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456 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2017 Fishing Reports

  1. Don says:

    Hi anybody know if Pass is open?

    • Evan says:

      It’s open… pretty busy and not much happening yet. Few mayflies popping here and there, the odd chironomid but hatches haven’t really begun yet. The few times I bothered pumping fish there wasn’t much on the menu or they were completely empty, which was a little surprising.

  2. bob-greening says:

    Fished PH Thursday thru Sunday , action was good with fish to 4lbs. Cronies micro leaches shrimp . Most of our fishing was in 8 ft of water or less .

  3. farhills says:

    I heard that Blue near Peterhope has had some winter kill
    Does anyone know if this is the case

  4. willy says:

    Hey boys,

    I too have fished Pass a couple times. Saw lots of fish moving and rising at times, some chronies but small and not plentiful. Caught a few twitching leeches back but nothing more than 2 lbs, one last Friday about 3.5 however.

    Just curious if anyone has an update on the roads for Dardanelles and Red. Also, I am wondering about Warren and turnover and it’s status any info would be cool


    • Steve Moore says:

      Only way to Red is Sabiston Creek by Savona. Road is in ok shape but take it slow with lots of blind corners. Water was 52-56 the past few days.

  5. Chris K says:

    Fished Edith yesterday with my father in-law and his cousin. We had 40+ fish to the boat and lots more lost between the three of us. We were anchored in 14 feet of water just left and out from the boat launch 100 meters. All of us were fishing size 18 chromies with an x-fine bright green wire rib and black tungsten bead heads a foot off the bottom. We got a dozen or so brookies with the rest FV’s and Pennasks. We hooked about a half dozen in the 2-2.5 pound range with the average going about 15″ and a pound. The fish were packed with size 16 to 20 green chromies. There were some big chironomids starting to pop, size 10-12, but the fish didn’t seem to be interested in the bigger size flies yet. We arrived early at 8:30am and went through about a dozen fly changes and locations before we got the first fish. There was one guy dialled right in from early morning hooking a fish every second cast just out from the boat launch. After we got our fly patterns and location sorted it was steady from 11am until 3pm with a hit or fish every five minutes or so. Beauty day with light winds and bright sunshine. There looked to be about twenty boats out on the lake and a dozen trailers camping. Should be continued great fishing with the extended stretch of warm weather coming up. The water temp was 50.5F in the morning warming up to 54 by 3pm.

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Now that’s a report! Thanks for sharing! Any chance to see a pic of that tiny green ribbed cronie? You can link an image here by just pasting it’s URL or email it (bcflyguys@gmail.com) & we can add it to your post? Thanks again! πŸ˜€

  6. Chris Depper says:

    Anyone been up to jimmy lately? Just wondering about road conditions for next weekend and best way to get there from kelowna. Thanks!

  7. rockysuperman says:

    Fished red yest, really nice day out on the water. Hooked a few on the chromie, size 16, white bead an red butt. Didn’t take long to key in on fish, third spot I lost one in the 9+ range, after moving for the fifth time now we started to key in on some nice fish. Couple in the 24″ plus range. It was a awesome day out for someone’s first day on the fly! Usually always on the dark side lol…..

  8. hunter fisher says:

    Was up at badger lake last week. water around 51 degrees. fishing started slow with some ‘here and there’ fish in around 10-12 feet of water. same thing in the back of spooney. killed it on the last day with a fish almost every cast, mostly 1.5-2.5lbs with the odd fish in the 3s. silver body black rib or red body silver rib seemed to be the ticket with black or white beads. i don’t think the fish are super picky, as by the end of our flys life spans, they were tattered and shredded almost down to the bare hook and still catching fish. saw more and more hatch activity and if you were to head up there now, you would probably time it perfectly. good luck, tight lines

    • JoJoNed says:

      Hunter, How was the road in to Badger?

      • hunter fisher says:

        it was flooded in a couple spots, no more than 6-8 inches. slow go in a few parts due to bumps, but our friend came to visit for a couple nights and made it up in his 92 honda civic, so pretty sure any vehicle can make it!

  9. BCFlyguys says:

    FYI if you were thinking of heading to Stump …….

  10. Chris K says:

    Great day out on the water today at a local favourite. Started out slow from 9am until 10:30am then picked up quickly. We were fished size 18 & 20 chromies in 28 feet of water and then moved up to size 14’s when some bigger bugs started popping. One fish was 17″ and the other 15 we landed were all between 20″ – 24″. My father in-law lost an absolute hog fishing just next to us. The wind came up at about 3:30 and that was it for us.

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Nice! There seems to be a huge intimidation factor in fishing tiny flies like that but sometimes they are the ticket! Everyone should have a few stashed away for days when nothing else will do πŸ˜‰

  11. Greg Plummer says:

    Hi everyone, I was up at red last week and got into a nice rainbow which wrapped around my anchor line, so I thought, turns out it had wrapped around a fly line on the bottom, got the fish, the fly line and a rod and reel attached to the fly line! Judging by the amount of growth on the rod and the condition of the reel I would say it has been laying on the bottom for a year or two. If you lost a rod or happen to know someone that did and you can let me know the make of rod and reel you can have it back!

