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Fred’s Custom Tackle is now hosting the Annual “Wally Hall Jr. Memorial Derby”. Boasting a $1000.00 First Prize, this event has been a great success in years past and we hope to help continue the events popularity. The derby is for hatchery Steelhead only, starting on December 1st and running through to March 31.Registration fee is only $5.00. Prizes for 2nd place are a Shimano 10’6’ “Technium” rod and a Calcutta 400B, Third place is a “Fern Hill” river fishing vest. Lots of hidden weight prizes as well. All fish weighed in get a FREE Tim Horton’s coffee certificate. For registration and a complete list of rules and prizes, stop by the shop.

CHILLIWACK/VEDDER RIVER - Water levels are super low, clarity is very clear and there is no color what so ever, gin clear. I was out yesterday and saw two hooked on feathers and that was it. I was only out for four hours so I didn't get to see much of the river. Yesterday we had 0 fish weighted into the derby but heard lots of stories. There is lots for fish in the river, so get out the while the getting is still good! There is now 282 fish weighted into the Wally Hall Derby. Right now the wind is coming through the Valley from the NNW 9 km/h. Air temperature High 8 °C , POP 60% Chance of showers Wednesday night, Low 2 °C, POP 60%. The Chilliwack/Vedder is a very unstable system due to several active clay banks that dirty the river after heavy rains or snow melt. The returns in 2002/2003 were early and in good numbers with over 30 fish in the Boxing Day Derby alone. Given that the winter Steelhead run has not fallen victim to whatever circumstances which cut Coho numbers in half, we should have a good season ahead, as it has started already.

Wally Hall Jr Steelhead Derby
Leader Board

1. Matt Pace - 18.326 Buck
2. Greg Rudachyk - 18.315 Buck
3. Brandon Wootton - 18.139 Buck

CHEHALIS RIVER - Water levels are low and clear and fishing has been decent. We have heard good reports of fish throughout the upper river. Guys have been doing great in the canyon but with the low clear water the fish are very spooky! Fishing has also been good in the new lower sections of the river but its some nasty terrain. There should still be some cutthroat trout scavenging in the lower river for some snacks, try egg patterns, flesh flies and even a minnow pattern.

FRASER RIVER - The Fraser river is low and clear and is in prime shape for fishing cutts. Their has been some fry starting hatch as the water has been warming up in the afternoon with the higher temperatures in the day. March is a great time to be fishing cutts on the Fraser, side channels, tail outs are good areas to find these fish, remember you have to release all wild Cutthroat Trout! Blue Ridge has been quite good of late and you can't go wrong anywhere around herling Island, the mouth of the Harrison or around the mouth of Maria. Minnow patterns, small wooly buggars, tiny stone nymphs and little stone emergers are good bets for this time of year! The Sturgeon fishing has still been good with success almost assured.

HARRISON RIVER - The Harrison River is now starting to pick up for Cutthroat trout. As the weather and water temperature starts to get warmer the fry will start hatching, as is has now started. Remember, all wild Cutthroat trout must be released unharmed! There are a few Steelhead passing through the Harrison on the way to their destination river. This would be a very pleasant surprise to hook one of these chrome beauties while fishing cutthroat trout.

THOMPSON RIVER - The Thompson is now closed till June 1, 2006. It was a great year on the Tee, lots of fish caught but haven't heard the final numbers of fish that made it back to spawn, as soon as we find out those number we will let you know.

Tight loops, Rick Baerg
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