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Fly Fishing Competitions and Events / 2016 Trojan pond fundraiser
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:30:13 AM »
This years (fun)raiser was as good as always. The organizer's of this event did another great job ensuring our days spent there was a pleasant one! There was a total of 25 boats this year and we had lots of room to do our thing. The lake itself was in great shape (hats off to Mike Ohata). The water was low, cool and clear. I could see the bottom at 10' of depth :o. The hatches were like the ol' days with mayflies, damsel's, dragons, caddis and chronies coming off at different times of the day. And to boot on derby day there was a termite hatch that hit the lake in the morning and the water was boiling with fish slashing and sipping right up until lunch. The fish were bigger and fatter than June and looked really good. I think Tony and I over the two days landed one fish under 25cm.
This year to make it easier on the handling of fish they awarder a fish over 25cm as one fish on your score card. A laminated card (25cm) with a picture of a fish on it was used to put in the net with the fish and a picture to be taken and then the time was recorded on your score sheet. If a tagged fish was caught the color and tag # were recorded and the angler was awarded an extra fish. This system was excellent as the fish stayed in the net and were released quickly. Tie breakers went to the earliest fish caught.
Prizes went out to the top three teams, top female fish caught(Cindy Davidson) and two hidden time fish and again there were lots of silent auction items and two big live auction items to help raise money.

Congrats to my brother Bryan and Dale(Smitty) Smith on a third place finish with 17 fish counted. :)

And an even bigger congrats to Kevin Cucheron & Vance Whitley for a second place finish with 18 fish caught and no tagged fish! ;)

As for First place.... just a couple of babbling Cummins employees that fluked out in the afternoon in a come from behind finish with a 19 fish count 8)


Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / cheddar river
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:46:35 PM »
Hey gang

I will be heading out tomorrow morning to fish the Cheddar until roughly 2:00pm. If you care to join me or meet up that would be great. Maybe we can catch a fish or two and give a report. ;)


Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Easter lake fishing
« on: April 06, 2015, 11:24:28 AM »
So here it is! A fishing report with almost nothing to report :-\

Went up to our family retreat on Leighton lake to spend three days of fishing and relaxation. First day on Leighton when I put my boat in the water I noticed the lake is turning over! ::) I think my double/double coffee had better clarity.

Next day we went down to Morgan lake. Lots of small chronies coming off but they were not on them yet. After fishing for a couple of hours around one end of the lake and only having one hit and a few followers I went in for lunch. Low and behold Brian Chan shows up from the other end of the lake and said fishing was decent and the fish are full of daphnia. So we head off to the other end just as the wind and weather blows up a bit and all I could manage was one small one.

Yesterday we woke up to -7 in the morning :o. Tyler and I hit Tunkwa and fished most of the day in near freezing temps. The sun was out and not too windy so it was ok but fishing was pretty slow. Tyler landed three fish on chronies and I had not one bite on every leech and line known to me. Also tried an array of different flies without a bump.

It was sure nice to be in the interior again. Just love it up there. :)

So there you have it. No reports of slaying 50+ fish, no pictures of big hawgs, just really nothing. Not many will post these kind of trips but I do cause its called fishing ;)

p.s. I told Tyler that was some of the best casting I have seen him and I do. :D


Fly Fishing General Discussions / Shades..... what you like?
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:55:08 AM »
I am not so much concerned about the type of eye wear you like but the actual color of shade that seems to work best for you. I have a pair of "M" frame Oakley's that I love but I would like to purchase a few polarised lenses in different shades. My current ones are a rose/light brown and seem very good when bright but not as good when darker.

What do have and like about them? What advice do have?


Stillwater Fly Fishing / Stillwater pics for 2014
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:43:41 PM »
Getting that time the ice is melting and the lakes come back to life!

Here are a few pics from the Easter weekend spent up at Leighton lake

Tyler with a nice fatty from Six mile

The ice was just starting to come off Leighton on the N.E. end so I took a walk over there and managed to land two and lost another using a micro leetch under an indicator with my new Echo 10' 3wt


Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Goin' Fishin!
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:29:32 PM »
Anyone care to join me tomorrow? I am heading out flyfishing near hope in the fraser flats!


Casual Conversations and Discussions / Bose lake forest fire
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:34:06 PM »
Just to let some of you know in case you are heading that way there is a new fire that has started just above Bose lake. It was reported this afternoon and there are helicopters, tankers, heavy equipment and 50 some odd manpower trying to contain this aggressive fire as quickly as they can. Let cross our fingers and hope for the best and that this fire doesn't get out of control. :-\


Fly Fishing General Discussions / Bull Trout in British Columbia
« on: May 24, 2013, 07:44:50 AM »

When watching a fishing show with Chan and Pendlington in the Kootenay's Brian was mentioning that fish near the coast are Dolly Varden and fish in the interior and east are bull's? ???


Stillwater Competition Angling Discussions / Loch style leaders
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:06:48 AM »
Mono vs Floro?

I tried both and found mono to be less flimsy therefor less knots or rats nest's. The floro gives you more invisibility and faster sink rate but I found it to tangle up easier.
What are your thoughts or experiences with these two?


Introductions and Greetings / Greetings from Abbotsford B.C.
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:10:06 PM »
Hi there I am John or Johnnywadd, Sarge, Meat, Wilkie, Handlebars or The Fish Whisperer. They are all good and happy to have them!

I live in Abbotsford B.C with a wife and two teenage kids. Our family has owned a cabin on Leighton lake since 1974 and now get to raise my family up there too. We all love the outdoors!

I started Fly fishing over twenty years ago and still learning every year. I recently have been introduced to fly fishing streams and would love to learn more this year.

As far as competition I have fished the Trojan pond derby(fundraiser) since 2002 with my best finishes being 8th, 7th, 4th, 2nd and winning it last year. I also had the privledge to fish in last years BC loch-style tournament which was a great time and got to fish with some really good rods.
p.s. - If you hear of the indicator guys you will know who it is! 8)

I look forward to learning more through everyone here and will throw my two cents in too.

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