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Guide Profile #2 – Renee Coghill

Guide Profile – Renee Coghill

“I first met Renee back in 2014, I had hired a multi-media company to shoot some footage of the Fraser Canyon” says Vic Carrao, past owner and founder of STS Guiding. Right off the top, I could see her excitement and enthusiasm for what this day was about to hold. She sat beside me while I navigated through some rather large and technical rapids, her grin was ear to ear which surprised me as many people are filled with fear. We talked about her background in fishing and white water rafting which explained the excitement and lack of fear for big water.

I learned that she had guided in Ontario as a white water rafting guide, which again explained why she couldn’t wipe that smile off her face. I also learned that she was very passionate about fishing, boating and the outdoors. At the time, I was looking for a deckhand to assist me with some of my larger groups, Renee was freelancing in the Tourism Industry doing video editing for local business and Cities so I offered her a part time gig working on the water. As they say, the rest is history.

Renee has been working alongside Vic Carrao of STS since 2014, Vic say’s that although he only hired Renee to deck hand and assist with larger groups,”.. it turns out that she had some serious fishing skills along with an incredible amount of passion”. “I was dealing with some health issues in 2015 and was having a hard time driving the jet boat, Renee was doing a great job so I thought what the heck, let’s see if she can drive”. Well turns out Renee can not only take great pictures, video’s, play in a rock band, white water rafting and fish, she can also drive a 800HP 28ft twin engine jet boat.

Born and raised in Eastern Canada, Renee grew up fishing Ontario’s rivers and lakes with her dad who is an avid fisherman. Renee has over 20 years of multi-species angling experience from the Great Lakes tributaries in Ontario to here in the Fraser Valley BC. Her passion for white water and fishing are evident the second you board the boat, she enjoys sharing her experience and passion with the clients on board. When she’s not guiding, you’ll find her actively fishing on local rivers around British Columbia, targeting sturgeon, salmon and steelhead, picking mushrooms, hiking or playing her guitar around the campfire.

This past season was Renee’s first opportunity to run one of STS guide boats on her own without Vic. “She killed it” say’s Vic, nothing but great reviews from our mostly male dominated guests. After 5 years of boating and fishing beside Vic in the canyon, Renee has seen it all. “She is more than ready to run her own jet boat” says Vic. Renee will continue to work beside Vic in the Canyon for his July to Sept season then turn to the lower Fraser and Harrison during the spring and fall where Renee will be on her own running one of the company jet boats.

“We are extremely excited to have such an amazing young lady working with us at STS” says Tony Nootebos owner of STS Guiding. The only female fishing guide on the Fraser River working in a male dominated industry, how cool is that? Don’t be fooled by her looks, Renee is a serious and more than capable angler who puts big fish on the beach day after day. We wish Renee the very best for 2020 and are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy your day with Renee.

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Jan fishing report update

Fishing Report January 2020

General Overview:

With the end of January coming to a close, we’ve had quite an interesting start to winter steelhead fishing on local rivers. It has definitely been an unpredictable winter as far as weather and water conditions. With the big dumps of high elevation snow, followed by rapid warm spells and plenty of heavy rainfalls, we’ve seen constant spikes in river levels and murky, low viz water conditions. However, these spikes in the river haven’t been lasting long and seems that the turn around time for a nice steady drop has been happening over the course of 1 to 3 days.

Fishing Tip – Hit the river during those steady drops in water level and your lined up for some good days of fishing. During these almost “flood” conditions, Steelhead will shoot up river and be on the move while taking “rests” or “holding” in calmer, dead water or really tight to the river banks, avoiding heavy flow. You can find these pools or troughs behind features in the river like big boulders, logs in the water, or right along a seam where fast and slow water meet.

The Forecast for the following week here in the lower mainland looks like rain, rain, and more rain. If you’re more of a fair weather angler and don’t want to trek out in these less than favorable conditions, sit tight, once this flash of heavy rain comes in, we should see a lot more fish move up into the local systems. With that being said, Steelhead fishing has been slowly picking up with more hatchery and wild hens being caught in the last 2 weeks. Its just a matter of time before the big feisty bucks start to enter the system.

With the average visibility sitting around 16” or so on the Vedder/Chilliwack River for the month of January, there’s a mass variety of bait and tackle choices you can choose. If you have roe stashed away from Salmon season last year, it’s a good time to pull some out! Don’t be shy either, a quarter size or so doesn’t seem to be spooking these fish off, rather leaving a nice scented trail for them to find your line. Also, the classic 4 to 6” pink worm combos, beads and chartreus wool with a small piece of prawn/shrimp have all been hot ticket set up’s. Steelhead are aggressive against smaller fish that are in the rivers right now and are especially aggressive so tossing some spoons or spinners to trigger one of these fish into an explosive take, is always a good option. GibbsDelta Tackle by far make the most productive spoons for steelhead fishing, the Kit-

A-Mat, Koho or Ironhead series are all productive.

