Bone Fish of the North....
The Kamloops Trout-Page 2
article and photos by Gordon Honey
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are readily available to the fly fisher due to their penchant for foraging
in shallow water or shoals, especially marl shoals yes, marl just like
on the flats in the Bahamas! Trout can be found in water from 15 feet
to 1 foot in depth. Bones as frout
are found in water depths from 6 feet to 6 inches and they too love
marl patches in turtle grass. Our lake shoals abound in aquatic vegetation
very similar to turtle grass called chara.
Trout prowl the shoals in schools as well as singles and doubles, as
do bones. Fresh water shoals like saltwater flats abound in food but
at the same time are a dangerous place for them to be. Thus trout like
the bones are extremely nervous,
and can prove difficult to catch under flat calm conditions in shallow
water! Bones fear two predominant predators sharks
and barracudas. Trout as well have two main enemies although somewhat
less dramatic as far as the end is concerned loons and ospreys' still
threaten a trouts' well being! Given the right conditions, a stiff breeze
for cover and an abundance of food trout, like bones will commit suicide
all day long.
When Trout are cruising the shoals they are visible and can be "sight
fished" just like Bones, but when they feel threatened they move
off the clear marl patches and seek cover in the chara areas where their
dark green backs makes them very difficult to spot. Bones do the same
thing in turtle grass.
Kamloops trout predominately eat invertebrates fresh water varieties
of shrimp and snails and leeches would parallel the bones choice of shrimp,
snail and worms (like leeches). The major difference in the food sources
would obviously be hatches and the Trouts love of adult, dryflies. Although
Randall Kaufmann does makes mention of surface flies in his excellent book
"Bonefishing With a Fly", so the thread is still there although
somewhat thin. In the Bahamas we saw bones literally rolling on the surface
in a huge muds one morning, I remember thinking my God this looks just like
White Lake at home! Trout like bones hang around at the drop-off, the deeper
edge of the shoals or flat waiting for something to happen. Trout await
a hatch and bones the tide.
Although trout do not create a muds like bones they will however go tail up
and root around the weed bottom for shrimp and snails, you can actually
see depressions in the chara weeds and marl patches just like you can
on the flats of the Bahamas.
Another parallel is the predictability of both trout and bones in areas
they frequent Randall Kaufmann refers to this comparison in his book.
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