Monday, October 17, 2011

Canada part 2

A few more words on our trip...

There was a few very positive things on some new gear that we tested on the island:

- Echo Ion reels. These reels were pretty nice. The drag was precise and smooth, the drag adjustment was very easy to use and very accurate and the retrieve and spool construction was right on the money. I am a bit worried about how it will take on hits from rocks and etc, but that we will found out in the future. This reel is a real champ and when you consider the price tag on it, it's amazing that they can make that good of a reel with that price. Nice job Tim(Rajeff)!!

- Vision #8 Cult switch rod. Very smooth and powerful rod. It basically will throw any line that you but on it as long as it's between the weight of 28-35grams. It has an action that works it way all the way down to the cork, but most of the casting is done from the upper 2/3 of the rod. A 480gr or 510gr Airflo skagit switch lines are perfect for it. Very nice addition to the switch rod market and it is now my second favorite switcher after the Echo SR.

For me this trip was the final proof that a switch rod is the ultimate tool for this type of fishing = small to medium size rivers that require accurate waterborne casts. You can really work your way through some nasty runs with tight spots and over growing trees. Just remember to rig your rod with a short enough line that suits the fishing situation. A Skagit Switch is a no brainer for almost everything.

Here's a pic of the top three switcher's(Echo, Beulah, Vision) around.

Thanks to Misters Jani Kekinen and Ike Neva for a great trip. Even though the fishing was far from perfect the trip was great. Lots of good food and a shit load of Canadian beer to forget the slow fishing:)

Here's some more pics. Photos by Kekinen, Neva and Kioski

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Oh, Canada...Eh?

Back home from Vancouver island. It was an intresting trip and we saw a lot of beutiful landscapes and many, many awesome rivers. Compared to the fishing that we have experienced on the Lower Mainland the trip was a dissapointment = the numbers of fish moving in to the rivers was very low compared to the numbers on the Mainland. From the 11days of fishing that we did on the island(5days in the Campbell river area, 6days on the Port Mcneill area) there was 3days of decent/good fishing and one awesome day. There were some dark fish in most of the rivers, but we feel it's best to leave them to their mating business and focus on the fresh fish that are moving in. Fishing only for the fresh fish is in my opinion much, much more intresting then dredging for "boots" - the fresh fish are just so much more willing to take the fly. The drawback in fishing for fresh fish only is that if the fish are not moving in, you won't be catching anything. The biggest dissapointment on the island was that there was virtually no Chinook moving in to the rivers - with the exception of the Quinsam that got a few fresh fish when we got there.

On a plus side, the Coho fishing was at times spectacular and the variety of species was very good(steelhead, cuttthrout trout, Chums, Coho, Pinks, Chinooks, Sockeye). Also our guide Perry Wilson ( click on the Northland fly link) was an very cool guy with tons of knowledge of Steelhead, Pacific salmon and two handed fly casting. Thanks Perry for some good times!!

Maybe the timing was just a bit off or then it was just a bad year? Nontheless, the fishing was dissapointing.

Here's a few pics. I'll be back with more. Photos by Kekinen, Nseva and myself Mr. Kioski:)