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hey guys im pretty new to fishing and dont really have any friends that are into it anymore so i dont really know where to go for guidance besides local tackle shop.
i've been browsing the site for a few days now and noticed that most of you are really nice and helpful so i figured i'd see what you could do.
i live in chilliwack/sardis and wanted to get into some basic river fishing. nothin fancy just wanted to get into the sport.
just wanted to know if you could help me get my foot in the door (or water)
and have some help picking up a basic set up
price range is kind of small because im going back to school $150-200 tops
i'd be fishing the vedder and the river up chilliwack lake road mostly
any help on equipment i would need and lure help would be awesome.
thanks for reading
hope to learn lots!
cheers :cheers:
 

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Hey there! I live in Sardis as well and Im just getting back into fishing etc. I will be taking my 3.5yr old down to Peach rd somewhere on Saturday morning. Nothing special or any guaranty that we will catch anything but I need to cast my fly rod some and hopefully get the boy his first fish with a small spinner rod etc. Trout or Salmon, any thing would be good. Your more than welcome! Let me know if your interested. What type of Gear are you looking to buy? 8)
 

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Fishfulthinking...

Seeing as how you live right near a major salmon and steelhead river, my recommendation is you get a drift rod setup. Something around 10-11 feet in length, medium action. A levelwind/baitcasting reel would do nicely, although typically many, if not all, beginners find them difficult and frustrating to deal with at first. Ideally, to start, the reel would be easy to use, but most find it isn't...it doesn't take long however before casting becomes easier and easier....

This type of reel has excellent "free spool" capabilities, allowing for good line control, which leads to good drifts and inevitably a steeper learning curve on the techniques to catch salmon and steelhead in rivers...it may be tempting to buy the old "coffer grinder" type of reel, but in my opinion, and probably most other anglers opinions, this would be a mistake and a waste of time...

If you do choose to go with a setup such as the levelwind, it's a great idea to put a float and weight on the rod and practice casting in your backyard or field somewhere near home...this way once you are on the river, you won't have to suffer through untangling your reel while fish cruise all around you...

There are many rods and reels on the market, you should be able to get a suitable rod for somewhere in the $120-ish range, and a reel for less than 100 bucks, (maybe even find an Abu reel or something similar for cheap in the classifieds). Then you will have to buy mainline for the reel and a few simple items for your tackle...Float, leader line, pencil lead, hooks, swivels, maybe some roe, spinners, jigs....

You should be able to get what you need for around the top end of your price range and it should do you fine for several, if not many, years of fun. Then if you find the passion has struck you, and it will..., spending some cash on some setup you've investigated with experience behind you is an easy thing to do...

What might bring you a bit above your budget is this...

You'll need your freshwater licence, and, depending on your intent, various tags to fish for different species...salmon tag, steelhead tag...they are cheap, but will add to your cost. Right now, you'll only really need your salmon tag, then once salmon season peeters out, you may choose to buy a steelhead tag separately then.

Your Licence is good for one year. Expires March 31st each year, regardless of when you buy it...
Other options like one day licence, are available...but the tags are full year, no option. It'll cost you something roughly between $25-65 bucks, depending on your choices...

Please be sure to Check your Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the body of water you are going to fish...it's a great habit to get into to do so before each trip you make...:thumbup:

There are frequently different regs for different species and times of year, not to mention different rivers or lakes, so please be sure to check. Ignorance is no excuse, nor will it save you from a hefty fine, amongst other penalties...it's our responsibility to know the regs if we want to fish...

Your local tackle shop will provide you with a copy of the regs when you buy your licence...One of the local shops advertises on this site...if you don't see their full color banners towards the top of the webpage, turn off your pop up filter and refresh the page, it should show up then...

As for the river up towards chilliwack lake, that is still basically the vedder, although it's name changes at vedder crossing...There is absolutely NO FISHING from the creek just before the Fish Hatchery on Chilliwack lake road, all the way up to the lake...below there is fair game.

The Vedder has something for every level of angler, it is a river that some love, and some not so much. ;) ;D

It's still a great river for all intents and purposes, let us know if you have any more questions...

:cheers:
 

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thanks everyone for your replys
gtxr - unfortunantly i have to work at 6am on saturday so i wont be able to make it.
but thanks for the offer and maybe i'll be able to take you up on it some other time

ribwart - thank you for taking your time to share all of that information, its something i'll have to look over a few times. i was however considering the level wind. and i THINK i know HOW to use it.. it just looks like loading it up correctly might be confusing so i may need some help with that, ha ha.
I've already boughten a freshwater licence, i've used to hike up to lideman lake a few times (have no luck at all) but i dont have a boat so i figured the vedder is RIGHT THERE i might as well learn to fish it. i'll have to pick up some tags i didnt do that when i bought the licence.

