British Columbia Fly Fishing Charters

British Columbia Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in British Columbia

Fly Fishing in British Columbia

If you like hooking into big, hard fighting fish, you won’t be able to resist the fly fishing British Columbia has in store. Casting flies in these waters could bring you five different species of Salmon, Steelhead, a variety of Trout, and much more. With countless coastal streams, freshwater rivers, and lakes throughout the province, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide where you would rather go next!

Where to go Fly Fishing

Rivers
There’s no better way to discover the fly fishing BC is famous for than by wetting a few lines in a local river. You will find easily accessible streams and rivers everywhere, from the north coast and Vancouver Island to the mainland just a few hours south of Vancouver. These running waters host Salmon, Steelhead, and a variety of Trout throughout the seasons, which makes river fishing in BC a year-round opportunity for the avid fly fisherman.
 
Spring and Summer
Fraser River, located to the west of Vancouver and directly south, is one of the most productive fisheries in British Columbia. All five species of Salmon make their way through these waters, and Chinook is the first to arrive in May. Fishing really picks up in June and July, as other species like Sockeye and Pink Salmon make their entrance. Sockeye is the most numerous Salmon species in the region, swarming the Fraser by the millions.
 
The Pitt River just west of Vancouver receives all of BC’s Salmon species at roughly the same times as the Fraser. Starting in May, you will also find Columbia Bulltrout and Dolly Varden here, the largest wild run of these species in southwest BC. Cutthroat Trout (second only to Steelhead in a beauty contest) appear from April to May and again from August to September.
 
If you’re fishing in summer, be sure to get in on the Steelhead run from June through October. You haven’t fully experienced the fly fishing BC is known for until you hook into this elusive and spectacular fish. You will find most large Steelhead in big rivers like the Fraser, Nass, and Skeena, but smaller rivers throughout the province also host consistent runs each year.
 
Fall and Winter
The most anticipated fishing season in southwest BC is the Pitt River Coho run—the largest wild Salmon run in the region. Coho arrive in late September and peak from October to November. These fish range from 4-10 lbs in size.
 
Coho are joined by Chum Salmon, an aggressive feeder ranging from 10-15 lbs.
 
Winter Steelhead enter the Pitt River in January, some of them reaching up to 25 lbs in size. While fishing in other parts of the province, you can take winter Steelhead from November to March. The greatest runs, size, and diversity are found up north along the Bulkley, Kispiox, Morice, Kitimat, and Skeena Rivers.
 
The Dean River and Bella Coola in the Cariboo Coast region are also known for exceptional Steelhead runs. Or you can fish for winter Steelhead and Coho in the Vedder and Capilano Rivers, just two hours from Vancouver.
 
Lakes
When the winter ice begins to thaw (known as the “ice-off”) various lakes throughout the province re-open to fishing just in time for a spectacular season.
 
When it comes to the BC lakes, fly fishing is all about landing a Rainbow Trout. By far the most common lake fish here, this species reaches trophy sizes between April and October. Local anglers recommend fishing in spring and early summer for the best results.
 
Kamloops Trout is almost just as prevalent, followed by the occasional Lake Trout and Brown Trout (depending on where you fish). Many Trout in local lakes can reach up to 10 lbs in size. Fly fishermen will be glad to know that Trout fishing in BC works especially well on fly.
 
With over 20,000 lakes to fish in British Columbia, you’ll have no shortage of options. Some notable names include Williston, Quesnel, Okanagan, Hall Lake, and the lakes around Kamloops. Waters in the north of the province host Whitefish and Charr, while you can find Bass in the southeast. Some lakes are also home to Kokanee Salmon (landlocked Sockeye).

How to Hook ‘em

River Fishing
You can target Salmon in the BC rivers by fly fishing below the areas where they spawn. Try using a 4-weight fly rod, a floating line, and strike indicators. Locals recommend egg or minnow patterns.
 
Pink Salmon will take almost anything tossed their way, making this species a great introduction to BC fly fishing for young anglers and beginners.
 
There are many methods to catching Steelhead Trout, but one that you may see local fly fishermen using involves swinging large flies on a double handed fly rod. Steelhead are aggressive eaters and are likely to bite whatever lands in front of them. The best tactic is to change locations frequently, as this fish is few and far between.
 
Fly fishermen love to target Bulltrout and Dolly Varden on 7-8 weight rods, because they will bend it to the max. Bulltrout are known to bite a skated dry fly, so some anglers like to keep a 5-6 weight dry fly rod on hand, as well.
 
