in British Columbia is world class!!
discussion necessary; no arguments or debates can refute
it. British Columbia is the sport angling capital of
male Coho Salmon
Photo: Ex-Stream Steelhead Guide Service, Victoria
the excitement and adrenaline-pumping action of saltwater
flyfishing for coho and chinook salmon in our Pacific
Ocean waters off coastal BC, Haida Gwaii (formerly the
Queen Charlotte Islands), and around Vancouver Island.
Troll the ocean depths for the huge slabs of halibut,
challenge your angling skills by flyfishing for the
beautiful steelhead on the rivers of Vancouver Island,
fish for the land-locked kokanee salmon, or go for Gerrard
rainbow on Kootenay Lake, the largest trout in the world,
at four to five feet.
Plan your lake or river fishing vacation here - explore
British Columbia's world-class steelhead, trout and
salmon rivers. Discover the joys of flyfishing BC's
majestic rivers for salmon, rainbow and steelhead. And
then there are over ten thousand lakes to fish!
There are so many fishable lakes in British Columbia
that even if you managed to try a different lake each
day of the year, you would have to start young and have
a very long life (and maybe a floatplane) to visit them
all. Hundreds of pleasant trophy lakes are easily reached
and fished with simply a vehicle with good ground clearance,
a car-top or inflatable boat or float tube, and the
Discover the main sport fish species with a photo of
each, accompanied by a short description of their life-cycles,
environment and feeding habits. Read our fishing reports
by local fishing guides and experienced fishing writers
- take note of their tips and techniques to aid you
in landing that elusive big one! Local store operators
and outfitters will know about the lakes and streams
in their areas and will be able to recommend what flies
or lures to try, according to the season.
Catch-and-release with a single barbless hook
has become the official operative byword for those anglers
fishing ocean-bound streams and rivers in BC. Once hooked,
do not over tire your catch or mishandle it when landing,
causing abrasions that can lead to disease. Simply grasp
the shank of the hook and lift the hook bend upwards
for the most effective release. Attitude means a lot
in fishing. Remember that the essence if sport angling
is to try and hook a fish on the most sporting terms
you can handle, from light tackle with artificial lures,
barbless hooks, and delicate leaders to a belief that
a trout is much more valuable as a living challenge
to your skill than as part of your meal.