My friend Al Kouritzin and I recently loaded two car toppers into my truck and with great spirits, headed out over the Connector to Courtenay Lake on a mid week day. The weather had turned reasonably warm but the wind was blustery with a few threatening clouds. I wanted to try Courtenay because I had noticed quite a number of fishermen working the lake on a previous Easter trip to the Coast. True enough, there were no less than a dozen boats on the lake, counting ours, but few fish were being caught, at least that we could see. I managed to release one very small trout taken on a chironomid and Al did not have a touch. After a few fruitless hours, we decided to do a bit of exploring. We first drove into Lundbom, passing Marquart Lake on the way in. As usual, there were several campers spread among the shoreline trees and the attendant revealed that a few fish were being caught although the action was slow. Al then suggested we have a look at another vicinity lake that his neighbour, Randy, said was good.
Bluey Lake lies south of Alleyne and Kentucky and can be reached either off the Connector's Loon road or past Aspen Grove where there is a turn-off left on the road to Princeton. We took the latter route as it was closer and with some help from Park Attendant's, we found the narrow gravel road south to Bluey Lake. By the time we arrived, it was too late for other than a quick try but we did see an excellent 20 inch bright rainbow landed by another fisherman that we met at the lake. I am always extremely curious about what the fish were taking so I asked if I could see the successful fly. "No problem," was the quick reply, and that was my first look at what he said was the Bluey Lake Special. You can bet I tied up a few when I got home! Since there isn't much argument when a fly can catch 20 inch rainbows, I will share the pattern as follows with you!
Crimp the hook barb and slide a black bead through to the hook eye. Next attach a short tail of dyed yellow wood duck or brown mallard. Next, wrap the medium brown crystal chenille back and forth along the hook shank to form the fly body. Then, just behind the bead, tie in several strands of brown crystal flash. I like to take several strands and loop them back and forth, then cut the end loops after. Finish the fly with an overlay wing of brown pheasant tail. To keep the material from from flairing up, I fold back and tie down the cut end which forms a slight hump behind the bead. Trim this short and you have finished the Bluey Lake Special! The successful fisherman did say that the brown theme was important.
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