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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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Time! Large flies, Large fish...

Winter time, the season I cherish the most for personal fishing! I simply haven't been out due to life, family, commitments etc. So sorry for not keeping up on the posts but this will all change soon, my favorite season has arrived. Yesterday I tied these up, not cause I need more flies, because I'm always into inventing & playing with new patterns... If one didn't then how would many of the popular flies fished today exist? At the end of the day it's just fun to approach fishing from different angles, try new things and challenge one self to sway from the norm! I think this is a great fly style much overlooked; It's durable, has great action in the water, gets you where you need to be and best of all has a little class too! A very well balanced design that I'll pride in fishing. Consider Arctic Fox / Temple Dog Hair wing patterns for your next outing, this stuff is active hair in great lengths when you have the source for it. If you can't find these materials, contact Jack Cook at Steelhead Anglers

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flyfishing for Salmon on Vancouver Island

Many years in the months of Sept & Oct we simply don't have the water to float and access sections of rivers that we fish in winter months, this fall has been different. With good water levels our options are endless and often productive. Guiding on Vancouver Island is great in that there are so many watersheds to choose from depending on how far one wants to venture, but this often leads to a loss in what is currently happening on any certain watershed when rivers are flowing good. Some of the benefits are this spreads the angling pressure thin with many days not encountering another person all day, and if the anglings good what could be better! The benefits become huge when you time the fishing just right but then there are the days when everything seems good but you just can't buy a fish! Pacific Salmon are questionable at the best of times when in our fresh waters and I feel there`s still so much to learn about technics on how to entice these fish to a fly. I find the personalities of our different species of Salmon are extremely defined when in clear waters. Coho and Chinook being the hardest to catch when fresh from the sea. Chum Salmon just seem to eat flies anytime you can find them, Pinks are on and then off the bite but will more often than not take a fly offering. Coho love a stripped fly, usually sparsly tied bait patterns. Chinook just seem impossible most of the time but on occasion get hooked up! Sockeye, well I have yet to see a fresh chrome one take an offering on a Vancouver Island Stream. Once these fish have been in the river for a while then they become more territorial and will bite anything that swims within their range once staging in the upper reaches of a river, but this isn`t the greatest time to target them either!
I often compare this Island fishery to the Famous Skeena region which I know well from my past guiding career. Clarity of the rivers on the island can often be a challenge and there are pro`s and cons to this factor! The downfall to Skeena Country is it`s not unusual to go weeks without good fishing conditions due to dirty rivers, resulting in anglers shuffling to any waters with any clarity to them and sometimes just not fishing at all. In fall months this often results in heavy angling pressure on the fisheries that are fishable which isn`t the greatest experience either. When these Skeena tributaries are in good condition they usually give up good catching and thats the trade off most anglers seem to care about... it`s easier to make excuses about the dirty water than try to come up with why a salmon won`t bite your fly in good water conditions and this discourages many anglers. I`ve witnessed a lot of great flyfishing in Skeena country when the water has a couple feet of visibility, simply swing a large fly and wait for the tug!  The above is somewhat different when targeting Steelhead on the Island as they are quite different from our Pacific Salmon. Our Chrome fresh Salmon are great fighting fish in good numbers, and frankly my uncertainty of this fishery keeps me trying even harder... The Coho in the picture is a great example of why to give it a go, a beautiful world class fish on a fly and no anglers to be seen!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Flash flooding rivers; Dead Low water to deadly high water in 3 hours!

