music) We came expecting dry fly
fishing for Brook Trout but mother nature
being what she is, there was an
incredibly cold Spring so everything’s about
three weeks behind. There was no hatches whatsoever. When that happens you want
searching patterns which, to me, are wooly buggers. We’ve put them down, got
them down near the bottom, and I had success. Fish on or well. Oh, we’re movin’ down
and he’s movin’ up. Now it’s quite the fight when you’re in this kind of current. Gotta get him away
from these rocks. Little side pressure
to see what happens. The fight is fantastic. Very strong fish. I’m tryin’ to get him on
this side of the rocks but it’s not gonna happen. So let him go down,
and I got lucky, he got through the rocks. Now when moving down
like we are here you have to keep
up with the line. I see that, it’s a nice trout. He should be
getting about tired. That’s a good one, yeah. Yes sir. Excellent! Excellent. And the fly plpped, yo,
what a convenience that was. Now this is a decent fish. I like it. (chuckles) Whoa. And they are feisty. Let’s put him back in
the net for a second. Put him in there,
let him revive a bit. Now let’s let him go this way. And away he goes. (laughs) I love brook trout,
they fight so hard, and when they hit
they’re as vicious as any pike I’ve ever caught
because they hit to kill so it’s a big boom
when you get it, wow. Love it, love it, love it. (relaxing music) More brook trout
action when we return. Well if people wanna
book at Elk Island Lodge the best thing to do
is contact at least six to nine months in advance
to when they want to book. At Elk Island Lodge
we have guest cabins for two, four, six, and
eight, private cabins, we give the guest the
cabin all to themselves, we never mix and
match the groups. Indoor showers,
indoor washrooms, nice common room, beautiful
views of the lake, all the comforts of home. In my experience, brook
trout on big waters like this like it just above the rapids, right where the
water dumps down. If you swing your fly
right in front across it that’s generally where they are. Try to get it down
and they’re there because that’s the first
place the food is being washed down through the rapids
so it’s an effective spot for them to hold is before there’s
rocks behind them so there’s a bit of a pillow,
they can hold in there. So any time you see it
dumping into the rapids try above first
before you go down and try where you usually
would in the lower part of the rapids
behind rocks and stuff. Right at the top, that’s
generally a good spot. (light music) Fish on. Oh my. Wow did he ever hit that. Whoa look at that, that is one
of the hardest hits I’ve had. One of the hardest,
man oh man did he hit. He nailed it! This is a trophy. Oh boy. As soon as he hit
that he was gone. He’s a smart one. Boy oh boy is that
ever a nice fish. Woo! (laughs) Is that ever a nice fish! Oh my. (laughs) Now we’re talkin’ fish. Look at that. Oh wow, that’s a nice nice fish. And there he goes. (laughs) Now that’s fishin’. He hit so hard I knew
right away that it was gonna be a large fish. Hit hard and went upstream
you know it’s a good fish, that’s when you gotta
allow them line. Don’t hold on for dear life, allow them to take the line out that’s the only way
you’re gonna get ’em in. Woo! Gods River is large
and fast but don’t let this intimidate you. Whenever you run into a
large river situation, break it up into small sections and work those small
sections the same way you would when workin’
your stream at home. Looking for current
breaks, rocks, anywhere the fish can hide. (water rippling) Fish on. Whoa! It’s a good one. Oh boy. This guy’s gonna
make it hard on me. Good man! Oh man, what a fish. What a fish. Now how do you like that folks? Huge. Well I’m gonna put
him back in the net so we can get him
back in the water. Wait til he swims outta my hand. Fish on. Another good one. Another good one. Now I gotta be real careful. Try to get control of him. Oh man. Another good one. Excellent! Okay. Very nice. Beautiful fishing here. And away he goes. Yep! He’ll make his way out. We’ll be right back. Elk Island Lodge, the staff
here is what makes the place. Yes, I’m the owner
but I can’t guide and take care of the
lodge and take care of the reservations and
do all the maintenance and clean the cabins. The staff here at Elk
Island Lodge are phenomenal, they’re very very geared towards
quality customer service. The chef is outstanding, the girls clean the
cabins very nicely, make it very comfortable
and cozy for the guests, and the guides are
second-to-none to the lake. They know the lake like
the back of their hands and they do an outstanding job. Gods Lake is not only known
for incredible lake trout and walleye fishing, they
