Late Spring, Early Spring & Their Impact on Stillwater Fly Fishing
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Late Spring, Early Spring & Their Impact on Stillwater Fly Fishing

I can’t predict the future, but I’m going to play weatherman on this article.  Why? Because the weatherman can be totally wrong and still go about his job without getting in trouble for it.Last year we saw one of the coldest, wettest springs on record in BC.  It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for our interior stillwater fishery, but it did present a few more challenges than usual.

On years where spring is on time and gradually progresses, hatches seem to time themselves accordingly and with the right conditions it can translate into good, consistent fishing through the spring season.  Many factors come into play with the timing of insect hatches but having stable weather conditions definitely doesn’t hurt.

Late Spring, like we experienced last year, brought us a lot of cold and wet weather followed by a quick onset of heat.  What I experienced was a lot of lakes that fished fairly poor through the “prime” part of the spring, and multiple hatches that decided to happen all at once without much progression or consistency.  The immediate onset of hot weather also “cooked off” some hatches on lakes that I didn’t even get a chance to visit until June, only to find out that they were already well past their ideal temperatures for good chironomid hatches.

I recall a late spring a few years back that brought strong emergences of Damselflies, Dragonflies, Mayflies, Caddis & Chironomids all at once.  I didn’t blame the fish for the slow fishing, I would’ve been confused on what insect to key into myself.  Some benefits of a late spring is that it can prolong our fishery a little bit.  As long as there is not a dramatic onset of major heat, fishing can stay great into July and August.

Early Spring can be wonderful, from a short-term perspective anyways.  Spring of 2015 was a prime example of this.  The day after Valentine’s Day, I put my pram on top of the vehicle and had a very successful day of stillwater action.  That is right, February 15th.  The flip side of this early season satisfaction was seeing a lot of lakes experience great fishing early and then really seem to taper off as the spring went on.  Fishing in shorts and thirty-degree weather during the first week of April is great at the time, but when you go back to visit the same lake in the first week of June only to find out it’s barely worth the effort it can be a bit disheartening.

So what is my prediction for this spring?  I hope we see a gradual transition into spring with delayed onset of hot weather.  I am still waiting to experience a better stillwater season than 2012, every trip it seemed to be stable barometer and weather conditions.  Until then, all we can do is dream!

Thanks for reading, if you’ve got any questions or want to join in on the weather prediction game drop me an email right here!  I’m continuing to book more dates for the upcoming year so if you’re interested in a guided trip on the best waters around Kamloops, the time to book is now.



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