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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, December 24, 2009

Christmas Spey Fly


Merry Christmas to all & a Happy New Year! Not the greatest Spey Fly I've ever tied but I thought it was a good fit for today:) If one can't get out on the water they may as well tie a fly for the season... I'll call it Kens Christmas Spey! Here's the recipe;
Body - Green & red Floss
Rib - gold flat tinsel, & oval silver
Hackle - Red Shlappen
Collar - Heron
Wing - White quill, preferably Swan
Thread - Red:)
This may be my last post for 2009 unless of course I make it out to the river! It would be great to show you this fly in a steelheads mouth, I may give it a try later this week... Hope to see you all in 2010, wow that number doesn't seem right, wasn't it just the year 2000.... Have a great holiday season, best fishes!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Steelhead Vancouver Island / historic addition

 It's always nice to reflect on those beautie's of recent past fishing days... This was one of the first Winter Steelhead I caught after returning to Vancouver Island 3 seasons ago. It was on a nearby River in February and it was the classic situation. The cast prior to hooking up I had a good tug & I thought I'm sure I got a good pull there? Casting another Single Spey back into position for another swing proved this beauty Steely,  You know, tailing this fish for a pic wasn't so easy, I had it in shallow water resting up against my legs & searching for my camera I managed to get an angle and shoot a few photos (which I'm glad now that I worked hard to get).
Guiding on the Skeena & Nass watersheds for the previous 7yrs made me realize one thing that I somehow had forgotten. There's no fish like a fresh Winter Steelhead on Vancouver Island. They may not size up to a Skeena fish all the time but catching these fish close to the ocean in pristine clear water is something all-together different. Don't get me wrong, I love all the Steelhead fisheries I've fished in BC and they all shine in different ways but I've caught many a 18 - 20lb Steelhead on Skeena waters that were slightly sluggish in comparison to these awesome chromers that don't give you the time of day to think when hooked up!
There have been good reports so far for the rivers in our area for winter fishing. When I've been able to make it out they've treated me well too. I hope the season will progress with strong runs of these much overlooked fish. Many anglers I know on the Island have given up on Steelhead fishing for one reason or  another and it's too little interest that may be the demize of our greatest sports fish of the westcoast one day. I hope this picture may encourage some of you to get out there and hopefully you'll be reminded of why this sport had you completely out of your mind once upon a time; then I won't feel so lonely out there hooking them all to myself:) We still have great Steelhead fishing and the greater the interest in angling for these fish, the more people may stand up and take action to keep protecting these great fisheries for generations to come! Wishin you all great fishin! Happy Holidays:)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Steelhead Tube Fly for Vancouver Island (extra large)


Patterns like this one have become fairly popular in the Northwest amongst Steelhead Flyfishers, especially those fishing with 2 handed rods. This is my own pattern (The Space Invader) which resembles the Intruder stinger style flies that originated in Oregon. I designed this one on a tube simply because I think tubes are better to use than shanks with attached stinger hooks. This pattern has similar goals as the stimulator doe's as well but with some different materials. To keep the flies bulky presentation when wet swimming against the current I use Polar Bear Dubbing under Shlappen Hackles, then add the peacock herl & flash above. A slender body of floss or yarn works great for the body and then repeat the first process near the head of the fly. Add eyes of preference last and there you have it! It's a great pattern, somewhat involved but they do get the steelheads attention. With all my tube flies I like to use Gamagatsu or Owner Hooks Octopus style #4 - 2/0.  I sell these Space Invader Tube Flies in various colors to suit the water ones fishing including Pink, purples, black & blue, Black & chartruese etc. A killer fly & very fun to fish!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Vancouver Island Winter Steelhead Fishing Update Dec 7 / 09


There are Some fresh winter steelhead in our rivers on North Vancouver Island. Yesterday was my first day to get out for Steelhead in weeks due to a renovation on our property which has prioritized my time... Along the way, we've had an enormous amount of water leaving our rivers in flood stage for 3+ weeks. The river I fished yesterday came down 3 meters in 7 days, three vertical meters of water on this watershed is a massive amount of water and to flow consistently at that height for 3 weeks is hard to comprehend! The positive thought is minimal fishing pressure over the last month with fresh fish anxious to push up the river with the flows dropping. Well for 4 days now we've had the opposite of precipitation, very cold weather down to -8 and blue skies.. So yesterday being not the greatest of conditions didn't stop me from heading out for the day. When my friend & I got to the river we were wondering why we were there? There was no sun exposure, still -8 degrees & bleeping cold feeling:) We put our waders on to gear up for a pool and by the time I had my waders on my hands were freezing! I said, lets go find some sun in the upper river so we jumped in the jeep and moved on. At this point I think we were both thinking this day may be a right-off! Well we sucked it up and headed to one of the upper pools. As I worked the shoreline my boots froze to every rock I stood on needless to say my line & guides were also icing up badly! I reflected on the many days I have done this in the past & questioned why! Am I getting too old for walking down icy river banks risking my life for a fish? One thing I always stand by is don't be too quick to judge the situation and give things a chance,  I'm glad I did. Temps slowly warmed up although it didn't make it above -3; I guess one gets aclimated after loosing the feeling in their finger tips:) Did I mention that the river was in beautiful shape, that probably was the one thing that like usual keeps a fisherman focused on why they are WORKING for fish. We fished a couple of pools and I managed to hook a fish while picking up my line to cast but soon lost it after a few head shakes. We moved on and went for a quick bite and then headed down to the lower river to try a run. This entailed crossing a tailout to access this beautiful run from the other side. As we made our way across & up there was a small slot on the far side which I thought I would cast into with a slight chance of  hooking up a fish.  I told my buddy to head to the pool and have the first run through so he proceeded on. I made a few casts into the slot and managed to snag up a rock so I waded closer to the run to get my fly out. I made a couple more casts and there it was! This fish was your perfect 12lb chrome & white Hen Steelhead leaping out of the water more than 7 times! Nothing the rest of the day felt cold! We didn't encounter any more fish but fished some awesome water with our Spey Rods. I never did get a photo of the fish as my friend was too far upstream to come down & grab the picture. You have all seen Steelhead pictures and if you look at the one headlining this blog, it looked much the same just a lighter green back and slightly more slender. As an alternative to the fish pic I have posted the fly I used; I can't say enough about bunny leaches / worms, they are the simplist flies to tie and certainly one of the most productive steelhead flies on the planet! with all the right combinations of colors / weight for your steelhead fishing situation, these flies are all you need. I will be selling these flies and many other Steelhead / Salmon tube flies through this Blog ASAP. If anyones interested in tube flies please contact me;  flyguide@telus.net  for more info. Steelhead are upon us, time to go fishing:)