25 May Vancouver fishing report May 2020
Vancouver fishing report update for late May 2020 from your friends at Chromer Sport Fishing, British Columbia’s trusted source for first class fishing trips!
It was pretty tough sitting out the past few months, not getting our running our usual fly fishing program. We’re happy to see the COVID-19 curve flatten significantly and are resuming guided Vancouver fly fishing trips starting June 1st!!
We have a variety of mindful safety measures in place for the best well-being of our guests and guides. We will be following all health authority suggestions for safe operations. Here are a few of our new precautions for our Vancouver & Whistler fly fishing trips…
Local rivers have held their shape well over the month of May. The Squamish River is high now, too high for fishing, but our smaller tributaries are still in nice shape, with tons of fishable water and some good trout fishing over the past week. The Cheakamus River, a smaller tributary of the Squamish is on the rise, but clarity and conditions are still very good. The Cheakamus is the only dam controlled river in the area, so it generally stays in fishable condition the longest in the Spring and early Summer months.
The upcoming forecast calls for some sun and temperatures reaching 20+ degrees. This means river conditions will bump up again, but the Cheakamus and Mamquam rivers should continue to stay in good shape for fly fishing. What type of flies are we fishing this time of year. Mainly sculpin fly patterns and salmon fry patterns. With the heat salmon fry are popping every where, lots of pink salmon fry can be found in the shallows and tailouts of runs. Definitely a great time to tie some salmon fry flies and fish them on floating lines with long leaders (10+ feet).
Local lake fishing in the Whistler and Pemberton areas has been really solid over the last two weeks. Ryan Sliziak, our lead Whistler fly fishing guide has been getting out, fishing local lakes including Ivey and Blackwater with good results. Damselflies and chironomids are the go to right now, and some micro leaches have worked well for active fish.
As we move into June river levels will bump up a bit but then level out for the Summer. We’re looking forward to welcoming new clients and our many loyal longtime clients back to fly fishing with us. Remember we’re offering a special 20% discount on all our Vancouver fly fishing trips this year!
Our Salmon fishing charters in Vancouver are rolling again, after sitting out much of the Spring season due to COVID-19, we are back to normal operations again, with safety precautions in place of course. Welcoming us back is some salmon fishing in Vancouver that has been absolutely bonkers this past two weeks!
The best salmon fishing recently has been in the southern Gulf Islands and Thrasher Rock. Defence Island in Howe Sound has also produced some consistent fishing and some bigger chinook salmon.
As we move into June 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 June. It will be great to welcome people back to this awesome Vancouver fishing option starting June 1st!
Visit our Salmon Fishing Charters in Vancouver page for more info and charter pricing.
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About the Author
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.