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Fly-In Fishing Trip And BBQ

We had some guests over from the UK and they had told us that they wanted to do something a bit different as a holiday experience.

Easy thing to say on the telephone from 5000+ miles away.  After some discussions we agreed on a fly-in fishing trip.

The fateful day arrived and the mist and cloud came down (that’s why it was fateful!)  My wife and our guests were to make the plane ride out to the lake and I dropped them off at 7am ready for the start of their adventure.

Float Plane on Okanagan Lake

Float Plane

Rod Hennig and I set off to take his 14ft boat up into the mountains.  We sat in the car at the base of the mountain, around 1500ft above sea level, looking at the low clouds.  The trip was beginning to look doubtful when the pilot telephoned to say he only had clearance to fly to 2500ft.

What a time to try and change plans ..  we had the cars and the boat.  No problem ..  we’d change the venue to the Okanagan Lake.  Good idea until we discovered the larger boat, which would be needed on the big lake, was blocked in .. the road outside Rod’s house had been dug up.  We waited for around 30 minutes and the clearance level rose to 2900ft.  The airport said it was sunny at about 5000ft, but permission to fly was denied.

A compromise was reached .. the pilot would extend the flying time, do a circuit of Kelowna and land on Wood Lake instead.  Success!  I duly stood at the end of the lake and waited for the plane to arrive.

Safe Landing on Wood Lake

Float Plane Landing

Once the passenegers had been collected it was away to the mountains and catch up with Rod. Hopefully he would have the BBQ all arranged on the island in the middle of the lake and a good day in the sun could be enjoyed.  Climbing 3000ft through mist does however dampen your enthusiasm .. but as they say “a bad day’s fishing is better than a good day at work!”  At about 4000ft the mist cleared and the sun shone to welcome us.

Rod brought the boat over to the shore and we were all duly ferried across to the island.

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The wives sat on the island enjoying the peace and quiet while we fished. They hoped  to see some wildlife and during the morning there were sounds coming across the lake.  Could this be moose or even a bear coming through the trees to the lake shore?   No ..  it turned out to be a group of cattle wandering free.

View from the Island

View From The Island

Rod had indeed set up the BBQ with a supply of surplus food in case we didn’t catch any trout.  Our guests were impressed with the setting and prepared themselves for a great day.  We caught enough trout for us to enjoy on the BBQ – very tasty straight from the water and on the grill.

Chef at Work

Rod In Charge

We caught plenty of fish trolling a leech pattern or fly fishing a nymph. And when Rod was preparing the food I removed my shoes and socks, wading into the water with a very light spinning rod to catch a few of the wild fish that abound in the lake.

We caught and killed enough fish for everyone at the BBQ.  No overkill as I do hate to kill the fish unless I’m going to eat them.

The Island in the Evening

Evening View Of The Island

I would certainly recommend this trip.  It has all the benefits for a day angler without the need for a long, bumpy ride into the mountains with full campsites, etc.  There are plenty of mountain lakes for that experience but, for those who want to try a short trip, check out Rod’s website and give him a call.

http://www.kelownafishing.com/

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It Was This Big!

Honest….

It Was This Big!....

“Caught” in the Enterprise Shopping Centre in Eastbourne, which has a number of nice little, independent shops, from crafts and health, to a fishmongers and a butchers. If you’re in the town, take the trouble to wander along and discover it yourself. You’ll find it up behind the railway station.

The Thames @ Twickers

Spent a grey day in Twickenham, on our current vagabonding experience in the UK….

A bit of a grey day, but thought I’d try the effects on the camera. Swans and pigeons and, of course, Canadian geese!

Thames @ Twickers(2)

Thames @ Twickers(1)
Just to the right of the shots, is a pub, where many a summer evening was whiled away, as the sun went down, with a pint in hand.

In fact, along the Richmond/Twickenham stretch of the River Thames, many a pub was frequented as we strolled along, or cycled. Not that it’s all about the pubs, but after a days fishing on the water, or a walk on a sunny afternoon, some pub grub and a pint can’t easily be beaten.

I’m on the lookout for a decent Ploughman’s now. Any suggestions?

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Fun At The Library

Not strictly at the waters edge but nearly.  Last summer I was asked to do some Physics experiments with a group of youngsters and I have to say they were enthusiastic.

I’m a great fan of  the library and they have been good to me so I was ‘volunteered’.  One of my requests was that David, the librarian, should take part.  He was going to get wet !

The experiment was the old trick with water in an upturned glass.  All went well for David until I pulled the card away.  The kids screamed with delight and dutifully lined up to try the trick themselves.  After a while, as they were having too much fun, they gave up on the card and ‘Poor’ David just got the glass of water.

