, Photos by Roy Sorenson, Pictures off flies by
My all time lake of choice is Sproat Lake, primarily due to the
large size of the native Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. In the many years
I have fished this wonderful place I have caught Cutthroats to 81/2
lbs., Rainbows to 9lbs. and the odd Steelhead. When you finally do try
fishing the far end of Taylor Arm, do not be disappointed if you do not
succeed at first. It usually takes a few days to familiarize yourself
with the trout's' habits. Once you are onto them, you are in for the
thrill of a lifetime.
Taylor Arm of Sproat Lake in April, 1985.
Taylor Arm in May, 1985
John Snook and friend
Jan. to April, try trolling a small Marabou Leach of about 11/2"
around the shoals, just on the edge of the deep water. Wait for the
heavy strike, but do not set the hook while the fish are plucking the
fly. I would also theorize that many of what we think are light tugs,
are not, but are the fish rubbing their lateral lines along the fly to
see if it is something good to eat.
during this same time
period, try anchoring in the shallow water and casting into the
deep water over the drop-off.
flies of choice are the Thuno's Stonefly Nymph and the florescent green Carry.
Roy's fist choice for Sproat Lake today.
Snook's favourite fly for Sproat
A fluorescent lime green Carey.
Another fly to try is the Tellico
April to July do not ignore fishing the drop-off at the river mouth.
Fishing the drop-off seems
to be a waste of time
anchor as far back as
you can and still be able to cast over the edge with
a sink tip line.
as you get closer to summer,
the fish become more spooky, so you may want to hop
out of the boat and wade the drop-off. Remember, the
water is still very cold here, so wear warm cloths
even on a warm day.
a full sink line is
recommended most of the time, except when fishing
the river mouth.
sit in the boat as much as
you can, rather than stand--you will not be as
visible to the fish..
at times the trout take the
fly very gently, especially when it is sinking, so
keep your eyes on your line at all times.
most of these suggestions and you should be able to
catch some very fine fish. However, do not take them as
gospel. You should try whatever feels good to you and
you will be guaranteed a good time. Free camping and
boat launching are available at the far end of Taylor
Arm, not fifty feet from where you should start fishing.
However, I would advise that you do not camp there on a
long-weekend, itís nothing but a drunk show. Good luck
and catch a big one.