Fishing Reports

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...

Tofino Fishing Report – March 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – March 2018

Of course I’m taking about steelhead season, which peaks this month in advance of the spawn. These large, powerful ocean-run rainbow trout return to their natal rivers in prolific numbers during March. They provide exceptional sport on fly and light tackle, eager to take flies or lures with aggressive strikes and long, heart-stopping runs that will test both tackle and angler during the fight. We are fortunate to have some of Vancouver Island’s finest steelhead rivers here in Clayoquot Sound and, while they are not easy to access, they do offer an exceptional angling adventure for both resident and visiting anglers. My favourite combination for spring steelhead here in the Tofino area is...

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.