Dec 2 Fraser River Update

Celebrating 25th year in business

Fishing has been fair to good this past week, although most of our boats are now put away for the winter we are still operating fishing charters out of Mission and Harrison Hot Springs. Our Jet boat tours are focusing on Eagle Tours as we are having a record year for Harrison River Eagle migration. We are operating two twin engine jet boats with a capacity of 20 passengers so we can accommodate single passengers to larger corporate or family groups. We offer up to 3 charters a day, please call the office for times.

The weather for the next week looks great for both Fishing and Eagle watching. The cost for Eagle watching tours is $69 per person for 1 ½ hour tour, guided fishing charters are available in 4,6 or 8 hour increments. You can send us an e-mail or call the office directly at 604-316-9798 or call Vic at 604-671-3474.

December is a busy month for everyone and that includes our office staff. Tom, Tony, Frank and Vic are busy getting ready for the 2019 season which is also STS Guidings 25th year in business. It’s going to be a great year and we really look forward to celebrating this great achievement with our long time loyal clients and our new guests who come join us this season.

25th Anniversary Specials will be posted during the holidays so you can take advantage of some great savings if you plan to fish with us in 2019, We are also working on a Finns & Skins Fishing/Golf Tournament as well as a Sturgeon Derby for our 2019 guests, we will also be offering out some special 25th anniversary swag that should be very cool.

Christmas is only 23 days way, STS will be offering several options for savings if you plan ahead and book early. Please keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook/stsguiding as well as our blog at www.guidebc.com

Facebook Christmas Special – Book any salmon or sturgeon charter between Dec 1 -24th ( trip can be taken ANYTIME IN 2019 SEASON) and receive a FREE STS HOODIE VALUED AT $75.

Vic’s Fishing Blog Christmas SpecialBook any Best Western Fishing Package at our regular rate and receive a FREE STS HOODIE for Each person in your group ( value up to $300)

Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – 2019 dates have been released, March 23 or March 24. This is 240km round trip from Hope to Hells Gate with Vic Carrao of STS Guiding. Vic will talk about everything to do with jet boats, reading water, how to run shallow water, big water and run rapids up in the Fraser Canyon. We will also cover jet boat care and maintenance as well as engine/pump configuration and much more. This seminar is suitable for anyone who runs a boat or plans on purchasing a boat for the Fraser or any other river in the next year or two.

Cost – $195 per person

Trip – 240km round trip

Dates – March 23 or 24.

Max seats – 10.

All seminars have SOLD OUT in previous years.

Fraser River Sturgeon Seminar – This seminar is a 6 hour trip on the Fraser River fishing with long time Fraser River Guide Doug Elias. Doug has been guiding for sturgeon on the Fraser with STS for the past 14 years. This seminar will cover everything you need to know about Sturgeon fishing, Sturgeon handling and Sturgeon conservation. Doug will talk about the How’s, When and Where, bait preparation and much more. Also Doug is a volunteer with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society so you will also get to help with the scanning and tagging of white sturgeon.

Cost – $195 per person

Trip – 6 hour sturgeon fishing

Dates – April 6 or April 7, 2019

Max seats – 5 per trip.

All seminars have SOLD OUT in previous years.

Dates and Details for our 2019 Finns & Skins Tournament and Sturgeon Derby will be released shortly, feel free to e-mail us if you are interested in joining us for our 25th season celebration.

Hope you all hve a great week,

Best Regards

Vic Carrao

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Nov 06 Fishing Report Update.

Been quite the week in the Fraser Valley, pouring rain is an understatement. Most of our local rivers are running high and dirty with the exception of maybe the Harrison and Stave which are both still fishable even though the water is high. As I write this report the rain is still coming down but looking at the weather forecasted for the next two weeks, it looks like the sunshine will be back with some cloud over the next 14 days.

There is still some great sturgeon fishing to be had on the Fraser and Harrison Rivers, also some salmon fishing still available on some of the small local rivers like Vedder, Dewdney, Stave and Chehalis. Check your regulations before heading out as some of these systems have closures for Chum and Chinook Salmon.

Driving past the Nicomen Slough yesterday was encouraging, water looks to be clearing already and quite a few fisherman lining the roadway hiking in off Hwy 7. I would imagine that most anglers were hiking up Norrish Creek looking for Coho. Also a tone of Eagles perched in trees all along Hwy 7 between Dewdney and Deroche so even if your done fishing for the season, the photo opportunities are endless.

Speaking of Eagle watching, STS offers daily jet boat tours on the Harrison River departing 3 times a day from Harrison Hot Springs, call our office direct for availability at 604-316-9798. The cost is only $69 per person and runs through the winter months or as long as there are Eagles to view. Photography clubs, small or large can be accommodated by our fleet of tour boats. Any group size is welcome.

