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Pacific Angler Outlook

Fall is in the air! The days are shorter, darker and yes, rain is (will be) a constant. For most normal people in Vancouver this brings on the first dose of fall/winter depression, but not for the keen Vancouver angler. The fall rains bring a smile across the many anglers throughout the Lower Mainland. Salmon river fishing is in full swing.

The Vancouver forecast is calling for rain all this weekend and into next week. You can expect daily high temperatures to range from 12 to 15 degrees Celsius. These are perfect fishing conditions. It is important to wear layered clothing and good rain gear to keep you dry all day.

The story for this week is definitely the rain. Vancouver is expected to receive between 50 to 100 mm from Friday until Monday. This is exciting since we’ve received 8 mm of rain since the beginning of August.

While the river fishing for salmon will be taking off this weekend the local saltwater salmon fishing has still been very productive. The mouth of the Capilano River has been the most productive area for mature chinook salmon and coho salmon. Jason will touch on this in more detail in the saltwater report. Beach fishing has also been productive. Anglers using spinning gear have struggled while fly fishermen have had some good success. So don’t put away your saltwater gear quite yet! Some of the very best days of the season are at the end when the rain is coming down sideways.

For a detailed look at the local saltwater scene read the report below written by Jason Tonelli. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff at 604-872-2204 or better yet, drop by our store at 78 East Broadway.

Saltwater Report:

The fishing this week for chinook salmon off the mouth of the Capilano River has been good to great. We have been getting 3 to 10 fish on a tide change, so about 5-7 hours out on the water depending on the time of day and tide. There is a mix of dark fish and fresh fish and we have hit fish from 5lb jacks up to fish in the mid teens, even some pushing the mid to high twenties. Two of our customers, Craig and Kelly, were out this last week and landed a hog of 29.6lbs!

Although some fish are still getting caught using flashers, there are good numbers of fish getting caught on bait with no flashers. Herring in a teaser head has been our top producer this week. UV Purple, Clear Chartreuse, Clear Green, Glow and Glow Green have all worked extremely well. We have also been catching fish on an anchovy in a teaser head, no flasher, using the same teaser head colors mentioned with the herring setup.

It seems most of the jacks are hitting the flasher setups and most of the larger fish are taking the bait with no flasher. A good way to start the day is a glow flasher and glow teaser head setup on one side and a whole herring in a teaser head on the other side. Certain days you will be hitting around 50/50 on the two setups, some days the flasher seems to work better, some days no flasher seems to work better. You can adjust based on what the fish are telling you, such as Eddie (Pacific Angler head saltwater guide) did to catch this chrome chinook salmon.

There are still fresh fish pushing in and if you are there on a day when a fresh school shows up, you definitely want to have some flashers out because these are aggressive fish and you will hook more with flashers than without.

What about the rain? Yes we have rain in the forecast for the weekend. Many of you who frequent the shop will have heard about our guided trip last year where we hit 16 fish in 6 hours last fall in the pouring rain. Sometimes it rains and the fish go up the river and the ocean fishing is dead slow. Sometimes it rains and they concentrate at the mouth of the river in a tight school before they head up the river. This was the case on a few occasions last year and it was a fish a pass for 6 hours straight until the ebb tide came in and flushed them all out. So the rain should not discourage you, if anything it just might bring the best fishing of the week!

Lookout for the seals! We were sealed on two fish the other day, so was Bon Chovy, and Predator lost one to a seal as well. If this weren’t enough there was a big bull Steller Sea Lion in the harbour this week taking fish…. Don’t bother trying to get your fish back if this beast latches on, break it off and save your knuckles.

Don’t forget about the coho, they are stacked up on the beach in a big way! Andre was beach fly fishing one afternoon this week and he hooked a few coho and a few jacks as well. Just cruise the W Van shoreline and you will see them jumping all over the place. The fly fisherman have been doing better than the gear guys on many occasions. These fish are tight lipped and they aren’t going to respond to aggressive presentations like buzz bombs or flashy spinners. A more subtle presentation like a small attractor fly pattern seems to be working best. If you are trolling try an Apex in 1.0 or an anchovy in a UV purple teaser, no flasher. Make sure to have your gear well behind the downrigger so you distance the lure from the boat, this well help your success rate up in the shallows where the fish are (10 to 40 feet). If you want to try the fly fishing out, come down and see Andre at the shop, he is in this Saturday. He has the beach fishing dialed in, including custom fly patterns available exclusively at Pacific Angler.

So there is still lots of saltwater fishing to be had so get out there this weekend and hook into some big chinook or some of the coho that are stacked up!

Beach Report

Read below for Andre’s beach report:

I went out Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:30 PM in the evening. I hooked a bunch of coho salmon and 3 chinook salmon. The fish are in between the two rock jetties. It is so easy with an inflatable, you park the car and throw tour boat in from the beach and you fishin in no time. It does not matter what tide, they are just there. You can not catch them with blades or spinners , lot of people tried but did not catch anything.

Life is beautiful,


The staff at Pacific Angler hope you enjoyed this report. Make sure to stop by Pacific Angler at 78 East Broadway if you have any questions or give us a call (604-872-2204). In order to receive this report through email sign up for the Pacific Angler Newsletter.

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