Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Great day to fish the Squamish

Bulltrout love the single eggs

Although the Steelhead are not around yet and there is about 2 feet of snow on the road, there are still fish to be caught in the Squamish, and great scenery to go with it. If you find spawning Coho, egg patterns are a good bet for the trout in the area, otherwise Sculpins and ESL's work well enough. Thanks to a phenomenal Coho run, the trout and Eagle numbers are the highest I have seen in a long while at this time of the year.

Snow and fog in the upper valley

Lots of eagles just hanging out, eating the dead fish

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Surprising place to Speyfish for Chrome Salmon

It would be understandable for you to expect that the big Salmon in this picture was caught floating a remote river somewhere on the coast of British Columbia or Alaska. In fact it looks lot like the Chinook Salmon we catch speyfishing BC rivers like the Dean, Kalum, Lillooet and Skeena. It also looks pretty similar to the King Salmon we catch every summer on the Kanektok river in Alaska. In fact, it wasn't even caught in North America. In Chile, guides and few guests have been experimenting with the emerging Chinook fishery in some of the rivers in Chile. Though most have been caught on gear, they have been taken on flies and are fished the same cast and swing style we do up here. These fish however have no real competition for spawning beds, no nets or commercial fishery's to worry about and few fish actively feed on their eggs or fry. Their numbers grow more year to year, relatively unimpeded and seem to have a large average size.

Chile west guide Trevor Covich hoists a hog

Whistler fly fishing has started booking destination trips to Chile west in 2012. Chile West is on the edge of an emerging king fishery while still boasting some of the finest Brown trout and Rainbow trout fishing as well. Email the shop at or call the shop 604-932-7221 for any info on Chile West or Chinook fishing

Nice Chilean Brown Trout

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Loop Evotec Double hander

Loop is always on the cutting edge of Speyrod designs. Their new Evotec Spey series is a sweet new addition to an already great lineup of double handers. The handle is formed with loop's newer rubberized cork rubber grip, which actually grips better then regular cork and lasts much longer. Loop's "form follows function" philosophy also incorporates a balanced reel seat that is adjustable at both ends to precisely balance the reel on the rod, pretty nice to have on the bigger sticks. The Staff and guides at WFF have been using the Evotec for a while now (see pic below) and love the power and action of this stick. From a 11'6' #7 to 15' #10 there is something for whatever it is you swing for, and a nice progressive action appropriate for many different types of lines.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Steelhead Speyfishing

Wow just sorting through some photos and just wanted to say I that I really can't wait for Steelhead season on the lower Squamish river. This is some of the best Steelhead Speyfishing fishing around, chrome bright wild Steelhead just minutes from the salt.

Whistler Flyfishing Facebook Group

Here is a link to our Whistler Flyfishing Facebook group which is a great place to share photos

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Vision Fly Tackle at Whistler Fly

Vision's Fiberglass Stick

Vision fly tackle, a popular Scandinavian Rod/Reel/Line manufacturer is now available at Whistler flyfishing. Vision makes ideal Steelhead and Salmon double handers which include the perfect all rounder NITE, or powerful GTfour Catapult. The Cult fiber series single hand rods are modern fiberglass rods that run from 3-6wt and are fun rods to catch trout with. They have nice reels too. The GT is a pretty slick large arbor reel, with the smaller sizes utilizing a click-pawl drag and larger sizes using a smooth disc break. Koma reels are also large arbor in both regular and interchangeable cassette versions. They are die cast Aluminum to keep cost down but still very durable. Check em out on our online store

GT Reel

Gift certificates at Whistler Flyfishing

MS paint can make any photo look festive in about 4 seconds

Whistler Flyfishing has gift certificates now available for guided trips, flyfishing lessons and shop items. If you can't think of anything specific for the Fly fisher on the gift list, a gift certificate is a great way to go

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Whistler fishing report December 1st

WHISTLER FISHING REPORT - December 1st, 2010

December 1st, 2010

BIRKENHEAD RIVER-the Birkenhead river is fishing good with some nice Rainbows and Bulls being Taken on single Eggs and flesh patterns.

CHEAKAMUS RIVER (lower)- Coho, Bulls and Bows, use your favorite patterns egg pattern as well as flesh flies and sculpin imitations.

ASHLU RIVER -good fishing for nice Bull Trout and Rainbow trout with egg patterns and sculpin imitations.