As mentioned above there is plenty of great fishing still to come, sturgeon fishing will last well into December and not only will you catch a few, this can be some of the best fishing of the season. Last minute trips are welcome and we always do our best to get you out on the water with one of our experienced professional guides. Salmon fishing opportunities are less but we still have a few good areas that are producing results.

2019 is going to be a special year for STS Guiding as this will be our 25th season in business. We will be working on some cool 25 Anniversary Swag as well as offering some great packages. For our long time clients that have been loyal to STS we have some special trips that we will be offering, if you don’t hear from us soon, been sure to send Vic or Tom and e-mail and ask us about our 25th Anniversary Specials.

Jet Boat Seminars with Vic Carrao of STS – We are once again offering our Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar with Vic, by how many boats we pulled off the beach this past season I would expect these seminars to sell out once again. Dates for our 2019 seminar are posted below, there is a maximum of 10 people on each date, first come first serve.

Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – This seminar is a full day on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao of STS jet boating 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and Back. This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run white water, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost: $195 per person

Date(s): Saturday, March 23, 2019, and Sunday, March 24, 2019 (we sell out every year so book early to get a seat)

Registration: Register by emailing us at sts.

Fraser River Sturgeon Seminar – We are once again offering our Spring Sturgeon Seminars, this seminar is 6 hours on the boat with one of our full-time guides learning everything you need to know to be a successful sturgeon angler. We cover best baits, sturgeon migrations, where, when and how to target sturgeon in all water conditions, hook sets, readying bites, best sturgeon handling practices and much more.

Cost: $195 per person
2019 Date(s): Saturday April 6 or Sunday April 7
Registration: Register by emailing us at sts.

Holiday Shopping early? Here’s some ideas to get you started. – Gift Certificates are available throughout the holiday season, you can purchase a 4, 6 or 8 hour Fishing trip, choose one of our seminars or just purchase any denomination in a Gift Certificate that can be used towards any of our products. We will also be releasing some new cool 25 Year Anniversary Swag that can also be purchased using one of our Gift Certificates.

Last but not least, there is still plenty of good fishing throughout November, looking for a last minute trip? Give us a call.

Hope you have a great week.,

Celebrating 24 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2018

Vic Carrao

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Oct 19 Fishing Update

Fishing for both salmon and sturgeon has been good to excellent this past week. The Coho fishing has been nothing short of excellent and more Chum Salmon are entering the river with each high tide. See below for detailed report.

Salmon fishing for Coho and Chum Salmon has been very good to excellent, The Vedder River, Harrison River, Chehalis and Stave River are all producing results. The Harrison and Vedder have been a pleasant surprise producing some big Coho both hatchery and Wild.

Many of our guests are fly fishing for salmon but we are also targeting them with spoons and jigs. My favorite is the GibbsDelta collection of spoons. There is a spoon for every situation including fishing super shallow water where Coho like to hide. The GibbsDelta collection includes casting lures like the Koho, Ironhead and my favorite the Croc. With over 600 sizes and colors there is a spoon for every situation. The trick is to retrieve the lure very slow, remember it is not a spinner, it is a spoon which requires a slow retrieve.

Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent as we are now into our final stretch of the Fall Fishery. There is still lots of time to book a trip and get out onto the water. Primetime is now through until middle to end of November so it’s never too late. Give us a call 604-671-3474

Best baits right now will be fresh salmon eggs, stink bait (rotten salmon) and lamprey but #1 will be fresh Chum eggs which can be purchased at any local tackle store in the Fraser Valley. Try calling Chilliwack Dart and Tackle, Sea-Run Tackle or if you live near Richmond, Berry’s Bait.

We still have some amazing fishing ahead of us, if you are looking for a last minute trip, e-mail us at sts or call us 604-671-3474

Hope you have a great weekend

Vic Carrao

Celebrating 24 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2018

Sept 29 Fishing Update

This past week has been fair to good for both salmon and sturgeon, we are still working hard for our fish but if you are willing to put the time in, the rewards have been great. The Fraser closes for salmon fishing at the end of today and will re-open towards the end of October. The good news is that we can fish salmon on the Harrison, Stave and Sumas which is just starting to see some fish migrate into those rivers.

We have been targeting Coho in several tributaries having some good success casting GibbsDelta spoons. Our favorite is the Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe but any of the croc colors will work once you have found the fish. I also like casting the GibbsDelta Colorado blades especially in shallow water like you will find in the Sumas Canal or lower Vedder Canal. We will continue to offer our salmon/sturgeon combo trips right through until the end of the season as more fish continue to migrate into these local rivers.

The GibbsDelta Ironhead and Ultra Lures also work well for Coho as seen in this pic, the key is having the correct retrieval speed, slow, slow and slower.

