What to Bring

British Columbia offers a diverse variety of fly fishing opportunities, there are many species of salmon and trout to challenge your skills with a fly rod. Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden Char, Steelhead, Sockeye Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Chinook Salmon and Pink Salmon. Many of the rods, fly lines and flies we use work for more than one species. Below you will find a list of some of the preferred rods, lines and flies we use for fishing for the above species.

Chinook / Sockeye / Steelhead / Chum

The species mentioned above are fished on or near the river bottom, we need to get the lines down as quickly as possible in order to be effective. Any of the lines mentioned below will work well. Hi D Sink tip lines of 13 feet or more are suitable for these conditions. The water speed and depth will determine which lines work best, having a variety of sink rate lines is best.

Rods – 9 to 11 feet class 8 to 10 weight or double handed spey rods

Lines – Hi D sink tip type 4 or 5 or shooting heads or T250 to T350

Flies – Sizes 6 to 2

Salmon – Glo Bug, Green Spruce, Harrison Special, Pearlabou, Pink Passion, Pink Polar Shrimp, Pixies Revenge, Rabbit Leech ( various colors), Rolled Muddler, Russian Fly, Woolly Bugger (black), Egg Suck’n Leech ( purple tail), Popsicles in various shades of red, orange, purple.

Steelhead – Black Spey, Double Egg Sperm, Down & Dirty, General Practitioner ( black-orange), Purple Spey, Red Spey, Silver Admiral, Stillaguamish Sunrise, Skunk.

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon are one of the smallest and easiest members of the salmon family to catch. We use many of the same rods and lines used to catch large Trout or Char. We fish many depths of water for Pink Salmon so having a variety of slow sink tip lines is best. Any fly that is made from Pink material will work, we like pink flies made from Maribou, Rabbit Leech, Polar Bear or Mallard Flank.

Rods – 8 to 9 feet class 6 to 8 weight

Lines – 10 to 13 feet sink tips slow to medium type 2 to 4 or medium full sink

Flies – Anything pink in sizes 8 to 4

Pink Passion, Pink Polar Shrimp, Pink Rabbit Leech, Pink Woolly Buggers, Pink Popsicles.

Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon are a great species to catch on a fly, we like to use floating lines whenever possible as these salmon will often come to the surface for a fly. Floating lines or monocore lines are best.

Rods – 9 to 10 feet class 6 to 8 weight

Lines – Floating, monocore or slow sink lines

Flies – Sizes 8 to 6 3x long with and without bead head

Rolled Muddler, Mickey Finn, Glo Bug, Flash Flies, Christmas Tree.

Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Rainbow

We fish local and wilderness rivers for all species of trout available in our area. Rods and lines will vary depending on where we fish but most often we are fishing rivers, a variety of sink tip lines and floating lines are best.

Rods – 7 to 9 feet class 3 to 8 weight

Lines – Floating, Sink tip type 2, 3 or 4

Flies – Patterns will depend on what time of year we are fishing, below is just a few of the flies we use for trout.

Stone Flies (adult/nymph), May Flies (adult/nymph), Minnow Patterns, Egg Patterns, Rolled Muddlers, Woolly Buggers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Large Rabbit Leech patterns in purple, black, white, grey.