Throughout the open water season chironomids are the number one item in the diet of trout in productive stillwaters. Today most fly fishers target fish using chironomid patterns in shallow water, their flies suspended under an indicator. This program uses the content detailed in Phil and Brian Chan’s Conquering Chironomids-Advanced Techniques DVD to take your chironomid skills to the next level. Techniques such as deep water indicator tactics using low stretch leaders, long leader tactics, slow sinking line techniques and dangling using fast sinking lines are discussed in detail. The program also details fly pattern design and material considerations to take pattern design to the next level. This program would be of great assistance to anyone wishing to improve their skills and understanding when tying and fishing chironomids.
At the age of 6 Phil Rowley was introduced to coarse fishing in England and has been hooked ever since. For the past 20 years Phil Rowley has been fly-fishing stillwaters almost exclusively. His love of stillwater fly fishing has taken him all over British Columbia and Washington in the pursuit of trout and char. A former commercial fly tyer Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. His contributions also include books and numerous feature articles on fly-fishing stillwaters and stillwater fly patterns. Phil’s book Fly Patterns For Stillwaters has become a best seller. Recently Phil in conjunction with True North Entertainment released a DVD, Tying Fly Patterns for Stillwaters. This DVD features patterns from Phil’s book along with some new creations.
When he is not tying flies or on the water Phil travels western North America performing at outdoor shows, teaching a variety of seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting weekend fly-fishing schools. In addition to Phil’s shows and seminars he has had the good fortune to appear on such T.V. shows as Sport Fishing B.C., The New Fly Fisher and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil’s website, www.flycraftangling.com is dedicated to fly-fishing and fly tying education. Featuring tips, techniques and streaming video this comprehensive site is constantly changing to meet the needs of its members.
Phil is a member of the Sage Professional family and has a number of other professional associations with a number of companies including 3M Scientific Anglers, SuperFly, Islander Reels, Mustad, HMH, Dr. Slick, Gudebrod, Scotty Products and Action Optics. Phil is also a proud member of the Outcast Boats and Bare pro staff teams. In early 2004 Phil along with good friend Brian Chan released a signature line of fly tying materials christened Stillwater Solutions in partnership with Super Fly. For the past 13 years Phil has been an active member of the Osprey Fly Fishers of B.C. and is a former director of the British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers.
When he is not focused upon fly-fishing Phil spends time will his wife Patsy and their two active sons, Brandon and Sean. The entire family enjoys the outdoors and fly-fishing in particular. It is common for Phil's travels to include his family on his speaking engagements and fishing trips.