Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Becalmed on the Bella Coola

If you were a dedicated fishermen and wanted to go for a drift down the Bella Coola River today to test the waters for the legendary Bella Coola River cutthroat trout, then today you would have had a slow lazy day.  It was a near perfect blue sky and no wind.  The backwaters of the Bella Coola River were calm, no cutthroat were seen, but it's the time to get out when conditions are like this.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. I have fond memories of many a day just like you describe. Wild cuttroat, even an early steelhead were possible when I first fished the banks behind my house thirty years ago. That ended abruptly after the Vanderzam gold rush in the Bella Coola tributary watersheds. I recall one heavy run off that left the river covered in silt, never saw that before and not since but coincidentally fish stocks dropped dramatically in the 90s, in proportion I might add to the number of cubic meters coming out of the valley. I'm no forester nor fisheries expert so maybe I'm off base, but I probably spent more time on the river than most in those days, for what it's worth.