We Just wanted to thank the many people who dropped by the booth and said hello. As many of you know, the past owner of STS, Vic Carrao is battling cancer like many other Canadians, he was overwhelmed by the love and support received at the Show. Vic has started treatment and is doing well and will be guiding for the 2017/2018 season. Thank you for dropping by and making Vic’s weekend a very special one.
Vic and the STS team will be traveling to Edmonton next week and will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, if you live in Alberta and you plan on attending the show, please drop by and say hello.
BC Boat & Sportsman Show is this weekend March 3,4,5 in Abbotsford, doors open Friday at 12noon to 9:00pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5:00pm. Our booth location is same as last year, booth #312 in building A, east wall near the Berkley/Penn Booth. Please come down and say hello and take advantage of our Show Specials. Next weekend we will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, drop down and check out our Edmonton Show Specials and save money on your next guided fishing adventure.
Spring Show Special
Fill the Boat for only $500 for 6 hours ( 4 anglers max) savings of $200
Fill the Boat for only $640.00 for 8 hours ( 4 anglers max ) savings of $210.00
Seminars for 2017
Fraser River Jet Boat Clinic
Come join us for a full day on the water Jet Boating the Fraser River from Mission to Yale. This seminar will mainly focus on navigation between Mission and Yale with some focus on shallow water jet boating and running canyon rapids. This is a one-day clinic with an optional second day Jet Boating in your own boat.
This course is suitable for Jet Boat owners looking to improve skills and knowledge, any boaters wanting to learn safe navigation of the Fraser River between Mission and Yale and new boaters looking to purchase there first jet boat.
Jet boat safety,
Pro’s & cons of various hull designs and styles
Looking after your jet boat
Pumps and Engine Configuration
Anchoring techniques for salmon and sturgeon fishing.
1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Saturday April 1 –seats available
1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Sunday April 2 –seats available
Been a great week on the Fraser fishing for Sturgeon, ice flows have smelted and river is in great shape. Vedder River is producing some nice fish and smaller tributaries such as Stave, Alouette and Chehalis are all fishing pretty well.
Please see below for detailed report.
Fraser River Sturgeon – We have been out on the water all week and have done very well for Sturgeon, our largest fish caught this week was over 9ft , congrats to Patrick and Stephan who are visiting from Sweden. We have averaged 6-8 fish per day with this 9ft 3 being our largest, also some nice 7footers and a bunch of fish under 5 feet. Best bait has been salmon eggs but Lamprey and Dew Worms will also work well.
Our Spring Special is in effect, Fill The Boat for $500 for 6 hours or Fill The Boat for $650 for 8 hours.
Vedder River Steelhead – The Vedder River is on the rise has and is now dirty due to the heavy rainfall we are experiencing. Once the river drops again, it will be back into shape and we should see some great fishing. February is primetime for the Vedder River Steelhead run so this is the time to get out. While the river is dirty and quite high try fishing the Upper River above Tamahi Rapids. This will be the first place that starts to clear up. Once rain stops it will take a few days but be ready as there will be some great catches once this happens.
Wally Hall Junior Memorial Fishing Derby is happening right now until March 15th. Tickets are $20 each and can be bought at Fred’s Custom Tackle. All proceeds are donated to habitat restoration projects on the Chilliwack/Vedder River. Currently, the largest fish weighed in is 15.103lb.
BC Boat & Sportsman Show is only 2 ½ weeks away, if you would like to enter our FREE Draw for VIP Tickets, just go to our facebook page and share this report post. We have 5 tickets left to give away. Make sure you drop by our booth #312 and say hello. We will have a few ball caps to give away so be one of the first to our booth and just ask for one of our ball caps.
Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – We still have some seats available for April 1 and April 2, this trip travels 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and back. It’s a full day on the water with long time Fraser River Guide and Jet Boat Pilot Vic Carrao. Vic has an extensive background on our local waters guiding and jet boating for over 35 years. Vic is one of the few pilots that have run through Hells Gate and has extensive knowledge of the Fraser River and Fraser Canyon region.
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 white water, 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 April 01, 2017 or Sunday April 02, 2017 (we sell out every year so book early to get a seat) Registration:Register by emailing us at sts.
