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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.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monster Cutthroat / Kens Weekend Fishing Trip



This Cutthroat barely fit in my net after finding it on a
 mainland lake near Vancouver Island. I fished all by myself on this lake on Saturday afternoon searching  for it's renown monster Cutthroat. It was a long day in the rain with no sign of action anywhere on the lake but I figured if I keep covering water I should encounter something that will eat my stickle-back immitation. The take was gentle and frankly I wasn't sure what I had hooked although it was pretty heavy feeling. As I starting reeling it in the head shakes got bigger and stronger. When I first saw this fish I was stunned as I have never encountered a cutthroat like this before. The fish started to wake up after trying to get it close to the boat; it put my 5wt 8.5 ft rod to the test:) Eventually I got the fish back close to the boat but it circled it 2 times working hard to get into the anchor rope, luckily I managed to keep it off and soon after put it in the net! A great result after a long day with no sign of fish at all! This fish has been eating well and clearly this lake has all the food a cutthroat needs. I'm guessing there are few trout like this one on any of the Islands lakes but we do have some of the greatest river fishing on the coast which is why the Island is a choice place for me!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fishing Vancouver Islands Oyter River November 22 / 09

Sunday I had a few hours and the Oyster river was at the perfect hight to fish so I hiked up to the Hatchery and fished my way back to the car. I took my boat & my dog and we hit the trail. Well the trail was good for a while but was washed out a bit for a good long way. This made it tough for me to drag my boat through but a half hour of wheeling up & then I was good to float back down to the Glenmore Pool. Well no question the river made a few changes but overall they may have been positive ones. The big question when we have a rain like the last 2 weeks is how the Spawning beds & salmon eggs faired. With all the great returns of salmon to our rivers on the island this fall we can only hope that the spawning beds didn't get flushed too bad. Back to the fishing, I fished 4 pools hard with no success! I encoutered an old Chum but didn't see any Cutthroat which was my goal. I also consider that maybe I will encounter one of those Summer Steelhead that I occasionally hear about in the Oyster. For years now I have heard of the odd Summer Steelhead rumer including swimmers who say they've seen them in the lower reaches near the estuary. The true Steelhead run I know of  in the Oyster River, Vancouver Island is the winter fishery ! It would be great to have a good run of  these awesome Winter Steelhead, the river is a nice size, just large enough to float with endless runs & pools to fish. I have some great memories of this sleeper river that once was! I will never overlook this great river as occasionally it provides great fishing! We'll be heading north on Vancouver Island tomorrow, hope to find a chromer:)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vancouver Island River Fishing Conditions

Well I don't have much to say about the fishing this week, it's been a washout for the most part on our watersheds, they're really shedding! Many anglers I know get discouraged when this happens & many of them feel it's altogether no good for our fisheries. Some of the pools they've come accustomed to may not be the same after a huge run off. In the last 3 days I've watched allot of wood come floating past the house here which has floated mostly out of the Quinsam River. The Quinsam is a river that used to have some great holding water to fish below the Hatchery but over the years it's diminished to barely a reflection of what it once was. On some of the rivers I've guided along the coast over the years I've seen washouts improve & reclaim some good water that once was so as discouraging as times are when rivers a too high to fish there is at times light at the end of the tunnel for improved fishing opportunities. I can think of many places where I float rivers that have log jams that may be gone now making it a more user friendly environment. New Pools that were ok before may be just right to hold that Steelhead just in the right fly water too! At the end of all this nature has it's ways for sure & not all is lost when changes are made. For those river fisherman that can read water well it opens up new water to explore on a beat of river that they may have fished their whole lives. One things for sure, the river has been deeply cleansed & now there's new fish in the watershed to hunt, & maybe the little quinsam river will have some new pools to fish with some fresh Winter Steelhead:)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Vancouver Island Steelhead Flies of the Month


