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Welcome to our fishing blog, which takes you along on our fishing trips around British Columbia. This is also where we provide you updates on changes to our website and other related projects.

Congratulations to Dan and Kitty!

Published on July 11th, 2016 by Rodney

So we have been off the radar for a few days again, but for once it has not been fishing related. My rule on Fishing with Rod is usually to keep our personal life events private but over the years many of you have developed a relationship with us so once awhile we’d like to share our special moments with you.

Since FWR started in 2001, I’ve watched many young fans growing up from as early as elementary school to grown men and women. Many learned how to fish through the website, and some gained advices from me personally when it comes to career choice. Beside making me feel like a dinosaur, it has been a very rewarding process. 

Dan first joined the website back when he was in high school. He was even busted one day for skipping school to go fishing by his teacher who’s a friend of ours after he posted his trip on the discussion forum. Beside being obsessed with fishing and living up to his forum handle “everyday”, he has also successfully become a fish culturist at Go Fish BC.

Two years ago I invited Dan along on a filming excursion after another colleague pulled out in the last minute. He brought his then girlfriend Kitty who had only been fishing for a couple of years. After seeing how humble and passionate she is when it comes to learning and teaching others, she has since become a key member in our video productions, and a dear friend of our family.

Last weekend, we were honoured to be a part of Kitty and Dan’s wedding, and I’ve put together a short video to celebrate this special occasion. Please keep in mind that I normally film fish, and the music was their choice while watching this.

Congratulations to the young couple!

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Videos: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Public Information Sessions

Published on June 30th, 2016 by Rodney

Back in March and April 2016, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (GoFishBC) hosted a series of public information sessions so you can find out more about what FFSBC is doing to maintain and improve recreational freshwater fisheries in this province. During the sessions, VP of Science from FFSBC made two presentations and they can now be viewed here if you missed the sessions. The first video is an overview on who FFSBC is and what they do. The second video is about developing new freshwater fishing licencing products.

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Berry’s Bait and Tackle Free Kids Fishing Weekend

Published on June 24th, 2016 by Rodney

Last weekend was the annual BC Family Fishing Weekend, and Berry’s Bait and Tackle in Richmond hosted another free kids fishing event during their Fathers Day Sale. As a way to show their appreciation to the loyal customers and give back to the recreational fishing community, the store set up two trout fishing ponds and purchased 600 rainbow trout for all the kids to catch in two days. Included in the ponds were ten fish that weighed 6 to 8lb each! The weather was a little wet, but that certainly didn’t dampen all the little anglers’ spirit. Here are some photographs I captured from the event.

Free Kids Fishing Event at Berry's Bait and Tackle

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Passing on the Joy

Published on June 12th, 2016 by Rodney

Since last year, we have committed to bring one young angler along with us to at least one of our filming projects every year. Last year, we took Wyatt who managed to land a huge white sturgeon with Lang’s Fishing Adventures.

This year, we’ve picked young Jacob, who helped out at “Chilliwack’s All About Fishing” back in March by teaching people how to tie knots. Last week, Jacob came along with me on a brook trout fishing trip in the Thompson-Nicola Region. We picked a lake near Merritt so a day trip was possible.

The method of choice was suspending a chironomid fly pattern under an indicator as these fish are busy feeding on the larvae which emerge from the bottom of the lake.

At first, we managed to miss most of the bites and caught the odd small ones.

Small brook trout

After some adjustments to the fly patterns and depth they were suspended at, we quickly connected with multiple fish.

Jacob Fighting a Brook Trout

Jacob managed to catch several beauties which weighed between 1 and 2lb. Not only did he catch fish, he also learned how to adjust the float depth properly, and pick the right fly by observing the chironomids he pumped.

Eastern Brook Char

Nice Brook Trout

June 17th to 19th is BC Family Fishing Weekend. During this weekend, fishing licences are free for anyone who wants to try out fishing for the first time. This is a great opportunity to introduce this fantastic recreation to your family and friends.

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Okanagan’s Diverse Fisheries

Published on May 14th, 2016 by Rodney

Earlier this week, we stopped in Kelowna for three days to film an upcoming video feature as well as enjoying some of the unique fisheries this region offers. I rarely get a chance to visit Okanagan, so I always make the most out of it whenever I do. The region has so much to offer beside fishing in the spring months. Mountain biking, golfing, wine tours and general sightseeing are just some great options on the list. When it comes to fishing, Okanagan has a large variety of fish species which anglers can target. Being here for three days is simply not enough to cover them all so we had to be selective on what we really wanted to catch.

