GIANT FALL TROUT | HOW TO WITH BRIAN CHAN

GIANT FALL TROUT | HOW TO WITH BRIAN CHAN


Welcome everybody to the new flag Fisher
I’m Colin Mckeown I’m here with Brian Chan and today’s show we’re gonna be
talking about late season stillwater tactics up near Kamloops up in the
mountains a bit it’s near the end of the season ice will be coming snow’s already
fallen a few times this week here we’ve got a change of tactics Brian’s gonna
show me what you have to do to catch trophy trout late seasons can be a great
show stay with us so I can go back to live another day Oh baby look at that fish welcome everyone to the new fly
fishermen today we’re fishing outside of beautiful Kamloops in the heart of
British Columbia we have traveled a couple of hours south into the mountains
to a system commonly referred to as Lake X it is late season temperatures are
dropping quickly fronts are blowing through constantly and all of nature
knows that winter will soon be here already the water temperatures are cold
very cold so the fish’s metabolism is already beginning to slow down but if
you can time it right this is also the time you can catch some of the biggest
fish of the season we’re talking trophy trout but you need to know the tactics
and equipment that are necessary to catch them
my guide today in understanding late fault tactics is renowned author Brian
Chan brian is quite well known throughout Western Canada in the USA for
his in-depth knowledge of Stillwater strategies Brian took a few minutes to
speak about what the situation is what the fish are feeding on and why today
Colin and I are fishing a high elevation Lake were over 5,000 feet in elevation
it’s late fall just southwest of Kamloops British Columbia small Lake but
the water temperatures are dropping quickly and we know winter’s coming soon
this Lake will be frozen in another month or less so we’re talking about
late season tactics and late season for trout besides cooling water temperature
it means feeding fast and furious because they want to get as much body
fat built up before like the onset of winter and ice cover as their metabolism
will slow almost down to zero so they’re feeding heavily we’re gonna be fishing a
variety of patterns but particularly food items that overwinter in the lake
like leeches shrimp dragonfly names damselfly names those types of food
sources it should be fun and exciting we could hook a really large fish today so
I’m gonna get back to my cast Oh first fish of the day a little bit of
work didn’t it fine it’s cool though yeah that’s very cold like the hands of
freedom now using a ten foot six wait is that
right Arshad I’m using it ten foot seven more to seven wait okay cuz it’s been
it’s been windy and so this this rods got a lot of good get this fish in cliff now this time here do you find the fish
that probably don’t jump too much a with this being colder water cooling down
like it is yeah it’ll you’ll stay down oh yeah what size typically using music
4x forks fluorocarbon which is actually seven pound divot now can you talk a
little bit Brian here cuz you’re fighting a big fish what are the some of
the techniques used for fighting big fish are getting a little rap right is
wrapped okay we’ve got to give him the rod certainly when they jump if you
explain when you give me the rod you’re using this like a big yeah you gotta let
them drop the ride so you don’t he doesn’t fall on a on a taut line cuz
then on on really big fish you know you start using side pressure turn them the
opposite direction he wants to go try to down I know one of the common mistakes
of CLI anglers they stick to rod right in middle their chest and they don’t
move you don’t know the whole time Oh Phil’s in that whoa what a wonderful
fish here this is a black water strainer rainbow trout and look at the colors
look at that colors that is one pretty fish and you just
spit out an old shrimp that’s about a four year old rainbow trout time of the
year you cannot expect fast fishing both Brian and I had to do a lot of serious
searching of the water called looking for that right pattern and presentation
that would trigger fish others on the lake we’re not having any more luck than
us fishing was definitely slow and suddenly
the Sun came out and conditions changed favorably water temperatures started to
rise this usually triggers feeding and dormant fish so Brian one of the things
is that you know I’m using an intermediate line right now with a wooly
bugger and you’re using a floating line you’re suspending a leach and we’re
varying you know our retrieves our depths we’re doing a whole bunch of
different things to try and unlock what the fish are doing because it’s already
noon we’ve got one fish so far but it’s it’s really slow we’re not seeing a lot
of activity if you explain to people I mean this is part of fall fishing isn’t
it that’s right yeah it’s a very common officious move right there
very very common to have short bursts of feeding activity might last for 16 20 30
minutes very seldom in the fall to get good fishing all day long and today it’s
cold out and you know we’ve had a Sheree the French come through the last few
days so we’re just kind of checking the lake out moving around a fair bit trying
different techniques trying to find some back to fishing we need to see more fish
moving and by moving I mean just a fish that jumps or rolls even though they may
not be feeding at least we know they’re getting active and they have not been
active yet this today now if we have the Sun come out for a little while and it
might raise the bottom of the lake a bit you know in the shallows to get the
insect activity and get the fish metabolism going etc so sunlight is
usually a good default yeah it’s a good thing it
– just worn the water just just a fraction but and it’s a when that Sun
comes out the prom is gonna be starting to stabilize and just just not to get
get those fish moving okay okay Oh watch unit there Brian this guy struck really hard I felt a
bump before but I thought I might have been weed oh you’re in trouble yeah yeah
oh this way Miran gonna have to pass you’re on the under am I on it yep
you’re on the outside but you got to go around okay up that way hold it hold it
hold it he’s wrap it now he’s wrapped it yep
this one’s dangers oh he’s gone she’s still there no he’s gone he’s gone broke
you off that’s what happens sometimes we got two anchors down and sometimes the
fish will get around that anchor before you can move the line or keep them away
