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A Guide's Story

By Sportfishing BC , Mar 22nd, 2016

Nick Yanchuk, longtime guide and lodge owner in the Ucluelet and Bamfield areas, tells us why he chose the Westcoast Lifestyle in this vi ... Read Full Article

She Loves to Fish!

By SFBC, Mar 14th, 2016

A fantastic summer day off Secretary Island catching Salmon. Beautiful sunshine and the perfect way to end the day!

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Coho in August

By Sportfishing BC, Mar 5th, 2016

This was a great day of fishing in the sunshine near Sooke in late August. Can't beat summer on the West Coast!

... Read Full Article

A Fishy Plan - Hakai Magazine

By Brian Owens, Dec 11th, 2015

Canada has a long way to go in protecting its oceans. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity wants  Read Full Article

Peetz Supports Pacific Salmon Foundation

By SFBC, May 23rd, 2015

Did you know Peetz Fishing Reels & Tackle will donate $10 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for every reel sold? What's more, Peetz is ... Read Full Article

B.C. offers bounty to encourage Pike fishing

By Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun, May 4th, 2015

Fishermen alert: the province is offering a bounty on any pike caught in southeast B.C. in an old-style bid to curb populations of the pe ... Read Full Article

Shellfish and Groundfish Closures in Subareas 28-6 to 28-9

By SportfishingBC, Apr 14th, 2015

RECREATIONAL - Shellfish, RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: ... Read Full Article

Lingcod and Rockfish - Open Times and Limits for Areas 13 to 19 and portions of Area 12, 20 and 29 - May 1, 2015

By SportfishingBC, Apr 13th, 2015

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0337-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Lingcod and Rockfish - Open Ti ... Read Full Article

Information regarding online survey of BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishers

By Sportfishing BC, Apr 10th, 2015

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0327-RECREATIONAL - General Information - Information regarding online survey of ... Read Full Article

Renew Your Saltwater Licence

By SportfishingBC, Apr 1st, 2015

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0300-Licensing Information - April 1, 2015 - 2015/16 Tidal Waters Sport Fi ... Read Full Article

Marine Edge Seminar

By SportfishingBC, Apr 1st, 2015

Marine Edge Seminar

April 15, 2015 12 pm till 5 pm Kelowna Yacht Club

Presented ... Read Full Article

Orcas at Anderson

By Steven Sloan, Mar 28th, 2015

This video was posted to Facebook by Steven Sloan. Check out what happens as they set out to check their Crab traps and get an unexpected ... Read Full Article

Fraser River Shoreline Clean-up and Community BBQ

By Fraser Riverkeeper, Mar 26th, 2015

Fraser Riverkeeper and Woodtone are excited to host the 8th annual shoreline cleanup at Gill Bar! 

Garbage, dumping and pollution ... Read Full Article

First Nation vows to interfere in B.C. herring fishery

By Global News Digital/Global BC, Mar 24th, 2015

BELLA BELLA, B.C. – A First Nation in British Columbia is vowing to disrupt a contentious herring fishery if commercial boats return to ... Read Full Article

Freshwater Fishing Regulations 2015-2017

By SportfishingBC, Mar 23rd, 2015

All sport fishing regulations in effect in freshwater in British Columbia (except for salmon fishing and fishing in National Parks) are p ... Read Full Article

Orca attacking Sea Lions

By Louis Jobidon, Mar 19th, 2015

I filmed this from my kayak near Hornby Island, B.C. in Febuary 2015, just after sunset. It was the beginning of Herring season so there ... Read Full Article

100% of Angling Licence Revenue to Benefit Anglers

By SportfishingBC, Mar 10th, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 2015FLNR0026-000296 March 9, 2015 Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Reso ... Read Full Article

Haida Nation win injunction against commercial fishery on Haida Gwaii

By Justin McElroy Web Producer Global News, Mar 7th, 2015

A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year.

An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast.

“This win is another step to building herring stocks, and in doing so, contributes to an economy th ... Read Full Article

Release of Draft 2015/16 Northern and Southern B.C. Salmon IFMPs for Consultation

By SportfishingBC, Mar 6th, 2015

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject:  

Salmon - Release of Draft 2015/16 Northern and Southern B.C. Salmon IFMPs ... Read Full Article

Herring Spawn is On!

By SportfishingBC - Photos by Paul Douglas, Mar 4th, 2015

Here are a couple photos that were posted by Paul Douglas on his Facebook Page of the Herring Spawn occuring in the Bowser/Qualicum area ... Read Full Article

U.S. scientists spot third baby killer whale born in recent months to endangered pods off West Coast

By BY PHUONG LE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Feb 26th, 2015

SEATTLE - U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a newborn orca off the west coast.

< ... Read Full Article

Concern mounts over future of Seymour River fish runs following rock slide

By BY JOHN COLEBOURN, THE PROVINCE, Feb 26th, 2015

Concern is mounting over the future of sensitive fish runs along the Seymour River following last year’s gigantic rock slide.

Th ... Read Full Article

Sidney Anglers Derby 2015

By SportfishingBC, Feb 18th, 2015

The Sidney Anglers Derby is set for May 1st and 2nd, 2015.

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Another New Orca Calf - J51

By Center for Whale Research, Feb 13th, 2015

Another New Baby in J pod!

After spending the past two weeks near the west entrance of the Strait of ... Read Full Article

Sea lion flash mobs prey on fishermen’s catch (with video)

By BY LARRY PYNN, VANCOUVER SUN, Feb 12th, 2015

Veteran commercial fisherman Derek Morton describes it as an oceanic “flash mob,” a sudden swarm of California sea lions that descend ... Read Full Article

Regulation Changes Encourage Family Fishing

By British Columbia Newsroom, Feb 12th, 2015

VICTORIA - Fishing families are getting additional opportunity to pass down their knowledge to the next generation, with the announcement ... Read Full Article

Seal Wrestles Octopus in Rarely Captured Scene in B.C. Waters

By CBC News, Feb 11th, 2015

A fight between a harbour seal and giant pacific octopus in the waters off Victoria's Ogden Point on Monday drew a crowd of onlookers.

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Weather Alerts Issued for BC

By SportfishingBC, Feb 4th, 2015

Heavy rain and snow are predicted for British Columbia. Check the Enviroment Canada link for details by region.

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B.C. orcas' rare beach-rubbing behaviour caught on video

By CBC News, Feb 3rd, 2015

Amateur video taken Wednesday shows an orca family in shallow water rubbing themse ... Read Full Article

Salmon River Diversion to be fixed by 2018

By Campbell River Courier-Islander, Jan 28th, 2015

It was a facility that never really worked correctly and rose the ire of the Campbell River Salmon Foundation.

