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167 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2019 Fishing Reports

  1. Chaluga says:

    Wondering why this site and other fishing forums have slowed down so much in last year. Seemed like couple years ago there was way more comments here and at other forums.

    I don’t sense a decline in people fishing. We have may long weekend coming up and lots of people must have trips planned. I’m heading back up to chilcotin and gonna try a new lake on one of the days. Lake is bigger then I usually fish but has good potential.

    Love to hear about other trips planned. Regions your hitting or specific lakes. Sheridan and dragon must be done turnover so should be good.

    • BCFlyguys BCFlyguys says:

      The short answer is social media pages πŸ™ But we continue to keep this post going yearly to provide an alternative so thanks for contributing Chaluga! πŸ™‚

      • cam says:

        Im glad you guys keep this going Im pretty sure Ive read every single word on these pages a few times lol Huge amount of knowledge which has helped me with my fishing and tons of others Im sure! Thanks guys keep up the great work

        • Steve Moore says:

          More and more people are reluctant to post as it’s usually a barrage of: which lake are you at, what part, what exactly are you using. Way too many keyboard fisherman not willing to do their own leg work.

          A post on an open forum(where any and all can see) regarding a specific lake with a big fish that isn’t well known and I’d bet good money the next weekend there’d be more traffic than usual.

          I love how Flyguys post photos but with strategic background or blurring the background. Usually a photo of a throat sample too.

          It shows the experience but protects the spot so that others have to spend the time and effort hunting down the treasure.

          • BCFlyguys BCFlyguys says:

            It’s a bit of a balance act to provide as much info as possible while at the same time trying to protect smaller waters that would be negatively impacted if it were posted. Not sure we get it right all the time but we definitely try πŸ™‚

      • Don Don says:

        Flyguys this is the best flyfishing page on the internet. I have had the pleasure of being the first member to log in to the new page every year for I think 4 years. I read this forum every day and I agree with Chaluga! about the readership in the last few years.
        But I guess we have to advertise word of mouth more strongly. I tell everyone that I run into at Surplus Herby’s. since its the only source left in town. am, happy to see that other members recognize the issue and spread the word!!!!! thanks for the opportunity to use this forum.

    • Chaluga says:

      Thanks for the answer flyguy. Instagram for me is boring for fishing forums. No info shared except pics of monster trout somewhere near Kamloops.

      I’ll keep posting here even if the masses are elsewhere. ??

  2. Armadillo Armadillo says:

    Heading to a hwy 24 lake in early June that I have been to before…I’ve got a week off work …will try the area of the lake where we caught the big one last time we were there

  3. Chaluga says:

    What I like is hearing about people’s fishing experience. A pic holding a big fish with monster pennask is boring. I’d bet most of the large trout shown on Instagram are in private lakes.

    I would like an option here to send pm message to users. might be too hard to tweak for the site.

    I see the post often about doing the legwork to find lakes. I don’t like that statement for a couple of reasons.
    1) lots of people (myself included) live in lower mainland and don’t have 20 lakes within an hour to check out. It’s a 3 hour drive at least for me to a decent lake. Over the last 4 years I have tried around 140 lakes in bc. This has cost.me about 20k dollars. I’ve went from muncho to charlie to white to nimpo. Each time gas,food and most of the time accommodation.

    I feel a responsibility to help others who can’t afford to do this. No I won’t give away my best lake but there are plenty of good spots I’ll suggest. Most are found in bcadventure lake site or backroad maps

    Here’s some good ones

    I only have so many weekends left with my 16 year old son before he goes off to university and then we fish couple times a year. I know many other people in same boat. A weekend fishing trip with no bites isn’t a lot of fun .

    Wish more would share( not your secret spot) . Love.to hear about ones that got away.

    • kennyboy says:

      Chaluga, I agree with you. I’am in my mid sixties now and I’ve been fly fishing in B.C. since I was 18 years old. Road trips were easier and looked forward to them when I was younger. I’ve fished at Corbett,7half diamond ranch, Minnie and Stoney and numerous other private lakes now I have a handful of lakes that are close to Burnaby maybe a 4 hour drive at most and the fishing is very good and I don’t have a problem sharing with fellow fishing friends. I’am off to Anahim Lake area on Saturday, which will be the longest road trip I’ve had in along time, hopefully the fishing will be good. I could post a small list of lakes you can fish with nice forest service campsites that you can drive to from the Vancouver area in 4 hours or less but most people would probably say no to that.

  4. Jamie says:

    Hi everyone, I have a question in which I have heard mixed rumours about and thought I would post it here to get some fed back. In a case where a lake get a partial winter kill, which fish are most susceptible to it, the larger ones? (Which makes more sense to me as one may think they would need/use more oxygen) or the smaller ones? I fish with guys that have spoke with Brian Chan on this and he said the smaller ones. My experience however is that when I have fished lakes only to find it that they received a partial winter kill most fish were small. Any fed back would be great.

