Fraser Valley fishing report July 10

Fraser Valley fishing report July 10

The fishing in the valley is getting going, the Fraser river is dropping nicely with decent catches of 5-10 sturgeon a day right now, with the river dropping our daily numbers will be going with better fish every day, this past week we landed a beautiful 8”4 fish with a few more 6 footers in between

We have also been fishing the Upper Pitt almost daily, the water is dropping and the fish are filing in here are couple from this past week.

If you would like to book a trip call 14-604-671-3474 or 604-308-5591or email us at sts

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June 29 Fishing report

Vancouver area & Gulf Islands Salmon Fishing.

Fishing in the Gulf Island region continues to produce good results. We have been on the water daily producing some nice Chinook Salmon. Yesterday we landed 6 salmon but unfortunately they were all a bit too small. Most of the fish last week were all between 16 to 25 lbs, we even produced one Chinook that weighed 27lbs.

Over the next month we will continue to focus our salmon fishing in the ocean waters surrounding Vancouver & Gulf Islands. By far this is the place to be in the Vancouver area. Although the Fraser will probably open for salmon fishing on July 15, water conditions will remain poor for most of July. We will have to wait and see how water looks in early August before we start salmon fishing the Fraser.

Pitt River Trout Fly- Fishing and Spin Fishing

The Pitt River has been a bit slower than we are use to but we are still producing some nice trout in the 4 to 7 lb range. Waters levels are excellent this time of year so regardless of weather we are always fishing good waters conditions. Both fly and Spoon fishing produces good results, the key is to fish the fly or spoon in fish holding water. Don’t waste your time fishing every run every hole, focus on key holding water and only fish those spots. I fish the Pitt much the same as I would steelhead, fish primary and secondary runs, leave the rest to the other anglers who don’t know any better.

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing

The Fraser has been fishing fair to good this past week, the last couple days we have seen some aggressive feeding behavior with some larger sturgeon being caught. Yesterday one of our groups battled a large sturgeon for over an hour, the fish got tangled up in some debris on the river bottom and was never landed but they did manage to land a bunch of nice fish.

If you’re looking to get out on the water this week, we still have boats available for this weekend and next week. Just give us a call or e-mail to Book.

Currently we are offering

– Vancouver Salmon Fishing

– Gulf Island Salmon Fishing

– Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing

– Pitt River Fly- Fishing & Spin Fishing for Trout.

Vic Carrao

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Pictures from our last two trips in the Gulf

Nice fish Guys.

Gulf Islands are fishing well, good time to book a trip if your wanting to experience this great fishery.

My guess is 27 lbs, and i don’t mean the girl.

That is one fat fish, nice job Ben.

Below is a couple Pitt River pictures from this week.

Nice Pitt River Bull Trout, this is a great fishery lasting well into early August.

This guy walked out off the bushes about 20 feet from one of our guests. Good thing he was friendly.

We are so lucky to live where we do, all this within 1 hours drive from Vancouver.

Vic Carrao

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Fishing Update for June 23, 2011

Vancouver & Gulf Islands Salmon

Salmon fishing has been steady over in the Gulf Islands, we did two trips this past week to Thrasher Rock and the east side of Gabriola. Both trips produced nice Chinook up to 25lb but numbers of fish were not that great, boat load of Dungeness crab on all trips. Seems like each trip we have 4 or 5 chances so it’s just how many chances turn into landed fish. For the most part that is up to the guests and a bit of luck. The Cod and Rock fish are keeping the rods busy when the salmon are not biting.

This picture was just sent to me from the water at 10:08 am on June 23. Great job Chad, you’re the man.

Pitt River Fly & Spin Fishing

We have been on the Pitt all week fishing for sea-run Bull Trout. Although the numbers seem to be down from same period last year, these fish are probably just late as it’s seems to be the trend on all local rivers. We are catching fish on every trip but working hard for each and every one. Our largest trout this week was just under 7lbs, a few fish in the 5 lb range and some smaller ones.

Here is a typical Pitt River Bull Trout you could expect to catch while on a guided trip. This fish was caught a few days ago.

