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Tofino, B.C. Spring Steelhead and Chinook Salmon

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Tofino, B.C. Spring Steelhead and Chinook Salmon

Postby Tofinofish » Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:46 am

Tofino, B.C. Spring Steelhead and Chinook Salmon

After the continuous storms and extreme wet weather in the Tofino B.C. area on Vancouver Island's west coast, things are looking a lot more like spring time is getting closer.
There is no doubt that the recent moisture and cool weather combined, have been beneficial for the coastal mountains of Vancouver Island. Whether your concern is for Salmon fry survival in the small coastal streams, or for a potential shortage in the water supply for Tofino's busy tourism economy, the healthy looking snow pack is a welcoming site.
A recent day Steelhead fishing on a Vancouver Island river was fantastic all around. The need for sunglasses in February, and releasing bright wild Steelhead has a way of reviving (and drying out) the senses after a long stretch of wet winter. Gear of choice for the day to match clear water conditions was #2 silver Colorado Blade on a long 8 lb. leader, and a #2 purple articulate egg leech fished with a 250 gr. Head with my 7/8 wt. two hander. Most river levels have dropped down to beautiful conditions, allowing for bank and boat access for many anglers, and as most know, February is a prime month for winter Steelhead on most Vancouver Island river systems. The smaller west draining systems along the outer coast of Vancouver Island usually see the main Steelhead runs returning in conjunction with spring time snow melt and run-off, often in mid March through late April. This is always the best opportunity to connect with fresh spring Steelhead on the fly in the Tofino area.
Ironically, this same time is usually the real start of great saltwater fishing opportunities for Halibut and Chinook Salmon on Vancouver Island's west coast. Some local anglers refuse to wait it out for another month, and have been fishing the protected inshore waters of Tofino/Clayoquot Sound for scrappy winter Chinook in the 6-25lb. range. There have been very few windows of opportunity to fish the offshore waters from Tofino, but these great fishing areas will be more and more accessible with each passing week as we escape the winter storm season. This weeks forecast looks to provide some access for offshore fishing for Chinook and Halibut, so check with us at www.tofinofishing.com for updates.
The Herring are starting to show up in the traditional inlet areas of Clayoquot Sound, and the Chinook salmon and Halibut will be following this main food source through their spawning cycle.
For great springtime Steelhead, Halibut and Chinook salmon opportunities, check out Vancouver Island's west coast. Consider www.tofinofishing.com as your reliable resource for planning your next trip.

Clayoquot Ventures Guide Service
Tofino, B.C.
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