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.
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
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
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.