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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 – February 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – February 2017

Most of Canada begrudgingly feeds their wood stoves, scrapes their windshields free of ice, and chews Robaxacet for breakfast after long mornings of shovelling snow in February.  I pity my fellow countrymen for having to endure such an inhospitable existence at this time of year.  The promise of fishing in most places across our northern homeland in the dead of winter means slogging through knee-deep snow drifts and chiseling the door open on an ice fishing shack to auger through seven inches of snow and ice.  Brrrrrrr…you can have it I say.  

Here in Tofino we’re pretty fortunate (some would say lucky) to have more milder winter temperatures to enjoy.  It might be wet and windy, but it’s a rare day indeed when I can’t pull on my rain gear and head out to enjoy one of the many winter fisheries that we have available within striking distance of town.  

Most visitors are surprised when I tell them that our saltwater salmon fishing is fantastic during February.  One look offshore from one of our many beaches towards tumultuous, white-capped seas often raises an eyebrow or two, but once I tell them that all of our winter salmon fishing happens in calm, protected inshore waters free from open ocean swells their faces usually brighten....

 

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.

Guide Life - Stories from the water

Guide Life - Stories from the water

The whale blows. It exhales a pungent mix of what lies below. Mysterious and ancient, its eye sees through you, casting a spell. You are humbled and entranced. It slowly evaporates into the salty depths with sunlight dancing across its sides until it disappears completely from sight but the feeling that it leaves lasts much longer. You want to follow. Their world is alive with song. Haunting beats, clicks, squeals… We may never comprehend the brilliance of such creatures and we feign to protect them. Mostly we ravage their heavenly bodies and watery existence. Hopefully, with education and conservation we can make a better world.
 
A friend recently shared with me that being anywhere near whales touches his core deeply and how much he would love to hear their thoughts. "Me too" I exclaim and this is true for many people. Even the possibility of seeing a whale is enough to draw the biggest land-lover out to sea. The experience of being on the ocean can be life changing. For many people, the ocean is a place that makes the imagination wild and despite how little we know, we are drawn by her tides and creatures we only hope to encounter. We flank her sides and seize the opportunity to head out exploring and adventuring. The ocean is full of mystery and depths unknown and unexplored.
 
I make no joke when I say that our guides have the best jobs on the planet. We keep a sightings board in our office. Sea stories about each day's discoveries are always thrilling. Recently, I asked a few of our guides about their favorite day on the water this season and this is what they shared. Enjoy!

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...