FALL 2017 FISHING REPORT
As I write this temperatures on Vancouver Island have hit 30 degrees and essentially we have had no rain for over 3 months!
Rivers on the East Coast have virtually no flow and will make the fall run of spawning salmon difficult for the fish unless conditions change for the better.
Lakes, of course, have remained open, but the high water temperatures have made fishing difficult as the fish retreat to the depths to find cooler water.
The Pinks, first of the pacific salmon on the east coast have not arrived locally in any great numbers. The fishing at Nile Creek, in particular, has again been disappointing with small numbers of fish showing sporadically. Typically fly fishermen have been travelling north to Campbell River to find fish. However the fishing has been tough with the need to work hard to tempt the salmon to bite. One must never forget that salmon are in the river to spawn and the longer they adapt to freshwater the more reluctant they will be to show any interest in a lure or fly.
Some Pinks are in local rivers supplemented with small numbers of Chinooks If you chase these large powerful fish make sure you are using equipment that is up to the task. Typically an 8 or 9 weight rod is appropriate. Use a reel with a good disc drag and tippet material of about 15lb. I have observed fly fishermen on the Big Q chasing Chinooks with 5 and 6 weight trout rods which don’t have the strength to play and land the fish quickly. Worse case this will result in either a broken rod or a fish with a fly and leader trailing from its mouth. Respect the fish and use tackle that matches the quarry, so that if you want to release it the fish will be able to recover relatively quickly
On the west coast the Stamp will have runs of Coho and Chinooks now and the lower river should offer opportunities to both the fly fisherman and those using gear.
September and October will see all anglers eagerly looking forward to the arrival of COHO salmon off local beaches. Also called the silver salmon it is considered to be the most sporting of the Pacific Salmon. Several jumps and long runs typify this species. The gear guys will score using Buzz Bombs or Zingers especially when the fish are out of casting range for the fly. Coho spoons and Gibbs Crocs also work very successfully in the salt chuck. For those that fish the fly be equipped with baitfish patterns fished fairly fast to replicate normal behaviour. Smaller krill and shrimp type flies are also very effective in green, blue, red, and copper when conditions are calm and the ocean is calm and the water is like glass.
Whether you are chasing trout, pinks, coho, steelhead or chinooks we have all the right tackle and advice to help you be successful.