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Vacation time in the Chilcotin

by Darby2 Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 4:01 AM

Next week, I'm planning a fishing trip to Chilko Lake and the area surrounding.

What will the weather be like? Will I catch fish? What flies should I use? Will I get eaten by a bear? How are the roads? Are there any 5-Star hotels nearby?

Damn silly questions!!!!

All I know is...I'll have a fabulous time in the wilderness ;o))

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 4:26 AM

    I think I already know the answers!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 5:20 AM

    Well.... lets hope that you don't get eaten by a bear or by black flies either! The roads - well they are how they are... and the 5-Star hotels... well I hope that you will see more than 5 Stars from your canvas "hotel". Te fish... I'm sure you'll catch 'em ... and then YOU get to clean 'em too! The weather will be as it is... just like the roads! Just for the heck of it - look up www.theweathernetwork.ca Or just look outside!
    Have a great time... take lots of pictures and give us another one of your terrific pages, please.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Tom_In_Madison Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    bears usually run away from people, so you're off the hook there.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Stargazer1 Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    Dave, .

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Redlats Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    You have a problem. To not get eaten by bears you need to hike in a group of six or more. To catch any fish, the fewer people the better.

    So its either fish and get eaten by a bear (dead fish is like bait to attract the bears to you) or just VT in the 5-Star hotel.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Tom_In_Madison Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Lookout for Nessie, I hear she's back.
    And she's mad as hell!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 15, 2007 at 10:56 PM

    I've had good luck with the Yellow Humpy and the San Juan Worm. Remember, you have to eat at least one fish!!!! *sizzle*

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by SamSalmon Online Now Jun 18, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    I've fished the lake-it's really only worth wile later in the day-early AM the fish are sluggish and overall I found better fishing in the river.

    It's a cold place even in summer and you're much more likely to see Cows bashing through the brush than Bears.

    I don't FF at all bait works much better second spinners and small spoons.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Tom_In_Madison Online Now Jun 24, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    I hope Chilko Lake isn't in Romania...beware of late night sneak attacks.


    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A bear attacked a group of U.S. tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian Mountains, killing a woman and injuring two other people, authorities said Sunday.

    The group of six tourists chased off the bear when it tried to approach them near a cabin about 75 miles north of Bucharest, but the bear reappeared on a trail and attacked the group around 10 p.m. Saturday.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 24, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    I just got back from the Chilcotin and Bella Coola late yesterday, which proves (so far) that the bears didn't get me. :o) I saw at least 5 bears on the way, including one with cubs. Also lots of eagles, moose, deer and a unique little critter at a campsite where I was fishing...an albino ground squirrel. (Pictures and all to come shortly)

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 24, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    As for the fishing, it was spectacular. Anyone wanna tackle-busting rainbow trout??? Try Cochin Lake in the Chilcotin, south of Tatla Lake whe there's a mayfly hatch. :o)))))

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 25, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    I caught and released more than 20 fish of all sizes ranging from about 8" to 24.5 inches long. The biggest was a 7 pounder from Lorin Lake caught on a black Hellgrammite nymph.

    I took more than 430 photos as well including several big panoramas. I'll be going back there in the fall when the trees are ablaze with color. Any one wanna join me???? It's the trip of a lifetime and not too expensive either...around550. Most of my expenses was gas for the 3160 km trip. Lots of the driving was on the back roads, far from any civilization.

    As for the critter...the albino gopher (ground squirrel) was very tame and let me get within a couple of feet to capture him or her with the camera...I also tempted it with an oatmeal cookie and some peanuts. Amazing creature with its bright pink eyes.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    But did you use the yellow humpy???

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Helen, is that polite to ask in mixed company???? You sure you can use that kinda language in here???

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Dave knows what the Yellow Humpy is ... ;o)

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    I'm assuming that it is a certain fly or lure that attracts only specific fish in certain lakes at certain times of the day/season/year.

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    I still think it sounds rude though!!!!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    my husband was the first person to teach me about the Yellow Humpy ....

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    We Torontonians feel very strongly about that Helen.... this is just not the right website to teach facts like that!!!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Does San Juan Worm sound rude too?

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    *snicker*

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    No... just sounds like a bad southern tequila drink!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by madamx Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Good one, Jane! ;o)

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    We must make allowances for dear old Humpy Helen...after all, she's from Calgary. ;o))

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Klaudia... they do weird things out west. I think we're wise being here in Ontario!!!! Humpy Yello Helens... hmmmmm doesn't sound good for VTers to be discussing in a mixed forum (or a mixed-up forum for that matter either!!!!) And then they go drinking bad tequila drinks with worms!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    I think they run into the Rockies, hit their heads and suffer trauma!!! Its that or those chinooks that they're always talking about!!! Strange things happen out in them thar hills!!!!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Of course, we breathe yellow air... that can't be good for us either. Perhaps that is what is causing this language/comprehension problem!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    I think we're being ignored! They do that out west... pretend they can't hear us babbling away like little brooks!

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by CdnJane Online Now Jun 26, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    No worries, mate! (whoops, been talking about and thinking about Aussies again... it rubs off!)

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    Re: Vacation time in the Chilcotin

    by Darby2 Online Now Jun 29, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    A big one??? That's what the girl at the checkout noticed too ;o))

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