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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – February 17, 2017

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – February 17, 2017

4Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 17th of February  2017.

What a wild weather ride we’re having. Last week saw temperatures rise dramatically and snow/ice turn to torrential rains. Most rivers held out for the first few days and then turned to mud. Do not despair… what goes up, must come down

If you trust the weather man, then next week should bring some ideal fishing conditions. Rivers should drop into shape and we should see some of the best steelhead fishing of the season, traditionally this is when the largest returns enter the Fraser River system.

If the weatherman gets it wrong, heaven forbid, and we see more down pours there are still some stellar fisheries that should be fishing well. Here’s the low down:


The Vedder/Chilliwack River is currently high and dirty, however last week saw some good fishing still above the clay banks in the Alison Pools stretch. Most fish were taken on roe or pink rubber worms fished tight to the banks. Once the water starts dropping the fishing should be stellar as the peak of the run is due any day now and a dropping river equals grabby fish.

1The Chehalis River is also up, however with this system we tend to want higher water. This is a great option if rains continue and rivers stay up. Again this is prime time for steelhead on the Chehalis and many of the other smaller systems that need rain to fish.

The Stave River remains constant in flow and temp due to the dam. Still not many fish to report but this ones always clean.  Watch the tides as these fish move around with it, best usually just after the high as the water turns.

Steelhead are a fabled fish with plenty of lore and mystery surrounding them. These chrome bullets will not only strain tackle to the limits but will test the stamina and determination of the angler pursuing them. Let us help you knock this one off your bucket list. Currently we are offering very affordable half/full day walk and wade expeditions with either drift gear or fly/spey. Also, there are some limited full day jet boat trips available for the angler looking to get away from hustle and bustle.

From novice to expert, our guides are extremely well versed in steelheading.  Whether your looking to catch your first ever steelhead or want the added challenge of taking one with a spey or fly rod, we have the right guides as well as the best gear waiting  for you. We pride ourselves in ensuring your day is as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. What ever your speed, we will cater to your needs. Call or email today.

 Cutthroat Trout

The sloughs and back waters of the Fraser River are starting to fish well. Even with the rains the main stem of the
river remains very clean and visibility is astounding. Any warm afternoon can trigger a winter 3stonefly hatch, we seen some last week. These little bugs are best represented with small leaches or swimming style nymph pattersn in 12’s to 16’s.

The Harrison and Stave Rivers have also picked up slightly as we did see a few alvien in the rocks last week. Fish should start nosing around for these minnows as the salmon life cycle begin a fresh.

Most anglers are targeting cuttie’s with light fly gear. This time of year stick with small leach style patterns or small free swimming style nymph patterns like pheasant tails. Long leaders on floating lines with a very slow presentation being the norm. Look for fish rising, cutthroat are very schooly and even if you just see one riser there is a very good chance that there are a few more with it.  Also cutthroat are very light sensitive creatures and you would be best to concentrate your efforts to low cloud covered days.

Searun Cutthroat with stand, and stay active, in the coldest condition of any known trout. This makes them the ideal mid-winter cure for cabin fever. Novice to expert we can help you dial these little battlers in. We offer half and full day excursions via jet boat or walk in’s for these ghosts of the coast. Drop us a line and we’ll be happy to fill you in.


2We had a few boats out this last week and the fishing was quite good. The Fraser River is still producing fish particularly in the lower river below Mission. The northern portion of the river is still frozen so water levels have not been affected by our recent rains, however, there still might be some debris floating around, not much, but still keep an eye out for floating logs if running the river. As usual concentrate your efforts around the tide changes and don’t be afraid to fish a little shallower than usual, particularly for the big ones. These fish will come to an array of bait at this time of year. Dew worms coupled with lamprey pieces are an excellent place to start.

What better way is there to spend a clear winter day than sitting in a comfortable covered jet boat waiting on another bite from the almighty sturgeon.  With limited fishing pressure on the river this is a great time of year to get out and experience these dinosaurs of the deep. We offer half and full day outing’s via jet boat with nothing but the finest in guides and tackle. We pride ourselves in ensuring your day is as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. Whatever your speed, we will cater to your needs. Call or email today.


GRFA is excited to announce another addition to our staff!! Rick Stahl has come on board to help manage operationsRS Bio Pic off the water and is here to ensure your adventure is everything you expected. Rick brings a lifetime of local fishing knowledge as well as administrative skills to our team. He has held a guiding license since 1992 and spent over 150 day’s in the field per year for over 20 seasons. Needless to say, he has a very intimate knowledge of the fisheries and quirks that go along with it. Along with that unbridled passion for fishing Rick has managed a plethora of fishing businesses and is very respected with in the fishing community. Please help us in welcoming him into the GRFA family.


KidsGRFA is once again involved with “Chilliwacks All About Fishing” day. This one day FREE event is excellent opportunity for both young and old to come and learn about all things fishing. Along with a host of prizes there will be many local experts to give advice on regional fish and techniques to catch them.  Come and learn about the fish in the Fraser Valley and the conservation methods used to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these resources .  This event will be held at the Chilliwack Heritage Park on Saturday the 12th of March from 9 am to 5 pm

2016 Chilliwack’s All About Fishing is proudly sponsored by Tourism ChilliwackGo Fish BC and Fraser Valley Salmon Society.

That’s all for now, until next time: tight lines and scream’n reels.



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