April 20 Fishing Report Update

April 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Primetime Sturgeon Fishing Right Now

Spring is finally starting to show itself. It is about time! Our largest Sturgeon of 2017 measured over 10 feet in length with a few others over 9ft. This past week sturgeon fishing has been amazing, some of our boats are bringing in 15 -20 fish on an 8hr day trip which is great fishing by anyone standards. We are using lamprey, salmon eggs and Eulachans for bait fishing anywhere between Stave River and Agassiz Rosedale bridge. This great fishing should continue through April and last well into May. Once the water comes up we will still be catching fish daily, just need to work a little harder to find the fish.

This is the time to book your Sturgeon fishing adventure! We have great dates still open for the end of April and some boats left most days right through until fall. If you are thinking of a fishing day trip or fishing holiday in 2017 now is the time to book and get your dates confirmed.

Adopt A Sturgeon

Did you know you can adopt a Sturgeon? Well you can! Adoptions can be done on any of our Sturgeon charters through the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society’s Adopt a Sturgeon Program. Visit their sitewww.frasersturgeon.com or call our office 1-877-796-3345 to learn more about this great program.

Steelhead Fishing

Generally, April is a good time to fish Steelhead as it is not as crowded and fish are aggressive with the warmer water. For those wanting to fly fish we have great opportunities for both Steelhead and for Trout on several local rivers. Water will rise and drop quite drastically over the next 4 weeks but fishing can still be good if water clarity remains consistent. Day trips are available for both gear and fly fishers.

Come spend a day with our expert Spey Guide Matt Bentley, he can also help you out with casting and fishing techniques to improve your ability and catch rates,

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Our west coast salmon and halibut trips are almost full for the season, we still have 3 available dates in late June and first week of July. These trips are fully inclusive fishing out of our lodge in Quatsino Sound. Our 4 night 3 day trip consists of 4 nights at our beautiful lodge, all meals and 3 x 12 hours a day on the water. You will catch Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut, Snapper, Ling Cod and a few other species of bottom fish. If your looking to fill the freezer, this is the trip. The cost for 4 people sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat is only $2195 per person. Transportation to and from Coal Harbour is included.

Fraser River Salmon Update

We will have some good salmon fishing opportunities in 2017 Summer Chinook should show up in better numbers in 2017. September looks strong as well as it is a Pink Salmon year! Millions of Pink Salmon enter the Fraser river and their aggressive nature makes them an amazing sport fish for family fun or for anglers learning how to flyfish for salmon. They are also like by big sturgeon so this is an amazing time to fish for both salmon and sturgeon, action can be insane. We are expecting a good run of fall salmon and as usual our best bar fishing for Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon will take place between Sept 15 to October 31. If your looking for that trip of a lifetime, this is the time when those dreams come true.

Golf/Fishing Day on the Sandpiper/Fraser

Looking to try something different our “Hook, Line & Sink It” golf and fishing program combines a half day of incredible sturgeon fishing with 18 holes of breathtaking golf. We can accommodate 4 – 144 participants. Our package includes golf, shared power cart then a 6 hour guided fishing trip. For more details follow this link or contact us by phone or email.

From all the staff at STS, have a great weekend.

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April 12 fishing report update

April 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since we last updated our fishing report, we have been busy attending sportsman shows and getting boats ready for our spring season. We are now into full on spring sturgeon fishery with some great fishing happening right now. Our guides are on the water daily and putting some very nice fish on the beach.

Macayles rocking the sturgeon bite. 14 years old and slamming hook sets her first two were 7’7 and 6’7, way to go girl.

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent, the spring fishery is going full on with some great action this past week. Some boats were landing over 15 fish in an 8 hour charter so it looks like the bite is on. Best bait right now is Ulichon, lamprey and salmon eggs. Bite can be very aggressive or pick up and drop, each day is a bit different, you just need to put in the time. Although 6 hour charters can be enough in late Fall, we highly recommend 8 hours on the water when considering booking a trip.

We are very excited to have Chris on our team this year, there is going to be some great fishing in his boat and we can’t wait to see the results.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

The fish sure seem to be moving around quite a bit! Had a good day Friday, tough day yesterday, and a bit better day today. Hootchies have been pretty good still! Today’s fish hit a @gibbsdelta STS Flasher and a glow hooch! Looking forward to some calm water and fishing the Hump this week

Some nice crab and prawns also available on all Vancouver Ocean trips , keep in mind that we can offer you both salmon and sturgeon fishing trips year round so if you are looking for a spring or summer fishing trip, we can offer both species out of Vancouver and Mission locations.

Hope you have a great week out on the water

Best Regards

Vic

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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Local 1-604-671-3474

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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

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