MAMQUAM RIVER-decent Rainbow Trout fishing on the upper waters.Still some late run Coho Salmon fishing in the lower Mamquam below the canyon.

SQUAMISH RIVER-river is in nice shape with some late run Chum and Coho to fish for on the lower river as well as Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout(Char).

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pieroway Metal Detector rods pass the test

Our New Pieroway Metal Detector rods have been put through some extensive testing over the last few months including rivers like the Dean, Kenektok, Skeena, Humber and many others, becoming a favorite stick to alot of fishy people. They are easy to use for beginners but experienced casters can throw some lazer loops with the skagit style lines they were designed for, compact Skandi lines cast equally well too.

Max loading up the 12' butter stick

Instead of designated line weights, they are sized in grain weights so you know the right line to use to get the best out of the rod. The 6ish weight, 400Grain 10'5" mini Skagit is equally good at throwing compact skandi lines both Spey and overhand. A perfect size rod for any trout like creature that resides in rivers. The 510Grain 7-8 weight was designed as a Steely stick and is perfect for most moderate sized Steelhead and salmon bearing rivers. At 12' its ideal for even some of the smaller streams, but loads up super well to chuck t14 and 5" bugs as far as you want, if needed.

Rob and a nice fish on the 510 Metal Detector

The 720 is the Chinook rod of the bunch. At 13'5" It throws the biggest Skagit lines and the heaviest bugs to dredge up some of the largest fish you can find in a river.
Brian and a big Dean Spring on the Metal Detector

If you would like to give one of these sticks a wiggle or to cast one, give us a call or drop by the shop

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Really Big Chinook Salmon on the Fly

Filed in the category of really big Chinook Salmon on the fly or King Salmon you will never forget. Nice work Mr. Matt you fishmeister you.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Whistler Flyfishing Steelhead Article

Check out Whistler Flyfishing's article in the "Whistler Traveller" magazine. Pick one up at any of the local stores for free and check out our article on winter Steelhead fishing in our area.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Winter, a great time for Bulls and Bows

As the remaining Chum and Coho Salmon start to die off and the temperature plummets in the Sea to Sky corridor, the trout keep on eating. Generally whatever is left of the Salmon is food for the Trout, like flesh and eggs. The winter is a great time to fish for big Trout/Char but they are not always hanging out were you expect them to be, especially when the temperatures are extreme. For up to date info on were to fish and what to use, drop by the Whistler Fly Shop or give us a shout

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Whistler Flyfishing die-cut vinyl stickers

Whistler fly shop just received a shipment of die-cut Vinyl stickers in a variety of colors and sizes. If you are looking for a chance to grab one of these popular logo decals this is it, as they don't tend to last very long here in the shop...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tying the Squamish Poacher shank style

The Squamish poacher is a local favorite for fishing the Squamish and Cheakamus rivers. However most people don't seem to know the trick in tying it. In this case I put my own spin on it and it looks a bit different then the original but hey, but its the same technique, and its not like the fish really care. Having the fly on a shank with a trailer hook however is a big advantage to a regular hook, as you tend to loose less fish after hookups and the little gammies used on these flies can be easily swapped out for nice sharp ones once they dull. You will need:

SHANK - Partridge waddington 25-55mm
LOOP - 35# slickshooter or Rio knot-able wire
THREAD - White or Orange G.S.P or stronger type thread
HOOK - octopus #2
TAIL - Red/Orange Polar bear and a few strands of pearl flash
BODY - Orange Chenille
HACKLE - Orange Schlappen
SHELLBACK: Edge Bright/Lazer wrap
EYES: Melted 50 pound monofilament
WEIGHT: lead wire wrapped along the shank, this is very important if you don't want your fly to swim upside down!

Krazy glue optional

Start off wrapping the shank in thread. Feed the slick shooter through the eye of the shank (hook attached) and tie it down on both top and bottom. I like to Krazy glue it after too.

Wrap Some lead wire along the lower portion of the shank. Then wrap the chenille in for the head but don't cut it. Add the Polar bear (or something similar) and some flash. Then tie in the set of eyes. I like to use some more Krazy glue at this point too

Tie in your Schlappen (or similar) by the butt end and wrap the rest of the chenille to the eye of the shank. Then wrap the Hackle up to the eye and tie off.

