This week is looking good for those anglers wanting to get out and fish. Water levels & clarity are good on all local rivers and Vancouver saltwater fishing is producing some nice Chinook Salmon. See below for specific waters.
What’s New with STS.
Tradeshow season is upon us so we will be heading out on the road as we do this time every year. First stop is Toronto Spring Boat & Sportsman Show Feb 18 to 21. If you live in the Toronto area be sure to drop by and say hello.
BC Boat & Sportsman Show is fast approaching, This years show is first weekend in March. We have a few VIP passes to give away, just send me an e-mail with VIP passes in the subject line and we will give away to the first 5 e-mails we receive.
Spring Sturgeon Fishing is just around the corner, last year we offered a Spring Special which was well received so we have decided to do it once again for 2011 season.
Spring Sturgeon Special – Fill the boat for $500 – includes 6 hours of guided sturgeon fishing with one of our experienced and professional fishing guides.
Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraiser – Last year my wife Teresa & I and our 2 daughters decide to fund raise for this great event. Many of our friends and family are affected by cancer including myself so we entered the Ride to Conquer Cancer which is a 260 km bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. We enjoyed the experience so much and raised $11,000.00, most of which came from the Fishing Community in BC and around the world.
This years fundraising is already proving to be much more challenging, we need to raise $10,000 to enter the ride so we are starting early. STS Guiding is 100% behind this event and is offering some great prizes and gifts to those who donate.
Receive a Free Fly Rod/Reel Case with every donation over $15.00 – All you need to do is go online to the link provided, make a donation of $15.00 or more, then send me an e-mail and we can make arrangements to get you your rod case. We have 20 rod cases to give away.
Auction Item – Hope to Hells Gate Jet Boat ride for you and 11 of your friends. Trip is valued at $1465.00 including taxes. I will be taking bids until April 1, 2011, Just e-mail me your bid.
To make a donation – http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2011?px=2331358&pg=personal&fr_id=1371
Fishing Report for Feb 8, 2011
Vedder River Steelhead.
I Just got off the phone with our Steelhead Guides Thomas Rutschmann & Gerry Dewar. They both are reporting great conditions and a tone of fish in the system. From all indications this season has been one of the best in many years. We have had some great years so that is saying something. To give you an example, between Thomas and Gerry they landed 17 fish last week in 3 days of fishing, they don’t want to talk about how many they lost so we will leave it at that.
It looks as though we are going to have some showers the next few days then rain on Saturday. so water conditions should remain good through the weekend. The Vancouver Boat Show is on all weekend so that should lesson the crowds on the Vedder. While out fishing for steelhead, don’t be afraid of using some larger baits, Thomas has been using quarter sized roe bags and imitation gooey bobs and doing very well.
If you’re looking to get out on a guided trip, we offer daily guided trips on the Vedder, gear or fly. Our instructional trips are the most popular with locals as our expert guides can teach you all you need to know about reading water, learning the Vedder and most of all, how to catch Steelhead,
The Chehalis has been fishing well for steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. Most of our local anglers will target Steelhead in the Lower Canyon or Just above the Chehalis Bridge. Both areas have been producing fish. Cured Salmon eggs, Shrimp (table or sand) are both working as is artificial like wool, jensen eggs and gooey bobs.
The Fraser River is in excellent condition, water clarity is 3 to 4 feet,temperatures have risen slightly from last week. We did a sturgeon trip on Friday last week and managed to land 17 sturgeon, most were smaller fish but we did get several over 5ft. Fishing between Mission and Chilliwack has been a bit slower then the lower river below Mission. Baits to try would include lamprey, salmon eggs & eulachon.
New Sturgeon Reel & Line on the Market
Spring sturgeon fishing is just around the corner, for those of you looking for a new sturgeon reel, Penn just introduced a inexpensive reel that produces 30lbs of drag which is as much as the Penn International Series. The New Fathom 60 Level Wind offers big line capacity 4.3:1 gear ratio and a 24 inch line retrieve while only weighing 25 oz. This will make a great sturgeon reel for the Fraser River.
Spider Wire Stealth Braid is now available in 150, 200 & 250Lb line rating. This new stealth braid is also available in high visability yellow which helps anglers manage rod movement and improves strike reaction time. Most of our STS team of guides used this line last season and were very impressed with the fishability of this line.
Spring Sturgeon Special
· From Feb 1 to March 31 – $500 – Fill the boat
· 6 hours sturgeon fishing, max 4 anglers per boat
· All fishing Tackle Provided
· Private guide and boat
· Fishing Licenses, Tax and Gratuity not included.
Vancouver Saltwater Salmon fishing
Winter Salmon fishing has been fair this past week. We managed to hook a few Chinook this week, our largest was in the mid teens but we did not get a good look at it as it popped the hook before we could see it. We did land a couple smaller fish but nothing to get excited about. Vancouver Harbour was fishing best, we did hook a few fish over by the Pink apartments as well. Yesterday the wind was up so we tried hiding in Tungstall Bay along with several other charter boats, unfortunately the fish were not thinking the same way.
Crab Fishing has been good, we have caught some nice large crab this past week. Most of the larger crab were found off the 80 ft shelf near the entrance to the Harbour.
Looking to Learn how to fish for sturgeon, fly cast or run a jet boat, check out our spring seminars for 2011.
Sturgeon Seminar – http://www.guidebc.com/sturgeonseminar.asp
Fly Casting Lessons – http://www.guidebc.com/seminar_flycast.asp
Jet Boat Seminar – http://www.guidebc.com/seminar_jetboat.asp
Join our team of 8 professional guides for the 2011 season and see why STS is considered #1 in the valley.
STS Guiding Service is committed to providing current and future clients with the highest level of service and quality angling experiences at the lowest price possible. We pride ourselves on our personal and friendly service, our ability to catch fish on 95% of our guided charters. We are fishing the area 12 months of the year. For us fishing is a year round commitment, not just a summer job.
To Book Your next guided adventure, call us Toll Free 1-866-771-3474
Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns
STS Guiding Service
Toll free- 1-866-771-3474
Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com
Check out our new Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com