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Home / FIshing Reports / Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 17, 2016

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: June 17, 2016


The heat is coming back! We are going to see a mixed bag of rain and sun, Saturday and into Sunday but next week looks great. Temperatures will be getting into the mid 20s in Vancouver and hotter in the interior.

We are still having awesome salmon fishing up Howe Sound. Our boats are consistently putting up good numbers of springs. We keep expecting this fishery to slow down but the bait is thick and the fish are happy. The exciting news is that we are seeing record numbers of coho mixed in with the springs. These hatchery fish are perfect for the barbeque and it bodes well for coho fishing around the Capilano next month. The full details are below the saltwater report.

With the amazing coho fishing up Howe sound it is time to start getting ready for beach fishing on the north shore. With this in mind we have Andre’s beach fly tying course coming up next Monday and there are spots still available. This is your opportunity to sit down with the master. The patterns are simple but with over 20 years of beach fishing experience you will get to see the tricks and secrets that have made Andre’s beach patterns famous. Call today to get a spot! 604-872-2204

Lake fishing was a little hit a miss with the shifting weather this last week but with the hot weather coming next week it should get good again. In the long run the heat will slow things down but in the short term it should be good for the following 2 weeks. Check out Andre’s lake report for more details.

Finally don’t forget Father’s Day is this weekend! We’re here to give you a hand to pick out the perfect gift for Dad. Or give him a Pacific Angler Gift Card and he can pick out his own gift!



We have some great courses coming up for the latter part of June and if you’re already thinking about July – don’t forget to sign up for our July Mastering Local Saltwater Salmon and Beach Fishing Course. They are sellouts every July!

Tying Beach Fly Patterns

Join Pacific Angler for a 3hr evening seminar of tying flies specific to catching salmon on our coastal beaches. Without a doubt, fly selection is critical while beach fishing.

These flies are often not commercially available, so successful beach anglers learn to tie their own patterns. Your instructor will walk you through each fly pattern step-by-step.

This Tying Beach Fly Patterns course is suitable for fly tiers with a basic knowledge. Students are required to supply their own vise, tools and materials. A 10% discount is available on fly tying materials and tools purchased for the course.

Date: June 20

Cost: $45.00

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Introduction to Fly Fishing Trout Streams

Stalking trout on mountain streams defines fly fishing. In this course we will teach you the fundamental techniques for fly fishing trout streams; dry fly fishing, nymphing, and streamer fishing.

This Introduction to Fly Fishing Trout Streams course will get you as close to being Brad Pitt (A River Runs Through It) as you will ever be! This course is comprised of one 3hr evening seminar.

Date: June 21

Cost: $45.00

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Fly Fishing On Beaches

This single evening 3hr seminar will cover the basic principles needed to be an effective beach fly fishermen in BC from Howe Sound to the east coast of Vancouver Island. Topics covered will include rods, reels, fly lines, flies, tides, and techniques. Andre Stepanian, the instructor for this course, has been chasing salmon on our local beaches for over two decades. Remember, east coast Vancouver Island has a pink salmon run every year and last year the Capilano had 12,000 coho! Book this course early as we sold out all 3 courses in 2015!!

Dates: July 5, July 13 or July 18

Cost: $45.00

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Mastering Local Saltwater Salmon Fishing

Over 50 million salmon migrate past Vancouver annually. Learn how to catch these fish with a Pacific Angler. This course offers an in-depth look at the local saltwater scene. We cover the local saltwater salmon fishing for the entire year, showing you the how, when, and where. This course includes a 3hr evening seminar and a fully guided day on the water in one of our Grady Whites.

Dates: Seminar July 6; Guided July 8, 9 or 10

Cost: $250.00

Seminar Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM, Guided: Full Day



Capilano River Fishing Report

The water level on the Capilano is now relatively low. However, it is at an excellent height for fly fishing. There have been some coho caught on both fly and gear over the past week. Focusing your efforts during morning and evening will give you the best chance at enticing a coho to bite.

Short floating a variety of natural baits such roe, krill, and dew worms is effective when there is enough current in the pools to move your float. When the river level drops, casting and retrieving small spinners and spoons is a more effective presentation than float fishing. Fly fishing is a deadly way to target coho salmon, particularly in the deep canyon pools. A 6 to 8 weight fly rod matched up with a type 6 sinking line allows you to steadily retrieve your fly through the right column of the water. Effective fly patterns for Capilano coho include small olive coloured flies; such as Andre’s Cap Bugger, olive or blue muddler minnows, and even small flashabou flies.

