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How To Jig For Salmon in BC

How To Jig For Salmon in BC

Summer has arrived, and with it salmon jigging season. As summer progresses, the salmon move into shallower water closer to shore. This means that you can leave the downriggers at home and get jigging.

Jigging at the Pier in Campbell River

Jigging at the Pier in Campbell River

Fishing from a pier and shoreline can be very productive in heavy bait gatherings, for rockfish, and during the salmon returns. In this article, we’ll help you improve your pier and shoreline jigging game.

Fishing Effectively With Plugs

Fishing Effectively With Plugs

Plugs will help you catch salmon right out of the box, but there are a couple of tricks to make them more effective.

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.

How to Fish Glow Lures Effectively

How to Fish Glow Lures Effectively

There is not much sunlight spectrum during the early mornings, late evenings, dark days, and deep depths to penetrate down the water column. So by charging your lures up with a high-powered flashlight or UV black light, you can fish them more effectively.

Fly Fishing Tips: Leaders and Tippets

Fly Fishing Tips: Leaders and Tippets

All fly fishers have to use a leader. It’s just a fact of life. The problem is that lots of fly fishers don’t really have a good grasp of how to match the leader and tippet to the fly. This article is here to help.

Red vs White Spring Salmon

Red vs White Spring Salmon

Commonly 5% to 30% of any particular run of Chinook will be whites. Traditionally, many fishermen thought that the colour of a salmon was due to its diet. However...

Downrigger Fishing Angles for Salmon

Downrigger Fishing Angles for Salmon

Downrigger angle and depth are both important to get those trophy salmon. Here are two tricks of the trade that can make you fish more effectively for salmon when you are out on the water.

What is a Hawaiian Snap?

What is a Hawaiian Snap?

Here's a rock-solid solution favoured by many Vancouver Island guides. Pre-tie your leaders with a Hawaiian snap. Simply pinch the snap together and put on your favourite lure.

Old-School Prairie Spoon Trick

Old-School Prairie Spoon Trick

On those days where you mark fish on the sounder and just can't get them to bite your spoon, why not try this old-school prairie spoon trick. Make a hybrid by tying a fly on the hook of your spoon.