Jan 05 Fishing Report Update

January 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

With cold clear temperatures and wind chill we are experiencing some very cold weather, in some areas of the Fraser Valley temperatures are getting in the -20 with wind chills. Not many anglers out on the flow but you will always find a few die hards still out trying to land their first steelhead of the season.

Local fly fishing for Cutthroat is your best bet for this time of year, Harrison River, Stave River and Vedder River are your 3 best options. If your looking for some winter fly patterns check out our extensive fly tieing gallery at http://guidebc.com/flypatterns.asp

Vedder River Steelhead – Cold clear weather patterns will keep water levels low and visibility clear until things start to warm up, in the meantime steelhead will continue to trickle into the river moving their way up the river mostly in the darkness of night. A few years back I was involved in a study of steelhead on the Vedder where we monitored movement of steelhead and it was no surprise to us that during low clear conditions, steelhead would move up river at night and hold in deeper pools and shallow tail out during the day.

Here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back, might help you understand steelhead and their habits a bit more – http://guidebc.com/articles/earlyseasonsteelheadtactics.asp

Here is another with information on the telemetry study back in 2000, might be old but not much has changed in the way steelhead respond to water conditions and migratory habits. http://guidebc.com/articles/telemetry.asp

Fraser River Sturgeon – During the Christmas holidays we managed to get out a few days for sturgeon on the lower Fraser. Sturgeon fishing was still very good and we still managed to tag and release a good number of fish with our local hero Rick Hansen. Salmon eggs and Lamprey eel are always a good bet during winter conditions, bites are very light so don’t take your eye off that rod tip.

Harrison River – clear cold weather is the story on all local Fraser Valley Rivers including the Harrison but that also means no people and lots of water to cover. There is a good population of resident cutthroat and there are still a few Coho swimming around although they are getting pretty tired. Some early Chehalis steelhead are moving in and during low clear water they will hold in the Harrison and wait for highwater before moving up stream. Good bet is to fly fish or light tackle spin fish above Harrison rapids all the way up to Morris confluence.

Harrison River Sturgeon fishing can be very good in winter conditions so if you plan on doing a little steelhead/cutthroat fishing don’t forget to bring along your sturgeon rods. Best bait on the Harrison is salmon eggs and chum flesh.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook fishing is available year round in Vancouver Harbour, although it can be cold and windy at times, most of the time it is calm and cool during January. If you’re in the Vancouver area and are looking for an opportunity to get out on the water, we can provide 5 and 8 hour charters departing from Granville Island and River Rock Casino in Richmond. If your planning on heading out yourself, best to stock up on the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and some G-Force spoons.

Be Sure to Check back weekly as we will be posting new reports with tips, tricks and hot spots to fish throughout the season

Have a great day

Celebrating 22 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2016

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Jan 03 Fishing Report Update

January 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

With cold clear temperatures and wind chill we are experiencing some very cold weather, in some areas of the Fraser Valley temperatures are getting in the -20 with wind chills. Not many anglers out on the flow but you will always find a few die hards still out trying to land their first steelhead of the season.

Vedder River Steelhead – Cold clear weather patterns will keep water levels low and visibility clear until things start to warm up, in the meantime steelhead will continue to trickle into the river moving their way up the river mostly in the darkness of night. A few years back I was involved in a study of steelhead on the Vedder where we monitored movement of steelhead and it was no surprise to us that during low clear conditions, steelhead would move up river at night and hold in deeper pools and shallow tail out during the day.

Here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back, might help you understand steelhead and their habits a bit more – http://guidebc.com/articles/earlyseasonsteelheadtactics.asp

Here is another with information on the telemetry study back in 2000, might be old but not much has changed in the way steelhead respond to water conditions and migratory habits. http://guidebc.com/articles/telemetry.asp

Fraser River Sturgeon – During the Christmas holidays we managed to get out a few days for sturgeon on the lower Fraser. Sturgeon fishing was still very good and we still managed to tag and release a good number of fish with our local hero Rick Hansen. Salmon eggs and Lamprey eel are always a good bet during winter conditions, bites are very light so don’t take your eye off that rod tip.

