Newsman's sport fishing column & report

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Newsman's sport fishing column & report

Post  newsman on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:56 am

Sport fishing column for Nov 29 to Dec 6, 2010

Christmas is now four weeks away; so this we are offering two easy to make hand crafted fly or lure boxes that are sure to please the angler on your list.

Small boxes are easily made with 1 inch wide pine strips and some vainer or 1/8 plywood. Form the sides to the dominions you wish with the pine strips while gluing the end together. Cut the front and back (from your veneer or plywood) pieces to fit the side you have already made. Glue the front and back to the sides, and you now have a box. Next cut through the center of all four sides of your box, providing two halves. Trim to your desired width and line the inside of each half with closed cell foam. Attach two dollhouse hinges to your two halves and you have a wood fly or lure box. To personalize this box coat the outside with lacquer, then add folk art, decals, and or calligraphy. Lastly seal and finish your box with two or more coats of varathane.

Larger boxes can be quickly made from old briefcases. In this version remove all the inner lining and reline with closed cell foam. Personalize the exterior of the case with decals and or leather paint.

Angling lore dictates that no box should be passed on empty; so do remember to attach some flies or lures to the inside of each box.

The report

As I write this column our lower mainland lakes are still under ice; as an alternate I suggest one our beaches or estuaries for sea-run cutthroat. Try: Epoxy Minnow, Tied Down Minnow, Muddler Minnow, Clouser's deep Minnow, Lioness, Grizzly King, Mickey Finn, Coachman, Knudson's Spider, Zulu, Purple Joe, or Borden Special.

The Fraser River is slow to fair for cutthroat and dolly varden. For cutthroat try: Rolled Muddler, Mickey Finn, Eggo, Tied Down Minnow, Epoxy Minnow, black, Flesh Fly, Stone, Professor, Lioness, Coachman, Zulu, Chez Nymph. For dolly Varden try: Large (#4 to #1) Eggo, Dolly Whacker, Bucktail, Epoxy Minnow, Big Black, Muddler, or Zunker.

The Vedder River is slow cutthroat and rainbow. For rainbow try: rolled Muddler, Mickey Finn, Eggo, Flesh Fly, Kaufmann Black Stone, Black Gnat, Zulu, Chez Nymph, Big Black, Sixpack, or Renegade.

The Stave River is fair for coho and cutthroat. For coho try: Christmas Tree, Rolled Muddler, Epoxy Minnow, Dolly Whacker, Tied Down Minnow, Bucktail, olive or black Wooly Bugger, Coho Blue, Blue Christmas, Bite Me, Eggo, or Egg Sucking Leach..

The Harrison River is fair for coho, cutthroat, and rainbow.

The Chehalis River is slow for coho.

You can find more at "The Reel Life Press" by Jeff Weltz.

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