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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 17, 2017

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OUTLOOK River levels did not bump up as much as we expected last week. The Squamish was relatively low for Matt’s course on the weekend and fishing was a challenge. We heard of a few steelhead and bulltrout but overall it was not hot. With more rain this week and Matt on the water again, check out his predictions for this weekend in the river section below. The Vedder pumped out some more good fish over the weekend and did not blow out with the rain but it started rising on Tuesday. Keep an eye on the weather report and the river levels this weekend! Max had his intruder course this week and even a number of very experienced tiers were impressed with his tricks,…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 25, 2016

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OUTLOOK We have spent a ton of time looking at the long term forecast over the last few days. We have focused on the long term because the short term forecasts have been downright depressing. Rain and wind hammered the coast all week and the rivers are very unstable. The positive news is that the long range forecast is looking good because it is getting cold. The unsettled weather is tapering off this weekend. Once again it’s hard to call if the improving weather will be enough to make this weekend good for fishing but if everything goes to plan hope is in sight. Cold weather my not be the best to fish in but cold weather is what we need to clear up the…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 4, 2016

Outlook We got a reprieve from the heavy rain last week but this week we are back to the trend of rain leading up to the weekend. There is a big storm in the forecast for the north shore today and it could make fishing the Squamish area a challenge for the weekend. The weather forecast out the valley is not as bad and with any luck the Vedder will not blow out. The weatherman has been a little off this week so we will have to watch the river levels and see. Even if the weatherman is way off and only a little rain comes we expect most systems to rise and color up.  The silver lining is that last week we heard of…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 26, 2016

Outlook Well the trend of heavy rain Wednesday, Thursday, Friday seems to have held off this week and though there is some rain in the forecast for the weekend it looks as though mother nature is throwing us a bone because many of our rivers got low this week. We will see some rain today and then a good dump on Sunday. We expect all rivers to fish well this weekend. We are hearing good reports off the Vedder, Squamish and Harrison so it’s time to Go Fishing! Check out the river reports below for more information! On the saltwater scene things haven’t been hot anywhere but they have been consistent. Check out the saltwater report at the end of the report for details. Whats…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 12, 2016

Outlook It looks like another wet weekend is coming down the pipes. Heavy rain started last night and will ramp up Sunday. The weather man is forecasting over 50mm for both the valley and sea to sky corridor. Unfortunately this will most likely blow out most rivers but this week we had good reports across the board from the Squamish, Harrison, Stave and Vedder so when the rivers stabilize this trend should continue. With the warm weather last week we heard more whisperings of salmon fry being spotted wiggling out of the gravel so with this in mind we are going to start reporting on the Harrison and Cutthroat fishing. Early season we tend to stay quiet on this fishery because many of the larger…

Steelhead Fly Tying Jam Session ~ Tuesday November 24, 2015

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Join us Tuesday, November 24th for the Steelhead Fly Tying Jam Session at Pacific Angler!   What is a fly tying jam session you ask? It is a relaxed and fun night for tiers of all levels of experience from beginner to expert to hang out, do some tying, share their favourite flies and techniques, and of course talk about fishing. We will have a variety of expert tiers on hand to answer questions and teach some tricks of the trade. Scott Baker McGarva will be here and will be tying up some of his favourite winter steelhead flies. Scott guides for steelhead full time and has spent the last few years guiding on the Dean, the Skeena, and Haida Gwaii, so he knows a…

Tarpon Intruder – Steelhead Toad?

Innovation VS Consistency Two new patterns from Matt Sharp that could be amazing innovations or failed creative blunders – we need your help to find out which one they will be! Innovation with fly tying is a wonderful aspect of our hobby. That said I don’t know how many times I have filled a fly box with “innovative” patterns that look great on the vice only to get out on the water and realize that they don’t swim correctly, the materials fowl around the hook or they simply don’t catch fish – in short they are bad patterns. You then realize that you were not being innovative, you were trying too hard to be special, should have stuck with the tried tested and true patterns…

Friday Fishing Report: March 28th, 2014

Outlook: Where are the cutties?  Anyone seen some?  Should we put in a “missing trout” report?  We have heard reports from the valley of great hatches of stoneflies and fry showing up but water levels have not been cooperating and the bi-product of that is few cutties have been seen and caught. We hope this recent rain and the upcoming forecast will truly start this phenomenal local fishery that is ideally suited for the angler who gets that rush from stalking a fish, silently picking your spot to cast and softly landing the line on the water with an epoxy minnow, leading the cuttie then twitching your minnow pattern your fingers themselves nervously awaiting that rush of the cuttie spotting your pattern and making a…

Friday Fishing Report: Jan 10th, 2014

Outlook: In January we look forward to reports of fresh steelhead pushing into rivers, winter chinook becoming keepers as they continue to feast on the bait balls coming into the harbour and around Bowen Island etc.  While fresh rain is helping out the rivers and bringing in fresh fish, its not the most pleasant weather to angle in and it does make for ugly commutes to work and back! Looking ahead for the next 7-10days in the Lower Mainland we are seeing a lot of rain in forecast which may dump some snow on the upper reaches of the Squamish so if you are heading up to higher elevations please check the current forecasts and be sure you are properly equipped for winter driving to…

Tying Streamers, Dave’s Variation of Kelly Galloup’s “Barely Legal”

The Barely Legal, Dave’s Variation Over this past summer I have been experimenting with articulated flies on our coastal rivers for rainbows, bulltrout, and even steelhead.  Through experimentation and research I have fallen in love with Kelly Galloup’s “Barely Legal”.  This fly is simply a fish catcher.   One night I came across Kelly Galloup’s series of articulated flies that he developed for meat eating brown trout in Montana.  Immediately I saw the application for our coastal rivers, where all of our large fish tend to eat prey fish such as sculpins and juvenile trout.  After good success on multiple species of fish I have found my box over-flowing with different colour variations of the “Barely Legal”.  However, the sculpin olive and white combination has…

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