from the Feb./Mar. 1992 B.C. Sport Fishing magazine
along Highway 24 west of Little Fort, the steady, light rain
which had been bombarding B.C. for the past week turned into
a deluge - a downpour on a grandiose scale. Why does this happen
to me, I wondered? I was headed for some Kamloops fishing at
Sheridan Lake. Neither hell, nor high water (the latter seeming
very possible) could turn me back at this point. Sheridan Lake
has held a reputation over the years as being a producer of
monster rainbow. I was hot to form a first opinion.
Lake is located right off Highway 24, just a few miles east
of 100 Mile House, on Highway 97. Paved road leads all the way
to Sheridan, so it is suitable for all types of vehicles.
destination was Sheridan Lake Resort, where I would be met by
owners Bob and Jeanine Leith. Turning past the sign marking
my arrival at the resort, there was no letup of the rain. It
was mid-May and it seemed that the monsoons were here to stay.
the store/office, my fishing partners Ken, Charlie and I chatted
with Bob and Jeanine about the weather and fishing prospects.
After considering all options, it was unanimous. We were going
is a fairly large lake and, as in most lakes, there are certain
areas where the fishing is best during certain time periods.
Bob pointed out a few of the places that has been producing
the last couple of days and, with that, we donned our neoprene
waders, grabbed our float-tubes and made out way towards the
lake. Due to Sheridan's size, float-tubing is not that common
here. The shorelines can be productive though, and it was the
shoreline that we chose to fish from our tubes during the storm.
we slipped into the icy water, large trout were jumping around
the shallows in their pre-spawn antics. Some of the trout were
steelhead-size and all of them were big. I have never seen such
a concentration of truly large trout like this in a public lake.
I had heard that Sheridan Lake was the premier lake for big
Kamloops rainbow in B.C. After seeing the monsters in the shallows,
I had to agree.
no hatches were coming off in the midst of the rainstorm, so
I started my fishing with a black Woolly Bugger trolled deep
in a fast-sinking fly line. Ken and Charlie were trolling similar
patterns. We kicked in unison along the western shoreline, fighting
the rain and numbing wind. Just as I made a smart remark that
the weather couldn't get much worse, it did. Hailstones started
to slam us, stinging the exposed skin of our hands and faces.
All we could do was hunker down through several bouts of hail,
but we stuck it out. Just when things started to look hopeless,
Ken tied into a fish.
of a sudden, we forgot about the nasty weather and, being the
trout addicts that we are, concentrated on the fishing. Ken's
battle showed the fish to be powerful. When the battle ended
with Ken the victor, a five-pound brookie was displayed for
Charlie and me. Besides the rainbow, Sheridan has a healthy
population of large brook trout. The fish was quickly revived
and set free.
few fish were taken during the afternoon, but when the cold
finally got the best of us, we decided to call it quits. As
the saying goes, "there is always tomorrow," and we
had one more day at Sheridan Lake. Warmth, food and drink was
starting to sound pretty good.
morning brought broken skies and a calm lake. We opted for a
cruise across to an island where Bob said the fishing had been
good. After checking out a rental boat from the resort, we headed
out towards some other boats already fishing the area along
an island directly across the lake. A short, exhilarating ride
in the morning air found us among half a dozen other boats that
were trolling along the island. Again, we tied Woolley Buggers
to our tippets and trolled with fast-sinking fly lines.
the course of the morning, we caught and released several large
trout. I expertly lost one big 'Kam' of six or seven pounds
during a series of jumps. We also saw several large trout taken
by the trollers and spin-fishermen. Although there were no bugs
hatching during our stay at Sheridan Lake, our sunken leech
imitations produced enough action to keep us happy. I can only
imagine the action a fly fisherman would have during a hatch.
through the middle of July is when the caddis (sedges) hatch
on Sheridan. This would be the ultimate time to be casting dry
fly imitations to the trout taking the adults sedges off the
surface. Bob says this is the busiest time at the resort, and
that several fly fishermen make yearly pilgrimages to Sheridan
for the hatch.
fisherman should come prepared to fish from top to bottom at
Sheridan. A floating-line would obviously be called for during
a hatch of insects, and a full-sinking-line would be in order
during non-hatch periods. It is wise to have both available
at all times. You just never can tell when a hatch might happen.
should be fairly long due to the clarity of the water. A nine-to-12-foot
leader tapered to 3x should do the trick on your sunken flies
that are cast or trolled. You may want to go a bit heavier though,
if you can get away with it. Some of the fish in Sheridan may
snap a 3x leader on the take, simply because they are so darn
big - something to keep in mind.
to include in your box would include patterns such as the Doc
Spratley, Black Woolley Bugger, Carey Special ( in assorted
colours), Tom Thumb and chironomid pupae, to name a few.
fishermen should bring their favourite spinners and spoons.
Some of the proven lures that produce at Sheridan include: Flatfish
in size #4 through #6 in perch, black, pearl, glitter, skunk
and frog. Also productive are Hot Shots, Wells Spoons, Dick
Nite Spoons and Mepps Spinners.
is probably the most productive way to fish Sheridan. Due to
it's size you may have to search a bit to find the fish, but
when you do, you can bet it will be worth the wait. Pay special
attention to the areas and depths that you troll. When you locate
fish, work the area over well. These fish will run in schools
and if you catch one you will likely catch more if you fish
the same depth and troll and same speed.
the weather was nasty during our stay at the resort, it was
an unseasonably wet spring. The summer months are usually warm
and pleasant in this country. I was told that a week after my
visit the skies cleared, the insects started hatching, fish
were practically jumping in the boat and the summer was off
to a flying start.
Lake Resort is a comfortable, well-kept resort. There is a main
office/store, cabins, shower-house and restrooms, boat launch
and ample dock area, and, a large, grassy campground with sites
right along the lake's shore. This is one of the nicest resort
camp areas that I have seen in my travels.
the store, you can purchase fishing tackle, maps of the lake,
rent boats and generally get off on the right foot. Bob and
Jeanine will be happy to fill you in on all the particulars
to make your stay as comfortable and productive as possible.