Monday, May 21, 2018
Karen and I avoid the west country on long weekends.
We decided to hit Sylvan lake today with our daughter, Kate, and Son-In-Law, Adam. Tiki and Pepper also wanted to be part of the fun so off we went. We hit the lake early but not too early just to avoid traffic at the boat launch! It was a good decision. We motored to a favourite spot and started to chironomid fly fish. Well the action was continuous for lake whites and the occasional walleye. We had a ball. Two old timers came by to ask how we were catching so many fish. I tried to explain what a chironomid was. I gave the two fellas 4 chironomids, told them how to fish with them and they were off to their favourite spot. Pretty sure they were looking for dinner!
Again like last Wednesday, we fly fished in 7 or 8 feet of water. We rigged up our indicators so we were were 6 or 7 feet down. All we used were black and red ice cream cone chironomids, size 12!
When going to Sylvan Lake, pay attention to the wind. Today we had a mainly NW wind which was ideal for where we were fly fishing.
There is no question that we loved Victoria Day! So much fun!
If you have not tried fly fishing for lake white fish or walleye, do give it a go! It will be great until early July and then again in October!
Sunday, May 20, 2018
May long weekend is upon us. Karen and I were able to get our 4 year old grandson, Gavin, out to fish. He loves to fish! I did a quick check of the Alberta Conservation Association stocking report and realized that they had indeed stocked Mitchell Pond at Heritage Ranch! We hiked on down. Now Gavin is too young for a fly rod but his cars casting rod set up with a bobber and flashbacks and a Glens Leech got the job done. Fly fishing with a casting rod is a great strategy for kids!
Be safe and get the kids outside. Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
It is not a pretty sight and your sense of smell will tell you that something is decomposing. Yes, it is a major fish kill at Dickson Trout Pond. Ordinarily, winter kill is a bad thing but this time, it is a blessing in disguise. The biomass of fish in Dickson Trout Pond has been dominated by suckers. A lot of suckers, 1000s of them. This harsh winter killed off most of the suckers but not all of them. A few die hards did make it through the long winter.
My neighbour, Colin, our friend Murray and I spent a few hours at Dickson fly fishing. If you can get past the bad smell of decomposition and the sight of 1000s of dead suckers, the fly fishing is pretty good! You will be limited to catching "stockies" but they are willing and plentiful. The water is turbid but a size 12 Glen's Leech fished close to shore just 18 inches to 2 feet under a strike indicator kept us busy!
The pelicans, osprey and eagles are having a great time. The food in the lake will allow the rainbows to grow until the sucker population again dominates the biomass in the lake. Unfortunately, Dickson is over stocked with rainbows. It would be nice to see the stocking match the available food in the pond.
I hope the decomposition happens fast and then the smell will settle allowing a more enjoyable fishing experience. ...but in the sort term bring a clothes pin for your nose!