If you fished with us this past year there is a good chance you fished with
Thomas. Thomas is about as die hard as you can get. He fishes every morning and or evening
for steelhead. Just like STS Guide Gerry Dewar these guys are fanatical.
Well the bigger fish have made an appearance this week, after our high water on the weekend the river has dropped into ideal conditions for the upcoming week. We have seen a large number of bigger fish averaging 10-16Lbs in the last few days, and they seem really willing to take the bait.
We are finding 2-6 fish per day between a couple anglers. Fish have been coming on roe bags and prawns in a variety of colors, but orange roe bags with a natural colored egg seems to be the best. A lot of fish are being caught in shallow water, so the fight is explosive to say the least.
The fish are spread all through the system now so we have a lot of options in finding fish and seem to be able to get away from other anglers. With the upcoming weather reports and the cold conditions the river should be in great shape for the next few weeks.
If you are looking to improve your steelhead catch rates, STS offers private one on one and small group instructional steelhead seminars. These seminars take place on the river by one of our top steelhead guides. If you would like more information, please call or e-mail us.
Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Now Available with STS
For the past 10 years STS has been providing Saltwater Fishing for our guests. At one time we used one of our jet boats for fishing in Vancouver Harbour but on rough days it was quite uncomfortable. We then tried contracting out our trips but that didn’t work well either. As many of you already know, salmon fishing opportunities on the Fraser is getting later and later each year. Last year, Chinook Fishing was not open until July15 and 2011 looks the same. Having said that, there is great salmon fishing just outside the river in the Strait of Georgia and Gulf Islands which we could not access with Jet Boats.
For the past year we have been working on bringing our own guides and boats to Vancouver and offer what we feel is service and knowledge that just isn’t available in the Vancouver Market. So to make a long story short , we teamed up with Delta Airport Hotel and now offer daily fishing charters departing from Vancouver. Check out our new boats and website at www.fishingvancouver.com ( still under contruction)
Vic’s Fishing Blog
If you are one of the many anglers who visit our website on a regular basis looking for fishing reports you will notice a change for 2011. We are no longer doing weekly fishing report but instead will offer more fishing reports, updated more often through our Fishing Blog. You will find fishing report blogs on both www.guidebc.com and www.fishingvancouver.com
2011 Trade Shows
STS Guiding Service will be at the following events for 2011
Feb 18 -21 Spring Fishing & Boat Show (Toronto)
March 4 -6 BC Boat &Sportsman Show (Abbotsford)
March 17-20 – Edmonton Boat &Sportsman Show ( Edmonton Alberta)
The Fishn Hole Show – March 31- April 3 (Edmonton Alberta)
Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours & Canyon Sturgeon Fishing.
We are getting excited to get started for our 2011 spring jet boat and sturgeon fishing tours. Our 28ft twin engine boat is currently in Idaho getting it’s annual check to be sure it is safe and ready to go for our first canyon runs.
I have noticed that some of our competitors are now beginning to offer canyon fishing trips and adventures. A word of caution, this area is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Only the most experienced jet boat pilots should be entering the canyons of the Fraser River. Our 28ft twin engine boat was built and designed for this big water , our experience speaks for itself.
For more information on our tours, please visit www.hellsgatejetboattours.com
Special Deals & Discounts for 2011
We are still working on a few specials for 2011, All specials are posted on our website at
Hope to see you in 2011, Vic & Teresa Carrao
Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns
STS Guiding Service
Toll free- 1-866-771-3474
Now that Christmas and New years is over, we can get back to the business of fishing and providing fishing reports. Several of our guides are on the water almost daily fishing steelhead on the Vedder and Salmon Fishing out of Vancouver. We will try our best to keep you up to date, we are currently working on a Blog Page which will make this much easier, Stay tuned.
Water conditions have been low and clear but with the rain the past couple days we can expect the water to rise slightly. I wouldn’t expect the rain to do too much as the snow level is still quite low so most of this rain will accumulate into snow in the mountains.
So far the steelhead season has been excellent, many fish in the 7 to 10 lb range the odd fish over 12 lbs. A bit smaller than average but way more fish this year. STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann has been hitting the water daily producing fish on almost every outing. Dialing the river in is very important early season as this is what makes the slower weeks more productive.
Local Mission Resident Tony Reid with his first steelhead of the season.
As usual, low clear conditions require lighter leaders, smaller baits. If the water does rise and color with the rain, you can up the anti and try some of the larger artificial baits like Pink Rubber Worms, Gooey Bobs and our favorite, Roe Sacks.
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 Fraser River is in excellent condition, water clarity is 3 to 4 feet, temperatures are just above freezing. We did see a few ice flows yesterday but they are not large enough to worry most boaters. Just keep your eye out if you plan on boating the Fraser over the next week.
Bridge repairs are underway on the Mission Bridge so please slow it down and proceed with caution. They are currently working on the Mission side of the river but they will be moving over to the Abbotsford side soon.
Pic – Caption – Cutthroat Trout are one of the more beautiful trout.