But the Salmon Rive ... Read Full Article

First Nations, Union Agree Herring Fishery Should Stay Shut.

By CBC News, Jan 22nd, 2015

The union representing fishermen is joining the Haida and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations to oppose the opening of herring fisheries in Haid ... Read Full Article

Vancouver International Boat Show

By Sportfishing BC, Jan 8th, 2015

The countdown is on for this year's show!

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Orca's Say Hi!

By Grant Ellert, Jan 7th, 2015

This video was shared by Grant Ellert on his FB feed and features some very friendly Killer Whales in Pender Harbour.  Read Full Article

She Loves to Fish!

By SportfishingBC, Jan 5th, 2015

A beautiful Salmon caught on a perfect day on the Pacific! http://www.y ... Read Full Article

Christmas Rainbow

By SportfishingBC, Dec 26th, 2014

This 28 inch Rainbow Trout was caught on Christmas Day on a Vancouver Island lake. The shore fisherman brought it in for a quick measurem ... Read Full Article

A Fishy Story

By Nic Smith, Mar 21st, 2011

It was late summer and the darkness was beginning to set in. I was fishing a part of the Harrison river that was fairly secluded, just to one side of a train bridge. It really was a good spot.

There was a small beach that led into a rocky area under the bridge. The collection of rocks sp ... Read Full Article

Quest For Trophy Rainbows

By Hugh Partridge, Mar 21st, 2011

As an avid fisherman of all species of fish in British Columbia, I am constantly on the lookout for new trophy fishing opportunities. It would appear that as with most dedicated sportsmen, I am constantly being asked, " Been fishing lately?"

This type of conversation often lends it ... Read Full Article

Bass Lakes - Five Of The Best

By Hugh Partridge, Mar 21st, 2011

Crazy for Bass? Can't seem to get enough of that high-flying, top water action? Are your co-workers and family wondering if you are a reincarnation of a Smallmouth Bass? Rest assured, you are not alone. In fact, it is quite normal for anglers who experience some of the ... Read Full Article

Great Fishing-Cariboo Interlakes

By Ray Bone, Mar 21st, 2011

Looking for great fishing action, spectacular scenery, and choices, choices, choices? Then head for the Caribou interlakes.   Located along Hwy. 24, between Little Fort and 100 Mile House, is one of British Columbia´s most concentrated groupings of trophy fishing lakes, over 125 in all.

One of the most popular of these is Bridge Lake. Boasting ... Read Full Article

Delirium Piscatoria - Ernie Fedoruk's Corner

By Ernie Fedoruk, Mar 21st, 2011

Depending on geography, the severity of "delirium piscatoria" - as my friend Fred Wooding calls the strange malaise -- varies at this time of year.

Fred is a naturalist who gave us "Lake, River and Sea-Run fishes of Canada," and therefore can, very competently, spew Latin. The rest of us see this disease ... Read Full Article

Saving Fish Habitat

By Katie Stewart, Mar 21st, 2011

Let me begin by saying I do not know anything about angling or, for that matter, how to catch fish, except for jigging cod. Although I did "sports-gillnet", as a friend so aptly described it, in the early 1970s on the Fraser River out of Steveston. That was an interesting ... Read Full Article

Drifting In Paradise -The Upper Kalum River

By Noel F. Gyger, Mar 21st, 2011

We begin guiding from drift boats on the Kalum River March 15 through April 30. It is eight miles from the lodge to where we launch the boats. As we round the last corner to the launch we always comment on how crowded it is. Referring, jokingly, to the fact that we are ... Read Full Article

A Piece Of Paradise - The Skagit River

By Hugh Partridge, Mar 21st, 2011

My brother Charles and I have had a long history of fishing together--25 years to be precise. Through the passage of time, as life would have it, our paths diverged, and the time spent together was less frequent. We still see each other, and most often these reunions are spent fishing. This, after all, was ... Read Full Article

Salmon Fishing on the Sunshine Coast

By Fred Kuzyk, Mar 21st, 2011

Close to the big city but far from the crowds, the Sunshine Coast is a fisherman's paradise. If you'd describe yourself as an avid fisherman you really should check out this area during sport fishing season!

Bordered by snow covered coastal mountains, this protected coastline stretches 175 kilometers (105 miles) along the northeast shores of the Strait of Georgia, from Howe Sound to Deso ... Read Full Article

Chinook (King) Salmon Fishing From Victoria

By Brian Johnson, Mar 21st, 2011

Five A.M. on a mid-June morning, and we arrive on the dock in Victoria, British Columbia's Inner Harbour. Already, there's activity on the water, with the sounds of outboard engines driving charter boats out into the brightening dawn.

We're met by Steve Hepburn, the affable owner o ... Read Full Article

Caamano Sound - BC Salmon & Halibut Fishing Adventure

By Cro Lucas, Mar 21st, 2011

We arrived at our Fishing Lodge after a spectacular 2-hour flight from Vancouver. The last leg of the flight was flown in a mint condition Grumman Goose. Our convoy of 3 Gooses had cruised through some of the most beautiful scenery in the World, at an altitude of 500 feet, and ... Read Full Article

Tyee Time At Masset

By Dave Vedder, Mar 21st, 2011

As I write this, I glance occasionally at the palm of my left hand where two long narrow blisters provide evidence of the phenomenal fishing I just experienced at Naden Lodge. The blister nearest my thumb is perhaps an inch in length and not too bad. That was from a 30-pound ... Read Full Article

Angler's Paradise - Sooke, B.C.

By Ray Bone, Mar 21st, 2011

Sooke, the name is synonymous with trophy salmon fishing at its finest. Anglers from far and wide travel annually to sample its riches. Situated on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island just a thirty minute drive from scenic Victoria, Sooke offers a myriad of ... Read Full Article

Marble Island Halibut

By Peter Fibiger, Mar 21st, 2011

If it is common knowledge that time enhances the smallest details of the memory,then it must be doubly true when that fact is applied to the memory of fishermen,who taken as a species are prone to exaggerate events that occur with the passage of the smallest amounts of time.

This i ... Read Full Article

The Islander Mr2 Mooching Reel

Mar 21st, 2011

A common thread lies among owners of an Islander MR2 Mooching Reel: many agree that this is one of the finest reels ever built! Once you try one, there is no doubt that you will come away with the same gratifying thoughts.

The folks at Islander Reels take their craftsmanship ... Read Full Article

Gibbs New Floorwalker Lure

Mar 21st, 2011

According to Gibbs the "Gibbs Floorwalker" is designed to sink rapidly to the bottom where the action is.