The fish are there, just keep moving and explore different water, once you drop your gear in front of one, its FISH ON!

Sturgeon Fishing Report

Winter sturgeon stacked up waiting for dinner.

Not much going on right now on the river, we have been doing some fishing for juvenile sturgeon as part of the mark recapture study which is ongoing through the volunteer tagging program with FRSCS. We haad some great results tagging lots of smaller fish. Along with those smaller fish we have also been seeing a few nice fish in the 4-6 foot range so if you are in the area and would like to experience this amazing fishery, please feel free to shoot us an e-mail at sts@guidebc.com

Time to book for 2020 – this is the time to book your next adventure on the Fraser. Weekends fill up fast for trips out of Mission and Canyon. We offer 6 & 8 hour days for sturgeon with our next peak fishery in spring beginning in mid March through to mid May. We still have 2 boats available for our April 18 Sturgeon Tournament and we still have a few seats on our April 25 jet boat seminar.

Trade Show season is about to begin, watch for us at your next sportsman shows.

Hope you all have a great week on the water.

Report written by Renee Coghill & Vic Carrao

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Guide Profile Series

Guide Profile – Chris Burdekin

Like many of our guides, Chris was hired by head guide Vic Carrao. He has done many trips with STS dating as far back as 2012. On one of his trips with Vic in the canyon he was asked if he was interested in deck handing for a day. During one of our conversations Chris had talked about his passion of fishing, some mutual friends in the industry and his recent move to Mission. Vic recalls, “I needed a deckhand for an upcoming trip and Chris seemed keen on learning more about the guiding industry”. We’re always looking for good people and he seemed like a great guy with the perfect personality”.

Chris grew up on Vancouver Island fishing the Sayward and Campbell River area for salmon, as a young adult he then moved to the mainland and began fishing local rivers for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. He is married with two children and lives where he plays in the community of Mission, sturgeon capital of the world. Chris has an extensive background in fly fishing and spey fishing for salmon and steelhead as well as trout. It didn’t take us long to see that Chris has some serious skills not only in fly fishing and sturgeon but his background in sales could be very helpful to our team.

Chris has worked hard for us in his first season guiding and has quickly proven to be a valuable asset. His strong leadership skills, flexibility and versatility adds greatly to our team. “Chris can do it all” says owner Tony Nootebos. I am thrilled to be able to add Chris to our already stacked team of fishing guides. Guiding isn’t always what it is cracked up to be, early mornings, long days and immense pressure can ruin a good angler quite quickly, it takes a certain type of person and Chris meets and beats all of those challenges. We are excited about 2020 and Chris continuing to grow with us. Please welcome our newest member to the team!

Best Regards

Vic Carrao

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Guide Profile Series

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting STS Guides with our Guide Profile Series. If you would like to share your story while out on a guided trip, we would be thrilled to hear it.

Guide Profile – Chris Burdekin

Like many of our guides, Chris was hired by head guide Vic Carrao. He has done many trips with STS dating as far back as 2012. On one of his trips with Vic in the canyon he was asked if he was interested in deck handing for a day. During one of our conversations Chris had talked about his passion of fishing, some mutual friends in the industry and his recent move to Mission. Vic recalls, “I needed a deckhand for an upcoming trip and Chris seemed keen on learning more about the guiding industry”. We’re always looking for good people and he seemed like a great guy with the perfect personality”.

Chris grew up on Vancouver Island fishing the Sayward and Campbell River area for salmon, as a young adult he then moved to the mainland and began fishing local rivers for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. He is married with two children and lives where he plays in the community of Mission, sturgeon capital of the world. Chris has an extensive background in fly fishing and spey fishing for salmon and steelhead as well as trout. It didn’t take us long to see that Chris has some serious skills not only in fly fishing and sturgeon but his background in sales could be very helpful to our team.

Chris has worked hard for us in his first season guiding and has quickly proven to be a valuable asset. His strong leadership skills, flexibility and versatility adds greatly to our team. “Chris can do it all” says owner Tony Nootebos. I am thrilled to be able to add Chris to our already stacked team of fishing guides. Guiding isn’t always what it is cracked up to be, early mornings, long days and immense pressure can ruin a good angler quite quickly, it takes a certain type of person and Chris meets and beats all of those challenges. We are excited about 2020 and Chris continuing to grow with us. Please welcome our newest member to the team!

Dec 13 update and winter wrap up

Well it’s that time of year again when we put most of our boats away for the winter, do some maintenance and get ready for our 26th season on the Fraser. It is also a great time to reflect on the past year and thank all of our guests for choosing to fish with STS. These days there are many options for guides on the Fraser, we do really appreciate our loyal guests who return to fish with us year after year. The staff at STS would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2019 was a good season for sturgeon fishing, right from the get go in early spring we were on the big fish. It seemed liked it never ended. Spring, Summer and Fall all produced amazing results for better than average sized sturgeon. Even as I write this, only last week STS Guide Renee managed to guide a group to a beautiful 8ft 4 inch sturgeon out of our Mission location.

