All posts by Tyler Davis

Early Bird gets the Worm

It’s that time of year again when we begin planning our fisheries for our 24th straight season. For 2018 we are expecting a large run of sockeye to return to the Fraser River beginning in late July running through until early to middle of September. Peak fishing for this fishery would be between August 15 & September 15 but exact dates will not be known until the fish begin moving into the Fraser so it is a bit of a gamble on when to book. If the numbers show, the fishing will be great throughout late summer. Day trips start as low as $450 for 4 hours or a full day for $700.00

The Chinook fishery on the Fraser has been showing poor results for the past few years but the Harrison River Chinook run that begin returning in early September has been a bright spot in our fishery. These fish are larger than the Fraser Chinook and make for some great action and battles on light tackle rods. Best time to book to take advantage of this fishery is September 15 to October 10.

During the same time period as the Harrison Chinook we also fish for Coho, Chum salmon and Harrison River Sockeye. These fish can be caught using many methods including spin fishing, bar fishing, plunking spin n glo’s and fly fishing. Overall our salmon fishery on the Fraser is best from August 15 to November 15. Don’t forget that all of our salmon charters also include sturgeon fishing if you wish. The Sturgeon fishing during summer and fall salmon season is nothing short of amazing so great time to book a combination salmon/sturgeon trip. Our most popular packages for this fishery is our 4 night 3 day package starting as low as $900.00 or our 2 night 2 day package starting at $575 per person.

Speaking of salmon, we also fish for Chinook and Coho salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island as well as Halibut and Ling Cod. Our Quatsino Sound Lodge Packages include accommodations, meals, 8-10 hrs of fishing each day and transportation to and from Coal Harbour. The advantage to choosing to fish our location is the flat calm water that is often found off winter harbour and Quatsino sound. Many of our best days are fishing as close as 1 mile from shore.

Our most popular package is our 4 night 3 day all inclusive for $2195.00 per person based on 4 anglers sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat/guide.

Sturgeon fishing has become one of the most popular fisheries on the Fraser. Anglers from around the world converge on the Fraser both in spring and fall to catch these amazing prehistoric fish. Anytime is a good time to fish for sturgeon but like most species there is a prime season when fishing is just too good to be true. That time is April/May or August through to late November. Similar to our salmon you can purchase day trips for as low as $450, overnight packages starting at $575 per person for our 2 night 2 day.

One of my favorite places to fish is the Upper Pitt River, this fishery is mostly light tackle spinning or fly fishing, we target Bull Trout in June, Sockeye and Bull trout in July and first half of August. Although we don’t target Chinook on the Pitt we do usually catch a few during middle to late July through early August. If you’re looking for a remote fishing experience with incredible scenery I highly recommend booking a day or two on the Pitt River. Day trips on the Pitt start at $850 per day, only full day charters are available.

Last but not least we also fish the Vancouver area for salmon year round, this fishery is not like the west coast but we do have some amazing days out on the water. This fishery offers a great opportunity to experience salmon fishing without having to travel great distances, also we can combine a Fraser River spring sturgeon trip with some early Chinook Salmon fishing out of Vancouver.

To sum it up, we fish year round and can always find the fish, whether you’re looking for a last minute trip or planning that trip of a lifetime, give STS a call and let us show you why STS has been the leader in the industry for over 24 years.

Hope to see you out on the water.

Best Regards

Vic Carrao

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Jan 16 update

The Vancouver Boat Show begins tomorrow, Jan 17 and runs through until Sunday Jan 22. Although STS does not have a booth this year, we do have several sponsors that will be at the show and STS Guide Doug Elias will be at the show representing Pure Fishing (Penn, Abu Garcia, Fenwick). If you’re looking for a specific product drop by and see Doug at the Harbour Chandler Booth or Stevenson Marine. Doug will be rotating between these two booths.

Speaking of trade shows STS will be attending several shows in Alberta, USA and our own Abbotsford Boat & Sportsman Show. Drop by and say hello and meet some of our newest guides and of course our veterans like Tom, Thomas, Doug and Vic. Hope to see you at one of these shows.

If you’re looking to upgrade your electronics, this is a great time to find some discounts on the latest and greatest. For those of you who fish the Fraser for Sturgeon the new Humminbird Helix has really taken off. This unit offers amazing detailed bottom structure reading and side scan sonar. Drop by and see Don at the show, Humminbird will have most of the new 2018 models on display at the Humminbird booth.

We have not been out on the water fishing this past week but we have been out working the Fraser using our side scan sonar for various projects that we are involved in.

These fish will begin to move around and look for food once the water temperatures begin to warm in early spring. This is also a great time to get out on the water and take advantage of these hungry feeding fish. The Eulachon ( small bait fish) will begin to migrate into the Fraser by mid to late March with peak migration around middle to the end of April.