My guest came up from Washington for a couple of days fishing on his first visit to BC. Being a Steelheader for many years his priority was to experience our Steelhead with a possible mix of Salmon. Prior to his visit the forecast was looking very interesting with good rainfall for several days. Rain we needed after 6-7 weeks of Sunshine and the run off drying up in the hills. This season we had some of the greatest run off I've ever experienced late into the summer months for Vancouver Island with good flows reaching into Aug. A typical summer would see the rivers dropping to low levels in mid July! I was excited about the forecast, thinking of happy fish thriving in greater flows after staring at the sun for 6 weeks. Typical of weather predictions though things tend to change as the days progress with the rain often arriving later; in this case driving the heart of the rainfall on the day of fishing rather than in the days past which of course would have given us a perfect dropping river to fish! On the first day, we headed west for Steelhead and we were expecting 50mm of rain. We knew it was going to be wet but the way things were looking it may be our only chance to fish Summer Steelhead in our 2 day adventure! We started fishing a river that was the lowest I've experienced it in 2 years... My client was stunned, there's Steelhead in this! I started him out with a small Steelhead Bee, fishing pocket water as we progressed up the river. I planned on fishing a stretch of river that was accessed by crossing the river, then working upstream for the morning as all the pools fished from the other side. Then at lunch we would cross back and hike to our vehicle. As he cast the Steelhead Bee the fly was getting drenched before it hit the water due to the amount of rainfall occuring! From pool to pool we encountered Steelhead as I payed close attention to the water levels... These fish were hot, taking the fly violently and tearing up the pools. My concern now was getting back across to the roadside before the river was too high to wade. Every time I got to a pool I focused on a rock to gauge the levels as my guest fished but clearly things were rising faster than I could ever imagine! Finally I said, it's time to cross and within a short time following watched the river blow out! I can't say that I have ever watched a river rise that fast while fishing it; we succeeded in hooking 3 awesome wild Summer Steelhead in 3hrs. A rising river isn't so bad to fish after all. The following day we got out on the Saltwater chasing Coho on the beaches before the winds came up, we managed one looker with a boil at the bait pattern before the rollers came in, time to head up the river!! The pic and video above is a result of the river fishing, a nice chrome Coho after many casts at cruising fish migrating up the river. A successful trip overall dodging weather and water conditions to the best of our abilities, every once and a while you get it right!

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Wave of Fish!

Its incredible how in a couple of days everything changes on our waters! For three weeks I have been anticipating the return of Pink Salmon to the Campbell River. With a few fish trickling in over the last three weeks trying to put clients on fish has been a challenge and then in one night, everything changes! It's very typical for these fish to return between the first & second week of July and of course until they truly arrive the word on the river is mixed with ideas, concerns and rumors... One angler has one theory, the other is skeptical and others have in their minds a more scientific idea as to why the fish aren't coming. Some anglers figure their not going to return at all, and then up to the day before the big arrival when you hear of the monster floods two year ago which the hatchery feels has blown out all the eggs and everything's a disaster for this return of fish, the chrome bright Salmon start to flood our waters! We may not get a million fish back to this 3km stretch of river but certainly plenty enough to please beyond expectations most anglers fishing dreams... This video was taken randomly last night after hooking approximately 10 fresh sea bright salmon while enjoying dinner, beverages on the home pool; don't try this at home:)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pink Salmon On the Beach

 
With tough catching on the Campbell River today, we split the day and made an evening on the beach with hopes of finding salmon there. It was very quiet in the way of fish showing  and the waves were rolling in on us make things slightly more challenging. Oh yes the weeds, Kelp and everything else that the waves were flushing into the water created more challenges but with some persistence we managed to find a salmon willing to play! This fish was a handful ripping off lots of backing on a couple of runs! A fresh Pink Salmon with lots of spunk and a great reward well earned by my client, good job!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

First Pink Salmon 2011

My first Pink Salmon this season came much later than usual... Today while fishing the lower river I found a group of fish and as I cast my fly to them more pushed into the run. The rivers slightly larger than usual for this time of year too making it a bit harder to target these sometimes finicky fish! Fishing my floating line with about 12ft of leader and a weighted fly I fished many a cast before hooking up, as a matter of fact I think I made an hours worth of casting and then a bump! Next cast a flash and then finally after making the 30th last cast I hooked up on a nice Pink Salmon, sea lice still attached to this feisty little chromer! I'm guiding the next 5 days so I'm pleased to finally see a few fish in the Campbell, my home waters that can produce some of the greatest fly-fishing on the planet. in the last week I have also witnessed a few longer slender fish which i assume are Steelhead but haven't had any luck temping them to take a fly which makes me curious? If indeed steelies, these fish are usually quick to pounce on anything that swims in their territory. The big question is will there be another banner return like the last two seasons, we'll soon know!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fishing Update July 26th / 11

 It's incredible how much anticipation there is regarding our Campbell River Pink Salmon fishery! Calls and e mails from people I don't even know wanting info on whether the fish have arrived yet, what to use, if they can keep some.... The return of our Pink Salmon run is certainly late this season, I personally witnessed my first fish on the 24th. Last year it was the 11th and by the 23rd we had full on action in our home pool till your hearts content and the river was fairly full of fish already! I have a post on this blog from the 23rd of July 2010 including a video for those interested in viewing...

