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Spider Lake

For some great trout and small mouth bass consider Spider Lake, located about 40 km south of Courtenay. It is stocked with rainbow trout and has resident smallmouth bass, both of which grow to trophy proportions. Although most rainbows are in the 9- to 16-inch range, fish exceeding 24-inch are taken occasionally. While most bass range from 6 to 12 inches,fish exceeding 18 inches (about 5 pounds) are also present in this 57-hectare lake.

Not hared to find , shortly after crossing the Qualicum River on Highway 19A (Oceanside Route), turn right at the Horne Lake-Spider Lake turnoff . Both gravel roads are suitable for cars. About 8 km from the highway, Spider Lake Provincial Park has a large day-use/picnic area with over a dozen picnic tables, fresh water, 5 pit toilets, and a sandy beach. This area and its parking lot are closed from 16 October to 14 May of each year, but a smaller day-use area is open year round. It is just off Lakeview Road, less than 1 km before the main park entrance.

Small cartoppers, pontoon boats and canoes can be launched from the beach next to the park’s small parking lot and motors are not permitted.

Casting from shore with small spoons and weighted spinners attracts both species, as does still-fishing with worms or PowerBait. Fly fishers generally rely on a range of Woolly Buggers and leech patterns, plus large nymphs, Doc Spratley and a Green Sedge will handle most situations.

These flies and lures are time-specific; for more information contact your local tackle shop.

Huxley’s Run: 

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Hook, Line & Thinker

Lately, I’ve noticed that as I get older the overall experience of a particular outing is just as important as the catching. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t get just as excited at hooking a fish as I did when I was 10 years old. I still do, every time. What I do find is the enjoyment of the research and the preparation of the trip. On my last trip to Kamloops to fool a trout or two, it was the weeks not the days leading up to the trip that held the excitement of the adventure.

My three fly rods and reels don’t change, but this year will the flies? Which fly will be the hot number to use this year? Probably the same fly as last year and the year before, as my go-to fly does the trick year after year on most of the lakes in BC. But, do I need to tie a few more? (I don’t lose many but I seem to give a few away). Is the fly line in good shape, no nick or cracks? Must I tie on new leader and tippet? There are ongoing questions and answers over my preparation.

Next is the Porta Bote; first thing I need to do is to take it out on the lake for a fish, just to make sure every thing works and I am not going to leave something crucial. I have this down to a science, my list, which I produced a number of years ago. I print it off then do the double check. What I’ve discovered over the years is to keep it simple; I have a trout gear/fly bag, nothing else. Fly rods are stashed with the bag. When I decide to go, one stop, grab the bag, and rods and I am heading to the water.

Until next time,tight lines and silver smiles

Larry E. Stefanyk

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