Newsman's sport fishing column and report

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Newsman's sport fishing column and report

Post  newsman on Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:00 am

With the help of railroads, now spreading across the vast expanse of North, America, classic waters of the east were well on their way to becoming legendary. As witnessed in the following lift, from, The Spirit of the Times, June 1850.

“… flowing into the Pepacton branch of the Delaware, formerly reached after a fatiguing journey via Newburg and Monticello, is now easy of access, being within six hours Chehocton… is the Cadosea, a brook wherein Mr. N P Willis took a hundred trout (or less) in three hours (or more) last June.”

During this period of western expansion, sport fishing tackle manufacturing was going through a renaissance. Split bamboo cane was taking over from the traditional woods used in making rods. Cane, allowed for the invention of the feral joint, which made the transportation and assembly of one’s fishing rod or rods much easier. Reels which were originally made of wood (the first reels were a novelty item popular with eccentrics) were now being made from metals, allowing for stronger gears and better durability. The metal fishing reels caught on, and were perfected, by the 1880s, to the standard that many reels are still made by today. Lines of the 1850s, from braided horse hair, to a blend of silk and hair, which moved to full silk, by the mid 1880s.

The fishing rod and line was now becoming workable and affordable for one and all in North America, and the public were taking up the sport with relish.

“in the months of April and may the raftmen and lumbermen from the Delaware are seen in the fishing tackle stores of New York selecting, with the eyes of professors of the art, the red, black, and gray hackle flies. Which they use with astonishing effect on the wooded rivers of Pennsylvania. Those brothers of the angle who have never cast a fly are advised to pluck up the courage and to do so; it will add greatly to their enjoyment.” John Brown, Angler’s Almanac 1851.

Next week the original account, of the letter written to Lord Aberdeen, advising that the lands south of the 49th parallel, be forfeited because the salmon of the Columbia River would not take British flies.

The Report

Fishing on our lower mainland lakes is good. For wet fly fishing try: Bloodworm, Chironomid, Wooly Bugger, Doc Spratley, Halfback, Micro Leach, Six Pack, Souboo, or Baggy Shrimp. For kokanee try: Bloodworm, San Juan Worm, Red Spratley, Red Ibis, Double Trude, or small red Zonker.

Our lower mainland bass and panfish waters are fishing well also. For bass try: Wooly Bugger, Big Black, Dolly Whacker, Clouser’s Deep Minnow, Lefty’s Deceiver, Dragon Nymph, Foam Frog, Chernobyl Ant, or Popper. For panfish try: Micro Leach, Bloodworm, Chironomid, Wooly Bugger, Dolly Whacker, Tied Down Minnow, Black Gnat, or Tom Thumb.

The Fraser River backwaters and sloughs are fishing well for cutthroat and rainbow. For either species try: Rolled Muddler, Eggo, Chez Nymph, Big Black, black Stonefly Nymph, American Coachman, Zulu, Chez Nymph, Mosquito, Elk Hair Caddis, Irresistible, or Micro Leach.

The Vedder River is fair to good rainbow and steelhead. For steelhead try: GP, Squamish Poacher, Polar Shrimp, Popsicle, Big Black, Flat Black, Eggo, or Black Stonefly Nymph.

The Harrison River is good for rainbow, and cutthroat. For rainbow try: Rolled Muddler, Zulu, Eggo, Chez Nymph, Big Black, Black Stone Nymph, Micro Leach.

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