This season I convinced a guest into coming last week instead of next. My opinion was the earlier you can experience the pinks in their return the better, the fish fight better and there are less anglers targeting them...  As a result, my client didn't get to experience any of the Pink Salmon he read about on Vancouver Island! This is the greatest challenge with traveling anglers wanting to angle for migratory fish and really there's no certainty from year to year whens going to be best; many get the old "should have been here last week" or "next week will be perfect!" Water & weather conditions weight heavy on an anglers success on the west coast so hitting the right week for the upcoming season is always a gamble...
One of my great friends & clients for many years now said to me last time we fished that one really needs to come for 2 weeks to have a few good days of fishing for Steelhead or Salmon. This particular friend spends many weeks at our old lodge up north every year and has witnessed group after group coming and going, some with success, others at a total loss and it's rarely related to ones angling skills...

 So far this season everything is later than I have ever experienced for Vancouver Island; I hope this means lots of good fishing ahead! I'm also guessing there will be less estuary fishing this season with all the water in our smaller rivers that usually holds back fish migration till fall months...
I certainly wonder how global warming makes record snow pack, colder weather and as a result very cold water in our rivers unusual to summer months... The recent 5 year weather trend has been good for Salmon & Steelhead on Vancouver Island, I hope it keeps up!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Guide Update July 20th / 11

Here's a nice Sea-Run Dolly from an estuary we fished the other day. We caught a number of these in a span of about an hour... Like most sea-run fish these Dolly Varden are there and gone again before your eyes; this leaves you at a loss sometimes when you think it's the easiest catching around. This day we fished the beaches in search of Salmon along the river mouth and shorelines but no signs of any salmon at all! We sometimes catch these Dolly's that work the beaches prior to the flood tide, then they push up the river mouth and become quite active but we didn't find them on the beaches today! When the tide starts rising these fish get very active surfacing and splashing often making them a lot easier to target and with a little luck they're in the mood for your offerings! This activity is common on flood tides, often like clockwork that lasts for the first hour and a half as the flood tide fills up pool after pool, then all goes quiet and just like that it's over! Sometimes that short part of the day is all the action you see on the end of your line.
    I sometimes do a little crabbing in the mix to make sense of this day which can have long quiet stretches. It also makes for good sport depending on how you target them! A net or maybe a fishing line with a chunk of old salmon carcass tied on the end... I managed to pull one right into the boat this way the other day as it latched on to the bait behind my boat, bringing them to the surface is easy, getting them to hold on to get them in the boat is the challenge without a net! I flung a large Dungeness Crab right over me towards my client while he tried his luck casting a fly. This too is good sport when your meat fishing and slightly entertaining:)

   Conditions on Vancouver Island have been very unusual this season, we are still experiencing winter water levels and water temps are also quite cold. It's not exaggerating to say some of our rivers are easily 5 times what they normally are for this time of year.
This makes everything about this fishery different as typical low water levels in summer on the Island make fish migration completely different. Most of the time fish get held up in the estuaries much longer and those fish that insist on heading into the river like Summer Steelhead venture up high into the upper reaches of watersheds where water temps are ideal for holding over in warmer months.
Our Salmon are late arriving so far, frankly haven't seen many yet and smaller streams that I usually target for Summer Steelhead are large and limited to access, not being able to wade into usual areas that a boat just can't get to. All this throws a loop into my approach fishing and guiding, it's exciting to try out new approaches to our fisheries that one doesn't often get to do and there will be more float trips this season for sure! Just hope the fish are hanging in these lower reaches of our watersheds enough to make swinging a fly successful!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rigging our Tube Flies

