Winter

Tofino Fishing Report - February 2018

Tofino Fishing Report - February 2018

Somebody mentioned to me once that in order to fully appreciate the West Coast you had to endure at least a few real winters here. Something about only getting a narrow view of the potential during the summer months. You haven’t met this place until it shakes you out of bed in the depths of winter man.

By real winter I’m sure they weren’t talking about the one we enjoyed in 2014/15 when we all had base tans by late January.

No, I’m sure they meant having to endure a winter like we’re in the midst of right now. Complete with it’s parade of freak storms, mud slides, blizzards and, in case you were getting complacent, a tsunami warning thrown in every now and then for good measure. If you’ve been fooled by the benevolent facade of more benign months not too worry, the West Coast has puffed up her chest and seems intent on showing us all what she’s really made of this year.

Tofino Fishing Report – January 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – January 2018

Thankfully the steelhead fishing seems to be firing on all cylinders this season, so there’s a lot of motivation to get out there. Solid numbers of steelhead hit the rivers this fall and the action has been borderline fantastic this year. There’s been some very big fish around this season too, which is a tidbit of information that should not be taken lightly.

It’s a rare year indeed when both quantity and quality are in the same sentence, but this year seems to be the exception. If you don’t mind the cold slog into the January elements I’d strongly suggest making a few trips to one of our local rivers. It’s an excellent way to get away from the in-laws and defeat cabin fever. And if you’re not a local who’s well-versed in the infinite nuances of chasing steelhead in Clayoquot Sound then hire a guide, trust me you’ll thank me later.

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.