But we were off the Calgary first so I could go shopping for trout gear. Roggie wont tie flies on anything below a No.1 hook and usually draws the line at a No. 2. But I was going trout fishing for the first time....I'm too used to always stripping the fly...and Roggie said I had to let it float around...that was going to be hard for me. Just let the bloody fly drift he said....well!!!!! that's easier said then done but have a look at the backdrop for the fishing....so who cares ...magic.
|Trout fishing...all new to me....but first I'm going shopping!!!!|
|Come on..so I was running...I was excited..a fishing shop the size of a small suburb..who wouldn't be!!!|
|OMG they even had a plane in there..fish tank..shooting gallery and heaps of flies|
Our next stop was Banff and the rockies...amazing. Lots of water around and snow up high...beautiful. This is a little spot we had our six casts near Banff under a road bridge....then and an earlier photo when Richie was there in January..
|This is just after the pylon on the road bridge and where the first trout came from..crystal|
|We had been just the other side of the pylon on the left, but this is January and ice with no flow.|
|Only small and took a three inch yellow and white clouser on a 1/0...but could not shut Roggie up...first again!!|
On the trips around Banff we came upon a few of the locals, this bear just having a stroll up the highway right up beside the truck and then strolled off into the bush....
maybe not quiet as exciting these too...
....and there were a lot of deer around in different spots.
|One of the magnificent glacial streams around Banff.|
There is a lot more on these landlocked salmon on a separate blog so click on KOOKANEE see more on these...fascinating.
In Fernie we had a three bedroom aparment for a ridiculously low rental because it was off season, the partment complex fronted the Elk river which was about 50 metre from our door, crystal clear and full of fish, bull and cutthroat or cutbar. You could actually see them laying in the water in groups, facing upstream. We only got a few fish here. cutthroat or cut bar, not sure of the difference, but luckily ran into an English couple who were avid fly fishers. They put us onto the lighter gear and tiny leaders, with even tinier flies. That was a new experience for Richie and me, and not stripping the floating fly was even more difficult when all the fishing I have done in the Salt and billabongs required some stripping at least. More on that shortly.
|Looking south you can see our apartment complex in the centre of the photo|
|View of the same area from the back of the apartments|
|Even had seats for the 'Old' people|
|This is the river just below that seat, crystal clear and you can see fish laying either side of the log.|
|Richie with the first trout from the Elk River, finally someone beat Roggie.|
|This might give you an idea of the size of the flies on size 14 or 16 hooks. There is a lot missing|
because of my 'Tuna Fishing'.
We also got some lighter leader at the shop, we had been using 10lb, but had been advised to use the 4lb, because it was the only size that would go though the eye of the small hooks. We got some of that, it was so thin Richie and I could not see it, but the Old Fella had no problem, he tied all our flies on, and with my tuna fishing that was quiet a few flies initially. So with our new flies, and the thinnest of leader material we headed for some of the spots down the river.
|Even the drift boat came down here, miles from where they lauched|
the river split here under a railway bridge and had a smaller stream that went to the right in this photo.
|This is the smaller stream off the river that joined again 100 yards further down. crystal clear|
Now I should first set the scene, I was determined to fish with my eight weight, it was a lucky rod after all, Roggie kept saying I should use a lighter six weight and I think he may have called me 'pig headed' but I stuck with my eight weight. I must admit Roggie was right in the end, the first half a dozen or so (seven I think) that took the fly I tried to 'Tuna Fish' and lift out of the water. Not on that light leader...it breaks. Finally after Roggie threatened not to tie on any more leaders or flies I let him give me instructions as I fished again. (He never shut up) His instructions worked..I didn't slam the next fish, took everything gently and Yay!!!!! I landed my first ever trout.
|My first trout....I wasn't letting it go until we got a photo.|
We got a heap of fish on the light gear, honestly lost count, they came from both the main stream and side streamof the river but no big bull trout, all the smaller cutthrout or the rainbow cross cut bar. Next time we will take our four weights.
|This was typical of the catch, there must have been a river full of them. Great fun on light gear.|
Whilst the Bull trout wouldn't take the flies the small spawing salmon did. They hit us all the time.
|Thee were on their last legs after spawning but they still had a go at the flies?|
|There is schools of the spawning salmon just laying under the bridge.|
We didn't only fish in Canada, spent a lot of time with our extended family there, Roggie and Gord (Richies father in law) were in their element with red wine and Irish whisky. But what a wonderful time we had, AND Richies brother in law Reilly even took me to a football match in a convertible black Audi. The family get - togethers were the best.
|Roggie and Gord...they had finished the Irish and wanted more.|
|My ride to the 'Game; ...go the 'Riders'|
|The game.....the 'Riders' won....|