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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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We are two guys who will go to vancouver island at the end of october. We are thinking of stamp and cowichan river.

We have never been there before.

Do you have any suggestions of which river to try - fishing in waders from the bank ???

It will be fineif we have to walk a little bit to avoid to many other anglers

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Thumbs up First a warm welcome to the Spey Pages.

First the 'Cow' is on the main land a tad south of the City of Vancouver, I'm pulling a mental blank on where the Stamps located. That aside, just above the "Logged in as ...." you'll find the search tab. Click on that and type in Vancouver Island. You'll get LOTS of hits from past threads.

Give these a quick look to get an over view what's already available here in the 'Clave. That will help hone down the type of info you need from us. The good part is there's a heck of a lot of regular posters here who live in British Columbia.

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First the 'Cow' is on the main land a tad south of the City of Vancouver
While the river changes year to year, the Cowichan hasn't moved much over the past few million years and is still on the east coast of Vancouver Island about 50 km north of Victoria.

Both the Stamp and Cowichan will have walk and wade fly fishing opportunities at that time. In fact, the entire reach of open water on the Cowichan will be fly only at the end of October. Be warned that last year, due to low water, the entire river was closed to angling for a brief time but was reopened by the time you're thinking of visiting.

There will be salmon and trout in the Cowichan and salmon, trout and steelhead in the Stamp system at that time.
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Hi Jesper,
I will be on Van Island around the same time, I have fished both rivers in the past and found the Stamp an awkward river to fly fish and to be honest while it has been full of fish its not a river I will fish again.
There are so many other river on the Island that I like much better, I would hire a guide for a few days and it will set you up for the week, I am lucky I have a buddy that is fishing almost every weekend and he lives in Campbell river.
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We hav a guide for the first two days, but he is guiding on stamp and cowichan. Do you prefer campell ?

And thanx all of you.

We will travel from denmark so its a bit off a trip
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Hi Jesper,
I do prefer the Campbell, but having a buddy living there I hope to fish many more rivers that he says are much better than it.
As a side note my uncle lives in Denmark, he plays guitar in a band went to Denmark and never came back. lol
It is more than likely your guide will take you to better parts of the rivers you are going to fish than I have been, I found a really nice spot up at Port Hardy and some good fishing on the Kennedy river.
If you are on the Island, try and go to Tofino not for fishing, just a great little place to visit.
Your guide will know where to take you as he is on the river everyday, I aim to be there after 4 or 5 days jet boating the Fraser.
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While the river changes year to year, the Cowichan hasn't moved much over the past few million years and is still on the east coast of Vancouver Island about 50 km north of Victoria.

Both the Stamp and Cowichan will have walk and wade fly fishing opportunities at that time. In fact, the entire reach of open water on the Cowichan will be fly only at the end of October. Be warned that last year, due to low water, the entire river was closed to angling for a brief time but was reopened by the time you're thinking of visiting.

There will be salmon and trout in the Cowichan and salmon, trout and steelhead in the Stamp system at that time.
For what ever reason read Cowichan and mind went to 'Chiliwack.' (sp?)

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Good choices in rivers for that time of year if you are after salmon and perhaps the odd steelhead.

Both rivers have well developed trail networks for walk and wade fishing. And both river has trail maps available at local fishing and tackle shops, so you should be able to find your way around if you want to fish without a guide.

That being said, if you want to increase your chances, hire a guide for a day on each river, and you will be sure to catch plenty of fish and learn enough to fish on your own after that.

Unfortunately, since the Cowichan, Stamp and Campbell rivers are quite famous, you will likely be fishing next to people all day long unless you are willing to hike into remote places. Guides should be able to help you have a more private fishing experience as they know the river well, and have the resources (boats) to get you to fishing spots that are both productive and hard to reach.

Have fun planning your trip! If you base your fishing out of either Duncan (Cowichan river) or Port Alberni (Stamp River), ask your guide about fishing other rivers. There are plenty of more remote and "wild" places where you can find more fish and fewer people.
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Have a look out Nitnat way, lots of opportunity out that way also. If it were me I'd go with the Cowichan and be able to head out towards the west coast aswell. Drop a line to the boys at Nile Creek Flyshop, Courtney is a great world of info and will get you into as many fish as you can handle. Have fun and welcome to Vancouver Island
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Thanks a lot.

We will stay in port alberni 5nights and the rest is still open.
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Hi coastrider. I have send a line to the shop. Is nitnat a good river to fish i waders ? When you fish on the coast for salmon -do you fish near the rivers ?
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The Nitinat can be a bit of a gong show. Shoulder to shoulder with gear fisherman when the Chinooks are in. Fortunately by late October they should be done. You don't have to travel that far off the beaten track to fish chums.
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Hi eroyd. Do you fish the nitinat yourself at that time of year ?
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I have fished it a fair bit, since it's easily accessible. You should have know problem finding your way there from the Cowichan lake side. It's not a big river and with a little bit of driving about you should find the access points once you get down around the lower river. Be aware of the regulations, especially eractic openings and closures posted by DFO. Nile Creek Outfitters seems to have the scoop on a few of the local rivers.
http://www.nilecreekflyshop.com/nilecreek_8030.html

PS. Hopefully your OK with bears.
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