Happy spring everyone! It's been almost 7 weeks since I hit the water after having our little baby girl. It felt great to get out on the salt water with Trevor from No Banana's Charters (our first time leaving our new babe with my mom) and a local lake; where we chucked some flies and tested a few new rods (with baby on board in the "Ergo" chest pack.)
Unfortunately there were no "keepers" caught on either trip, but it was a blast non the less.
If you live on beautiful Vancouver Island, you will know just how amazing our weather has been the past while, and it sure has been a real treat getting out to enjoy springtime activities. Whether it be hiking around lakes, visiting the falls, walking the beaches or fishing freshwater; the opportunities here mid-island and on Vancouver Island at large are simply remarkable.
I look forward to taking Scarlett out with us on countless fishing trips and adventures this spring and summer season! We are especially excited to welcome home our new 16 foot Lifetimer custom welded boat in a few weeks, paired with a new 60hp Mercury Command Thrust Outboard from RPM in Port Alberni. This little boat is going to be amazing for dropping crab and prawn traps, trolling local waters and fishing larger lakes in BC. We are beyond excited for her maiden voyage! More pictures to come!
Special thanks to Keith from Coast Sport Fish for a fun day on the field with some friends from IWFF. I highly recommend taking a few casting lessons when getting into fly fishing, whether you intend on fishing often or just once in a while. I guarantee that you will be less frustrated with this hobby/sport and end up getting "hooked" if you know the basic fundamentals and physics behind a good cast. Understanding what your rod is doing, why your line acts the way it does, how to mend, creating effective fly presentations and how to load your rod properly is so important when becoming a competent fly fisher. I feel it is event more enjoyable to be out on the water when you know basic tactics to use and which casts to make in all different circumstances. Especially living here on the West Coast, one needs to feel competent casting with decent amounts of wind. Our weather is forever changing on us.
In addition to Keith at Coast Sport Fish in Parksville, I also highly recommend my long time friend Ian Muirhead based out of Victoria BC. Ian has been a certified casting instructor for ages and is an avid angler on this island. April Vokey also has put on amazing Women's Workshops and casting lessons, which I also highly recommend. Regardless of you're instructor, I personally recommend having an experienced caster and great teacher help you set the tone for your future, hopefully successful fly fishing trips.
Stay tuned for more Lifetimer boat updates, and fishing adventures.
Until next time, I hope you enjoy the great outdoors and keep living #AReelLife :)