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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 22, 2023

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OUTLOOK  Happy almost Christmas everyone!  We hope you all are having a good holiday season no matter what you are celebrating.  We also know that the season can be a bustle.  If you have loved ones who are fishers or have loved ones asking you what you want for Christmas, a gift card is always the right size!   We are still running our Gift Card promotion where you get 10% OFF if you purchase a 100$ gift card and 15% OFF if you purchase a 200$ gift card.  See all the details below in our Industry Events and Updates section.    It is also the time of the year to remind everyone about our annual BOXING WEEK SALE.  It is our biggest sale of the year! …

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 15, 2023

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OUTLOOK This week we have a short report but it is packed with details if you plan to Steelhead on the Chilliwack or hit the sea to sky this season. Last week we looked at an overview of how to fish for Steelhead on the Chilliwack. This week Taylor takes a little deeper dive on up-to-date water levels and resources to consider when planning your trip.  In the Squamish report we do the same, with some water level graphs and general seasonal trends to look out for. If you plan to fish either system this winter, you will want to tune in. Lastly Jason is back with another winter chinook report. Fishing continues to be great so if you get some time off over the…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 8, 2023

OUTLOOK December is moving fast, and it is time to start thinking steelhead!  It is still early but, for the guys and girls who get out now, the scouting will pay off in January.  The water levels have been up and down across the Lower Mainland this week and with good flows for this weekend we could start hearing the first steelhead reports. The egg eater fisheries are also doing well with the bumps in water levels.  Fishing has been slow in the Squamish areas, the last two days, due to high water but, the water levels are coming down nicely and could be very good this weekend. We will see another dump of water Saturday so watch your water levels.  We will have pretty…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: December 1, 2023

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OUTLOOK  We have hit December and though many folks are thinking about the holiday season and not about fishing, there are still some cool, no pun intended, fisheries worth looking at if you are brave and don’t mind dealing with the weather.   We have a storm in the mix for this weekend but when things are cold, more water can actually be a really good thing for river fishing.   River salmon fishing is ramping down in a big way, but the egg eater fishery is ramping up. Matt was out last weekend and has some details in the Squamish report that you will want to tune in on. Yes, he has been neglecting the video version of the report for a few weeks, but we…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 24, 2023

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OUTLOOK  As we close in on December, we are going to see some cooler nighttime temperatures over the next week, and this will drop river levels substantially across the Lower Mainland.   This will mean getting more technical with your float and fly rigs. Lightening up leaders and dumbing down presentation colours is the ticket.   We continue to hear solid late salmon reports though and the egg eater fisheries are going strong. In this week’s report we have details on the Squamish and Chilliwack, but if you’re itching to get out on the water, don’t forget about winter chinook fishing which continues to be great on the smaller north side fisheries if you’re out in the valley.     If you’re on the lookout for some updated gear,…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 17, 2023

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OUTLOOK  As we head into the back half of November things are looking good for fishing.   We have a little precipitation in the forecast and the rivers have been dropping so they could use a little water.   The reports we are getting are solid across the board so now is the time to get out on the water!   This week also saw some regulation updates regarding coho, so be sure to check out those regs below in our Regulation Updates section.     This week we look at the north side rivers as they tend to fish well late in the season.  We will also look at the Squamish, which is another great late season system and last, we will talk about what we have heard from…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 10, 2023

OUTLOOK  Well, it looks like we have another round of wet weather rolling through this weekend but, depending on where you are planning a trip, it is still worth keeping an eye on river levels and getting out there if the levels don’t get too high!   We continue to hear good reports from the East side rivers as well as up the Sea to Sky Corridor. The Chilliwack is slowing down a little but, there were also some positive reports when things settled this week.   We expect high water in many areas this weekend but, when we look to next week, things get cold and clear. This should clear up rivers fast and provide some great late season conditions.   Jason also has an interior lake…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 03, 2023

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OUTLOOK  Fall Storm Incoming – We have already seen rivers rising today (Friday) and more water is coming with the bulk of it hitting tomorrow.   It is safe to assume that river anglers will see high water across the board, and everyone should be watching the levels closely when planning a trip.   https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/map/index_e.html Below you will see details on the Chilliwack, Harrison and Squamish Rivers. The rain will affect each system a little differently. As you all know, rising water is not a bad thing. Anglers just need to find moments in the rise or subsequent drop where the water clarity is good enough for the fish to see your presentation. When you find the perfect combination of water volume and water clarity you will…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: October 27, 2023

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OUTLOOK  Well, we are wrapping up October with some great fishing opportunities across the board.  With this recent cold snap, rivers are clearing, and things are dropping on most of the major systems.  In this week’s reports we have updates from the Squamish, the Harrison and the Chilliwack systems as well as our local and interior lakes.    If you missed the fisheries notice earlier in the week, a no recreational fishing for chum salmon management measure for the Lower Fraser River tributaries has been implemented.  More details are below on that.    On the saltwater front, our guide boats have been out, and fishing has been very productive!  We’ll be back next week with a full saltwater report but if you’re thinking of heading out, now…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: October 20, 2023

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OUTLOOK  BOOM! Well, the water we were looking for came. Though many anglers who were out had to contend with blown out dirty water conditions over the last week, on most of our systems the bump of water will help fishing when the rivers come back into shape.   On the weather front, we are going to see a pretty nice weekend. This should help water levels settle. When we look out to the end of next week it looks as though more rain is coming but it doesn’t look like a substantial storm so both this weekend and next look like very good weekends to get out to the valley rivers.   The valley rivers are on the drop as we write this report and already…

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