Fly fishing

Fly fishing experience in full swing in local rivers and lakes – Campbell River Mirror

Those of us who started fishing for pike, perch and walleye in the prairie provinces used a spinning rod and reel and cast lures with treble hooks.

In Saskatchewan we had a lake about an hour away and it usually rained, but that didn’t matter; it was fishing time. Since there were no local trout lakes, fly fishing was unknown, but magazines were on the newsstands and fly fishing in British Columbia was well documented by the various field writers. air. You had to buy flight gear from a catalog and then venture into a lake to see if and when a fish would bite.

In Alberta there was a better assortment of areas to fish with a fly rod. Getting a fly rod was a challenge. Someone had given me a fly rod and it looked more like a hockey stick with a line attached, but it was fly fishing. Later I passed it on to a friend and bought a better rod.

Fly fishing for pike or perch was rarely done by the locals, but since I attached a number of pike streamer designs, it was time to start fishing. But which model? If you could drag a lure why not mimic the red and white spoon and see what happens.

Now was the time to try perch with a feathered fly and experiment. Early in the morning you could see the black water and it moved away. Hundreds of poles were in the shallows, so drop anchor and get the fly rod out.

The yellow-bodied Professor Fly has been catching fish all morning. He outperformed the other guys who used worms in the same place. Another lake was nearby and had trout and perch so it was time to wade between the islands and look for any visual signs of rising trout. There was a constant surge of trout, but what were they looking for?

This was mosquito country, so why not give it a try? The larval mosquito fly was a killer and the size 14 fly caught on a short leader on a float line gave me pleasure all afternoon.

Here on the Campbell River, I met some guys from Vancouver. They were fishing for roses and they wanted to fish a local lake with a canoe. I made the suggestion of using a green or black leech fly or even a black bugger. We met later in the week and they had limited trout to Echo. Even today on lakes and streams the fly rod is used 100% of all my fishing activity. The fun is tackling the light and experimenting with different patterns.

My next fly tying sessions are February 18 and March 18, 1-3 pm at the Seniors Center for those who have attended over the past few months.

Campbell River Fishing