Each lure is nickel plated and finished in many eye catching colors, including glow in the dark.The one-piece stainless steel wire, extra heavy stainless split ring and red tube dressed treble hook of ... Read Full Article

The Tomic Terminator

Mar 21st, 2011

Since 1960, Tomic Lures Ltd. had been manufacturing trolling and casting plugs appropriately called Tomic Lures. Originally designed for the west coast salmon industry, Tomic now produces lures for literally every fresh and saltwater sport ... Read Full Article

Berkley's Fluorescent Flame Green Fireline

Mar 21st, 2011

Adding to the large success of Berkley's release of their unique unifilament technology is the new Fluorescent Flame Green Fireline.

Building on the superior strengths of FireLine, the top-selling no-stretch line on the market today, researchers at Berkley have developed a process know ... Read Full Article

MYO 3 Headlamp

Mar 21st, 2011

MYO 3 Headlamp with dual light sources: Xenon halogen bulb + 3 LEDs

Specs :
• Maximum range 100 m (Xenon halogen bulb), 15 m (3 LEDs)
• Supplied with spare 6 V Xenon halogen bulb
• Operates with 4 AA alkaline batteries (included).
• ... Read Full Article

Scotty's Lifesaver Whistle

Mar 21st, 2011

When we take to the outdoors, it is often that we neglect to think of safety first. If you think of it, something as simple as a whistle can save lives. It is a fact that sound is the #1 factor in deterring crime and finding lost victims.

The new "Scotty Lifesaver Whistle" is a com ... Read Full Article

Simms G3 wader

Mar 21st, 2011

The latest from Simms was one of the Hottest (read expensive) products to hit the fishing market in Spring 2003, at $650 cdn these waders aren´t cheap, so how do they stack up against the growing list of breathable waders.

The first thing you will notice true of any Simms ... Read Full Article

Patagonia Beefy Wading Boot

Mar 21st, 2011

Roomy toe box, stiff sole, tungsten studs, and great support, all the things I look for in a good wading boot. I have spent years looking for the perfect wading boot, with limited success at best. It´s not just a matter of fit, but also, support, traction, protectio ... Read Full Article

Penn's Pro Sabre Rods

Mar 21st, 2011

New from Penn for 1999, is the Pro Sabre collection of rods that combines both fiberglass and graphite construction for the perfect combination of strength, durability and responsiveness. The result is a faster taper and more lifting power, that can be applied t ... Read Full Article

Sage Spl Fly Rods

Mar 21st, 2011

New from Sage, a leader in high-quality fly rods, is the "SPL" series of featherweight fly rods. Designed for fishing trout and panfish, these ultralight rods are perfect for the discerning angler who wishes the finest in light tackle. These 3-piece rods were de ... Read Full Article

Fenwick's New Hmx Fly Rods

Mar 21st, 2011

The introduction of the new series of "HMX" fly rods by Fenwick, marks a new standard for fly rod manufacturers. Finally there is an affordable, superior high speed graphite fly rod on the market that is priced affordably. Retailing at under $200, the HMX provides ... Read Full Article

Shakespeare's Tidewater - Big Water Reels

Mar 21st, 2011

Fitting the needs of the saltwater angler, the Tidewater Big Water reels comes equipped with an all metal frame, and heavy duty brass and stainless steel components. Some of the other features that make this reel a good value include:

Abu Garcia's Ambassadeur Anti-Backlash Reel

Mar 21st, 2011

New from Abu Garcia is the revolutionary Ambassadeur 5600AB (anti-backlash) reel. This highly functional reel instantly senses line build-up throughout the cast and automatically controls the spool before over-runs can occur. Simply stated, this progressive desi ... Read Full Article

Cortland's Vista Turbine Fly Reel

Mar 21st, 2011

What is one of the most common features that most anglers look for when choosing a fly reel? If you answered 'a smooth drag system', then you join the multitude of other anglers searching for the very ultimate in drag systems.


For 1998 Cortland has introduced a moderately pr ... Read Full Article

Penn's Electronic Lcd Line Counter Reel

Mar 21st, 2011

Incorporating state-of-the-art electronic microprocessor technology, the new Penn Electronic Line Counter Level Wind Reel will allow anglers the ability to know exactly how much line they have let out. This is a great feature for anglers wishing to get right bac ... Read Full Article

Daiwa Lochmor-S Fly Reels

Mar 21st, 2011

New from Daiwa is the Lochmor-S series fly reel. The introduction of the Lochmor-s reel to the Daiwa line, is a welcome addition to its already popular line of entry level fly reels. This reel has all the features you would come to expect from Daiwa fly reels; e ... Read Full Article

Abu Garcia's Ambassadeur Morrum Reel

Mar 21st, 2011

Following the launch of this reel, Abu Garcia, noted for its superior craftsmanship for nearly half a century, claims "there is a new standard for excellence in fishing reels.

The Ambassadeur Morrum Series, named after the famed Swedish river which runs next to its manufacturing facility ... Read Full Article

Gamakatzu Hooks

Mar 21st, 2011

Fresh-out on the marketplace are the new fluorescent Gamakatzu beak hooks. These colorfully painted hooks are sure to become a large success in British Columbia. Gamakatzu hooks have already been a favored choice of many anglers in British Columbia based on qual ... Read Full Article

Caddis Stalker "U" Tubes

Mar 21st, 2011

With the success of the introduction of the Stalker "U" tube by Caddis Manufacturing last year, Caddis has augmented the Stalker line to include a wider selection of "U" tubes.


Caddis for 1998, has come out with three new stalker tubes--Stalker II, III, and IV. Incorporating ... Read Full Article

Smoking Your Catch

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

The curing and smoking of fish, game and domestic meats is an art that everyone can now enjoy. Your own old-fashioned, country-style smoked foods are easily and economically achieved with the portable Little Chief and Big Chief Home Electric Smokehouses.

The ability to traditionall ... Read Full Article

Hook Sharpening

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

No matter what your skill level is, beginner, intermediate or advanced tournament angler, ultimately your final connection to a fish is by a hook. The hook is what brings a striking fish into the boat and this fact makes sharp hook knowledge one of the most important ... Read Full Article

Tackle Care And Accessories

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

A full moon during the first Saturday in August indicated big tides for weekend fishing. Very fortunately, the sometimes-unfriendly big Pacific rushes in Juan de Fuca Strait were tempered by Mother Nature's kindness -- calm winds. The date had been arranged and ... Read Full Article

A Caddis For The Killing

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Late June through early July on Roche Lake will usually provide fly fishermen with some exceptional dry fly fishing for Kamloops rainbow trout. Thus, July 1st found my family and friends and I at the Roche Lake lodge anticipating a week of long overdue trout fishing.

