Fishing Report – Vancouver & Fraser Valley 21-12-12
Fraser River Sturgeon fishing is still doing very good for this time of year. The team is still getting good numbers just ask Dave. His hard work and persistence paid off for Meg and her group who had 18 Dino’s to the boat in six hours on Wednesday. Emily’s group also had a banner day with Dave, and 8 beauties to behold. Our Great River Team is still managing to pick up a good number fish.…you just never know! Roe is still your best bet. The fish are there, you just have to come out and get them!
The Chilliwack and, Vedder rivers are starting to turn out winter Steelhead. There are still some late Coho around, and don’t forget now is a great time for dollies and bull trout. Spinners, roe, pink worms, single eggs is a good start. If you’re on the fly, minnow patterns have been working. The river is a little low but water clarity is still pretty good. Our Steelie season is getting ready to kick into high gear from Feb to April 30 should be the best timing. If this year is anything like the last couple of years our guests are in for a treat!
2012 has been a phenomenal year. Two of the biggest Sturgeon on record, with worldwide attention. Chum Salmon numbers like we haven’t seen in years, Great Chinook Salmon numbers as well, Coho were everywhere, and Steelhead upcoming. It kind of makes you forget that there wasn’t a Sockeye Salmon opening this year. With 2013 just around the corner the sales team is already booking trips for prime time season for next year and it’s already filling up. Give them a call and get your spot.
With the year coming to a close, I just want to thank all of our great guests for choosing the Great River Team to spend their fishing experience with. All of us here at Great River realize that these fishing experiences are special to each and every one of our guests. They are often the trip of a lifetime, it doesn’t matter if you’re after colossal sturgeon in the mighty Fraser River, or fly fishing steelhead in the Vedder river. We do our best to make it a memorable trip every time. Without our guests we wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and do what we love to do! So from all of the Great River team thank you!
Great River has all kinds of Christmas gifts for the season at our online store at shop.greatriverfishing.com Bamboo neck buffs, hoodies, shirts, leather embroidered wallets, stickers, and some cool art. Check it out.
With Christmas season here, it can be easy to get lost with and all the hustle and bustle. All you have to do is check out a mall parking lot to see how Christmas crazy people can get! This time of year can be stressful. It shouldn’t be about the presents, or who got what, or who’s going where. It’s about the time we get to spend with family and friends. I know you hear everyone say that, but to truly sit down for a minute and appreciate the time you have with the people you love, and the people who love you. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!
I have to tell this story because I believe that this is what the season is all about. It was the best moment of my fishing career and it had nothing to do with catching a fish. A friend and I went fishing and were standing on the river after the illusive Steelie, when a man and his son, about 8 years old came down to catch a dream of their own. This little boy and his father were fishing just up the river from us. The little guy was having trouble walking across the rocks, (as we all do sometimes) and he fell right on top of his new rod. We all heard the dreaded and distinctive CRACK! sound that every fisherman knows is the sound of his rod shattering. He started to cry, not because he was hurt, but because his fishing day with his dad and his new rod was done before it had even started. As my friend and I were making our way over to him and his father, I saw a smile on my friend’s face that I will never forget. It was one of those Cheshire cat smiles. As the boy stood up with his dad consoling him and telling him it was ok, my friend leaned over and handed him his own rod that he had just got for Christmas himself, and said something that will forever be etched in my brain. He said “here you go little man, you and your dad will get more out of this rod today than I will in a lifetime, Merry Christmas” and with that, we walked back to the truck and our fishing day was done. We didn’t say too much to each other on the ride home, I think it’s because we both knew it was special. I often think of that little guy and his dad and wonder if they ever got a fish that day, but then remind myself I don’t think they needed to. Merry Christmas everyone!
That’s it for the report. As always, pack out what you pack in, and maybe a little extra.
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Steve “Murkywater” Price