Tag Archives: Tom Johannesen

Pursuing Coho in the Open Ocean

When most anglers think of pursuing coho in the ocean with a fly they think of beach fishing along some of our many miles of coastal beaches in BC. This feature will cover coho fishing in the open ocean where coho are still aggressively feeding on natural food sources like herring, needlefish and squid. Pursuing […]

In Pursuit of Bigger Bones | Targeting Bonefish in Xcalak Mexico

Mark Pendlington of Westcoast Sporting Journal and I first met back in early 1996 at an Outdoor Show in BC Place. He was promoting his fishing program, and I was putting on fly-casting demonstrations. Throughout the three-day event Mark and spoke several times, and he asked me if I had any interest in shooting a […]

Enhancing your Stillwater Skills

What makes an angler excel from being an average angler to one that consistently lands fish on every trip to a lake? Becoming a better Stillwater angler is not by accident but more from studying one’s surroundings and the insects that inhabit the water you are about to fish. While watching other anglers on the […]

Targeting Coho in non-tidal waters

Pursuing coho salmon in non-tidal waters will definitely put an angler’s abilities to the test. On any given day, you can have anything from a spectacular outing to a day that you go through all your flies in efforts to get a single strike. The main reason for this is because coho stop feeding once […]

Learning more about Dragonfly Nymphs

Throughout my many years of Stillwater fly-fishing dragon nymph imitations have produced more fish for me than any other imitation. The reason these large nymphs are so productive in our interior lakes is due to the fact they are so recognizable to fish as an easy food source.   Year-round Delight Equally as important, the […]

Preparing for the Stillwater Season – A Spring Fishing How-to Guide by Tom Johannesen

Winter tests even the most patient stillwater angler Winter is tough on most avid Stillwater anglers as they patiently wait for the ice to leave our numerous interior lakes. The first big decision to make when planning a trip in the new year is which lake to visit first when the lakes start becoming ice-free. […]

GO GREEN – Fly Colour Can Make a Big Difference

May Have Been Wrong All Along… When my fifth good sized Sea-run cutthroat came to hand in just one over an hour, my fishing buddy finally put his ego aside for just long enough to ask me what the heck I was using. As my productive little fly pattern didn’t have a name, I simply […]

Pursuing Coho in the Ocean with a Fly

If ever there was a fishery to test an angler’s patience, it would definitely be pursuing Coho in the ocean with a fly. Search for Shelter When Coho stage outside creeks and rivers they are often located around some form of structure where they can hide from seals and other predators. This protection comes in […]

A Real Eye Opener – Booby Fly Patterns

After fishing BC’s interior lakes for nearly forty years, its not often that a fly pattern or technique takes me by surprise but in early June of this year, I had a real eye opener that I will not soon forget. Mission Impossible Continues… Throughout the first few days we throat pumped several fish and […]