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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 1, 2024

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OUTLOOK  March is here but, it looks as though moderate winter weather is still in the cards for next week. That said, it will be a damp and relatively cold weekend with nighttime temps just above freezing in Vancouver.  Higher elevations should see some snow.  Over the last week, we heard some good reports across the fisheries but, there were also some water level issues.   The Squamish has stayed low all week, but the Chilliwack rose yesterday and got colored. Ideally, we want opposite conditions for these two rivers. We would like some more water up the Sea to Sky and less out the valley way.  Check out both reports below where we have more details.   This week we also have a saltwater update. We…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 23, 2024

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OUTLOOK  We are almost at the end of February and the first day of Spring is now under one month away! River anglers should be looking at journals, old reports, weather forecasts and getting their gear ready. In the next 3 weeks we should see the first noticeable “hatch” of salmon fry and peak steelhead migration timing for many of the valley rivers.   When looking at the weather for this weekend, and over the next 14 days, we are in for a little cold snap early next week but nothing too far off seasonal averages. We will also see some precipitation. This is good as many of the rivers are low and we could sure use some more snow in the mountains. With the amount…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 16, 2024

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OUTLOOK  Happy Family Day Long Weekend! We hope everyone is going to have the opportunity to spend some quality time with the family and maybe get out on the water with them. Though the weather is not going to be perfect, it doesn’t look too wet or stormy so it should be a good weekend to get out.   We have a big report this week.  Matt is back from Christmas Island, and he made it just in time to catch BC Fly Guys seminar that we hosted last weekend. He is going to tune in with the first video report in a while because he wants to share 3 of the top tips that we learned during the evening. If you are a lake guy…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 9, 2024

OUTLOOK  We had a good week of fishing after the rivers settled from last week’s storms and we expect more solid fishing with a nice mix of clouds and reasonably light precipitation to keep the water levels from getting too low.     This week we have details on the Squamish and the Chilliwack, but the big news is tomorrow as we are hosting the BC fly Guys at the store! We have sold out the evening event, but the guys are going to be tying in the shop from 12pm-5pm and we have special sales and giveaways in store all day!   Check out the Industry Updates and Events section below for all the details!  We are taking this week off the saltwater report, but the guide…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: February 2, 2024

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OUTLOOK  As we are sure you all know, it was a very wet week with local rivers getting blown out by the rain that came with the storm systems over the last week.  It is looking to be mainly dry in the next week so that is a good thing for those living in areas where flooding was an issue and good news for anglers looking to get out on the water.     With dryer weather and cooler temperatures, we hope to see the rivers back in shape sooner rather than later.   Check out our reports on the Squamish and Chilliwack/Vedder below.     While it was wet, we did have some great saltwater winter chinook fishing as always at this time of year, so it’s a great…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 26, 2024

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OUTLOOK Warning – They are forecasting a massive storm starting tomorrow.  For the Squamish area we are seeing 50mm + forecasted for Sat/Sun/Mon and a little less forecasted for out in the valley but still some solid rain headed your way. It is rare we see 50-75mm forecasted in one day nevertheless 3 days of it. We will see if the forecast actually pans out but if it does expect rivers in that area and out in the valley to blow out and it is likely that this weekend will be a no go for river fishing. The silver lining is the fishing was good this week and after the storm as the water settles on all of our systems expect very good fishing. This…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 19, 2024

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OUTLOOK We hope everyone enjoyed the snow days and were able to stay safe and warm!   We can appreciate if not many of you went out fishing as conditions were tough. Things are going to get interesting on the fishing front now that the snowstorm has passed. With warm wet weather hitting the entire coast we expect it to get good on the rivers as long as long as the rain doesn’t blow things out.     In this week’s report we look at the sea to sky and valley river systems. If we don’t have a blow out but rivers rise and hold clarity there should be some excellent fishing opportunities for those willing to brave the rain and slushy roads. On the saltwater front…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 12, 2024

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OUTLOOK Incoming cold snap!  If you poked your head out the door at all in the last 24 hours you will know that we are in the middle of our first real cold snap of the winter.  With it, fishing will slow down across the board.  Reports were great on both the saltwater and rivers last week, but we expect much slower reports with snow and very cold temps right across the region for the next 2-3 days.  Things should be warming up next week but, until then, batten down the hatches, make sure the boats are winterized and maybe tie some flies. If you are brave enough to get out, steelhead are the one species that doesn’t seem to be as adversely affected by…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 5, 2024

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OUTLOOK  Happy New Year everyone! The good winter fishing weather continues! We need to define this a little. You may be scratching your head at this statement if you are looking out the window at drizzly less than pleasant weather. For winter fishing weather we want to see reasonably warm temperatures with waves of wet weather to keep river levels fluctuating up and down in a controlled fashion. Last week we got a fair amount of rain. Rivers rose and we did see some dirty water, but the rivers came back into shape fast and held at nice steelhead green colours.   It looks as though we will see similar conditions this weekend.  Today as you read the report, we have a large dump of water…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 29, 2023

OUTLOOK  We can’t believe we are sitting down to write the last Friday Fishing Report of 2023!  Where did the year go?   We wish you all a happy and healthy start to the new year and look forward to seeing you in the shop or on the water in 2024.  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to come down to the shop to get in on some great Boxing Week Sale deals, the sale runs until close on Sunday December 31, 2023.  There are still some great deals to be had so swing on by this weekend.  Friendly reminder, we are closing early on New Years Eve – the team will be here until 3PM on the 31st.    If you can’t come down for…

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