I planned to kickoff summer with another fishing trip. I got the camping part down and most of the fishing logistics( ya right) but I can’t control the weather.
I was camping near KenruckyAllyne Park and put the boat in nearby but the darn wind was near gale force. I tried several times in day/half but was confounded by winds so gusting my anchors wouldn’t hold nor my fisherman patience endure. I marked many fish in a dropoff at 40′, opting for an HD line and chironomids. I released one and it was full of the little pupae. A friend landed a 5lb silver rainbow but after a lost hat and double anchors being moved I figured the whitecaps were a sign to retreat.
After several new attempts with the same result, I built a fire and retreated to the folding lawn chair and a book. ( Doc by Russel- an adaptation of Holliday/Earp western. I highly recommend Doc by Mary Doria Russell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8911226?source=ebfg_tw )
We were comforted by a terrific venison/moose supper cooked by friend’s and enjoyed a night around the campfire. After a night falling asleep to the wind and worrying about trees deadfall) I had to return home early in the morning. The wind was already picking up so I wasn’t too distraught. Cheers to the start of summer.
Just had a couple of days flyfishing at Kump Lake near Aspen Grove, BC. It is always nice to get out in the outdoors even if fishing is mixed. We had moments of active chironomid hatches broken by the mystery of rainbow trout feeding habits.
It is smaller stocked lake with a large deep centre and a few shoals of dark water. There was very little signs of hatches but mystically fish would show themselves for size 16 brown, green and grey patterns- but, with little predictability. A dozen 2-3 lb and a couple 6lb were released but fishers had to watch for a very aggressive loon that even attacked the nets.
The water was extremely high with trees fallen but Kump is a nice rustic FSR site. It is a self serve wilderness site much like many in BC. No fire bans at this time….
We met an eccentric couple from the US who had much fisher knowledge to match their amusing behaviour. No offence to my US friends. 😉
Spring weather in BC has been erratic and is still hampering flyfishing trips but not completely. Some good trout moments if you can brace the wind and rain- a crowds.
Many people are heading outdoors despite thunderstorm warnings, flooding and blustery conditions. Today at Island Lake the campground was full of lower mainlanders but many had good time catching trout on chironomid hatches. Other lakes are turning over but if you find the right spot and setup some 4-7lb rainbows have been caught.
Today, I almost gave up due to wind but anchored well in 20 ft water I had a flurry of strikes. A couple guys were releasing 20 fish while a neighbour had no luck-typical chironomid fishing when the hatch is spotty. Only one section seemed active today with 6 fishers hip to hip in a row did well.
I’m a mess in the wind but today I found a few ways to adjust. It’s really about being thankful for what’s wonderful in front of you and not obsessing over the obstacles.