WELTZ: Get your family into flyfishing

In a press release I received Saturday, I read that the Orvis fishing tackle company has set a goal of teaching (at no cost to the person) 10,000 individuals to fly fish this summer. This is a huge step toward pulling the sport fishing industry out of its decade-long slump.

Since late 2000 there has been a concern across all lines in sport fishing, regarding the low percentage of young people entering the sport. If we apply the sales ideology that each person influences 250 people in their lifetime, we can project that 10,000 introductions could influence 2.5 million people. The spin-off impact of this bold step could be just what is needed to get our sport back on track as a family fun activity.

 

The report

Fishing on our lower mainland lakes remains good. For wet (sinking) fly fishing try: Chironomid, Bloodworm, Coachman, American Coachman, Professor, Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, Sixpack, Dragonfly Nymph, Halfback, Doc Spratley, Baggy Shrimp, or Zulu. For dry (floating) fly action try: Tom Thumb, Irresistible, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, Royal Coachman, or Renegade. For Kokanee try: Red Abbis, Bloodworm, Red Spratley, San Juan Worm, Red Quill, or Double Trude.

Our lower mainland bass and panfish are fishing is fare to good. For bass try: Wooly bugger, Big Black, Lizard, Clouser’s Deep Minnow, Zonker, Tied Down Minnow, Bucktail, Dolly Whacker, Frogs, Poppers, Chernobyl Ant, Stimulator, or Crayfish, in sizes 8 to 4.  For Crappie or Pumpkinseed try: Wooly Bugger, Big Black, Micro Leach, Bucktail, Tied Down Minnow, Dolly Whacker, Clouser’s Deep Minnow, Poppers, Joe’s Hopper, Chernobyl Ant, or Stimulator, in sizes 12 to 8.

Fishing is good on many of our interior lakes. For wet fly fishing try: Wooly Bugger, Micro Leach, Egg Sucking Leach, Chironomid, Bloodworm, Pumpkinhead, Dragonfly Nymph, Halfback Nymph, 52 Buick. Doc Spratley, Green Spratley, or Baggy Shrimp. For dry fly try: Irresistible, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, Tom Thumb, Renegade, Double Hackled Peacock, Goddard Caddis, or Elk Hair Caddis.