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.