Invaders From The Lake

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Invaders From The Lake.

The mooring bouys have disappeared and these "House Boats"  seem to be heading "ownerless" toward the shore. It was an eirie sight to see first the tops of the boats appearing and gradually the whole boat came into view like something from a horror movie. At any moment you might expect some ghostly pirate to leap from the vessel and on to shore to claim the "booty". Not long after this, the boats disappeared again, as the mist rose to join the cloud above.

Invaders From The Lake

Last night we heard of the disappearance of one of these boats. The wind had risen putting an excessive chop onto the water. The unfortunate vessel slipped it’s mooring rope and drifted out on to the lake. Without power or control the boat sunk. Not far from the shore the depth drops down to about 40m. So I suppose that’s the end of the boat. I wonder if it will make a suitable habitat for the big trout and sturgeon in the lake?.

Clouds Forming

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Clouds Forming.

At last the snow has come to the valley. An optimistic 10 cm became more like 20 cm and the temperature fell through the floor to -26C! Now that’s enough to freeze a lot of " brass monkies " in the nether regions.

Because the lake is warm, relatively speaking, we are treated each year to the spectacle of "cloud formation". You can see the vapour rise to the cloud above and, as the cloud gains height, the wisps take on a column like appearance. This extends from the water up to the cloud. It’s an amazing thing to watch but, eventually, that vapour comes up from the lake and "dumps’ in your yard as snow.

Clouds Forming

How different the Okanagan seemed today to those balmy days of summer. We all ran around in shorts and "soaked" up the sun or went sailing. Still, the birds in the foreground have to endure the water and the very cold air temperature. For them the water surface is probably the best place to be.

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1968

Note And Photo From:- KelownaTrout Angler.

1968

1968 was a great period in the lives of many. We had pop music and the world was changing. That’s a discussion for elsewhere, along with the price of petrol and how many gallons we could get for a pound.

I went to Arundel Castle in West Sussex and spent a lazy afternoon drifting in a boat on Swanbourne Lake. It was a glorious day and the water in the lake behind the castle was crystal clear. As an angler I was captivated by the ducks diving for weed and chasing eels. It was so easy to let the boat drift and watch the show.

Arundel Eels

Arundel Eels

On another outing to view more water for fishing I spent some time walking around the lakes of Sheffield Park, West Sussex. This swan seemed to follow me everywhere. It would paddle along the bank without any sign of aggression and did not want to take any bits of bread from passing strangers. Somehow I had found the only ‘canine’ swan in existence.

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park Swan

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The Shallows

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

The Shallows.

Tranquil water at the side of a beautiful lake is always emotive. Is it the reeds or the lilies, which create the impression of calm? Lakes have a distinctive smell that every angler readily associates with. I have stood by quiet shores so often in my life and yet still the fascination remains. You look into the water and dream of what is to become of the day. Perhaps big fish will grace the net or maybe an encounter with wildlife will be on the cards.

If the day is warm and sunny then maybe a lazy time can be enjoyed by just sitting, watching and thinking of life in general. As you sit in silent contemplation you will hear the buzzing of bees and insects as they go about their daily routine. In their case so much energy expended for what seems such a short life. Do they enjoy their time on the wing?

The Shallows

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At The Foot Of The Dam

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

At The Foot Of The Dam.

On a trip to Devon, England I came across what appeared to be a beautiful lake. I say appeared because the wind blew ferociously down the lake towards the dam and waves that would sink a small rowing boat gave the water a serious chop. Flyfishing was out of the question and site seeing was uncomfortable as the wind would try and lift your glasses.

Devon

I stood on the dam wall and looked down to see if any water was flowing out. There was a small flow and I’m glad sea trout don’t come up the steps or they would need a step ladder for the last stage.

At The Foot Of The Dam

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Autumn At Wood lake

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Autumn At Wood Lake.

The sun shone and the trees put on a splendid display. At the end of the avenue, Wood Lake glistened  in the sun. Within the shelter of the trees it was pleasant,  the lower undergrowth protected walkers from a biting wind, which blew down the lake from the north.

Birds were flying from bush to bush taking advantage of the abundence of food available for the short time of fall.

Autumn Coours At Wood Lake

We had spent the time looking up at the trees and at the lake and forgot to check the ground. There were signs of bear dung everywhere. The berries in the bush were the obvious attraction, but the number of people in the area meant that the bears would probably not return until the evening.

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Petersfield Lake

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Petersfield Lake.

A trip to England saw me walking around a lake, which had remained in my memory from when I had been in the area seeking a new job.

The day was sunny, but from the distant clouds there was the threat of thunder and heavy rain. We parked the car and walked along the path. There was only one other couple on the circuit. I guess there was some benefit in taking a break outside of normal holiday time. The boats were moored out on the lake and there was a slight breeze, which carried a chill warning of what may come.

Petersfield Lake

In the lower corner of the lake I stopped to watch fish cruising around near some weeds. I assumed that they were carp and they were safe from capture. I had left rods and gear at home. Now was the time for looking and enjoying.

After the first circuit of the lake the weather held and our friends wanted to do another lap. Who could resist?.

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Tropical Blue

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Tropical Blue.

Could this be a tropical paradise which beckons you for a swim? That wonderful blue water in the distance with the waves washing the coarse sand on the shore.

It is indeed a paradise where silence reigns supreme. There is the sound of wind in the trees or the waves washing up on the shore. There are no sounds from  cars, planes or people. However, the water is cold and good trout swim in the deeps.The air is clean and carries the scent of the surrounding trees.

This is one of the treasures of British Columbia, Canada found at a height of 990m and awaits to be discovered by you.

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Hot Feet

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Hot Feet.

"It’s always the same, they build these stages far to long. We have to walk  from the shallow end just to get in the water. However, on warm sunny days the surface gets hot and it burns your feet. So you have to hop and keep changing feet. Now it  may be ok for humans wearing those plastic beach shoes but we need decent carpet."

"Ah well I suppose we’re nearly there and then we can jump in the water to cool off. I hope that water isn’t to cold."

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Big Fly

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Big Fly.

Early one morning, whilst walking along the shore of the Okanagan lake, fish spotting.

I saw this bug on the beach  and I hope the fish don’t start taking them or I’m going to need bigger hooks and a bigger rod.

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