Fishing forum > New to fly fishing, places to be in the Thompson, Okanagan

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Just moved to Vernon from Saskatoon. I've lived here before when I was younger, so I know of a few lakes. Echo, Pinaus, pillar, Joyce, and the ones by oyama. But can anyone tell me where to go for a beginner fly fisher other than those basic spots. Preferably ones within an hour drive or so. But would be willing to travel up to 2 for a weekend trip once the weather warms up. I know most mountain lakes will be frozen for a while and streams are closed right now, I just wanna get some advice from fellow fish lovers. Thanks


get to the other side of Okanagan lake. go down westside road and get up into the area west of the Okanagan. whiteman creek road connects over to esperon and bear creek road and endless awesome fishing lakes. or scoot up toward westwold and there's pinaus, jimmy, and a few others up that way. the options are really endless.

good advice from gearbox but really any of the lakes you mentioned should be fine. one lake you might consider is Phillips Lake in Turtle Valley. it is just over an hour from your place. Can be tough fishing but the chance of an 8 pounder on a fly. There have been lots of fishermen out since the ice came off (not me as my back is not behaving. something about spring kills me !). The ice will still be on Aberdeen and other lakes that way but once it is ice free, try Specht lk . The fish are small but there are lots of them . Great to learn fly fishing on !
Welcome to Vernon by the way. If you are going to try Phillips some time let me know and I might join you ! I live next door to it so.....there are also some nice brookies in there that will be around 3 pounds I'd guess this year.
Good luck and keep posting.

Thanks guys, and yeah I really want to explore the area and get a feel of what all the lakes and rivers give back. I'll definitely look into Phillips. I've fished joyce twice now and have some decent success on the chase end of the lake, mainly small but plenty, have either of you fished the Addams river? A friend of a friend says he basically only fishes there when he can.

adams is amazing. but can be quite busy.

do you have a boat?

Yeah I've got a 12 ft fiberglass for when I'm with a friend or 2 and belly boat for when I'm alone, but I don't mind standing in the river. I lived 5km from the south sask river all last year. sure beat the 45 to the nearest fishing lake.

never fished the adams river although it has long been on my list. there is lots of "traffic" around the park but I have hiked up the river and never seen anyone. also there are access places towards the lake that do not look too bad to get down to the river. I have heard it can be very good. also steelhead if you are a winter person ! there are also some interesting places in the upper river. lots of places to explore !

how do we communicate on here? is there a way to pm each other? or are we supposed to put our emails/cell#'s in our posts?

one of the flaws of this site. you can't communicate privately. if you know the person is online you can give your id or phone # and delete it right away but....

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