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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 4, 2019

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OUTLOOK Winter storm incoming! Actually… incoming might not be the correct word. If you are reading this Friday afternoon, we are probably in the thick of it or with any luck it has moved through. A very moist Pacific frontal system stalled over the coast Thursday resulting in heavy rainfall for Metro Vancouver. The rain will taper off today as the front moves inland, but wet weather is in the forecast for the next few days and in the extended forecast as well. We will see rain lessening on Monday but things will also get colder so we could see snow for Squamish. We won’t even try to sugar coat it. This is a bummer for fishing. Warm clothes and good raingear will be needed….

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 28, 2018

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OUTLOOK 2018 is almost in the books and we hope that everyone had an excellent 2018 and enjoyed some time with friends and family this Christmas Season. For us it was an amazing year filled with good fishing, another boat down at our docks, a great team in the shop and countless great moments on and off the water with friends and customers. On the fisheries side of things 2018 was an interesting one. There was some truly amazing fishing but there are also some challenging concerns. In this week’s report we are going to keep it simple. We want to thank everyone who has supported us this year and all the years before and wish you all nothing but the best in 2019. Jason…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 21, 2018

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OUTLOOK Christmas is almost here! We all hope you are having an awesome holiday season and making the most of Christmas parties, family and good friends. We also hope you have had the chance to sneak out for some fishing. If you are getting out, there are some great options right now. We have river level and saltwater reports below but this time of year we like to focus on Christmas gifts and Boxing Day. If you have loved ones struggling to find you a gift or more likely you are struggling when you get asked the inevitable “what do you want for Christmas” question – send them our way to get you that perfect gift. Or get a gift card and then come down…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 14, 2018

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OUTLOOK It feels like there has been a record amount of rain and there is more in the forecast. Obviously this is the ideal time for us to shamelessly plug our great selection of waterproof jackets. From gortex to rubber we have you covered. If that doesn’t work we have a big roll of saran wrap at the shop that we can wrap you in. All joking aside the weather looks nasty for the next little bit and for most of our fisheries we recommend waiting it out. Its time to get your Christmas shopping done, tie leaders, tie flies, organize packs or tackle boxes and get ready. When things calm down, fishing should be excellent. We have predictions for how the rain will effect…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 7, 2018

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OUTLOOK Christmas Season is upon us and it is a fun time at the store. The staff are all eyeing stuff they would like under the tree this season but we have also not forgotten about the fishing. We just saw the first major cold spell of the season. When things are cold and clear, fishing on the rivers can be a challenge but guys are still doing well with trout on our local rivers and cold crisp days are a ton of fun on the ocean because the water is usually calm and every trip this week has seen good fishing for winter chinook and prawning. We are going to see a shift in the weather this weekend. We might even see some snow…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 30, 2018

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OUTLOOK Well, we had lots of rain this week and that meant big high water on many of our rivers. While it was high it didn’t set high water level records, which is a good thing because though high water can wash out prime spawning habitat. With the high water fishing was a challenge but all the rivers are shaping up nicely for this weekend and the weather looks great to get out before the busy Christmas season begins. The trout egg fishing should be good on all our salmon rivers for the next couple of days. Matt was out last weekend on the Squamish and though they had a few humbling moments they did find some fish. Check his report for a detailed look…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 23, 2018

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OUTLOOK The salmon season may be winding down but we have had very favourable conditions this week and there has been some very good fishing. Sometimes at this point of the season there are not many options but if you are thinking of escaping the bustle of Black Friday (no we are not doing a sale) and heading out there are a number of great options! On the Black Friday front as we said above, we are not doing a sale this weekend. As most of you know we do a MASSIVE Boxing Week sale. Save your Christmas money for then and make sure you follow the report for all updates and deals then. On the fishing front, the salmon fishing is not over on the…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 16, 2018

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OUTLOOK Well it’s that time of year, mid November with short, dark and wet days. I hope you are reading this somewhere warm, perhaps chasing some fish on the flats or just relaxing in the sun. If not, then don’t despair, the weather this weekend looks great, with sun on both Saturday and Sunday and then as we get into next week we are back to heavy rain on Wednesday. So make the most of your weekend and get out in the sun before the rain comes back! Here are some options for you. While a lot of rivers are pretty much done for the season, or at least until winter steelhead show up, there are still some good opportunities out towards the Harrison.   For…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 9, 2018

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OUTLOOK Rivers are dropping nicely and the reports have been solid from this week! The guys have been out pulling on coho and chum across the lower mainland. The weather looks great for the weekend and we are in prime time for a number of systems. The chum numbers are low this year but more came in with the rain. It will be interesting to see the final numbers. This week we have reports on the Harrison where the high water pushed fish up into the sloughs and tributaries. Fishing was solid across the board but the main river is still quite high and makes hiking a challenge. If you have a boat is it still excellent on the main stem but if you are on foot…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 2, 2018

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OUTLOOK Big storm incoming! As we write the report the rain is coming down hard. If you are reading this on Friday night it is worth checking your weather and water levels to correlate any info in this report. We write the report on Thursday night and with a big weather event hitting the coast as we write, it is hard to be 100% accurate on anything water level related. If the weatherman is on his game we will see most of our rivers blow out with the rain predicted overnight Friday and again on Saturday. This will make fishing a challenge today and into the weekend. The silver lining is the bump of weather will bring in fresh fish to our salmon rivers and…

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