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OK so.....after 2 failed trips over the last 2 years, my Dad,Brother and I are finally headed to the Vedder in Sept. So I have a few questions. Both my Dad and I have bad knees-is it going to be hard to find a quiet place on the river during the peak month?

Any info on a spot would help....not looking for a zipperlip spot or anything, just something 2 old guys can get to.
 

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I had a walk along the Rotary trail this week and there are some nice runs around Lickman Road (easy to park).... plus try down the trail towards Hopedale road (car park at bottom). You can also try the other side from the camp ground/ Browne Road area, there is a nice trail down the river.

You have also got KW bridge but I haven't fished it that much sorry.

All very easy access. Have a look via Google earth.

Good luck.
 

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Go To Freds tackle or Chilliwack dart and tackle and they will steer you in the right direction, usually they have some maps as well.
September is usually good low on the river.

Pick up some jigs, both stores have them and they work well.

www.bentrods.ca I have some good info about jig fishing on there.

Good luck

Rod
 

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Nolan if you fly fish the end of September beginning of October is the best time to fish the canal for Coho :cheers: still great drift fishing roe as well but the fly is more fun :peace:
 

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Well im going to fish an Alpine lake near St Helens this weekend. Figure ill take the fly rod, and depending on how ugly my presentations are maybe ill bring it up....but we are more than like drifting some yummy eggs.
 

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HOOK said:
Nolan if you fly fish the end of September beginning of October is the best time to fish the canal for Coho :cheers: still great drift fishing roe as well but the fly is more fun :peace:
there is nothing more fun than fighting a fresh coho with a 1:1 reel... except dry fly fishing for summers but thats an exception.
 

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Yes, the canal between Keith Wilson Bridge and the freeway will be a good choice for ease of access and offers the best chance for some elbow room as there is a few kilometers of fishable length on both sides so you shold be able to find a spot to yourself.
 

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BAD KNEES??? ME TOO!

IF you hear someone on the river screaming without a fish on... that probably just me, with a buckled knee. LORD HELP ME.

My former life of extreme rollerblading, endless waterskiing, mountain hiking, downhill-super-G skiing & dancing in high-heels until 3am... (geeze some of that was just last year.) until I get double knee replacement… I’m thinking at this point that is all going to be a bit of a blur.

AND so… hence we take up fishing… EASY right??? For most part it is, but I gotta say - fishing the Vedder isn't as easy as it would be if i had knees that were pain-free.

For me it's definitely getting to the river that is the hardest part of the whole excursion.
Sure makes A LOT of sense for me to set out & find a ROD-container that i could strap to my back (anyone sell those???) & do my hiking in with either a ski-pole, or those nordic-walking poles.

I find negotiating challenging terrain...usually on a hike DOWN - to get to the river...& going through gulches & crossing long stretches of bigger wet-rocks – that’s also a little more iffy. Making the switch to felt bottom- wading boots (vs. wearing my hiking/running shoes) made a world of difference for me & all of a sudden i felt a lot more stable at river's edge. Over all, I find once i'm there, I'm quite comfortable...although in some cases - with a fish on, i have questioned my ROCK-hopping abilities down & up-stream. (that's when i debate the holding onto my glory moment, vs. my knees giving out & me, potentially falling in the river vs. hypothetically passing my rod off if so required - honestly, if you see me out there struggling, "stumbling" my fish down stream & practically falling - I wouldn't be the least bit offended if someone asked if i needed help bringing one in... probably quite the opposite of most anglers... but such are my recent humble DUMB-KNEE limitations.

Last October, despite being laughed at by "my guide", one of the best things i decided to take fishing was one of those portable-chairs! Actually it was in my trunk & I pulled it out at one spot & that was that. What i found was, for someone unable to bend down on my knees (& totally challenged at getting up from off the ground!) when i need to deal with my line... change my leader, bait up, or untangle a ratsnest (i am VERY proud to say, i'm having fewer and fewer of those) ;D ...heading for my riverside-chair & sitting down REALLY helps me out alot... even if just for 5-10 minutes - sure gives my knees a good break from standing for hours. I find the worst is on those really cold autumn/winter days... (heightened agony) so to have that option to rest is PERFECT & allows me to be in best form when i have fish on.

I’ll PM you my preferred picks for EASIER access SPOTS on the VEDDER that i know of from personal experience.
 
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