Spring Sturgeon Special – Spring Sturgeon 2 Night 2 Day Package
2 nights accommodations at Best Western Mission City Lodge
2 x 8 hours of guided Salmon, Trout or Sturgeon fishing with one of our professional fishing guides
All Best Western packages now include full breakfast
Catered Lunch for each day of guided fishing
All fishing tackle, fully equipped jet boats and private guide exclusive to your group
Private Dock for your safety and comfort
2 person – $850 p/p
3 person – $675 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)
4 person – $575 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)
Call or e-mail us to book one of these great package specials.
If the package your looking for is not above please call or email us for your personalized vacation package.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing – fishing has been good this past week, Howe Sound and Bowen Island are both producing some good results. Winter fishing is hit and miss at best so you really do need to work the water and fish multiple locations to find the fish. Our boats are out on the water daily and will find the fish if they are there to catch. Winter rates are still in effect.
Not much of a report this week as winter weather has hit the lower mainland pretty hard. Snow accumulations ranging from 6cm to 30cm has fallen and now the rain and in some areas ice rain has begun to wreak havoc on local roads. Water conditions on smaller tributary rivers like Vedder, Chehalis, Norish etc are about to rise due to a warn weather trend that is about to hit the Fraser Valley. See below for more details.
Vedder River Steelhead – River conditions are still very good but you can expect the Vedder River to begin to rise and color due to a warming trend that will start later this afternoon. Typically, the mornings will be more fishable, as temperatures warm late morning/early afternoon, water will begin to color and rise. You might see another good push of fresh fish once water begins to rise which should turn things on a bit. We did have a charter out on the river yesterday for a 6 hour walk and wade, our guest Vince Andreana visiting from Milton Ontario managed to land one nice wild steelhead and they saw 3 more fish caught which is a pretty good day considering the weather.
We offer these instructional trips all winter for anglers looking to learn the river or improve their knowledge on local steelhead tactics.
Great job Andrew and Vince.
Fraser River Sturgeon – Local boat launches have been a bit of a disaster this past week, lots of snow and ice so not many boats out. As temperatures begin to warm we should see some better access and a few boats out by early next week. I have been updating some of my Sturgeon tackle and though I would mention a reel that I have been testing. The Penn Fathom Lever Drag is a reel that I have been using this past season, I was running 3 Penn International VSX12 which is my reel of choice but as I get older, slower and weaker I am finding that the international series is a bit heavy for all day use.
Penn has come out with the new Penn Fathom which is very similar to the Penn VSX but less than half the weight. It comes in a 2 speed as well as single speed and offers a variety of sizes. I really like this reel and have now purchased another 3 to replace my VSX series. The price point is very attractive, less than $300 which makes this reel the perfect Fraser River Sturgeon or Halibut and jigging reel. I am using the 40 series size and it seems to hold enough line and do the job. If you would more technical information on this reel visit http://www.pennfishing.com/penn-reels-conventional-reels-penn-fathom/penn-fathom-lever-drag-2-speed/1347896.html
I will be working the STS Booth and Penn Booth at this years BC Boat & Sportsman Show, please feel free to drop by and have a look at the new products we will be showing at the Pure Fishing Booth. The STS booth will be same location as 2016 show, Our booth #312.
Spotting Sturgeon on your Hummingbird Side Imaging Depth Sounder. – A few weeks back while working at the Vancouver Boat Show I was asked by a customer how I could tell what a sturgeon looked like on my side imaging unit, it’s hard to describe so I thought the best way to explain is to show some images on what a sturgeon looks like when laying on the river bottom. If you look closely you will see that sturgeon images are thicker on one end then the other and more often than not, the fish are laying behind a hump or laying on the down stream side of a hole. I will look through my archives this week and see if I can find a few more images for next weeks report.
Blow Out STS Swag Sale – We have a few Hoodies, Long sleeve and Ball Caps left over from the 2016 season.
Hoodies $70 – Blow Out – $45
Long Sleeve Shirt – $40 – Blow Out – $29
Ball Caps – $20 – Blow Out – $12
Shipping charges may apply.
