I spend as much time as possible fishing my local Lake Ontario tributaries for Coho, Kings, Atlantics, Steelhead and Brown Trout. This Alvin Fly is a very effective pattern for all these fish. While the natural reproduction in many of these streams and rivers is limited at best, the fish still eagerly attack this fly. I also fish this fly on the small trout stream, mere steps from my house. This has been a great fish catcher on this small stream, especially in the Spring.
When targeting the migratory trout and salmon I have had great luck swinging this fly through the faster sections of the river. I typically fish it ¾ downstream and let the fly swing across the run. Most of my strikes come as the fly first begins it’s swing and then again when the fly has made the turn directly below me and is just drifting back and forth in the current. I have also done well with this fly in the slower pools, letting the fly sink to the bottom and stripping it back with short, 2-inch strips. This fly really sparkles and can really draw some attention in clear to slightly stained water.
Have some waters where the trout and Smallmouth Bass mix. This is a great Smallie fly as well as the Smallmouth just love to feed on the trout and salmon fry. Give this fly a try and see for yourself just how effective it is.
About Jeff Pierce
Jeff Pierce, AKA Dr. Fish, is the North American Sales Coordinator for O. Mustad & Son (USA), Inc. and Partridge of fish all over the world. Whether it’s Sailfish off Borneo, Payara in Brazil or Smallmouth Bass on his home waters you can bet Jeff is no doubt casting flies at something that will bend a rod. . . .