Harrison River – clear cold weather is the story on all local Fraser Valley Rivers including the Harrison but that also means no people and lots of water to cover. There is a good population of resident cutthroat and there are still a few Coho swimming around although they are getting pretty tired. Some early Chehalis steelhead are moving in and during low clear water they will hold in the Harrison and wait for highwater before moving up stream. Good bet is to fly fish or light tackle spin fish above Harrison rapids all the way up to Morris confluence.

Harrison River Sturgeon fishing can be very good in winter conditions so if you plan on doing a little steelhead/cutthroat fishing don’t forget to bring along your sturgeon rods. Best bait on the Harrison is salmon eggs and chum flesh.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook fishing is available year round in Vancouver Harbour, although it can be cold and windy at times, most of the time it is calm and cool during January. If you’re in the Vancouver area and are looking for an opportunity to get out on the water, we can provide 5 and 8 hour charters departing from Granville Island and River Rock Casino in Richmond. If your planning on heading out yourself, best to stock up on the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and some G-Force spoons.

Be Sure to Check back weekly as we will be posting new reports with tips, tricks and hot spots to fish throughout the season

Have a great day

Celebrating 22 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2016

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Christmas is only 12 days away

December 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

Snowed has covered the ground and by all reports will be staying around for a few weeks, we are still offering daily Eagle Tours and as weather permits Guided Sturgeon Fishing and Winter Chinook Fishing out of Vancouver.

If your still look for that last minute Christmas Gift, we do offer Gift Certificates that can be sent out same day.

Have a great week

Merry Christmas from the STS Team.

May 1st Fly Fishing Update

May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I fished the Harrison yesterday with another one of our guides. The fishing turned out to be not very good with only one nice cutthroat being landed. The weather was good warm, sunny, and with no wind but the water was very high. we never really saw any fish feeding even though there is a ton of chum fry in the river right now . After the hard day on the water yesterday. It really got me looking forward to whats coming up next, bull trout on the Upper Pitt.

Fly fishing trips on the Pitt River will begin at the end of May. June, July & August are the 3 best months to experience this fishery. Most of the trout are between 16 inches and 5lbs but we do get a fair number of fish between 5 to 10 lbs. Regardless of size, the experience itself is one that is not soon forgotten.

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When i got home for fishing yesterday i started tying flies for the Pitt and I thought I would share one of my more effective patterns. This is my version of a rabbit strip egg sucking leech loaded with flash to make it visible in the dirty high water the Upper Pitt gets in June and July and weighted with lead so you can get down deep and put right in front of the fishes face.

We are now taking bookings for fly fishing trips on the Upper Pitt. If you have any questions or if you would like to book a trip with us you can reach us at 604-671-3474 or email us at Info

Tight lines

Casey Martin

STS Fly Fishing

The Flashy Black UV ESL

May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

materials list:
thread of your preference, i use uni-mono size 4m fine
Mustad 34011 or 34007 size 2/0 for your shank
size 2,1 or 1/0 octopus hook
50-80 pound braided line, or 30 pound Fireline
.30 lead wire
holographic blue Flashabou
copper Flashabou
straight cut black rabbit strips
cross cut black rabbit strips
UV olive copper polar chenille
chenille size small hot pink or flame orange
head cement

step one- tie on your thread and create a good base of thread from the eye back to inline with the hook point

step 2- tie in a trailer hook on a braid or fireline like material i like to use 80 pound braid, make sure you tie it in so the trailer hook sits no further back then 1/4-3/8 inch if its too far back it will wrap up with the rabbit tail when fished. use a good quality hook because you wont be able to change it. make sure you tie in your trailer hook material over the whole length or the hook through the eye thread it through the eye of the hook and then tie it in all the way down the bottom of the shank as well, do very many wraps of thread and really lock this in then coat it with cement, you don’t want it to pull out.

step 3- add on in the middle of the shank 12-15 wraps of .30 lead wire and cover it in a couple dozen wraps of thread.

step 4- tie in approximately a dozen of each holographic blue and copper flashabou about 2 1/2 to 3 inches back from the end of the hook.

step 5- tie in a 2 1/2 to 3 inch black rabbit strip for a tail, if your not sure on length make it long because you can always shorten it on the river.

