July 13, 2003
I booked this trip with Trout Country Fishing Guides because fishing with a guide is a good idea if you are serious about catching fish in remote locations in a new place. Tassila from Trout Country is one of the most helpful and pleasant guide operators I have every talked with. She was even kind enough to drop off a fly rod at my hotel on the day before my trip, so I could practice my rusty casting skills. After all, there aren't too many fly fishing opportunities in Manhattan!
The day started at 11am when my guide, Logan Wilkins, picked me up in his pickup truck at the hotel. Cheakamus Lake is only 10 miles south of Whistler on #99, and the gravel road to the lake starts there. You will see a sign called "Function Junction" on the opposite side of Highway 99 where the gravel road starts. The gravel road is only slightly rough and fine for ordinary cars.
This fishing trip started with our carrying personal float tubes during the 45 minute hike to the lake. These are like tiny boats built with large inner tubes. It was a pretty rigorous hike, but not back-breaking. We wore waders to keep warm in the cold water and flippers on our feet to propel our way slowly along the lake shoreline.
We used rods with sinking lines tied to leech imitations. We trolled the shoreline of the lake and waited for hits. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but not too hot. I caught about 8 or 9 nice rainbows in four hours. Nothing huge, but lovely trout with many fine leaps. I let them all go, as Trout Country is a catch-and-release guide service. Logan was a great guide and fishing buddy, and he was helpful with my casting technique and best fishing spots. Floating around in a tube is a wonderfully relaxing way to fish, you feel so serene and weightless. You could take a nap while waiting for a fish to strike. Shoreline fishing would be tough because of the lack of casting area. We saw one or two anglers fishing from the shore, but no one else in float tubes fishing that day.
From journal Active Whistler Summer Vacation Companion