Started fishing the big lakes last Thursday. Thursday we head out on Arrow for two days. Day one was a little slow, but we landed one Bull to 6lbs, and four small trout. Friday really picked up. We landed 13 small trout, and 4 Bulls. All the Bulls were between 43 and 65ft, and we caught all 4 of them within about 30 minutes. Then we never had another Bull Trout the rest of the day. The biggest was 12lbs. Also landed a few trout at 43ft., and the rest were on hair on top.
Then I headed over to Kootenay Lake to fish the Woodbury Rainbow Derby. Saturday was ideal bucktailing conditions, and we landed 10 trout to 5 lbs, and a few Bulls down deep. Day two we had high south winds, so we fought 4 to 5 ft. waves. Caught 6 – 8 fish on hair, but again no derby winner. At this point there had only been one fish weighed in at 13.8lbs. There is a 30 inch minimum to bring a fish in, but the winner is determined by weight. Day three is a half day, and there is still only one fish weighed in. One hour left, and Bob Brown from Kootenay Fly Company, and myself are talking on the radio. He’s about a quarter mile ahead of me when he says he’s gotta go. He brings in a 12.12lb trout in the last hour of the derby to grab second place. No third place was weighed in. Bob had a new fly pattern, and that’s what he caught the fish on, and that was my best fly for the 5 days.
It’s still a bit early in the season for the big guys. Things will be in full swing in about 2 weeks. I have openings for the Oct.27,28 derby on Arrow Lakes, and Nov.10 -12 derby on Kootenay Lake. Derbys are a ton of fun, and the prize money is even better.
Well I’m back again from another great summer on Vancouver Island. The fishing was fantastic, and the weather was great. To give you an idea of how the fishing was, my first day out we head out to big bank, and I drop a flasher and hootchie down to the bottom, and a gold spoon to 101ft. I turn around, and the spoon at 101ft. releases. The rod pops up, then slams back down to the water. A 33lb spring in the first 5 minutes of the trip, you know it’s going to be a great year!!
Excellent numbers of Springs and Halibut, and the game is to try and keep the coho off. Also got alot more Ling Cod this year which was very nice.
Around the 15th of August the big Springs really started to funnel up Barkley Sound, and we got good numbers of fish in the protected waters of Harbours Entrance and Swale Rock. Bob and Carl from Columbia Country came up and we shot a Salmon show at Harbours Entrance. Look for that to come out around April. I fished untill the 25th of August, then we worked our way home. I hope to stay next year till mid Sept.
Back home it’s time to hit the Walleye on the Columbia River. I start this week. Also the flyfishing will be great on the river as well. Hoppers will be a trout favorite at this time of year.
Only a month away from primetime Gerrard fishing on Kootenay Lake. Time to start planning a trophy rainbow trip for the fall and winter.
Flyfishing and spincasting for trout has been very good since the beginning of July. Both the upper and lower Columbia Rivers are producing good numbers of fish.
The Walleye have just started in the lower columbia. Numbers will be high in August till mid September. I’m booking walleye/ trout trips from Aug.27 till mid September.
I’m now on my way to Bamfield, and will be guiding for salmon and halibut till the third week of August. Reports are the fish are in close this year and numbers of fish are very high. Should be an awesome summer!!! I’ll try to send a report from there, but haven’t figured out how as of yet.