thanks and good to know yea this year was in my opinion the best year for rainbows i've seen in a while the size and overall health of the trout this year was amazing. the biggest trout i landed this year was almost 8lbs. the rest all averaged at least 2-3lbs. this year was also the first time i attemepted to catch walleye and my first time out was a definate sucess landing 6 in about 2 hours. all from shore as i dont have a boat haha. right now the fishing has slowed down and gone deeper so i've been running three way swivels with a 3oz weight and a spin n glo with a piece of worm and shrimp soaked in fish oil. last weekend i took my 8 year old cousin with me he landed his first ever rainbow and it was about 5 pounds man was he excited hahah. but anyways thanks for the welcome and anybody heading this way dont hesitate to ask any questions about the mighty columbia
I grew up on that river. Sometimes I wish I was back there living and working as the fishing on that flow has been pretty good the last 10 years or so since Tech Cominco and a few other organizations cleaned up there act. Welcome aboard. My favorite spot was donw near Birchbank for bows and up below the dam in Castlegar for walleyes. I still remember the day Mike Thompson of Split Shot Charters haules out a behemoth of a sturgeon below Trail and used a winch to haul it up. That was the days before conservation efforts really kicked in.
Average 2-3, biggest this year...8 lbs...! That's awesome! :thumbup: A couple questions for ya, do you flyfish for them often...? If yes, what are you typically getting them on...? If no, what are you typically getting them on...? What time of year do you find best...?
Thanks CR, great to hear overall health is improving also...it's an awesome looking fishery...I've been dying to go and will definitely be throwing more questions your way...
hey BigGreen thats funny you say birchbank thats where i do all my bow fishing haha and also walleye believe it or not i catch more there then by the dam haha and the mouth of sullivan creek at birchbank is a definate hotspot. in june,july when the big hatches of river moths happen everyone seems to want to fly fish but with such an abundance of bugs on the water trying to get them to take your fly over the real ones is quite a challenge so alot of people laugh at me when i say this but during the hatches i switch to a blue fox spinner or a kamlooper spoon with no bait just a single barbless and i'll always be walking back up with 2-3 nice bows and all the fly fisherman get are little ones they cant keep haha i get quite a kick out of it actually. and by the middle of august i use a miracle hopper on the fly rod or a real grasshopper if i have time to go get them. if i do fly fish though in june or july i use a royal coachman or a mosquito and if u dont want them on top a wooly bugger works good.
lived in Nelson years back.... used to park by the Mohawk... I think it was a mohawk in Castlegar and scramble down to the river... fished the seams of the massive eddies there and had tons of fun with huge bows....
yea that would make sense i dont get out to castlegar alot i mostly fish from genelle to birchbank to rock island and the waneta dam although i hear the fishing in robson is unreal maybe next year i'll try out there.
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