WOW! This has to be one of the best seasons so far for everyone on the river. We have had some incredible trips over the last few weeks and many returning and new anglers were hitting the river with us. Over the last few weeks the bi-annual pink salmon run has kept everyone on the river busy. This is a really exciting and easy fishery for anglers of all skill levels to try. It was great to see so many kids joining friends and family on these trips and being such an engaging experience, as you quite regularly catch fish after fish after fish. For the young ones with a shorter attention span this is a great fishery.
We are now looking forward to more great days as the Chum, Coho and Chinook Salmon keep migrating up the river. Fishing should stay strong for salmon until the middle of November or even later depending on the run sizes of each species. We have been having great success already and anticipate some more great fish caught over the next month. Many different styles can be used to target these species.
Bar Fishing is fishing from a fixed rod on the boat or on the shore. Most use spin n glo’s and sometimes roe. In the past this style of fishing was a way for many local anglers to socialize and also to spend good bonding time together for families. Spoon fishing is done on the shore, usually walking and casting. Moving water or ponds are great places and this is a great way to attract Coho Salmon. Chums are best targeted on spinning rods or casting rods, float fishing marabou jigs and or some Colorado blades with cherish beads and colouring. This is easy and lots of fun!
The Fall is another time we have some incredible fly-fishing opportunities. Our guides are some of the best fly-instructors on the river and will teach fly anglers and potential learning fly anglers, all the techniques to get them going and to enjoy this magic sport fishing method. We have many rivers to teach on throughout the Fall; the Harrison River and main-stem Fraser River are my two favourites. Coho are chasers in the Harrison and they can be a lot of fun, you must stalk them and when you find them it is incredible to see them launch at your offering.
Sturgeon fishing has been very great this year and has really remained consistent over the last months. It was of course a bit off earlier in the year when we saw some abnormal temperatures during the heat wave. But with some Fraser Valley Rain and a few cooler days the river quickly came back to normal.
The Sturgeon fishing in the Mid-River (Hope to Mission) are quite aggressive and the best baits have been ground fish, roe, salmon pieces and lamprey. When you find the fish and they are on the bait, they are crushing it, “game on” in other words. The lower Fraser (Mission to Vancouver) has also been good to excellent, I have spent numerous days down there with good results in many locations such as Hannah Creek, Two bit, Ft. Langley, Billy Miner and Barnston Island. Best baits lower river have been lamprey, roe and salmon.
Lastly I wanted to mention the Ducks Unlimited Canada Sturgeon Classic that occurred 3 weekends ago. We had 48 anglers joined us for 2 days of tournament fishing complimented with banquets, shore BBQs and even a poker night. This annual event is a way that we at Great River Fishing are able to partner up and give back to conservation and the environment. The monies raised over the weekend will go to projects throughout Canada that will benefit all of us for the future to come.
Congratulation goes out to our GRFA team guide Chad Hammond for catching his team the 1st place fish of the victory and bragging rights until next year! GRFA also have the opportunity to give back by donation $5000.00 to Ducks Unlimited.
For 2016 we are running our very popular our Lillooet River Fly fishing Camp – it will run from early April to mid April – 21 days only and if you are interested in this, please let us know.
There are only 6 spaces available each week – 3 day trip and also 6 day trips, including 2 instructional guides and our camp guide. This is an opportunity to fish and learn on one of the most pristine rivers in all of southwestern British Columbia.
Incredible scenery, fishing and fun around the camp are a great team building adventure experience for any corporate groups looking for something unique for clients or employees.
The camp always sells out fast so contact our sales team if you are interested in securing a spot for next year.
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Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><