Jumbo Rainbow Trout at Beaver Lake

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Nov 132014
 
Jumbo rainbows at Beaver Lake

Jumbo rainbows at Beaver Lake

 

My 5 wt. Redington fly rod  got quite the workout last week after Beaver Lake received several truckloads of jumbo trout. Except when fishing in British Columbia lakes, my  rod seldom gets severely tested and bent over by a rainbow trout. But these fat Beaver Lake trout, averaging 3 pounds each, can easily snap many trout-sized tippets. A patient fight is key to getting them into the net. Fly pattern or color didn’t seem to matter much; as long as the fly had good motion, it was readily eaten.

Needless to say, these jumbo rainbows are super moist and tasty too!

Hatchery truck making delivery at Beaver Lake

Hatchery truck making delivery at Beaver Lake

 

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Beaver Lake Stocker Rainbow Trout

 Posted by on May 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm  Food & Cooking, Outdoors  No Responses »
May 132013
 
Beaver Lake rainbows on the fly

Beaver Lake rainbows on the fly

A few days ago, I took advantage of the recent nice sunny weather in Seattle to do some lake fishing on Beaver Lake near Issaquah. The lake, recently stocked with larger than normal rainbows, provided some nice action and a welcomed break from work. With only a few others on the lake that day, it was nice to be able to pick and choose my fishing spots. I had the most action while slowly trolling a small green woolly bugger on a floating line.

Broiled rainbow trout with carrots and onions

Broiled rainbow trout with carrots and onions

I later invited the fish I caught to dinner. They were broiled and accompanied by strips of carrot and onions. These hatchery rainbows were super tasty!

 

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Jul 282012
 
Monster rainbow from Corbett Lake, BC

Monster rainbow trout from Corbett Lake, BC

The other week, I had the fortune to visit Corbett Lake in British Columbia near Merritt to do some trout fishing. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in BC, the lake has an elevation of about 3500 feet. Corbett is a private, fly fishing only lake known for its trophy-size rainbows up to 18 lbs. Before going there, I was very incredulous that rainbows that big could inhabit this lake.

Large rainbow with chartreuse bunny leech fly

Large rainbow with chartreuse bunny leech fly

On the second day of fishing, I was trolling the depths using a large chartreuse bunny leech under a full sinking line when something big bit my fly. I could immediately tell that this was not like the 20″ fish that I caught earlier in the day. Nope, this was a substantial fish.

I tried my best not to play the fish too long to avoid unnecessary stress on the fish but my 5 wt. with 6 lb. tippet was underpowered for this fish. After several runs into my backing, the fish tired and I quickly brought him in.  I had to get one of my friends on another boat to help net the monster. We caught glimpses of the bruiser just below the surface and knew he was going to be a trophy fish. His head was as big as a salmon’s.

 

Reviving "Walter" before release back to the depths

Reviving “Walter” before release back to the depths

When we got him into my measure net, his head and tail stuck out beyond the net and the numbered inch markings. He was 30″ long and had enormous shoulders! The owner of the lodge later estimated that he weighed a good 14 lbs!

We slowly revived him before we let him go back to the depths of Corbett Lake.

The fish handily beat my previous personal best rainbow of 26″ when I fished the Alagnak River in Alaska a couple of years ago.  Hopefully, I’ll see “Walter” again in a future trip to Corbett Lake.

 

 

Sunset at Corbett Lake, BC

Sunset at Corbett Lake, BC

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