so now when you say "leader lines" and such.. i've heard alot of ppl saying they use 2-4 feet and such but im not frimiliar with how to set that up? im used to lake fishing when i was younger just your average bobber weight hook worm set up. ha ha
any help on rigging that up?
(i told you im new to this :-[)

by the way.. i'll probably be going to Fred's tackle to pick up my gear so if any one knows and specific rods or reels i should be looking at in there please let me know so i dont miss something. but remember my buget is like $150-200 tops for rod and reel
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so now when you say "leader lines" and such.. i've heard alot of ppl saying they use 2-4 feet and such but im not frimiliar with how to set that up? im used to lake fishing when i was younger just your average bobber weight hook worm set up. ha ha
any help on rigging that up?
(i told you im new to this :-[)
Here's a link to a post by another member of the typical BC drifting rig: http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forum/index.php/topic,8281.msg72394.html#msg72394
The size of float, lead, swivel, leader line, and hook will change depending on the fish being targeted and the water conditions.

Here's the two basic knots for fishing that you'll need:
Clinch knot

Bait loop
 

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ha ha. thank you. its funny because after i made this post i happened to come across that thread you posted so it made it fairly clear
so from that swivel to the hook is the "leader" do you add other things onto it as well?
 

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Those pics are a shortened version of the rig dont forget. I usually use a 12-20" leader, the longer your leader is the less likely your float is gonna dip when a fish hits your presentation. All I use on that type of rig is roe, egg sacs, or prawns. Roe probably being my favorite as you can see from my avatar LOL.
 

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still wondering if anyone knows what kind of equipment to look at when i stop by Fred's tackle or chilliwack dart and tackle shop. lookin at a bait casting set up for the vedder around $150-200 mark. any locals help?
 

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most of your local tackle shops should have a levelwind rod/reel combo with line on the reel already. my second setup was exactly this from Fred's years ago and ran me about $250. was an Abu 6500C3 reel with a Berkeley specialist rod. this setup has caught me more fish then i could count and since i have moved onto using a center pin ;D

take a look around your local shops for sales, keep your eyes on Craigslist and such places and you could get yourself a good deal i bet.

the Vedder is sort of finished for Red Springs but Coho start showing up mid-sept ;D so you have time to look around thats for sure.

try posting a thread in the Classifieds here about what your looking for and i would bet someone here has something to part with.
 

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Shane - well i would be reeling the retrieving arm with my left hand so im gonna assume that means im looking for a left handed reel correct?
reel sounds good on the add but the rod seems a little short does it not? :confused:

Hook - thanks for the idea. i wasnt sure how often this stuff went on sale. maybe i'll just have a look and take down some possibilities and post them on here and see what advice you guys can give me.

I want to get it ASAP so that i can practice casting on a reel im not frimiliar with so im ready for when the coho start cruisin on by :thumbup:
 

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i was thinking of that but he lives in the guildford area and i had to take the insurance off my car cuz im going back to school (too expensive to insure sports car working part time) and i dont know anyone that goes down that way so..
guess i could always do mail but.. i guess its somethin to think about
 

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If you're new to fishing; I would avoid a bait caster. Learning to cast with it will be frustrating. Start with an open-face spinning real and move to the bait caster later. You should be able to pick up a beginner-level combo (rod and reel) for around $100. I just bought one last weekend for my son and it is great.
 

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sorry.. i mean more new to fishing in rivers.. i fished lakes and stuff when i was younger and have alot of expierience on just an open face. i just want to get back into fishing again and i just want to get into something bigger and the river seems a good place.
 

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hey guys im pretty new to fishing and dont really have any friends that are into it anymore so i dont really know where to go for guidance besides local tackle shop.
i've been browsing the site for a few days now and noticed that most of you are really nice and helpful so i figured i'd see what you could do.
i live in chilliwack/sardis and wanted to get into some basic river fishing. nothin fancy just wanted to get into the sport.
just wanted to know if you could help me get my foot in the door (or water)
and have some help picking up a basic set up
price range is kind of small because im going back to school $150-200 tops
i'd be fishing the vedder and the river up chilliwack lake road mostly
any help on equipment i would need and lure help would be awesome.
thanks for reading
hope to learn lots!
cheers :cheers:
welcome! I started like you last year, alone and with an extremely basic set up. never fished in my life before. I enjoyed every fishing day last year, from july until december! at first it was a bit frustrating, but don't get discouraged if you don't catch anything now, practice a bit and by mid-september you will be rewarded so much! mid-septmember (at least last year) I was catching 8-10 salmons every day. amazing. enjoy it!!

Giuseppe
 

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thanks for the pick me up man. im hopin to get the new set up within the next week or so so maybe i'll see sure you out there. hopefully i see alot of everyone out there to give me tips. im tryin to get my dad out there too.. he only ever fished lakes himself and hasnt even done that in quite a while he's a truck driver so he doesnt get alot of time but i think im startin to get the hook set in him since im sharin all the stuff i've heard on here.. just got to hit the rod and he'll be out of the water soon ;)
 
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