May 8/9, 2010: The ‘chironicals’ of May!
… and what an early May weekend it was! With 20 rainbows over 4.5 pounds this was a weekend that we’ll remember for a long time!
The weekend actually consists of four separate trips begining with Benny, Krazy and Carey hitting a chironomid hatch that resulted in four big bruisers between 4.8 and 5.9 pounds! Although the chironomid hatch was thick, the bows must have been just coming onto them as they were not yet gorging on them and you could still pick up the odd fish on a leech or shrimp. You can check out more information on that particular trip here.
Next up was Adam and Colin where chironies were again the ticket, resulting in Colins biggest fish to date, a beauty six pound bow! For more information on that adventure you can check out Adams post here.
Great work JFM … and that’s now 6 Fatso’s over 4.5 each!
And that brings us to today with JeFF and I hooking up on the water with Kenny, Sharky and Egon.
The day started off slow as the chironmids took till almost 10:30 to start popping off the 49 degree water surface, and during that time the fishing was sporadic. Kenny, being the very experienced fisherman that he is, adapted quite nicely and started the day off for us by landing a couple of beauty bows on first a shrimp and then a leech. While the rest of us were staring at our indicators Kenny was using an intermediate slow sink line with a very long leader and was bumping his fly along the bottom – and catching fish!
It wasn’t long, however, till the fish became more interested in the chronies that we were presenting and Krazy was next to land a brute that weighed in at 6.5 pounds (see picture above)! What followed was alternating performances by JeFF, Sharky, Egon who all managed to land bows over 4.5 pounds!
By the end of the day, and a few repeat performances by all of us, we had landed 14 rainbows between 4.5 and 6.5 pounds and a few more below that range! Add the six from the three previous trips and that’s 20 slabs from our little group of BC flyguys over just a couple days! As I said at the beginning of this post this will truly be a weekend that we won’t forget for a long time!
All of the fish in this post were caught using, shrimp, leeches and chironomid pupa patterns – the majority with chironomids. Not sure what type of shrimp Kenny was using but the leeches varied from micros (Triple F) in red and wine to full size in black. Chironies used were from size 16 to size 10 in all sorts of colours. JeFF and myself were long lining the KKK and the black n red allot while Egon was having good success with his “Rootbeer KFC” – a chronie pattern that I’m going to have to get off him soon! It was not just one pattern, however, that was working the whole time - we had to work hard to find what the fish were taking at any given time as well as move to find the fish as they moved around through out the day.
Can’t think of anything else to report – if you have any specific questions just email us and we’ll try to answer them for you. As usual, more pictures of our weekend adventure can be found on our 2010 gallery pages!
That’s about it … I’m going to rest my arm now … got to be ready for the next time we hit the water!
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