Step 6- tie in your chenille and then tie in your cross cut rabbit strip right on top of it.

step 7 – this is where it it going to get a bit tricky as you are going to have to palmer forward you chenille and wrap the rabbit at the same time, pinch them together in your fingers and then wrap them both at the same time.

step 8- bring them forward all the way to the eye tie them off and trim off only the excess rabbit

step 9- palmer one or two more wraps of the cheneille right behind the eye then tie it off and trim off the excess

step 10- wrap your thread back down the hook 1/4 from the eye tying down the chenille and rabbit, then tie your pink chenille in there

step 11- wrap your pink chenille around to form an egg then tie it off right behind the eye of the hook and trim off the excess.

step 12- whip finish, apply a liberal amount of head cement, and cut off the hook that was clamped in the vise

step 13 – send it through a run with bull trout in it…….hold on tight.

Casey Martin

STS Fly Fishing

March 25 Fly Fishing Report

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fishing has seemed to have slowed to a crawl over the last week with the cold temperatures we have been experiencing. We fished Harrison and the Fraser three times last week with only catching two cutthroats over 12 inches and lots of white fish. With nice weather and warmer temperatures in the forecast for the upcoming week expect for the fishing to pick up very soon. The water on the harrison continues to be high and clear, clear tips with light tippet will be your best bet as the water drops back down into shape over the week. For flies we have been mainly using epoxy minnows with dark olive backs to mimic chum fry and various flashy olive woolly buggers. With these sunny days there will be many stone flies hatching so a stone fly nymph will be a good alternative if the trout become tight lipped on fry patterns. I’m still not seeing close to the amount of fry in the water that we had at this time last year but i expect that to change in the coming weeks and with that we should see some spectacular fly fishing for the month of April.

Fly Fishing the Upper Pitt

June 1 to August 15 – is peak fly fishing for sea-run Bull Trout on the Upper Pitt River. These fish enter the Upper river from the lake heading for their spawning ground in Garibaldi Park. These fish are chrome bright and full of fight. Size ranges from 3 to 10 lbs with lots of fish in the 4-6 lb range. Some of the larger fish can reach as much as 14lbs. This is one of British Columbia’s Premier fisheries with limited access and a wilderness experience. Late July the sockeye begin to enter as well as the Chinook Salmon so it makes for some great fishing. Our regular rate is $850 for 2 anglers but we are currently offering $100 off for early bookings.

Our fly fishing adventures begin only 40 minute drive from Vancouver. We fish 7 river systems within 1 hours drive of Vancouver including one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets. Trout fishing is a year round fishery with several peak periods when trout fishing is at its best. Typically winter and spring offer some good fly fishing opportunities on several river systems, late May to June offers spectacular fly fishing for sea-run trout and local resident fish. Salmon fry are just starting to hatch so this is a good time to try your luck at fly fishing for cutthroat trout. We offer daily charters on both Harrison & Fraser River.

If you have any questions or you would like to get out and do some fly fishing with us. send us a email at Info or give us a call at toll free 1-855-223-5453 or 604-671-3474.

Tight lines

Casey Martin

STS Fly Fishing

Harrison river fishing report Feb 6, 2013

February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Water levels continue to be very low on the harrison and the river clarity continues to be very clear. With not a lot of rain in the forecast expect for that to stay the same throughout the rest of week and into the weekend. For those of you that fish this river regularly, the boat ramp under the harrison river bridge is closed until the water comes back up. kilby on the other hand is still open and there is enough water to easily launch any boat up to 18′.

A friend and i were out yesterday and it was the first day i have seen salmon fry in the river this year. The fish should start really start keying in on these but they will also still be looking for alevin so Make sure you have a good selection of both patterns if you are planning on heading out fishing. Here are a few of the ones i like to use.

Fishing was slow for us for the first half of the day but managed to land a number of fish by the late afternoon. The fish we have been catching lately have been on the smaller size with the odd fish in the 14-16 inch range. Due to the low clear water most of the spots we like to fish are too shallow to hold fish in them at this time. The fish that we are catching are coming out of spots where the deeper than 6 feet and you can’t see the bottom so try to focus on those spots if your out there on the water . Above are two photos of my largest cutthroat from yesterday it measured in at 16"

As more fry start to emerge in the coming weeks more fish will start to move into the system so expect this fishery get really good really soon. If your intrested in doing some winter trout fishing with us or if you have any questions. feel free to give us a call, Local 1-604-671-3474,
Toll free- 1-855-223-5453, or email us at info

Casey Martin

STS Flyfishing

www.flyfishvancouver.com

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