Hope you have a great weekend, if your out on the water and would like to share your fish porn, please feel free to send to us at sts
STS Guiding is now taking applications for two seasonal positions that are currently available.
Position 1 – Jet Boat operator and angling guide to operate one of our jet boats from April 1 to Nov 15 on as needed basis, expectation to do 100 – 130 guided fishing trips. Must have good knowledge of Fraser River salmon & sturgeon fishery.
– Qualifications needed – Marine First Aid, Med A 3, ROC.
Training Courses can be provided for right candidate. Sturgeon tagging for Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society is mandatory, training and equipment is provided.
Position 2 – Owner /Operator for guided salmon and sturgeon fishing, min 2 years guiding experience.
– Qualifications needed – Marine First Aid, Med A 3, ROC. Training Courses can be provided for right candidate. Min Liability Insurance of $2 million.Sturgeon tagging for Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society is mandatory, training and equipment is provided.
In Canada the tourism industry employs 1.3 million people. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries and offers a variety of employment opportunities. STS Guiding Service’s objectives include setting vision, leading the industry, promoting fisheries, promoting best handling practices, training professional fishing guides to lead the industry, develop good client relations, outdoor leadership, communication skills and safety protocols. STS has been an industry leader for the past 23 years. If you feel you have what it takes to become one of the top fishing guides in the Province, we would like to hear from you.
This week has been a bit slower for most local anglers, weather has been very cold and clear with high winds so only the Die Hardest of anglers are out on the water. We are expecting a good snowfall on Friday up to 20cm but won’t last long and should be cleared up by late Saturday or Sunday at latest.
Fraser River – water conditions are in great shape, we had a couple sturgeon charters out this week with good catches rates of 6 to 12 fish in ½ day, best bait was salmon eggs. Fish are spread throughout the river with Chilliwack, Mission and Langley area all producing good results. We are currently offering our off season rates so if you are looking to get out, give us a call.
This pic was taken this past summer by STS Guide Doug Elias, Doug was putting them on the big fish this day, great job Doug!
Vedder River Steelhead – not as many reports in this week, some nice fish caught but a bit slower than the last few weeks. Water clarity is clear and river is still dropping from last rise. You can expect conditions to remain the same until the expected snowfall this weekend then the river shoud,begin to rise again and move another fresh push of fish into the river.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook Fishing was very good this past week, our guides were out 3 days and produced good results on every trip. Winter fishing is not for the faint, you need to dress warm and be prepared if you plan on spending a solid 5 hours on the water. Most of our trips in winter are ½ day or 5 hours and our off season rates do apply, please contact us for quote.
As you can see by the above pic, not only is salmon fishing good but prawns and crab fishing is also very good.
Halibut opening just annouced.
Book Now for our June & July Halibut Charters on West Coast.
Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – is beginning to fill up, we still have a few seats for April 1 and April 2. This trip is 240km round trip from Mission to Hells Gate and back in lower water, this is the best way to learn the river. Suitable for anyone who owns a boat, jet or prop and wants to learn what these boats are really capable of doing. We will run shallow water, big whitewater, learn to read water, surf, anchor and much more.
Dates – April 1 – or April 2 – 8 hours traveling 240km on the Fraser River.
A drastic improvement in weather has made for a much better week on local rivers. The Vedder, Harrison, Chehalis, Stave, Fraser and most smaller tributaries are all in great shape. Some of the above mentioned rivers are fishing very well for steelhead and the Fraser is clear of all ice flows. See below for detailed report.
Fraser River – The Fraser river has cleared up and looks great for fishing, right now you can either try for sturgeon or local cutthroat trout. For those anglers wanting to try for sturgeon, this week was fair to good with some good results on our 4 & 6 hour charters. Best bait was chum salmon eggs but they seem to jump onto just about anything we put out. The lower river below Mission fished well, Chilliwack/Harrison area also fished well.
Take advantage of our Winter Sturgeon Special – Save over $200 on our regular rates.
