Our Man In Canada
December 15th, 2003

Fishing The Sunshine Coast Of BC Canada

By Scott Elliott

I am constantly reminded that we live in the most wonderful place in Canada for angling. All I have to do is look out the window at the ocean, or drive past a lake that is not frozen over in the middle of December to reaffirm this thought. There are not many places in this wonderful country that you can have a few casts in mid winter for trout that inhabit both the freshwater and ocean. I am also aware that there are very few places that you can catch Salmon off the beach well into November.

Of course the fishing is not optimum this time of year, that goes without saying. One must understand that the fish are still in the lakes, the rivers and the ocean and we do have the opportunity to try for them though. It certainly is more productive to be fishing for the Cutthroat Trout in May when there is a very prolific midge hatch taking place. We also know that it can be gangbusters in September and October when the salmon are coming to your fly more often than not. The opportunity is what I am talking about!

It's a crisp January morning and the sun is just about to peak over the hill side behind you. Sipping your coffee from your battered thermos you relish the thought that it won't be long till you are bathed in that warming glow. Scanning the water you see the reflection of the distant shore miles away, wondering if there may be fish rising in that location. It is at that time that the perfect mirror image that has you transfixed, is blurred. Looking at your footing on the frost covered sand you move slightly closer to the waters edge, thinking foolishly in your anglers heart that six inches closer to the waters edge will help you see the slight disturbance fifty feet away. There it is again! That was no bird, that was a sea-run cuttroat trout sipping what appeared to be a small insect off the waters surface.

Stay in control. You know what happens when you get too excited in these situations. That's when you quickly flash through the agony of rushing to cast to the elusive cuttie, only to find that you haven't taken the time to look behind you at the menacing trees. Fly caught in a tree, cuttie gone!

What is needed is a small dry fly on your floating line. Oh! there he is again. Slowly moving down the beach sipping away at insects. You stare and wonder for a second how there could be insects on the tidal waters in January, but only for a second. The fingers have been busy the whole time tying on a favourite dry fly. One more sip from the trout and you're ready. Be careful not to wade out too deep into the water, don't spook it. Look behind you, no trees. A false cast or two and the fly is dropping right on the spot where the ripples from his last meal are spreading. Wait for it, wait, give the fly one little twitch with your hand to let the fish know there is a live morsel that he left behind. Wow! To see that fish jump into the air and come down on his unsuspecting victim is extremely exciting!

Yeah, this is the Sunshine Coast of BC! Tomorrow I think I'll fish a lake. It's mid December. I love it! ~ Scott Elliott

About Scott:

Scott is the owner of Trout Tales Flyfishing Adventures on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. You can reach him at www.trouttales.ca, fishon@trouttales.ca or 604-885-0773.

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