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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 14, 2022

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OUTLOOK  Another week is in the books.   We can’t believe it is nearly the middle of January.    We had a wet start to the week but, things look like they are drying out for the most part.   The rain was great for systems like the Squamish that was quite low after all of the snow and colder temperatures.  Out in the valley, the Chilliwack/Vedder peaked but, it too, looks like it is on its way down with the drier weather over the last 24 hours or so.   Taylor has an update on that system in our Freshwater Fishing Report section below.    Kids are back in the classroom now and we are too.  We have a number of great courses coming up.  Our larger seminars are held via zoom and our reduced size tying classes will be held…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 7, 2022

OUTLOOK  It has been an interesting week of weather again in BC.  With snow, rain and everything in between, we have not had many folks heading out on the water.  Things are looking up though and we will see a warming trend with above freezing temperatures along with some rain.  For some systems like the Squamish, we want the rain and warmth.  With current river levels on the Squamish more water is needed and if we get some more rain and a corresponding bump in water levels, we expect it to be well worth the trip.   Matt has more info. in this week’s Squamish report so have a read of that.  For the Chilliwack/Vedder system we are still learning how the flood changes and slide issues will affect water clarity.  Some folks have been out scouting/fishing that way and Sterling…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 31, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Happy almost New Year everyone!  2021, what a year…. It has had its ups and its fair share of challenges.  We wanted to thank everyone who has supported us, supported the fisheries and made it a priority in their lives to get out end enjoy the beautiful outdoors while fishing in this amazing province and beyond!  For those of you who supported our Flood Relief Auction we have an update on the funds raised and where we have directed those funds.  For more details on that please see our update in the Industry Events and Updates section below.  Again, a huge thanks to all who participated in our auction and the many other great auctions and fundraisers held by members of the sport fishing community!  We are…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 24, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Merry Almost Christmas!  We hope everyone is having an excellent holiday season.  It looks as though we are going to see a white Christmas with a noticeable dump of snow forecast for Christmas day and then we will see a cold snap for the following week.  This is going to put a damper on many fishing plans but there is something special about fishing in the snow.   In this week’s report we have info on the Chilliwack and Squamish but, if you are planning on hiding out at home, make sure to check out our boxing week sale list.  This is the biggest sale of our year and this year has some amazing deals.  We have waders, boots, jackets and lots of other fishing gear heavily discounted.  If you don’t want to come into the shop, the full list will be in your inbox and on…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 17, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Christmas is around the corner, and in preparation, mother nature has been bringing the Christmas weather.  It looks as though more snow for many areas around the Lower Mainland is coming over the next 5 days but it should be more of a mix of rain and snow.  As always, be sure to keep an eye on those weather reports/marine forecasts before you head out!  If you’re headed to the shop, to pick up a gift for the angler in your life or perhaps a little something for yourself, be sure to take a peek at our parking map for some tips on the best spots to park in the neighbourhood during the subway line construction!   We also have extended shopping hours on Wednesday December 23 until 7PM if you need to get some last minute shopping done!   For those of you sticking close to home this week, a friendly remember…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 10, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Things are settling down for BC after the storms of the last month and Christmas time is upon us.  We could all use a little Christmas cheer right now but there is also something else that comes at this time of year that’s good for cheering things up.   THE BEST OF FISHING PICTURES COMPETITON IS BACK!  It’s time to look back on 2021.  All the great trips, all the great memories and all the fish pictures!   We are running the best of fishing pictures 2021 contest again this year with gift cards to the store for the best pictures in a number of categories.   Matt has details on the competition in the video version of the report including the categories for submission and the prizes.  We…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 3, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Another interesting week for BC weather has left fishing options limited.  Every major system in the Lower Mainland spiked again over the last 5 days.  Once again, our best wishes go out to all those affected by continued flooding.  Our hats are off to all those helping out on the ground, and we wanted to thank those who took part in our latest Instagram auction earlier this week.  There were some very generous bids and we managed to raise another $1500 for flood relief.    On the fishing front, the good news is there is cold weather coming.  This should suck up a lot of the water and drop things back into shape.  Squamish is one area we may see some fishable conditions soon.  The river spiked with heavy rain and very warm temperatures last week and the upper road is having some issues but it is coming down fast.  We have…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 26, 2021

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OUTLOOK  We start another report off with our thoughts going out to all those affected by the major flooding in the Interior and the Lower Mainland.  As anglers who look at water levels on a regular basis, it was hard to watch the numbers come in.  We also want to say thanks to all at the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association and all other volunteers who have been working hard to help.  We have a few more atmospheric river systems destined for the coast this weekend and into next.  Though today, Friday, looks to be ok and possibly quite good for angling on some of the systems not affected by the floods, more rain is coming unfortunately.   It is very rare that we recommend not fishing but for this weekend with safety and travel/gas issues in effect, it is probably not recommended for systems in the areas affected by past storms   With…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 19,2021

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OUTLOOK  We want to start off by sending all our best wishes and prayers to those affected by the flooding this week.   Though this may not be a week to focus on fishing, getting outside and de-stressing is well worth it so if you need some fresh air and time on the water there are some options to get out depending on where you are.  We have info on what we have heard from the valley area rivers and for those more in the Greater Vancouver area the Sea to Sky corridor.  That area did not get hit as hard by the weather so there some options up that way worth looking at if you would like to get out this weekend.  Coho fishing is still worth looking at on many of the systems that are accessible and the egg eater fishery is also in…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 12, 2021

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OUTLOOK  Well, we are in for another wet one this weekend but when rivers have settled between bouts of rain, we have been seeing good fishing so we expect that to be the case after this weekend’s storm.  The weather reports have been changing a lot over the last week but with heavy rain coming Sunday you will have to be on your toes and watching river levels carefully.  Matt has a video report this week but as we are writing the report the numbers have changed since filming. Check out his video report below because there is still some good weather insight that will help you plan your trips.   Below in our Freshwater Report section we have info for the Squamish, Chilliwack, Capilano and Harrison rivers.  On the saltwater front, we have also been hearing…

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