Well it has been awhile since there were any words added here. I do promise a prolific delivery of information on local area occurrences.
Currently the Upper Bow has performed on cue with the beginning of snowmelt becoming visible just a few days prior to May 19th, velocity is up a bit however spring runoff has not yet begun in earnest. Photos and a full region report will be posted on or before the 24th May.
Next posts will include: Spring hatches, Where to fish in the Bow Valley during Run-off and more.
As the sun began coloring the surrounding peaks, one could not help but notice the perfect mirror image of those peaks on the now placid waters of Chief Hector Lake at Nakoda Lodge. The contrast between this morning and any number of the previous two or three days was stunning, this would be more signficantly noticeable as the days temperature would rise quickly without the expected winds of September.
It was not very long before the first of the morning rise began and became evidently clear that todays emergence (Hatch) was very different from anything we had seen on the lake for sometime. No it was not a surprise but rather the fulfillment of an expectation. The Waterboatman flies which had matured were returning to the water in their typical heavy crash dive resulting in a distinct plop and raindrop like splash, the response from the lake’s Rainbow Trout population, was decisive. Suddenly the waters close to shore seemed to hold most of the lakes larger trout and they were very aggressively attacking the returning boatmen.
To say the day was exciting would be a huge understatement. Hoping for more of the same tomorrow and for a few days to come yet. Typically this hatch (not really a hatch) will build in the numbers of boatmen crash diving the lakes surface and correspondingly the numbers of large aggressive feeding trout will intensify almost beyond belief.
I will be trying to get both stills and video of the phenomenon, I would suggest that if the weather holds this event is akin to the 20cm snow day rule of the rockies….aah if you have to ask, perhaps don’t, just take the day off from work and come and fish this event.
-Fish hard, and live long-
Seems a lot of folks found the Midge story particularly interesting. I have received lots of “direct” e-mail asking about the Midge and what fly imitations to use.
So I am going to try putting a photo page of (Chironomid) midge imitations and relevant hook sizes – might be a little tough as I dont have a Macro lens at the moment, mine went swimming sometime ago, please bear with me as I get this together and posted.
One request please indulge me on this , if you have questions or want to tell me about a fishing experience or share a thought related to fishing please look for the little balloon on the top right of any of the posts and submit your comment question or story there as opposed to directly to my email.
I Appreciate it.