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#201 AllseeingEye

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 12:45 PM

Great post Sparky, completely concur with the sentiments therein.

 

For me fishing brings back wonderful memories of trips with my dad and grand-dad when I was very small, including a memorable camping trip when I was 7, that took just the three of us from Hope to Cache Creek, to Kamloops, Merritt and back. I remember the first fish, a rainbow trout, I ever caught (on that trip) in the Thompson River. I remember too just dad and me fishing very early one morning when I was ten and bagging the first salmon I ever caught on my own off Saratoga Beach at the mouth of the Oyster River, after years of carefully watching and learning from my dad, who in turn had learned from his dad. 

 

Its a shared experience which I now share with the same group of good pals now for almost fifteen years; its a journey that has taken us everywhere from the Rocky Mountains in lakes so remote I don't think they had names, to the Athabasca River; to the San Juan River near Pt Renfrew to the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers further up island, to the Vedder River in the Fraser Valley, the Cheakamus and Lillooet Rivers in the Fraser Canyon to the north coast and the Great Bear Rain Forest. It allows grown men to revert back to warm memories of their childhood, but in the process also forge lasting and new life long memories and to enjoy and appreciate the awesome beauty of our home island and province. 

 

That all said as Stephen Wright, one of my favorite comedians, once said "there is a fine line between fishing...and standing on the shore looking like an idiot". That reminds me about one of the best things about mates fishing....lots and lots of laughs.

 

And really you can never take yourself too seriously after spending a ton of time, effort and energy to plan, travel, get geared up, and go deep into a pristine wilderness, and think you've "got this" - then launch a fly line and either catch a tree on the back swing or realize - too late - you used the wrong line or knot to tie the most expensive lure in your repertoire, only to watch helplessly as the knot fails and the lure sails across the river like a missile and lands deep into the forest on the other side.

 

Once on the Campbell River, complete with brand new $300 sunglasses and a Simms sun hat costing almost as much, while showing a novice friend how to tie a fly and cast out into the river I looked every bit the professional, until I quite gracelessly tripped backwards over a submerged rock I failed to see, went ass over teakettle into the drink and lost the sunglasses, the hat and about $100 worth of tools and accessories that fell out of my vest pockets. Not to mention frying my mobile phone which I put into the one pocket in my waders that wasn't waterproof. If nothing else fishing also keeps you humble..... :)

 

PS - Sparky you should add Prospect Lake to your local fishing spots; I bagged a 4 pound rainbow there just this morning, as well as 3 others in the 2-3 pound range. 


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Posted 21 March 2020 - 02:20 PM

When you were typing that post I was on Prospect for the first time this year giving the outboard motor it’s first exercise of the year. There were lots of people fishing off the shore, docks, tubes, and boats.

What a beautiful day.
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Posted 21 March 2020 - 02:29 PM

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Last year.
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#204 AllseeingEye

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 02:45 PM

Yup we have our spot where we spin cast off the shore, use the same set up each time and don't even have to cast that far out to get these big rainbows. They are much bigger fish and with much more fight in them, than what we used to experience at Durrance Lake.



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Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:58 PM

Jesus H Christ this is good stuff.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 06:49 AM

I am posting to this thread to preserve my sanity in these difficult times. I need a distraction from the doom and gloom.

 

During the 80's my good friend Dave and I would start our Sunday mornings before daylight by siphoning gas from Mrs. Sparky's 66 Mustang into a 5 gallon container and put that into our 20 foot Campion and head out to Trial Island in search of salmon. Rain or shine...Summer or winter.

 

In the winter we put the canvas canopy up to keep the rain off and roll up the rear and side windows and stick the rods out. Our hunt for winter Chinooks was our favourite.

 

Fishing can be summed up as follows... hours of boredom filled with moments of sheer terror.... One of my favourite memories started with Dave hooking into a sizable salmon. I put the boat into neutral and started to pull in my line so as not to interfere with his play. The next thing I know I have a strike too.

 

Double header!!!