When we arrive ... Read Full Article

Rick Hansen Sturgeon Classic A Success

Mar 21st, 2011

It was also a record day for rainfall in BC presenting additional challenges for participants to contend with. Overcoming the elements, Jay Heerens fishing with Blue Streak-Hygrade Motor Products, tagged and released the winning catch — a tournament record 221 ... Read Full Article

Which Came First; The Sturgeon or the Egg? Part I

By Marc Laynes, Mar 21st, 2011

My rod twitched slightly as I felt the fish gently pick up the bait. I waited for second or two to allow my adversary to mouth the food and then I set the hook. I could feel a few headshakes and then my line went slack. "Here it comes, it's going to jump." I thought to my ... Read Full Article

Fishing With Gord

By Arne Pedersen, Mar 21st, 2011

It´s the middle of February and after my telephone conversation with my friend Gord, a day of bass fishing is inspired. What would normally be a simple procedure of choosing a location to meet is turned into a complicated association of ideas when dealing with ... Read Full Article

Fishing Smallmouth Bass in New Waters

By Arne Pedersen, Mar 21st, 2011

As I pull on the starter cord the motor flashes-up. The throttle is on and the motor has not fully warmed-up, but I can feel the burning anticipation of a hot day´s bass fishing. I head toward the middle of the lake leaving the rat race behind me. I don not wan ... Read Full Article

Crankin' For Bass

By Ron Kovach (submitted by Luhr Jensen), Mar 21st, 2011

Bass fishing with crankbaits is one of the most successful ways to get down where the trophy lunkers are. It's an addictive kind of angling and the lures available are nearly as numerous as the fish you're after. This report will help you select and effectively ... Read Full Article

Normark's Rattlin' Rapala

Mar 21st, 2011

To every angler, it is especially important to recognize lures that have proven themselves effective over time. The lures we are referring to are the time-tested designs that year after year continue to catch fish. These are the very same lures that find themsel ... Read Full Article

The Dancing Frog

By Wes Newman, Mar 21st, 2011

  

HOOK: Hook - Mustad Accu-Point AC80300BR # 2.

THREAD: Thread - Fluorescent green.

SNAG GUARD: Mason hard nylon, 20 lb. double.

TAIL:18 strands (9 tied at mid point and folded in half) yellow and fluorescent yellow rubber.

BODY: Bright green and dark green deer body ... Read Full Article

Topwater Wood Plugs For Bass

By Luhr Jensen , Mar 21st, 2011

Bass fishing with topwater wood plugs is a fascinating experience every angler should try. It's an addictive kind of angling. The excitement and explosiveness of the surface strike can unnerve even the most experienced angler and turns every trip into a memorabl ... Read Full Article

Fly Fishing For Bass On Elk Lake

By Hugh Partridge, Mar 21st, 2011

"Fly-fishing for Smallmouth Bass?", you say. Yes you heard it correctly. The fact is, despite the notion that Bass fishing incorporates an arsenal of plugs, spinners, divers, jigs and tails, fly-fishing for Smallmouth Bass has been proven to be equally as effect ... Read Full Article

Deep Secret Lure

By Luhr Jensen (super tech sheet), Mar 21st, 2011

The new Deep Secret maximum depth divers have made a radical departure in lip design from look-alike industry crankbaits to achieve record depth capability in each body size. Like most recent Luhr Jensen designs, this series has a specific design purpose and function ... Read Full Article

Bass Techniques For Fall Giants

By Arne Pedersen, Mar 21st, 2011

As my top water lure hits the surface, I anxiously wait for the ripples to disappear. Then with confidence, I twitch it once and then again. Watching intently, I witness a fish boiling at the lure. Caught by surprise, I instinctively reared back on the rod, which then caused the lure to fire back at me in mid air.

I realize my mistake, and quickly reel ... Read Full Article

Archie's Egg Sucking Leech

By Tracey John Hittel, Mar 21st, 2011

We at steelheadheaven have been testing products on the market to give us that extra advantage to hooking into that steelhead that is not all that interested and turn him into raging bull. The fly attached is one that Archie has been making for some time now and has fine ... Read Full Article

Vancouver Island's Spring Hatches

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

May on Vancouver Island brings with it every hatch that occurs on the island. March and April saw the midges (chironomids) start and they are still going gangbusters on the lakes and ponds. April brought with it the mayfly hatches, and the caddisflies will begin hatching later in May to join them in both the rivers and the lakes. Mixed in with the early hatches is the odd stonefly hatch on seve ... Read Full Article

The Nazko Valley

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Eight hours north of Vancouver, in the heart of British Columbia's Cariboo, is the city of Quesnel. It is best known for its cattle ranching and is steeped in the history of the gold rush. To the angler however, the surrounding interior plateau offers a vast arr ... Read Full Article

The Jig Is Up

By Dave Vedder, Mar 21st, 2011

Western anglers have recently discovered a hot new lure for steelhead . The age-old lead head jig that has proven deadly for walleye, crappie, perch and bass has been reinvented, redesigned and tricked out to become the hottest steelhead lure to hit the west coa ... Read Full Article

The Knouff — Badger Connection

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Early October can be the best time to fish the lakes of British Columbia´s southern interior. With the cold nights and warm days the trees turn colour, the waters cool down and the trout are recovered from their spring spawning ordeal and are raring for a good ... Read Full Article

West Coast Winter Steelhead Techniques

By Marilyn Murphy (as Published in Jan 99' Island Fishfinder Magazine), Mar 21st, 2011

How many secrets are there?

Every angler alike has several things in common. The joy of the outdoors, the ambiance of the scenery, the therapeutic sound of rushing water.......WHATEVER!!.

Personally the above things add to the experience, but the reality is...the heart pounding, knee weakening ... Read Full Article

Hello Again - The Cowichan River

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

May brought with it a lengthy hatch of March Brown mayflies to the Cowichan River on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I, being the ardent fly-fisherman that I am, naturally took notice of this annual event and spent some time on the water. In fact I had been awaiting the hatch ... Read Full Article

Fishing The Drop-off

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

As I rowed the little boat slowly across the water´s glassy surface I stared into its depths for the gentle slope I knew was there, somewhere. The midday sun was beaming into the water and my polarized glasses gave me an excellent view of the bottom. Weeds were ... Read Full Article

A Glimpse of Kamloops Rainbows

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

For many years now I have been visiting and fishing the waters of Glimpse Lake on the Douglas Lake Ranch south of Kamloops. I was first introduced to this fine lake by my brother, who had fished it in the spring of 1982 and related the tale of a lake he had discovered where the fish kept ... Read Full Article

Copper River Steelhead

By Jim & Carolyn Z. Shelton, Mar 21st, 2011

Dawn brightened the canyon as we parked near the last pool reached by road. The Copper River flowed like silver ink through black timber, broad gravel bars highlighting its path. Snow frosted the distant peaks, and we pulled our coats snug against the chill breeze. We picked our way along a slippery path to the pool, noticing bear tracks at the shore. At our ... Read Full Article

Brook Trout in B.C.

