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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Vancouver Island as a first timer.

Hello there.

I'm planning a trip to Vancouver Island next autumn. Most likely late september and early october. I've posted a similar thread to a few other forums as well, but got recommended to write here too.

I'm a 22 year old engineering student from Finland, and I've been fly fishing for 4 years now (a lot of other types of fishing before that). Me and a friend of mine thought that it's time to take a trip abroad and consentrate on fishing. We picked Vancouver Island, because I've heard so much good about it. I have gotten a lot of tips already, but am still open for suggestions about rivers and guides.Target is mainly coho, chum and chinook, but also steelhead would be nice.

I'm keeping a blog, tracking my preparing for the trip, and also for my other trip to Norway in august. I will also post about short trips to my home waters and other fishing related matters. Currently I got my mind in tying flies for Atlantic Salmon. You can find the blog here:http://latokaskiflyfishing.blogspot.com

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Coho mania at that time of year. Early-middle September is better but late sept will still be good, The in-river fishing will be better later in sept to early Oct. Much after the middle of Oct the fish start to get pretty dark and not worth fishing for. Coho off the beach can be fantastic in September. The general rule is that the fishing gets better the further north you get. Port Hardy was awesome this year from the beach. Drive along the island highway, pull over anywhere you can see the ocean and watch for jumping fish.
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Coho mania at that time of year. Early-middle September is better but late sept will still be good, The in-river fishing will be better later in sept to early Oct. Much after the middle of Oct the fish start to get pretty dark and not worth fishing for. Coho off the beach can be fantastic in September. The general rule is that the fishing gets better the further north you get. Port Hardy was awesome this year from the beach. Drive along the island highway, pull over anywhere you can see the ocean and watch for jumping fish.
+1 with PGK here.

For fishing the salt look for land points that head out into the moving (tide change) water. Total Hoot, like fishing in a river. JUST remember to really rinse off all your gear in LOTS of fresh water.




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Fishing Vancouver Island

Check out Nile Creek Fly Shop @ http://www.nilecreekflyshop.com/.

Email Courtney he knows the Island very well.
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I'm not really THAT interested in coast fishing, but might give that a try too, since so many have recommended it. Mainly want to catch Coho, Chum and Chinook in the rivers.
I will be carrying a 9' #8 single hander, 10'6" #8 Switch rod and a 13'6" #7 Double hander for the trip. I might also build a 12'-13' Double hander also. Not too interested in the dark fish
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You won't find many fresh ones outside the tidal zone unfortunately. They boot up pretty quick down there. Most of the rivers are short so it's a mill around outside, shoot upriver, spawn and die in short order kind of thing. Don't underestimate the beach fishing, it's a real hoot! I'm a dedicated river guy but even I found myself saying 'screw this' to the campbell pretty fast and heading for the beach where we were stalking and sight casting to porpoising double digit coho! If the weather is nice, nuts deep in the ocean with a shirt pocket full of blackberries is the only option you should be considering!!
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The fish colour up FAST! I've caught boots in the chuck.... Most chinooks will have coloured up.... the odd silver one if you are in tidal sections like PGK stated. Too early for chum.... Take the advice of PGK and fish the beaches for coho!!! Fish for summer runs. Lots of fish around.... but don't get caught up on the salmon being coloured up!!!! you won't care what the colour is when a 40lbs spring takes you for everthing you and your gear has....!!! don't forget the fish will still be only a few miles from the ocean with no obstacles and strong as they ever were/are!!! Have fun and send me a message if need any info....
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Do you guys get much in the way of sea run cutts over on the island? While I've lived within sight (on a clear day) of there almost my whole life, I've never actually gone up to fish.
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Hi Josh. We sure do.... When the fry leave the rivers is great!! Even throw on a dry fly and strip it in....
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There are NO fish on Vancouver Island beaches, rivers, lakes, etc.
That Les Johnson guy, and Steve Raymond too, they're full of s***!

May the fish make you smile!
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