Over the winter months we will continue to offer sturgeon charters out of Mission, Chilliwack and Harrison. On all sturgeon charters we scan, tag and release working closely with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society and Ministry of Natural Resources. All of our catch data is provided to these organizations so that they can monitor the health of our sturgeon population. This program is critical for our future so when hiring a guide, consider hiring ones that participate in this important program.

Salmon season was challenging to say the least, most of the west coast was closed to retention and the Fraser was closed to salmon fishing most of the summer. We did manage to have some good salmon fishing but that was only because we have other systems we can fish that were not affected by the closures. By early Fall we were fishing the Harrison River which produced some decent fishing all the way through until middle of November. Were hoping for some better salmon fishing opportunities for 2020.

Speaking of 2020, we are extremely excited for this season to begin, we have started off with with a strong burst of early bookings so please don’t wait too long to book your accommodation/fishing packages. Some of the more popular accommodation options that we offer are already filling up, just shoot us an e-mail or call the office at 604-671-3474.

2019 Tournament Winners

Annual Spring Events – We will once again be putting on our spring Jet Boat Seminar and spring Sturgeon Tournament, both of these events will take place in April and should be booked early to participate as they both fill up fast.

Jet Boat Seminar – April 25 or April 26

This one day seminar is catered to the beginner to expert who is looking to learn all about the Fraser River. We travel 200-280km departing from Mission Harbour at 8am. Learn all about boat safety, navigation, handling, reading water, and everything else you need to know. Trip details below.

When – April 25 or April 26 –

Where – Mission to Yale (Hells Gate subject to water conditions)

How long – 8 hours 200-280km round trip

Cost $195 pp– Max 10 people

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or email sts

Sturgeon Tournament – April 18, 2020 –

1st prize $1000.00, 2cd prize $500, 3rd prize $250, more prizes for largest fish, most fish etc. All guests will participate in the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation mark recapture program where all fish will be scanned, marked and released unharmed. There will be a pre-tournament meet and greet with coffee and snacks and a post tournament event where the winners will be announced. This is a one day event with option to purchase a second day.

When – April 18

Where – Mission Harbour

How Long – 8 hours including pre/post events

Cost $275 pp or $1100 per boat of 4.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

Big Fish, Big Battles, Big Stories that’s what canyon fishing is all about. Come join Vic and Renee in 2020 for one of the most exciting trips offered on the Fraser River. This trip is the only one offered on the Fraser that travels from Hope to Hells Gate. Vic has been exploring the Fraser Canyon since early 2000 and has a passion for this region of the Fraser. All trips are full day adventures where you will enjoy the amazing scenery, fishing, whitewater and history.

When – July 15 to October 10

Where – Fraser Canyon ( Hope to Hells Gate)

How Long – 8 hours – full day

What’s included – full day sturgeon fishing, 132km round trip to Hells Gate, Barbeque lunch, skeet shooting ( if time permits)

Fishing licenses and gratuities not included.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

Sturgeon Capital of the World – Day Trips & Multi-day packages

As always we will be offering day trips and multi-day packages out of our Mission location. Mission is considered Sturgeon Capital of the World, that’s why we have been offering charters from this location for over 25years. Mission boasts more fish per river mile than any other location on the Fraser, Come join us and see for yourself.

When – Year Round

Where – Mission Marina

How long – 6 & 8 hour trips offered 7 days a week

What’s included- Guide, boat, all fishing tackle. Fishing licenses, gst and gratuities are not included.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

All the Staff at STS would like to thank you for taking the time to read our reports and fishing with us this past year. We hope you all have a great holiday and come join us for another great season on the Fraser. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at STS.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Vic Carrao & Staff.

October 9 fishing update`

Fishing in the Valley is really starting to pick up, each and every day more salmon are entering the Fraser River headed up to tributary rivers like Vedder, Stave, Chehalis and Harrison. Although the Fraser is closed to salmon fishing, these rivers I listed are not closed and offer some great action on spinning, float fishing or fly fishing. We still have lots of great fishing ahead of us and we have some available dates. If your looking for a last minute fishing trip, give us a call. 604-671-3474.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

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Sept 23 Update

It’s been and busy summer year out on the Fraser River, some incredible fishing for sturgeon throughout the river from Mission all the way up to the Canyon. Salmon season has begun on local tributaries, the Pink Salmon are coming to an end but the Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon are just getting started. Most weekends are now sold out but we still have a days left and some good weekday availability in October. If you are wanting to get out with us, please call or e-mail us.

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