By Bill Luscombe , Mar 21st, 2011

I had been working my dragonfly nymph back and forth along the bottom of the lake for about twenty minutes with nary a tug and I was becoming a bit suspect of the fishing prospects for the rest of the day. Just when I was about to give up I felt the familiar slow ... Read Full Article

Reel Stuff

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

A fly reel is pretty much just a glorified container for your fly line. Most are constructed of aluminum, either molded (melted and poured into a form) or cut from solid bar stock. Reels cut from solid bar stock aluminum are stronger and generally more precisely manufactured ... Read Full Article

Spoiling the Rod

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Awhile back I attended the Vancouver Fishing Outdoors show and had the chance to cast a wide array of fly rods. From Lamiglas to St. Croix, I cast them all and I gained some useful insight into the differences between rods from various manufacturers and even some of the nuances between rods of different series made by the same company.

I started out with Sage. I have always liked Sage ro ... Read Full Article

Stoney Lake Lodge

By Dave Vedder, Mar 21st, 2011

For a few magic moments, perhaps as few as ten, the black silhouette of a pine-bristled ridge reflected in the glass smooth surface of Stoney Lake . A full moon crept over the ridge before the tangerine sun could sink into the invisible. These are the moments th ... Read Full Article

Oils, Aminos, Plants, Phermones And Mr. Steelhead

By Mike Laverty - submitted by Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

It seems every steelhead season seems to bring more and more fish attractants to the tackle store shelves, each offering added strikes to our baits of choice regardless of plastic or natural. Squirt it on, inject it, stick it, etc. It seems a bait or lure will n ... Read Full Article

The Attractors

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Despite all the various fly patterns designed to imitate insects and other creatures trout feed on, there are times when the fish just don't seem interested in anything you offer. This usually occurs on days with a depressed or quickly falling barometer, or on t ... Read Full Article

The Other Foodstuffs

By Bill Luscombe , Mar 21st, 2011

There are many other things that live in or fall on the water that trout eat as food besides the "big four" hatches (midges, mayflies, caddisflies, ... Read Full Article

The Stoneflies

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

The last of the four major aquatic insects that freshwater fish feed on is the stoneflies. Stoneflies are found only in fast moving water such as that found in the freestone streams and rivers of the northwestern United States and Canada. They are not found in lakes ... Read Full Article

The Dragonflies And Damselsflies

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

There are other insects that occur in trout waters besides the big four (mayflies, stoneflies, midges, and caddisflies). Dragonflies and damselflies make up a significant portion of a trout's diet during their season. Dragonflies, and their dainty relatives the ... Read Full Article

The Caddisflies

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

The caddisflies are to the lake fly-fisher what the mayflies are to the river angler. The caddisfly hatch offers more exciting dry fly fishing on lakes than any other. That´s not to say that many rivers and streams don´t have great hatches too, but the caddisfly ... Read Full Article

Crankbait Making 101

By Sebastian Perez, Mar 21st, 2011

The idea of writing an instructional article on crankbait making was borne of my own trials and frustrations of not having enough available tutoring at hand, either in print or in person. Of the hundreds of books I own, which encompass almost every fact-minutiae ... Read Full Article

Hot Shots In Rivers

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011


The deadliest boating technique ever developed for catching game fish in rivers is "Hot Shotting" . . . one that derived its name from the Hot Shot ® diving plug. For years, Hot Shots ® and "Hot Shotting" were closely-guarded secrets of professional river guides.

They had to have successful cus ... Read Full Article

The Mayflies

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Mayflies are the age-old staples of fly-fishing. There are, by far, more dry mayfly patterns than any other dry fly. Let´s have a look at the lifecycle of the mayfly and at the imitations created to resemble them.

The mayflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis. They ... Read Full Article

Imitating The Midges

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

In this, the first in a series of articles on trout food and its imitation, I will cover the lifecycle and flies that imitate the midges. The midges are the most profuse of the aquatic insects that trout feed upon and can be an incredibly frustrating hatch to fish ... Read Full Article

Babine River Rainbows

By Jim and Carolyn Z. Shelton, Mar 21st, 2011

Light danced in sparkles across the rippled currents of Babine River. Anchored in Rainbow Alley, we puzzled at the school of huge rainbow trout jumping around our boat. There were no obvious hatches this afternoon, save the occasional mosquito. Yet surfacing tro ... Read Full Article

Fly Fishing Column - Basic Safety Precautions

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

In all my fly-fishing classes I constantly repeat to the students the need to protect their eyes, and themselves when fishing.

One of my students once related a short story to me. Apparently one of his friends had gone out fly-fishing last year and a light breeze had kicked up during the day. He had been ... Read Full Article

Bc's Coastal Cutthroat Trout

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

See-food diet. That´s the term that is used most often by anglers in British Columbia to describe the feeding habits of the coastal cutthroat trout. If they see food, they eat it. Yet this isn´t as true as it claims to be.

Many years ago when the cutthroats were profuse from ... Read Full Article

Native Rainbows And Wilderness At Crazy Bear Lake Lodge

By Jack Berryman, Mar 21st, 2011

Remote and wild, yet comfortable and urban, aptly describes the unique fishing adventure, deep in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Forest Region near the southeast corner of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

Accessed by float plane only via AvNorth Aviation from Nimpo Lake, Crazy Bear Lake and a ch ... Read Full Article

Hot Shot Side Planers In Rivers

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

A wish has finally come true for river bank-bound anglers. Now it's possible to fish Hot Shot ® plugs just as effectively from shore as it is from a drift boat or a jet sled . . . without the boat!

This Luhr Jensen Tech Report explains how to use the Hot Shot ® Side Planer, and get your lure o ... Read Full Article

Marmot Lake Rainbows

By Bill Luscombe , Mar 21st, 2011

Planning the annual fishing trip is a simple task for me. I start asking friends and editors a few months in advance about where I could go that isn't too far away and has good fishing.

1992 was no exception except that we were to meet my brother Ted half way between Victoria and P ... Read Full Article

Black Lake Brookies

By Bill Luscombe , Mar 21st, 2011

The weather had been extra warm over the past few weeks and the word around the lakes of Kamloops was "You should have been here two weeks ago."