Steelhead season has had a slow start, the Vedder River is producing some nice fish but anglers are really having to work for each and every bite. Hopefully this fishery will pick up over the next few weeks. If your looking to get out on the water and catch a few salmon, our Vancouver winter saltwater fishery is in full swing. STS Guide Doug Elias has been ut several times over the past few weeks and has produced several nice fish. Although this fishery is a bit inconsistent, we do have some great days out on the water in January through to March.

Over the next few weeks our 2018 bookings will increase substantially, we still have some great dates available for both salmon and sturgeon charters so if you are looking for that adventure of a lifetime, please give us a call or shoot us n e-mail.

Hope you all have a great week.

Regards

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

604-671-3474

Jet Boat Seminar

Our March 24 Jet boat seminar is Sold Out, 2 Seats still open for March 25. We still have a few seats open for our April Sturgeon Seminar . Both seminars are $195 per person.

Spring sturgeon fishing is some of the best action, take advantage of our great rates and enjoy this amazing fishery. Day trips start as low as $500.

Call 604-671-3474 or email us at sts

Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

best regards

Vic Carrao
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Time to Winterize that boat

December 10 Update

Don’t try this unless you have bolt in windows,

It’s that time of year again when us jet boat owners need to spend a little time getting our boats ready for the cold winter months ahead. This article was written by long time Fraser River Guide Vic Carrao who has owned many brands and styles of jet boats over the past 35 years. There is lots of great tips and tricks to not only store your boat for the winter but also a few winter projects that will improve your boat handling and performance.

http://guidebc.com/articles/jetboatmaintenance.asp

Vic also teaches a jet boat course each spring on the Fraser River teaching boaters all about jet boating and the Fraser River.

You can learn more about Vic’s Jet Boat Seminar at

http://guidebc.com/seminar_jetboat.asp

Local fishing report

The Fraser River is producing some amazing results for the catch & release sturgeon fishery. This past week we have had several groups out on the water with 67 fish landed, scanned, tagged and released in only two trips. Although most anglers will put their boats away for the winter we always leave one or two ready to fish as this is a great time for us to get out and tag fish for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society. If you are wanting to help out with the tagging program, book a winter trip with one of our experienced angling guides.

Salmon season on local river is pretty much over although if you put in the time, you can still find a few late Coho or early run Steelhead in local rivers such as Vedder or Chehalis. Winter Cutthroat fishing has already begun on the Harrison River with some nice fish being caught on the fly. You can also fly fish the main stem Fraser but I would wait another few weeks for water drop a bit more.

If you are wanting to fish for salmon in the winter, our local ocean fishery out of Vancouver can produce results all winter long. This fishery is hit and miss but our last two trips out produced a couple nice keepers fishing the Vancouver Harbour and West Vancouver shoreline. Best results come from trolling GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with G-Force Spoons. Our favorite is the STS Guide Series Flasher as it has proven to be one of the top winter producers.

Christmas is just around the corner and our sales team has been hard at work trying to provide our guests with the best possible pricing for those who like to book early. If you book your 2018 STS fishing adventure before Dec 31, 2017 you get an extra 10% off our posted pricing. We also have some great inexpensive gifts ( Ball Caps, Coffee mugs, T-Shirts, Hoodies , Sturgeon Pins) for sale out of our Harrison Hot Springs office or you can just call and order and we will ship for FREE any purchases over $100.00

Hope you have a great week

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale:

· This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,

· Black Friday Specials

· 8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200

· All 2018 Seminars 25% off

· Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Celebrating 23 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures: 1994-2017

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November 19 Fishing Report Update

Fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of great fishing still to be had, salmon fishing has slowed right down but sturgeon fishing is still quite good, Tom and Tony have been out this past week and had some great fishing. Eagle watching Tours are going full speed with daily tours departing from Harrison Hot Spring at 10 am and 2 pm, private tours are also available 7 days a week. We are continuing to offer daily charters through the month of November and December with our off season rates to take effect on Nov 15.

Early morning fog is the normal start to our mornings in November but once the clouds lift, most days are still very nice. You can expect to have some great days on the water through the month of November and well into December. Best baits right now are chum eggs and chum meat, small roe bags seem to be trick these days, keep your bait small for more bites. If your planning on targeting Coho the Gibbs/Delta Croc in Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe is a great choice, also float fishing with Gibbs Colorado Blades is another great choice.

Black Friday Sale:

  • This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,
  • Black Friday Specials
  • 8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200
  • All 2018 Seminars 25% off
  • Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278

Eagle Watching Tours

Bald Eagle Tours are now being offered on out of our Harrison Hot Springs location, each day trips depart at 10am, 12 pm and 2 pm, cost is $69 per person and the trip is 90 minutes long taking you down the Historic Harrison River to see the annual Bald Eagle migration to their winter feeding grounds.

