Bone Fish of the North...
The Kamloops Trout-Page 1
article and photos by Gordon Honey
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I have passionately pursued Kamloops
trout (Kamloops trout are a rainbow who's family tree includes Steelhead)
for some 30 years as a hobby cum, obsession, and a profession for the
past 5 years. I am one of those itinerant guides.
This past winter I, and fishing partner (my wife), made our first journey
to nirvana, we went BONE fishing. Over the past few years I have read
various articles and talked to friends who have preceded us in this
piscatorial endeavor, but being a hard-core skier I was happy remaining
in the grips of winter. (fool that I was)
As we began preparations for our trip my search for information on Bones
their habitat and feeding habits escalated. I undoubtedly read every article
and book that I could find. As I began absorbing the information in these
various works, a common thread between Bones and my Kamloops trout began
to weave a pattern in the fabric of angling that blends a similarity of
habits and techniques that are too frequent to ignore.
Reading and doing can sometimes be as expected, or so vastly dissimilar
that it may shake your faith in the printed word. So, off we ventured to
experience first hand that of what I had only read.
My discoveries led me to believe that some of the things in my reading were
profoundly true and others were to say the least somewhat embellished.
Bone fish I found, as trout, could be easily fooled when conditions
were right and extremely spooky and impossible when conditions were
not so, such is fishing!
The majority of the material I read created an almost mystical aura in "Stalking
The Bone", traces of this may well be true but to a relatively
experienced angler catching bones is not terribly difficult casting
ability being the most important element. The average cast for a trout
in a lake would far exceed that for a bone.
Our first bone fish trip was a result of conversations and a trip from
expert bone chaser and professional photographer Brian O'Keefe, that
lead us to the Bahamas, Abaco Island
and to Gay & Petes at Sandy Point.
We had an incredible time, caught reasonably large bones, 8 to 9 pounds.
However a cold front scattered the fish, this interference of nature
once again added to the thread that weaves this pattern of sameness
that appears to bind these two majestic fish closer and closer.
One must however experience things first hand before true opinions and observations
can be brought forward with any authority and therefore hopefully be
Here then are my observations founded on both my experiences and vicariously
through the experience of others.
The trout fishing that we do in the Kamloops region of British Columbia
is on lakes some large, some small, so therefore the basis for my analogy
of trout to bones is based on lake flyfishing and not on streams.
Kamloops Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss
Habitat: Generally found in lakes or stillwater, are extremely
bright silver in color with dark green back and readily take an artificial
fly just like Bones.
Bone Fish Albula vulpes
Habitat: Generally found in the tropical oceans of the world,
slightly larger bodies of water than our lakes but the stillwater parallel
applies, again the coloration is similar.
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