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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2009, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Triple play on the Cowichan river, BC

Two years ago my wife and I decided to leave Vancouver and bought an acre on the Cowichan river on Vancouver Island. Up until the end of last year I was busy building a new house and had not had much time for fishing, but now the house is finished and I am getting to know the river in my back yard. Yesterday friend and I hiked in to a pool in the upper fly only section and brought our spey rods in search of winter steelhead. It is a beautiful trail through the forest and we followed some huge elk tracks in the snow down to the river. On my third cast I felt a tug, but nothing was there. On the next cast another strike and this time it was hooked. I soon realized it was not the steelhead I was looking for, but was a nice resident rainbow trout. A little while later my friend landed a nice cutthroat trout and followed that up with a brown for the triple play on this pool.





Now, if I had only landed a steelhead, it would have been a Grand Slam. This one was caught a few days earlier.





I think I am going to like this place!
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make sure you buy your daily supply of aquaseal! The cowi is as pretty as a river, but man o man does the thorn bushes & willows eat away at your waders quickly (i put over a dozen pin hole leaks in simms guide waders in less then a week of wade fishing on the cowi..and didn't get repaid in steel!)...like to get back there eventually, but its hard to convince myself after the extremely tough week i had (cold, clear and no fish entering..)
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You are right about the bushes. I am wearing my oldest pair of classic guide waders and the insides already look like they have been machine gunned with aquaseal. Still keeping me dry, though. It is generally slow fishing, but I guess the point is that this formerly great river is still producing several species and is slowly starting to recover from years of abuse. It now has a heritage designation and lots of work has been done to help with siltation runoff issues that used to smother eggs in the area below Skutz falls. We are noticing more fry and more browns in this area as a result and are optimistic for the future health of the system. The steelhead hatchery program has been stopped last year, so soon we will have wild fish only, and fewer fish, so a lot of work and luck is required to land one. On the bright side, you get a lot of casting practice. Most guys fish this river with gear, and it is much more effective due to the generally fast water and proliferation of small holding slots near shore and all those willows and log jams.
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Nice post! What size Perfect is in your pictures? Looks like a nice one...
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It is a 3 3/4" from the '30's, made by Jimmy Smith. It has a lot of miles on it but it works as well as the day it was made. I got it from Scotland and I was told the previous owners fished it on the river Tay. I often wonder how many wonderful fish it has come to know. I aspire to add to that number. I'm afraid spey casting is not my only addiction. I have a bunch of old Hardys of all sizes and fish most of them from 10 wt. speys to 4 wt. trout rods.
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