We are catching fish on both Fly & Spoons, Egg Suck’n Leeches, Streamer fly’s and Flash Flys. Most of our fly’s are hand tied and don’t have names, but if your looking to tie some fly’s for the Pitt, I would recommend using pea cock herl, flashabou and some polar bear or died moose or elk hair. Most of our fly’s are 2 to 4 inches in length imitating larger bait fish like herring or needle fish.

The one below is one of my favorites.

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has picked up again, we fished the last 3 days between Mission and Vedder River confluence with good results. Bait of choice has been Eulichons and eels but we are picking up a few fish on salmon eggs and bellies. Some of our larger fish are coming from the salmon baits so they might be starting to key in on migrating salmon.

Berkley releases new fishing line

I finally get to talk about Berkley’s new Nanofil fishing line. Someone of you who fished with me last season might remember using a new fishing line that I was not able to say much about. Well now we can not only talk about it, we can purchase it as this new Nanofil will be coming to stores soon.

You’re probably saying, ya ya, another fishing line, whoopti doo. There are so many new lines are the market it gets a bit confusing. Well trust me when i say, this line is like nothing you have ever used.

Nanofil is not a monofilament, not a braid but something completely new. This line is the first Uni-filament fishing line. It casts effortlessly, casts longer than any line I have used and is extremely accurate. This line has zero memory, zero tangles, zero stretch and virtually eliminates tangles.

Last season I tested this line on one of my spinning reels, we used 12 lb test which is the diameter of about 4lb test. It casts like silk. I compared 8 & 10 lb mono which I was using on another rod/reel, the Nanofil casted twice the distance with half the effort. All our guests that used it were thoroughly impressed with this line.

I am trying to get some pictures of packaging so you can see the line, it is white, soft and has no memory. As soon as I do, I will post.

Vic Carrao

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a few pics from today

Below are some of the fish we are catching, we will be out all weekend fishing sturgeon, salmon and trout.

We still have a few boats available for this weekend,604-671-3473

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Fishing report for June 15

Salmon fishing has stayed pretty good over the last month especially over on the gulf Islands. Thrasher Rock and the east side of Gabriola have been producing good numbers of chinook up to 25lbs. Lots of grey cod keeping the rods moving as well as ling cod and rock cod. Seems like most days we go across the straight we are being entertained by the local population of porpose as well as lots of sightings of grey whales.

We have also been spending a bit of time as well in the middle of the straight with good success for chinook as well. The local fishery has been descent with chinook and coho being hooked off south Bowen as well as the outer reaches of the harbour. We are starting to hook a few coho as well of south Bowen, we hope this is a good indication of the run of coho that usually start showing up in good numbers the last few weeks of June and throughout July. Crabbing has been excellent as usuall all around the harbour and the fraser mouth. We are excited about the summer of fishing ahead. All indications show it will be another good summer with coho in June and July, then the always strong summer chinook runs followed by an enormous run of Pinks expected for August and September bound for the Fraser River.

Pitt River Fly and Spin fishing

The Pitt River is now in season for Sea-run Bull trout. Fishing has just got started and we will be fishing daily between now and late July. Water conditions are perfect right now so we should start seeing some larger schools of fish entering over the next week.

Here’s a beauty caught a couple days ago while fishing the Pitt River.

Sturgeon Fishing the Fraser

Fishing has been fair to good, each day is a bit different right now as high water has these fish spread all over the place. Once we put in our time we are usually successful catching 4 to 6 fish on an average day. Some days are better but until we start seeing the river drop you can expect these types of numbers.

Were on the water each and every day, give us a call or e-mail if you’re looking to get out on the water.

Go Canucks Go

Stanley is coming home.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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May 31 Fishing Report for Vancouver & Fraser Valley

Vancouver & Gulf Island Salmon Fishing

Fishing has been up and down this past week, on Friday we landed 2 nice Chinook and a boat load of crab, Saturday was a tuff day producing no salmon but still lots of crab. Both days we fished the Gulf Islands in around Thrasher Rock area. South end of Bowen Island produced some nice fish but unfortunately we chose to fish Gulf Islands in hopes of some of those larger Chinook.

