Sunday, August 28, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

One week Angling Program

Our angling program started on Sunday 26th of June for about one week at the Chilcotin Holiday Guest Ranch. I decided to participate on this program due to the fact that I have been a passionate sportfisher for about 25 years with the possibility to become an Assistant Angling Guide.

The program at the Chilcotin Holiday's Ranch seems to be the perfect option. It includes theoretical lessons at the ranch and hands on fishing at the ponds and lakes. The lessons are about the business of a licensed angling guide, the communication within the industry, backcounty safety and survival, fish habitat, daily/seasonal patterns, angling techniques/equipment/methods, angling paperwork and the application process for your own angling license in British Columbia. During the week the participants developed the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes that are required to be a professional Angling Guide.

Another very important part of the program was hands on practice at the water. Around the Chilcotin area are various lakes, ponds, streams and creeks just 15 to 30 minutes away from the ranch. This offers the students to implement their theoretical experiences in the lessons to real life fishing processes.

Each participant had a high level of fishing experiance. That means we didn't spend that much time on theoretical lessons. Within the week the course itself developed a daily schedule. Every day we went early in the morning to another pond to discover. This was a very tough fishing process due to the fact that no pond is like the other. Every morning we had to figure out where the fish were located and on which lure they were feeding on. For lunch time we went back to the ranch and did some theoretical lessons in the afternoon. I was especially interesed in the entomology of insects and fly tying. This sector of fishing is very exciting because you can tie an artifical fly which fits exactly to the ongoing hatch at the pond or lake. In the evening we went again for fishing. We tried our new tied flies from the afternoon at the same pond of the morning and we also tried another pond. In the entire week we fished in a total of 10 diffrent Ponds, Lakes and Streams and caught over 110 trout. The Angling Guide program had been full of succsesses to every participant. We learnt a lot about how to read a pond or stream and how to fish succsessfully at new waters.

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

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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