Fishing was poor, to say the least. Ice off had been early and the end of June might as well have been mid-August. Some of the lakes were ... Read Full Article

Fishing For Ghosts

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

When most of the province is buried under ice and snow many of us put away our fly-fishing gear and unless you have access to a good steelhead stream and can withstand the extreme cold, which I can not, you are stuck repairing or maintaining gear and waiting for ... Read Full Article

The Olive Scud

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 0x long (standard wet), size 8 to 16
THREAD: Olive.
TAIL: Olive hackle fibers.
SHELLBACK: Clear Plastic.
RIB: Olive thread
BODY: Olive dubbing, or seal fur, and/or rabbit fur.
LEGS: Olive dubbing, or seal fur, and/or rabbit fur. Dubbing is picked out with a bodkin
ANTENNAE: Wood ... Read Full Article

Rapala's Original Floating, Countdown, And Jointed Lures

Mar 21st, 2011

For many years the "Floating, Countdown, and Jointed Rapala lures", have been a popular choice for trout, walleye and bass fisherman throughout North America. In British Columbia, they have been considered as a consistent producer for both trout and bass.

These versatile lines of l ... Read Full Article

Fly Fishing Column - August & Early September

By Bill Liscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

The heat of August and early September cause the low elevation lakes and streams to become too warm for trout, and the fish go to the bottom and sulk. Even if you manage to hook into a fish, often the fight is so lethargic that it leaves you wondering why you even bothered going fishing in the first ... Read Full Article

Drift Fishing Techniques

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Drift fishing is easy, fun and effective. The technique has gained popularity over the years as more and more streams across the country are supporting trout, steelhead and salmon runs. Whether a beginner or a more experienced angler, this Luhr Jensen Tech Report can help you become even more successful using this method of fishing. Typical drift fishing wate ... Read Full Article

Fly Fishing Column - October

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

October brings the cooling effects of autumn and the fish in most waters should again be active. Unfortunately, fall does not bring with it many insect hatches and most of us have to chuck and chance it with patterns that imitate year round food sources, or attractors.

Fish, contrary to what some fishers ... Read Full Article

The Tom Thumb

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 1x or 2x long, size 10 to 18

BODY: Deer Hair.

THREAD: Grey. Strong thread is recommended

TAIL and HACKLE: Deer Hair

TYING TIPS:
Perhaps the simplest of dry flies to tie, the Tom Thumb is a great fly for beginners to tie. The use of a soft loop, to initially hold the deer hair to ... Read Full Article

The Marabou Leech

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 3x or 4x long, size 4 to 10

BODY: Black yarn, chenille or dubbing, with maraboo tied down in clumps.

BEARD: Optional. Crystal flash or Flashaboo.

TAIL: Marabou, the same color as the body.

TYING TIPS:
Some tie the Marabou Leech without a lead wire underbody. ... Read Full Article

Techniques for Kokanee

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

LAND-LOCKED SOCKEYE SALMON
Kokanee salmon were experimentally introduced into several lakes and reservoirs in western North America in the mid-1940s. The success of these introductions has since blossomed into a growing sport fishery in the west and has spread to many eastern waters as wel ... Read Full Article

The Halfback Nymph

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 1x or 2x long, size 8 to 14.

BODY: Peacock herl.

WINGCASE: Pheasant rump.

TAIL: Pheasant rump feather tips, tied down frome the wing case.

TYING TIPS:
Some variations include adding gold or silver wire as a rib. Brown Partridge can be substituted ... Read Full Article

The Carey Special

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 3x long, size 6 to 10

BODY: Yarn, chenille or dubbing.

HACKLE: Two or three pheasant rump feathers

TAIL: Pheasant rump

TYING TIPS:
Perhaps the most common color combination is a black body with brown hackle (as above). Some other popular color combinations include black, green, ... Read Full Article

The Doc Spratley

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK:1x, 2x, or 3x long. Sizes 6 to 12.

THREAD: Black. BODY: Black wool or dubbing or floss.

RIB: Flat silver or gold tinsel.

TAIL: Grizzly hackle fibers or guinea fowl.

LEGS: Grizzly neck or guinea fowl tied back along sides and bottom of fly.

WING: Ringneck pheasant tail.

... Read Full Article

The Pheasant Tail Nymph

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 2x long, sizes 10 to 18
TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
RIB: Gold Wire
BODY: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
WINGCASE AND LEGS: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers. Leftover wingcase tips are tied down divided style.
THORAX: Peacock

TYING TIPS:
... Read Full Article

Safety, Equipment & Techniques of Ice Fishing

By Mike Hall, Mar 21st, 2011

Few fishing styles offer as much action and success as ice fishing. Angling on "hard water" is a fast-growing sport and the techniques are simple to master for any angler. Outings on ice almost always produce, plus a fishing trip is great medication for advanced ... Read Full Article

The Woolly Bugger

Mar 21st, 2011

HOOK: 2x or3x long, size 2 to 14; with 6 through 10 being most common.

BODY: Yarn, chenille or dubbing.

HACKLE: Palmered, usually natural or died grizzly saddle tied in by tip.

TAIL: Marabou, often same color as the body. Added strands of Crystal Flash or Flashabou o ... Read Full Article

Lake Trolling Trout Techniques

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Trolling is a technique tailor-made for anglers with all degrees of expertise because it's easy, fun and it works! It's a great way to start a youngster out as line tangles and snarls are few and far between and there's always something happening.

But, trolling's not just for kids. ... Read Full Article

"Just For The Halibut"

By Marilyn Murphy , Mar 21st, 2011

On hook and line, fighting these sometimes monsters of the flounder family can be referred to as "Weight times Energy times wonder of unlimited proportions!" Well that may be the feeling you get once you hook one, but finding their habitat and then enticing them ... Read Full Article

Gibb's "Mudraker" Jig - Essentials for Halibut

By Hugh Partridge , Mar 21st, 2011

At times, there are many advantages to using jigs over bait when it comes to fishing for pacific halibut. In fact, some West Coast anglers swear by using only jigs for targeting these mighty fish. The Gibbs "Mudraker" halibut jig is a time tested design that has ... Read Full Article

Biggest Fish Caught Sport Fishing In B.C.

Mar 21st, 2011

A huge 7' halibut was landed by two lucky anglers from Sacramento CA. while fishing at Langara Island, located at the north western tip of the famous Queen Charlotte Islands.

Doug Lavallee and Frank Prigley had heard endless stories of the trophy salmon and halibut fishing to be ha ... Read Full Article

Penn's Mariner Stand-Up Rod

Mar 21st, 2011

Looking for a tough and reliable halibut rod? Then don't overlook the new line of Penn "Mariner rods" when making your considerations. These rods conform to Penn's standard for long-lasting durable construction.

