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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.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
An Island Angler sent me these great pictures from some of his past fishing adventures. I thought they were great so I'm sharing them with you. These 2 pictures are great examples of our Vancouver Island Trout! I'm not sure but they are likely both sea-run fish that migrate into our rivers which is typically the case on the island. These pics are a reminder that our trout season is not far away now. Actually this winter season has kept the trout fishing somewhat on thoughout the year due to our warm temps.
I was out searching some areas the other day looking for possible new access points on one of my favoured steelhead fisheries. After sort of succeeding I ventured back towards Campbell River and then took a quick detour to a lake on route. I had heard from a friend that there was decent fishing happening there over the winter, very unusual for this particular lake as it is one of our deeper lakes that seems to turn off though winter months. I'm not so familiar with this lake as I have only made maybe a days effort on it in the past. I put my Kayak in quickly for a hours fishing and headed to where I assumed the creek flowed in at the head of the lake. I could hear the water flowing in and made my way towards it. Amazingly I was on the other side of the lake when I first heard it, lakes are a quiet peaceful place aren't they! A bit of a row later and still looking... After rowing completely to the farthest point across I viewed a little falls coming in behind some bushes and thought that had to be it! I started casting my fly towards the shoreline with plenty of doubt of a possible hook-up! I was fishing a slipstream (my bait pattern) with lead eyes which I fish pretty religiously when on the river; being too lazy to change to a lake fly. Also I have major confidence in this fly in most situations, thinking if nothing else it should get some attention glowing in that crystal clear water. A few casts to the shoreline and nothing! The wind blew me down the shoreline a bit where there was some structure and I made another cast, as I stripped this fly in at a good pace it felt like it was dragging the bottom, then it came off and then tightened up again! Sure thing, I had a Cutthroat on. This long slender fish was a spawner good and hungry after doing his thing over the last month or so. A decent fish of about 16inches. I then managed 3 more fish before heading back to the Jeep. They were all Cutts, all had spawned already and quite aggressive to my fly. It was pretty cool as I could see these fish charge the fly broadside often coming slighly towards me making it hard to hook-up! Good fun and nice to see something different too! Thanks Huw for the photos, keep them coming!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
You know, it's been a while since I've had an opportunity to put a new Steelhead picture on this blog! A few reasons for this are New Sports / Clients loosing fish & another is I'm not interested in trying to take a picture of myself with a fish! The other day I worked my clients a long day on the river casting to endless beautiful runs & pools. These 2 fellows were Albertans new at Winter Steelhead fishing and very excited to be on this trip. They had a friend out on the Harris River on the south Island the day before who was float fishing and managed to land an 8lber. Although they were excited for their friend they were more interested in learning how to make it happen with a fly! As our day progressed these guys were pumped, occassionally they were getting grabs by Sea-run Cutthroats keeping their attention span to the top of their game... On occassion, we float through some large deep runs on this particular float where you can't even wade either side of the river to make a go at these fish tanks. Usually I just accept this fact and float on through thinking man what a place for fish to hang out! Well this time I encouraged my one guest to make a few casts while floating through! Both fellas were fishing single handed rods, major trout fishers from the interior who could make good casts but just a little new with the heavy sink tips & flies... My sport in the front of the raft made a nice cast into the pool and we floated along with the fly as it drifted into darkness deep & slow. Luke then stripped it in and made another cast, the fly started sinking and stopped, I watched his rod bend over and thought for sure he was snagged up! Then it pulled and the head shakes came, "there's one" he called out.... He stripped up the slack as the fish made its way under the boat, then the fish woke up! All I could say was "watch your line" as the fish started screaming to the far bank! As the line tightened up it bundled up behind his finger and got stuck; anable to give out more line the fish broke the tippet and took the fly! A downer this was but not an uncommon occurance with Steelhead fishing when the line all around your feet! Rule number #1 get the line on the reel ASAP!! I think over the years of the few times we've hooked a fish while floating and it's only a handful of times. It's very exciting as it's not really expected. This fish will forever be in the mind of this new Steelhead Fisherman, the one that got away!!:) As the day progressed we hoped for another which never came. This is not a river of many fish although it has been getting better in recent years for returning fish. What this river is to me though is a gem with some of the greatest Winter Steelhead on the coast, all wild and Strong fish with an average weight larger than most other watersheds on Vancouver Island. At the moment my Steelhead dreams are more with this river than any other and the passion for it seems to grow stronger all the time:) It's certainly keeping my Steelhead dreams alive!