Just to touch on the Pattern last posted on this Blog, Many of the flies I use are tied with Arctic Fox & Temple Dog wings as the fly I posted was. Combined with the tried & true color combinations I've used for years & a little flash of some sort to accent the fly is hard to beat! I've got a variation of tubes in this box including Eumer cone tubes (excellent weighted tubes balanced to swim your fly just where it needs to be and also some tungsten cones on colored tubing & liners for fitting the cones. Jungle cock is not needed just always seems to add a bit of class to the fly but not certain it helps catch fish! Also some of these flies have some Polar bear underwings which is great for adding some color & keeping the wing off the tube. A simple goal is to build the wing starting with stiffer fibers(furs) if using different materials for the wing... Temple Dog being the most supple of the bunch of furs from my experience. I will add that no matter where your fly tying ends up with steelhead patterns for getting action out of your fly, nothing compares to marabou for action and they are user friendly patterns to cast. Marabou just doesn't retain any water so picking these flies up out of the water makes them awesome but simply put it's not durable & doe's get damged easily so fur is now my preference. Good fur color also doesn't bleach out as quick as marabou does. Anyhow I really think that these hair wing patterns are as good as they get for big flies in big water:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vancouver Island Steelhead Picture / Friends Addition..


Some Friends were on a Steelhead trip to one of our early winter Steelhead fisheries on Vancouver Island. With high water it made the fishing a bit of a challenge the first day but the next day was the perfect conditions, a dropping river with some new fish to target. Nice to see some early Winter Steelhead, hope there's lots to come for when I make it out! Swinging a large fly in big water is always something I enjoy with a 2 handed rod in winter months, I'll soon be there I hope:)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Flyfishing Vancouver Island's Fly of the Month | Single Spey Flyfishing Adventures

On a recent Summer Steelhead trip I guided, we had encountered a summer run in a prime tail out to swing a fly to. I had my guest situated upstream about 50 ft or so casting down to the fish swinging everything over the fish tempting a hook-up! This fish was in the perfect water to skate a waking fly over so that's how we started with no success. It was a bit of a bummer as on that particular day it was one of my best clients goal with what we thought might be the perfect conditions. I then switched flies over for him to some small reliable wet flies that still didn't do the trick! My guest had many flies swinging right on that fishes nose with no success. It's a wonder the fish didn't bolt off but obviously these patterns did not intrude on his space enough to be bothered... After basically thinking this was a done deal we went to the extreme for this little river that usually has best success with small patterns like steelhead bees & bead head nymphs. This is it I said to my guest, lets go for it!! We're going to the extreme just to see what happens, it will either take off or eat it! The first cast came short just to be safe with the second cast in far range of the steelheads sight. I'm Standing up on the bank just downstream from this fish watching it's reactions to this when of it went. When that fly got within 4 -5ft of the fish it came swimming upstream to it & jumped it! He's got it I called to my sport & he was hooked up! It was a bit of a surprise to me but great to see this situation play out. It's an example that you never know no matter how many days you spend on the water. About the fly; I found these cone heads at a shop but wasn't too thrilled with the drilled out spots for the stick on eyes. What I did like about them was the idea that they would fit on my large tubing without a liner tube. The other benefit about the cone is being a fairly large diameter it keeps the flies presentation broad when swimming in the water . I have to say I will be using these cones more for large winter levels as the big chromers are heading our way:)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Friends Fishing / Guiding Pictures

This is a great pic of a dark buck Coho, what an awesome looking fish! It was caught on the west coast of Vancouver Island while targeting fresh Chum Salmon. A friend of mine guided this fellow who looks to be happy with this truly awesome specimen. Hope it successfully spawns & makes many more great Coho for future fishing adventures:) Our rivers are now flowing large & it won't be long before the winter Steelhead arrive in a few of our rivers. hope to encounter one of them soon. Thanks to Steve for sending me this photo! If you have any good Island flyfishing pictures you'd like to share let me know & I'll post them.