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Thanks for viewing my first blog. For more info about my guide service view www.bcflyguide.com or if you have questions about flyfishing Vancouver Island in general please feel free to ask. This site's all about Flyfishing Vancouver Island with some great pictures from guided & personal fishing trips, new flies I'm tying, whats new & all that other good stuff related to casting a fly on island waters! Flyfishing, guiding and my passion for this sport is always growing. I hope this blog will assist those of you in keeping up on what I'm up to here, and why I think Vancouver Island BC is so under rated for it's Flyfishing opportunities. Thanks for visiting and come again, regards.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Vancouver Island flyfishing Update, Jan 10th

Have had some nice sea run cutthroat fishng recently, some up to 4lbs. With the little water we've had though it hasn't been Steelhead friendly as Steelhead like to push up the river in high water flows... I haven't been out much as I like the larger flows if I can choose my days. We're now getting a cold snap again and for the next few days so rivers will continue to drop however there should be the odd fish around for those anxious to get out! They might just be finicky fish but whats not to like about being on the water under some blue skies, certainly an afternoon fish:)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cold temps make Low Rivers

Rivers have been lower than desirable lately as temps have been close to freezing on average. Any land above town is covered in snow! When the warmer temps arrive 5+ celcius or higher we'll see a push of water and hopefully Steelhead in some numbers too. One thing about swinging a fly to Island Steelhead is when our waters are low they can see everything and frankly would rather evacuate the watershed than hang around; and in early winter season many fish will just not come in from Salt till we get a push of water! This being said I'm hoping those venturing out to the low rivers are finding the odd one. I have not been Steelheading lately although I have been venturing to our local waters for a longshot at a possible Steely so I guess yes I have been wetting a line! Today I met up with a friend who lives for light tackle fishing for trout! I often do well catching trout on the big steelhead flies but no luck today however the light gear dug one up quicky in this water I previously fished. I have a feeling these trout are becoming well educated if being pounded on by local anglers. Either way good job my friend:)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Winter Steelhead and Update Nov 26th / 12

 Nov in Campbell River can be a bit of a shock to my system, my guiding gets quiet, days are short and frankly this town is a little shy of activities unless you're an avid hunter or need to fish every day of the year... For me a change of environment would be good, a break away from here to keep my perspective of this awesome environment I live and thrive in most of the year... I guess what they call that is a vacation, I'll have to try that sometime.
   There are a few nice days in Nov like today; I floated my Jet boat down the river with my dog as it was dry and partially sunny. A mid day float offers the warmest time of day with the most light and the bird activity along the river is always busy...
    I found this past fall to have an exceptional amount of Chum Salmon spawning in the lower Campbell River. Floating the estuary today confirmed it for me, the bottom of the lower river was blanketed with dead salmon right to the spit and beyond. I stood on the platform on my boat for a high view point while drifting for good observation expecting to see Crab feasting but none along the whole float that I could view, surprising to me!! There was however a number of seals and different birds, even a swan which kept my pup interested but what i really was hoping to see was a grey ghost or for you not used to this term, a fresh Steelhead swimming along.

   Soon one can expect to catch fresh Winter Steelhead in some of our rivers, the one river I continue to be excited about every fall is the Nimpkish River. I'm not certain why as it's never been friendly to me! Usually its crappy cold sleeting down rain or snow or both! Rarely do I catch any fresh Steelhead but yet it keeps my interest more than any other watershed during late Nov / Dec... I guess it's what it offers that no other river on the island can, the largest most beautiful fly-water one could ask for to swing his two handed rod in early winter months! On occasion you get hooked up on a nice fish and the Nimpkish fish pound for pound are exceptionally strong from my experience. The river is a classic, yet really one of a kind too! A place every Steelhead fisher should experience in my opinion and one with some great fishing history as well. its the largest watershed on the island with much of its special waters not open to fish when they would offer good fishing, a bummer in my opinion.
   Following my passion to hit the Nimpkish, all the other winter fisheries progressively come into action starting with the Gold, some of the northern rivers like the Quatse and then following December most of the other watersheds... These brilliant sea-bright torpedos are in my opinion the best and most beautiful fish the Island has to offer the freshwater angler. Its the one fishery that drew me to the Island for the first time almost 25yrs ago and one fishery I can't get enough of! This fishery is also one that most of my experienced flyfishing client appreciate the most. Yes we offer great guided fishing trips through winter months... Most guests visit us from later Feb - late April as this is the friendliest and most reliable time of year to target these great fish. We hope you will join us for some of this great fishing sometime as well, a fishery challenges and great rewards too!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Coho Time!

