The Best Fly Fishing on Vancouver Island

The Best Fly Fishing on Vancouver Island

Part of the fun being a keen fly fisherman is to travel to different locations to ply your trade. Every stretch of water is slightly different, and some locations offer such stunning scenery that it almost doesn’t matter if you can a fish or not. If you are lucky to be taking a trip up to Vancouver Island on a fly fishing exhibition, then you can expect to fish for trout and salmon, and there is plenty of both. The only problem is that some of the best fishing has been damaged by logging and the world’s biggest pest, pollution. Vancouver Island despite this still has some excellent rivers to fish in, so here is a rough guide to some of the better spots to enjoy your favorite pastime.

Cowichan River

Cowichan River
Cowichan River

The Cowichan River flows from Duncan to Lake Cowichan and this river happens to be one of the best fly fishing locations in the world. The best time to visit is in summer, particularly June, as this is the time the fish are most prominent, and anglers strike lucky.

Stamp River

This is one of Vancouver Island’s largest fishing rivers, it flows from the Great Central Lake and passes through Port Alberni. Salmon are common in winter and summer, but the best actual fly fishing is in the end of summer and into fall.

Campbell River

Campbell River
Campbell River

Another famed fishing spot is the Campbell River, which emanates from the Campbell Lake. This river is on a grand scale and in parts is very deep indeed. But certain parts of this major river are absolutely superb for fly fishing, and anglers from all over the planet come here to try their skill. If you are intending to visit this stretch of water in the near future, then you will first have to check out for any restrictions on fly fishing. Visit the British Columbia’s website for current fishing information.

Big Qualicum River

If you want to fly fish for salmon the whole year around, then look no further than the Big Qualicum River which flows from Horne Lake. Also, for those that prefer fishing for trout this river can accommodate this too around fall time. As this is an extremely popular spot to fish you will have to check out if there are any restrictions.

Salmon River

The highly popular and aptly named Salmon River flows down from the mountains and eventually comes out at Kelsey Bay. The river was named after the largest salmon run in Vancouver Island, and people come from far and wide to fish here. But this is its biggest problem as the river has become over-fished, and the stocks of the Steelhead salmon have been seriously depleted. The authorities are putting preventative measures into place, but this will take time to have a noticeable effect. In between times if you really want to catch the big fish that has been eluding you all your life this is the very best place to come.      

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