Weekly Fraser Valley Sport Fishing Column
Weekly Fraser Valley Sport fishing column for May 13 to 20, 2013
Last week we spoke of bar fishing, this week I wish to dwell a bit on trolling. My introduction to fishing our BC interior lakes back in 1970 was accomplished by; you guessed it, trolling with the ever popular Ford Fender. Back in the day the Gang Troll, commonly miss quoted as a Willow Leaf, was as popular as fly fishing is today. Back nearly a half century ago, trolling with a Gang Troll was by far the most popular searching method on our central interior lakes. Today many still troll, but more often with a fly.
I personally recommend that novice fly anglers begin by trolling flies. This leaves the mind free catalog all the sights and sounds that are second nature advanced fly anglers; while catching enough fish to keep them interested.
Trolling is not as laid back as bar fishing, but is equally as relaxing. Particularly if you take up the oars; there is a peace and tranquility that is often found in the rhythm of presenting a fly with the perfect stroke.
Trolling is an exercise in hope and hope when fulfilled breeds confidence. Or as Paul said in his letter to the Romans, "knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope and hope maketh not ashamed;"
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, Nations Black, Zulu, Wooly Bugger, Wooly Worm, Pumpkin Head, Micro Leach, 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, Black Ant, or Elk Hair Caddis. For kokanee try: Scarlet Ibis, San Juan Worm, Double Trude, Blood Worm, Kokanee Thriller, Kokanee Zonker or Red Spratley.
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.
Our interior lakes look good for the long weekend. For wet fly fishing try: Chironomid, Bloodworm, Halfback Nymph, Baggy Shrimp, Pumpkin Head, Wooly Bugger, Big Black, Dragon Nymph, Sixpack, 52 Buick, or Doc Spratley. For dry fly fishing try: Lady McConnel, Tom Thumb, Black Ant, Water Boatman, Adams, Irresistible, Renegade, or Elk Hair Caddis.
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 high but somewhat fishable 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 high but fishable 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.
Last edited by fishingnewsman; 05-15-2013 at 04:46 AM.