Once this River was considered to be One of the Premium Wild Steelhead Rivers in BC. This intimate River has everything a fly fisher will ever want in landscape and variety of fishable water. From slow moving wide shallows to canyons and deep pools. Once a fisher gets a taste of the Little "Q" it is there for life. There are Brown Trout on the top end of the System just below Cameron Lake, these fish are taken or drys,minnows and nymphs. Below the Falls there are small resident Rainbow and Cutties. Sea Run Cutties enter the system during the higher water conditions of Spring in search for Salmon fry leaving the system. This usually goes well into late June with a bit of a breather before the Salmon begin to enter the system in August. All Salmon species except the Sockeye call the Little "Q" their bedroom. And these fish are more bite friendly than most of the local rivers. Drop by our shop for more details and the hot flies.
November 7th..What started out as a normal season for the Little Q has turned out to be anything but..,Silver Chinook in Late August,Bright Coho by early September and still coming in and of course Chum by the thousands..although the runs are now thinning out we are still playing with the chum..and the bonus to all this is a good abundance of Sea Run Cutthroat Trout throughout the system..Remember fly fishing only,release all Wid Trout and have fun
a Nice YellowBelly from November 6th..below
October 27th...It can be described as the Jewell River of Vancouver Island..the Little Q is hot...lots of big Chum and Coho being hooked up..and of course lost or breaking rods..Fly Fishing This time of year and for a good reason..there are so many fish coming in...have fun and respect yourself by honoring regulations and other fishers
October 15th...this gem of a River is home to some awesome fly fishing ..for the past several weeks we have seen a few Chum coming in and lots of Coho..now the chum are coming in in larger numbers and so are the Coho, no retention for Coho yet but 1 Chum /day..check the updates for info'
Since the dirty water has gone we are seeing bright Coho pounding their way uinto the river...few chum have yet to show up but will only get better, although enough to target..and we can keep a clean fish (Chum) if you want
September 30th...Some very nice fish have come into the river,Coho and Chum..water is up but still fishable...
Sept. 10th...Water is once again very low,and the fish are holding off the River Mouth..weather looks too good for the next 4-5 days ...but these big fish will come in regardless of water height by the 24th of thte month so do get ready for any moisture we might receive..the Pinks in the River are numerous,in fact the largest run we have seen in the Little Q to date..but along with this are good numbers of Nice Cutthroat Trout to be fished with dry fly..and remember there is no retention of any wild trout in any Island System...this river is fly fish only from September 1st every year
August26th..there are very good numberds of Pink Salmon and Chinook already in the River..lots of poaching going on so be careful and report all abuses you come across...but do enjoy this special close to town adventure...here's a fish landed on teh way home from work
August 15th..2013...fly fishing for Trout has been very good so far this summer and all bets are that it will get much better once the Salmon really move into the system,.,,,we are seeing Pink Salmon making their way up past the Trestle pool already and a few Chinook around the Orange Bridge..these will soon be all the way up to the Trestle and Whiskey Creek Pools. No retention of Salmon in these systems so far..and all wild trout must be released...enjoy the resource
July1st...What can be said about this jewell that hasn't been said..it has been fishing very well for the past month and has kept me busy at times...I have fished from the Orange Bridge down to the estuary a few times and have always been rewarded with some fine fish and lots of new experience. The upper river above the hatchery is fishing well with the odd Big rainbow/Steelhead being connected with...normally in June we will see some fish(Steelhead) make their way up into the less fished ranges above the new Highway..Minnow patterns,Dry Flies and Leeches are all effective presentations..Olive Green Leeches can be hot during the summer months\
March 3rd.2013, water is currently a big high and dirty,good news! The Cutties are a comin,as are a few Steelhead. Unfortuantely,the River is only open from the Hatchery down to the ocean but that is enough. If you see anyone fishing above the hatchery report the poacher!... Get out your Egg Sucking leeches and small Pink work Patterns,don't be shy to use larger than usual minnow patterns up to about 2" and add a bit of sparkle with this coloured water we currently have.
With the many cutties in the system there is surprisingly a bit of pressure on the open sections of this river. The RIver is only open from the Hatchery facility to the ocean..I like small egg sucking leeches and fair size minnow patterns this time of year for these great sport fish. Also a good idea to have along is a good selection of Stoneflies in various colours..
November 10th...so many Chum about it is difficult to get at the Coho..but,if you stick to the deep runs that have a lot of debris then you may be rewarded with a Silver Bullet on the end of your line,try above the hatchery for exciting aftershocks...Bead Head Muddlers are a good bet
October 23rd..Wow,there are a lot of fish coming into the system these days..get out ther and enjoy this time of year, Coho are very ;large this year..no retention yet so keep up on the regulations...and yes.it is fly fishing only..
the Chinook are getting abused with the low water but just tonight as I was driving by the Little Q bridge I noticed the Chum were storming in in big numbers..this will mean there is a weather pattern change on the horizon ..the first fish entering the river will be marked up in their spawning colours..give it a few days and a bit of rain and the bright Silver fish will find their way into the lower stretches..and have fun while respecting the fish
Sept..21st...many fish have entered the system..with the mid afternoon High Tides and winds..this triggered a movement..we were there when they came in by the hundreds..nice silver fish
September 19th...as with many of the local waterways the levels are very lkow and temperatures are warm..the Little Q has had a lot of Chinook come in and are holding in several pools...Whiskey Creek pool is too low to allow for too many big fish but is loaded with Pinks and about 20 Chinook..poaching has been present so do your part and report when you can
September 5th..we have had no rain and the river is getting warmer and lower...with conditions like this we will see only a few Chinook enter the upper reaches of the river..there ar elots of Pink Salmon getting ready to spawn in the small gravel areas and pools...Chinook will storm the river by Mid September regardles sof water conditons..Mother Nature is CALLING!
August 27th..Here is a picture take last evening on the way home form work...some people enjoying the efforts to get these salmon to bite their fly..some very nice Chinook are moving into the river with clouds of Pink Salmon hanging to the sides..
July 25th/2012..warm water conditions is making itg difficult for the larger trout to move about the system easily...look to fish the lower reaches of the river near the estuary for holding Sea Run Cutties and soon large Chinook also holding in the tidal pools..likely by the mddle of August
June 23rd...OHHHH Yeah..time to get the dry flies out..water is excellent and there are some nice fish about...the Lower River near the Salt has been exceptional at low tides..
May 22nd.. This has been a good month for the lower reaches of the Little "Q"..with lots of double digit outings. