07 Feb Vancouver Fishing Report Early February
Here’s a little Vancouver fishing report update for early February 2020 from your friends at Chromer Sport Fishing, British Columbia’s trusted source for first class fishing trips!
Well, this past week brought the rain. Heavy rain. The Sea to Sky corridor received about 115mm of precipitation in a very short period of time. The rivers swelled right up into the trees and the graphs spiked. It was the perfect time to tie some bugs, as fishing conditions were far from ideal! There have been reports of major washouts and snowy sections on forest service roads, so have a plan before you head out and be sure you to the proper gear for self rescue. There continues to be limited access to the upper Squamish River valley, with washouts on the road and heavy snow in some places. Stay tuned for road updates in our next report.
Now that the forecast is clearing up a bit, the cold temperatures have allowed the rivers to jump back into fishy conditions. With the rivers dropping, trout fishing has been quite productive over the past couple of days on the Squamish and Cheakamus rivers.. Go-to flies for these conditions include sculpins, flesh and still egg patterns.
Vancouver fly fishing guide pro tip: When fishing with sculpins, make sure you get down. Sculpins spend their time swimming between the rocks looking for food and hiding from predators. Therefore, it’s crucial to fish with short leaders, weighted flies and on the heavier side of sink-tips. Always adjust to current speed and water depth.
The upcoming forecast calls for some sun and temperatures reaching 10 degrees. The river shape is only going to get better as the days go on, so it’s time to get your favourite rod and bug and start swinging. We run trips 365 days of the year–if you have a day to burn, come join the Chromer fellas for a great day out on the water! Continue to follow our blog posts! Continue to follow our blog posts on our BC Fishing Report Blog.
Overall fishing on the salt has been great this winter season! Again, the boats have been battling with those nasty northeasterly winds out of the Straight. When the winds have calmed down, fishing for those scrappy winter Chinooks has been productive throughout Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands. Small UV G-force spoons have be on fire, paired with a UV ultra green flasher and 2 feet leaders.
Always keep your eye on the finder for bait balls, and when on the sounder, get your gear down quick! Prawning and crabbing continue to be great when the weather cooperates. Make sure to always measuring your catch, and following retention limits and sizes on the water. The upcoming forecast looks great with calm seas, sunshine and winds below 15 knots south of Nanaimo. If you’re interested in spending a day out on the salt, we offer trips right out of downtown Vancouver!
As we move into February and weather conditions improve so will local Vancouver salmon fishing. Size wise chinooks will be packing on the weight and the local feed is abundant, so that bodes well for the rest of the Winter months. As long as there is herring in local waters the Winter chinook salmon will stick around and keep feeding.
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Fishing up the valley has been pretty good as of late. The tributaries of the Fraser River are starting to shape up after some heavy rains earlier this week. The upcoming forecast looks great to get out on the river. The key is hunting for these monster fish as sturgeon are hunkering down in their deep wintering holes. Covering water is crucial. No bites move on. The odd 10-footer has been occasionally caught, but most of the fish are the eager 5-footers. There are quite a few outfitters we can team you up to have a chance of catching a dino! Enjoy your time on the river and tight lines!
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Austin Heffelfinger is a full time fly fishing guide with Chromer Sport Fishing, a guiding company and booking agency based in British Columbia. He is also an accomplished photographer with works published in many notable fly fishing publications. You can follow him at the links below.