Here's a short video on how we prefer to rig our tube flies. Use Octopus style hooks from sizes 6 - 2/0 depending on the species you're targeting. We recommend Gamagatsu or Owner brand Octopus style hooks. Other Tube fly hooks work as well but this is our preference. You can purchase our Tube Flies at bcflyguide.com 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vancouver Island / Spring Steelhead April 26th / 11

April Showers bring all the colors of the rainbow including Chrome?
Yesterday we spent the day floating the river with your typical spring weather, 5 minutes of rain, then sun, then wind from the south, then.. It certainly felt like spring time and of course the smell of skunk cabbage in the air makes myself think of all those fresh chrome surprises I've had and talked about to clients for many years...
We get fresh Steelhead arriving even into late May; over the last few years it's seemed clear that the runs of Steelhead I've known on Vancouver Island aren't in numbers in the later season as much much as they are earlier in Winter months. Now this has always been true to some extent that the earlier runs of fish are stronger in numbers but some watersheds used to bring a strong push of fish late April / May that just don't seem to be evident like they used to.
Years ago the elders I fished with talked about the numbers of late fish that staged and spawned in the lower reaches of the watersheds at one time, and in good numbers. Those fish don't seem to be around anymore and after considering all the scenarios I still don't have a convincing answer as to why... Was it due to colder water temps, ever changing river conditions due to environmental changes in the watershed or is it ocean conditions making them arrive to the watersheds earlier in the season for some unknown reason...
This year we've had colder water temps throughout the winter season and I personally have been anticipating a possible return of late Steelhead in good numbers. One can dream of the good old days and when I think of all the days I've experienced these hot fish on warm spring days with the scents of Skunk Cabbage lingering in the air, the more I can't forget how awesome Spring Steelhead fishing is... The days are longer, everything is vibrant including the weather, the elk are thriving in the river valley and occasionally just when you thought your Winter / Spring Steelhead season is over that awesome chromer takes hold and tears the pool apart!
  
 Yesterday was interesting as we floated 10kms of river to ourselves, everything seemed right accept the fish just weren't on the bite, not even a trout... Keeping that steelheading spirit we just kept pounding as we knew this could change at any pool. When fishing in spring you can get a mixed bag of opportunities from fish that are dropping out to that new arrival who thinks its the master of its domain; letting anything that swims by know who's in charge! We arrived to this long run that could be fished for half a day and I defined where I've had most of my success in past seasons on it. We focused on making every cast count in this section to the point of even re-rigging our line setup and it payed big! Changing the line and fly got us the distance we needed to cover the far bank confidently! the result was three takes, two hook ups and one landed which turned out to be that late arriving hen we had just dreamed of hooking up minutes prior! Some wishes do come true!! :) you can view this fish on video while the weather changed before our eyes at the link below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFwwkdQEIXQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Winter Steelhead Update (Vancouver Island) Feb 16th / 11

