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acidic

Hi,

First time poster here. I will be temporarily relocating to Vancouver in two weeks, and was wondering if someone could give me a brief overview of what to expect with regards to flyfishing in the Vancouver area.

Basically, I'm just trying to figure out what fly fishing gear to pack.

I'm a California native, and I primarily flyfish for trout in streams, occassionaly lakes. I fish smaller streams with a 3wt, and larger ones with a 5wt. I have a 7wt, but haven't touched it in years (the steelhead fishing in California is hit or miss, mostly the latter).

Everything I found online seems to suggest that steelhead and salmon are the species to target in the area. How far does one have to travel to fish for trout?

And what time of year does the trout fishing get going? How about the dry-fly fishing?

This relocation is very last-minute, so I haven't had much time to do much research. To top things off, I'll be out of town on business for 10 of the next 14 days before relocating, so I'm trying to pack my belongings ASAP. I will eventually get a book on fishing BC waters, but that won't help me with my current dilema.

Any info greatly appreciated.

Hope everyone is having a happy new year!
clownfish

Welcome to BC! I'm afraid I'm not able to provide too much info on fly fishing, as I've barely started learning about it, but, you can fish for trout, rainbows and cutthroat, in many of the same streams/rivers as for salmon. Salmon fishing is pretty well done for now, but steelhead season is getting started. Apparently, the two best waters for steelhead around the Lower Mainland are the Vedder/Chilliwack River, and the Chehalis River. Trout can be found in most any stream/river, and there are quite a few lakes that are fairly recently stocked. Go to www.gofishbc.com for a list of lakes recently stocked. Go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/ for info on licenses and regulations. The home page on this site can provide directions/maps. You might also want to try a few other websites that cover the Lower Mainland/BC, and you will find many other links on these sites, including guide services.
www.anglingbc.com
ww.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/index.html www.fishingwithrod.com/
www.screamingreels.ca/
www.bcextremehd.tv/index.shtml
Hopefully, you find something in this post that is helpfull. Enjoy your stay.

Tight Lines!
Fishn4Fun


Welcome to Canada, enjoy your stay and clean up after yourself please.
I would pack both ur 3wt & 5wt for your trip. There will be times when you can use them both. I have never flyfished in streams for trout but I do allot of flyfishing in our local lakes. Buntzen Lake is a very good lake to fish however you would need a boat or a canoe to get into the good action. There are canoe rentals at this lake and dont cost very much.
Cheers
Fishn4Fun


These are the typical trout you can catch at Bunzten Lake.
Fishn4Fun


dereke

fish on

The Skagit river is an hour and a half from Vancouver, great for the 3wt, rainbows and Dolly Varden are in it, the Harrison river is about an hour away from Van, cutthroat trout and whitefish are in it all year along with Dolly's, salmon is done for the year.Stealhead are in now till March on the Chilliwack/Vedder systems an hour away from Van.

Check out Flybc.ca, a British Columbia flyfishing only site, head to the forum and post the same over there.

Welcome to BC

Year round fishing
NOR CAL..IN B.C.

IM ALSO IN THE LOWER MAINLAND (LANGLEY).BUT IM FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.GREW UP FISHING THE SACRAMENTO RIVER SYSTEM NEAR CHICO.IM CURIOUS WHEREABOUTS IN CALIFORNIA YOUR FROM MAYBEE U COULD BRING ME SOME SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE AND ILL SHOW U AROUND LOL
acidic

Thanks for the responses. I've been insanely busy getting ready to go, and haven't had a chance to check back. I leave on Monday morning, and I already feel like I'm packing too much stuff, so I'm considering bringing along less fly-fishing gear, or having it shipped to me at a later date.

Does the fishing improve later in the season? Down here in California, the mountain streams generally fish best in May/June during dry years, and July/August in wet years. How about BC streams?

If fishing is hot now, I'll have no choice but to bring along my fly-fishing gear, waders and all. But if it'll only get better in the coming months, I think I'd actually prefer to have my gear shipped to me later.

Any thoughts appreciated.

By the way, I'm from San Francisco. I'd love to bring along some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but my luggage is already heavier than I'd like!
NOR CAL..IN B.C.

IF U LOVE SIERRA NEVADA I BETTER BRING A KEG CAUSE THEY DONT SELL IT HERE ANYWHERE=( IM FROM CHICO WHERE ITS MADE.U SHOULD ADD ME ON EMAIL ACIDIC MY EMAIL IS KAOTIK530@HOTMAIL.COM I NEED MORE CALI FRIENDS UP HERE LOL ESPECIALLY IF U LIKE KUSH
fisher 696

Is it possible to fish without Kush?????? lol
acidic

hehe. I like SN Pale Ale, but I could certainly live without it. I'm sure I'll be plenty happy drinking the local brews :-)

I've decided to pack a couple rods, a couple reels, a few boxes a flies and leaders, and my vest. I'll have my waders shipped to me at a later date.

Off to YVR tomorrow morning!
NOR CAL..IN B.C.

ITS NOT POSSIBLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT KUSH LOL

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