or lift the anchor I had it oh he’s stolen you still one oh this is a mess
Collin there anything I can do am I in no just hold it I’m holding it getting
restless lino oh he’s a rapper on the motor too you
know no can’t get him okay line just broke
just cutting your a/c off she gone he’s gone now that’s fishing conditions continue to improve as a son
remained out I thought the fish might be more active so I switched to a full sink
line with short leaders and large wooly buggers it didn’t take long before I
hooked into another fish Oh big fish big fish ready to go calm you took a brown
oh oh oh did he hammer that first cast should we leave
to that fish yep okay fall fishing clown got a move yeah that guy how did you
know did he ever there is no nipping at this fly at all
so I’m using about a size 10 Brown leach I put on with a bit of sparkle on the
tail and it’s about a 6 foot leader I’ve gone on there straight to this I’m using
a type 3 sinking full sinking line because we’re what 10 feet you said
we’re in 11 feet of water phlegm feet of water I wanted to get it down yeah
that’s nice nice fish nice chunky fish haha Chrome on that baby you know
everybody likes to stick in the middle their chest and just real that’s what
the worst thing you can do yes using your arm to take some of the
shock of the other runs I that’s right let the rod work for you okay alright
let’s even get them in this time heads moving for me a bit beautiful colors
he’s turning a bit no is going up about here
turn them I’ve got six pound leader on here so it’s not too bad
a little bit of pressure on him head first I saw that net it wasn’t quite
ready okay alright thank you not fast and furious but boy when you
get them the quality aren’t that time here when you’re looking for active fish you
have to be prepared to move constantly searching looking for lively feeders or
movement if you do this I will eventually find these big fish that are
hunting for food we should go down there that’s the second one it was lying in here at all just gonna review the flies that Colin
and I have used today on the water as you can see we’re starting off there’s a
couple very large flies here woolly bugger style
they’re good fall patterns because they can imitate a variety of food sources
like large dragonfly nibs and especially leeches so I’ve got one here in a drab
or color olive black and then a green one with green crystal chenille marabou
and enhancer flash in the tail and then we’re going to a couple smaller leeches
black and red leech black and red mohair leech is a very good color combination
in the fall and then a alight all of the green leech is also effective and the
thought last fly we see here is a chronometer larval or blood worm
imitation conmen larvae are active in the fall moving around as those larvae
that overwinter and the fish will often look for them and seek them out as well
so you can see a range of food sources big food sources overall but ones that
offer a lot of protein to the fish and that’s why they look for especially at
this time of the year got the big boy calling oh look at that
way out there I’m into my back-end oh yeah oh my goodness we have to be a lot
of sticks up in this end game trying it him back turned out well he’s not ready
yet he’s ripping maybe we should lift the anchors and go after him
there’s another fish oh the tag just jumped Hey got him on the reel now this
guy’s gone into the weed Brian huh this guy’s gone into the weeds what do
you want me to do – am gonna move you know this that’s him that’s him Brian
he’s got tangled around a stump here go this way right now that’s him shoot he’s
around this stump you see it there’s my line cut it up okay let me get hernia
and thank you oh please don t need a sec he’s still on I am lucky lucky lucky
he’s gone unreal he got around the stump look at
him Oh baby cuz he’s gonna try and get I’m gonna put
some side pressure on him here I’m gonna bring you up to him oh look at the red
in him oh what a magnificent fish I mean this is why fall fishing is great as you
will get some of the biggest fish of the year doing this Oh what are you doing calling Oh goodbye
you warm yeah more thanks for asking all right this is great so I was saying
earlier I’m using a type 3 sinking line and about a six foot leader maybe five
foot six pound test wooly bugger and I was letting it sink down I was doing
that countdown method to get the sinking line down it was about ten feet of depth
there and just slow inching retrieve with little pulses and when he hit it
wow did he hammer it I cannot believe we got it off that stumpy didn’t break off
very very fortunate actually Sue’s bit of skill involved in that too wasn’t it
well thank you Brian thank you to acknowledge a little bit credit but
there’s definitely a bit of a Golden Horseshoe in a certain place and this
one oh okay here he comes oh look at this guy
oh look at this fish oh this is magnificent fish okay he’s tired now I
got on the corner of the mouth all right Brian I’ll bring him over this way now I
think he’s ready to see you look at this fish it’s like a steelhead how’s that for a fall fish that’s the
biggest rainbow trout I’ve ever caught good job good recovery fish you barely
get my hand around his back end here okay we already release them okay I
should take an underwater picture an underwater photo oh yeah
just when you release okay as he goes out of the net I’m gonna click one off
he comes killer right there you’ve been on your path Thunder look at that is
that a magnificent fish person here breathe for a second oh he’s ready to go
already you ready to take a photo all right Ryan
thank you thank you Oh football fly fishing for a huge rainbow trout I mean
little excited yes yeah just cool that’s fish for
lifetime that is a fish of a lifetime em and I can’t believe it though we worked hard all day the best
we could produce was for fish but they were all quality fish I hope to get back
to this lake again in the future to try and hook one of those 10 or 15 pounds
that is one of the great things about the canvas region
there’s always another lake and another great opportunity bryan and i hope you enjoyed today’s
show fly fishing for trophy trout in the fall can be very productive but you have
to put a lot of work in some of the tackle and techniques we talked about
today will help ensure that you’re successful in the water to learn more
about today’s show for our series go to WWN you fly fisher calm thanks for
watching we’ll see you soon

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