Peter Krahn...Fraser Legends Fishing.
December 28th, 2013
The temperature was perfect, the water clearing and the eagles were perched in almost every tree, this is the Squamish River at its finest. Only three days to a new year so it was time to see if the Bull and Rainbow Trout and maybe the Steelhead had arrived. I spotted what looked like a big bull trout and cast the fly just upstream. To my surprise a very large coho followed it as I stripped it in and nearly beached itself on the shore like a killer whale chasing a seal. I switched to a new secret fly and amazing action followed.
The Bull Trout were playing hard to get but a nice Rainbow hit the fly and gave a sparkling acrobatic fight. The Coho bucks zeroed in on the new secret fly with strike after strike. It was amazing to see them come in from the dark water and hammer the fly in the shallows. This was followed by Coho after Coho. The fish to the left is about the 18th Coho I hooked today and I landed at least 15. The great 2013 Coho run was tapering off but there were still plenty of nice fish. Just prior to this fish, I had been yanked off the gravel bar by a monster Steelhead that would easily have tipped 20 lbs but spit the hook as I gave it slack line while trying to get my balance. Click here for battling a Coho while trying to film at the same time.!
My last fish of the day was a nice silver Coho doe that hammered the "secret fly" and busted my knuckles (again) with a screaming run. Reluctantly I had to leave the hole and as I walked back across the gravel bar, I knew I was under the watchful eyes of heaven and of the eagles. A very good day!
Peter Krahn...Fraser Legends Fishing.
Unwrapping a Sturgeon for Christmas!
As usual, it was a great day to be on the water today and though the temperature above the water was about zero, it was slightly warmer in the water and the winter sturgeon took their usual time to wake up.
When they did, and we found the right spot, the bite came on and the action was steady but you had to be quick on the draw as the bites are usually light and fast.
They can still be feisty though! And making sure you are wearing gloves when handling them is still a must!
The battle can still be a challenge as there are some large fish around and they can be real "gut busters" which means, if you don't hold the rod butt properly it can bust you in the gut or in a spot lower down that will leave you really winded, to put it politely!
In the end, persistence and a smile will win out and you can have a really good time. So, if you wanna learn how to unwrap a sturgeon this Christmas or early in the new year, give us a call. And to all of you, Merry Christmas and a fishfull New Years!
After our cold snap ended last week I thought I would check out if Santa was delivering any winter feeder springs off the West Vancouver shore line. The weather was great almost +8C and virtually no wind. Unfortunately only one small chinook made its presence known. Seemed even the seals were looking a little hungry today. However, won't be like this for-ever. The sun made an appearance and it was another great day to be on the water. Tight lines!
Quadding vs Fishing!
Take a day off from fishing and head up to the Callaghan Valley for some excellent 4x4 quadding adventure. Cole Roberts of Nordica Photography took these classic shots of us on a day up in B.C.'s classic coastal mountains only 90 minutes from Vancouver.
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Winter On the Pitt River
While everyone else was busting their credit limits shopping the Black Friday sales I decided to head up the Pitt River for some photos, fishing and relaxing. The sky brightened as the temperature dropped a little bit and a soft misty fog formed at one of my favorite sturgeon fishing holes.
The fog bank grew and rolled across the river. And while you can't see them, there were half a dozen swans in the fog bank. Four or five mature birds and a signet. The stillness was broken by their trumpeting and the occasional splash of a sturgeon or trout.
Later on, the swans did an aerial V formation overhead but alas, I wasn't quick enough with the camera.
About 5 sturgeon into the day, this little fella dropped by to say hello. Today I dropped my gear size down a bit as one of my main purposes was to see if I could find smaller fish as part of the white sturgeon tagging program. As most fishermen/ladies are after the big boys we end up with very little knowledge of the rearing habitat needs of the little guys. This was the 2nd in this size range. The ride home didn't dissappoint for scenery either. The photos below hardly do this rainbow justice. It was perhaps one of the brightest I have ever seen. Winter on the river, you just never know what will show up. Tight Lines!
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