A drastic improvement in weather has made for a much better week on local rivers. The Vedder, Harrison, Chehalis, Stave, Fraser and most smaller tributaries are all in great shape. Some of the above mentioned rivers are fishing very well for steelhead and the Fraser is clear of all ice flows. See below for detailed report.
Fraser River – The Fraser river has cleared up and looks great for fishing, right now you can either try for sturgeon or local cutthroat trout. For those anglers wanting to try for sturgeon, this week was fair to good with some good results on our 4 & 6 hour charters. Best bait was chum salmon eggs but they seem to jump onto just about anything we put out. The lower river below Mission fished well, Chilliwack/Harrison area also fished well.
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LOW SEASON December 1 – March 31
4 Hours – $440 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers
6 Hours – $500 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers
8 Hours – $640 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers
Fly fishing for Winter Cuttroat – If you are wanting to try your luck at fly fishing or light spin tackle for Cutthroat Trout, this is a great time of year to fish main flow and side channels. There is a prolific winter Stone Fly Hatch that occurs each year on the Fraser. If you like to get out and try your luck, try dead drifting a winter stone fly pattern just below the surface using a floating line or very slow sink tip. If you see fish rising, don’t be afraid to try a DRY Fly Pattern as well.
For you fly tiers, here is how to tie one of our most productive Cutthroat patterns
Note, this pattern was tied using green deer hair, you can also use natural, purple or dark green for similar results.
Hook: 8 or 6 Streamer
Here is a link to some of our favorite fly patterns – http://guidebc.com/flypatterns.asp
Vedder River Steelhead – Steelhead fishing has been very productive this past week, water conditions are about as good as it gets. Local steelhead anglers are reporting some good catches and we now have a new leader for the Wall Hall Jr Memorial Derby with a great catch of 16lb.17oz by local angler Kurt Latkovich. Congratulations Kurt. Conditions like we have this week will lend well for spoon fishing or float fishing with Colorado blades. Best spoons for Steelhead is the Gibbs-Delta Iron Head, Koho and for Float fishing there is none better than the Colorado Blade. You can review these products at http://www.gibbsdelta.com
Artificial Baits for Steelhead is an excellent alternative to roe, you can eliminate all the trouble of finding, curing, storing and using salmon eggs, not to mention the mess. It’s a proven fact that single eggs, small egg clusters and the larger gooey bobs account for as many Steelhead caught as cured salmon eggs. There are many advantages to using artificial baits, they come in endless sizes, shapes, and colors. From red to several shades of orange, pink, peach, and chartreuse, also available in florescent and translucent. Sizes can vary from fingernail to the size of a quarter.
Gooey Bob Steelie Worm Delta Drifter
More info on plastics can be found at – http://www.gibbsdelta.com/plastic-lures
There is two key factors to remember when using artificial baits, fish them with the same presentation as you would roe. The artificial has no taste and the texture is harder, the fish will spit the lure quickly. So watch for the slightest movement in your float, it may be a strike. Spinners are a great alternative when you’ve just fished a run through and want to try it once again with something a little different. Another good time to try a Gibbs-Delta Colorado Blade fished under a float is when you’re confronted by a large crowd, or you know that the particular water to be fished has been fished heavily. There are a few rules to apply when using spinners. Water volume is what controls the speed that the blade turns. Steelhead like a slow presentation, so the quicker the water the larger the blade you should use, slow water trying going to a #3 or smaller. Like to use a spinner under my float, fishing it just off the bottom with a slight across and down presentation. You may be surprised at how Effective this method is, and it never hurts to add one more method for Those tuff days.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing – We have been fishing all over the place in recent weeks. Howe Sound, Vancouver Harbour, and the Gulf Island’s have all kicked out some good numbers of fish depending on the day and the weather. It seems to be one of those winters where you can pick one of the manywinter chinook spots and be successful if you fish the area properly. As per usual in the winter months, keeping your gear close to bottom is key to winter chinook success. These chrome fish typically hold and feed on sandy flats that are 80 to 200 feet in depth. Keep a close eye on your sounder for bait and fish.
Hope you have a great weekend and please feel free to send us your fish porn from this week.