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March 27 Fishing Report Update

Its that time of year again when anglers and jet boaters begin to dust off the gear and prepare for the upcoming season. Local rivers like the Harrison, Fraser, Vedder and Chehalis are all coming alive with salmon fry migrating downstream heading for the open waters of the ocean. This past weekend we ran the entire Fraser from Mission to Hells Gate, it was encouraging seeing the birds feeding on migrating salmon fry which is the first indication that spring has arrived. See below for more.

For those of you interested in fly fishing or catching trout on the big water of the Fraser or Harrison rivers, this would be a great time to venture out. I spotted at least 4 big balls of fry heading down the Fraser over the weekend which is exactly what you want to see when fishing for trout in the spring. The Harrison is also a great place to fly fish for trout so dust off those rods and get out there while the spring fry migration is happening. One of my favorite fly patterns for spring is the Rolled Muddler or the Epoxy minnow , both these patters can have their days. Here are the patterns if you would like to tie. http://guidebc.com/flypatterns/rolledmuddler_cutthroat.asp http://guidebc.com/flypatterns/epoxyminnow.asp

Sturgeon Fishing has been fair to good, a few seals starting to hang around Mission area which is usually an indication that the Eulachon run has arrived. Sturgeon love these little smelts and feed heavy on them throughout the month of April. This is a great time to get out and fish the Fraser for sturgeon with many great days on the water. If your looking for a trip on the Fraser give us a call, we have some special spring pricing that we can pass along and you will be helping us tag sturgeon for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

Here’s a nice little 4 ft sturgeon caught yesterday by Al and son Garret while fishing with STS. The rain is not letting the fun stop, all our boats are covered and heated if needed. Now more than ever it is important to fish and handle sturgeon correctly. As more anglers take to the water in search of that trophy pic, anglers need to take the time to ensure they are using strong enough tackle and understand the rules and regulations around the handling of sturgeon. If we don’t, the future of this amazing sturgeon fishery will be at jeopardy.

On April 7 & 8, STS is putting on our spring sturgeon seminar, there is no better place to learn all about sturgeon and how to catch them, handle them and care for the future so the next generation of anglers can also enjoy this amazing fishery. The cost is $195 for the 6 hour seminar, this is on the water fishing seminar with one of our experienced guides. We will also be tagging sturgeon for the FRSCS on this day so you will also learn all about the Mark recapture study currently taking place on the Fraser.

I would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend and spent the day with us on the Fraser for our 10th annual jet boat seminar. Hopefully we have saved you some time and money learning how to handle these powerful jet boats. I know how much I enjoy sharing my experiences with all of you. I am selling my Humminbird 1198 Side Imaging unit if someone is interested, call me at 604-671-3474

Please feel free to share our report, hope to see you on the water and have a great week.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Feb 28 Fishing Report Update

Its been a while since we posted a detailed fishing report, the weather is beginning to improve so it’s just about that time to break out the boats and get back out on the water. Speaking of boats, STS Doug Elias has upgraded his 19ft North River to a beautiful new 22ft Thunderjet . The BC Fishing & Hunting Show is this weekend, drop by and say hello, STS will have a booth in Hall A, also if you like Doug’s new boat Thunderjet will also be at the show..

Speaking of new shinny jet boats, Vic didn’t get himself a new jet boat but “Twice as Nice” did get an overall and will be ready to hit the water in a few weeks. Also if you are in the market for a new boat or have purchased a new boat in the last few years and would like to learn all there is to learn about the Fraser River, Jet Boats and Jet Boat handling, we still have a few seats on our March 31 Jet Boat Seminar, cost is $195 for the full day.

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 per person
Date(s): Saturday March 24, and March 25 are both SOLD OUT, we have a few seats available for March 31.
Registration: Register by emailing us at sts

Spring Sturgeon Fishing

Spring Sturgeon fishing is just around the corner, our next peak period is only 4 weeks away so we are really looking forward to some great weather and fishing. The next 3 weekends we will be traveling from city to city attending Sportsman Shows. This weekend we will be in Abbotsford and Red Deer Alberta. We have some great SHOW SPECIALS that you can save hundreds of dollars so drop by and say hello. You can also take advantage of our SHOW SPECIALS by calling us at 604-671-3474 or send us an e-mail.

STS Guide John Popowich and guests with a 10ft Fraser River Sturgeon caught in 2017

Salmon Fishing Report

If you are wanting to catch a few salmon there is only one place to do that during winter months. Vancouver area offers some decent winter Chinook fishing in around the Harbour and around local islands such as South Bowen, Howe Sound and Tungstall Bay. To catch these fish you need to troll with flasher/hoochie or spoons and use downriggers to get your gear near the bottom. The best rods and guides are all using GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and a variety of their popular spoons and hoochies. You can visit their website at http://www.gibbsdelta.com or drop down to the show this weekend and visit their booth.

Steelhead Report

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good this past month, looks like the last week has produced some great results for local angler who put in the time. Yes I know everyone says that but it’s true, you need to put in your time, cover lots of water and hunt these elusive fish just like you would a Trophy Elk or Moose. The saying “90 percent of the fish are caught by 10% of the anglers” applies to steelhead fishing more than any other species. Paying attention to the finest details is what separates the average angler from the top rods on the river. You can improve your chances by talking to local pros and dropping into your local tackle store for updated information. You can also hire a local guide for a 4 hour walk and wade seminar which would greatly reduce your guess work.

Hope you all have a great weekend, hope to see you at the local shows.

Best Regards

Vic Carrao

604-671-3474

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

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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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
604-671-3474
STS
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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

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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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

STS on Social media:

Join our mailing list – http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=vi9yq5bab&p=oi&m=1101609593109