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It is New Year’s Day, and what better way to ring in the New Year than by going fly fishing!
Earlier in the week, plans were made to fish this very particular day. I met good friend and Cascade Fishing Adventure guide extraordinaire Rob Mumford off the highway at 0700. An hour earlier, I did not hear the alarm go off – I had far too much “fun” earlier during what we call New Year’s Eve! After loading my gear in Rob’s truck we made the drive to our fishing destination. The brightening sky during the drive showed clear skies and we both knew it wasn’t going to be exceptionally warm. I also knew this was the best “anti-fog” remedy to clear out last night’s festivities. We arrived at daybreak, lined our spey rods and made the quick walk in to a beautiful stretch of water that was made for swinging a fly. I was fishing a new rigging that Rob had found on the internet, so I was fishing a new rod, reel and line. I had to admit, I was wondering how this was going to go off. Rob had previously taken it all on a test drive, and remarked how well it all worked – and he was right. It didn’t take long to notice that this was a very accommodating combination. After working through part of the run, I became acutely aware that I was short one pair of warm socks, and that shooting any line required de-icing the rod guides! However, all that was quickly forgotten when the first take on the hang down startled me and put a grin on my face. A few more casts resulted in no attention, so I walked a couple steps down and within a few casts, hooked into a decent dolly varden. Unfortunately, it fell off. Oh well, that was a brief success. We carried on working our way down the river with nothing more to show when at the tail-out, I had another hookup. This one made it to the shoreline for a couple quick pictures before it was released. Job done!
We left that run and worked various other pieces of the river with no further fish on, but we did some exploration and found some water worth hitting at another time. One thing about this winter fishing, is the best is still to come! We will see fishing improve for trout and steelhead right through to spring!
As is so often the case fishing with Rob, the day goes by so quickly and it is time to call it and head home. During the drive home, plans are made for at least three different fishing outings that could easily result in numerous days on the water that neither of our wives would fully endorse. Time is short and precious but these plans make you dream of great days ahead.
Anticipating the next tug on your line is the best motivation, and medicine, for any angler.
Whether you are looking for a day trip fishing or you want to stay longer, we can arrange everything from your pickup at the airport in a limo, to your hotel accommodation and the best guided fishing tours in the Fraser Valley. Please contact Marc or Maggie on Toll Free: 1-877-887-4366 or use our contact form.