Private photo clinics are available for private groups wanting to take advantage of our boat access to some of the greatest populations of Eagles in the Fraser Valley.

Winter Salmon Fishing in Vancouver

For the past 6 seasons STS has been offering guided fishing charters out of downtown Vancouver as well as our Richmond Location near the Vancouver Airport. Our salmon fishing begins in January with Winter Chinook fishing lasting through until early Spring, we then switch to Gulf Islands for April, May and early June, then back over to Vancouver area for August & September. Combine our Vancouver fishery with Fraser river and Vancouver Island STS is truly one of the only full time year round guide companies in Southern British Columbia.

Christmas is just around the corner, we will once again be offering gift certificates for Jet Boat Tours and Guided Fishing, Our STS Seminars are also very popular, watch for our next report for more information on Christmas ideas.

Christmas Gift Idea’s from $69 and up

Well I guess it’s that time to start talking about gift idea’s for the fisherman in your house. At STS we not only offer guided fishing trips but also less expensive tours that range from $69 to $139. Below I have provided a list of Gift idea’s for the entire family, there is nothing more fun than a family day out on the water.

90 minute Harrison River Eagle Tour – $69.00

4 hour Hells Gate Tour – $139.00

8 hour – Mission to Hells Gate Tour – $195.00 ( must book full boat)

4, 6 or 8 hour guided fishing trips – $450 – $850

If you would like to purchase one of the above tours, or just purchase a Gift Certificate for any STS adventure, just e-mail us at sts

Seminars for 2018

2018 STS Guiding 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 is $195 per person.

2 Dates – Saturday April 7 or Sunday April 8 ( limited seating available)

To register e-mail us at sts@guidebc.com

2018 Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar

Speaking of Seminars, we also will be offering our very popular 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 whitewater, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost – $195.00 per person

2 dates – Saturday March 24 or Sunday March 25 ( we sell out every year so book early to get a seat.)

To register – email us at sts@guidebc.com

Have a great day

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Nov 3 Fishing Report Update

Quite the week in the Fraser Valley, warm and sunny to wet, cold and now snow. The good news is that fishing hasn’t changed at all, it’s still very good and the weather is going to get better again by early next week. Lots of great salmon and sturgeon fishing going on right now. See below for detailed fishing report.

Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent to incredible, lots of big number days with 10 to 20 fish landed in an 8 hour charter. Most fish are being caught using salmon eggs but lamprey eel and rotten salmon skin ( stink bait ) is also producing some nice fish. Water temperatures are slowly dropping which sends a signal to feeding sturgeon that winter is knocking at our doorstep. When this begins to happen sturgeon feed aggressively until the food supply begins to dwindle.

We still have plenty of excellent sturgeon fishing in November so we are offering a great deal on day trips and over night packages, save $100 on our 4 person charters and save $200 on our 2 night 2 day packages. If you are like me and start your Christmas Shopping early, we will extend this offer for the 2018 season as long as the trip is purchased and paid in full by November 30.

Fraser River Salmon Fishing has been excellent for Chum and fair fishing for Coho. You have to work for your Coho usually being more patient while casting spoons, spinners, twitching jigs and fly fishing. The Chum fishing has been excellent both on the fly and fishing jigs under a float. Our good friends at GibbsDelta have aquired a new product line of jigs that are perfect for our local waters. Zak Tackle Jigs are perfect for fishing under a float, you can dead drift them or twitch them, eiother way works but twitching is more effective with the heavier jig heads.

For Color selection I would recommend the Pinks, Purple, Chartreuse for the Chum and brighter colors like Pink, Red, White and Chartruses for Coho. Dead drifting is when you allow the current to take your float down river without drag, when you add a twitch every 3 or 4 feet, iot really adds to the action and makes for a more natural presentation. Give it a try next time your out on the flow, you will be surprised how well they work.

Here’s the guys from Reel West Coast TV Show having some great success using the Zak Tackle Twitching jigs on Northern BC rivers.

Local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis, Dewdney and Stave are all fishing well for Chum, Coho and the odd late Chinook. Now that the weather temperatures have dropped, the rain will not effect these rivers as much and should keep them fishing well through the next week or until it warms up again if that happens at all. The Dewdney has produced some great Coho fishing and Norish Creek is also fishing well. The lower canyon in the Chehalis is also fishing well so don’t let this short lived cold weather storm stop you from get out.

We still have a good 2 to 3 weeks left for our local salmon fishery so get out and take advantage of the great fishing. If your done with fishing, there is some great Bald Eagle watching opportunities on the Harrison River right now as well as watching the salmon spawn. If you have already put your boat away, we offer daily Jet Boat Tours on the Harrison River for only $69 per person deaprting daily from Harrison Hot Springs. These also make for great Birthday and Christmas Gifts. You can purchase one at a time or book the entire boat for a family or corporate group.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Celebrating 23 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures: 1994-2017