WELTZ: No more excuses

Last week I asked if you wanted to do something out of the ordinary. Some may think this is an odd question to be asked in the context of sport fishing, but it’s not.

Success can be taught and achieved in any endeavour, be it sport, business, entertainment, etc. The person, with required talent, who seeks success, and the monetary rewards, in professional hockey or football is rarely questioned. Yet the person, who seeks those rewards in professional angling, though it is possible, can often be regarded as eccentric, or dare I say, out of the ordinary.

One very inspiring angler is a fellow named Clay Dyer. Despite the fact that professional bass fishing does not have a large following here in B.C., Dyer is an angler worthy of our respect. If deciding on a professional angling career while in high school and then stepping into it upon graduation was not enough, he accomplished this without hands, legs, and only a partial right arm. Refusing prosthetics, Dyer ties knots with his tongue, releases fish with his teeth, and accepts no limitations in striving to be at the top of his game. If Dyer can get off the couch and achieve his goals, so can we. Personally, after reading, www.claydyerfishing.com, I have no more excuses.

The report

Our Lower Mainland lakes are fishing well. Try a slow retrieve or troll with: Big Black, Woolly Bugger, Micro Leach, Bloodworm, Chironomid, Sixpack, Dragonfly Nymph, Halfback, Doc Spratley, Buggy shrimp, or Zulu.

The Fraser River and sloughs are good for cutthroat and dolly varden. For cutthroat try: Rolled Muddler, Mickey Finn, Eggo, Tied Down Minnow, Epoxy Minnow, Winter Stone, Flesh Fly, Professor, Lioness, Coachman, Zulu, Chez Nymph. For dolly Varden try: Large (#4 to #1) Eggo, Dolly Whacker, Bucktail, Epoxy Minnow, Big Black, Muddler, or Zonker.

You can find more at “The Reel Life Press” by Jeff Weltz.