The season has begun for fly fishing for trout! Today, the weather wasn’t great at all which set our expectations very low. The river level is at 1.25 which is slightly high, but not too bad and it dropped a little during the day. This morning we started by skating a nice little may fly along the surface with ZERO expectations of getting a fish with it, or even a swirl of a fish. However, 30 minutes into our drift it happened, a good size brown trout swirled under the may fly then sucked it in!! Fish ON! We played it for about 2 seconds before it spat the hook. A rising trout was very unexpected considering the temperature was about 7′ degrees celsius and overcast with hardly any bugs in the air at all! We fished the rest of day using stoneflys and black leaches which did their job and we did have two more fish rise and swirl under the may fly but no hook ups. The fly fishing should get much better as soon as the sun comes back out and more bugs hatch, then the dry fly fishing will get really exciting! We saw a lot of Steelhead in the Upper river spawning and hooked into one which promptly snapped our 6lb test leader!
Anyhow, here’s some pictures of our wet day on the Cowichan river: