Welcome to Flyfishing Vancouver Island BC | Single Spey Flyfishing Adventures | www.BCFlyGuide.com

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.

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!