Our home for the trip was Tee House Bed and Breakfast, which is a beautiful house located in a peaceful neighbourhood behind Shannon Lake Golf Course. Owners/hosts Arthur And Lynda started running their B&B last year, accommodating visitors who are looking for a more private setting during their stay.

Since we were only a few minutes drive from Shannon Lake, it only made sense to stop by and check it out during the first evening. Shannon Lake is one of several urban fisheries in Kelowna. Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC releases rainbow trout at catchable size into this lake seasonally. The lake also has a high abundance of largemouth bass. New this year, is the floating dock that has been installed in the kids fishing area. This opens up many more opportunities for families who are looking for a safe place to fish. The walk is only a short walk from the parking lot, so you can in fact carry a float tube or pontoon boat in if you wish to access the entire lake.

Shannon Lake's New Floating Dock

We fished the spots just outside the kids fishing area briefly, and were rewarded with several small largemouth bass. Majority of these bass are only a few inches long, but locals told us that fish up to several pounds do exist in the lake. The kids fishing area is bounded by a net so it is full of rainbow trout, and some were enjoying catching them while we fished nearby.

Largemouth Bass from Shannon Lake

On our second day of the trip, we met up with Rod Hennig from Rodney’s Reel Outdoors at Wood Lake, which is just North of Kelowna. For once, Fishing with Rod is fishing with Rod! Rod is a Gibbs-Delta field staff and he is very familiar with the lake fisheries in Okanagan. The objective of the day is to complete an episode on Wood Lake’s kokanee fishery by trolling.

Kokanee Trolling at Wood Lake

We started the day at 10:00am. Kokanee fishing is not really time dependent, which is great for those who do not want to get up early, like me. Although the lake is very deep, I was surprised to find out that these fish can in fact be caught very close to the surface by trolling without a downrigger. In the first two hours of the trip, we did just that, picking up most of the fish with a simple surface setup. Rod uses either Gibbs Gypsy or FST spoons as mini flashers. Trailing 1.5 foot behind them is a Yamashita hootchie tipped with a piece of shrimp on the hook. The rods he used were Shimano Talora Kokanee rods, which have a slow action so they are incredibly whippy and sensitive.

In the afternoon, more fish were marked in slightly deeper water. The surface action died off but we were able to rig the rods to the downriggers and trolled them at 20ft below the surface.  By the end of the day, we were able to connect with two dozen fish. Most in fact fell off the hook before they reached the boat, which is not unusual for kokanee fishing, but we were able to bag our limit for the day. The shoot was a success, and you can expect to see this episode in June.

Wood Lake Kokanee

On our way back to Kelowna after fishing we stopped by Trout Waters Fly and Tackle. Nick and Savas have been running this excellent store for over a decade. Several years ago, the store moved to a new location and it is now much bigger with a wide selection of products to choose from. This is the fishing store to be at if you are visiting the area. Nick gave us a tour of the store, showing us the new seminar/social room and tying station. Not only are they here to provide good service, they also play an important role on educating anglers so the quality of our freshwater fisheries in the Okanagan region can be maintained.

Trout Waters Fly and Tackle in Kelowna

On our final day of the trip, we drove South to Okanagan Falls and launched the boat into Skaha Lake. Several years ago, local angler Jesse Martin showed me the smallmouth bass fishery in this lake so I wanted to give it another go. The South end of the lake has a series of private docks along the Eastern shoreline, so it only made sense to target fish that hid underneath these docks.

Skaha Lake near Okanagan Falls, BC

Skaha Lake near Okanagan Falls, BC

Red-necked Grebe

We worked along the shoreline, casting and retrieving a small 1/16oz Gibbs Croc spoon for these aggressive biters. It did not take long until we found some fish! This type of fishing requires casting precision. If the lure lands just under the dock, then more likely than not you will hook a fish.

Smallmouth Bass Caught on Gibbs Croc Spoon

Smallmouth Bass

Among the smallmouth bass, I also encountered a surprise catch, a yellow perch.

Yellow Perch from Skaha Lake

When the Northerly wind picked up in the afternoon, we decided to find another sheltered spot on the West side of the lake. This area lacks docks, but the shoreline is lined with drop-offs down to 15ft of water. Instead of casting spoons, we switched to a tubebait so we could cover the depth properly. Again, there was not a shortage of biters. In the end most of the fish we caught were in the 0.5 to 1lb range, but a couple of fish were quite a bit bigger than average.

Beautiful Smallmouth Bass

Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reel

Nice Skaha Lake Smallmouth Bass

If you are looking for an area to visit this summer with the family, the Okanagan region might be a good option for you. While trout fishing is still available, there are numerous other kid-friendly species for the younger family members to target.

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