LOW SEASON December 1 – March 31
4 Hours – $440 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers 6 Hours – $500 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers 8 Hours – $640 Flat Rate up to 4 anglers
Fly fishing for Winter Cuttroat – If you are wanting to try your luck at fly fishing or light spin tackle for Cutthroat Trout, this is a great time of year to fish main flow and side channels. There is a prolific winter Stone Fly Hatch that occurs each year on the Fraser. If you like to get out and try your luck, try dead drifting a winter stone fly pattern just below the surface using a floating line or very slow sink tip. If you see fish rising, don’t be afraid to try a DRY Fly Pattern as well.
For you fly tiers, here is how to tie one of our most productive Cutthroat patterns
Note, this pattern was tied using green deer hair, you can also use natural, purple or dark green for similar results.
Hook: 8 or 6 Streamer Thread: 6/0 Black Tail: Mallard flank Body: Medium flat silver tinsel Underwing: Mallard flank Overwing: A few strands of deer hair from head. Head: Deer hair, color to match mallard flank. Note: Can be tied in green, red, yellow, purple. and in natural.
Tie in mallard at hook bend.
Tie in flat tinsel, then wrap thread forward leaving enough room for the spun deer hair head.
Wrap silver tinsel forward, overlapping slightly on each wrap.
Secure with thread, and then tie in more mallard for the wing. Tips should reach the tips of the tail.
Lay a clump of deer hair between the wing and the eye of the hook, perpendicular to the hook shank. Wrap thread over deer hair, this should cause the deer hair to flare upwards. Make a few more wraps to secure deer hair, then whip finish, and head cement.
The last step is to trim the deer hair to form head. The head should be trimmed to a small size and should be rounded. Leave a few strands of deer hair, extending back over wing.
Vedder River Steelhead – Steelhead fishing has been very productive this past week, water conditions are about as good as it gets. Local steelhead anglers are reporting some good catches and we now have a new leader for the Wall Hall Jr Memorial Derby with a great catch of 16lb.17oz by local angler Kurt Latkovich. Congratulations Kurt. Conditions like we have this week will lend well for spoon fishing or float fishing with Colorado blades. Best spoons for Steelhead is the Gibbs-Delta Iron Head, Koho and for Float fishing there is none better than the Colorado Blade. You can review these products at http://www.gibbsdelta.com
Artificial Baits for Steelhead is an excellent alternative to roe, you can eliminate all the trouble of finding, curing, storing and using salmon eggs, not to mention the mess. It’s a proven fact that single eggs, small egg clusters and the larger gooey bobs account for as many Steelhead caught as cured salmon eggs. There are many advantages to using artificial baits, they come in endless sizes, shapes, and colors. From red to several shades of orange, pink, peach, and chartreuse, also available in florescent and translucent. Sizes can vary from fingernail to the size of a quarter.
There is two key factors to remember when using artificial baits, fish them with the same presentation as you would roe. The artificial has no taste and the texture is harder, the fish will spit the lure quickly. So watch for the slightest movement in your float, it may be a strike. Spinners are a great alternative when you’ve just fished a run through and want to try it once again with something a little different. Another good time to try a Gibbs-Delta Colorado Blade fished under a float is when you’re confronted by a large crowd, or you know that the particular water to be fished has been fished heavily. There are a few rules to apply when using spinners. Water volume is what controls the speed that the blade turns. Steelhead like a slow presentation, so the quicker the water the larger the blade you should use, slow water trying going to a #3 or smaller. Like to use a spinner under my float, fishing it just off the bottom with a slight across and down presentation. You may be surprised at how Effective this method is, and it never hurts to add one more method for Those tuff days.
Vancouver Salmon Fishing – We have been fishing all over the place in recent weeks. Howe Sound, Vancouver Harbour, and the Gulf Island’s have all kicked out some good numbers of fish depending on the day and the weather. It seems to be one of those winters where you can pick one of the manywinter chinook spots and be successful if you fish the area properly. As per usual in the winter months, keeping your gear close to bottom is key to winter chinook success. These chrome fish typically hold and feed on sandy flats that are 80 to 200 feet in depth. Keep a close eye on your sounder for bait and fish.
Hope you have a great weekend and please feel free to send us your fish porn from this week.