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Thanks Greg! Posting to the FB page for more exposure …

    • Tracy Christian says:

      I passed this information along to the gentleman who rents cabins on Red lake. His Facebook page is “Lakefront Cabins near Kamloops”. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he can find out who it may belong too! Thanks for posting. Best of luck finding the owner πŸ™‚

    • Joe says:

      Hi Greg,
      I’m struggling to remember the rod, but I believe it was a Dragonfly – Kamloops, and the reel was a Greys – GX700. Here’s to hope’n…..thanks for letting us know!

      • Greg Plummer says:

        Hi Joe, close on the rod, but the reel is not a greys. Where about on the lake did you loose it??

    • lilian-susanj says:

      Hi Greg
      my son lost his fishing rod and reel last year at red lake
      green rod Sth fly reel with grey number 4 sink line with whie backing
      dragon fly kamloops 7 wt wt rod
      lost north of the narrows to the left
      i hope this is the one
      thanks in advance
      my sons name is dave susanj phone 250-682-2512
      my email is goneagain 4011@hotmail.com

      • Greg Plummer says:

        BINGO! we have a winner, that is the rod and reel and location, never thought I would ever find the owner. I will phone your son.

        • lilian-susanj says:

          very many thanks again there is still some very honest people in this world
          my son is excited to know it was found

          thanks again lilian

          • Greg Plummer says:

            Thanks Lillian, you never know what sentimental value a fishing rod can have. I am just glad to have found the owner.

        • BCFlyguys says:

          Very Kewl! Kudos to you Greg for working to find the owner … class act!

  12. Red Dog says:

    Any reports on Bleeker?
    Several days ago on Edith reliable reports from two really good sticks suggested fish were full of “Bombers”. I saw no shucks to corroborate, although did have success with “nymphed” (long leader on dry line) #10 3x Bla/Sil representing such a bug. One RBT bleeder taken home at 1 lb 13 oz. Saw May Duns thought to be PMDs and also sub imagoes in water. I did try some of my own pattern Mayfly nymphs w/0 success. I cannot correlate success without evidence of such a hatch, but speculate perhaps a Spratley may work in future. Have not used that fly for decades.
    Time to stretch a few fish lips @ Bleeker…maybe

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Yup I think the timing is about right for Edith lake bombers. No first hand knowledge re Bleeker but a buddy who went informs me that he was getting them on cronies in 12ish feet of water. He also said others were catching fish as well. Up to 3lbs is the word but me thinks there’s got to be some tanks in that water this year.

  13. Greg Plummer says:

    how do you post pictures to the site. A group of us was up in gods country last week and had some absolutely stellar fishing pics I would like to share…..

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Unfortunately the image uploader kicked the bucket a while back and I won’t have time to fix/replace it for a while yet. In the meantime you can …

      1) Host the pic somewhere and paste the image URL into the comment and it will show it here.

      2) Post the pics to our Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/flyguys.net) and then embed the code here (or I can do that part once the images are posted to the FB Page).

      3) Email me (bcflyguys@gmail.com) the pics and I’ll add them to your post.

  14. MoCor says:

    `tis the season for “Rod Catching”, for I, too, have pulled up a fly rod and reel, this time from Englishman, It appears to have been in the water for about a year and still in good shape. Identify it and it`s yours.

  15. Chris K says:

    Hey Guys,

    Fished Edith today with my father inlaw from 9am until 2:30pm. We landed 21 fish and lost another dozen or so. We were double anchored in 23 feet of water straight out about 100 meters from the main boat launch. We were fishing size 10 and size 12 chironomids 1 foot off the bottom. We both were using heavy splitshots 2 feet above the fly due to the strong winds. The chironomids were bombers tied with a white bead head, black flashabou body and fine silver wire rib. Most of the fish hit after a quick twitch of the fly. The fish finder was lit up with constant fish under the boat. The winds were super strong out of the SW gusting to about 60 km/hr. We had to use double anchors in the bow and stern with 65 pounds on each end to stay perfectly still in the gusts. We saw another half dozen boats at the far end of the lake trying to get out of the wind…….no idea if they caught fish or not. We found that casting out perpendicular to the wind and allowing the indicator to drift straight downwind before beginning the retrieve was the easiest to manage. All the fish were super clean and nice size for Edith. The Pennasks average about 18-20″ and 2 pounds with the Fraser Valley’s being a bit heavier. We only hooked one brookie today. The water temps were 56F at 9am warming to 60F at 2pm. The fish were full of black and dark olive bombers around a size 10. They had very little “chrome” colour to them. Those 18-20″ Pennasks should all be solid three pounders by next spring.


    • BCFlyguys says:

      Another great report … thanks Chris! πŸ˜€

    • Chris K says:

      No sweat Rob. We had a great day out on the water today. Nice to see some big bugs hatching and the fish keying in on them. Could have used about 10% of that wind though. We were taking water over the side at times!



    • Art Vandelay says:

      You would think that those 18-20″ fish would be bigger next year…but it seems that way every year at Edith now. It is being managed as more of a family-friendly fishery these days with higher stocking rates. It is no doubt a great family lake and is one of my go-to places to take the kids. However, if you want bigger trout there are many better options. Of course, i could think of worse things than catching chrome Pennasks up to 2.5 lbs with the occasional slightly larger fish. Nice report!

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