Vancouver Island Fly Fishing Charters

Vancouver Island Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island: 17 fishing charters available

Hali Hunter – Comox

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(6 reviews)
Comox
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $429

Saltwater Cowboy Fishin’ Charters

Tahsis
trips from $1,087

Coastal Charters – Sailfish 28'

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(40 reviews)
Tofino
trips from $468

Outsider Charters Inc.

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Campbell River
trips from $662

Fly Fishing in Vancouver Island

Whatever the time of year, a Vancouver Island fly fishing trip should be in the cards. There’s a range of species to target on this western island in British Columbia. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, you can even test your saltwater fly fishing skills. Not quite there yet? No problem. There are plenty more fish in the sea… well, lakes and rivers!

What to Expect

There are so many rivers and lakes to choose from that it’s advisable to fish with a guide – they’ll use all their experience and local knowledge to get you on top of the fish in no time. 

The main fish you’ll want to target are Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. Chinook Salmon can be caught every month except December. Pink and Coho Salmon jump into the spotlight during the summer and continue into the fall, with Pink Salmon having a shorter run. Sockeye and Chum are both fall species. 

Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown Trout and Dolly Varden all can be fished throughout the year, with peaks in late spring, early summer, and fall. Steelhead is one of the hardest fish to catch on the west coast and you’ll earn bragging rights when you reel one in during their winterrun, from December to April. They also have a summer run from March–May and are even known to bite a dry fly.

In the summer, the Cowichan River, known as the “fly fishing capital of Canada,” is great for Coho, Chinook, Chum, and Steelhead. Some rivers, such as the Campbell River, have specific fly fishing restrictions, so make sure you know about these before you travel. You also have the Englishman River, Elk River, Salmon River, Oyster River, and many more. 

As well as heading to a popular river, you can also fly in to remote locations to fish off the beaten path, and without any crowds. This is perfect for experienced anglers looking for a tranquil fishing vacation, with barely another angler in sight. Most of this fishing is catch and release only. 

How to Prepare

Everyone in your group over 16 will need to buy a fishing license for the day. Check the local regulations for the species you’re targeting, as well as their size and catch limit, and whether you need any additional stamps to hook them. Your guide will have the latest information.

For every season, river, and species, a different rod and reel set up in recommended. Talk to your guide and local anglers for the most up-to-date tips. Generally, a 5 wt is good for Trout, and an 8 wt suits Steelhead. Most Salmon can be caught on an 8 wt rod, but for smaller ones, you can go down to a 6 wt rod. 

Have a mix of flies ready – you’ll want to match the hatch where possible. When Salmon are moving upstream, they’ll bite only when provoked, so an eye-catching fly is necessary. 

Fly fishing in Vancouver Island is all about getting out of the city and into nature. You’re not just here to fill up the freezer, but to enjoy the fight against some beautiful fish, and create lasting memories!

Vancouver Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Vancouver Island

Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Royce and Kelly at Northwest Saltwater Adventure Charters!! They know all the good spots, and their boat and equipment are top notch!
David  R.
David R. Stanwood, WA
The water is relatively calm. The scenery is great and the fishing is better than I expected.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is relatively calm. The scenery is great and the fishing is better than I expected.
Steve  W.
Steve W. Shawnigan Lake, BC
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were a bit late in the season and we were not able to keep the wild Coho we caught. We would not have been able to eat more than the Spring we kept anyway since we are on holiday's. It was an enjoyable day on the boat regardless.
Doug  S.
Doug S. Calgary, AB
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
yes, but must provide an address where to meet the captain on the day of fishing. Udo
Udo  K.
Udo K. Sooke, BC
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to access, lots to catch, no need to travel far by boat, friendly people
Simon  L.
Simon L. Richmond, British Columbia
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make your booking with Tory Howe of Goin Coastal - then just relax, knowing you'll have a great experience!
Karol  R.
Karol R. Vancouver, BC
great captain specially for first timer very friendly and very knowledgeable
Excellent
5.0 / 5
great captain specially for first timer very friendly and very knowledgeable
Denis  R.
Denis R. Surrey, BC
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic place to fish as we were within ten minutes from the marina allowing more time for the rods to be in the water for Salmon fishing. I highly recommend the Sooke area and we will be back again.
Lisa  M.
Lisa M. Kamloops, British Columbia
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing at all. It was hot the day we went. Only advise would be to bring plenty of water
Wayne  A.
Wayne A. Victoria, BC
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with a captain who knows where the fish are because it is easy to waste the day fishing empty waters.
Tom  N.
Tom N. Ladysmith, BC
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If someone wants to go fishing in Comox for the first time, they should charter a trip via Fishbooker.
Karl-heinrich  H.
Karl-heinrich H. Hofgeismar, HE
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Amazing salmon fishing! Give yourself plenty of time to figure out the conveluted online fishing license website. As a non Canadian resident, halibut is not allowed in the waters around sooke. If you want halibut and Salmon, port Renfrew is the place to be from what I understand. If in sooke, book with Travis!
Phillip  T.
Phillip T. Victoria, British Columbia
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide for local knowledge. Visit Cap’n Hook tackle shop right at the Small Craft Harbor. Great selection of gear and extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Lawrence  O.
Lawrence O. Long Beach, CA
Book with "Good time" Dave, has a passion for fishing and his boat and tackle is well maintained.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with "Good time" Dave, has a passion for fishing and his boat and tackle is well maintained.
Daniel  D.
Daniel D. Mesquite, TX
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Small town with little services/shopping and no internet or cell service. Good restaurants and limited groceries. Bring food if you are cooking.
Paul  B.
Paul B. United States
Make sure the beer is cold and your arms are ready to pull in the big haul.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure the beer is cold and your arms are ready to pull in the big haul.
Justin  M.
Justin M. Chilliwack, British Columbia
Take in the beauty of the area. The Sooke area is wonderful. Take in the scenary and enjoy the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take in the beauty of the area. The Sooke area is wonderful. Take in the scenary and enjoy the water.
Jacob  K.
Jacob K. Victoria, British Columbia
Be prepared for changing weather and dress accordingly. Bring motion sickness medication. Plan to bring home plenty of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for changing weather and dress accordingly. Bring motion sickness medication. Plan to bring home plenty of fish.
Keith  H.
Keith H. Duncan, British Columbia
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend getting a hold of Brent from West Coast ocean charters. He knows his stuff. He's an amazing fisherman we had a great time on his boat and everything was excellent!
Chris  D.
Chris D. Courtenay, British Columbia
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing in May is a bit slower than July or August but it is not crowded. The pace of life is slower and the crowds are smaller which is what we wanted. We did not expect to Catch a large amount of fish but wanted the experience of fishing for salmon and being on the spring waters. Chris was a great guide and nice person to meet and fish with in the future. Had a good day and look forward to many meals from our salmon in the summer months ahead!
Keith  P.
Keith P. Kalispell, MT

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