It all started with some guys who built bamboo rods planning a Steelhead fishing trip, one of them living in Vancouver BC and two of them living in different parts of the states. They contacted me about a guided trip on Vancouver Island and told me they built bamboo rods for the trip, Two handed rods of approx. 12ft... Well this is something I don't see often so I was looking forward to seeing these big bamboo rods in action! When I met these guys they had their rods on roof racks ready to go and mentioned the rods had been on the hood of their truck for the last three days, traveling around the island in search of Steelhead. The rods had spliced ferrils that are taped together and I assume keeping these rods together once taped is the way to be if possible on a fishing trip... For the three weeks prior of their guided trip with Single Spey Flyfishing Adventures we had experienced low water condition and cooler weather and frankly the catching was challenging, even the sea-run trout seemed to have evacuated the watersheds. We then received a massive low pressure that pushed in rain and within a few days our water condition went from one extreme to the other! Our booked day was questionable on the morning of after the guys endured massive winds and rain while sleeping in their tents... I checked the water levels when i woke up. The rivers showed that the peak of flows were over and flows were dropping fast. When I woke up I realized our power was off and checked my I phone for the time, 6:25AM! I also realized there was a text on my phone from the boys, how are the rivers... I replied lets go look! We headed to the river and after a 45 minute drive arrived to the put in where we start our float, the river was raging but had good visibility and I pondered... I though to myself if we can avoid all the logs floating and jammed in the river rowing three guys, my gear and myself safely to soft flowing water we shall find steelhead! I must admit I was slightly concerned how it was going to go as I had never floated this river with flows near this high!! "Lets do it guys" I said, so off we went:) With two of the guys never experiencing Steelhead yet and having built these great bamboo rods just for the trip I was excited to get them hooked up! The first good pool we got to one of the guys got tugged twice, "Ah shit, I just missed one" I heard from above... Hhmmmm, I could see that there could be a few challenges ahead, trout guys wanting to set the hook as soon as they felt anything! This is always a challenge as hook setting while swinging a fly for steelhead is a whole different deal. You must allow them to take the fly, reaching to them as they take rather than setting up! We moved on and got to a one man pool that is as reliable as any... The guys wanted Brian to go for it as they felt he deserved a good chance at a fish, I set him up and within 5 casts, "there he is" Brian shouted and then nothing! The fish had broke Brians tippet with ease... Another hard lesson for trout anglers, when fishing for the elusive Steelhead most experienced Steelhead fisherman make for certain that their gear is always top notch, no room for errors when often it's a one shot deal in a days fishing... You can't miss out on that opportunity! Well we now knew we were likely in for a good days fishing after missing out on two fish in two runs. It was great to see the Bamboo rods in action, the guys were all new at spey-casting but making it work and to see the differences in the rods actions made it a nice challenge for myself in assisting these fellas with their approaches to casting these interesting fishing poles. One of the rods had a fairly flimsy tip section, the other a softer mid section and the last one that looked to be the most consistent action from tip to butt. As the day progressed we had trees flowing past us, the occasional push of dirty water and no shortage of new obstacles to row around while the river flows never seemed to ease up! The guys hooked and lost more fish, large chrome fish that would come to the surface when hooked or simply leap right out of the water but the guys just couldn't keep them on the line for any amount of time. What a way to get the Steelhead Bug! We did manage to land one fish thankfully as you can see and this is a classic situation for myself as a guide, working rivers through hell and high water for dreaming steelheaders:) Most local anglers would simply pass on days like we had, with pelting rain, flooding happening everywhere including the ditches along the roads but oh no, lets go fishing lololol!! In the above picture you can see the pool where we landed the fish. When floating to this section I say to the guys lets have a look at this channel, it's some of the slowest water we've seen today, deep looking and flows into the head of what is usually a great pool. So we get out of the boat and Ryan says to me, do Steelhead lye on the sand as this back channel was simply that, a very sandy bottom, deep and slow moving... "oh ya" I answer, anywhere they can be to be out of the raging currents that has depth and a slow flow is as good a place as any! The back channel where this fish was hooked is merely an oxbow with barely any water in it at regular river levels. Here is the link to the you tube video I posted of us playing and landing this fish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQPjDIKLKTg&feature=youtube_gdata_player As the day progressed we hooked a few more fish but brought none to the beach. With hopes of the rivers levels dropping as the day progressed I was at a bit of a loss when some of the last great pools of the float were simply not wadable. As it turned out when I arrived home and checked out on-line river levels and our water had started rising quickly from noon on...  A great day none the less and quite the adventure to say the least, just us and the Wild Steelhead of Vancouver Island. I also did manage to get all three Bamboo Spey rods in hand for a few casts and will say they are in a league of their own and do the job just great! It also put more meaning into our day and would love to one day own one for myself:)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vancouver Island Winter Steelhead update Jan 26th / 11

What makes for a good days fishing? Even on days when the fish can't resist your flies and you're hooking up on Steelhead like this one the most important part of the day is having good company on bright waters combined with good weather! If I have all those things and get skunked it's still a great day! Today was a little better than the average catching day and that always makes one feel extra rewarded with their fishing experience! Today 2 friends & I floated the river together and shared good waters with aggressive Steelhead... The fish were on the bite and we were confident in the water that held fish so we took turns fishing the hot spots and all hooked fish equally! This doesn't happen all the time but on occasion the stars align just right and everyone goes home thinking about why they don't get out more often? The one thing you must do in order to get these rewards is get on the river as much as possible. Along the way the odd error will occur like the windy day when you can't row your boat downstream or you go for an unexpected swim in January and your 8kms from your vehicle. Or maybe you break a rod or two along the way! When you have the three important elements on your side, the good friends, water & weather none of it much matters and the day is still better than most! When fishing Steelhead you never know for certain how it's going to go but occasionally it turns out to be near perfect and all the other tough days on the water are soon forgotten! And when you hook one of these wild specimens of Vancouver Island you are simply reminded why you go to all lengths to do it!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dad / Son time on the Water

