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DFO Announces Chinook Fishery Shutdown

DFO Announces Chinook Fishery Shutdown

As of today, April 16, 2019 an announcement was made for non-retention of Chinook. While how this decision will affect the BC economy overall, there has been tremendous concern on how a decision like this would affect local economies and businesses that depend on tourism—namely “recreational” sports fishing.

Chinook Options Op-Ed

Chinook Options Op-Ed

The difference in Exploitation Rate (ER) of Fraser Chinook based on DFO Science modelling determined there is only a 0.8% increased ER.

Shallow Water Solutions

Shallow Water Solutions

For fly fishers, shallow water is a relative term. For most of us it means water less than three feet deep. Many of the best places on streams and along salt-water beaches, where fly fishing is often most effective, are only this deep. Some anglers find it surprising, but good-sized fish can and do utilize these shallow areas for feeding...

Minnows for Island Lakes

Minnows for Island Lakes

Here on Vancouver Island we have ample opportunity to fish low-lying lakes and even the ocean estuaries and beaches in winter or early spring. Many of these lakes have natural or stocked populations of cutthroat trout.

Choosing the Right Fishing Line

Choosing the Right Fishing Line

There was a time in my fishing career that I paid little attention to the less glamorous aspects of my fishing gear. I’d spend thousands on the boat and electronics and hundreds on rods, reels, spoons and plugs, and yet I would neglect the little things like swivels, hooks and, most importantly, line.

Enigmatic Winter-Run Steelhead

Enigmatic Winter-Run Steelhead

In my opinion, winter-run steelhead are simply the toughest fly-fishing challenge on coastal streams—period. If there is any form of fly fishing that requires anglers to pay their dues by putting in countless long hours and many days before being graced with a hook-up from their quarry, winter-run steelhead fly-fishing is it.

Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement & Habitat Restoration

Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement & Habitat Restoration

Vancouver Island is home to approximately 37 hatcheries, seven of which are major federally operated facilities. In addition, there are also 45 First Nations and non-profit community-based groups working toward one common goal: helping to enhance salmon stocks as well as to protect, maintain, and restore their natural habitat. In 2018...