Resident fly fishing instructor at the GAC and Hardy Academy member, David Bell, is a well known face in Scottish fishing and he has recently returned from one of his regular trips to the Fraser river system in British Columbia with an awesome tale to tell!
Although they mainly go to fish for Salmon on the fly David and his party always take a day out of their week to fish for the river systems largest resident - the White Sturgeon. Using Uptide style rods with Penn multiplier reels and baits made from Coho Salmon Roe they have landed a few 100lb plus specimens in the last few years and it always makes for a memorable day off from spey casting and swinging flies.
On this occasion however, David hooked a massive Sturgeon which ran him ragged for over 90 minutes in an epic battle in which the huge fish jumped spectacularly - propelling its entire body clear of the water in an awesome display of power and strength! The fish was finally beaten, leaving David exhausted, and was measured at over 8 feet long - giving it an approximate weight of almost 400lbs! The prehistoric beast was quickly photographed and returned back to the river.
If you need any advice on fishing in BC, or indeed any kind of fly fishing, you can contact David through the shop or his website www.speycasting-tuition.com
|David is a regular visitor to BC
|The huge Sturgeon launches itself from the water!
|Exhausted from the battle, David gets some help for the trophy shot!