The Water and Fish


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Coho Salmon: (Silver’s) These are the pinnacle of sport fish with in the Pacific salmon family. These fish can range from being extremely shy and wary to attacking with reckless abandonment. Coho average from 5 to 10 pounds with certain fish topping 20. “Silvers” are very arial fighters often jumping repeatedly and tend to do most of their battling within the first couple feet of the surface. Fishing for them can range from open ocean kelp beds to fresh water back channels.


Chum Salmon: (Dog’s) Simply said chums are a work out. These fish show in huge numbers every year and are eager fly bighters. Averaging between 8 and 16 pounds, these are some of the biggest “dogs” in the world. Many chum are caught each year topping 20 pounds with some coming close to 30. Absolute bulldogs, chum are knuckle busters. Stamina to fight fish is a pre-requeset when chasing these bruisers. BCFFC is currently responsible for the 2,4,6 and 20 pound IGFA world records. All fly-fishing for chum is done in either fresh water and/or brackish water.


Pink Salmon: (Humpy’s) This is a great place to start if you have never caught a salmon before or are looking for non-stop action. Pink’s show in huge numbers every year up and down B.C.’s coast as they are the single largest run of salmon that there is. Scrappy fighters, humpy’s are extremely aggressive towards a fly and will often chase and repeatedly “hit” your offerings. Pinks average between 2 and 6 pounds. Salt-water beach fishing and/or fresh water river fishing is available.


Chinook Salmon: (King’s) If a fight is what you after than kings are for you. These are the biggest of the big and there is no such thing as a “small” chinook salmon. Averaging between 12 and 25 pounds one must always be ready to play a monster ranging from 30 to 50 pounds. What chinook lack in glitz, they make up in sheer power. Once hooked, bigger kings need to be chased in the jet boat. All fly fishing for Chinook is done with in the confines of rivers.



Sockeye Salmon: (Red’s) Screaming runs, tail walking, torpedoing, cart wheeling are but a few words used to describe the fight of a Sockeye. When we intercept these fish they are anything but “red” and are probably closer to their prime, sea liced and silver, than anything else. Sockeye average between 5 and 8 pounds, with larger specimens breaking the 10-pound marker. Numbers in fish vary every year but usually they are one of the strongest runs. All fly fishing for reds is done on the rivers. Pitt River Fraser River


Steelhead: (Squaretail’s) The ultimate challenge that B.C. has to offer; steelhead represent the pinnacle in sport fishing on the west coast. Steelhead are ocean going, super charged rainbow trout averaging between 8 and 16 pounds and every one should be considered a trophy. They vary considerably in size from river to river, certain rivers will put out small fish around the 4 pound mark while only a short distant away the largest steelhead in the world are caught over 25 pounds. Squaretails come in two variations; summer run and winter run. Winter run fish start showing as early as December but due to cold water the fly fishing doesn’t start getting good till the end of February. Summer run fishing usually starts in July and will peek at the end of September, these fish come in when water temperatures are at their prime and can be very aggressive towards a fly. All fishing for steelhead is done in the rivers.


Cutthroat Trout: (Sea run’s) One of the prettiest trout you will ever come across, cutthroat are splendid light tackle sport fish. These fish are fresh from the ocean entering the rivers on the feeding bonanza that the minnows of the salmon offer in the spring. Most of this fishing is surface orientated and is quite intense at its peek. Cutthroat average from 13” to 18” with larger specimens going over 20”. Mostly river oriented, some beach fishing is available around the Vancouver area in season.


Dolly Varden/Bull Trout: These special fish are not true trout but rather in the char family. Increasingly rare in the rest of the world, B.C. boasts one of the strongest populations of bull trout. Size range’s tremendously as one fish could be 14 inches and the next 14 pounds. Sea run dollies as well as resident dollies and bull’s can be found side by side in the same pool. The distinction between the species is in the color of the fish; sea runs are extremely chrome where as resident fish tend to be darker and more colorful. Another reason to target these fish is the pictures and rugged rivers that they decide to call home. All fishing is done with in rivers.


Kamloops Trout: (Rainbow’s) One of B.C. most famous and exclusive fish. Each year a huge pilgrimage of fly anglers invade B.C.’s water to try their hand at one of the hardest fighting rainbow trout in the world. Sprouted around the town of Kamloops there are over 300 hundred lakes that hold rainbow trout with in a 60 mile radius of town. Kamloops is a short flight or approximately 2 ½ to 4-hour drive (depending on which piece of water) from Vancouver making this fishery an overnighter. Although most of the famous fishing is in still water, stream and river fishing is also available and excellent in season. Kamloops trout range in size depending on the water they are found in, anywhere from 12 inches to 12 pounds with certain lakes putting out fish over 20 pounds.

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