Sproat Lake

by Roy Sorensen, Photos by Roy Sorenson, Pictures off flies by Steve Wawrykow


        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


  • From 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.

John Snook's  favourite fly for Sproat Lake 
A fluorescent lime green Carey.

Thuno's Nymph


Another fly to try is the Tellico

  • from 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 before April.

  •  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.

 Follow 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.  

Left - April/85  5lb, Cutthroat and a 3 lb. Steelhead
Right - Steel head from Sproat