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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Vancouver BC unexpected trip

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I am driving on an unexpected Vancouver trip this weekend and was wondering if there would be some good wading and swinging this time of year within driving range. I will bring the 13' 7# with a skagit system. Any information would be greatly appreciated - my steelhead and Spey experience are limited to this first year on the Grande Ronde - a blast !!

Thanks, and thanks to all of those who post on this forum - a mine of information for newbies

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Call one of the fly shops in town, Jason Tonelli at Pacific Angler is a good source for info. Or you can head north and call Brian at Whistlerflyfishing, his area should be full of winter steel

Vedder has steel in it now, if you don't mind the crowds and the hatchery fish
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Call one of the fly shops in town, Jason Tonelli at Pacific Angler is a good source for info. Or you can head north and call Brian at Whistlerflyfishing, his area should be full of winter steel

Vedder has steel in it now, if you don't mind the crowds and the hatchery fish
FULL of winter steel???? Somebody should tell those of us that fish there....

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Thats a fact!!!!!!!!Since when???? Your dream'in!!!!
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Nothing in there about the local rivers being full of steelhead, Brent. Might want to think before posting stuff like this (no matter how well intentioned) to avoid Brian having to explain to a new member why he is not hooking up in his first hour?

What do you think?

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Notice the should, and to call for information...

If someone was expecting to catch winter steel within the first hour, perhaps they're in the wrong sport.

I guess wording could have been better..but still
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No worries... I carefully chose my words and avoided "hooking" or "catching". I just meant "cast poorly, swing worse, step, stumble, curse, start again".
With hope. Always hope.
Thanks a lot for the hints guys. I'll do my best

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Notice the should, and to call for information...

If someone was expecting to catch winter steel within the first hour, perhaps they're in the wrong sport.

I guess wording could have been better..but still
Brent, caught again flapping with not knowing. Have you ever fished for steelhead in that area?
Should,if,and,or,but, none of my favorite words.
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there are some fish in the Vancouver area rivers right now but the water has been low and cold for some time meaning the number of fresh fish entering the rivers at this point is fairly low. That said, its a beautiful time of year to be on the water and anytime the fly is swimming there is a chance of a steelhead. good luck
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The chilliwack/vedder river is having one of the best years in a long time. It is well worth a look. This river is a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver and there are lots of accomodations near by. Do not let the crowds and hatchery fish comments turn you off the Ved is still home to a large run of wild fish and there is always water to be found for anglers willing to get of of the beaten track.

I would be happy to share some spots with you via PM if you plan on heading out that way, message me if you are interested.

As for all of the discussion of the Squamish and tribs, if you go there be prepared for good bull trout fishing with the remote possibility of hooking a steelhead. Nice river, still quite crowded but less so than the Chill/Ved.
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Yup the vedder has been fishing well this year, i have heard from guys that are having days approaching 3-5 fish.... pretty dam good.
Bulls in the sqamish/check for sure.... super low.... like record low right now. i would say a bit early for steelhead yet there.
Capilano and seymour.... Very few fish in the rivers, again low and clear, but if you wanted a quick get away if you are in the city.... can't beat em!

We have been getting some rain now and it should continue for about a week so with the bump of water some new fish should come into all the rivers.
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A good trip...

...though no fish was seen/felt/caught

Thanks to all for the information, I ended up spending an afternoon and two days on the river, one afternoon and one day on the Cheakamus above the paradise valley road bridge and one day on the Chilliwack.
Although I had no tugs and found the Vedder/Chilliwack a bit crowded to my liking, both rivers were gorgeous and I had a great time casting.
The Cheakamus is indeed very low, gin clear and very cold. I did catch some other angler's fly which is now dangling in my car as a souvenir.
I cannot wait to go back under better circumstances again thanks for all the help, I'll be looking forward to meeting some of you in BC or down here in WA.

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