Since we are rapidly approaching the shortest day of the year there was not a lot of urgency to get up, well, at least getting up at 07:00 is not the usual start time for a day of fishing and the later I got there, hopefully the lower the river would be. As I headed up Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky highway I started to have misgivings when I saw how muddy the sound looked at a time of year when it should have some of the clearest water and the rather large number of logs floating in the water......the Squamish River, was to blame and I was wondering if it would be fishable????
Pulling into the town of Squamish, it was comforting to see that it was still pretty quite and sleepy looking and after a fuel up of gas, coffee and a pastry I headed up to the Alice Lake-Squamish River Valley turn off. The sky was clearing and it felt like the valley was starting to breath after the pounding of wind and rain of the previous week with the low angle sun starting to warm the mountain tops and revealing fresh snow on the lofty coastal mountains.
I tied on a salmon colored egg pattern about a meter below a strike indicator float and the first drift was only half complete when the float dipped below the surface and the battle was on. (Click here for a You Tube Clip)