Over the next few weeks we will be fishing both Vancouver area and Gulf Islands choosing which ever is fishing best. With Fathers Day coming up in a few weeks we suggest booking early and taking advantage of our Fathers Day Special which can be found on our specials page http://www.guidebc.com/accommodations/accomm_special.asp

For those of you wanting to try fishing on your own, the standard terminal tackle is working well, Flaming Hans Spoons, Army Truck Hoochies and of course Anchovies. Bouncing your cannon ball off the bottom is a bit risky but if you know the bottom is relatively flat, it is one of the more productive ways to catch the larger Chinook.

Fraser Sturgeon

I would classify the water conditions on the Fraser as challenging. Spring freshet ( snow melt) has begun and water levels are rising. Over the next 4-6 weeks we will see the Fraser rise and drop. when this happens is anyone’s guess but the usual triggers are warm weather and heavy rain fall. We are definitely overdue for some warm weather.

Fishing has been up and down for the most part, we had our first skunk of the season this past week but we rebounded with a 6 fish day so not sure if the bite was off or we just didn’t get the job done.

We are still catching fish on Eulichons but some of our larger fish have come from salmon bellies and lamprey eel. Although high water conditions can make fishing challenging, it doesn’t mean you won’t catch fish. In fact some of our larger fish are caught during spring freshet. The reward of catching that monster sturgeon is always worth the effort.

Fly & Spin Fishing for Trout

We have two upcoming fisheries that offer great fishing opportunities. The Upper Pitt River sea-run Bull Trout and Interior lake fishing. Both of these fisheries are just getting started with June and July the two best months for fishing. We are currently offering some specials for Fathers Day so good time to experience these fisheries.

If you watch fishing shows you might have seen our show with Fish’n Canada that aired this past weekend. This picture was just one of the 9 Bull Trout caught while filming the show in June of 2010.

Although we prefer to fly fish for sea-trout, we also fish with spoons and spinners for those anglers who don’t fly fish. Without a doubt Gibbs/Nortac out of Burnaby produces the best lures for local fishing. My favorite is the Ultra Lure in silver/blue, silver/green or plain sterling silver. The key to fishing spoons is a slow retrieve with a upstream and across presentation.

Interior Lake Fishing

Trout fishing has been fair to excellent this past week, our guide Jerry was out on several interior lakes which produced good fishing. Most rainbow trout were in the 12 to 20 inch range with 1 or 2 larger fish. Most fish were caught on chronomids and mayfly nymphs fished under the surface. Now’s the time for Interior rainbow trout fishing, fishing should be good now through until late July when weather becomes too warm and fish start feeding on bottom. Most local lakes in Merritt area are fishing well best to check with local tackle store before heading out.

Upcoming Fisheries

If you’re looking to go fishing over the next few weeks I would highly recommend fishing several fisheries. If your after salmon, the Vancouver/Gulf Islands is the only local fisheries that are open for salmon. You have a fair to good chance at catching a few salmon as well as a boat load of crab.

For trout fishing I would highly recommend fishing the Pitt River, this is a wilderness river experience that you won’t find anywhere in SW British Columbia. Great fishing, scenery and good chance at seeing wildlife like deer, bear and elk.

Last but not least, sturgeon fishing on the Fraser almost always produces fish. In 2010 we had 4 days without fish, we probably did 500 trips so odds are pretty good you will catch fish. Our average is 6 to 10 fish per day even in high water conditions.

Choose your guides carefully

Seems like everyone is a guide now a days. Websites are popping up like wildfire spreading across the forest floor on a dry summer day. Everyone claims to have fleets of guides with certified boats and years of guiding experience. The fact is, most of these guides claims are not exactly true, most have limited experience, guide part time at best and very few are certified to Canadian TPC standards. When choosing a guide to fish on the Fraser River it is buyer beware. The cheapest price is not always a good choice. The gold rush mentality is alive and well on the Fraser River. I would like to say that you should hire STS as we are one of the premier guide outfitters on the river but there are others that provide a good quality service as well. My recommendation is that if you choose not to fish with STS, fish with a member of the Fraser Valley Angling Guide Association. Look for the logo on their website, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials.

Hope to see you on the water.

Vic Carrao

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