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Beach Fly Fishing For Pink Salmon, Island Angler August 2017, page 6

Last year, one of my fishing goals was to learn how to beach fly fish for pink salmon. The advice was always pretty standard - pink for pinks, the deeper you wade the harder to cast, don't push the fish away... I spent the better part of 5 weeks last year in pursuit of pink … Continue reading Beach Fly Fishing For Pink Salmon, Island Angler August 2017, page 6

Fly Fishing for Summer Steelhead, Island Angler July 2017, page 7

To be honest, I’ve never gone out of my way to target summer steelhead, but when the time has been right, I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the right place. Part of the appeal of this fishery to me is the element of surprise - my first summer steelhead was caught on the Stamp … Continue reading Fly Fishing for Summer Steelhead, Island Angler July 2017, page 7

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass, Island Angler June 2017, page 7

While fishing a local lake after work, I watched a fin break the surface and circle the foam beetle I was fishing. I gave the rod a slight twitch and the fish propelled out of the water onto my fly, almost ripping the rod out of my hand as he dove for the depths. That … Continue reading Fly fishing for smallmouth bass, Island Angler June 2017, page 7

Spring Time Fly Fishing Options, Island Angler Spring 2017, page 7

With ample snowpack this year, there is a growing optimism that through the summer, the rivers will stay true and the lakes full, rather than the dry creek beds synonymous with the droughts of recent years. Although this past winter has been colder and snowier than us Islanders are accustomed to, the spring freshwater fly … Continue reading Spring Time Fly Fishing Options, Island Angler Spring 2017, page 7

Winter River Fishing for Steelhead and Trout, Island Angler Winter 2016-17, page 3

Winter fishing normally conjures up visions of snow, ice and frigid cold, however the mild, coastal climate of Vancouver Island means that pursuit of winter run steelhead and resident winter trout is not only possible, but also enjoyable. One such winter fly fishing adventure happened last February on Super Bowl Sunday. I’d agreed to drive […]

Fall River Salmon Fishing, Island Angler Fall 2016, page 3

As I start writing my fall fly fishing column, I have a hard time sitting still. Much like a kid at Christmastime, there is a certain excitement in the air and I can’t wait for September long weekend, the unofficial beginning of fall river salmon fishing on Vancouver Island. Regardless of the method, the intent […]

Beach Fly Fishing for Pink Salmon, Island Angler August 2016, page 5

My fishing journey began just over 20 years ago, and my younger years were spent river fishing, ice fishing and lake fishing while my mom and her partner fished the Saskatchewan Walleye Trail. From there, I fished my way out west across southern Alberta into the Rockies, through the Okanagan and out to Vancouver Island. […]

Fly Fishing Island Lakes for Summer Trout Island Angler July 2016, page 5

The belief is that stillwater fishing slows in the summer because spring hatches are over and the water is too warm. And in some cases, especially shallow, low elevation lakes, this is true. However, on Vancouver Island, there are thousands of lakes in 123 watersheds, and summer hatches of damselflies, caddisflies and dragonflies that make […]

Fly Fishing for Trout in Changing River Conditions, Island Angler June 2016, page 5

For the first time, on May 11, Fisheries & Oceans Canada granted emergency authorization to reduce water flow on my home river, the Cowichan, to below 15 m³/s before the traditional flow pattern ends June 15. To put this into context, a flow rate of 4.5m³/s was reached approximately August 8 in 2014 & 2015, … Continue reading Fly Fishing for Trout in Changing River Conditions, Island Angler June 2016, page 5

Springtime Fly Fishing Opportunities, Island Angler Spring 2016, page 7

Unlike the rest of Canada, for Vancouver Island fly anglers, spring does not mean the start to fishing season after the winter freeze; rather it is a continuation of the fishing calendar and the highly anticipated start of trout season. For myself, spring is the time when steelheading has come to an end and it … Continue reading Springtime Fly Fishing Opportunities, Island Angler Spring 2016, page 7