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Basic River Navigation and Rescue for Anglers
First published in the July/Aug 2016 issue of BC Outdoors You have a pontoon boat, you read my previous article “Gearing up For Safe River Navigation” (May/June 2015, and online) and have all your safety gear, but now how...
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17th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
The 17th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival is being held Sunday November 13, 2016 from 11:00 - 3:00 in Port Coquitlam. Each fall, up to 5,000 visitors from around the Lower Mainland come out to celebrate the return of Coho and...
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Hot Drinks to Warm up with on the Ice
Some recipes to prepare for the coming winter... Ice fishing is great fun for the whole family, but nothing puts a damper on the day faster than shivering bodies and chattering teeth which is why a good dependable thermos tops my...
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Salmon Steak with Chanterelles: A Fisherman's Fantasy Feast
Big water fishing and wild food foraging are two of my favourite sports and pairing up the fish of my dreams with a top woodland pick such as in this recipe produces a gourmet feast that money can't buy! I like...
Gomphus: A Blend of Function and Form
by Phil Rowley From his Fly Tying Column One of the best dragon nymph imitations is Jim Crawford’s Gomphus. Although technically not a Gomphus imitation, Gomphus or Gomphidae are most commonly found living in slow moving sections of rivers and streams,
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Boat Inspections Now Mandatory
British Columbia is still free of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Invasive freshwater mussels cause major environmental, economic and social impacts to B.C.’s freshwater ecosystems including our native salmon populations. Zebra and quagga mussels are primarily spread by watercraft transported...
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The Green Back Pheasant
When it comes to incorporating natural materials such as pheasant tail or peacock, many tyers shy away, critical of these natural materials’ ability to survive the rigours of a busy day of fishing. Many tyers today, myself included, rely on...
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Halibut Fishing Around Vancouver Island
In the last two decades halibut angling has really taken off in British Columbia. The popularity of these highly prized fish has been increasing on a yearly basis and in some areas of the coast halibut actually challenge chinook...
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Psychology of Dry Fly Fishing
This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of BC Outdoors It is a common belief that wet flies and nymphs are the most successful choice to catch a lot of fish. This does make sense as fish feed subsurface...
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Fly-Tying: The Kaufmann Stone
I have long been a fan of Randall Kaufmann’s patterns and tying techniques. His stonefly nymph is one of my favourites. A Kaufmann Stone is one of my go-to patterns when imitating larger stonefly nymphs for both trout and steelhead.
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Stamp River Winter Steelhead Report
The Winter run Steelhead are throughout the entire river now and we have been running trips on both the upper, middle and lower sections. This was a good day with all boats hooking at least 4 fish per boat,
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Top 10 Steelhead Rivers In British Columbia
         We as anglers are very fortunate to live and fish in British Columbia. We live in an angler’s paradise. Ancient rain forests and a vast coastline allow for clear flowing rivers, heavily populated with wild sea-running fish such as...
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Burbot Casserole
From the Cooking Rough column by Linda Gabris   The name burbot (scientifically known as Lota lota) comes from the Latin word barba, meaning beard which sums up the funny looking barbel, or "ugly mug whisker" as dad used to jokingly call it,
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Stamp River Report - Fall Salmon & Steelhead
The river is completely open except for a small salmon closure from the top of the hatchery lagoon to the power lines that are located 500 meters upstream from the top of the lagoon. Starting to see a lot of...
Vancouver Island
Salmon Steak with Chantrelles
Big water fishing and wild food foraging are two of my favourite sports and pairing up the fish of my dreams with a top woodland pick such as in this recipe produces a gourmet feast that money can't buy! I like...
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It Is What It Is!
From the May/June Backcast, by Dave Steele Every once in a while some one makes the comment, “It must be wonderful to focus on the humorous aspects of outdoor adventure.” In reality, recognizing the humour is easy, determining that which is...
Troubles on Gabriola Island
Gabriola Island is one of those places where people live a quiet life and the problems associated with big cities and big industries seem far away. However that has all changed as the Pacific Pilotage Authority has a proposal in...
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Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
Each fall from October to December, the coho and chum salmon make marathon journeys from the ocean back to Hyde Creek; back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. It is the end of these spawning salmon’s lifespan. Celebrating...
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Okanagan Lake Fishery Signage Program
We are proud to announce that Phase One of our Okanagan Lake Fishery Signage Project was completed in March with the installation of fishery based signage at the five major boat launches in Kelowna, namely Sutherland Park, Water St, Queensway,
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Most anglers on the west coast have heard of PEETZ legendary fishing reels. Known for their unique mahogany and brass finish, the company recently turned 90. To celebrate, the company decided to step-up its commitment to salmon conservation through the...
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Fly Fishing in the Summer Heat
By Tom Johannesen I’ll be the first to acknowledge the fact that we have lots to do over the summer months and finding time to go fishing is, many times, not a top priority. If a little time can be freed...
Herring Strip; The Forgotten Bait
Between the 1950s and the late 1970s herring strip was the principle natural bait used by BC salmon anglers who preferred to troll rather than cut plug or mooch with herring. Trollers also used herring from four to seven inches...
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