Monday, March 10, 2014

A Badger Lake Fish Story

The Halfback Nymph
Badger Lake is a large lake located near Kamloops, B.C. It has produced fish in the 10- to 15-pound range; however, 3- to 5-pounders are more common. It has good hatches of chrinomids in the spring and sedges in June.

Badger Lake near Kamloops, B.C.
One morning my friend Pete and I were fishing from my High Laker boat, anticipating action. Pete was rowing and trolling a fly called the Halfback, and I was casting toward the shoreline with a Bucktail Caddis. Suddenly, I heard a noise and saw Pete’s rod fly over the transom. Luckily, I grabbed it and handed it back to him, and he began playing a good fish.  

After almost ten minutes, he brought a nice 5- to 6-pounder close to the boat and shouted, “Quick, get the net!” I glanced around the boat, and unfortunately, I had left the it back in camp. With threatening eyes he glared at me, but I assured him that I could carefully lift the fish into the boat. However, my plan backfired as the fish flipped over my arm and broke off.

Pete never let me forget this incident and always blamed me for losing his fish. Interestingly, the fish seemed to gain a few pounds over the years. The last time I heard him tell the story it weighed over 20 pounds. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please read our terms of use policy