KEITH HYETT Fishing Reports


Most fly and gear anglers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Pink salmon which typically start to show up off the northern beaches and rivers about now. 2017 is forecast to be a good being an odd year. Initially numbers will be sporadic. However the larger run will start soon and these prolific fish give fantastic sport on a light fly or gear rod. Pinks average 3-6lbs so using lighter tackle will give more enjoyment. A 6 or 7wt Fly Rod is perfect for these fish and if you spin don t use a really stiff rod as they are not designed for smaller species.

If you fish the fly the general mantra is Pink Salmon like pink flies, but other colors work well. Green, blue and purple are other favorites. In the ocean use an intermediate poly leader and in the rivers a fast sinking tip. The Pinks love to hug the bottom when they come into freshwater so the closer your fly is to the fish the greater the chance of a hook up.
I have written before about the large number of fish off the beach at Nile Creek in Bowser. This successful enhancement program at the hatchery ensures that fish return in vast numbers every year. Unfortunately it also, arguably, brings too many anglers as well, shoulder to shoulder they stand desperate to get into a fish.

Search out less popular spots and look for fish that are showing by jumping or head and tailing in relatively shallow water. And don t be tempted to wade too deep too soon, as the fish will come in really close if you allow them to

For those who use gear a popular method is to use a fly or spinner under a water float. Obviously Buzz bombs, Zingers and small Deadly Dicks can be very effective especially when the fish are a long way out

Contrary to some, Pink Salmon make excellent eating. Grill the fillets in butter for a few minutes. They are absolutely delicious.

The larger King salmon or Chinooks, as they are known, also appear about the middle of August in the Little and Big Qualicum Rivers. If you target these fish use appropriate equipment. That means an 8 or 9 weight fly rod and tippet to suit, 15lb as a minimum, to stand any chance of landing these incredibly powerful fish.


With water temperatures so high trout action has slowed with the hot weather. Best fishing will always be early and late when fish are likely to be feeding more actively.


The salt chuck has continued to be fairly productive and reasonable numbers of Chinook and lots of early Coho have been taken both trolling and jigging. Ballenas Island seems to be a hot spot at the moment and favorite spoons or hoochies work well at the appropriate depth. Find the bait and you will find the fish

Whether you are fishing fly, gear or saltwater we have all the right equipment and advice to help you