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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!