Saturday, May 9, 2015

One of THOSE days

I had one of THOSE days today. No not an everything going wrong, nothing going my way sort of days. One of those fishing days where no matter where you toss your fly your going to get into fish.

This weekend is the nicest weather we have had this year, it hit 23 degrees and I slept in. I knew I was planning on getting to a lake today to toss a fly but neglected (on purpose) to set an alarm. By the time I got up, loaded my gear and pontoon into the truck and made my way to the lake it was nearing noon.
The lake of choice was a local one, Cobb lake. I didn't want to travel too far and it has produced for me in the past.

Upon arriving, I noticed two things. One, there were a lot of campers at the lake and two, the fish were rising. I eagerly got myself set up and on the water with my go to generic fly; a black doc spratley size 12. I barely made it a hundred yards and I was into fish. A good start by any standards. I let the fish go and kept rowing to where I wanted to go. Another thirty yards and I had another fish on. I landed and released the rainbow and made a mental note of where I was, thinking if my destination was not producing I would come back here. Well, long story short, I ended up coming back as my other spot was a dead as a Norwegian Blue parrot being brought back to a certain pet store in Bolton. I anchored up near where I had landed the other two fish and proceeded to catch fish after fish.
I could see the schools direction of travel by where they were sipping bugs and splashing at the surface. A cast a few feet ahead and a couple strips and they hit the fly hard. It was almost too easy. I was literally calling when the fish wer going to strike. 3... 2... 1... HIT!..  and I was pretty close with my prediction many times over. At one point I went seven casts and seven fish. I lost count of the total number of fish caught but I'd say 30-40 or so.
All the fish were rainbow trout ranging from 12"-17" except one 17" brookie that decided to play and gave up a fantastic fight, and all were caught in six to ten feet of water.

It was just one of those days...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nechako Sturgeon release

Today I was fortunate enough to get to release some juvenile sturgeon from the Vanderhoof sturgeon hatchery into the Nechako river. What a great event and learning experience. The younger grades from the school I teach at got to release a fish each, had a tour of the hatchery and learned all about the Nechako sturgeon. They even had a few 7ft + adults in holding tanks that they were going to get eggs from for future generations.
The sturgeon we released were the same ones I saw in an ealier tour in September and boy had they grown! They were about a foot and a half long and full of energy today as they embarked on a new and exciting journey into the unknown. There were hundreds and hundreds of them.
The students were all buzzing about it back at the school. They all had their pictures taken with the fish they released (which they also named) and the coolest part is they can look up the tag code in years to come to see if the hatchery has recaptured or encountered their fish in their studies/brood stock program.
Thought I would share a few pictures of the release down the chutes and into the river. Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success.