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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – July 8, 2020

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – July 8, 2020

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 7th of July.

Although it may not feel like it… Summer is here! It’s been a cool start however the fishing has been hot. Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening on the river…


With recent rains in the interior and an above average snow pack, the Fraser has come back up again.  Typically the river reaches its max flow in early June; however we are running a few weeks behind. This is by and large due to the cool spring we just had and with snow packs still melting, were most likely in for a high water July. The Fraser will continue to bounce up and down a but for the most part we should see slow dropping conditions over the next few weeks.

With the dropping water the fish tend to be on the prowl and although some baits will outperform others the fish will tend to be more opportunistic. Most fish have moved into shallower water (under 40 feet) and the most consistent bait has been coarse fish and lamprey. Fish are very active in this high water as it is warming as well as rising and with all the extra scent in the water they can become quite aggressive. The trick is finding them… and then it’s time to hang on as they have been jumping repeatedly and making blistering runs!

Be ultra-vigilant when boating on the river as there is still a lot of debris coming down the Fraser. One is also wise to keep an eye upstream while anchored for logs and trees that may hang up on your anchor line and or fishing line; they can really make a mess in hurry. With all the debris you will need to check baits a little more often to ensure that they are also clear of small debris.

The Fraser Canyon has been fishing very well as of late and we have seen some truly huge fish. If you are thinking of running this special piece of water keep in mind that is very “heavy” water and not for the timid or unexperienced jet boater. Please be very careful!! The canyon is a high water fishery and the sturgeon haunts are not obvious as the water levels tend to hide the really good spots. It’s also an area with massive rocks and underwater crevices that love to snag anchors and fishing gear, if you are uncertain about an area it would be wise to keep moving. If you’re interested in trying your hand at biggest of the big in one of the most spectacular venue’s in the world drop Rick a line and he’ll be more than happy to help organize one of our Ultimate Fraser Canyon Sturgeon trips with you.

What better way is there to spend a spring 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.


Fly-Fishing on the Upper Pitt River

The Pitt has been a roller coaster ride in terms of water levels this late spring and early summer, with fluctuating temperature bouncing the river up down between extremes. Because the Pitt is glacier fed, water levels have been fluctuating with any warm weather bumping the river up and cool days bringing it down fast. Keep in mind it takes a whole lot of rain to even move the river level a little at this time of year, in fact, rain typically means the river will be on the drop. Having said that, rain can put some colour into the water which is better for the fishing than crystal clear conditions.
Fly-Fishing on the Upper Pitt River

The fish have been scattered and it’s best to keep moving. Fly fishing is the choice of most anglers and a fast sink tip with different colored leach style streamer patterns in different color schemes are the norm. With the water fluctuating try smaller patterns when its clear and larger robust patterns when its colored up.

Fly Fishing, Sea Run Dolly Varden, Vancouver, Fishing, Pitt River, Maple Ridge

Coming soon! The timing on the salmon runs up the Pitt River is from mid-July through mid-August. These free rising fish are super charged chromers that love to smash a lure or fly. This is the height of the season for the river and we are filling up fast. If you are interested in trying this incredible fishery don’t delay, contact us today.

If you are interested in trying out this river for the first time it is boat access only and the river can be treacherous to run for a novice jet boater, be careful and play safe. Great River Fishing Adventures guides have many years’ experience fishing the Upper Pitt River watershed and are knowledgeable about the area and effective techniques to target all species. As Jet Boats and experienced boat handling skills are required to access and fish this river, you rarely see other anglers, and more importantly this area is not over fished. It is truly an adventure that is easily accessible within a day from Vancouver. For a free personalized quote please drop Rick an email at


Vedder / Chilliwack River:
Is Open!! The river will have a few red Chinooks in it but really gets going towards the end of the month. Water levels are typically mint and with the nice summer weather, should make for a great day out. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted. Please keep in mind that if you do happen to catch a sockeye that they are closed and should be released as carefully as possible. These special fish are a species of concern and we all need to do our part to ensure their survival for future generations.


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Fraser Canyon Teepee Escape

GRFA is proud to announce that our much anticipated teepee accommodations are now up and running! These Teepee’s are located on the banks of the Fraser Canyon near Yale BC and offer a truly unique experience for those wishing to do a little “Glamping” in style. Guides can pick you up right from your personal river bank steps away from the teepees and drop you off again after a fun filled day of chasing dinosaurs in one of the most scenic river stretches in BC. Or spend the day exploring the incredible countryside and rich history of the Fraser Canyon and its importance during the Gold Rush of 1858 and First Nation culture adn history. These teepees are your base camp for your next outdoor adventure! For more information please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

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Report Poaching & Illegal Activities:

With the Covid restrictions in place the rivers have fewer eyes on them then ever and it is at these times that poachers and others that would do it harm can move more freely and take advantage of the situation. It’s up to us to be diligent and report any illegal activity that we see; however before you do please be certain that you are in the right and follow some guide lines. Here is a link with what we feel is the right procedure and protocol to ensure proper reporting. Click Here



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