Last week Bob Asbury and Carl Mann were up to shoot another episode of Columbia Country. They were up two years ago and shot a great show, with 15lb and 12lb Rainbows. Well the presure was on to try and do this again.
The morning of day one we round the corner of Kaslo point and are hit by 4 ft waves from the south. Well,come hell or high water, I’m going south to Pebble Beach where I’ve been getting my best fish – so we bust into the waves for 45 minutes to get there. I don’t have a lot of confidence in there being much of a bite with this high wind, but we turn and go with the waves and adjust our speed so that the waves push and pull us. I only get out two rods, and the first starts peeling line! Nobody’s ready yet, but with some fast scrambling Carl grabs the rod. He gets the 8 – 10lb doe within 75 ft. of the boat, and she does a high speed run for the bottom of the lake and throws the hook! -Bummer!! That would have been a great start to the show.
Well we get the lines back out, and a 3lb trout hits, then a 6 lb dolly, then a 7 lb trout. Well this is going to be easy – all this action in the first hour or so. Then the storm kicks it up a gear, and all we get is another shaker the rest of the day. Not a bad start though.
Day two is another ugly day, but we pound our way up to the hot spot, turn to go with the waves, and get the lines out. There is a strech of about 2 miles that holds the most fish in that area, so when we have finished that strech we would bring the lines in, go back up the lake, then turn with the waves and fish that stretch again. We couldn’t turn and troll back up because the waves were too big. We did this about 4 times, and only had two shakers by 1:30. We were thinking that the 7 lber was going to be the biggest fish on the show, when the line behind me started to scream!
When I hear this sound, I turn into a spaz because of the high levels of adrenaline being injected into my body. It seemed like an eternity before I could get the zipper up to let Carl out. Carl grabs the rod, and this fish is still peeling line. I get the other two rods in, and the planer board, and Carl still hasn’t gained an inch of line.
25 minutes of charging the boat, and peeling the line back out. Carl plays the fish perfectly, and finally she tires out enough that I can slip the net over her. 20lbs and change. What a fish. Should make for a great show with that fight scene.
What a month it’s been!! Horace was up for 2 weeks to try and set some BullTrout records. We fished Arrow Lake as in the past – mid November has always produced big Bulls. Well, it was the slowest fishing I’ve ever had!! Very disappointing… low numbers of fish, and small fish. We fished hard every day, but no record. We’ll try again in February on Kootenay Lake.
Back over to Kootenay I went on Nov. 25th. The first couple of days were slow. Minus 16 degree weather, and a 2 – 4ft. chop from the north kept things pretty unsettled. But that got settled out, and the big trout are on the bite. Numerous fish 12 – 17lbs, and the biggest one came on Dec. 04 at 19lbs 4oz. A beautifull hen that was 35.5 inches long.
All the big fish are coming in on hair. Almost all the flies are in Bob’s six pack of flies that I’ve been mailing out to you. The 210, 223, and the brown fly that doesn’t have a number yet.
I have a single day open on Dec. 20th, the new moon, and dates open after Dec. 29. Lots of great fishing to be done this winter.
Kootenay Lake fishing very well. Excellent numbers of Gerrard’s 10 – 18 lbs, and of course lots of smaller ones mixed in. I’ve heard of a few 24 pounders being caught on the radio.
Lots of rain the last week, and when it’s pouring, the bite definitely slows, but it just has to back off a little, and they start again. Almost all fish are coming on hair at 3.0 to 3.5 mph. Dollies are hitting plugs on the downrigger.
Last week I had the privilege of fishing with Bob Brown. He ties about 20 000 bucktails a year for Kootenay Lake, and has extensive knowledge on color patterns, and anything else you want to know about ripping hair for big Gerrards.
I pick him up at shore in front of his place, and we start fishing right there. He says Brad I’ve got this new pattern that I want to try. I get the boat up to speed etc. and he puts out this fly straight behind the boat. Then he starts to rig up the other side.
He gets out the second rod, and the first rod starts to scream out line. I lunge for the rod, set the hook, and pass it back to Bob. After an awesome fight he lands a 17lber. Neither of us have a camera, so we weigh it and release him. I turn to Bob, pause, and say …. ” What took you so long?”.
I get the boat back up and going in the direction we want to go, and he puts out the first line again. He starts putting out the second line, and the first starts to scream line off again. I start laughing and offer the rod to him, but he refuses so I bring in a 7lb Gerrard. After we relase that fish I turn to him and say… ” I’ll take a dozen of those flies right now.”
We fish a few more hours, and get some smaller fish. The next morning I take clients to the same spot, put out the same fly, and within 10 minutes we’re fighting a 13 lb rainbow.
Bob has put together 6 packs of his top 6 flies on Kootenay Lake for me. I f your interested drop me a line and we can ship them out to you. They will catch you fish!!!