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Fishing Report:
July 21/14
21 Jul 2014
Fishing has been really hot or cold since the last report, some days the trout are hitting anything, the next will be very selective, making it hard work to hook up.
this past Saturday, saw some incredible winds, making boat set up a challenge. The big winds stirred up Tunkwa, moving the fish around, but left lots of bloodworms suspended, providing easy pickings for the trout. The lake really stayed calm yesterday, same for today, and we should see fishing pick back up.
We saw rainbow trout landed to just over 5 lbs this last week. Some of the best fishing has been in the last hour of daylight, right at dusk, fishing just off some of the bigger weed beds.
Dark coloured flies have been the best presentation then.
Bomber sized chironomids have been the best presentation, with Chameleon, Static/Red Rib, and KD's being good patterns. When the fish are fussy, switching over to smaller Charberous patterns has been a good choice.
We are seeing more Bomber sized chironomids hatching, but the big hatch hasn't happened yet, still early. It typically will peak the first full week of August.
Mixed reports coming from guests trolling, just picking up fish here and there, on a variety of presentations.
Worms fished under a slip float, has been another presentation producing trout.
The nearby Thompson River has open for Spring/Chinook fishing as well. Some good reports from anglers fishing for resident rainbows in there as well, with caddis presentations being the best. Stonefly nymphs are another good bet.

Richard, fishing Tunkwa on his days off, boated this nice Pennaske rainbow,  almost filling the Moby-Whale net, on a Maroon/green barber-pole #12 chironomid.

Another giant in the net!

July 14/14
14 Jul 2014
Summer has settled into the area, lots of sun and warm daytime temperatures. Thankfully our nights cool right down, and make for beautiful nights, and some great late evening fishing.
Algae bloom is still light, and water clarity is very clear. Water surface temps are in the low 70's but temps eblow that layer are still very cool.
Of interest to the chironomid fishermen, the "bombers" have started to hatch, with the first sign of this past Saturday afternoon, right after the full moon. Guys that are on the hatches are doing well, with some of the better rods doing extremely well! Chironie fishing seems to be best in the late afternoon, and right up until dark. Large Chironomids patterns in size 10 long are the ticket. Various "Static Bag" patterns are working, as is "Summer Duck", Black Sallies, and the "Chameleon" pattern has been supper hot!
Trollers are getting some fish, mostly in the morning, and evening, mid day fishing has been slow. Fly paaterns like the Pumpkinhead, Marroon Leach, and Doc Spratleys have been producing. Bingo Bugs in darker shades have been working. Kwikfish and HotShots in the perch or frog patterns have been a good call. Worms fished under a slip float, have been producing.

Fish on! AGAIN........

Bloom is starting..

One of many, that fell for the "Chameleon" chironomid pattern fished under a slip float.
July 7/14
07 Jul 2014
Some very unsettled weather the past while, with rain and wind, made fishing a bit unpredictable. Looks like the forecast has really smartened up, with steady, warm sunny weather upon us now. Like most of the lakes in the area, bug hatches have been spotty, with short intense flurries at times. Surface water temps have been in the upper 60's, algae bloom still light. Fisherman who can get on these hatches have been doing well. Best action has been in the late afternoon, into the evenings. There are still lots of trout feeding in the weed beds, but they are tough to get and fish effectively. Fishing large holes in the weeds, or along weed edges can be productive. There are lots of small fish in the weeds right now. Smaller chironomids in any of the Static bag, chromie type patterns have been the best chironomid patterns.
While chironomid fishing has been spotty, trollers have been doing pretty good. Small plugs like Hotshots in perch or frog patterns have been steadily producing. Trolling Bingo Bugs( a cross between a fly and a hard body lure) have been producing some nice catches as well. Pumkinheads, patrol cars and marroon leaches have also worked, when trolled or wind drifted along the weed edges.

Brothers Noah and Matt show dad how it's done! This one feel for a static bag chironomid under the indicator.

Ernesto with his first ever trout, caught on Tunkwa this past weekend.
Couple reports from nearby Mamitt Lake, have been positive. The clam conditions up here the past few days have allowed anglers to get on this notorious windy lake. A heavy algae bloom but some bigger chironomid have been hatching, and the trout and other fish in this alke been dialed into them. Rainbows into the 3lb range have been reported. Rodney Hsu(Webmaster at Fishing with Rod) caught a beauty of a whitefish there yesterday, first we have heard of one being caught in there!

A typical Mamitt Lake wild rainbow.
July 02,14
02 Jul 2014
Chironomid fishing has picked up in certain locations w/o visible hatches, which means leaning to an imminent hatch very soon.
Fishing the weed bed edges with chironomids, damsels, mayfly and caddis pupae in the evenings some are doing well late afternoons and into the evening.
Trollers have been having the most success, with most of the usual lure presentations and attractor flies catching fish.

Good water circulation and warm weather and stable high pressure should trigger hatches this week and the lake should be fishing well!
June 23/14
23 Jun 2014
Some nice sunny and warm weather finally arrived to the BC interior, it feels like summer!!
Chironomid hatches have been a bit spotty this past week. With mostly smaller size chironies coming off. Still lots of big bloodworms in throat samples. We are also seeing more of a mix in the trout's diet, including Leaches, scuds, damsels and caddis. Being prepared to fish a variety of flies, and different methods is needed, to get dialed in on what the trout are feeding on. Trolling PumkinHeads or leach patterns, in Marroon, Red/Black or Olive just outside the weedbeds, or over the deeper parts of the lake, targeting suspended trout, has been a good bet.
Half and Half Gang trolls, ahead of a Hotshot has been a steady producer, with wedding bands tipped with worm, lightly weighted another good option.
Some good action has been had right off our docks with the old reliable worm and bobber, set at about 5'.
Reports coming in from guests fishing local lakes has been the same, spotty action at times, with hatches slow, and fish movement down.

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