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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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guide Update Sept 27th / 2010

Wonderful Vancouver Island, the land of wild Steelhead... A rainy day on the water, tough fishing but with a nice result. this fish leaped nearly 5 feet out of the water 3 times, pretty awesome! Convincing Steelhead to eat your fly isn't typically hard to do but the key is finding them in the ideal water. This fish was in water that looked easy to cover but every time you threw your fly into it the current would send it off in a different direction! After finding the proper line we convinced this fish to grab on! a fish of a number of casts but it was worth it:)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Awesome Steelhead Tubefly!

This is my tube fly of choice if there was ever one pattern to have in my fly box! This fly has all the makings of a successful Steelhead fly. With multiple strands flowing freely, there's nothing as lifelike as marabou in the water... This pattern is not over designed to resemble any one thing and this is one thing I have learned about most great patterns with great catching success! It is also easily tied and productive in all the great colors one should have for all coastal waters. Personally I don't find a lot of use for fishing Orange but there are places where it's most successful like the tannen waters on the most northern Vancouver Island rivers. When fished properly this pattern is most practical too. I prefer to fish almost all my tube flies without a hook lock and ones that are 3 dimensional can pivot on the line without fowling themselves allowing them to always swim properly. I also tie this fly with tungsten coneheads for added weight when needed. The only downfall to marabou is it isn't durable like other materials but most of the time I've never really had an issue with this... Worse case scenario is that large Steelhead you just released tore it up! That's not likely though as typically this fly slides up the line when a fish is hooked. One of the greatest things about this pattern while casting is it doesn't retain water like other materials so picking it up out of the water etc is easier making your casting experience nicer as the day flies past! This is the standby pattern in many colors that many of the guides I've worked with lived by for many years on mighty Skeena waters and one I will always have in my flybox on Vancouver Island where I originally started tying this great fly many years ago.

Marabou tube fly Recipe
  1. plastic tubing 1.25 inches in length
  2. Body, ball of yarn 3/4 forward from tail end (3 wraps of chenille)
  3. marabou tied in at tip and wrapped palmered spey style.
  4. 5-10 strands ostrich herl tied over marabou
  5. a preference of flash tied over marabou (e.g. flashabou, crystal flash... )
  6. collar, Shlappen hackle.
  7. finish with head of thread or slip on proper fitted cone head 
  8. optional weight could be lead eyes or metal tubing (Copper, Brass)
Go fish this great fly on any waters for Steelhead, Salmon and even trout,especially while swinging a fly! Don't tie flies, contact Ken at flyguide@telus.net to purchase some and stay posted for our upcoming fly page on our web site www.bcflyguide.com
Enjoy!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vancouver Island Flyfishing for Steelhead! 12/09/10 catch!

Imagine the ultimate trout stream, fishing for giant wild rainbows... A stream that resembles New Zealand waters but with much stronger fish! Above all this these Rainbow Trout are Wild Steelhead! Fish that have survived all the element that the pacific ocean can throw at them, but have made it back to their home stream where they will reside for the next 8 months. This is the Small Stream Summer Steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island that I know well. It's not the fishing that most anglers relate Steelhead fly-fishing to be! The popularity of swinging flies on larger waters using large flies with two handed rods & heavy sink tips! I love that kind of fishing too and spend many days on Vancouver Island fishing this style! The summer fishery I'm referring to is a rare and highly rewarding one. It's an incredible experience sight fishing wild Steelhead that are so aggressive they will even chase a dry fly for several meters! What trout fishing could be more exhilarating? These are confident fish that have designed themselves over time and are quite comfortable hiding amongst these mountain streams no salmon ever enter! Many anglers feel intimidated with this great fishing opportunity. One that has to be approached with the most of care, at a slow pace many anglers just don't have the patience and confidence for! This leaves these great waters for the anglers who most cherish Steelhead fishing in any form...The Sport of Steelheading on Vancouver island is more than the over popular Spey fishing & swinging flies! It's also the traditional trout style of fly-fishing, angling small rivers with single hand rods, dead drifting dry flies and wet flies with a floating line; for the greatest trout on the planet!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Worm fly!

This worm fly has been one of my favorites over the last two winters... My main attraction to this pattern over bunny leaches was it's glowing translucent looks, much like a real worm in the water, almost see though but with an added glow! A friend showed a version of this pattern which I have slightly modified. This is a pattern that was originally tied on a short shank with a stinger hook several inches back from the shank! The majority of the body was wrapped around the fishing line used to attach the stinger hook... I have recently found some thin & very flexible tubing that is also quite durable which when I found this tubing I had this fly in mind....  Tying this fly the other way was a pain in the butt! It was timely and really not a pretty result. Today I fished on the lower Campbell tempting some Chinook to the fly on the only run I personally know of that they may actually eat the fly in all of the Campbell River... No I didn't even try this pattern but rather a large bait pattern, red & black with a lot of flash. I did hook two fish, one fight was short lived and the other pulled my arm off for a while and then let go! I often feel fishing these big brutes is non-sense anyhow but occasionally I like to give it a go! After fishing I tied on the new version of the worm fly to test it's durability and see how it looked in the water, I was pleased with the results! I think I'm on to some new tubing and a better pattern overall:) Watch out Winter Steelies!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Quick Update

We've has some good catching lately...  The coho we've encountered have been large in size but aren't big biters... something in the water I guess or lack there of. We saw Orcas again at the mouth of a droughted river that is in dire need of rain; maybe that's why these fish aren't cooperating! We hooked one large Coho which broke my clients line shortly after hooking, just not much luck with these large Silvers... Today we hooked dollies & pinks, encountered a bear, eagle and whales all competing for our precious fish:) The summer steelhead are still biting well in this low water and some are even taking a shot at our dry flies... the rain is landing as we speak and I pray it makes it to the rivers:) I guided some guests from Dolphins Resort today, great people with a passion to fish in any conditions, even with the 25knot wind we had they kept on casting with no hesitation, simply charming... they caught fish too! Fall is on the horizon and with it comes new fish and hopefully more water:)