Made from solid glass to withstand abuse, not to mention ... Read Full Article

Halibut Candy

By Hugh Partridge , Mar 21st, 2011

Having guided on the coast of British Columbia for nearly 10 years, I have had many memorable fishing days which come to mind often when I reflect on my experiences. Perhaps one of the most memorable is that day when I was able to master a new technique for catc ... Read Full Article

Book Review - West Coast Fly Fisher

Mar 21st, 2011

The recently published book entitled "West Coast Fly Fisher" will surely become recognized in most fishing circles as one of the premier "how to's" of fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Mark Pendlington does a masterful job at producing a compilation of writi ... Read Full Article

Salmon Producing Tides

By Timothy Kusherets, Mar 21st, 2011

There will never come a time I fish water I haven´t first investigated. Fishermen that know me know that when I´m fishing there´s bound to be fish close by and they´ll drop everything to fish the same area. It´s a good bet they´ll hook into fish on the basis I have done the necessary homework to ascertain the arrival of salmon no matter where the fish are in the salt; and the tides a ... Read Full Article

Spooning for Fall Salmon

By Timothy Kusherets, Mar 21st, 2011

When does good fishing pick up for the fall run? In many places fishing really picks up during the months of late August to the beginning of September and literally lasts until the end of December, so the fall run really encompasses a big portion of the year, and most of those months begin with fishing tributaries of rivers and lakes where they meet at the mouth. The best way to hook into ... Read Full Article

Fishing Pressured Water - Fishermen teach fish what "not" to bite

By Timothy Kusherets, Mar 21st, 2011

Lots and lots of fishermen love to fish in buckets and to do that means combat fishing. Anglers that have been around carry a negative association with the term combat fishing but I don´t. I love it, especially when there´s a lot of fish in the area. Look, there´s nothing you can do to stop fish from feeling the pressure of fishermen but you can use the other fishermen to your advantage ... Read Full Article

Spey Flies - The "Hot Peacock Spey" - pattern provided by "Quality Flies Tied by G.G.B"

By Gerald G. Bartsch, Mar 21st, 2011

Spey flies can be labeled as some of the most beautiful and rewarding fly patterns for both salmon and steelhead. While the conventions for tying these flies are somewhat many, their sleek design is often characterized by long-flowing, soft hackle that provides ... Read Full Article

Fishing Jigs - Getting Jiggy with it

By Justin (Judge) Gyger, Mar 21st, 2011

Imagine a cool crisp fall morning, with mist gently floating over the river while you cast and cast and cast to jumping and rolling coho without a strike. The fish seem to be taunting and smiling at you as they leap from the water, some only feet from where you ... Read Full Article

Float'n Spinners For Salmon & Steelhead

By Vic Carrao, Mar 21st, 2011

When you mention using spinners, the first thing that comes to mind is standing on the edge of your favorite lake, pond or river casting and retrieving spinners. There are serveral alternative methods that work well too. Traditional float fishing rigs consist of ... Read Full Article

The VedderRiver - B.C.'s Crown Jewel

By Dave Vedder , Mar 21st, 2011

Sure, I admit it, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the river that bears the family name. But the hard facts support my contention that the Vedder is among the elite of North America´s rivers. I know of no other river that combines the admirable att ... Read Full Article

Fishing Lil' Corkies - A Steelhead & Salmon Primer

By Hugh Partridge , Mar 21st, 2011

While some fly-fishing purists may disagree, the truth is that a majority of anglers continue to prefer casting or spin fishing while fishing a majority of BC's river systems for either salmon or steelhead. The reason stems primarily from a clear, commonsense ap ... Read Full Article

Casting Spoons And Spinners In Lakes And Streams

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Casting weighted spinners and spoons for trout, bass, salmon, pike and other gamefish is an art practiced by hundreds of thousands of anglers throughout the country. It is a challenging, exciting and productive fishing technique that can easily be learned. Wheth ... Read Full Article

Open Water Drift Jigging Techniques

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Drift jigging in open water is a fishing technique being used by an ever increasing number of anglers as they discover its effectiveness and ease of application.

It's a technique tailor-made for open water, fresh or salt, where fish are oriented either to bottom structure or temperature layers. With the a ... Read Full Article

Modern Fly Line Basics

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

With all the different factors to consider when purchasing a fly line it is easy to see how the novice fly fisher can become overwhelmed by the choices. Let´s shed a little light on the subject in the hopes of clearing up some of the confusion.

The vast majority of fly lines are 2 ... Read Full Article

Pink Summer

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

August brings the fishing doldrums to most freshwater areas of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, save for the bass and pike waters. It is a time for most fly-fishers to put away the rods, pack up the family, and hit the beach. On the coast though, the fly-fishers ... Read Full Article

Autumn's Silver Rockets

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

Waist deep in salt water, I gazed over the wide expanse of the bay, patiently false-casting my dry line, ever watchful for a rise or a roll close enough to cast to. With 35 feet of line aerialized, I readied for a delivery just as a fish rolled fifteen feet to my left.

"Darn!" I exclaimed. I severely under-powered my cast and awkwardly piled the line up near where the salmon had ri ... Read Full Article

Saltwater Fly Patterns II

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

"Here is the fly that did. I designed it for coho. It is a cross between the Mickey Finn and the Yellow Bomber. I decided to design it because both flies were sort of working, but not really well. I tried it out and hooked 7 coho (landed 4) in less than 1.5 hour ... Read Full Article

Ernie Fedoruk's Corner

By David Y. Wei & Suzanne Clouthier , Mar 21st, 2011

Amazing! Even though we were fishing close to the bottom, in nearly 200 feet of water, I could still feel the action of the jig. The custom seven-ounce Striker lure at the end of the low-stretch Berkley Gorilla Braid superline fluttered enticingly on each downstroke. ... Read Full Article

Saltwater Fly Fishing Basics - Part II

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

I just finished teaching another fly-fishing course to 19 enthusiastic novices and I always enjoy fielding the vast array of questions that they ask. More than that, however, I like helping them learn to cast. I find it quite amazing that, with just 2.5 hours of theory and three hours of practical training, nearly the ... Read Full Article

Saltwater Fly Patterns

By Bill Luscombe, Mar 21st, 2011

"POOR MAN'S NEEDLEFISH"

Hook: Eagle Claw L67 or L1197N size #6
Thread: Green monocord.
Body: 6 strands of silver crystal flash 1/3rd longer than the hook shank, then 6 strands pink crystal flash, then 6 strands of green crystal flash, then 4 to 6 strands of peacock he ... Read Full Article

Saltwater Fly Fishing Basics

By Bill Luscombe , Mar 21st, 2011

Over the past decade, saltwater fly-fishing has become increasingly popular. Along with this popularity has come some additional problems to plague the uninitiated. Larger fish, stronger winds, sand, surf, swells, and salt all add to the arsenal that Murphy utilises to ... Read Full Article

Scotty Electric Downriggers — A Primer

Mar 21st, 2011

Every time the term "downrigger" comes to mind, I think of Scott Plastics. An innovator of the sports fishing industry and manufacturer of quality products, Scotty has helped fishermen all over the world make fishing easier and more enjoyable.

