There are literally thousands of fly patterns used here but some of the tried and true continue to produce trophy fish.
and... one of my favorites, the Black Hellgrammite
Sheridan Lake is one of the most sought after fishing destinations in the Cariboo. The Rainbow trout in here have a lot of feed in the form of chironomids, scuds, mayflies. There are a lot of shallow weedbeds where the trout up to 15 pounds come to gorge themselves.
Fishing Report: Although the largest certified rainbow weighed in at 17 pounds, fishermen's stories claim fish up to 25 pounds. The average is about 3 to 5 pounds. Anywhere from May to October will usually prove successful. Trolling is the most popular method of catching Sheridan Lake's trophy rainbow. Any kind of set up can be effective for trolling, but most of the old-timers stick with a fairly soft 8 to 10 foot rod, using either a small mooching reel or revolving spool reel with enough capacity to hold at least 100 yards of 12 pound backing line, with a minimum of 120 feet (4 colours) lead core, and 90 feet of 4-6 pound monofilament leader.
Fly rods with full sinking lines and long leaders can be very effective as well. In addition, the many weed beds and island shallows make for excellent fly fishing. From June 15th to July 20th flyfishers can enjoy hatches of Mayflies and Traveller Sedges. Chironomids are also abundant at this time. While the stocking of Eastern Brook Trout has been discontinued, Sheridan Lake has received 250,000 rainbow trout.
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This aerial photo shows the lake from about 5000 feet.
This gives an idea of the size of the rainbow trout in Sheridan Lake! This one is 11 pounds 12 oz. caught by Wade Sellars.
Photo courtesy of Sheridan Lake Resort
Some of the best fly patterns:
Leech, Wooly buggers
When I fished Lorin Lake a few years ago, the rainbows were enormous...some up to 15 pounds. My personal best was about 12 pounds taken on a green sedge.
This is a smaller one, about 7 pounds, taken on a mayfly pattern. The flesh of these fish is bright orange red but can vary depending what they feed on. There used to be a huge population of small blood-red shrimp in this lake, but the fish appear to have decimated them in just a few years. There are also very large leeches, up to about 4" long in the lake.
Needless to say, Green Lake takes its name from the intense blue-green colour of its water. Although not a prime fishing lake it has a good stock of rainbows and Kokanee. It's primarily a base camp from which to explore the thousands of other lakes in the area.
The mark of a good fighting rainbow is its ability to leap and run when hooked. You had better have lots of backing line on your fly reel!