Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Jake Tucker, Jul 28, 2009.
Yeah, I don't doubt it. Probably because of the show, as opposed to when he's fishing for himself.
I also saw a video with Phil Rowley at Fortress lake catching huge brookies with a leech under an indicator. This lake is in Canada and in the mountains, they were fishing in the shallows where the bottom was all nasty snaggy trees. The indicator method kept the fly in the zone above the wood...looked fun! :thumb:
Pond Monkey, welcome to the board. Sounds like you have some good info to add :thumb:
yes, i happen to use them a lot especially after the fish have gorged themselves
on Chronies, they seem to key on small leeches to "pack" the chronies in
regarding Brian Chan, he is a great person, i was at a fishing show in spokane
a 2 years ago i believe and Brian was doing seminars there
if any of are close to vancouver/Abbotsford bc
there is a show usually the first weekend of march, Brian is always there
as well as Phil Rowley
"The tug is the drug"
I used it in May when I was up at Chopaka and couldn't keep the fish off. It was unbelievable.
don't stop at leeches and chronies. scud, dragons, damsels, you name it all fish well under an indicator. scud move a lot and dragons dart this way and that, but most of the time they are moving slowly or just hanging around. i think the reason the indicator works is that it slows down our retrieve. most trout food is incapable of moving as fast as we fishermen present it. a well placed indicator also places the food just above cover and those are the specimens that naturally get picked off. takes a lot of dicipline, and skill, to fish slow and near cover without an indicator, like Brian Chan's. Indicators are a pain to cast.
I`ve seen Brian Chan fishing more than once . Away from the cameras he will use indicators . Here in B.C , we`re allowed to use two rods if we are the only person in the boat . Brian will often fish one rod with an indicator , and cast and retrieve the other .
Watching him is amazing . Not just because he is a machine , but especially because even though he has caught many more fish than most people on the planet , he still gets excited by each and every one he catches , like a mere mortal would . The man just loves to fish .
He recently retired as a biologist and has left some big , big shoes to fill .
BTW , welcome aboard Bill .
What took you so long ?
Thanks Brian, that is some good and interesting info. Although I place Chan right up there with the great ones, I'm surprised to hear him get so excited about catching fish. I have attended several of his seminars in the past and although they were very informative, some of the guys I was with actually fell asleep as he was not too animated in his presentation. You could see the dry, biologist side coming out in him.
There is a proposal to get a two rod stamp in WA like you have in BC. I could see getting to to "plunk" one rod with an indicator and work a separate rod.
in bc you can only use one fly per rod in stillwater, no two fly setups like in wa. so you are still limited to the same # of flies. personally i have less trouble with two flies rather than two rods.
When he is wearing his professional hat , he is pure biologist , but in real life , he has a wicked sense of humor , and can become as excitable and passionate as anybody I`ve ever seen
always the last to see a great site
have been fishing a bit, more exploring, finally found that
little lake off douglas lake road, cost me a tire coming up from the
lake, but was worth it. planing a couple trips to Likley end of sept
had a great time with boatman last year, brother put me into a couple
also going to a fly-in around 100-mile sometime in sept
hope to see you on the adams
think there are numerous tips for different indicators on this site, but I'd like to get your ideas for best indicator type for fishing with mini (or micro) leeches...
I tried this technique at Merrill over the weekend, Brian Chan I am not!
I varied depths from about 5'-20' and used various colors (brown, red, black, black and red, red, olive), no luck.
Water was 68 on the surface and no significant hatches.
I've seen leeches in Merrill before.
I'll try again elsewhere under different conditions.
In retrospect (I've at least convinced myself) that this would be a great method to swim a hex nymph or emerger (something like a wiggler) down around the bottom, especially earlier in the evening when the bugs are making their ascent.
Even better while the wind is still up a little.
Now all I have to do is wait about 9 or 10 months to apply my theory.
I'll attempt to refine my methods over the winter on different lakes and different bugs.