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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.