Submitted by Roger Boudreau
The Canadian Brown & The Snowbird
Roger lives in Robertville nwar Bathurst, New Brunswick, where he fishes
for both trout and salmon. He useds English to describe his two flies, but
as he tells us about himself in his first language, French, we've supplied a
"Je suis membre de l'association de la riviere Nipisiguit depuis 1986, une riviere que
j'aime beaucoup pour son eau tres claire et fraiche durant tout l'ete. Cette riviere n'est
peut etre pas aussi populaire que la Restigouche ou la Miramachi, mais elle est bonne
autant pour la truite que le saumon, et je demeure a 20 minute de la riviere. Les
mouches utilisee sont en general les memes que pour les autres rivieres du
Nouveau-Brunswick et ailleur, l'important est de varie les grosseurs de
mouches selon l'humeur du poisson et la hauteur de l'eau.
I have been a member of Nipisiguit River Association since 1986ľa river which I
love deeply for its extremely clear water and because it stays cool throughout the
summer. This river is not as popular (well-known) as the Restigouche or the
Miramachi, but it is good for both trout and salmon, and I live only 20 minutes
away. The flies I use are generally the same as those used on other New Brunswick
rivers and elsewhere. The main thing is to change the size of the fly according to
the mood of the fish and the height of the water.
I named this fly the Snowbird because I tied it the same day that the Canadian
aerobatic show, The Snowbirds, was held in Bathurst. I caught eight grilse and
five large salmon on it that season.
- Hook: Your choice.
- Thread: Black.
- Rib: Oval gold tinsel
- Body: Yellow floss.
- Wing: Red, over white, over red calf or buck tail.
The Canadian Brown
"I have decided to share my favourite trout fly with you. I call it The Canadian
Brown, and it's a very productive dry fly for brook trout on rivers and lakes.
It is so easy to make, because you only need a brown thread, a brown hackle,
and a hook.
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share their fly tying innovations. We invite you to participate in this exchange.
Send us: a brief bio of yourself, a short account of how you came to make the
innovation, tying recipe and instructions, where and how to fish it, and a sample
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- Hook: Standard dry fly, #14 - #18.
- Tail: Brown hackle fibres.
- Body: Brown thread.
- Hackle: Brown dry fly. ~ Roger Boudreau
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be receiving one of the new strap-on vests from Filson. The creator of the one in our
Winter, 2000 issue will receive a copy of the magnificent new book, Mayflies.
~ Chris Marshall