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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: July 24, 2020

OUTLOOK  Summer is finally showing herself and we hope you are all having a chance to enjoy it responsibly.   This week we have an update on Interior Lake fishing.  Matt was up last weekend in the Kamloops region and Zach also make a trip at the end of last week.  Matt will share his observations and a little on the strategies used in the lake section as well as in the video version of the report.   On the river front, we will look at reports from the Vedder, Skagit and Capilano.  Water levels are coming down and for the Vedder and Skagit we are hearing better reports.  The Capilano is getting low.  For river anglers this is not great but it is exactly what the beach anglers are looking for.   With rivers getting lower, the saltwater coho anglers are hooking more fish and though they are still focusing on areas just outside of the harbour, we’re starting to hear consistent coho reports from…

COVID – 19 Update

To Our Valued Pacific Angler Community It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the doors to our retail store will be closed until further notice, but we feel this is the best choice to maintain the health and safety of our staff, customers and the greater community. Still Need Gear?We will be offering phone or email orders for pickup or delivery.  How it will work: Call us at 604.872.2204 between 10 AM and 5 PM daily to place your order. Alternately email us at sales@pacificangler.ca to place your order. Payment will be taken over phone (credit card only). Orders will be shipped out (free shipping on orders over $200 to anywhere in Canada), picked up at our “contactless curbside pickup” out front…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 20, 2020

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OUTLOOK  What a week – Again!  Let’s get non-fishing stuff out of the way first.  As we write this report, we are still open.  We again want to reassure all of our amazing clients as well as our employees that your health and well-being is our number one priority.     As such, we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by our local and national health organizations including:  Enhanced cleaning protocols in our shop and on our boats with particular focus on high traffic/contact areas  Increased sanitation and hand washing protocols  We will continue to operate business as usual but we do ask that anyone who is feeling unwell or who has been out of the country, refrain from visiting our retail location.    We’ve got hand sanitizer here at the shop, so please do make of use of it when you visit!   Don’t want to shop in store?  We will be…

New Zealand 2020 Fishing Story – Memorable, but Humbling

Saturday February 8 I met Rick in the afternoon at the Queenstown airport on the South Island of New Zealand. Rick arrived from Canada about five minutes before I arrived from Melbourne, where I had been working for a few days. Coming into the country we both had to go through biosecurity. They take it very seriously in New Zealand and inspected all our fishing gear and, in Rick’s case, did a little extra cleaning. They really want to prevent Didymo from getting into New Zealand rivers. Didymo is an invasive diatom that exists in British Columbia that grows on rocks and is unhealthy for rivers. This was Rick’s and my first time fishing in New Zealand. February is the height of summer in New…

Join Our Saltwater Team!

We’re looking forward to another great year on the water and growing our saltwater guiding team! If you have a passion for sportfishing and providing exceptional customer experiences check out our positions below which include Guide Operations Manager and Full and Part Time Saltwater Guides. Pacific Angler Saltwater Fishing Guides Job Title:  Saltwater Fishing Guide Location:  Vancouver, BC Job Type:  Full-time + Part-time, Seasonal To Apply:  Email your resume to Pacific Angler’s Operations Manager Kathryn – kathryn@pacificangler.ca or drop it off in person at Pacific Anger – 78 East Broadway Vancouver BC.  Pacific Angler – About Us:Pacific Angler is Vancouver’s full-service fishing pro shop with saltwater and freshwater guide operations. Our staff are avid, lifetime fishermen with a vast range of experience on rivers, lakes and…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: January 17, 2020

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OUTLOOK We have no plans to sugar coat this one. For mere mortals this has not been the best fishing weather this week. We do have hope next week with warmer rainy weather coming. In this week’s report we will look at the Vedder and the Squamish and what to expect, more importantly what will happen if the snow terns to rain and when to get out. With many of you hunkering down at home, we have a healthy dose of YouTube videos for everyone to kick back and enjoy.  Andre has a video on a great bulltrout / minnow patterns for the Squamish or any system with resident fish who like to eat other fish and Matt has a video on his classic Choking…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: November 1, 2019

A child holding a freshly caught Salmon fish

OUTLOOK We hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Cold and clear is the forecast for the foreseeable future and that is going to change things up substantially for the river fisherman. Cold and clear is not ideal because you will see river levels drop and become very clear. This slows fish movement and makes them much more wary. For a couple systems that have been high all season this will make fishing spots more accessible but overall it will make the actual fishing more challenging. Chum numbers have improved but are still not good.  So, if you’re headed out be sure to be prepared from clear conditions and cover lots of water.  This week we look at all the major spots and Aidan…

Sport Fishing Institute Update: The Election Question

Check out the full update from the Sport Fishing Institute of BC. To get these updates sent directly to your inbox head over to their website, scroll the bottom of the home page and enter in your email address there. Less than a month to head to the polls. Our BC fish and fishery issues must be introduced and reiterated where possible both leading up to the election and following. Marked Selective Fisheries Many challenges faced yet a clear path to stable, reliable opportunity We are now in full election mode and many issues are competing for the attention of voters and candidates. Asking key fish and fishery questions during the coming weeks is critical to keep our issues being discussed and considered by politicians…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: July 19, 2019

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Outlook What a week of fishing! Things are bumping on multiple levels and the weather looks awesome for the weekend. We can expect a little cloud but the sun should poke through more often than not and temps will hover in the low 20s. This should be perfect for several of our fisheries.  On the fisheries front, we have heard more reports of pinks in the Squamish and up Howe Sound. We are not hearing hot reports yet, but they are coming. This week we have a detailed look at the entire pink fishery and where you should be looking over the next month. This will be the focus of this week’s report. The opening of chinook to retention was a great way to start…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 14, 2019

OUTLOOK We are in for more epic weather! We are going to see 20 degrees consistently in Vancouver this weekend and close to 30 in the interior. The nice thing for the saltwater anglers is that they are not forecasting heavy winds out in the straight. It is very common when we see warm weather to also see high wind and rough seas but at the time of writing this report the forecast right now it looks to be calm sailing for the weekend! As always check the marine forecast before heading out on the water because things can change fast. This week Jordan has a cool coho trolling feature in the saltwater section accompanying Jason’s report. It looks like we might be in for…

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