British Columbia’s Interior Rainbow Trout Fishery on the Fly
We are very fortunate here in our Province with the immense amount of incredible fishing opportunities that surround us 12 months of the year, and our Interior Rainbow Trout fishery is one of those incredible fisheries. Between the months of April and October, there are lakes that can be fished for trophy sized Rainbow Trout, with the Spring and early Summer months generally seeing the best fishing in this time period.
It is not uncommon to find trout exceeding the 10lb mark in various lakes throughout the Interior, and this is what draws anglers from all over the province to come fish these bodies of water. Another main attractor that draws anglers in is that these fish can be pursued very efficiently with a fly. On most days, a well presented fly will out fish all conventional gear methods.
Setup & Gear Selections
There really does not need to be a lot that goes into your gear and setup selections, but it is a good idea to make sure you are well prepared for a variety of scenarios. In the next few sections, you will see what you should be equipped with in order to get the most out of this fishery, and to be the most successful at it.
Your fly line choices will vary depending on your method of angling, the depth, the time of day, current hatches, and what lake you are fishing.
Three lines you must not be without:
- Full Floating Line (Does not sink)
- Intermediate Clear (Sub-Surface)
- Full Sink (Varying Sink Rates)
Full Floating: Full floating fly lines are designed for a variety of purposes in a lake scenario. This particular line has become a staple for Chironomid Fishing with indicators, Dry Fly Fishing, and Casting Wet Flies in shallower water.
Intermediate Sinking: A clear intermediate fly line can only be fished in certain scenarios, and is not going to seemingly be the most effective line at all times. ALTHOUGH, there are many cases where these lines are incredibly effective for fishing wet flies along shoals and shallower areas that trout may be feeding in. They give the angler the opportunity to present the fly very naturally to the fish.
Full Sinking: A full sinking line is one of the more common lines used when it comes to lake fishing trout, and is generally fished with leeches, chironomids, dragonflies, and more.
When it comes to fly fishing fishing the interior lakes, anglers should be fishing rods between the 9ft to 10ft range on average, with rod weights varying between 4 and 6 weight. While these are only guidelines, you can definitely stray from these recommendations and use a shorter rod for example, with a lighter line weight, although one thing to remember is you do want to match your setup to be the absolute best for the lake(s) you are fishing.
Reels should be capable of holding at least 50 yards of 20lb backing, and when targeting much larger fish, even upwards of 100 yards of backing can be ideal.
A variety of tools are essential for your next lake outing whether it be a day trip or a week long trip. Things you will want to pack along to give you the upper hand include:
- Scissors or Nippers
- Measuring Tape
- Stomach/Throat Sampling Kit (Stomach Pump & Glass Vile or Jar)
- Gear Bags
An absolutely critical tool when it comes to being a successful lake angler, Fish Finders (or Depth Sounders) will not impede any of fishing, but will only improve it. In order to find out your exact depth, read bottom structure, and even finding out where the fish are laying in the water column, having a good solid Fish Finder is most anglers key to success. With changing hatches, and ever changing water temperatures throughout the course of a day, anglers can see what is going on below the water surface, as opposed to trying to guess what is going on.
Virtually a necessity when it comes to these lakes due to their contour and vegetation along the waters edge, a variety of boats may be used to give you the best advantage and upper hand when it comes to fishing successfully.
- Outcast Inflatables (Pontoon & Frameless)
- Watermaster Inflatables (Grizzly or Kodiak)
- Spratley Aluminum Boats (8, 10, or 12 footers)
It is virtually impossible to name some flies that will be your best flies as when it comes to any Interior fishery, the hot fly can change hour to hour, or even minute to minute. As a general rule of thumb, general patterns include the following:
See some of the lake flies we have featured on our blog:
Fly Fishing & Fly Casting Lessons
It can be a bit frustrating for a newer angler to try and pick up a fly rod and put the line and fly where they want it. Here at the store, we offer a large variety of courses to help get you dialed in, and especially dialed into this particular fishery. Two courses that may help you with this fishery if you are a beginner is our Beginners Fly Fishing School. In our Beginners Fly Fishing School, students will learn about Rods, Reels, Lines, Knots, Entomology, Flies, and Instructional Fly Casting. If this is something you have been at for a while, but would like to brush up on your casting skills, we recommend booking a Private Casting Lesson with our “C.C.I.” (Certified Casting Instructor) Brian Braidwood.
Custom Fly Tying
If you have found that perfect pattern that has been catching all of your big fish and cannot get a hold of another one, we have just the solution for you! Bring the pattern into the store and we will make sure we duplicate the pattern for you. Delivery time on your order will depend on the quantity tied and when materials are available, but it is a service we offer.
- Logan Lake
- Jacko Lake
- Heffley Lake
- Stump Lake
- Salmon Lake
- White Lake
- Pass Lake
- Tunkwa & Leighton Lakes
- Peterhope Lake
- Roche Lake
- Morgan Lake
- Six Mile Lake
Road Trip / Directions
There are various routes to get you to your destination. Main routes include Highway 1, Highway 3, and Highway 5. All of these highways are main arteries to your destination, whether it is through a main town, or a remote Forest Service Road. When it comes to navigating these main highways and forest service roads, see our next write up below about the BC Backroad Mapbooks and Fishing Mapbooks.
BC Backroad Mapbooks & BC Fishing Mapbooks
Quite possibly one of the handiest tools to have for an Interior trip are the BC Backroad Mapbooks and Fishing Mapbooks. These particular mapbooks are available for a variety of Regions throughout the Province, and are incredibly detailed for your next adventure.
Backroad Mapbooks Include:
- Regional Regulations
- Resorts & Outfitters
- Species Present
- Tips & Techniques
- Stocking Information (What has been put into the lake, and the quantity avg.)
- As well as Lake Coordinates (Location, Elevation, Surface Area, Max Depth, and Waypoints)
We hope found this info useful. As always if you have any questions or need any help come by the shop, send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 604-931-5044 or leave a comment below. Have fun out on the lakes!
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