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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, May 24, 2009

Historical Vancouver Island Flyfishing Addition #3

My wife Jocelyn fishing the home pool on our property last year in July. Being only 1km upstream from tidal water on the Campbell River we have chrome salmon entering the pool regularly in good numbers. This photo was taken one evening after Joce had dinner & snuck out for a few casts, I don't think she was having any fun:) I've never guided out of my living room window but I have to tell you I'm kinda liking it! We can view the fish in the pool from our living room window well so I often will guide Jocelyn with her casting, where exactly to cast etc. Good times:)

Fly of the Week

Well I have no idea if there's a name for these flies yet but probably (no I did not invent it). This is by far the nicest looking worm fly I've fished for Steelhead. The polar chenille body wrapped around fire line forms an incredible glowing worm like presence in the water. I use Cotter pins for the head of the fly with groovy eyes which combined gives this fly the weight to be in the zone when fishing cold water for winter fish! The tail is Craft fur which is very life-like in the water, maybe more than marabou tied on a Gamagatsu octopus style #2 hook. I took this picture on my reel which is almost 4inches in diameter to display the length of the flies. Collar is just Shlappen for the final touch of what I would call a work horse flie, not fancy or complicated, but very effective in getting the job done!Please leave a comment for further questions about this pattern:)

Where Wolves Stalk Elk


Trout fishing is in full force here on the Island. Some of the higher lakes have not quite come on but there's plenty of fishing to be had otherwise. We fished the Elk River the other day, caught some nice Rainbows skating small Dry Flies. These aggressive little rainbows which have come up the river from upper Campbell Lake 12 - 14inches on average and are allot of fun on a light rod. what's better about this fishery is the environment it's in! The scenery's spectacular & the wildlife abundant. In times past I have never encountered any wildlife while being on this river although I have seen the evidence of Elk, bear etc.. The other day we were walking up the river and I asked my friend if he ever see's any wildlife while fishing there. Yes he said, then went on about his experience a couple of weeks ago floating the Salmon River. As he was floating he encountered a Bear on top of a dead Elk. We then discussed what may have killed the Elk with the possibility of it being the Bear, Wolves or just poor health. Not more than 5 minutes later I spotted an Elk along the river bank upstream with a Wolf circling it. The wolf almost seemed playful with the Elk although you cold see the Elk was not enjoying itself. It's not often you get to see Wolves on the island although I know there population is healthy. We may have saved the Elk as the Wolf got wind of us & our dogs and took off! Another great day on a beauty river which once again defines flyfishing for me. It gives you reason to spend allot of time in incredible places, which results in very cool experiences.