Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Gwyneth Lake – Loons vs Fisherman

One part of the one week Angling Guide Program of Chilcotin Holidays is fishing in ponds and lakes which are not far away from the ranch. This offers the students the opportunity to implement their theroetical experiences in the lessons to real life fishing processes.

We decided to drive to Gwyneth Lake which is just 1/2 an hour from the ranch. Before we left the ranch we did some research on the internet and figured out that this lake seems to be relatively shallow with lots of shoals, perfect conditions to try some dry flies on the fly fishing rod. Further, this lake is one of the many British Columbia recreation sites which provides opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing.

The first thing we noticed as we arrived at Gwyneth Lake is the awesome scenery around the Lake. Clear water, a wonderful shoreline, a little island in the middle of the Lake and stunning mountains. To our surprise we were the only ones at this beautiful spot. We could easily observe the surface for some fish due to the fact that it was very calm and no wind was blowing. Rainbow trout were jumping right in the middle of the Lake and we decided to paddle to this spot.

We anchored our boat and tried our first casts with the dry fly named Royal Coachman. After making some casts, we hit our first rainbow trout of the day. The trout are extremely hard fighters and range in size from 10” - 20” and weigh as much as 3 lbs. After our first trout we were able to hit two more at the same spot with a dry fly which mimicked a dragon-fly. Suddenly, a loon surfaced 6 feet next to our boat. This is not a good sign because the loons are also hunting for fish and spook them when they are around the boat. We decided to leave this spot due to the Loon and the fact that we saw some trout jumping directly in a lily field next to the shore. Normally it is very tough fishing in a lily field, but we found a perfect channel directly to this field. So, we were able to cast our flies in between two lily fields. Unfortunately, we recognized that the loon was following us. He was not afraid of being near our boat. Nevertheless we casted our flies in between both fields and hoped that the trout were not that spooked by the loon. Curious, we watched our dry flies lying on the surface. Within one second a rainbow trout came out of the lily field and attacked my fly hard. Reeling in those trout at Gwyneth lake is a unique experience because they are jumping multiple times out of the water. Just before I was able to land the trout with a net a loon attacked the trout. The trout, still on the hook of my fly line, fled a last time into the lily field and the loon followed as well. In the end I saw how the loon attacked the trout again and took it from my fishing line. The trout was gone and the loon was happy. The loon appeared approximately 30 ft next to our boat and we could see how the rainbow trout was stuck in his beak.

Back at the ranch we reviewed the past fishing day and came to the conclusion that Gwyneth Lake is a perfect spot for fishing rainbow trout, but we also discussed that fisherman have to pay attention to the very smart loons. They are stalking the boats, waiting until a fish is hooked by the fisherman and attack the fish exactly in the reeling phase to catch it from the hook. The longer you are going to reel the fish at Gwyneth Lake the higher the risk your fish is going to be caught by a loon.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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