Winter on the Fraser can produce some great Cutthroat fishing if you’re willing to put in the time. Most anglers who winter fish on the Fraser are fly fishing or casting small spinners. For fly fishing I prefer winter stone flys, small minnow patterns or my favorite; pheasant tail nymph with a bead
head. Try fishing some of the back water just off the edge of the main flow, this is where we do our best fishing.
We have not been out on the water sturgeon fishing since before Christmas. I have not had any reports of fish being caught as most anglers are now focusing on either Steelhead or Winter Chinook fishing out of Vancouver Harbour. I would expect that there are a few fish out there as like every winter but for the most part sturgeon fishing will play second fiddle to steelhead and salmon.
This was one of the largest Sturgeon caught on 2010 on the Fraser by STS Guide Tom Pearce.
Like 2010 we will begin our 2011 sturgeon season fishing the Mission area during the spring Ulichon migration. This is when these small smelts return from the ocean to spawn in the lower Fraser. The fish are not as large as we see in the summer/fall but the action is steady with many 10 to 20 fish days.
If you’re wanting to fish for larger trophy sturgeon during late spring/ early summer, our sturgeon camp is the place to be. Our new Yurt camp is located near Lillooet, BC, 3 hours drive from Vancouver, 2 hours from Whistler, BC. This region is warm, dry and offers spectacular scenery and fishing.
STS has teamed up with Fraser Canyon Lodging to offer what we believe is the most spectacular sturgeon fishing adventure available anywhere in Canada or United States. When I first visited the Yurt Camp in 2010 I was a bit skeptical, I always believed that lower/mid Fraser was the only place that offered great sturgeon fishing, Wow was I wrong!
After spending 3 days fishing a region seldom fished by anyone I could not wipe the smile off my face. I never saw another boat and spend most of the 3 days chasing fish down the river. I would safely say it was some of the best fishing I have ever experienced. Want to join Vic & Tom for 4 days of incredible sturgeon fishing?
Camp Dates are set for peak fishing period.
August 8 -11
Maximum of 12 guests per date, to see cost and Itinerary, please see link
During the summer months sturgeon fishing can be very good in the Chilliwack/Mission region. The salmon are now migrating up the Fraser at full speed and the sturgeon are following along for a feed. Once the salmon season is in full swing, so is the sturgeon fishing, typically this will take place in early to mid August when the sockeye salmon are migrating up the Fraser River.
If your wanting to fish for salmon and sturgeon in the same day or multi-day trip, August through to November is best. 2011 is a Pink year so fishing will be very good for large sturgeon from early September through to until end of October.
Whether you are looking to spend a day or a week, family vacation or take your best client or a corporate retreat with 5 star accommodations and service, STS Guiding is the leader in sport fishing on the Fraser. Our quality fishing adventures are second to none, not sure, see what our many guests had to say http://www.guidebc.com/testimonials.asp
For the past 10 years STS has offered saltwater charters out of Vancouver. Most of our saltwater fishing charters have been sub-contracted to associate charter operators out of downtown Vancouver. Well that is all about to change.
STS has partnered up with Delta Airport Hotel and as of Feb 1, 2011 we will be operating our own Saltwater division based out of Vancouver Airport Hotel. Daily charters will be available as well as overnight stay packages. We are currently rebuilding our new site www.fishingvancouver.com with official launch date of Jan 15.
Delta Airport Hotel is located 2 minutes from the Vancouver Airport just off the north Arm of the Fraser River. With our own private marina we will have quick and easy access to Vancouver Saltwater Fishing Hot Spots, Gulf Islands and the Fraser River. Some of our packages will include salmon and sturgeon combo’s as well as Vancouver Island & Gulf Island Salmon Fishing.
Although our marina is not right in downtown Vancouver, we believe our strategic location will give us a huge advantage. Within a few short minutes we can be fishing all of Vancouver’s Hot Spots not to mention our close proximity to the Gulf Islands. To make your journey to us easy, we offer FREE hourly shuttle to and from Vancouver Airport, for those coming from downtown we offer free shuttle service to and from Vancouver’s Canada line.
All Vancouver Ocean Charters with STS Include:
· Free Airport and Canada line shuttle service
· 6, 8 or 10 hours of Guided Salmon Fishing
· All charters we drop crab and prawn traps when in season
· Private Guide and Transport Canada Certified boat
· All fishing tackle, fishing license and catered lunch
· Fishing Hot Line for Quick Reservation
· Souvenir for each guest.
· Continental or Full Breakfast can be added for an additional charge.
Check out our new 27 ft Grady White, this fishing machine is equipped with the best in tackle, saftey and navigation not to mention one of the best guides teams in the Vancouver Saltwater Scene.
Want to win a 6 hour Saltwater Guide Trip with STS? Just send us an e-mail with “enter me to win” We will post the winner on our new website www.fishingvancouver.com on Jan 15.
To celebrate the Jan 15 launching of www.fishingvancouver.com we will be giving away a Saltwater Fishing ROD & REEL combo valued at over $250. To enter just visit www.fishingvancouver.com on Jan 15, and find the link, “enter free draw” we will draw the winner at 5pm on Jan 15.
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
Remember to conserve your catch
Tight Lines and we will see you on the water