It's amazing how an early fishing experience can stick with a person for life! My father took me fishing many a day when I was old enough to hold a fishing rod and I still remember those days clearly... I don't remember many things from my youth so I'm guessing the outdoors, the smells, sounds and just being one with the environment is something that's never really forgotten once experienced. As I got a little older and had opportunities to get on the water it just felt right because it never really changes out there when walking through the trees, near a lake or stream, the sounds and smells are similar and pure as you know them and simply put it is a real experience! I say this because many other things in life are cool to experience but are often novelties or trends within society that come and go throughout ones life. It seems the older I get the more I value the true things I have brought into my life and work! I guess where I'm going with all this is I feel lucky these quality times as a youth outdoors fishing were instilled in me as what real good things are, and they are some of the only true things in my life other than family! Where I go fishing are places I can always count on to ground me with pleasure through good and tough times. It's ironic that the things I ignored the most when fishing as a youth are the things I value more & more every time I get out! I now understand now more than ever how important it is to get youngsters on the water or simply outdoors experiencing what's real and will always be. These pictures were taken last summer in our back yard of a father & son having a great time catching pink salmon on a fly. A fishery that's just perfect for new comers to the sport of fly-fishing and I'm privledged to get to witness and share these experiences with others introducing a sport that needs to live strong within the young people in our community! I see youngsters quite a bit near our property fishing and think it's the greatest thing when they are on the water whatever their fishing style is... I have posted a couple of videos recently on youtube that are of this same fishery of friends and clients having a blast hooking these great fish that often turn newcomers into fishing finatics. To view them just key word fly-fishing for salmon / Campbell River. If you want to book a trip to experience this great fishery along with other great fishing opportunities in July, contact us at flyguide@telus.net

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fishing Update / Jan 10th / 11

Jocelyn & I went out for the day to wet a line (or should I say froze a line) in hopes of a fresh Steelhead. The water conditions were perfect but we are headed into a high pressure meaning cold weather for our parts, somewhere just below freezing temps! It was cold enough to ice up our guides & lines but overall it was a great day. We only managed to fish 2 nice pools due to a late start and an early departure as we both have other commitments to meet these days. My wife is going to school for the first time in 20+ years and is loaded with home work aside from being mom to our son etc... so needless to say, when the rear opportunity to go swing a fly comes we do our best regardless of fishing conditions! I have mentioned before about these Glow Worm Tube Flies I sell on my web site and how well they work. This is another example of the results, the trout can't resist them either! The great thing about this fly is it is very light weight for such a large presentation meaning most fly-fishing outfits can cast it with no troubles! this fly lights up beautifully in the water as it is tied with UV polar chinelle which doesn't retain water when you have to pick it up and cast it again. Many anglers never think about large flies like this for trout and in some places it would likely not make sense, but our sea-run fish love them and I know that enticing fish in colder waters to chase a big meal verses a small one is usually in your favor... We had a great time, I hope there's another day on the water with my wife soon holding one of those fresh chrome Steelhead:)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Salmon On the Fly (fishing the home pool)

 
I was just reviewing some pictures from last season and found this video along with others... I haven't been out on the water recently so here's something to think about for a summer fishing adventure. This fishery is great catching sea-bright Pink Salmon entering our home pool just minutes from tidal waters. Our river is crystal clear so you can literally watch these fish migrate into it in waves through months of July & Aug! In my opinion, this is the greatest opportunity for new fly-fishers to experience catching salmon on light gear, allowing them to also test their skills and gain knowledge of how to play fish in fast moving water, and observe their behavior etc. If one is trying to get a friend into fly-fishing this is an adventure for you! If you love Bright waters & bright fish, this is also a fishing trip you deserve to take. Enough said I think, river fishing for salmon on light fly-fishing gear that's simply unbeatable!