Weekly Fraser Valley Sport Fishing Column
Sport fishing column for April 30 to May 6, 2012
It is May, the unofficial opening of trout fishing season. Now if we could persuade the weatherman and the fish to get on the same page with us anglers, things would be great.
Mentioning Phil Genova and his impact on me as a youth angling instructor (last week) got me thinking about the subject of kids and fishing clubs. This subject seems to be another facet of angling that many talk about but seldom move past that talking stage. As one who was involved in school based fishing clubs for nine years, I can tell you they are highly effective in generating a kid's interest in the sport, which will carry on long past high school.
If we are to become more affective in bringing younger generations into the sport of angling; I believe we need to look at what is being done outside our borders and drop our gear and species prejudices. If we can do that, there may well come a day when we see our BC sons and daughters go on to post secondary education on angling scholarships.
Our lower mainland lakes have been fishing slow to fair due to the unsettled weather. For wet (sinking) fly trout fishing try: Chironomid, Bloodworm, Red Spratley, Coachman, Zulu, American Coachman, Professor, Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, Dragonfly Nymph, Sixpack, Doc Spratley, Pumpkinhead, or Baggy Shrimp. For dry (floating) fly trout fishing try: Tom Thumb, Irresistible, Royal Coachman, Renegade, Elk hair Caddis, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, or Lady McConnel. For kokanee try: Red Ibis, Double Trued, Blood Worm, San Juan Worm, Red Spratley, or Red Carey. For bass try: Zonker, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Lefty's Deceiver, Dolly Whacker, Big Black, Wooly bugger, or Crayfish. For panfish try: Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, Bucktail, Dolly Whacker, Bloodworm, Chironomid.
Most of our low to mid elevation lakes are open; early season tactics are the key. For wet fly fishing try: Chironomid, Bloodworm, Halfback, 52 Buick, Pumpkinhead, Big Black, Micro Leach, Coachman, Green Spratley, Carey Special, Souboo, or Baggy Shrimp. For Dry fly fishing on those warm afternoons, try: Lady McConnel, Black Gnat, Double Hackled Peacock, Griffith Gnat, Elk Haired Caddis, Irresistible, Sofa Pillow, or Tom Thumb.
The Fraser River is fishing well in and around the cleaner water at the confluence of its feeder streams. For cutthroat try: Eggo, Egg & Eye Alevin, Rolled Muddler, Tied Down Minnow, Mickey Finn, Stonefly Nymph, Czech Nymph, or American Coachman. For dolly varden try: large (Size 4 to 1) Zonker, Eggo, Big Black, Dolly Whacker, Mickey Finn, or Clouser's Deep Minnow.
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 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.
Last edited by fishingnewsman; 05-02-2012 at 05:50 AM.