March is a good time for local fishermen to get out on the lake or streams.

COLUMN: Good time to go lake fishing

Fishing on our Lower Mainland lakes is good. Try: Bloodworm, Chironomid, Wooly Bugger, Leach, Dragon Nymph, Halfback, or Baggy Shrimp.

After 48 years of war neither Britain or the U.S. were interested in crossing swords again. Though weapons were put to rest, a battle for supremacy in word and print continued, until the turn of the next century.

One of the first incursions was leveled in 1835, by author Paul Fisher, in his book, The Angler’s Souvenir, where Fisher depicts a dialogue between two British anglers: Simpson and Fisher.

“Have you ever seen any American books on angling, Fisher?”

“No, I do not think there are any published. Brother Jonathan is not yet sufficiently civilized to produce anything original on the gentle art.”

Some years later, New York tackle dealer, John J Brown responded to Fisher’s jabs, in his own book, American Angler’s Almanac.

“From the foregoing extract it would seem that John Bull has a rather poor opinion of Brother Jonathan’s literary and piscatorial attainments. Now we courteously inform Mr. Bull that there are several works on fishing in this country, and that we are so civilized that we do not become gentlemen before we can use the rod – that we commence using the fishing rod at the same time that our schoolmaster begins with the birchen one… and though we do not find leisure to give our whole attention to it, that our numbers are legion, and among them some quite as scientific in literary and piscatorial attainments as those who angle on the other side of the Big Pond.”

Being looked down on, American anglers sought to prove their prowess by challenging the boundaries set by the British, who had dominated the sport of flyfishing for the previous three centuries. One of these ground breakers was adventurer and sport fishing journalist, US Army Maj.-Gen. George Gibson. As was typical of early American sportfishing writers, Gibson challenged accepted ideologies. In the following passage taken from an article he wrote, for the Turf Register (1838), he challenges Dame Juliana, and her treatise, which had been the standard and foundation of fly fishing for three and a half centuries.

“It is nonsense to believe there is a color for every month (this was a common notion, since the time of the treatise) it is not so for in fishing three mill pools on the same stream, on the same day, I have found, that to be successful, I had to change my fly and color of it at each pool; and fishing in the same place a few days after, the only fly trout would rise to, was a small grey one, and to such a one they would rise freely in all the pools…”

The Report:

Fishing on our Lower Mainland lakes is good. Try: Bloodworm, Chironomid, Wooly Bugger, Leach, Dragon Nymph, Halfback, or Baggy Shrimp.

The Fraser River is good for cutthroat and dolly varden. For cutthroat try: Rolled Muddler, Flesh Fly, Anderson Stone, Eggo, Chez Nymph, Big Black, Black Stonefly Nymph, or Micro Leach. For Dolly Varden try: large, size 4 to 1, Eggo, Zonker, Dolly Whacker,  Clouser’s Deep Minnow, or Lefty’s Deceiver.

The Vedder River is good 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 or Micro Leach.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Most Read