This is the last month that the streams and rivers south of Campbell River remain open (areas 1-1 to 1-6, closed July 15-August 31), making it the ideal opportunity to spend these final June days stalking trout & steelhead on the gin clear streams of Vancouver Island, before moving to the lakes to sight fish the shallows for smallmouth bass. Few things match the rush of stalking a fish you can see with an ultra-light rod on waters that are removed enough from civilization to stay pristine. It's a combination of patience, presentation, and position that is both technical and challenging. It's the closest to bone fishing on you can get on Vancouver Island, and the fish are there or they are not - there is no denying what you can indisputably see in front of you.
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