Vancouver Island Fly Fishing Charters

Vancouver Island Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Vancouver Island

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
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,726 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Vancouver Island

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.
Peter  O.
Peter O. 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.
Shannon  H.
Shannon H. 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!
David  A.
David A. 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.
Colin  P.
Colin P. 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.
Clint  M.
Clint M. 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.
Michael  J.  H.
Michael J. H. 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.
Sharon  P.
Sharon P. 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
Ray  G.
Ray G. 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!
Hannah  J.
Hannah J. United Kingdom
Make sure you get a good guide it does make a difference, We used Mark's reel fishing adventure and he was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get a good guide it does make a difference, We used Mark's reel fishing adventure and he was awesome.
George  F.
George F. Condor, AB
Kyle is an extremely hard working guide. My dad and I took my 13yr old son out for his first salt water fishing experience, and it was exceptional. We caught rock fish, a big Ling Cod and two beautiful Spring Salmon. We also caught crab and prawns. It was a great day yet it was looking like the Salmon were a long shot. As the day was winding down Kyle's sheer hustle yielded results. Expectations were definitely exceeded. We'll be back to Ucluelet and we'll definitely book Kyle again.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Kyle is an extremely hard working guide. My dad and I took my 13yr old son out for his first salt water fishing experience, and it was exceptional. We caught rock fish, a big Ling Cod and two beautiful Spring Salmon. We also caught crab and prawns. It was a great day yet it was looking like the Salmon were a long shot. As the day was winding down Kyle's sheer hustle yielded results. Expectations were definitely exceeded. We'll be back to Ucluelet and we'll definitely book Kyle again.
Harold  D.
Harold D. Red Deer, AB
It’s a great experience even for people who’ve never fished before. Compared to salmon fishing in other areas, the salmon are only 15-20 minutes out of the marina, and you always have sight of land nearby.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great experience even for people who’ve never fished before. Compared to salmon fishing in other areas, the salmon are only 15-20 minutes out of the marina, and you always have sight of land nearby.
Michael  E.
Michael E.
We recommend you to use Capt Kyle as he goes the extra mile. From the dock to the fishing grounds is approx 20 mins and a bit longer for Halibut
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We recommend you to use Capt Kyle as he goes the extra mile. From the dock to the fishing grounds is approx 20 mins and a bit longer for Halibut
Mark  O.
Mark O. Canada
It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was nice to wait until the Chinook were in season so we could take one home for dinner. The weather was great, but layers are a must. Go with a good captain, like Captain Turk.
Joshua  L.
Joshua L. Dayton, OH
Use Captain Lyle if possible for overall experience and helpful attitude ! Distance to fishing grounds only about 20 minutes or a bit longer for halibut
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Use Captain Lyle if possible for overall experience and helpful attitude ! Distance to fishing grounds only about 20 minutes or a bit longer for halibut
Mark  O.
Mark O. Canada
Add to bucket list what an awsome time it was... It's super nice to have someone with great experance and knowledge...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Add to bucket list what an awsome time it was... It's super nice to have someone with great experance and knowledge...
Carl  E.
Carl E. Ladysmith, British Columbia
Investing in some Gravol before the trip is definitely not a bad idea if you are not used to choppy sea.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Investing in some Gravol before the trip is definitely not a bad idea if you are not used to choppy sea.
Simon  V.
Simon V. Vancouver, British Columbia
Take the early charter! Get your fishing license online before you leave home. Then drop your catch at Finest at Sea to prep & freeze for the airplane ride home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the early charter! Get your fishing license online before you leave home. Then drop your catch at Finest at Sea to prep & freeze for the airplane ride home.
Joelene  T.
Joelene T. Wailuku, HI
Wear several layers. The best fishing is on a cloudy day, but that means no sun to keep warm
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Wear several layers. The best fishing is on a cloudy day, but that means no sun to keep warm
David  R.
David R. Nanaimo, British Columbia
If you want to keep your limit, go after July 14. But there is a lot of good fun out there!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to keep your limit, go after July 14. But there is a lot of good fun out there!
Maury  L.
Maury L. Toronto, ON

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