 

My line swings quickly to the left so i have to pass my rod around the rear upright of the canvas canopy in order to play the fish from the rear instead of the side of the boat.

 

(side note this was my favourite Peetz rod and reel setup)

 

While doing just that....my rod slipped from my hands and falls into the ocean. Darn!! (or words to that affect)

 

Dave plays his fish for a half hour or so and finally lands the most beautiful 20 pound winter spring salmon that I have ever seen. 

 

Once the fish is out of the net and we club the crap out of it...I notice something strange.

 

There is a red "hoochie" lure (read hook) in it's tail...with a leader still intact. I start to pull on it and the line starts to come out of the water. I keep pulling...and pulling...on this line that is slowly coming out of the water and making a huge pile of fishing line on the deck of the boat.

 

I still remember seeing my Peetz rod and reel emerging from the deep blue sea at the end of the line. Darn!! (or words to that affect) I got my rod and reel back.

 

I never fished with that gear again. I keep it in a special place.


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 07:34 AM

Getting your rod and reel back was definitely the catch of the day!

Good story!



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 09:11 AM

^ That is a great story Sparky; I think long time fishermen/women who've been at it long enough have experienced something similar although perhaps not quite as amazing considering the odds of your specific scenario transpiring. You likely couldn't duplicate that one in a thousand years if you tried, lol.

 

Our oddest 'can't believe I got it in the boat" story involved initially just a standard strike off Secretary Island north of Sooke, a nice coho, which my buddy Mark got within fifteen feet of the boat when it snapped the leader, hook, lure, swivels, line - and, unbelievably, the flasher. Hell. Oh well it happens, he resets his line and proceeds to keep fishing.

 

Half an hour later I need to pee so I stand up in the bow to do my thing. Standing up of course I now have a different - and better - view and vantage of the immediate sea near us. Fortunately it was a bright sunny day and suddenly about 50 meters away I see this distinct and very bright flash of light. And again. And yet again so I tell the guys to steer the boat in that direction to investigate.

 

Eventually after chasing it for awhile to get close enough we get within ~ five meters and determine it is a flasher. Hey - it looks like Mark's flasher. We get even closer. It is Mark's flasher. With the fifteen odd feet of line - not to mention that lovely coho - still on the other end of the line. The fish had been unable to dive with all that gear trailing behind it. We catch up to it and in spite of the fact the fish took off again Mark managed to grab the flasher then use it to hand wind the line wrapping it around the flasher and eventually getting the struggling fish into the boat. Any creature that fought that hard to survive deserved to live so naturally we revived and eventually released it. 


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:20 AM

^ Great story...although

 

...I have this vision in my head of you hanging on to your whizzer and shouting orders and pointing with your other hand towards the flasher. (pun intended)

 

It's gonna take a while to get rid of that. :)



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:41 AM

Early 90s fishing off the shore at ten mile point for salmon. I was there for a few hours, not a single bite. A new guy comes down with a rod and reel special he bought at Woolco, first time fishing. A few casts later he lands a 15 pound spring. Another few casts later he lands an even bigger spring.

The next time I go to ten mile point, the guy is there again with his entire family with the video camera ready to record. I ask if he had any luck since the last time, any he said nothing. He had gone every day since and got nothing.
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#211 Chef-eth

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 02:02 PM

   Well Sparky, and new to the sport Mike, I grew up fishing on Vancouver Island. My first steelhead in the Cowichan, others in the Englishman, and Qualicum Rivers before my parents decided they like the Sunshine Coast better and they dedicated themselves to mooching out of the Pender Harbour area. Recently, I fished in early March on the Crowsnest River in Alberta. (I follow this forum because we are getting old and will have to move to a warmer climate in the next few years. We live in the eastern side of the Rockies a bit north of Crowsnest Pass). We got out for a day on 06 March, temps were a balmy +7C. Both experienced fly fishers, we don't normally fish during winter, preferring to give our quarry a rest. But, we both had been skiing enough and we thought that since the provincial government allows year round fishing on this river, we would give it a try. We did not quite have the shack nasties but thought an outing would be of benefit. The snow flew here last September; April was already forecast to be cooler than average.

