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2017 Year In Review

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Before our thoughts turn towards Christmas and the upcoming new year we would like to reflect and look back at the 2017 fishing that was.

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A Birds Eye View. Pic of the year!

This years theme was definitely wrapped around the weather. With a mild spring and then an extremely dry and hot summer we saw the province burn up with forest fires and often found ourselves fishing in the red hue of the smoke that they produced. This eerie scene made for some surrealistic and beautiful back drops that seemed to come straight from an apocalyptic zombie movie.

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Lyle, Mark, Cody, Alyssa and Josh fish through the golden haze of forest fires – Aug 5th 2017

The waters in rivers that were not fed by glaciers we unseasonably low all year. This helped us in some fisheries and hurt us in others…


Last year was a phenomenal year for all things sturgeon. Our earliest ever 10 foot plus sturgeon was landed and released on the 7th of April. This 10’6″ behemoth was followed by another 6 sturgeon over the magical 10 foot mark for a total of 7 up to date! That’s the most 10’+ fish ever in one season for GRFA!! …and we still have a month to go. In fact the average size this year very impressive with a plethora of 7 to 9 footers coming on what seemed like a daily basis.

1st 10 footer of the year!! Shawn Parson and crew with 10'6" Sturgeon - April 7th 2017

1st 10 footer of the year!! Shawn Parson and crew with 10’6″ Sturgeon – April 7th 2017

With the summer being a hot and dry one the river stayed in excellent shape through out the freshet and into the fall. This made for above average numbers in sturgeon as well. With 2017 being a Pink salmon return, they only return every other year, we saw numbers only increase as the fall progressed.

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Dave Maughan and guide Istvan with a 10’2″ Monster! This was Istvan’s first guided sturgeon over 10 feet in fork length. Congrats!! Sept 5th 2017

October found the river still very low with little to no rain and the fishing stayed superb… and then towards the end of the month the rains came and boy did they ever. River levels jumped dramatically and the fishing was a little tougher than typical for the that time of year. As the water regressed we had some stellar fishing in between the swelling the ebbing of the Fraser’s turbid waters.

…More 2017 Sturgeon Pictures

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The Canyon portion of the Fraser River fished exceptionally well in 2017. This special piece of water arguably produces more large sturgeon specimens than any where else in the world and it definitely lived up to it’s reputation this year. The consistency that 7 foot plus fish were being landed was unprecedented. It seemed that for very long stretches all of our boats that run the canyon were landing fish of this magnitude on a daily basis!

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Tibor with his 10′ 4″ Sturgeon guided by Chad. This was Chads first 10+ fish with GRFA! Congrats! July 23rd 2017

The Canyon also fished well right from April through most of October. This is where the mild spring and the dry summer/early fall really played into our hands. Fish that would typically move down river as the salmon came up were reluctant to do so and stayed. Numbers were above average right to the end of October.

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Shawn, Allan, Bret and Bert with another 10 foot plus sturgeon up the canyon. July 24th 2017

…More 2017 Fraser Canyon Pictures



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The Pitt River started out with a bang at the end of May. Trophy sized Sea Run Bull Trout came in decent numbers through out June. July saw a size blip as the average size of the fish came down, however the numbers went up and then the salmon came towards the end of the month. This was definitely a decent year for both sockeye and chinook fresh from the ocean and eager to chase a swung fly. True trophy fishing at it’s finest.

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Guido Mosca and son Carlo with a beautiful sockeye – July 25th 2017

With the dry conditions the river stayed very accessible through out the season due to higher than average melt off from the glaciers. Although every year is different, as the river is extremely spate, we were able to access the best fishing holes through out the season and were fairly unencumbered by log jams and extremely skinny water.

The Hinojosa clan strike silver! July 29th 2017

The Hinojosa clan strike silver! July 29th 2017

… More 2017 Pitt River Pictures



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The Pink salmon runs were very low in numbers this season in all the systems. We still received over 4 million fish however in the world of Pink Salmon this isnot a huge number. DFO kept us closed until the middle of September due to these low numbers and we had a late start. In fact all of BC had a tough autumn with salmon in general this year. With the water levels extremely low, which made for great sturgeon fishing, the salmon really hung out in the saltwater for a long time and all returns were very late. Chum numbers were once again outstanding and, believe it or not, we’re seeing decent numbers of Coho now, very late. Chinook numbers along with the Sockeye were on the low side as predicted prior to the season.

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Another pink succumbs to the fly. Sept 24th 2017

Looking towards next year preliminary numbers look good for salmon. 2018 is the 4 year return of the largest return every recorded for sockeye in the Fraser. Couple this with a high cycle for many of the Chinook fisheries in the interior and we should be setting up nicely for a late summer fishery.

A masked Terry Lee holds a beautiful fly caught Coho - Nov 20th 2017

A masked Steve Lee holds a beautiful fly caught Coho – Nov 20th 2017

Looking towards 2018… Next summer is the brood return (4 year cycle) of the largest return of Sockeye ever recorded for the Fraser River!!  We are hoping for an opening towards the middle of August and the fishing should be spectacular. This Next fall we will not see any Pink salmon but should see a very decent return of Chum and an upswing in local Chinook returns. Weather and ocean survival rates will ultimately decide how the fishing will stack up however at the moment we are very optimistic.

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A very rare Thompson River steelhead caught and released by Martin Jackson on the Fraser – Oct 17th 2017

…More Salmon Fishing 2017 Pics

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Looking forward we want to wish everyone a Safe Relaxing Holiday Season and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year. Thanks again for a stellar 2017 and we’re looking forward to seeing you in 2018.



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