Friday, February 1, 2019

Squamish River Fishing Report - Feb 1, 2019

The rivers are rising today due to the rain we are experiencing , however, that will be short lived.

 Squamish River Levels
Squamish River Level

The weather forecast is for overnight temps in Squamish to drop to -9C (sorry Ontario but that is cold for us!) which will continue through early to mid next week.  That will cause the rivers to drop dramatically fast and fishing will slow way down. 

Future Cast
The Squamish Snow Pillow Data shows that the current snow pack has now fallen below 2018 levels.  That said the early snow in December and January is keeping the levels above normal.  It is still far too early to predict how the final snowpack will play out on the summer pink salmon return but we will keep you posted.

 Squamish Snow Pillow Data
Squamish River Basin Snow Level

Lower elevation snow is minimal at this time, however, most roads in the Upper Squamish are covered in 60+ cm of snow and mostly single lane with serious ruts. It is not recommended to travel without proper recovery equipment and tires.

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Local fishing regulations:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Squamish River Fishing Report - Jan 21, 2019

Summary:Low, Clear & Busy
Local rivers are all at low winter flows of at or less than 2 meters as you can see from the chart below.  Low and clear means fishing will be very slow.  Water temps are close to freezing.   The metabolic rate in bull trout and rainbow trout are all going to be at minimal levels as they are cold blooded meaning feeding will be almost nil.   The clarity will make them very skittish so finding them out feeding will also be a challenge.  2018 chum fry have not emerged and we won't see those for quite some time. There are some yearling coho and chinook fry in the shallows which are great food items for the few fish eating.   Common patterns at this time of year are woolly buggers and smaller zonkers / sculpin imitations.  Egg patterns can also work.   I guess the most important thing to remember is  to fish your flies slow no matter if you are swinging or nymphing. Incidentally, for the number of active fish and the tough conditions, the angler traffic on the rivers is very high even through the mid-week. 

 Squamish River Levels

Local regulations:

Whistler Fishing Report - Jan 21, 2019

Local lakes are all frozen.  Alta Lake and Green Lake are closed to angling until April 1, 2019. 

Here is a link to local angling regulations:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Squamish and Whistler Fishing Report - Squamish River Watershed Snow-Pillow at All-Time Low

The following image is from the River Forecast Center - The Squamish river is on track to reach summer flow rates by the first week of June! Currently the Squamish is out.  Do not even bother fishing the main-stem unless you are at a confluence of a tributary stream.

Currently the Cheakamus river and Mamquam rivers are flowing at fish-able levels, however, both have turned colour due to the glacial till.

The Birkenhead river is currently running high but there are some pockets that hold fish. The clarity of the Birkenhead makes wading deceiving. Be careful as this river is very swift at this time of year.

All of these rivers have a BAIT BAN! Today I found Power-Bait on a river as well as I ran into an angler who admittedly had been fishing with Power Bait.  Power Bait, Worms, Salmon Eggs (Roe), and any flavored/smelly plastics are ILLEGAL on any stream in Squamish, Whistler, or Pemberton rivers.  Conservation Officers are on the lookout! Be sure to report violations to the authorities. 1-877-952-7277

Enjoy the weekend!

Tight lines,


Friday, May 15, 2015

Launch Day!

Launch Day!

Finally! Today is the day! Today is a very big day! We are finally launching our new website and video! I know, I know, the old site was dated (2004-ish) but for those of you who have never put together a website or worked with a company to build such a takes a long time! You just want the damn thing to be done so you can show it off and get back to important things like fishing!

 For those of you who did not see the old website here is a screen shot:

Here is a shot of the new site coming later today! I'm so excited!

 But I like fishing with multiple I had to put another one on-the-line...(he he he...see what I did there).

So over the past two months, in between fly fishing trips and competition angling, I put some video on a drive and fired it in the mail to a wicked video production company and said "I hope there is something to work with there."

This is what they sent back with the words "Here is the first cut..."

I said Pardon!! That might be an understatement of what actually happened....but you can let me know what you think of the video as we are on the Facebook and something called Twitter .  

So there you have it. A new website and a video. I would like to thank all those involved including Dave at Infuse Design, Joern Rhode at Whistler Traveller Magazine , Nick at Vantage Point Media House and all the clients and guides that made this all possible.  You're an amazing group of talented individuals!

It has been a long process and like fly fishing...we are always learning and trying to get better along the way.

Time to get off the line and back on the is a long weekend after all!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Loop to Loop Sink Tip Connection

The other day I was asked by a fellow angler whom I had seen on the river in the past about what sink tip line I recommended for fly fishing for the chum salmon.  Usually we are fly fishing in just 3ft of water that isn't moving too fast (chum hold in slower water).  I told him that I preferred to use the Type III sink tip lines and a leader not more than 3.5-4ft.  Heavier lines tend to snag too many fish or too much bottom and casting 45 degrees downstream helps prevent both snagging bottom and fish.

With that information he began to change his sink tip line.  I noticed that when he was switching his sink tip to something lighter he made a common error.  He put the loop of the sink tip through the loop of the fly line and then put the tip of the sink tip line through itself.  Putting a sink tip on that way will result in the line cutting into itself under tension especially with a big chum on!

Here is a bit of instruction and a short video I took to show how to properly put the loops together.

Step 1. Put the loop of the fly line through the loop of the sink tip.
Step 2. Put the end of the sinking tip though to loop of the fly line
Step 3. Pull the sink tip through the loop of the fly line until it forms a square knot (reef knot).

The reef knot does not allow the line to cut into itself.  That is when you know you have done it right!
Good luck out there, those chums are strong!

Tight lines,

Clint Goyette