Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Cowichan river, Vancouver Island
We came out a few days after Speydoc and the river condition was near perfect, but they did not show up. The 2008 run of chinooks appears to have collapsed. One of our group has fished the Dean for chinooks for the last 25 years and has never seen it this bad. Never even close to this bad. We heard of a commercial troller out of Bella Coola that caught 1 fish in 8 hours. The commercial fishing was shut down. This made no difference to the river returns as we joked about trying to catch one of the five fish to come in with each tide. I went 1 for 3 chinooks and 1 steelhead. Pretty much a good day on an average year, but that was for 10 days. Our group of 4 had about 10 hookups with only 2 landed (they are powerful and savage beasts) with a couple of steelhead and a few dollies. Pretty grim.
Still, it is a beautiful place that we always enjoy. It was predicted to be a less than stellar year and it sure was. Lots of good spey casting practice. No matter, we will be back next year.