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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, October 21, 2010

Steelheading Flyfishing in Paradise!

Beauty fish... Vancouver Island Steelhead take you to some of the most pristine waters on the planet! Fishing these places are dreamy at the best of times, waters one might have a dream about when thinking of throwing a dry fly to the perfect pool of that stream flowing out of those majestic mountains. These perfect pools we have in abundance, not always holding fish but when they do no New Zealand trout fishery compares to that of one holding sea-bright Steelhead. I say this because many of my clientele compare some of these rivers to those fisheries from down under, the ones that are so renown and prized as world class fishing destinations... Ours are limited, some of few on the planet offering fishing experiences like no other. Flowing through old growth forests that are a pleasure to walk through bringing you to fly-fishing paradise! This great fish you see is the icing on the cake that really isn't the prize at the end of the day, although it's a nice bonus! The prize is within the moment of being lucky enough to experience this truely spectacular environment for everything it isn't, in todays civilized society; it's pure serenity, a slow paced environment that doesn't allow one to move quickly with too many thoughts! When you leave these places it brings most of us down to reality for a short moment before re-entering this fast paced place we have made this planet... For some of us it puts clear perspective on the more important things one should focus on... What a powerful fish these are even when we don't come in contact with them :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Little Summer Steelhead Oct 18th / 10

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This little Steelhead was a great sport! We sight fished this steelhead who was in a tail-out below many Coho... We presented many flies to her with a little interest starting with small subtle patterns and progressed to larger & larger ones as the challenge continued... This fish loved one of the flies and actually had it in its mouth 6 times even chasing it after the fly was pulled out of her mouth. Then she disappeared up into the depths of the pool and we thought we were at a loss! When we came back she was there again. I tied on a large Olive colored leach which she didn't want to have anything to do with and simply hunkered down in her lie. I went to a brilliant hot orange leach (BC orange we call it) and she hated it so much that the fish swam 4 feet to eat it and didn't let go! All this time working for this fish; cast 3 more inches of line I yelled to my client, shorten up a foot... feed it in so it gets deeper, SET THE F'N HOOK!!! :0 A well deserved fish and greatly rewarding at the end of it all. Not because of the fight nor the size of the fish but the circumstances and environment in which we had this awesome experience with this great little Wild Summer Steelhead:)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nice Cutthroat:) Oct 14th / 10

These fish are the ones that often keep us entertained when targeting Salmon & Steelhead on Vancouver Island when catching gets tough! This fish made my sport today pleased, even when fishing his 15ft meat stick! A great fish, just like a leopard rainbow with spots all throughout it's body... I'm sorry i didn't get a better picture as this one doesn't do this fish justice. We saw many fresh Coho on the move today but had no luck intercepting any... all in all a great day though!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Friends Addition / Fall Coho Oct 12 / 2010

Fussy fish these Coho can be in freshwater on Vancouver Island, to the fly that is... Often times come up when you have what seems to be the best of conditions, perfect water and fresh chrome Coho (silvers) in perfect fly water. If this was the remedy for Steelhead I'd have no doubt that it's going to be a good day on the water. Pacific salmon are very different! On some rivers in BC without a doubt if your within reach of some fresh Coho you're able to catch them on a fly. This is not the case for some Vancouver Island rivers where you can put every fly imaginable past these perfect sea bright fish without a taker. Then the guy with the spoon shows up and "FISH ON" within a few casts if not the first! And no not the keener gear guy either, I'm talking about the 6yr old fishing with dad who casts it out there any old way they can:) Wonderful fishing is at times and great for gear fishing that it allows the youngster an experience that often hooks one for life. This is what often turns people on to the finer art of casting a fly  in their future.... Venturing back to the pristine waters that never seems to stop flowing through their veins since their first experience! For any of you fly guys who gets discouraged like I can at times, especially guiding these fly fussy fish, It's a quick slap in the face to bring it all into perspective as to why we fly fish! The challenge which sometimes never rewards one with a fish but keeps them Valuing the occasional hookup. I know that sometimes catching success is better for these great fighters on the saltwater beaches but I also know that it can be tough to hook Coho even when they are swarming around you and your casting spoons!! So at the end of all this I still prefer the fly-fishing challenges that still keep me subconsciously thinking of the perfect fly / approach to that water where you find chrome silvers swarming in that perfect pool! Oh ya, I guess I should tell you that that the fella holding this fish in the pic is a saltwater guy at heart, but also enjoys pulling them out of freshwater when he can, nice fish Vince!