The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer are finally behind us and the smell of Autumn is just around the corner.  With these cooler temperatures brings endless opportunities to fling our fly for all your heart’s desires.

Stillwater fishing will start to pick up as trout look to fatten up for the winter. This can be an absolutely deadly time to visit some of the famous lakes in the Merritt, Kamloops, Logan Lake and 100 mile house areas before ice on.  Check your local road and camping/resort reports as several areas may still be under restriction from the horrific forest fires of the last few months.

River fishing has begun for Salmon. This year we will be able to target Pinks (being an odd year), Chum, Chinook, and Coho. Don’t forget there are also resident rainbows and Dolly Varden in many of the rivers also. The Fraser Valley will start to heat up soon with the Chilliwack/Vedder River, Chehalis River and Harrison River being the main staples. There are several other excellent choices such as the Capilano, Seymour and Squamish.

Fall also signals the time to think about Summer Run Steelhead. Many are planning the annual pilgrimage to the Skeena Watershed to fish the main stem and all the famous tributaries such as the Bulkley and Kispiox to name a few.  These aggressive and acrobatic fish will often rise to a properly presented dry fly and exhibit very trout like behaviour.  This fishery holds a very special place in my heart. Unfortunately as many of you know these glorious fish and the waters they call home are under siege. Commercial fishing, rising ocean water temperatures and mismanagement of the resource are only a few of the countless items leading to the decline of returning spawning fish.  Currently the Skeena Watershed is experiencing the worst returns since 1956. It breaks my heart to see what is happening before our eyes. 

These are challenging times for many waters and many fish around the province. We must continue to act in our best capacity to protect them and treat them with respect. The burden is on us to engage with the government to find ways to improve things and not create walls between us. We must engage with newcomers to our sport about the importance of conservation. 

Whatever fish you decide to pursue this fall, do it with joy and passion.  Remember these special moments and respect the resource so we may pass something wonderful onto the next generation. 

Tight Lines always,

Salman

 

 

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