Snow and fog in the upper valley
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Snow and fog in the upper valley
Monday, December 20, 2010
Chile west guide Trevor Covich hoists a hog
Thursday, December 9, 2010
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
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.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
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
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, 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
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.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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
Friday, November 19, 2010
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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” (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/2001/bait_ban.pdf) demonstrate that such a regulation would be desirable among the angling public.
- 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
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
By DENE MOORE The Canadian Press
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
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.
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.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
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.
Friday, April 30, 2010
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.