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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!