Into 2017 we go! Some of us have high hopes for a good steelhead season and some of us are itching to get out and land our first. No matter what level you are at we have you covered! Many Lower Mainland streams produce good fishing from December through until April and are easily accessible for every kind of angler.
Whether you are fly fishing or conventional fishing, we can point you in the right direction for targeting steelhead. One of the most prolific steelhead systems in the Lower Mainland is the Chilliwack River (Vedder Canal) which boats a strong number of wild and hatchery fish. You can retain 1 hatchery steelhead on the Vedder, however “when you have caught and retained your daily quota of hatchery steelhead from any water, you must stop fishing that water for the remainder of that day” (Freshwater Regulations 2015 -2017). This can be a great place to start if you are looking to get your first taste of chrome in 2017.
If you are floating fishing for steelhead, roe, worms, gooey-bobs, jigs, single eggs, and wool all are classic go-to tie ups! Spoons and spinners can also be very deadly for winter run fish so don’t forget the hardware. In terms of flies, your classic patterns or popsicle style are always a good bet in pink, white, orange or red.
Remeber, you do require a specifc conservation tag if you are targeting steelhead anywhere in the province (even for catch and release). Don’t forget to get your tag! Find the link to the BC Freshwater Licencing system here or stop by and we would be happy to do it for you!