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A couple buddies and I were going to book a sturgeon charter probabily through STS some time between 3rd week in Sept to the last of Oct. 1. is STS good to go with? 2. We were hoping to go half sturgeon half salmon is that a good idea on a 6 hour trip? 3. Is it better earlier in the dates we have to go or later?
Thanks, Jason
 

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There arre better ones out there. not only speaking from personal experience, but from talking to others on the water they are the biggest D#@KS on the water. A group I worked with invited me out on a charter with great river adventures last year their pricing was in the same ballpark as everyone else and we had a blast, or why not PM Hot Rod he could probably set you up.
 
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Big Jay, 1/2 salmon and 1/2 sturgy days arn't a bad idea, since this year is not a pink year mid september won't be as good for salmon but either early september or early october-on will be good for Chinook, Chum and Stellar for sturgeon, if I could request a guide group to book with I'd say Harrison Bay, or Freds, these guys are by far the best bunch of guides on the river. And remember to book QUICKLY no matter who you choose, Sept, Oct normally book fast!


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Yeah, thanks for the replies Crazy and Mike the fly guy. From what I have heard I am definitely going to look around for different guides. I would apreciated any input from others out there. I am going to try to book it some time next week as I know the prime season fills up... so if you have anything to add please get back to me on here or PM.
Thanks again, Jason
 

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just talk to Bergler, he should have the new boat buy then. Book with him and you won't regret it. Most fun on the water you can have. :D
 

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Rick's new boat will be quite a bit bigger..Don't know if he still does sturgeon fishing but,I'm sure he can point you in the right direction...
 

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I have fished with Harrison Bay, Fred's and STS.
All three provide quality guides and a great experience, though I've found the STS guides to be a lot more fun.
We had a 25 fish day Sturgeon fishing with STS guide Ken Deptuck last fall that was unbelievable.
 

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For the most part all the guides out in chilliwack are good guys, living out in chilliwack I've gotten to know most of them. Fred Helmer of freds tackle is a load of fun to hang out with and has done amazing things for the industry in the fraser valley. Also he is the foremost expert on sturgeon fishing to be found in these parts. He has had a life time of experience when it comes to these fish, there is no one with more knowledge. That said I believe both freds tackle and Harrison Bay guiding are associated with each other. Also As long as Rick isn't out fly fishing he also does sturgeon, and does is it well. I have had the pleasure of going out with Rick in his boat on several occasions and always had a blast, and I always like the idea of supporting someones buisness that I know. He's done alot, like this site that everyone likes chatting on, so if I can I'll take my buisness his way. New boat or not you'll never have a bad day going out with Bergler.

There are alot of other guides out here, it seems to be a growing trend, buy a boat and call yourself a guide. Uncle binky mentioned Len, he's also a super guy and you'll never find a cleaner boat, specially his new one. When it comes to STS you'll find reports from one extreme to the other. It's not that Vic is rude to the customers it's been people comments to his attitude to others on the water. So be carefull in choosing, you go cheap, you get cheap. When you pay for a guide is it really worth savcing $20 if you get half the trip you could've had.
 

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Excellent post!


watch out soon for Uncle binky's fishing misadventures.

See Uncle Binky fall in!
See Uncle binky fish in October in shorts


Prices as follows.

half day of misadventures = $50.00 & 24 of bud

full day of misadventures = never mind no ones survived a full day!
 

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Is it wrong that I already want to book with uncle binky? :lol:
 
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As I look over my post I forgot to mention STS. It should of Been, STS, Harrison Bay, Freds. I have had run ins with STS, Freds and Harrison Bay on the river a few times, these guys are laid back, and reely enjoy fishing, and are fairly easy to talk to unlike other guides who just ignore you when you (try) to talk to them. Has anyone had encounters with guides who are so high up on themselves and just ignore the non-guide?

I went in STS's Fly Fishing For Salmon seminar in 2004, what a day, Vic Carrao was the instructor, he himself is very knowledgable and is very relaxed when opperating his boat. I managed to get my 1st salmon on the fly that day as well as several more.

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Thanks for all the info guys... now the hard part making a choice.
Thanks again, Jason
 

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uncle_binky said:
Excellent post!


watch out soon for Uncle binky's fishing misadventures.

See Uncle Binky fall in!
See Uncle binky fish in October in shorts


Prices as follows.

half day of misadventures = $50.00 & 24 of bud

full day of misadventures = never mind no ones survived a full day!

I really wanna go with uncle binky too.. his trip sounds like a blast..
 

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Skagit3 .... check this out ... I think it will help you. You need to provide an outline of your business, where do you fish (areas, fresh/salt, rivers ...), and you need to PASS THE EXAM.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/home/guide/intro-guide.html

I don't have my guiding license, will probably get it next year, the year after at the latest. I know quite a few people that have tried it .. if your not a people person, don't have a genuine love for the sport, and think you are going to get rich ........ then try another profession. Personally, the river is my second home and has been since I was about 11 years old. I make too much money where I work now .... I'll save my guiding for retirement ..... can't wait 2 - 5 years to go.

Lot's of guides out there now ..... some good ...... many .....well ..... not so good. Both in attitude, fishing manners, respect for the law, and respect for nature and the surroundings. To me the first thing a person hiring a guide needs to know is that the trip is the adventure ...... catching the fish is a bonus.

GOFISH
 
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