As seasons shift and a new fishing year begins, thoughts move to warmer weather, longer days, spring hatches and adventures to come. Vancouver Island has a number of rivers and lakes which are designated as fly only fisheries by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Where not outwardly regulated, there are many … Continue reading Spring Trout On Fly Fishing Only Waters, Island Angler, Spring 2018, page 7
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A Vancouver Island advantage is that it is one of the few places in Canada that the winter chill does not freeze all the lakes, and thus fly fishing is possible year-round. Typically, the best time for lake fishing is spring and fall, however with the right understanding, a year-round fishery exists. Casting winter lakes … Continue reading Winter time fly fishing for trout, Island Angler, Winter 2017-18, page 3
As I stand knee deep in first river I ever fished for Pacific salmon, my autumn column on fly fishing rivers for salmon begins to come together. That day almost 10 years ago, I float fished, not fly fished, however it was not long before both methods became synonymous with fall fishing and our fishing gear began outweighing our camping gear.
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
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
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
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 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 […]
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 […]