Simply put it was ‘one of those days!’ for Bull trout
Fly fishing for Bull Trout on the Squamish river near Vancouver BC
We met our 2 angling guests at Sunwolf Cabins right on the banks of the Cheakamus river, a tributary of the Squamish river. It was just past sunrise and we were eager to get going. The weather conditions were perfect! Overcast with light rain. I sensed it was going to be a good day. It’s almost mid March and from years of experience I know that Bull trout are very actively feeding right now. Most of these Bull’s are sea-run and they know that little salmon fry are migrating down river towards the ocean. It’s a feeding frenzy. Trout will stage themselves in key ‘feeding alleys’ to scoop up what passes by. Find these alleys, have the right fly and you’re in business!
Our day started off somewhat up river. We fished 2 big runs but only had 2 brief tugs. Clients were still in learning mode and this may have been a factor in the lack of hits. The water was being spooked up a bit by our pure novice fly fisher girl. She was slowly picking up the right technique with some intense coaching. She’ll probably hookup at some point I thought and hoped.
We moved down river a mile or so and took a animal trail into a gorgeous stretch of river. It had fish written all over it! They casted and swung for 20 minutes with not even a touch. What was up I thought? So we moved into the tailout section of this 500 meter long run. Suddenly a line goes tight and it’s fish on!
This section of river was good to us and surrendered 7 beauty Bull trout ranging from 1.5 to 5 lbs.
We moved down river a few more miles and hit another sweet piece of river. This produced another fat Bull trout around 2.5 lbs. It was getting later in the day and the rain was starting to intensify so we called it a day. And a good one it was. Everyone was happy.
March & April are always prime time for Bull trout fly fishing around Vancouver, BC. We’ll have the gear if you have the time.
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