The Soaked Librarian

I think he’s volunteered for this year again !

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Waterfalls

This was sent to From the Waters Edge  by 11 year old Sasha Boom, using the word Waterfalls, as part of her school work.

Waterfalls

ACROSTIC:

Watch as it prettily flows

Among the trees it goes

The shimmering glass like water calms you, takes you in

Everyone thinks it’s beautiful

Radiant, catching everyones eye

Falling down, down, down, to the evergreen trees below

All people crowd around to see it’s beauty show

Lot’s of people ‘OOH’ and ‘AHH’

Let’s all see the beauty show

Slowly drifting down, down, down, across the rocks below.

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Mountain Lake fishing

There are many streams in the area which, I am sure, would provide excellent fishing for small wild trout.  However these streams are really for the adventurous (or younger) fisherman.  I have to admit that in my younger days I would have tried many of these streams just to see…

We do have good access to many lakes which can provide excellent fishing.  I’m biased towards fishing with a fly rod, but small lures are used by a good number of anglers.  Some of the lakes are fertile and support a good head of sizeable rainbows while others are not rich in natural life and so the trout are small.

This question of size is purely arbitrary and sits more in the head of individual anglers than should ever be considered important.  A lake will provide what it can and the good angler recognises this and fishes accordingly.  I love fishing a light rod and line for 8" to 10" fish which are usually wild and rush freely to the fly or  to the well presented nymph.  Fishing in these situations is normally in beautiful situations and so you get double pleasure.  The lake below can be fished from a belly boat or small dinghy.  Motors are not allowed and so there is serenity and peace out on the lake, hard to find in modern life.  The breeze comes across the water surface and carries its own sound and, in the early morning, a distinctive aroma which will be easily recognised by those of us who spend time in such places.  If you are close to the reeds then you will hear the rustle as the stems clash with each other until the sound reaches a crescendo as the wind strength increases.

Mountain Lake

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If you sit in a belly boat or have rowed out quietly in a small boat then wildlife seems to accept you. You blend in with the surroundings and become part of the overall scene.  Now all your movements should be slow and steady so as not to spoil the ambience.  Too many anglers arrive, crash about, dash all over the lake and then go home complaining that they couldn’t catch any fish.  I say study the loon which takes it’s time or look at the heron which is a marvel of patience.

The fish below came on a day when I had the privilege to be on a lake where the trout grow to a large size and are as nervous as any fish that you might encounter anywhere.

Releasing The Rainbow

Releasing The Rainbow

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Shushwap Lake.

The Shushwap Lake in British Columbia, Canada is considered by many to be the houseboat capital of Canada.  For me it’s a large and beautiful body of water.  I stopped off one day just to admire the view and break the journey.  The weather was good, but storms had been predicted with a few thunder showers.

Looking out from the footpath were but a few of the many houseboats.  The season hadn’t even started.

Houseboats in the dock

Shuswap Houseboats

The footpath went under the railway bridge and I arrived as the goods train was about to pass over.  I got to 48 wagons and then lost count.  On other trains I have counted 84 and they measure over a  mile long.  Patience is a virtue if you arrive at a crossing as the train starts to go past.

The start of a long train

Canadian Pacific

Walking past the bridge after stopping to admire the size and power of the train I could see the clouds building for the first showers.

And moments later

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Tahsis

The small fishing village of Tahsis is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is at the heart of Nootka Sound.  Settled in a valley among the mountains the scenery is stunning.  Some of the best ecotourisn in British Columbia and pleanty of outdoor activities but we were there to catch salmon.

We left home at midnight and, after a journey of 16 hours on highways, a ferry and finally a 62km logging road, we arrived in Tahsis.  A good night’s sleep and we were ready for our first fishing trip.

 Setting out for a days fishing

Tahsis Inlet

Where do all the logs go ?  Someone said they were heading for shipping to China.

Logs To China

Check out this website for more information and photographs –

http://www.villageoftahsis.com/tahsis-ecotourism.php

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Lock Gates

Canals in England are fascinating.  They are man made from the efforts and hard work of a few dedicated men.  In the Industrial Age they were a vital factor in the prosperity of many regions of the UK.

Lock gates

This is an old picture of a lock which was still in use connecting parts of the canal.  The traffic at that time was purely "pleasure boats".  I think it was in the West Country somewhere, so maybe it is the Brigewater Canal.

When you stand on the towpath it’s hard to realise that there has to be a water source to supply the canal.  So I guess there must be a very slight gradient over lengths of waterway to enable the canal to function.  Any boat entering a lock must have some effect on the water level which must be compensated for from a river somewhere.

This balance between level and flow must have taxed the ingenuity of those early engineers and one can only guess at the detailed measurements and calculations which were needed.

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