Steelhead

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2017

November does hold promise for outdoor adventure, though it doesn’t come easy. Freshwater fishing for steelhead and trout on the heels of the salmon run often offers fantastic action to those anglers willing to brave the lacklustre weather. Wool, Goretex and rubber are the mainstays of winter fashion here in Tofino and any angler venturing out to the rivers in search of steelhead at this time of year should have a full wardrobe of weatherproof layers.  

The nuances of winter steelheading in Clayoquot Sound are best learned from a local and experienced guide. Local knowledge is a key factor to success in the rivers at this time of year and hiring a guide will ensure you enjoy a productive day on the water and not a fruitless, frustrating excursion. Fly or light tackle fishing for steelhead in the Tofino area can offer exceptional fun if you know where to go, and what to do when you get there.  

Tofino Fishing Report - December 2016

Tofino Fishing Report - December 2016

I carefully lift my left foot from it’s secure position and allow the nagging current of the river to carry it further downstream. The felt sole of my wading boot bounces along the tops of the boulders at the bottom of the unseen depths, blindly searching for the next foothold. Once firmly in place, the right leg follows same and I reestablish my balance within the rivers rhythm.

With my left hand I strip the running line in, coiling it in my fingers, and sweep the rod through a practiced, calculated motion. On the forward cast the rod arcs and the wonderful physics of inertia send a long and accurate line across the river. I enjoy the simple beauty of this effort, admiring how the bright, colourful line forms a loop and carries the fly to land in a likely spot within the braided currents where fish are known to hold. The fly settles, sinks, and begins it’s swing across the river, probing unchecked depths for the promise of another fish.

While I wait patiently for a bite to come the rhythms of this wild place envelope me. The river is an instrument of boundless composition. When coupled with the sounds of the forest, it’s creatures, and the weather that moves above a great symphony of wilderness provides an invigorating soundtrack for much needed meditation.