Captain Kerry Reed shows off a 16-pound Rainbow.

FISHING: The perfect time of year

Everything seems perfect for fall/winter fishing now! Our water temperatures are just right.

Everything seems perfect for fall/winter fishing now! Our water temperatures are just right. Our weather has been good.  And our fish are starting to cooperate.

We have had a lot of days with 10 to 15 fish coming to the boat. Lots of action for our groups. Still a lot of smaller fish, but the odd big one gets hooked each day to help keep the excitement up.

Rainbows up to 19 pounds and Dollies up to 12 pounds have been caught lately.

One of my best days in the past couple weeks saw us hook into 17 fish up to 16 pounds. That was a busy day. Hope to see more of that action as the season progresses.

It’s my favorite time of year now as it should make for some exciting surface action. I am looking forward to some high-flying, line-screaming, Rainbow-trout action for the next couple months.

What are they biting on?

Most of our Rainbows are being caught on the surface now. Although we have still been catching a few on the downriggers. And the dollies have been mostly on the deep lines, but starting to get the odd one on the surface.

So, it’s been best to cover both angles.

Our bucktail flies have been working well lately. My best colours have been:  Black/white, grey/white, purple/white, and some brown/orange. Or lucky numbers: 203, 210, 213, 214, 215, and 224.

Lyman plugs have been catching their share of the action also. Favorite numbers have been 14, 16, 55, 69, and 100. Try trolling these on the surface or down to about 100 feet is working as well.

And the good old flasher/hoochie combo has been picking up its fair share of Dollies. Green seems to be the hot colour. Fishing anywhere from 50 to 120 feet.

Definitely my favorite time of year!!  So, let’s get out there.

Fishing Derby:

With the first two fall fishing derbies down, there is still one remaining before the new year. The Kaslo Rainbow Derby takes place November 8 to 10. Good luck to everybody. Tight lines.