Newsletter Jan 09

Table of Contents

  1. Announcements
  2. Featured Article
  3. Tip of the Month
  4. Photo of the Month
  5. Did You Know?
  6. Featured Products
  7. Fly of the Month
  8. Courses and Seminars

Courses and Seminars


Advanced Steelhead and Salmon Fly Tying Workshop with Ron Hjorth

Join Ron Hjorth for an intermediate to advanced level, “hands on” steelhead and salmon fly tying workshop. We will cover traditional and tube flies, as well as the popular skagit “Intruder style” variations.

This course is particularly suited to those anglers pursuing winter steelhead and char through the upcoming winter and spring months.

Personal tying vise and tools are mandatory. All participants will receive a list of required materials upon sign up. We have a few demo tube fly vise attachments (for those who are still not sold on these magnificent flies!).

This course is limited to 8 people to maximize the experience.

Time & Date:6:30 to 9:30 pm on January 28, 2009

Location: Pacific Angler, 232 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: *$30
*All participants are eligible for 10% savings on all course related fly tying materials on course night

Steelhead Float Fishing Course with Jason Tonelli

Your instructor, Jason Tonelli, has devoted his life to chasing steelhead. He is a true master of one of the most productive and enjoyable ways to catch steelhead. Float fishing.

Jason’s passion for steelhead fishing has taken him to rivers all over the province of British Columbia as well as rivers in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. During these journeys, he has hooked over a thousand steelhead on rivers ranging from small, crowded, urban streams to large remote river systems that see little or no pressure.

In this two part course you will learn Jason’s float fishing techniques used to catch steelhead in all water types and conditions. In the first theory session of the course you will learn:

  • Location and run timing of the best steelhead rivers in BC
  • Rod and reel selection
  • Float, weight, and leader setups for different conditions
  • What every steelheader needs in his vest
  • What to use in water conditions ranging from low and clear to high and dirty
  • How to read water and find steelhead in a range of conditions
  • How to adjust your techniques for crowded rivers and just as importantly un-crowded rivers

The second portion of the course will find us on the water for the day, fishing for steelhead. The emphasis will be on learning how to read water and proper float fishing presentations.


Time & Date:
Theory Session, Jan 27th at Pacific Angler 6:30pm-9:30pm
On the water session I, Jan 31st, location TBA
On the water session II, Feb 1st, location TBA

Cost: $200.00 per student. Seats are reserved upon payment, cash, debit, or credit card. Call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204 to sign up.

Call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204 to sign up.

Number of students is limited to 8 people. A group of 4 will head out on the first session and another 4 on the second session.

If you have dreamed of catching steelhead and joining the 10% of the anglers who catch 90% of the fish, this is your chance. Jason only does one or two of these courses each year.

The Techniques of a Successful Steelheader: an in-depth look at how to catch steelhead on the fly

Hooking a steelhead on the fly is considered by many as the ultimate cold-water challenge. Many anglers toil for seasons before landing their first fish. This said, with the proper instruction, the right mindset and an understanding of the fundamentals, hooking a steelhead on a fly rod is much easier than one might believe. For this reason, Pacific Angler is offering a number of comprehensive seminars to help those who want to tackle the challenge.

Matt Sharp has been chasing steelhead with a fly rod for over fifteen years. With seven years of guide experience and thousands of hours spent on rivers around the Lower Mainland, he understands the skills and techniques needed to succeed. More importantly, he understands how to teach these skills.
Until now, this instruction has been saved for his clients on the water. For the first time Matt has sat down and designed a series of courses aimed at teaching the simple, yet all-important mindset behind hooking and land steelhead on the fly.

This class will take an in-depth look at the fundamentals. The key word here is in-depth. The class is designed for beginners, but anglers of all levels - Beginners, Journeymen and River Veterans alike, will walk away with new skills and concepts guaranteed to make them more successful on the water.