   So we meet and drive to the river, it is about +3C and the wind is blowing. For those of you not familiar, the Crowsnest Pass is super windy. There are signs along Hwy 22 which warn of high winds and give reported speeds and gusts. Every year a few semi trucks (the huge 18-30 wheelers!) blow right over. It is amazing. The forecast was for gusts up to 40 kmh... but that turned out to be optimistic. We figured we could fish the left bank of the river and hunker down a bit in the lee of the bank. That kept us down-sun of the wary and wily trout that inhabit the Crow' too. Well, it was the coldest weather I have ever fished in and early on my fingers were chilled inside the waterproof neoprene gloves... but the river was low and clear and we had driven a long way so we persisted. I was fishing with a bead head hare's ear nymph, on a 12 foot leader with a floating line. This allowed me to get the fly down fairly deep in slower current. We fished near the town of Frank, or what is left of it after the legendary landslide at the beginning of the 20th century. I have fished here before in more clement weather, ie: summer (!) and there are some nice pools there. Typically trout winter in deeper water however I saw no sign of any at all. Nary a one. Not to be deterred I continued to work my fly very thoroughly through the deeper part of the pool and used a bit of tension to slow the drift and cause the fly to rise up as it entered the shallower tail-out (downstream end) of the pool. I was in relatively calm air, and staying just warm enough to carry on. To my surprise I thought I detected a finning trout in the shallower tail out of the pool. The water there was about knee deep I reckon. I was surprised and thought maybe a bit of flotsam may have tricked me as the wind was howling in the trees overhead and lots of junk like twigs and old leaves were blowing into the water. I kept targeting that area at the end of my drifts and low and behold I was delighted when a trout took my nymph firmly! I played it quickly to reduce the impact of fatigue on the fish and reach behind me for my net... crap, I have forgotten to attach it to my vest - it was still in my car! I am fine with handling fish and the hook, barbless, was easily and cleanly removed from the firm lower jaw. Off it swam, downstream to live and feed again. It was about an 11" Brown Trout, which are not native to North America but for a variety of long and complicated reasons they were introduced at the end of the 19th century and now thrive in self sustaining wild populations all over the continent. 

   My buddy and I drove further downriver as the afternoon was waning. We scouted another pool, this one new to both of us. I offered the prime part of the pool to him as he had not caught a fish that day (yet) and minutes later he was rewarded with a Rainbow Trout, similar in size to my earlier fish, and brightly coloured and well formed. Satisfied, and thinking about the long drive home ahead, we called it a day.

   When we hit Hwy 22 the wind read out said gusts to 83kmh!!! It was some day and I reckon that along with ice fishing, I will keep with my winter pursuits of skiing and walking and leave fishing for the balmy days of summer!


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 02:13 PM

^ Great fishing story. Thanks for that Chef-eth.

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 06:51 PM

Nice!

That Crowsnest Pass overheated my transmission once. It never happened before, and never since.
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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:20 AM

Many years ago we returned from a day's fishing. When I dropped my friend off at his house, his girl friend was there, working in the garden....a very nice girl but not the sharpest hook in the tackle box.  As we were unloading the gear and catch she came over and asked how the day had gone. He told her it had been a productive day and was pretty exciting and frantic when we got the double-header. She was amazed. "That's incredible!". We agreed, yes it had been a lot of fun. She seemed overly impressed and raved on and on at our amazing luck (skill?). "Well dear it was pretty cool but it's not really all that unusual" She went back to her gardening as we set about processing our catch for packaging. After a few minutes she was back again and said "I just can't believe it...you guys catch a two-headed fish and you just carry on like it's something you see everyday!"

Being a fisherman, I may be prone to a bit of exaggeration...that that is a true story...


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#215 Mike K.

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:28 AM

That three eyed fish on the Simpson’s ruined a generation.

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:31 AM

We have double-headers here? I thought those are tropical

 



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