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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, 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!