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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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Saltwater Fly-Fishing / Beach fishing for Coho!


In the last few days I've been trying out my new boat on the beaches in our area. Yesterday I witnessed 2 pods of Killer Whales swim by while I was rowing around looking for Salmon... Although the picture of the Orca isn't the greatest, you could imagine what it feels like to be in a little boat while these monsters are near by! I watched as these whales came completely out of the water at times in amazement, can't see that on the river! The beach is always a challenge to get guests to try out. Salmon fishing & still water is hard to comprehend for those from other places I feel as most have never had the opportunity like we do here in our waters. It's one fishery that once you experience it you're usually hooked! Today I fished with a friend who invited me to Nile Creek near Qualicam Beach on Vancouver Island. We both hooked a few Coho while Stripping in Bait patterns, it was a beauty day with a few nice fish in between. The ticket was to place your fly on or around the jumping / finning fish & start stripping your fly fast! I managed to land one of the fish I hooked, shook the other off and missed a few more on the Grab... It's a very exciting way to fish, casting at wild feeding salmon up to 20 lbs. When I was rowing back to the car I heard my friend hook up on a great fish, In the distance I could see this fish leaping while my friend was howling with excitment, wish I could have got the pic of it leaping out of the air which I attemped with the previous fish:) This fishery is just starting to get good this season in the Campbell river area, looking forward to more of it this next month...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fly of the Week


Hey Folks, here's a pattern which I designed many years ago that has been one of my favorites for small stream Steelhead fishing. This purple bead head nymph has caught more Steelhead than I can remember and plenty of fish when friends & clients have been using it too! The other day when I guided my client into that nice little wild steelhead, we used other little patterns that I thought would work but nothing happened. I'm always one for trying new stuff and approaches to fishing opportunities and I have to say this pattern proved itself once again after trying many other things over that fish you see posted on this blog recently... Simply put, steelhead love purple so next time you find yourself at a loss on a small steelhead river with gin clear water give it a go, you may be pleasantly surspised!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Guide Update Sept 15 / 09

My client was greatly rewarded today with this nice summer run! Fishing this summer fishery has been a challenge this season due to low water conditions, thank goodness for the great salmon fishing we've had to fall back on. Today we hooked this nice Wild Steelhead on a small wet fly casting up to several fish in the pool. What a nice reward after fishing a few hours hiking through Old growth rain forests and casting into beautiful gin clear pools on this awesome mountain stream. Hopefully later this week after the rain we're expecting we can catch some on Dry Flies. A great day with a great guy who is passionate about the sport of flyfishing & just being on the river! Not bad for a day's visit:)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guide Update Sept 10 / 09


We've had some great rain fall in the last 4 days making our waters large & very fishy! This is the time to take full advantage of our fisheries and now I have nobody to guide, oh well, I guess I'll have to enjoy it on my own for a few days... It was remarkable how we went from some of the lowest waters I've encountered to the opposite in such a short time. One of our rivers felt like winter temps which confused myself & the fish we were targeting as they just didn't want to bite our bugs yesterday. I've never seen water temperatures change so dramatically in my lifetime. The Coho are also arriving in good numbers, looks like fall is here:)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Guiding update Sept 2 / 09



Well as I have mentioned in recent past, we've had a very dry summer! The Rain is here & I'm very excited about some potential great Summer Steelhead fishing this week! As one can see in the pictures above, these summer fish have concentrated into pools in good numbers due to the dry rivers they've encountered for 2 months, staring at blue skies. This is the least I've been on this watershed in one season but my client yesterday really wanted to walk a remote mountain stream away from it all so we went for a look. Well what we saw was very inspiring, one pool alone had over 40 large summer Steelhead in it! Click on the picture above to enlarge them for a better view of what we encountered and enjoy! As I mentioned to my guest yesterday, I see salmon regularly swarming in the home pool but when I see Steelhead like the pictures above it's a different deal for me all together! A beautiful sight indeed, hope to be back later in the week when the waters up to skate one up on a dry:)