Cut off a strip of Lazer wrap about the some width as the body of the fly and tie it in starting at the shank eye. The original pattern has the shell back attached at the tail as well but I think this way gives the fly a little more movement. Tie the shellback off in about 3 or 4 sections and make sure to give each segment a few wraps. Tie off the fly right about where your hackle starts. Cut the lazer wrap into a point above the mono eyes, and a V cut out on the other side so the there is room for the line. Krazy glue any thread you see.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Steelhead Fies

Although we tend to tie our own flies when we go out Steelhead fishing, there are a few commercially available patterns out now that I like to have on me as go-to flies. They look awesome, are tied durable and catch lots of fish! These are just a few of my favorites;

From the right side going counter clockwise; the Blue Charm is an great low water fly as is the Hobit spey tube. The Hoh-bo spey in blue or purple is a very effective pattern on the Bulkley and local waters, as is the heavier Pick yer Pocket. Both Silveys Squid and Silveys Prawn look great and work great on Steelhead and big Chinook too! Check out some more great patterns from Idylwilde (read their blog here!) on our online store, as these are just a few of many sweet patterns we carry

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Looks Like Some New Water on the Dean

October 2010 was one of wettest months on record for all of British Columbia. The Dean river was especially hard hit with some major flooding. Here is a photo of the river mouth taken by Wayne Sissons of Bella Coola Air. Looks like some new water to explore as the river has split just above the mouth and this new river left channel looks like it has some great potential. I guess I will have to wait until next June to explore it when I am teaching a Chinook Salmon spey instructional weeks at BC West. If you are interested in joining us for Salmon or Steelhead trips on the Dean please give Whistler Flyfishing a call at 1-888-822-3474.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Speycasting Lessons in Whistler and Vancouver

Whistler Flyfishing offers speycasting lessons in a variety of formats. Our classes are taught by FFF certified THCI instructors and predominately focus on modern northwest and skagit spey techniques.We offer hourly private lessons, full day private speyfishing schools as well as group lessons and destination spey schools in a variety of locales.

In 2010 we offered speycasting lessons on the Bow river in Alberta, the Humber river in Newfoundland, the Kanektok river in Alaska as well as the Dean River, Skeena river, Bulkley river, Kalum river and Squamish river here in BC.

We teach private speycasting lessons in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler throughout the year, including the winter months.Please contact the fly shop at 1-888-822-3474 for more info or to reserve your time.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lots of Chum Salmon in the Squamish river

Here is a picture of a nice Chum my client caught in the Squamish river last week. Lots of these super strong Salmon around right now making for a great fishery for the salmon angler. Speyfishing is the perfect method to target these fish which range between 7 pounds and 35 pounds. Whistler Flyfishing offers full day and half day guided trips on the Squamish river throughout Salmon season which typically runs through till mid December. Please call the fly shop at 1-888-822-3474 for more info or to book your trip.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Loop Tackle Story

Here is a great video of Loop Tackle owner Christer Sjoberg talking about the company and its' origins.Loop was the originator of the large arbor reel design and continues to lead the pack when it comes to fly tackle innovation.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BC Interior Rivers Bait Ban Petition

There is now a petition posted online for individuals that would like to see the province manage the Thompson and other interior Steelhead stocks in consistency with the same conservation based tackle restrictions that have proven to protect wild Steelhead in other BC regions. This is in keeping with the mandate to harmonize and simplify fishing regulations throughout the province while increasing the quality of the Thompson fishery and the longevity of these important fish.

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To: BC Minister of Environment

To the Honourable Barry Penner, British Columbia Minister of Environment.

We, the undersigned, hereby request that a “bait ban” sport fishing regulation be implemented for Interior Fraser River steelhead prior to the next sport fishing opening. (Interior Fraser steelhead rivers include the Thompson, Chilcotin, Seton, Bridge, Nahatlach and all other rivers in the Interior of BC where steelhead are known to inhabit.)

The principles of a bait ban as outlined in the BC government document “Bait Ban as a Management Tool” ( demonstrate that such a regulation would be desirable among the angling public.

These steelhead
- are highly accessible;
- are vulnerable to capture; and
- every spawner counts.

- there is a need to protect juvenile fish;
- the steelhead population is small; and
- there is a need to spread the catchable supply of steelhead over more anglers.

