Weekly Fraser Valley Sport Fishing Column
Sport fishing column for April 22 to 29, 2013
So far in this series of columns, we have covered the blessing of traditions and good habits, now I wish to address the other side, prejudices.
Yes, prejudices rears its head in sport fishing. We often see it the negative remarks passed back and forth over styles of fishing and fishing tackle used. The most evident prejudice though is in the area of fish species.
When children show their first interest in fishing, they are happy to catch anything, as long as the action is constant. As we grow older we develop our species preferences. These preferences are influenced by our peers, heroes, and our taste buds. Preferences are good prejudices are not.
Locally there was a time when it was believed that dolly varden were destroying our rainbow fishery. The result was indiscriminate devastation to dolly varden populations. It took years to bring them back. Chum and pink were regarded with disdain by stream fisherman before they were opened as a sport fish. Carp were maligned as were bass. As with rainbow trout, coho and chinook salmon; all fish have there fans and place in our sport fishery.
Like the fish they pursue, all anglers have valuable input, to contribute to our sport if we are willing to listen. The questions we need to ask ourselves before passing judgment are: Does that other person have the legal right to do what they are doing? Is that other person having fun? Does what he or she is doing work? If the answers are affirmative; keep your prejudices to yourself and leave them alone. The bottom line is this; sport fishing is about catching fish and having fun no matter how you do it.
Fishing on our lower mainland lakes is good. Try working the warmer waters in the north east section of your favorite lake for better success. For wet (sinking) fly fishing try: Bloodworm, Chironomid, Nations Black, Zulu, Wooly Bugger, Wooly Worm, Pumpkin Head, Big Black, Doc Spratley, Halfback, Sixpack, or Baggy Shrimp. For dry (floating) fly action try: Lady McConnel, Tom Thumb, Irresistible, Double Hackled Peacock, Royal Coachman, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, or Elk Hair Caddis.
Our lower Mainland bass and panfish fishing well too. For Bass try: Big Black, Wooly Bugger, Gomphus Bug, Crayfish, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Lefties Deceiver, Dolly Whacker, Bucktail, Hair Frog, Poppers, Chernobyl Ant, or Stimulator. For Panfish try smaller (size 12 to 16) versions of the above.
The Fraser River is fair for cutthroat and dolly varden. Try fishing the clearer water at the outflow of Fraser's feeder streams. For dolly varden try large (size #4 to 2) Eggo, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Tied Down Minnow, Roller Muddler, Dolly Whacker, Big Black, Kaufmann Stone, or Flesh Fly.
The Harrison River is good for cutthroat and rainbow. For cutthroat try Rolled Muddler, Tied Down Minnow, Professor, Anderson Stone, American Coachman, Flash Fly, or Czech Nymph. For rainbow try: Kaufmann Stone, Big Black, Wooly Bugger, Black Gnat, Souboo, Zulu, or Renegade.
The Vedder River is good for steelhead, rainbow, dolly varden, and cutthroat. For steelhead try: Steelhead Nightmare, Kaufmann Stone, Polar Shrimp, GP, Popsicle, Squamish Poacher, Big Black, or Flat Black.