Sockeye Fishing Techniques for the Alberni Inlet

By Marilyn Murphy , Mar 21st, 2011

Technique: Fish as many rods as you can, as close together as possible, but without getting tangled up. And troll is long straight tacks. Use a sounder to locate the depth and locations of the main schools. Then position your gear ABOVE the fish, as much as 20 feet or more. The ... Read Full Article

Sonora Resort

By David Y. Wei with Suzanne L. Clouthier, Mar 21st, 2011

Our guide, Mike Hicks, had promised us that in Johnstone Strait, we would catch four of the five species of Pacific salmon during our visit. Mike described the strait — between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland — as a fish funnel. ... Read Full Article

History of Tomic Lures

By Wayne Moss, Mar 21st, 2011

The big bang heard in Victoria on August 10th 1935, was the mold breaking shortly after Tom Moss was born. Since then, nobody from the same cast has ever walked the face of the earth. He´s one of a kind and probably the last of his kind. (A dinosaur, as he says ... Read Full Article

Tips and Tricks For Using Spoons

By Wayne Moss, Mar 21st, 2011

Spoons can be fished in many different ways and are a great way to catch fish. There are times when all a person needs to do is tie a spoon on the line, throw it in the water and wait for the inevitable bite. This of coarse is the case when the fish are plentiful and the bite is on. But what do we do, or should I say how do we deal with this, when the bite is off?

  1. Do w ... Read Full Article

Seen the Light?

By David Y. Wei with Suzanne Clouthier, Mar 21st, 2011

It was our last morning. The skies had clouded over, and a light rain was falling. It felt warmer than the past three days, which had been bright and sunny, but alternately racked with gale-force nor'westers or socked in with bone-chilling fog. After long days on the water, my wife Suzanne asked to sl ... Read Full Article

Langara Island - Rest Stop on the Salmon Super Highway

By Dave Vedder, Mar 21st, 2011

Daybreak and high tide arrived simultaneously at Langara Island's No Name Point. Tiny, almost indiscernible, glass-smooth swells distorted underwater images as if seen through an ancient windowpane. We cut the motor and drifted silently toward the point. No other boats sp ... Read Full Article

Anything Goes at Salmon Seeker

By David Y. Wei with Suzanne L. Clouthier, Mar 21st, 2011

The tip of the tightly-arched Shimano mooching rod dragged deep into the water. Violent shakes then pounded the port downrigger. Our guide, Mat Regier, grabbed the bucking rod from its holder, wound quickly, and popped the line free of the Scotty Power Grip downrigger ... Read Full Article

Tomic Lures

By David Y. Wei, Mar 21st, 2011

Over thirty years ago, when he was guiding in Sannich Inlet and working as a commercial salmon fisherman, Tom Moss invented the "Tomic" plug. Tomic plugs became an immediate sensation for the commercial salmon troller and, soon thereafter, the plug of choice for ... Read Full Article

Langara Island - Land of Legends

By Dave Vedder, Mar 21st, 2011

Langara, the northernmost of the 150 plus islands comprising the Queen Charlotte Islands, is the first land mass encountered by migratory chinook, coho, and chum salmon as they begin the marathon journey from the Arctic feeding grounds to their natal rivers. This journey ... Read Full Article

How to Fish a Radiant Hootchie

By Jack James, Mar 21st, 2011

Next to bait, the Hootchie is one of the most popular lures on the market today. It is a relatively cheap, clean and easy method of attracting and landing salmon in almost any environment. Radiant Lures Ltd. has spent a lot of time and effort in bringing out new ... Read Full Article

Hakai Pass - The Land of Opportunity

By Hugh Partridge, Mar 21st, 2011

Perhaps the greatest attraction I have to these waters is the opportunity it holds for catching some of the largest chinook salmon anywhere. When I say large, I am not referring to 20 or 30 lb. salmon. What I am talking about here are really big salmon, 40+ lbs. ... Read Full Article

Dodgers and Flashers - A Complete Guide

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Coupled with the effectiveness of trolling technique, flashers and dodgers are deadly fish attractors in both fresh and salt water. They are rigged in the line between the lure and downrigger release, diver or lead to provide attraction and impart erratic action ... Read Full Article

Trolling Spoons for Freshwater Salmon and Trout

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Trolling with spoons is a technique practiced and enjoyed everyday by thousands of fresh water anglers across the country. It's an easy-to-learn and use method which is particularly effective in lakes and reservoirs for large fish such as coho and Chinook salmon, brown, ... Read Full Article

Scotty Power Grip Release Clip

By Hugh Partridge , Mar 21st, 2011

Keep it simple." "Simple is better." I can't say how often I have heard these words, but one thing I can say is that it often holds true for almost everything. A great example is the new "Power Grip" release clip by Scotty.

When I first had a look at the new design of release clip by Scotty, I was amazed at its simplicity and lack of moving parts in comparison to other clips on the marke ... Read Full Article

Trolling Spoons for Saltwater Salmon

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Saltwater salmon sport fishing takes place in an ever-changing environment. Conditions vary hourly, due to tide and current fluctuations, and the angler must be prepared to make instant revisions in tackle and/or fishing methods to be successful. One proven day-in and day-out saltwater fishing technique is trolling and one class of lures naturally geared for baitfish-eating salmon is spoons. Th ... Read Full Article

J-Plug Trolling

By Luhr Jensen, Mar 21st, 2011

Forty years ago a derby-winning salmon or lake trout was almost certainly a plug-caught fish. More and more anglers today are switching to J-Plugs® because, as in the past, plugs are known to produce more and larger fish on a regular basis.

Today's J-Plug® is even better-built and more effective than its predecessors as it's made of super-strong materials and designed for maximum actio ... Read Full Article

Fishing Report Nootka/Esperanza Sept. 20/14

Sep 25th, 2014

Last fishing report of the season from Fish On John of Westview Marina.

... Read Full Article

Superfishous

Sep 25th, 2014

We all know that fishermen are superstitious folks. And I´m no slouch in that department. I believe myself to be the most superstitious ... Read Full Article

Kootenay Lake Rainbow Paradise

By Ross McKay, Sep 25th, 2014

Living at Nelson, B.C., on the west arm of Kootenay Lake, enabled our family to enjoy one of the best Rainbow trout fisheries in the worl ... Read Full Article

Canada vs USA

By Brian Kowalko, Sep 7th, 2014

Fishing trips with my good buddy Terry have often come on somewhat short notice and have always been some of the best times of my life. S ... Read Full Article