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My crew will be taking our first trip to BC this fall around the last week of sept and the first week of Oct. We have experience with great lakes steelhead and salmon fishing but virtually none in the pacific NW. We are having a hard time deciding where to go, Vancouver island or The rivers around Squamish? Any insight that you might have or opinions would help us quite a bit.

The Squamish and area should be plugged with pinks about that time.Not a bad thing,but if your looking for coho or summer steelhead,I'd choose the Island.Don't get me wrong,the Island will have lots of pinks too but you'll have more variety on the Island.The east coast of the Island also has a good saltwater beach fishery at that time of year for coho.

Is there a big difference in the crowd size from the mainland to the island. I've done the "combat fishing" thing before and that's not what I'm looking for. Thank's for the input!

Squamish area is basically the Squamish,Cheakamas,and Mamquam.There are few other smaller ones.You'll find a crowd in the lower Mamquam at that time chasing the many pinks.You can also find some good water to yourself if you don't mind a bit of exploring or the risk of getting skunked.
The Island is a big place with lots of options.It takes 6-9 hrs to drive tip to tip.If you have a boat or the dough for a guide,those options become even greater.Early fall is a good time there,good weather,all the tourist are gone,good fishing.If you went to the Island,did you have an area in mind?

Start at Gold river and start working my way southward fishing the rivers that are holding fish. Probably 10 days with maybe 2 days guided.

I guess I somehow got it stuck in my noodle that the mainland rivers would be larger and hold larger runs of fish. At this point, I don't know alot about either one.

Mainland rivers that I had interest in were the Mamquam, cheakamus and the birkenhead. Island rivers were Gold, Stamp, Cowichan, Little Qualicam, Englishman etc...

I've only fished the Gold for winter steel a few times(skunked) but it should have springs when you're there.Check the regs for openings before you make the long drive.
L.Qualicum will have springs,we fish the mouth in Aug.
Never bothered with the Englishman so I can't help you there.
The Stamp is one of my favorites.You'll find summer steel in the upper at that time as well as springs and coho through out.We hire WestCoast River charters a couple times a year.
A few good rivers on the east coast,north of Cambell River if you get a bit of rain.
Cowichan should have coho,but it was closed for a period last year due to lack of rain.Beautiful river.

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