Kamloops Rainbows

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler

Kamloops Rainbows.

I had been contemplating a fishing trip to Kamloops for some time. Throughout the season, visiting the Fraser for Sturgeon and Kokanee in the Okanagan, flyfishing had been neglected. With this in mind I spoke with a friend, who lives in Kamloops, and arranged to meet him on a lake after he left work on the Friday. He starts and finishes work early so we can always get a short trip in.

The drive from home was about 2 hours and there had been a warning of snow on route. This meant I had to get the winter tyres fitted before I left. When I set out at around 9 am the weather looked good, but mountain travel should always be taken with caution. At about 6,000′ there was fog with some snow in the air. It was not a pleasent journey, although the radio said there was sun at Kamloops. As I drove the last 50 km and dropped down to about 2,000′ there was the sun and the scenery looked great. I had made the right choice in coming this way.

Arriving at the lake there wasn’t  a cloud over head, but the distant mountains showed what could be possible if the wind blew my way. Undaunted I set up the Sage SP 5 wt and paddled out in the V-Boat. The water was about 11C and I was glad I had warm clothing under my waders.

I always use a floating line and a range of nymphs that the great Frank Sawyer would recognise. Pretty old fashioned, but the approach has worked around the world so why change?

Out from the boat launch I paddled and after about 10 casts had my first fish. A beautiful, hard fighting rainbow of some 15”. ( I should work in metric, but somehow for fishing, the old system sounds better ). The colours on the fish impressed me greatly , particularly the green on the back.

Kamlopps Rainbow In The Net

The fish was gently returned after another picture.

Kamloops Rainbow

On starting out my flippers had ‘kicked up’ a number of geen shrimps.  The first fish came to a green shrimp pattern.

A furter 3 fish followed, up to 17". By now the weather was starting to change and a breeze was beginning to blow. Up above, the clouds were moving towards the lake and snow seemed a possibilty. Perhaps 2 hours of fishing time remained, if I didn’t want to fish in the snow.

I put away the V-Boat and searched the shore for a good spot to cast. The rewards justified the decision and I caught 2 more trout, with one of 18" and the second at 23". Time to stop and and think of the journey home.

Crossing the mountain was slow and, in places, perilous. There was some snow in the air, but the damp ground was very slippery as 2 trucks, which passed me, were to discover.  After approximately 10K we passed them, in the ditch !

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Scottish River

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

A Scottish River.

I have always been fascinated by water. If you stand by a pond in the early morning mist there is a distinct aroma with which all anglers will equate. However rivers have an even greater pull upon the soul.

The river of higher ground is always in a hurry. It has purpose as the lowlands await the fresh supply of water in the hope of preventing  the inevitable build up of silt which creates our great estuaries.

This river attracted my attention in 1969. I found it whilst touring Scotland and my memory fades as to it’s whereabouts.

Scottish river

It’s not important as the picture conveys all. Those rain clouds bring the life giving nourishment to the mountains in the background. When the slopes have finished with the water it is released and lent to the brooks that feed into the river. Quickly the level rises and somewhere below this point there will be salmon and sea trout waitng for the change in "texture" of the water which signals "time to go" and hence the continuation of their jouney.

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Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle.

I came here in 1969 having driven from the South Coast of England and the place seemed full of "magic". In the "heady" years of the late 60"s we all sought the things of life. Somewhere I made a vow to return to Scotland as it had crept into my "skin". I cannot understand how a modern Scot can leave this land. High wages may be the answer, but when you live near this scenery then you are wealthy beyond compare.

Eilean Donan.

I did indeed return, 39 years later.

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Invaders From The Lake

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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?.

Blue Anchor

Note And photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Blue Anchor.

We travelled  from Watchet, Devon, England  and came across this bay. A great place to play beach cricket or football. The sands seemed to stretch for miles. People were walking the beach, but the wind from the sea had a "bite". Posts in the foreground were a testament to man’s attempt at contolling the water and the road I was walking along was protected from storms by a decent breakwater.

Naturally behind the road there was the usual seaside shops and a caravan site where the happy holiday makers would spend a week or two of the well earned English holiday. Long may it all continue.

Blue Anchor

When the sun shines and the day is warm theses are the places to be. There’s something to do at little expense and there are always new friends to meet. We all exchange names and addresses, with promises to keep in touch. Usually we forget and return to our former lives and daily duties. So enjoy the moment of freedom while it lasts. Perhaps one day we might stop a little longer and think more carefully about those things which really are importent.

Until then, long live the beach, the sea and all the dreams they give to the " kids ‘ amongst us. I love to paddle in water, however cold it may be.

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Clouds Forming

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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

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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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Dartmouth Car Ferry

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Darmouth Car Ferry.

I love ferries across rivers or channels. As a child it was great fun to be rowed across Shoreham Harbour. The oars would dip silently into the water as the ‘old man’ would pull us across the water in the old ‘clinker’ built boat.

The Dartmouth ferry in Devon crosses the River Dart and is in a different league, but it still has that ‘ancient’ feel. There is always the childhood fear that the chain might break.

Dartmouth Car ferry

Long may the clanking chains and bumpy ride continue.

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Sea Spray

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Sea Spray.

This is England. For me it captures everything about the seaside. There are the waves crashing at the breakwater , the "beach huts" in the distance and the "tourists" sitting on the stone steps. Perhaps they are dreaming of warmer places. Maybe they are just absorbing the "atmosphere". I know we could add deck chairs and ice cream and perhaps later I may show some of that.

Sea Spray

There was a wonderful aroma of sea spray in the air. I like the lonely figure standing in the background. Just what were his thoughts as he stood for ages looking out at the sea?

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Anybody There

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Anybody There.

There was a group of three deer hiding behind this log and eating the luxurious grass.

Anybody There

Although the deers seemed to be eating without a care, they were constantly checking the surroundings. A wise move. There were at least 8 grizzly bears close by. Luckily for the deer the bears seemed more interested in grass than catching deer.

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