Fishing Report for March 8

First I would like to thank all of you who dropped by our booth at the 2011 BC Boat & Sportsman Show this past weekend. We had a great turn out all weekend. It was great to see all of you and for those of you who donated to our Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraiser, thank you so much. We raised a total of $740 between our T-Shirt Sales and weekend draw for Vancouver Island fishing trip with Murphy Sportfishing.

I also want to thank Mark Pendlington ( BC Sportfishing Show) for putting on a great show. This was the first time I have worked with Mark (Ask the Experts Panel) and it was a pleasure. We did three shows with great turn out and audience participation.

Next stop Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show March 17 to 20, please drop by our booth and say hello. Also at the show this year for the first time is Hells Canyon Marine Jet Boats ( HCM) They will have 3 tricked out boats at the show including a 18ft rock hopper. Should be a Great Show.

Fishing report for March 8th

Vedder River Steelhead

Water conditions are currently low and clear throughout the river, with expect rains later this week we could see some color and even a slight rise. This would not be a bad thing as we could use some color in the water. Our guides Thomas and Gerry are both reporting a decrease in angling success due to the clear water conditions although Gerry landed 3 last night and Thomas hooked 1 and lost it near the shore. If your heading out, best to fish early morning or late afternoon as fish seem to be more active in the low light. Just before dusk is your best time to be flogging your favorite water.

Local angler Wayne Williams with his first Steelhead in 6 years, after taking a guide trip with STS on the Vedder.

“Hey Vic, Thomas took us out last Thursday and showed my friend and I how to fish the Vedder, and then my buddy and I went out on Monday and look what I hooked into. Been trying to catch one for six years. Thanks Thomas and the guys at STS”

Thanks again Wayne Williams.

Fraser River Sturgeon

Our Spring Sturgeon Fishery gets going on March 15, we will be on the water daily and will keep you posted on how fishing is and what we are hooking them on.

We will have our boats back in the water moored at Mission so if your looking for a last minute trip, we can accommodate you. Our Spring Special is selling very well, $500 for 4 anglers fishing 6 hours, this a great deal as it is $60 less than our 2 person rate, this is a $180 discount off our regular rates for 4 anglers.

Take advantage now and book for your spring Sturgeon trip.

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing

Our Saltwater boat was on the water twice this past week, on both trips we hooked salmon but our last trip out we were into a hog that until the seal got hold of it. We estimate the fish to be in the 20 to 25 lb range but I guess the seal needed it more than we did. Same as last week. The usual spots along the West Van shoreline and among the freighters are still producing fish most days. Coyote spoons and glow variations of hootchies are all producing at depths ranging from 60 feet to the bottom. No real need for bait this time of year as these fish are not very selective. Lots of shakers are being hooked along with the odd keeper.

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

Vic Carrao

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Fishing Report for Feb 24, 2011

Well I just returned back from Toronto and boy am I glad to be home. Every time I travel to another Canadian or US City to promote our great province, I gain an appreciation for where we live. There is no doubt we live in the greatest place on earth.

While attending the Toronto Spring Fishing Show I got to hang out with my great buddies Angelo, Pete and Mike Miller from the Fish’n Canada Show. These guys have to be the hardest working anglers I have ever met. They had two booths, one promoting the new US Reels and the other promoting Ontario Tourism. The line up to get an autograph stretched through the Isle ways, never seen anything like it. I even signed a few myself, I think someone confused me with someone who was famous, lol.

Speaking of the Fish’n Canada Show, STS has two shows airing this year on Global and WFN, Watch for Sturgeon show with Mike Miller and Bull Trout on the Upper Pitt River with Angelo Viola himself. Global TV airs Saturday mornings, check your local listings for times.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Well the winter fishing is still going steady for the feeder chinook in the harbour. The usual spots along the West Van shoreline and among the freighters are producing fish most days. Coyote spoons and glow variations of hootchies are all producing at depths ranging from 60 feet to the bottom. No real need for bait this time of year as these fish are not very selective. Lots of shakers are being hooked along with the odd keeper.

The size of fish this year seems to be larger than years before. The fish are fat and healthy and make for a great fight and great table fair. The flood tides and the high slack tend to be the best bet for hooking fish. Find the bait and you will usually find the feeder chinook. We have been out regularaly hooking several fish each charter, some days better than others but the crabbing remains very productive. Call us if you would like a great day on the water chasing these feeder chinooks and some great crabbing.

Vedder Steelhead Fishing

The Steelhead fishing has been excellent this past week, STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann is now at 162 fish landed which is nothing short of amazing. Water conditions are low and clear but lots of fish around if you know where they are holding. As this cold snap continues, down sizing you offering is very important. Lighter leaders and smaller baits and lures will help put more fish on the beach.

The above Picture is one of our good clients John who after a day on the water with Thomas, landed his first steelhead in several years. Hiring a guide for the day is not such a bad idea when your just not producing fish. Guides like Thomas are like hiring a tech geek to help you learn Facebook or fix your PC. They do it every day, live and breath their passion and are darn good at it. If you like to spend a day on the water with Thomas, give us a call and we can set you up.

