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Guest Tue, Jan 27, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: best island river Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 Anyone what is the most productive and flyfishing friendly river to be on for salmon and trout on vancouver island , I'm new to the area and I'm getting frustrated on where the action is. All I read is that you can fish all year round. Where's the fish for oct, nov, and dec. Thanks in advance.
mike.c Tue, Jan 27, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 Try the beaches in the qualicum to Oyster river or further north for beach coho as for rivers the usual suspects are the gold,stamp/somass and qualicum systems none of which favour fly fisherman at this time of year primarily gear fisheries. :roll:
Guest Wed, Jan 28, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 nice river, no fish. not this year anyway.
Guest Wed, Jan 28, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 Cowichan river is the best in the province. It's also the most regulated so read those regs. There's parts that are fly fish only and obviously those are the ones that are the best. Summer isn't very good because of the tubers and other morons plus it's pretty warm. Wait until fall and winter.
Oliver Wed, Jan 28, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Mar 2006 Stamp is always putting out.
WildBill Thu, Jan 29, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 The Gold Has a few steelhead coming in almost every month of the year. (some sections the fish get hooked reapetedly in the summer, please avoid the canyon holding water if fishing summer runs here) The winter steelheadfishery there gets under way about now. This river has a lot of pressure for all wild fish, yet it is still one of the best on the island, north of it on the gravel roads there are a few other very good steelhead rivers as well, both for winter and summer fish.

The Puntledge had about 1600 hatchery steelhead released this year. they are LGBpen raised fish mostly under 8 pounds. Fishing has been pretty good for them, when the river is not too high. (they are in the upper section, between the 2 hatcherys, every thing here is catch and release, some sections the fish are getting hooked repeatedly)

The Campbell has a very few small wild and hatchery steelhead in right now, also cuthroat and a few resident rainbows.

The Salmon has steelhead from about end of january on, better in march febuary though. This river has the largest steelhead on the island, not many of them but they often go over 25 pounds still. This river also has a fair number of large cuthroat during the winter months. (dollies as well) It also has atlantic salmon in "good" numbers some years.

The White river has perhaps a few more summer steelhead than the other east coast rivers, as well as resident rainbows and an early coho run.(the coho run is very small, as is the summer steelhead run both in June...probably both should be left alone for now at least)

The Marble, Nimpkish, Cluxewe, Eve/Adam, all have winter steelhead as well as a few summer fish (the marble has a decent run of summer fish), they are mostly later rivers, feb to end of march.

The Quatse in port hardy can be fairly productive for hatchery steelhead as well, it starts a bit earlier.

Almost all Island rivers have salmon in the fall, most species are present. (sockeye are fairly limited but htere are a few systems nimpkish and some west coast rivers have a few, the Cheewat river has sockeye year round, not sure about if it is open or not) A few early coho show in some rivers as early as late june, mostly the river salmon fishing is done by end november...or even sooner. Mostly the salmon fishing starts with pinks about mid July on the north island, there are usually fresh pinks in the Campbell (and on local beachs) by end of July.

Expect crowds and a bit of a zoo any where there is a kill fishery for salmon or steelhead. Some rivers (Campbell and Cowichan) have a fly only section, this helps a bit.

Many of the beachs from Qualicum to Port Hardy have fish holding on them from mid summer up to novemeber some years, depends on the rain. (often the fish are quite dark later in the season even in the salt water)

All of these rivers have sections suitable for fly fishing, when they are not too high. If it has been raining for awhile the Campbell is controlled by a dam, it is nearly always fishable.

The Oyster is a great fly fishing river, very open banks, easy to get around and a fair number of hatchery and wild cuthroat trout. It is not as big a river, hasa very few summer and winter steelhead too but is closed during the winter now.

The Elk in Strathcona park is a very good rainbow river in early summer, later in the summer /fall it has dollies and cuthroat as well.....a great fly river and it is fly fishing only all the time, I have never seen it crowded. (the rainbows are mostly smaller though)

There are cuthroat in nearly all island rivers pretty much year round, resident rainbows in a few (Marble, White and Salmon are pretty good for rainbows, Campbell has a few big ones, hatchery fish mostly) and browns in the Adam/Eve and in the Cowichan. The more remote north island rivers also still have a few sea run dollies, they are completely fished out almost every where south of the Salmon river now though.

Many east coast island rivers are closed (exept for the lower reachs near the ocean) from mid Nov till June to protect the steeelhead, so check carefully before you go out.

You can certainly fish year round here, although steellheading is not what it was even 10 years ago, a lot of closures now......most of those runs are probably gone for good. I wonder how long the Gold will hold out, it is getting a lot more pressure now I think than it used too.
anglingbc Thu, Jan 29, 2004 - 12:37 PM     Subject: RE:best island river Quote
Joined: Jul 2006 Thats a good summary WildBill, would you consider writing a article about fishing on the Island. You can advertise your business on it too.
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