have outstanding pike fishing. I was excited to give it a try. (relaxing music) When fishing for pike
always strip right to the edge of the boat. Pike are the top
predator in most lakes and they’re not
afraid of anything and that includes a boat,
they’re not afraid of a boat. So bring it right to the side. Many many times a
pike will hit right at the side of the boat. Jumped on top. (laughs) I was trying to get it to
sink and he took it on top. (laughs) That’s incredible. There he goes for a run. Let him take the line out
til I get on the reel, it just allows the
fish to help me. And then I get him on the
reel and now I can fight him. All I seen was a splash, I
didn’t see how big he was. (laughs) I was just trying to
get the fly to sink and he come up and grabbed it. We’re in seven feet
of water so these are pretty aggressive fish. (laughs) That tells me a popper
is probably gonna work. Great. That was awesome. That’s a good fish. That’s an excellent
fish actually. There we go. That’s a pretty nice
fish in anybody’s mind. Pretty nice fish. There he goes. There he goes. The pike fishing here
at Elk Island Lodge is nothing short of fantastic. The flies I used for them
were deceiver type flies. This one is a black deceiver
with lots of flash in it. The pike loved flash, it would
bring ’em in from a long way when they saw that. Big eyes are important
on any of your deceivers, that’s what pike
generally queue in on, it makes them look
like they’re alive. I have a larger deceiver but
it’s a double hooked one. One thing I’ll tell
ya about hooks: you must crush the barb. It’s the law here in Manitoba. Again, large eyes. This looks like a
brook trout and that’s what these pike are feeding on. But the best fly of
the bunch was good old red and white bunny leach. The Daredevil is
probably the most famous of lures for pike and the
color of that is red and white so we use red and
white bunny leaches. That worked by far
the best of anything. And also bonus, brook
trout like it too. More action when we return. The flies in this
episode were simple because I didn’t have
any dry fly action, wooly buggers were
the choice of the day. I used black ones, a little bit of flash
in ’em was important. I used olive ones with
flash again, very important. And trout like white for
some reason, they worked too. Now I ran into a
bit of a problem was my black wooly buggers
were a little big small. The guide says do you
have anything bigger? And I says no I don’t,
but what I did have was a smaller second
fly so what I did is I took some monofilament
and I tied two together from the shank of the hook
in front to the second hook, and when I covered it up I
had a much larger profile and that made a real difference. I would advise you
if you’re coming still bring a
supply of dry flies. Here I got a whole bunch of
different mayfly patterns, I have a few terrestrials
but they’re not working, but the mayflies
that were happening the few that I saw were
maybe size 12’s, size 14’s. Also important for you to
bring your caddis flies because caddis flies are
all through the North and when that happens it
can be pretty exciting. (relaxing music) Fish (laughs) holdin’
right tight to the rock. Completely tight to the rock. (buzzing) Oh whoa. Takin’ some line on me. This might be a nice fish. Still takin’ line. Soon I’m gonna be in my backing. Oh, we’re officially
in my backing. Look at this folks,
officially in my backing. But he’s in really fast
water, we’re gonna chase him. I’ll just keep it a tight
line til we can move back. A brook trout that take
me into my backing, we’re in pretty fast
water so I’m not saying that this is gonna
be a huge fish but it’s probably
gonna be a nice one. Oh there we are,
got my line back. Oh I always breathe
a sigh of relief when I get my line
back on the reel. Whoa boy, he’s just
majorly hittin’. Oh it’s a huge fish! (laughs) It’s a biggin’. Oh he was shakin’
his head so hard. Good man! Oh my, whoa! (laughs) It’s a good one. It’s a good one. (laughs) This is what you come to
Gods Lake for, Gods River. Nice nice brook trout like this. Isn’t that something, folks? Nice nice big big
bright red brook trout. And there you go. (laughs) Oh that was spectacular. Our time has come to
an end for this week. I’d like to thank Greg
Dick at Elk Island Lodge for hosting us. We’ve had a wonderful time. For more information on his
show and others in our series, visit us on the net
at thenewflyfisher.com From all of us here
at The New Fly Fisher, thanks for joining us. Tight lines, and we’ll
see you next week. – [Narrator] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to the support
of Travel Manitoba, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Rio Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy.

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