deliberately delayed my ride home a day so I could get a chance to fish with
Ryan Suffron of Alpine Country Outfitters. Working out of his home south of
Benito at the base of the Duck Mountains has allowed Ryan to become an expert
on the different trout species that exist out his back door. Funny, but on this day, he too wanted a crack
at the big brown trout that exist in Laurie Lake. In fact the Manitoba length
record brown of 31 inches comes from this beautiful lake.
out of 16 foot aluminum boat that will launch into most of the lakes in the
region. It’s also equipped with front and back troll motors which allow him to
make sure to abide by the electric only rules that apply to a number of lakes
in the region. So when you hire Ryan, you know that you will be fishing in comfort.
impressed me as the day went along was how Ryan read the water and controlled
his boat in the wind and with the wind. When the fish are in shallow he likes
to cast but when the fish are along the first drop off like they were on this
day, he uses a reverse drift to present our dropper fly rigs to the deeper
fish. On this day we marked most of the fish along a 12 foot transition line
from harder to softer bottom. By letting our flies drift down behind the boat
we were able to cover all depth ranges with a very subtle presentation.
would have it, I had on the first brown of the day, a large fished that
wallowed to the surface from 14 feet before throwing the hook. Not to be
discouraged Ryan quickly got the boat back up to the top of the drift and this
time I made no mistake, hooking and landing a beautiful 22 inch brown.
couple more drifts with no takes Ryan took us into a flush area between the
mainland and an island. On the one side of the island Ryan backed us into the
wind. Tick, tick, wham was the bite on
Ryan’s small back fly, a blue leech pattern.
brown was on the end of the line, with Ryan guiding the fish from side to side
during the fight with his 10 foot fly rod. Around and around the boat this fish went,
finally sliding into the waiting net. Another trophy brown was in the boat, a
classic story from the Duck Mountians.
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