Sport fishing column for March 19 to 26, 2012

"The more things change, the more they stay the same, and what was old is new again."

With the state of the world economy and the cost of everything going up, it was only a matter of time before the fishing tackle industry started looking for ways to economize. Enter the new re-engineered fiberglass rods.

Do a Google search of fiberglass rods and their current manufacturers, and you will find a long list of popular names. Why? As of yet, I have not found anyone willing to an answer under oath, but there are suggestions: Price, it is said that fiberglass rods can be made cheaper. Newer and better technology; it is believed that new technology developed while engineering ultra light graphite rods, can be applied to fiberglass rods making them lighter.

These new glass rods are not the wobbly noodles that held the lion's share of the market from the late 1940's through to the 1980's. This new generation of glass performs well, for those willing to work in the mid range of 5 to 9 weight, slow and medium action rods. These rods are not for everyone, but for those wanting recreation on a working man's budget, they are a reasonable option.

More on this subject next week.

The report

Fishing on our lower mainland lakes is fair to good. We did get some sun last weekend, but the weather did not stabilize enough to provide the fishing we were hoping for. As I write to you, the sun is shining through my window with only high clouds in view. Here's hoping the weather will stay stable for the weekend. For your best success continue to concentrate your fishing close to shore, along the north east sections of your favorite lake Try: Chironomid, bloodworm, Red Spratley, Coachman, Zulu, American Coachman, Professor, Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, Dragonfly Nymph, Sixpack, Halfback, Doc Spratley or Baggy Shrimp.

The Fraser River back waters are fishing well for cutthroat. For cutthroat try: Eggo, Egg & Eye Alevin, Rolled Muddler, Tied Down Minnow, Mickey Finn, Stonefly Nymph, Czech Nymph, or American Coachman.

The Stave River is good for cutthroat.

The Harrison River is good for cutthroat and rainbow. For rainbow try: Big black, Kaufmann Stone, Sixpack, Irresistible, Czech Nymph, Zulu, olive Wooly Bugger, Souboo, or Renegade.

The Chehalis River is fair to good for steelhead and cutthroat. For steelhead try:
Polar Shrimp, Squamish Poacher, Big Black, Flat Black, Popsicle, Kaufmann Black Stone, Eggo, Thor, GP, or Steelhead Spratley

The Vedder is good for steelhead and cuttthroat.

I will be teaching beginners fly fishing classes at Hatch Match'rs Fly & Tackle, starting next month, call 604-467-7120 for details.