Wells Gray for Anglers
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|How many ways can you say
|Pretty much every lake or stream in and around Wells
Gray has fish in it. Lots of rainbow trout, the occasional
Dolly Varden or Kokanee, and in the fall, salmon.
Pick a waterfall on Azure Lake, a creek
mouth on Murtle or Clearwater Lake... or
drag a fly on Alice or Shadow Lake, all
are good for a couple of nice trout.
The truly spectacular spots are all catch
and release on the upper Clearwater
River, areas around Bailey's Chute, and
the Horseshoe, many that can be walked
into and fished from shore.
In late September, experienced fast water
fishermen find paradise on the lava beds
at the south end of Clearwater Lake - not
for the poorly equipped or faint of heart.
It's nice to watch someone else do, but I
won't recommend it to anyone.
Ask the Boat Tour folks, the Marine
Patrols on the lakes, and the local fly
shops to find out what's biting and where.
Think size 6-8 hooks.
Muddler Minnows (deer hair with gold or
Leech and Dragonfly Nymph patterns,
especially in the smaller lakes like Placid
Try dry patterns on the river, like Sedges
and Damsel Flies. Nothing too big.
Fly fishing for Salmon? You're braver
Trolling the drop offs, cliff bottoms, past
waterfalls, and river mouths seems like
the thing to do. The north end of
Clearwater Lake, west end of Azure,
and around Rainbow Falls are all popular
Dragging a spinner behind your canoe
when paddling to your next campsite will
get you trout dinner about half the time.
Mahood Lake sees few fishermen, and
has a great variety of fish, so if you're
looking for an untapped fishing spot, this
might be your best bet.
The Rainbow Trout (and other species)
in these lakes are pretty uncomplicated
fish - the most common mistake I see is
people using gear too big for the fish.
Small #6 or #8 hooks, smaller flatfish and
spinners, willow leaf, wedding ring and
worm combos seem to catch trout.
Depth in some of these lakes also seems
critically important, so play around with
your trolling depth a bit, it may improve
The really good one is the Little Fort Fly Shop, at the Highway 5 and Highway 24 junction in Little Fort.
Think local knowledge. It's also the only shop in the area dedicated solely to fishing.
Fishing tackle (and usually licences) can also be purchased in Clearwater at the new shop next to Fields?,
Home Hardware, and Super Save Gas. A few other places carry a bit of stuff, but those are the main
Fishing licenses can be purchased online - there is free Internet service at the Shell gas station on Highway
5 in Clearwater, and at the Clearwater and Blue River public libraries.
In Blue River, the supermarket has some fishing related items.
Strait Creek and File
Creek have been
known to let loose a
few 12+ pound trout,
and the occasional 1-2
You can catch trout
just about anywhere,
but the creek and river
mouths are nearly sure
Don't believe me? I
spoke with a canoeist
last summer who
caught and released
over 70 trout in just 6
hours on his paddle
from Diamond Lagoon
to the canoe launch!