Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Cowichan river, Vancouver Island
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.