According to the current BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations the definition of bait is: ‘“Bait” is any foodstuff or natural substance used to attract fish, other than wood, cotton, wool, hair, fur or feathers. It does not include fin fish, other than roe. It includes roe, worms and other edible substances, as well as scents and flavourings containing natural substances or nutrients.”

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dean River Chinook Salmon

Here is some video from a hot fish I caught on the Dean river in June. We chased it all the way from the island at Tony's to tidewater

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Metal Detector two handed Skagit rod

A sneak peak at Peiroway;'s Metal Detector series rods designed specifically with Skagit casting in mind. The rod is available in 470, 510 and 720 grain line weight sizes to fill in the niche. The big 720 is perfect big water or Chinook rod, the 510 is an excellent light Steelhead rod and the 470 is perfectly suited for anything Trout/Char. They will be available later in the season

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fly Fishing catching on with women

When April Vokey was a girl, her dad would sometimes take her out on a lake with a worm on a hook but he was far from an avid fisherman.

At 16, on a whim really, she decided to give salmon fishing a try. She packed up her little trout spinning rod and headed for the Chilliwack River.

It wasn’t exactly a scene from A River Runs Through It, since she broke her rod, lost the fish and went home empty-handed, but she was hooked — even if the fish wasn’t.

"It’s so romantic. If you can break away from the crowd . . . if you get away from the people and you’re alone on the river, it’s so cleansing," says Vokey, now 27 and the owner-operator of Fly Gal Ventures, a fishing school that takes her across Canada and around the world teaching fly fishing to women.

Vokey compares her hours on the river to yoga.

"You cannot believe the comparison of how much Zen and how much peace there is in fishing," she says. "You know how you get home from a hike and you just feel cleansed and refreshed and you feel at ease with yourself and at peace, because you listened and you appreciated nature all day long? It’s like that with fishing, except you actually have the excitement of getting a huge fish."

Vokey is not alone. A growing number of women are taking up fishing and a growing number of guides, suppliers and resorts are trying to reel them in.

There are pink fishing reels, pretty boots and a plenty of fishing classes for the lasses. What has traditionally been the beer-friendly domain of men is getting in touch with its feminine side.

At Whistler Flyfishing, owner Brian Niska says women now make up about 10 to 15 per cent of his clientele. He has had three female guides working at his shop and one of their classes this August, on the Skeena River in northern B.C., will combine learning to SPEY fish with yoga.

They’ve had female-specific camps for about five years.

"They’re growing in popularity," Niska says. "And I think we’re probably on the leading edge of that, just being based in Whistler where there’s a lot of outdoorsy girls and just being a younger shop."

And it’s not just British Columbia. New Brunswick was one of the first provinces to see outfitters cater specifically to women and students who learned to fish at Pond’s Resort in Ludlow, N.B., quickly dubbed the school "Broads with Rods." Ontario also has several resorts and guides who offer lessons specifically for women.

Vokey is finalizing details on a fly fishing school in Ontario in June, and she’ll be teaching classes on the Bow River in Alberta in August. In August she’ll host a three-day school at the Nicholas Dean Lodge in northern B.C., her favourite place to cast.

The B.C. Wildlife Federation is doing all it can to encourage more women to get out on the westernmost province’s lakes and ocean, and into its vast wilderness.

The conservationist group offers fly fishing, basic angling and float tube fishing as part of its popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman retreats, to be held this year in Winfield, B.C., and Mission, B.C.

The three-day courses also include instruction in shooting, archery, canoeing, orienteering and wild game cooking, among other things.

Vokey is a "catch-and-release" fisherwoman, meaning she releases a fish back into the water alive, after she’s reeled it in. For her, it’s not about the catch but spending a peaceful day on the river.

"A man will walk right by a waterfall when fishing. He’ll look at it, but he’s fishing. A woman will reel in her line and go and check out the waterfall because it’s about appreciating it. The guys are all about ‘we’ve got to get the fish,’ whereas the women are a lot more easy going," she says.

For the two years she’s been offering courses, Vokey has taught about 200 women how to fly fish. Recently, she was in Salt Lake City, Utah, teaching and last year she was in Iceland doing the same.

She’s amazed at the number of women taking up the sport. It keeps her going in what hasn’t always been an easy career choice.

"I get a lot of grief because I’m a woman. I get picked on a lot. People think it’s smooth sailing because of being a young woman but it is not easy," she says. "There’s a lot of men who don’t like me here and there’s a lot of men who do like me here."

