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STS Guiding Service has been providing quality fishing charters and vacations since 1994, established by Vic and Teresa Carrao, STS has evolved from a single guide and boat to a team of some of the most skilled, talented and dedicated fishing guides in the Fraser Valley. Year round we carry a Team of angling guides include 4 full time & 4 part time guides who specializing in Sturgeon, Salmon and Fly Fishing. During peak seasons we call upon our associate guides for help and carry as many as 15 full and part time angling guides.

Report for January 23

Vedder River Steelhead

The fishing has been amazing the last couple days with the river coming into shape since the high water. Its like a new river out there with lots of amazing holding water. The fish are really responding well to big baits with lots of color. 6 inch worms , magnum BC orange gooey bobs and big roe sacks are definitely working well…on Saturday between 3 of us we had 16 fish to the hand. The next few weeks should be great fishing if the river stays in shape.

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.

Fraser River Sturgeon

Sturgeon often tail walk once hooked

With all the rain the past few weeks the Fraser has been quite dirty with lots of logs and debris. I was going to put a boat in the water a few days ago but when I saw the mess in the river I changed my mind. I don’t think it is worth the effort right now as the conditions are just not that great. Maybe a couple more weeks and we might try a day out for tagging sturgeon.

Chehalis River

We don’t get a ton of reports for this river but from the few that I am getting, it looks like they are having a good return of Steelhead. Talking to the Chehalis Native Band it looks as though they are trying to get more involved in the hatchery to help keep production as high as possible. As we know provincial cutbacks are always a concern and it seems as though our hatcheries are the first to see funding reductions.

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing has been quite good out in Vancouver Harbour and Gulf Islands. One of our associate guides hooked into quite a few fish this past weekend landing a boat full of keepers. Most of the action was near Gabriola Island but Vancouver Harbour also produced a few nice fish.

Our new 26ft Grady White hits the water this week for it’s maiden voyage, we are looking forward to getting her out on the water. We just installed a diesel heater in the cabin so fishing during winter months will be comfortable. If your wanting to get out on the water, give us a call.

Our boats are in the water ready to to charter

Winner of our Rod & Reel Package was Chris Bird of Langley. Chris entered our free draw and took home a Mooching rod & reel combo worth over $250, congratulations Chris.

Ride to Conquer Cancer

As many of you know, the ride to conquer cancer is a fund raising event to help raise money for cancer research. Last year my youngest daughter and I did a 260km bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle to raise awareness for this great cause. Many of our good friends and clients supported us by making a donation to our Ride to Conquer web page, in 2010 we raised $11,000. This year we are again, riding to conquer cancer, please support our ride, you can make a donation at

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


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Fish’n Canada Show airs this weekend

Fish’n Canada Show airs this weekend, Saturday morning on Global TV. Watch us fish the Upper Pitt River for Bull Trout with Angelo Viola of the Fishn Canada Show.

Last June the crew from Fishn Canada Show came out West for the 5th consectuive season. Pete, Angelo and Mike Miller travelled to Vancouver Island to fish with one of our friends Kenzie Cuthbert for Bass & Brown Trout. When they finished up on the island they stopped by in Mission and fished 3 days with STS, we spend two days on the Pitt and one day fishing for sturgeon. The sturgeon show will also air this season.

Angelo Viola, Pete Bowman & Mike Miller taking a well deserved break.

The Upper Pitt River offers some of the best fly & Spin fishing for sea-run trout anywhere in SW British Columbia. The remote location is a huge attraction not too mention the incredible beauty this river valley posesses. Only 1 hours drive from Vancouver and your on your way for an adventure you soon wont forget.

Angelo Viola & Vic Carrao of STS with a beautiful Pitt River Bull Trout

This fish was well over 10 lbs but unfortunately was quick released

We are currently booking trips for the Upper Pitt River Sea-run Bull Trout Season. Available dates begin June 1 to July 31. Book now to reserve your private charter on this spectacular river.

Tight Lines

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service.

Vedder River Steelhead Report for Today,

Fishing report for January 12, 2011

Hi Vic

Today was another great day on the water. We had to brave some cold conditions and lots of slick roads but in the end it paid off with 5 fish by noon between two of us. We let go a 14lb hatchery buck, lost a couple more and I took home a beautiful hatchery doe around 12lbs… The river is in great shape with fish all throughout, we only worked over 5 runs for the fish we got today. It seems like the fishing is only getting better the last few days and with the big snow pack the river should stay in shape for a while…

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