Topics Covered:

  • The gear and tactics of a successful steelhead angler
  • How to find and read steelhead water
  • How to cover a steelhead run
  • How to select successful steelhead patterns
  • How to understand water temperatures, water clarity and time of day
  • How to recognize and react to the steelheads take
  • How to successfully play a steelhead

Space is limited to 8 people so please call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204 and book early.

Time & Date: Thursday, Jan 22nd 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Pacific Angler, 232 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: $25* per student and includes one of Matt’s hand tied flies for each participant.
*Payment is required prior to the course for a reserved spot and can be made by credit card, debit or cash.

Tying Scandinavian Tube Flies with Casey Giesbrecht

Interested in learning the methods behind creating the latest in Scandinavian tube flies? Sit down for an evening session of fly tying with Casey Giesbrecht while he explains the F.I.T.S. System by Guideline Fly Fishing and shows you how to tie the hottest steelhead fly patterns inspired by master fly tier Mikael Frodin.

These flies are made with the softest of materials and special cones on the head promoting lifelike movement that no steelhead or salmon can resist. These are without a doubt some of the hottest and most productive flies ever made. Learn what the European Atlantic salmon anglers have known about for years!

This course is best suited to students with a good understanding of basic fly tying skills and is limited to 8 students. To sign up please call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204.

Payment is required prior to the course for a reserved spot and can be made by credit card, debit or cash.
A materials list will be emailed to students upon signing up.

Time & Date: Monday, Feb 2nd 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Pacific Angler, 232 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: $30, each student will receive 10% off of any tying materials purchased during the course.

Introduction to Fly Fishing with Jason Tonelli

This course is designed to give the new fly fisher the basic knowledge, casting skills, and fly fishing strategies to effectively fish our local lakes, rivers, and estuaries. This course is comprised of two sessions: one theory and one casting.

Fly Fishing Theory

  • Rod, reel, and line selection
  • Equipment, accessories and knots
  • Lake and River entomology
  • How to locate fish in lakes and rivers
  • Specific techniques for trout, salmon & steelhead
  • Proper fly selection and presentation
  • When and where to fish BC in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

The casting portion will cover the fundamentals of fly casting starting with the basics and moving up to more advanced techniques such as the single and double haul. There will be rod and reels available for each student or you may bring your own rod and reel.

Fly Casting

  • Foundation of single-hand casting
  • The roll cast
  • Advanced casting techniques

Your instructor for this class is master angler Jason Tonelli. He is the owner of Pacific Angler and has been fly fishing BC’s lakes, rivers, and ocean for over 20 years. His fishing articles and reports have been featured in BC Outdoors Sport Fishing magazine, and the Vancouver Sun. He was also the co-host of the popular fishing radio show BC Wild Country on the Team 1040. Jason brings over 15 years of fly fishing retail experience to the course as well as 10 years guiding experience.

***Limited to 6 Students per course***

Time & Dates & Location:
Wednesday, Feb 18th, 6:30-9:30pm, Theory Session at Pacific Angler
Sunday, Feb 22nd, 10:00am-12:30pm, Casting Session at Central Park in Burnaby

Cost: $170.00

Tying Jigs for Steelhead

Have you ever wanted to learn the techniques required to produce one of the most effective lures for summer and winter run Steelhead in B.C.? Join Casey Giesbrecht for an evening of tying jigs for steelhead and salmon. We will spend time discussing and creating these lures that have been gaining huge popularity across British Columbia. Jigs are easy to tie and amazingly effective.

No prior fly tying experience is necessary. This course will cover:

  • How to properly assemble the components involved in producing a steelhead jig.
  • Proper material selection to tie a productive jig.
  • Fishing and rigging tips.

Tools and materials are not included in the course but they will be available through the store at a 10% discount for students on the evening of the course.

This course will run one evening in the store and is limited to 8 students. To sign up please call Pacific Angler at 604-872-2204. Payment is required prior to the course for a reserved spot and can be made by credit card, debit or cash.

Time & Date: Monday, Feb 9th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm Location: Pacific Angler Cost: $25

What To Bring: vise, bobbin, thread