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  1. #11
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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_G View Post
    Thank you for the pointers. I will have to watch your videos. I didn't realise there were any bass around! I caught Large mouth in Ontario on the fly. I've never been once for UK style overnight carp fishing. But carp on the fly!!
    Try Pit Polder for carp on the fly. Lots of dikes you can walk.
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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Hmmm the Cariboo is the fly fishing place.
    Any lake along the highway 24..Sheridan, bridge etc..Helena lake..@ lac la Hache. .Blue lake, chimney lake owen lk, fir lake..
    Get the fishing book that lists all lakes and types of fish..
    As for fly fishing..#1 fly up here..brian chans ruby eyed leech on #10
    Size #10 shrimp..green
    Chronomids what you call midges..Davie Mcphails patterns work..but size #16,#14....black with red ribbing white bead..hung under a small float..silver midge,
    Steven

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Quote Originally Posted by dracb View Post
    Try Pit Polder for carp on the fly. Lots of dikes you can walk.
    I thought your not allowed to fish Eco Reserves?
    Ali

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Purchase a book called The Gilly, by Alf Davy. More of an interior lake book, but great information, nevertheless.

    I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    First of all, you are talking about fly fishing so I will consider you are targeting trout mostly.

    Right now it is bad time for trout since the temperature. It is too warm and they stay in deeper water in lakes, which means your might need down rigger to troll them. The best time for lake trout fishing would be April to early May or after later August. If you are not looking for the trophy size, the government stock the lakes several times. Check https://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx for the stock information.

    During the summer time , the most popular fishing spices are bass and carp. You can find them in most water body around lower mainland. For example, there are carps in Como Lake and bass/carps in deer lake. As a odd year, we can expert Pink Salmon in Ferry Creek near Squeamish from later July/early August to September. Squeamish River is also popular for fly fishing pick salmon but usually September would be better since the water clearance.

    You can find a lot of useful information on http://www.fishingwithrod.com/.

    If you prefer to talk with people face by face, Steven in First Light Fishing and Tackle, where locate in Barnaby, is friendly and knowledgeable. You also can go to any other local fishing shops, Berry's Bait and Tackle/Pacific Anglers, if you go to Richmond/Vancouver. Most staffs work in those shops can help you as well.

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    BC has some of the BEST Fly Fishing in the world! Unfortunately for you, if you're not willing to travel 2-6 hours outside of Vancouver then your options are very limited. The Merritt, Logan Lake, Kamloops area is not that far from Vancouver and that is the area I would concentrate on. I see that you have an account created on FLYBC. That is a good start and we are having a get together in August at Tunkwa Lake, the Bomber hatch should be happening and I would recommend showing up and meeting some of the fine folks on that forum, I'll be there myself.

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbc View Post
    Purchase a book called The Gilly, by Alf Davy. More of an interior lake book, but great information, nevertheless.

    100 % agree...ssingularly THE best fly fishing book for trout in lakes. .have read it 15 times in the past decade plus..
    Cheers
    Srupp

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    I had the opposite problem to you after moving to the UK and having to get used to fly fishing chalk streams. Never could get my head around only being allowed to cast upstream, dry fly only etc. Very challenging but I grew to love sight fishing over sketchy trout. Definitely improved my casting and presentation. Never tried the carp thing in the UK but was amazed at some of the gear those guys used (electric bait spreading mechanisms etc). It looked more like siege warfare than fishing to me but they were definitely committed.

    If you have the basics and want to get out on a lake the first thing I would do is get on Craigslist and find a decent belly boat - it is a cheap way to get out on the water. Then follow the good advice here on forums, gear, books and locations. You could also try beach fishing now that the salmon are running. Very tide dependant and can be crowded on weekends though. Finally, I would get on the Pacific Angler's weekly email as it gives a sense of where the fishing is on in both fresh and salt water.

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_G View Post
    Hi guys,

    So as the title suggests, I'm new to BC. I love fishing (fly mostly) and have been fishing most of my life but I am struggling to get to grips with fishing here in BC.
    I have been out quite a few times with no luck.. at all.... Now don't get me wrong I have loved every time I have been out, its hard not to with how stunning this place is.
    But the lack of fish has started to wear me down. I have tried all of the techniques I used to use it the UK but with no luck: Stripping lures, French/Czech nymphing, chironomid under a bung, sinking line stripping boobies.
    I have tried fishing different lakes and river in the lower mainland area. I am willing to travel but would also like to be able to fish closer to home (Port Coquitlam area).

    Does anyone have any tips or pointers on what I could try?
    Any resources, books, videos, youtube channels etc would but greatly appreciated.
    Should I ditch the fly gear and buy something else? If so what??


    Thank you all in advance.
    If you seek a technical style river, for czech nymphing etc... introduce yourself to the Skagit river. Beautiful country, and not that far out of town. I prefer the Silver Skagit section, but many like the access from Highway 3.
    I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

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    Re: New to Canada, Fishing is very different!!

    Seeing that your in the lower mainland .... have you picked which target species you want to go after .. I can suggest trying for some ďsearun cutttroat ď itís been awhile since Iíve gone after them a lot of tributaries of the river hold them .... worth some research
    Been here awhile ...

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