I find that autumn is the best time of the year, even beating the early spring "bites", to fish White Lake near south central British Columbia. For one thing, the vast numbers of fishermen testing the lake have all but disappeared. Bird life is still abundant and the fall colours are magnificent! Even better, the big rainbows of White have added to their size over summer and on certain fall days, will come to an artificial fly much more willingly than earlier in the year!
I have had success with several flies fishing White Lake in late autumn, among them being the brown marabou leech, a large dark Spratley and the fly that we will examine in this month's article, the White Lake bloodworm. The hits usually come on a slowly retrieved fly using a wet line in deeper water adjacent to the numerous shoals. My favorite location for this time of year is opposite the Forestry camp site at the north east end of White.
I tie some of my White Lake bloodworms with a few turns of lead wire just past the hook eye as late fall fishing usually means exploring deeper water with a wet line and you want the fly to sink. Attach a piece of thin copper wire to the hook shank and let it project a few inches past the hook bend. Next wrap a fairly thin body of deep red wool hook bend to hook eye. Counter wrap the copper wire through to the hook eye to form a body rib using five to seven turns. Next fix a very thin brown pheasant tail feather wing to the top of the shank at the hook eye and ensure that it flows back very close to the fly body. Complete the fly with a head of peacock herl, cement, tie off and you have finished the White Lake bloodworm.
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