Fishing

Tofino Fishing Report – October 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – October 2018

What a wrap! 2018 has been an absolutely exceptional year of salmon fishing all across the board. Anglers from new to the sport all the way to seasoned veterans were all constantly rewarded with excellent opportunities to fish for all major species of pacific sport fish. So many firsts were made this year, with anglers as young as 3 years old making their first catch, up to some return guests making personal bests on the water. Never have I heard more: “This is the best fishing I’ve ever experienced.”

Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - August 2018

Earlier this season I was down at the marina tinkering with some maintenance projects on the boat when a buddy stopped by for a visit. Fisherman will grasp at any opportunity to talk shop so it didn’t take long before the tools were put aside and the conversation got around to fishing.

As is often to happen early in the year, we speculated as to what kind of fishing we were likely to expect during the coming season. I lectured on about DFO scientists, assessment formulas and Bering Sea trawl surveys and how it all pointed to an unfavourable scenario for dependable fishing. My friend, a local First Nations fisherman, nodded his head and listened politely.

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - July 2018

The latter part of June was a blur of great salmon and halibut fishing. Hot spots continue to be Long Beach and anywhere along the rocks.

As we move into July some of the bigger chinook will be showing up (hopefully).  Most fish in June have been in the 10 - 15 pound range, though a few in the mid-twenties have been caught. July is the time of year when we start to see our larger 4 and 5 year old chinook start to migrate through so be prepared to encounter the odd 30 and 40 pounder in the mix.

Tofino Fishing Report – May 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – May 2018

As a newly minted grandfather I’ve spent the last few months working on a some essential skills that I believe every grandparent should master. At forty one I’m arguably on the young side for the big G status, sure, but it’s never too early to break in a new pair of shoes and really, do I have a choice?

Unfortunately all of my grandparents passed away while I was still young, and my memory is not what it used to be, so I’m kind of making things up as I go along. I’ve watched a few grandparent-themed movies like On Golden Pond and Grumpier Old Men, and they’ve certainly helped guide the way in terms of fundamentals.  

Tofino Fishing Report – April 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – April 2018

Ol’ Sherry Anderson wasn’t known for her prowess with a fly rod. Despite the fact that she’d first tried her hand at fly fishing when she was still a freshman in high school, she often felt that she lacked the hand-eye coordination that seemed a fundamental necessity for mastery of the sport. After fifty years of practice her abilities were to be considered only passable, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

Sherry liked to fish, in fact she downright loved it. She fly fished her way through summer camping trips with her dad who, God rest his soul, needed plenty of patience in those early years of teaching. The very first time her father gave her a lesson she succeeded in burying a size #6 Doc Spratley fly so deep into her forehead that her family had to immediately pack up their camp and drive three hours over dilapidated logging roads to the nearest hospital...