Time for Coho on the fly! These fish show up as early as late Aug in some of our rivers... As a matter of fact we have Summer coho in some of our high mountain streams arriving much earlier, but the main run of these silvers start really pushing into our rivers late Sept... It's now mid Oct and we've had some nice fish when out. This is one taken last week by a client one pool below our home pool called the Line Fence Pool. Roderick Haig Brown named this pool as it starts at the upper (upstream) reaches of his property line which is now a heritage property. The Fellow holding the fish is a great fan of HB as he has read many of his books in past years, some of the stories written about this pool in particular so a great joy to have caught a bright fish in bright waters! Try a thin profile fly for coho, ones tied with flash, colors including blues, greens, pinks and white when fishing clear waters like those of Vancouver island, good luck:)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vancouver Island fishing update

Here's a nice pic of a cutthroat one of our guests caught!  The last month has been good overall, many Pink Salmon with a mix of Trout...  As far as salmon fishing goes the Pink season is coming to an end, time now to focus on chasing Coho around.... In the weeks to come it will be a Coho/ Steelhead scene and I'm quite excited about that. We've experienced some steelhead in the Campbell this summer by suprise while targeting Salmon, a nice treat when unexpected! Cooler temps are here and fall is in the air, time to chase some brutes...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July update 2012

Been on the water a little, rivers are just starting to shape up, or should I say down... to a nice level! Some were too high to fish, crazy for this time of year, the Campbell River has been lowered to a fishable level but still high, caught some Cutthroat today on it. I also had a nice swim in the Sandy pool, cold water still!!! Anytime now we'll see returning salmon in the Campbell, maybe a few Steelhead arrive if we're lucky. Other rivers have proven to be exceptional for numbers of summer fish returning from what I've heard from other anglers, personally haven't been on those rivers quite enough to give confident numbers... I've also heard about some Pinks around too, slightly earlier than last season so far, could be another great season that way. I'm getting pumped about the season now but what comes is great fishing in too many places all at once!! It's frustrating one can't get on all of them in a season never mind when they are fishing well.. I try to experience new waters every year and usually manage a few new spots yearly; but so far there's no sight as to when I've covered all Vancouver Island waters I'm interested in! Too much water, too little time! :) my busy time is about to arrive, and yes I will be posting more consistently...<*)}}}><

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Single Spey Flyfishing update

Again I have to say sorry for not posting more... Life can be all over the place being a guide, and at times I'd rather not be on the computer bla bla bla... one can get so caught up in on-line stuff that they often miss out on in my opinion the good, real things in life! Life has been good and challenging in ways lately, but there's also been great stuff along the way. Our spring visit to Skeena area in May proved tuff on the catching side of things as very few fish showed in the weeks we were up there. covering miles of water in a number of watersheds seeing very little in the way of even a trout! OK we did catch a few Trout and Steelhead but in amongst thousands of casts! The ratio was very unbalanced for a fishery which is promoted as one of the last great wild watersheds on the pacific coast. We will be in Terrace again in July guiding and hope to see some changes... Back on the island its now spring trout season and we've been getting some good Cutthroat trout along the way. I recently upgraded my raft with a complete new rowing / fishing frame for fishing from the boat on some waters. the other day we were out on it testing out the platforms, thigh bars and new pulley set up on anchor and i am pleased over all.. It's definately an up grade overall and I'm excited to get people on the water with it. the season is starting with good high water levels and lots of run off to come so our water levels should hold nice into late July allowing us to float waters other wise too low in summer season on Vancouver Island. Thats it for now, hope to keep you posted and please look us up on Facebook / Twitter as well, we're getting up to speed on line slowly but surely, almost there!