Fly fishing for steelhead is one of lifes great challenges, ask any angler who has tried, it is not easy. I know this is going to sound sick, but Thomas was trying to challenge himself so he pulled out the fly rod a few days ago, poor Thomas hooked 2 steelhead on the fly in the first 20 minutes and went home disappointed, he was hoping that he would have to work hard for a fish that day. What can we say, this kid is one of the best, that’s why he is in his 11 year of guiding.

A minute for Bill Otway – Canadian Hall of Fame

Bill Otway for those of you who do not know, is one of British Columbia’s champions. A life dedicated to protecting fish and fishermans rights to sport fish, Bill worked tirelessly for all British Columbians and those anglers who visit this great province each and every year. Bill passed away recently which has left the sport fishing community with a huge loss, I doubt anyone could fill those shoes.

This past week I was attending the Toronto Spring Boat & Sportsman Show, on Friday morning there was an industry breakfast that to my surprise included ceremonies for the 2011 inductees into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame. It was my privilege and honor to be in attendance while our very own Bill Otway was inducted into the Angler Hall Of Fame. Bills Son and Daughter in-law were both in attendance to accept the award. I met with his son and he said that Mr Bill Otway while very ill was still working on projects and giving instructions right up until the end. That’s Bill all the way, never quit, never give up, a true Canadian Legend.

Don’t forget the BC Boat & Sportsman Show is coming March 4,5,6 in the Abbotsford Tradex Center, please drop by and see us at our booth. I will also be answering questions at the New Pure Fishing “ Ask the Experts Panel” on the main stage each and every day, Check the show guide for times. I might have a few freebees on hand as well so be sure to catch our show.

Remember to conserve your catch

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com

Check out our new Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com

Fraser Valley Fishing Report as of Feb 14, 2011.

This week is looking good for those anglers wanting to get out and fish. Water levels & clarity are good on all local rivers and Vancouver saltwater fishing is producing some nice Chinook Salmon. See below for specific waters.

What’s New with STS.

Tradeshow season is upon us so we will be heading out on the road as we do this time every year. First stop is Toronto Spring Boat & Sportsman Show Feb 18 to 21. If you live in the Toronto area be sure to drop by and say hello.

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is fast approaching, This years show is first weekend in March. We have a few VIP passes to give away, just send me an e-mail with VIP passes in the subject line and we will give away to the first 5 e-mails we receive.

Spring Sturgeon Fishing is just around the corner, last year we offered a Spring Special which was well received so we have decided to do it once again for 2011 season.

Spring Sturgeon Special – Fill the boat for $500 – includes 6 hours of guided sturgeon fishing with one of our experienced and professional fishing guides.

Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraiser – Last year my wife Teresa & I and our 2 daughters decide to fund raise for this great event. Many of our friends and family are affected by cancer including myself so we entered the Ride to Conquer Cancer which is a 260 km bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. We enjoyed the experience so much and raised $11,000.00, most of which came from the Fishing Community in BC and around the world.

This years fundraising is already proving to be much more challenging, we need to raise $10,000 to enter the ride so we are starting early. STS Guiding is 100% behind this event and is offering some great prizes and gifts to those who donate.

Receive a Free Fly Rod/Reel Case with every donation over $15.00 – All you need to do is go online to the link provided, make a donation of $15.00 or more, then send me an e-mail and we can make arrangements to get you your rod case. We have 20 rod cases to give away.

Auction Item – Hope to Hells Gate Jet Boat ride for you and 11 of your friends. Trip is valued at $1465.00 including taxes. I will be taking bids until April 1, 2011, Just e-mail me your bid.

To make a donation – http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2011?px=2331358&pg=personal&fr_id=1371

Fishing Report for Feb 8, 2011

Vedder River Steelhead.

I Just got off the phone with our Steelhead Guides Thomas Rutschmann & Gerry Dewar. They both are reporting great conditions and a tone of fish in the system. From all indications this season has been one of the best in many years. We have had some great years so that is saying something. To give you an example, between Thomas and Gerry they landed 17 fish last week in 3 days of fishing, they don’t want to talk about how many they lost so we will leave it at that.

It looks as though we are going to have some showers the next few days then rain on Saturday. so water conditions should remain good through the weekend. The Vancouver Boat Show is on all weekend so that should lesson the crowds on the Vedder. While out fishing for steelhead, don’t be afraid of using some larger baits, Thomas has been using quarter sized roe bags and imitation gooey bobs and doing very well.

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,

Chehalis River

The Chehalis has been fishing well for steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. Most of our local anglers will target Steelhead in the Lower Canyon or Just above the Chehalis Bridge. Both areas have been producing fish. Cured Salmon eggs, Shrimp (table or sand) are both working as is artificial like wool, jensen eggs and gooey bobs.