  5. Armadillo Armadillo says:

    Fished Mabel Lake today and caught some small ones….different from the past 2 years ….fishing was slow also ….water was dirty from run off and leaves,twigs and one or two deadheads floating around .

  6. Chaluga says:

    Need to compare notes.
    Not sure how. Can host here help out ? We’ve both shared helpful info to others.

  7. Mic Mic says:

    Four days on Pass Lake netted me 40+ fish up to 7+ lbs. Static Bag chronomids with black rib and dark bead work best for the big ones. Fish at around the 20′ mark for best results.

  8. Chaluga says:

    Amazing report MIC. I guess pass wasn’t Moody for u .

    Kenny send me a message on my Instagram account at moodyteched user. If
    anyone else wants to share lakes or even join me for a.day of fishing go ahead too and we can chat with a pm. Looking for a fourth for a trip up to the chilcotin in early July.

    I’m a woodshop teacher and it’s my school Instagram site if your wondering what all the cool projects are.

    • Mic Mic says:

      This week and next are prime at Pass. Also red ribbed bugs of same kind are working pretty well.

  9. Chris K says:

    40+ Boats at Pass today with trucks and trailers parked all the way to the road πŸ™ The fishing was incredibly slow for the majority of the boats on the water. Barely any boats catching consistently.

  10. Chaluga says:

    40 boats on 70 acre lake. That’s my definition of stupid and waste of time. I thought a big part of fishing is relaxing and fresh air. 5 boats on pass for me is crowded.

    • Chris K says:

      Agreed Chaluga.

    • hacklejockey says:

      Not to mention the islands of “mung” (filamentous algae) floating around in the lake. Wherever it concentrates, fishing is pretty much hopeless.

    • Mic Mic says:

      I’ve had some great days on Pass with that algae floating around. For me the best days of fishing this lake were always after a few days of sunshine after the May long weekend.

  11. Chaluga says:

    Hope Kenny gives us a report of his trip up North . I’m off next weekend to the Fletcher lake area. Gonna try two new lakes along with Fletcher. First time I hit Fletcher I had the biggest strike ever. Rod was almost torn out of my hands. Fished jumped 3 feet in the air and spat the hook. Was big, 7 to 8lb.
    Been back a couple of times but only caught 2 to 3lb. Real weedy lake, tough for trolling.

    • kennyboy says:

      Been off grid for a while. Poison Lake, Medicine lake. Stay at Escott bay resort. Take the Dean river road from there. This ones for you Chaluga. On June 14 you can fish the upper Dean, walk and wade fishing. Going back in Sept.

      • Chaluga says:

        Thanks Kenny,
        Just got back from Fletcher lake. It was really popping. action a plenty for 1.5 to 2.5lb. didn’t manage to get a big one . Didn’t try mons lake cuz boat launch a disaster and kloakut road dicey. Stayed at rainbows end cabin and it was wonderful.
        Hit Raven lake on way home and it was super slow . Was great 3 years ago but now not worth hitting. I think the brookies in there had a winterkill at some point . Will give it couple years to come.back.

        Good trip and decent weather

      • Chaluga says:

        Poison lake have decent size ones Kenny or lots of small ones ? Can’t find medicine lake on a map.

        • kennyboy says:

          Big fish. One Eyed lake is also a must in that area. If your In The Horesefly area try Ballon. Need a truck to get in, worth the drive.

  12. Chaluga says:

    On Google maps there are two lakes side by side which say poison. First has the bc rec site so I’m assuming you mean that one.

    I have fished one eye 3 times and barely got a bite. I’ve never had much luck with bull trout so I’m not surprised.

    Around horsefly klinne is good. Long drive though to get there.

  13. hacklejockey says:

    Has this site finally gone to electronic heaven? No action for weeks.

    • BCFlyguys BCFlyguys says:

      Predominately an ice off post with some fishing reports encouraged but as usual for this time of year with things starting to slow down for summer so are the reports. But stay tuned cause falls not that far away πŸ˜‰

  14. Chaluga says:

    Back from the chilcotin. Weather really sucked and worst last month of rain up there in years. Good for forest fires but bad for fishing. Highs of 13 degrees and raining 2/3 of the day. Managed to get some fishing in and did really well. Lots of 2lb and a few 3lb but no big ones.

    Couple of lakes updates. One eye is terrible. Big fish there is 12 inches. Been like that last 2.years.
    Tried tatla lake for first time and slow.
    Fletcher was awesome again.

    Overall good trip. Looking to try quesnel / prince George area next summer or north of Cranbrook. Anyone had trip in these areas and lakes they like ?

  15. Armadillo Armadillo says:

    thanks for the stories Chaluga…I have fished north of Cranbrook but not sure I want to name lakes on a public forum…I wish there was a way to private message you…I am not a facebook or twitter or instagram user

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