Fly fishing gear

Spring gear for the fishing season around Vancouver Island – Campbell River Mirror

March is over. It may be a bit early to get out the fishing gear and go fishing, but reports from March saw results from all over the island for winter springs ranging from 19.1 to 21 pounds, as well as undersized catch reports, arriving locally in Area 13, Discovery Passage to Bamfield.

Whether you plan to start fishing in the coming months, you will need to renew your license from Friday. You will need to know where you will be fishing, check the species regulations, and know the daily possession limits as well as the annual limits.

A number of fishing lodge operators will be setting up their staff this month and some contract fishing guides will travel to their fishing operation and return in early September.

Since travel restrictions have been relaxed, it’s best to call the lodge you plan to stay in advance and book your dates well in advance. A number of guides who have their boats in Campbell River will move to the west coast and fish early in the season, then return to Campbell River in mid-summer.

Recently I met Peter who had moved from Toronto to Campbell River and he wanted to know more about pike and perch fishing around Campbell River. The simple answer is, no pike or perch here, it’s mostly trout and salmon, but Spider Lake to the south has trout and bass.

Anglers may want to try spinners, spinners, and even roseworms. Fly fishermen can choose chironomids and scuds. Trout also feed on snails on many days when temperatures hit the double digits, but are left with a wide variety of aquatic insects and sticklebacks. The normal depth of water fished is between 15 and 30 feet of water. We really haven’t had many days of double digit temperatures in March, but it’s going to warm up and the trout will be foraging in the shallows.

The next beginner fly tying session will be Friday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the Seniors Center at Ironwood Mall. This session is full with the students who have been with me since November. Along with people learning the basics of fly tying, I get to learn why they want to tie flies. Also, the range of people is interesting and I like to know how they plan to fish with models they created themselves.

The April 29 session will be the last day at the Seniors Center and plans are underway to add another session at the Campbell River Library for a date to be determined in May.

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