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Sport fishing column for May 24 to 31, 2010

Last week I touched on the subject of Father's Fishing with their children. I know there are some Dads out there who just flat out do not like this activity. While I can accept that fact; I do not see it as a reason for not spending time with your children while they are fishing. Until children are old enough to get a job and driver's license, their opportunities to take full advantage of this sport are limited. This is where Moms and Dads, and for the most part Dads come into the picture. Someone needs to pick the location, drive the car there and back, bait the hooks, unhook the fish, untangle the lines, be the chief cheerleader, cater the lunch, and pilot the boat. If you think you are going to get quality fishing in while doing all of the above you are mistaken; but for your efforts you will receive is some of the best bonding time you may ever get with your kids. If that is not reason enough to take time out of your life to spend with them, I don't know what is. In three weeks there will be two Family Fishing Derbies:

The second annual Alouette Fish Derby is on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Tickets are available at the Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 604-463-3366.

The third annual Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby will be held during the BC Free Family Fishing Weekend, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. Tickets are available from Fred's Custom Tackle, 604-8585-7344.

We hope to see you there.

The report

Our lower mainland lakes are fishing well. For wet (sinking) fly fishing try: Big Black, Nation's Black, Red Spratley, Baggy Shrimp, Coachman, Cased Caddis, Halfback, Dragon Nymph, Carey Special, Zulu, or Doc Spratley. For dry (floating) fly fishing try: Tom Thumb, Renegade, Black Gnat, Foam Ant, Griffith Gnat, Royal Coachman, or Elk Hair Caddis. For kokanee try: Red Abbis, Red Spratley, Bloodworm, Royal Coachman, San Juan Worm, or red Micro Leach.

Local bass and crappie are also active. Try: Wooly Bugger, Big Black, Blood Leach, Matuka, Popin Bugs, Chernobyl Ants, Crayfish, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Epoxy Minnow, Deceiver, Dolly Whacker, Bucktail, Hair Frog, Irresistible, or Tom Thumb.

The fishing on our interior lakes is improving. For wet fly fishing try: Chironomid, Pumpkinhead, 52 Buick, Bloodworm, Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, olive Matuka, Butler's Bug, Halfback, Baggy Shrimp, Sooboo, or Green Spratley, For dry fly fishing try: Lady McConnel, Irresistible, Big Ugly, Double Hackled Peacock, Tom Thumb, Royal Wulff, or Elk Hair Caddis.

The Fraser River is in full freshet now, with lots of debris on the water. For better success, focus on the cleaner water in and around the confluence of its feeder streams. For cutthroat and rainbow try: Rolled Muddler, Mickey Finn, Tied Down Minnow, Professor, Lioness, Kaufmann Stone, Coachman, Zulu, Chez Nymph, Black Gnat, Sooboo, Irresistible, Elk Hair Caddis, or Stimulator. For dolly varden try: large (#4 to #2) Rolled Muddler, Zonker, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Dolly Whacker, black Popsicle, or Big Black.

The Stave River is fare to good for cutthroat and rainbow.

The Harrison River is high but still fishable.


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Newsman, your commentary on some father's seeing fishing with their kids as a tiresome chore that must be done is a pretty sad commentary.
If you don't get kids into fishing early, and see that as a fun family activity the chances of them taking it up as a hobby goes down dramatically. Bottom line is you should make time to do something with your kid whether it be throwing a baseball around with them or spending time fishing with them. My two cents worth.
 

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It is a sad thing, but there are lots of parents out there who do just that. When I was a youth fly fishing club coordinator, many of the parents would just drop the kids at an event and take off. When my wife and I would confronted them about staying and participating, they would say things like, "Oh it's okay you are doing fine without my help." Ask coaches of other sports and you wil find the same thing. In fact it so bad now that there are service providers who advertize that they will pick up your kids and take them to the game for you.

I tell fathers all the time "your kids are growing up; and they will do it with you or without you. If you don't include yourself in their world when they are young, their world will not include when they are grown." I can testify this is true, since my own fathers world consisted of his freinds and boozing when I was a kid, and now that he wants to be part of my world, for the most part we are strangers.
 

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I like to fish with my kids(5 and 14) but you have to remember their attention span is a lot shorter than yours. I bring other stuff too(radio controlled boat, sandcastle making stuff, t-ball) and just hit the beach when I see them getting bored.
 

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I agree with that AR

My oldest use to bring some of her Barbie clothes and dress up our keepers I wish I had carried a camera back then). I found the fish finder worked well for my youngest. Kids are already tuned into watching TV, so I have found they will watch a fish finder for hours.
 
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