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I know there was a really bad accident on the squamish river in 2005, where there was a very big chemical spill. Do you guys think the Pink Salmon will return in good numbers this year? I was planning to go fishing for them at the end of July beginning of Aug. What would be a good spot to fish?

:thumbup: thanks for your help.....
 

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pinks will start around July 15. Check out the mouth of Furry creek first.They slow down there before they make it to the Squamish. I think DFO has made the saltwater limit 2 fish a day until a better assment of the run size can be made. For those of you that like to use Luhr Jensen Hot Rod's for pink be aware that there will not be any of these available this year. Only stock left over a tackle stores is from last year.
 

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Thanks for all your posts guys. Furry Creek is very difficult to get to unless you have a boat. I was near that area one week ago and there is no place to Park any more. The construction makes it difficult to find any parking. Can you park in the Golf Course Parking lot and then head to the furry creek mouth? Otherwise it is very difficult to park. Can't wait for the fish to come. Even if they don't open for pink in the rivers as long as they allow catch & release I am happy. ;D
 

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Yeah there are some whites that goe into the Squish and reds that go to the Cheak if they weren't all killed from the spill.They should start in early july and you'll find the odd one kicking in the Mamquam too!


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I was there Aug 3, four years ago. Between 3 of us were into over 70... 2 of the people with me had never fished rivers before. They had a blast. Just remember proper handling techniques if you want to catch and release Salmon. ;)
 

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What were you catching them on? Are they like Sockeye and have to be flossed or do they bite?
They bite... No need to try and floss any of them. I was using a peach and pink wool combo, trimmed down nice to the look of a decent sized single egg. Leader length should be 18" tops. ;) The exact same set-up that works so well for the Squamish Chums. :cheers:
 

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Middle of july they will be everywhere in the salt, but come august the rivers will be full of em! :thumbup: Still not sure on numbers of returning fish?
 

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Pink salmon deteriorate very quickly once they hit the rivers and they are much better condition if they are caught in the tidal water, or very close to it. Therefore I would concentrate my efforts in the Fraser River. It can be very good from Steveston all the way to New Westminster in the channels, as these fish swim very close to shore and will readily chase almost anything pink when retrieved in a smooth steady retrieve. They are actually very easy to catch and they are in prime condition when enering most of the larger rivers.....By the time these fish have spenty a few days in the Chilli/Vedder, they really are not the best of table fare...Ortho 8)
 

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if you plan to eat Pinks make sure you take the CHROME ones as the will be best if they have turned at all the meat tends to get softer and less flavourful

i have gotten many chrome pinks on the fly in the canal area of the Vedder im hoping that the river drops enough to do it again this year ;D ;D

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fishortho said:
Pink salmon deteriorate very quickly once they hit the rivers and they are much better condition if they are caught in the tidal water, or very close to it. Therefore I would concentrate my efforts in the Fraser River. It can be very good from Steveston all the way to New Westminster in the channels, as these fish swim very close to shore and will readily chase almost anything pink when retrieved in a smooth steady retrieve. They are actually very easy to catch and they are in prime condition when enering most of the larger rivers.....By the time these fish have spenty a few days in the Chilli/Vedder, they really are not the best of table fare...Ortho 8)
i would agree as about 95% of my pinks came from the lower fraser and the ones i did take in the upper fraser were nice in all but nothing like down below
 

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HOOK said:
if you plan to eat Pinks make sure you take the CHROME ones as the will be best if they have turned at all the meat tends to get softer and less flavourful

i have gotten many chrome pinks on the fly in the canal area of the Vedder im hoping that the river drops enough to do it again this year ;D ;D

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I'd like to try that out this year aswell... maybe all of us that would like to try it out can gather for a mini fishout later in the summer?
 
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