While Vokey admits she has a pink fly and reel, which she bought because they raised money for breast cancer, she urges women who want to take up the sport not to show up in pink hip waders — and, yes, apparently there are pink hip waders out there.

"(Marketers) think the answer to everything is if you make it pink they will come," she says with a sigh. "No. Pink waders are awful. They’ll scare away the fish."

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Spring Chinook on the fly in Whistler

Chinook fishing is a bit like Steelhead fishing except everything is bigger, the water, the gear and the fish are all jumbo sized. We are lucky here in Whistler to have some awesome fishing for chrome Spring Salmon right on our doorstep. The Springs we have are some of the earliest returning Chinooks on the coast.They enter fresh water in the early spring and will not start spawning until late summer, making them a very unique Salmon.
At this time of year they are Chrome and take to the fly very well. Gear of choice is anything around a 9/10 weight with a 600+ grain skagit is an appropriate rig to be able to toss some of the very heavy tungsten tips and giant flies used for these fish. Me, Brian and a couple good friends Pete and Mike took a trip and risked dirty water conditions to see if there were any around. Water clarity was decent and there was a huge salmon fly hatch going on which was pretty interesting.

Thousands of hummingbird sized bugs like this.

I got lucky and got into a nice high teen Spring. Sometimes they're there, sometimes they're not, and if they are around, big intruders work well.
Like this

A good day on the lower river

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Alta lake Cutthroat

As soon as the ice comes off Alta lake sometime in late march (new regs say the lake is open for fishing on April 1st), there is good fishing to be had for a few months for some of the largest Cutthroat trout you will find in the corridor. Originally Alta lake was stocked a few years ago with sterile Cutthroat trout to control the local stickleback population. With the release of new Cutthroat trout in the lake every year or two and a single barbless/catch and release restriction on the lake, the fish have grown to an impressive size. Fishing for these Cutties can be quite good with some of the larger specimens surpassing the 24" size bracket.

Very nice Alta Cuttie

Rainbow trout also exist in the lake with the occasional one reaching larger proportions, but there are alot of them around. The weed beds at the north end of the lake were the River Of Golden Dreams outflows and Scotia creek inflow across from lakeside park are the best spots to fish, but any of the docks on the lake make great casting platforms and good spots to catch these fish as well. Streamers are the norm, but these fish have what you would call a "see food" diet... they see food, and then they eat it, everything from midges/Chronnies to deceivers seem to work for these fish, but micro leeches, buggers and Muddlers are your best bet with full intermediate lines.

Rainbow trout looking deceiver patterns apparently work too

Friday, April 30, 2010

Womens' learn to Flyfish in a day course

Whistler fishing guide Terry Macdonnell is doing a one day 'Learn to Fly fish' course for Women only. This Womens's Learn to Flyfish in a day course is a fun and Comprehensive introduction into the dynamic world of Flyfishing, all in our own Whistler back yard! At completion, you will have the skills and know-how to go out chucking flies and fooling fish on your own.

The course includes;

-Approx. 1.5hrs at the flyshop covering such thin gs as knots, gear, lines, flies and accessories. Fish and bug identification (entomology) are covered as well.

-Approx. 1.5hrs of casting instruction were you learn 3 basic casts, accuracy, presentation, distance, etc.

-Approx. 2hrs of fishing on a local lake or river where you learn how to read water, learn proper fishing techniques, etiquette and proper fish handling

There are Lessons on May17th and the 25th. The cost is $99 + tax. All gear is provided Except for your fishing license. If you would like to find out more, give the shop a call at (604)-932-7221 or call Terry-Anne at (604)967-1475.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Squamish area Steelhead

A few pictures of recent Squamish area Steelhead from the last few weeks by staff and friends. Hopefully the fishing here will continue into may as it did last year, but its nice here for now

Ryan and a nice Cheak Chromer

Nice Squamish fish on a sunny day

This fish took some sort of a jungle bug intruder fly

As did this one as well

Chrome Squamish buck, they don't come much nicer

Friday, March 19, 2010

Haida Gwaii Steelhead

A few weeks back I took a trip with some friends to the Haida Gwaii to go fish for some Bc winter Steelies. The water conditions were extremely low with seals in the river (25km+ up from the salt water) but there were still a few fish to be caught. Check it out!