You can target Cutthroat Trout using minnow imitations on a dry line.
 
Lake Fishing
When fishing the lakes, choice baits for Rainbow Trout include chironomids (the larval stage of a fly), leeches, scuds, and juvenile damsel flies. For the best success, fish a chironomid under a strike indicator in a shallow area.
 
Floating lines and indicators are productive for midday hatches, but you may find full sink lines and sink tips (type 3 and 6) to be more effective at other times.  A 9’ 5 or 6 weight rod should stand you in good stead.

 

British Columbia
Excellent
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in British Columbia

Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can't be controlled. We had some strong winds that made it impossible go out deep for halibut. The salmon fishing was as good as could be expected for the weather.
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Rodfather Fishing And Outdoor Adventures
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! There are plenty of fishes and weather is good but be prepared of sea sickness and ways to prevent it. Check the waves too just in case you get sick with movement of boats due to waves.
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although we were in the spring and there were fewer salmon we still had a great time.
50North Adventures
50North Adventures
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not a lot of fishing boats out, so hardly any competition. We were able to catch our limit for the day. I am sure if we stayed out longer we could have got Halibut as well, since the other boat did in the same area.
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Tofino Ocean Adventures
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and be ready to roll with what may be presented to you.
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In Feb it’s alot colder than summer . Bring thermos with soup and coffee , and dress warmly. It was brisk but it makes you feel alive!
King Tide Charters
King Tide Charters Sooke, British Columbia
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day! Sun was shining, wasn’t too windy, fish were biting! We definitely over prepared but never know what to expect with being on the water
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Opt for a seasoned local guide like Captain Scott in Ucluelet who knows the area well. His expertise can make a significant difference, ensuring you have a successful and enjoyable first fishing trip. Ucluelet’s weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers ensures you stay comfortable throughout the day. Pack the essentials, be patient and enjoy the experience!
Oceans West Adventures
Oceans West Adventures
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its worth the effort to travel here...beautiful setting, plentiful fish and not overly commercialized
Sooke Salmon Charters
Sooke Salmon Charters
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain admitted that the fishing is better prior to October but we had plenty of action.
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
Northwest Saltwater Adventures
If you want a bigger catch you should check the dates of when you can keep the wild salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want a bigger catch you should check the dates of when you can keep the wild salmon.
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters
Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter that is able to assist you in fishing for the fish species you are targeting and have fun.
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters Vancouver, British Columbia
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Price was good for 5 hours. Lots of experience and Willing to answer questions. Book halibut full day so boat can travel to better Halibut options.
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures
Rising Tide Coastal Adventures Didsbury, AB
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did not see a lot of other boats catching a lot of fish. Few fish per boat. However, we limited with Full Melt Charters in less than 2 hours. Definitely go with this guy!
Full Melt Charters
Full Melt Charters Brush Prairie, WA
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a big cooler for all the fish you will be catching - they helped us pack up the fish and we got it all home without making a mess in my car but it would have been easier if I thought to bring my big cooler.
Tips Up Sport Fishing Charters
Tips Up Sport Fishing Charters Victoria, BC
Outstanding unbelievable fishing trip of a lifetime. Massive chinook salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Outstanding unbelievable fishing trip of a lifetime. Massive chinook salmon.
Last Chance Fishing Adventures
Last Chance Fishing Adventures Overland Park, KS
Not sure what the best time to fish in the Parksville area is but mid-August seemed to be pretty good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what the best time to fish in the Parksville area is but mid-August seemed to be pretty good.
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing Seattle, WA
The coastline is protected a bit by small rock islands which reduced the swells. We also go to see some sealions nearby.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The coastline is protected a bit by small rock islands which reduced the swells. We also go to see some sealions nearby.
Peninsula Charters
Peninsula Charters Burlington, Ontario
Excellent was as busy as we could’ve hoped! So glad we made the trip from tofino
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent was as busy as we could’ve hoped! So glad we made the trip from tofino
Kootenay Kingfisher – Salmon and Halibut
Kootenay Kingfisher – Salmon and Halibut Canada
Try to go in the morning as otherwise there may be fog which is still fine for fishing but not so good for sea sickness!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to go in the morning as otherwise there may be fog which is still fine for fishing but not so good for sea sickness!
Tofino Saltwater Sports
Tofino Saltwater Sports United Kingdom

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