You may catch the odd summer run steelhead in the Capilano. These fish are extremely low in number and must be handled and released with the utmost care. There is zero retention of steelhead (both hatchery and wild) in the Capilano River. If you don’t know what it is, don’t kill it!

Please note: ALL steelhead (adipose clipped and unclipped) must be released with the utmost care.


Since the last long weekend we have had unsettled weather, ranging from extreme heat for a few days which started the damsel and caddis hatches and a few days later there was snow in the Cariboo and high elevation lakes. This makes it tough for lake fishermen but on a positive note the lakes are not done like they were last year at this time. I have had some reports from Merritt and Kamloops lakes with damsels hatching, the water temps are still less than 65 degrees so we still have time to hit the lakes. If you’re heading out I would recommend to fish higher elevation lakes 4500 and over or start fishing the Cariboo lakes but before you go make sure to choose a high pressure window if you have the choice for better fishing. Don’t forget to have a few dragon nymphs in your tackle box as they should be hatching soon specially in Caribou.




Well the fishing on South Bowen from Cowan Point to Roger Curtis continued to be good this past week.  Saturday in particular was very good, Sunday was slow, but then it picked up again mid week.  The chinook, and now plentiful coho, seem to be full of anchovies for the most part.  The bait has been fairly shallow and so are the salmon.  Hot depths have been 20-80 on the riggers with 35, 45, 55, 65 being hot.  Try shallower when it is overcast and deeper when it is sunny.  Productive flashers have been the gold or silver Betsy or Super Betsy, Green Onion or Green Onion Glow, Purple Onion or Purple Onion Glow, UV Jelly Fish Yellow Green Kinetic Mist aka Club Dub or Club Dub Glow, and of course the Salty Dawg.  A 6 foot leader to an anchovy has been hard to beat.  On your shallower rods use a UV Purple Haze teaser head or a chrome green and chartreuse teaser head.  On  your deeper rods use a glow teaser head like a Bloody Nose or glow green and chartreuse.  Spoons have also been working very well.  A 3.5 or 4.0 will represent the bait well.  Any good spoon l like a Kingfisher, Oki Titan, Pesca, Gibbs Skinny G, etc will all work.  Some of the favourites this week have been Cookies and Cream, Irish Cream, Mojito, Gut Bomb, and Clupea.  Others have been doing well on hootchies but I have mostly been running spoons and bait.  A white UV hootchie with a 28 to 32 inch leader is a good choice on your shallowest rod as there have been lots of coho around and they love that hootchy.  It will work for chinook as well as witnessed by me personally when a colleague landed a 31.2 pound chinook hooked at 60 feet on a white UV hootchy last Saturday, right next to our boat.  Nice fish Paul!  Most of the chinook have been 10 to 20 pounds and there are lots of undersize but there are a few slabs swimming around so make sure you leaders are in good shape after releasing numerous small fish.

Four chinook and two coho from South Bowen.

We haven’t heard too much from Thrasher.  The fishing on this side has been better for the most part or it has been too windy to get across.  It is tempting to make the run across as we have had such good fishing there this time of year, but leaving fish to find fish is usually not such a good idea.  If you are heading over this is the time of year we start to fish the structure.  This means you are often fishing deep, like 140 to 240 on the downriggers so we suggest 18 pound cannonballs, glow flashers, good glow spoons like a Pesca and double glow flashers from Oki.  This is some fairly technical fishing and we have all of these items at the shop if you need to get setup for fishing deep.  Hootchies also work well and we have all the hot glow hootchies in stock like the OG140, OG142 and Double Skirts in chartreuse.  I love going to Thrasher, so if the winds die down I will probably head over. There is almost nobody there because the local fishing has been so good.  One afternoon this month I fished it, got a few nice ones, and we were the only boat there.
Mastering Local Saltwater Salmon Students on a successful day on the water.

Mastering Local Saltwater Salmon Students on a successful day on the water.

The Cap coho are here in force.  There have been lots caught off Bowen and there are lots in the Capilano River as well.  There have been confirmed reports of fish taken trolling off Point Atkinson also.  If chinook fishing is slow this is where I would go as a back up plan.  White UV hootchies, 28 inch leader, to any of the flashers mentioned above, and  you are in business.  Keep your gear from just under the surface to 40 feet down and you are in the productive zone.

Some nice chinook and a coho from a trip on this past Tuesday in our local waters.

With all the local chinook around and bonus coho action, now is a great time to book a charter.  Although we had one or two slow days last week, for the most part we had excellent catches.  Just look at the pictures from this week!
To book a charter call us at 778-788-8582.
Jason Tonelli