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Well after much deliberation my Dad and I choose to make Jones our first trip of the years! It was a beautiful Sat and the road up is spectacular compared to the last couple of years! In my opinion this is still a 4wheel drive only road. In fact I think if any thing damages roads it is 2wheel drives eating up the road trying to get up there. Anyways we were on the lake @ 7:00am and trailered the boat @ 5:00pm. We fished the whole lake with most success on the north/west part of the lake. There are many fish in the back bay, but seem a little more challenging to hook. In past when fishing the back bay, I have had success with dragging fly's, but we did not stay that late this time. This lake clearly has the pattern of the bite being fully on, then off. We trolled using what you can imagine as traditional trolling gear. We landed 14 gorgeous rainbows and 2 wild cutty's, losing about 5 on the side of the boat or as I said to my father as he try's to net my fish, "You knocked that off on purpose because it was bigger than your last one!" The biggest being 12.5 inches. None we could keep as the legal size is 15 and 3 quarter's. I was very surprised in not seeing any kokes up there as in the past we have caught them. Anyone knowing about the kokes let me know. The rainbows in this lake are incredibley strong and offer great fishing. In years past I have caught fish in here up to 15" but we have never been able to break the threshhold. It was painful to release a fish on 3 quarters of an inch but that is our responsibility as caretakers of the lakes! Anyways hopefully this info is helpful to some of you guys and gals!
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Allow me to add to this report. Was up there today, Sunday. The FSR is definitely better than what it was last year at this time. Took about 20min to do the uphill. The Mars Craters that use to take up the last 2km have been smoothed over. I agree it is still a 4WD trek, but I saw a few cars today. If you bottomed out before, you won't now. I was surprised to see the water level so high. It's about as high as it can get. This time last year, I had to drive the truck 100m out before I got to the water side. The weather was not as promised by Mark Madriga. It was low overcast, cold, and the wind was brewing. Arrived at 9am. Packed up at Noon. By then, the waves were 1ft, and I wished my new frog boat had the sail kit. Nevertheless, slow trolling a black leech, I had half-a-dozen strikes, and landed just one. It was a beauty - 16" strong, well-fed rainbow, which I quickly let loose. Taken across from the boat launch, in about 25ft of water, with a fast sink line. Water temp was 47F. Compare that to 53F this time last year. Only one other boat on the lake. I'll do the trip again... but it's a lake that's best tackled early a.m. or late p.m.
 

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I was up at Jones last weekend and saw the Kokes for the first time! They where surfacing for a hatch. The area they where in was middle lake straight out from the boat launch! I had a hard time hooking into them??? Sink and sink tip caught nothing! floating line and Elk hair Cadis no hits but surfaced all around my pontoon boat. The floating line and a green Carey trolling was the wining combo after 8 hours on the water... 2 strikes got away before i set the hook because i was trolling :wallbash: the 3rd snapped my tippet knot off and started to jump and dive around me with my Carey in his lips :pissed:.... Well i know that there are kokes in Jones, but i have yet been able to plant a big kiss on one and through it back yet! If you have any tips for getting more fish in my lap let me know.. I have resorted to trolling a leach and stickleback with nothing yet is there a speed that one should troll these fly's at? or should i do a slow retrieve to get more fish? this is my 3rd season for fly fishing. Might see ya a Jones I'm up there lots with my little Mazda. Good luck up their... Nice getting helpful tips for my home lake! what depth are your fish hitting at and how do you judge fishing depth with water temp??? This is a wisdom I'm missing! :thumbup: I LOVE BCFR :thumbup:
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If fly's is only what you do then troll that leech SLOW! My dad and I were using the classic willow leaf and wedding band. Colours brass and green. It was only though when we took all weight off that set up and ran it high behind the boat did they really start to hit! There are big fish in this lake and I say big for this lake as on the finder they do show up. I don't know if it means much but we tried both motor's and got nothing on the electric, only on gas. Higher speed? Anyways it's great to have some conversation on this lake, thanks for everyones feedback! I tried a doc sprat and got no hit's! 16" is a big fish up there...I'm still trying to get one, like I said before I was 3 quarters short a couple of years ago. Does anyone know why they do this sizing reg? I understand for a couple of years to generate breeders but it's been like this for a long time. Boy those fish looked delicious! Good fishin chaps!
 

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I'll go back to the Leach SLOWER! and try to set the hook!
As for the size of fish in Jones. I have seen a couple 22" rainbows come out by the boat launch last season on a worm and bobber. The water was very low at this time. I worked the fly all day and this guy was hitting fish with a rod staked in the sand and a beer and sandwich was all he had for gear! I shook my head the Thousands $$$ :wallbash:in gear and pontoon boat is was riding and this guy was having lunch and getting lunkers! Oh well them's the breaks. I almost had a relapse and went back to throwing meat instead of feathers that weekend. Well just so you all know there are nice fish in that lake over 15" length. Good luck on getting keepers!

Thanks for local lake tips! :peace:
 

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If you want Kokanee, try the willow leaf and wedding band or a small Panther Martin (yellow body & silver plated leaf). I know they work.
Caught quite a few last year on both those set-ups.
Near the drop offs, but close to the surface. Mmmm Kokanee.... :beerchug: :beerchug:
 
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