Fraser River

The Fraser River is in excellent condition, water clarity is 3 to 4 feet,temperatures have risen slightly from last week. We did a sturgeon trip on Friday last week and managed to land 17 sturgeon, most were smaller fish but we did get several over 5ft. Fishing between Mission and Chilliwack has been a bit slower then the lower river below Mission. Baits to try would include lamprey, salmon eggs & eulachon.

New Sturgeon Reel & Line on the Market

Spring sturgeon fishing is just around the corner, for those of you looking for a new sturgeon reel, Penn just introduced a inexpensive reel that produces 30lbs of drag which is as much as the Penn International Series. The New Fathom 60 Level Wind offers big line capacity 4.3:1 gear ratio and a 24 inch line retrieve while only weighing 25 oz. This will make a great sturgeon reel for the Fraser River.

Spider Wire Stealth Braid is now available in 150, 200 & 250Lb line rating. This new stealth braid is also available in high visability yellow which helps anglers manage rod movement and improves strike reaction time. Most of our STS team of guides used this line last season and were very impressed with the fishability of this line.

Spring Sturgeon Special

· From Feb 1 to March 31 – $500 – Fill the boat

· 6 hours sturgeon fishing, max 4 anglers per boat

· All fishing Tackle Provided

· Private guide and boat

· Fishing Licenses, Tax and Gratuity not included.

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon fishing

Winter Salmon fishing has been fair this past week. We managed to hook a few Chinook this week, our largest was in the mid teens but we did not get a good look at it as it popped the hook before we could see it. We did land a couple smaller fish but nothing to get excited about. Vancouver Harbour was fishing best, we did hook a few fish over by the Pink apartments as well. Yesterday the wind was up so we tried hiding in Tungstall Bay along with several other charter boats, unfortunately the fish were not thinking the same way.

Crab Fishing has been good, we have caught some nice large crab this past week. Most of the larger crab were found off the 80 ft shelf near the entrance to the Harbour.

Looking to Learn how to fish for sturgeon, fly cast or run a jet boat, check out our spring seminars for 2011.

Sturgeon Seminar – http://www.guidebc.com/sturgeonseminar.asp

Fly Casting Lessons – http://www.guidebc.com/seminar_flycast.asp

Jet Boat Seminar – http://www.guidebc.com/seminar_jetboat.asp

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

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

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com

Check out our new Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com

Report for Jan 31, 2011

Vancouver Sunset

This week is looking good for those anglers wanting to get out and fish. Water levels & clarity are good on all local rivers and Vancouver Saltwater Fishing is producing some nice Chinook Salmon. See below for specific waters.

Spring Trade Shows – First Stop Toronto

We are getting ready to hit the road, our first stop will be Toronto Spring Boat & Sportsman Show Feb 18-21, if you live in the Toronto area and would like some tickets, please e-mail us. We are really looking forward to spending some time with our friends Angelo, Pete and Mike of the Fishn Canada Show as well as seeing our sponsors from Pure Fishing. Vic Carrao of STS will be on stage once a day during the show talking about sturgeon fishing in British Columbia. Drop by and say hello.

Spring Sturgeon Special

· From Feb 1 to March 31

· 6 hours sturgeon fishing, Fill the Boat ( 4 anglers max)

· All fishing Tackle Provided

· Private guide and boat

· Cost- only $560.00

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

· From Feb 1 to March 31

· 6 hours salmon fishing, Fill the Boat ( 4 anglers max)

· All fishing Tackle Provided

· Private guide and boat

· Cost- only $750.00

Vedder River Steelhead.

Water conditions have been up and down but the past few days we have seen water conditions stabilize. Steelhead fishing has been fantastic the past few weeks with many fish being caught throughout the river.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. Thomas is nearing 70 fish for the season which is great for any Vedder River Steelheader.

It looks as though we are going to have clear conditions for the next week so 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,

Chehalis River

The Chehalis has been fishing well for steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. Most of our local anglers will target Steelhead in the Lower Canyon or Just above the Chehalis Bridge. Both areas have been producing fish. Cured Salmon eggs, Shrimp ( table or sand) are both working as is artificial like wool, jensen eggs and gooey bobs.

Fraser River

The Fraser River is in excellent condition, water clarity is 3 to 4 feet, temperatures are just above freezing. We did a sturgeon trip on Friday last week and managed to land 17 sturgeon, most were smaller fish be we did get several over 5ft. 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.

Vancouver Saltwater Salmon fishing

Winter Salmon fishing has been fair to excellent the past week. Good numbers of Chinook are being caught in Vancouver Harbour with a fair number of keeper size Chinook. Finding the bait fish is the key, find the bait and you will hook fish. Hoochies, Spoons and bait fish have all been producing fish, trolling near the bottom has worked well. Our new 265 Express is geeting rigged and almost ready to hit the water, If your looking to get out and catch some salmon, February is a great month.

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

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

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

I will be riding 260 km on my bike to raise money for cancer. Last year we raised $11,000 help me beat this number. You can make a donation at http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2011?px=2331358&pg=personal&fr_id=1371

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 www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2011?px=2331358&pg=personal&fr_id=1371

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

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 www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouver2011?px=2331358&pg=personal&fr_id=1371

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

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