Sturgeon fishing is picking up again, still working hard for our fish but they are plenty of fish out there to catch. Best baits have been Lamprey, Salmon Eggs and Sockeye heads but you can throw just about anything at them right now, you just need to find feeding sturgeon and drop the bait on their nose.

Local rivers like the Vedder, Harrison and Chehalis are all producing salmon catches right now, if your heading onto local flows, try float fishing with the GibbsDelta Colorado blades under the float, it works well especially at first light or late evening before the sun goes down. There is still some great fishing to come so get them rods out of the closet and enjoy the great salmon fishing to come.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Tight lines

Vic Carrao

Have a great day

Celebrating 24 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2018

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Sept 22 Fishing update

The Fraser River has had a banner year for sockeye, even today the Fraser is still teaming with sockeye headed up river to spawn. This late run is mostly Adams River and other smaller local tributaries. Currently the Fraser River is closed to sockeye fishing to protect these fish which means no bottom bouncing with a long leader. There is some excellent bar fishing going on right now and you can also target them using spoons or fly fishing.

Some of our best salmon fishing is yet to come, October is our best month on the Fraser for salmon fishing, we can target Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon using fly, spoon, bar fish or float fish. You can also fish the Harrison River for the same species, again, using fly, spoon or float. If your fishing the Vedder, Chehalis or other local tribs, floating fishing is the most popular.

Here is a beautiful Sturgeon landed today by our guests from Long Beach California. This giant measured 9ft 5 with a 55 inch girth. Fishing for sturgeon has been a bit spotty as of late, and some areas of the river have been extremely slow. These fish have been feeding on sockeye salmon for the past 2 months so a slow down was expected.

I think we just might have just turned a corner as we have seen some good fishing the past 24 hours, STS guide Doug Elias also landed a fish over 9ft today in fact it was bigger measuring 9ft 6inch with a 50 inch girth. Doug captured this monster near Mission City where we have been guiding for over 24 years. Right now we are throwing just about everything at them, lamprey, salmon eggs, sockeye meat, gills, heads etc. The key is finding feeding fish, lots of drops for short periods, most fish are coming in the first 5 minutes of a drop.

I know it’s been a while since I posted a fishing report, after 24 years I think I needed a break. I have been focusing on keeping healthy and working hard up in the canyon. It’s been an amazing season for Renee and I so far, great guests and some amazing fish. My schedule is slowing down a bit so hopefully I have a bit more time to keep the report up to date. I have one Sunday left for our Canyon Trip, October 7 is still available, you can call or e-mail us if you would like to book.

We still have lots of great dates for 6 and 8 hour charters or multi-day packages, email us at sts

FREE DRAW

We are doing a Free Draw on our facebook page, I have some Gibbs/Delta STS UV Glo Flashers to give away as well as some Scotty Rod Holders. Just go to www.facebook.com/stsguiding and like and share our page and post. If you tag a friend they will also be entered to win.

Over the next 7-10 days we will start seeing more Chinook , Coho and Chum Salmon and less sockeye salmon in the Fraser. We still have a couple more unstable days of weather then the sunshine is expected all next week with highs of 24 which is beautiful. The Fraser is currently rising from all the rain but by Tuesday it will be in great shape.

Get out there and give it a try, this has been an amazing season for both salmon and sturgeon and some of the best is yet to come. Tight lines and see you on the water.

Have a great week

Vic Carrao

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Great day for IRL International Truck Centers

Good Day with guests from IRL today fishing with Vic & Renee in the Fraser Canyon. Vic still has a couple dates open for early October in the Canyon and we also have trips out of Mission Harbour available.

This beast measured over 8ft with a 48.5 inch girth and put up a great battle before being released unharmed back into the Fraser River. Sturgeon fishing is consistent year round but October is one of our busiest months for salmon and sturgeon fishing on the Fraser.

IRL International Truck Centers Group getting a picture with Vic’s 28ft twin engine jet Boat.

Salmon fishing has been fair to excellent this past week, bar fishing for Chinook salmon has been good as well as spoon fishing for Coho in tributary rivers. Over the next few weeks fishing will greatly improve as more Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon enter the Fraser. October is one of our best months for fishing salmon using all methods including fly fishing and of course the sturgeon fishing just gets better by the day.

Bar fishing for Chinook Salmon is the most productive way to catch them. Green Cap Chrome or Red Cap Chrome are great choices as is plunking with a GibbsDelta Tee Spoon.

Good choice for location would be Harrison Bar, Hendersons, Bowmans, or top end of Queens.

If you haven’t booked your Fall fishing trip, its never too late. Give us a call 604-671-3474 or email at sts

Have a great week

Vic Carrao

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