For most of the month of January I was doing a big upgrade on the boat. Stripped her all down and took her to Dieters Autobody in Nakusp. We beefed up the transom, and changed a few things at the back of the boat to make it better for fishing. Dieter did lots of glass work and filled in any blemishes. Then he painted it and it looks awesome!! That took a few weeks then over to Jones Boys Boats to get the pod and motor put on. Put a 300hp Yamaha on the pod, my kicker, new helm and gauges on the dash, new electronic controls, a helm at the back of the boat, and plumbed her all in. Then all we had to do was see if it would work?? Chad and I launched her and out we went. It didn’t take long for a big smile to come across my face, and it hasn’t left since. The boat performs better in every way. Smoother ride, stays on plane at slower speeds, faster, easier to drive etc etc. Oh ya, most importantly it still catches fish!!!
The crew at Jones Boys Boats did a real bang up job setting her up. If your interested in repowering your old boat I would highly recommend them!! Was out fishing the last week, and it’s been ok. Been mostly bull trout, but some nice fat ones. Lyman plugs have been working best for me in the top 30 ft. About 90% booked for salmon/ halibut fishing in Ucluelet this summer. If your wanting to experience this fantastic fishery drop me a line soon. All forcasts are pointing to great returns of fish. Now that the boat work is done I’m looking forward to getting back out fishing!! Hope you can join me soon!
Been an interesting fall. Not the amount of big rainbows that we are used
to. Some of the ones we have been getting have been quite long and thin.
Kokanee numbers are down so I think this is the reason for thin rainbows.
Not sure why the Kokanee are down though. Biologists are not sure either of
Having said that there are still some nice fish to be had. Lots of small
rainbows, good numbers of bull trout, and a few big bows mixed in.
The last week we’ve had some great bow days.
Favorite lures have been the 210,222,214, and 234 bucktails, and 13,10,69,
and a green one( can’t find the number) in Lyman plugs. It’s like the 13 but
with green sparkles.
Still trolling at 2.8 to 3 mph. Water temp is 44 degrees. Will be slowing
down to 2 – 2.5 mph soon as the water cools.
I’m doing a major renovation to the Hourston in January. I bought a 2014
300hp Yamaha from Jones Boys Boats in Ainsworth. They are podding the boat
and bolting on the big Yam. Really looking forward to the new motor and the
extra room in the boat as well. Will make it a lot easier to fish out of.
The guys at Jones Boys have looked after me exceptionally well over the last
20 years. I probably won’t be seeing them as much as I used to as Yamaha
outboards are so reliable. Will just be in for services.
The boat is also getting a face lift. Fiberglass work and a new paint job at
Dieters Autobody in Nakusp.
Don’t worry. I’ll still be offering charters in January. I’ve made
arrangements to use a different boat during the renovations.
Don’t forget to check out Kootenay Kingfisher on Facebook. I do a lot more
up to date reports and pictures on there. If your not on Facebook you can
still click on the Facebook icon and read the reports.
Catching good numbers of fish right now. Lots of smaller fish to sort
through, but if you have some patience you’ll be rewarded with a teener.
Some days up to 15 fish landed making for a busy day. 233,214,228, and the
215 seem to be the most consistent flies working. I’ve also been running
lures down around 100 ft for bull trout and the odd rainbow. Been quite a
bit of action down deep as well. Water temp is around 55.5 – 56 so we are
getting in the zone. Once water stays at 55 or lower they will stop yo-
yoing and stay on the surface.
The Woodbury Resort rainbow derby is this weekend. Lots of prize money to be
had this year. I believe it is up to $4000 for first. Also Nov 8,9,10 is the
Kaslo Hotel and Barrens tackle derby in Kaslo. Big money for that derby as
Been a beautiful fall and lots of great fishing to be done. Drop me a line
and we can start planning your trip for this falls prime time!!