The Ultimate Thompson-Nicola Hatch Guide

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The Ultimate Thompson-Nicola Hatch Guide
By Karl Bruhn

Fussy rainbow trout in wonderfully rich, small, angling lakes are the hallmarks of the Thompson-Nicola. The region provides some of the best small-lake angling in the world. For the angler who ventures unprepared these waters can also provide some of the world's most frustrating angling. Large, well-fed trout in rich waters are rarely easy fish.

The Kamloops trout in particular is notorious for keying to specific foods at specific times. With few exceptions these food items are aquatic insects. The angler who knows the seasonal patterns of these insects and has a working knowledge of their habits is well on the way to consistent success. The brief sketches of the major aquatic insects provided in the following pages provide that knowledge in a handy reference format.

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Insect Profiles
Caddisflies (Sedge)
Gammarus Shrimp
Other Aquatic Critters

Entomology Articles
Rainbow Feeding Habits
The Aquatic Menu
Thompson Nicola Hatch Guide

Game Fish
Kamloops Trout
The Extraordinary Rainbow

Phils Flybox
Bill's Big Red
Dunc's Floating Carey
Frostbite Bloodworm
Glenn's Leech
Marabou Prawn
Pearl Shrimp
Silly Creek Saviour
The Black Sally
The Clouser Minnow
The Collaborator
The Damsel Leech Thing
The Epoxy Minnow
The Popsicle

Stillwater Fly Tactics
Approaching the Lake
Chironomid Addict
Chironomid Tips
Early Season Lakes
Fly Patterns for Fall
Ice Out Tactics
Lake Structure
Looking For Clues
Of Shoals & Drop Offs
Overview of the Season
Quality BC Stillwaters
Summer Doldrums
The Observant Flyfisher
Understand Fall Fishing
The Ultimate Thompson-Nicola Hatch Guide