This month (August) I am hosting a trip for Worldwide Fishing to the majestic Skeena river in northern British Colombia in Canada’s stunning north west territories. We will be fishing for mighty Steelhead and Pacific salmon, like the lovely silver Coho and mammoth Chinook or King, which are some of the largest Salmon in the world. I have done this many times in the past and must tell you it is wonderful and if you ever get the opportunity don’t hesitate. These fish are fast, strong, powerful, beautiful and the scenery in this part of the world is second to none. If any of you are ever interested get in touch as I am sure I will be hosting a trip again next year, if not I can always point you in the right direction.

I will report on my return about our fishing, but in this issue I want to mention one of the most important flies that we will be using and one I feel could work in the U.K and Ireland for Salmon, Sea Trout and in my part of the world Lough run trout like the mighty Dollaghan. Although perhaps dressed in smaller sizes than I will be using on the trip. The fly is the Intruder which is more a style of fly rather than an actual pattern, Partridge now do a great range of PATRIOT STINGER hooks, Intruder Shanks and Waddington Shanks which are idea for these type of flies.

The History of the Intruder

In the early 1990s, Ed Ward a guide from Washington designed a fly for catching Alaska’s fresh king salmon. Throughout his guiding the fly worked well for the kings, but it also took large rainbow trout. It didn’t take long for Ed to make the link between a rainbow and a steelhead, the sea run cousin. The subsequent steelhead season, he experimented a lot around the tying and the fishing of the patterns, and had a lot of success .

The first intruder patterns were dressed in olive, and looked much like a sculpin, but he slowly moved away from this colour, to tie his Intruders in orange, pink and red variations. Soon, the silhouette of the fly resembled more and more the squids these fish feed on during their ocean journey.

The Intruder is normally to be fished as a swung fly, so in large rivers like the Skeena it is best fished using a Double handed rod though on smaller rivers you can fish on a normal single handed rod.

[Pictures: Intruder Patterns dressed by Denis O Toole Irish Fly Dresser and demonstrator at the Irish Fly fair in Galway see http://irishflyfair.com/denis_otoole.html]

 

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Stevie works full time in the angling sector as a Insured guide on his local rivers , writer and qualified game angling instructor he is a member of the Regal and Partridge Pro Teams . He has appeared in many angling books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world giving casting and tying demonstrations. He has also fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and Loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching courses in fly fishing and host groups fishing in many parts of the world, he can book booked for demos and workshops by fishing clubs or angling events. You can contact him via email anglingclassics@aol.com or get more info at www.anglingclassics.co.uk and www.irishflyfair.com

Stevie Munn

Pro Fly Dresser Stevie Munn is from Co. Antrim in N.Ireland, he has fly fished all his life and grew up fishing rivers and loughs in Ireland. He is a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor in Fly Tying and Fly Casting with APGAI-Ireland, and a APGAI fly casting instructor. He teaches fly casting and fly tying to all levels from beginner to advanced and has given lessons at many schools and clubs.

Stevie has been a Professional guide for many years for trout, salmon and a lough run wild brown trout called the Dollaghan which runs his local rivers to spawn, that said he will fish for any fish that will take a fly and also loves fly fishing in the sea. He has won many fly fishing competitions though mostly now fishes for pleasure and he has also won fly casting competitions including 2 Accuracy Casting Championships in England and at the CLA game fair 2011 Stevie helped set a new World record in fly casting which was done for the charity Help of Heroes, 141 miles of fly casting with Stevie setting the high score of 627 casts at distance in 30 mins.

Stevie hosts fishing trips worldwide and can help you if you want to fish many places in the world including Canada, Iceland, Norway and Argentina as well as his native Ireland, North and South.

Stevie flies patterns have appeared in many angling books including Malcolm Greenhalgh’s new book ‘A guide to fishing flies from around the World, Stevie also writes articles in many angling magazines including Irish Angler, Total Flyfisher, Trout & Salmon, Flyfishing & Fly Tying and Chasing Silver of which he is the Field Editor in Ireland.

Stevie has given fly tying and casting demos, at many game and fly fairs over the years, including the CLA game fair in England, Angling Ireland, Irish Game Fairs, Dutch Fly Fair, Rio Grande Fly Fishers in TDF, British fly fair International and The Irish Fly Fair .

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