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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, October 29, 2009
Soon the Sea-run Cutthroat trout river fishing will be more consistent as they migrate up our rivers to spawn over the winter months. This usually starts by following the spawning salmon up the river in the fall to feed on salmon eggs. Angling for them in summer months is inconsistent at the best of times because they are where the food is most abundant. This means sometimes being far from they're native rivers estuary feeding along the ocean beaches. Although we have on occasion some good hatches in our rivers, it's just not enough to keep these nice trout residing in our fresh waters regularly. There are a few exceptions to this rule, usually when a river is fed by a large lake that's well fertilized supporting a trouts diet. But most of our island waters are short, high gradient rivers flowing crystal clear with little to no bug life at the best of times. When the fry migrate out in spring months the cutthroat take full advantage and are a blast to fish for! Skating Muddler minnows on the surface brings great action in fast water. These Golden fish are beauties, click on the pic to see the details on this fish, I have it on my desk top right now as it is a high quality picture, hope you enjoy!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
We all like what I call Chromers! You know those fresh fish that have just arrived from the Ocean, are full of life & fight, simply put at their best!! Often when I'm guiding & fishing our waters this time of year I'm not quite sure what species of fish we're going to encounter; often the question comes up from other anglers who you cross paths with "what are you fishing for", & my answer is, "anything chrome" ! In the picture is a great sport of mine from last week that is somewhat new to angling Salmon with the fly. His friend & I were below playing a Chum Salmon & he thought he'd make his way downstream to take a picture of his buddy when he hooked up this great silver Coho. He was fishing a floating line, long leader with a slip stream, one of my bait flies that I have posted on this blog for you to view if interested, it's one of the first posts I have on here. Once again this fly is simple but extremely effective in clear waters for migratory fish! Another great fishing experience for me & my clients:)
Friday, October 23, 2009
We've been fishing a lot this past week and have experienced some interesting fishing along the way searching out fish on the North Island. We've been to 6 different rivers targeting 5 different species of fish. The Chum (Dog Salmon) are arriving in the rivers now & by the sounds of the numbers of Chum in the ocean, we're to expect many more in the rivers soon... This year it's safe to say that all our Salmon have returned in great numbers on the Island. Out of all these species of fish there are no fish that seem to pull more relentlessly than these big Chum! Our water levels are now flowing more consistently & with this we can fish larger flies swinging them with 2 handed rods... Even with the 15ft 11wt rod we used to land this fish in heavy water in the upper Campbell, there was no shortage of fight from this Jurasic looking Beast! We lost 2 others and hooked some Coho too in the upper islands. Soon it will be Winter Steelhead time & for myself there's no better fishing time of year:)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We had a nice day fishing small stream Summer Steelhead yesterday! The river was up but dropping fast as our island rivers usually do. My guest hooked & landed 2 Steelhead which we sighted in the pools before hooking them. It's incredible to watch these fish move for the fly! We fishing over one fish with many flies with no interest and then fished a very large pink tube fly which took one cast to hook up... I watched as this fish swam upstream 4 ft to take the fly aggressively! Small but mighty are these wild summer fish, they often leap out of the water and when you think you've tired them out they go crazy again taking runs & jumps. Fishing these fish in a pristine environment tops off a day west coast steelheading:) Today I guided a couple of newcomers to the sport. We floated the Campbell & hooked Some fresh Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon & some nice sea-run cutthroat, another great day on the water!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Silver Season! It's been a great Coho season for numbers this year... The size of the fish have been above average too! Catching these fish on the fly at times on the island can be challenging but the rewards are great. These acrobatic fish like the fly swimming so often when we're done our swing and we're at the dangle we strip our flies in hoping for the grab. This fish was caught by one of my sports on the upper Campbell river after many fish denied our flies; with persistence you'll usually dig up a fresher fish that will give all it's got to chew up your tube fly! Another good day on the river and the challenge always makes it more rewarding. Thanks for sending this great photo Rodney!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We floated the Campbell River yesterday in search of Steelhead & Coho (silvers). At the top where we put in we hooked many Sea-Run Cutthroat on Dry flies which has been a great way to start our floats. Using a large dry fly like a Humpy works great! We also skated some Muddlers with success until we moved on for larger fish! As we floated down stream we saw many fresh Coho in the river. We fished hard for these fish which aren't huge on the bite... For the amount of fish we covered, our success wouldn't be considered great. We did land one nice fish 16lbs which was in good shape, somewhat new to the river. On the Campbell River I think there are more fished fowl hooked than caught respectably! There are too many fly anglers fishing inappropriately with way too heavy sink tips sweeping flies & lines through the pool rather than swinging flies with a proper hang down of the fly. This results in allot of action for anglers, with the mojority of the fish being fowl hooked everywhere but in the mouth! I shouldn't disclude the amount of flies & lines snagged in the river too which keeps them busy as a result! I retrieved a full fly line while my client was fishing yesterday as an example. None the less, the Campbell is a beautiful river, large flowing for the island allowing anglers to swing flies in crystal clear water on a short river that hosts allot of fish! Many of our rivers are just too low to fish in dry months like we've had this season but the rains are coming:) So far this season there seems to be great numbers of all species of pacific salmon. Still haven't received any great summer steelhead fishing related to the inroduced Tsitika Summer Steelhead, I guess 2010 will be the year! We did however see a pair of Sockeye spawning near the pump house pool, are they lost Fraser river fish? I also spotted one on the Salmon river a few weeks ago! Makes a guy wonder!