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Tofino B.C. welcomes Rainfall and Coho Salmon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:50 am
by Tofinofish
The small coastal community of Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s west coast of British Columbia usually has an abundance of two things, Rainfall and Coho Salmon. Until this past weekend, there was an unseasonably late return for both, which caused some challenges for the community of Tofino, as well as local sport fishing outfitters. A popular option for Tofino visitors during September is to fish the protected coastal waters of the Clayoquot Sound area for abundant Coho salmon on light tackle, or the increasingly popular method of saltwater fly fishing.
Regardless of whether you are an ardent angler, or an innkeeper, the wet and nasty weather that hit the Vancouver Island coastline this past weekend was welcomed by many. The much needed precipitation helped alleviate the water woes of Tofino’s lower than ever reservoir, as well as encouraged returning Coho Salmon to arrive from the offshore feeding areas. The baitfish rich offshore banks outside of Tofino and Ucluelet have been a very adequate “holding” area for Chinook and Coho Salmon, with an abundance of Needlefish, Herring and Pacific Sardines. The salmon that had arrived earlier in the month, mainly being Chinook salmon, have been waiting in river estuary areas for stronger water flows to enter their natal streams. Needless to say, the foul wet weather that many normally dread from October through February was a welcome sight for local residents, understanding visitors, business owners, fishing outfitters, and especially for the magnificent Salmon that have made the Clayoquot Sound area a world class sport fishing destination.
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Jay Mohl
Clayoquot Ventures Guide Team