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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.

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2016

Tofino Fishing Report – November 2016

It’s been a wet, wild headlong slog into fall this season thanks to a more traditional return to La Nina weather patterns. A constant parade of southeasterly gales has buffeted our coast, negating any real chances of a foray or two offshore in hopes of landing a late season salmon or halibut. While offshore saltwater fishing hasn’t been an option for the past while, these storms have brought a steady supply of rain to our local watersheds and that has created fantastic conditions for freshwater fishing.

The rivers are literally teeming with fish this November. Most of the chinook and coho salmon are now well on their way to finishing their spawning run, but several river systems have excellent runs of chum salmon that are still fresh from the ocean and eager to test anglers skill on fly or light tackle. Chum salmon offer fantastic sport and should be considered one of the hardest fighting fish in our local rivers. Often topping twenty pounds, these magnificently coloured fish will pounce on a fly or spoon swung through the depths of a favourite pool. Anglers targeting chums are well advised to use fifteen or twenty pound test leaders as these fish are dogged fighters and sport a mouth full of nasty choppers that are quite adept at sawing through light lines.

Tofino Fishing Report – August 2016

Tofino Fishing Report – August 2016

There is a certain magic about marinas first thing in the morning. Our inlet shores here in Tofino are lined with docks, and each and every day they spring to life with the characters and rhythms of our coast. Sunrises colour sea mist as it rises from chilly, murky depths, brightening docks and vessels left dormant and dew covered overnight. Captains and crews scuttle about starting engines, testing equipment, and chattering amongst themselves in preparation for the day ahead. I am a loving admirer of these moments. They resonate with timeless traditions the world over wherever marinas, fish, and particularly fishermen are found...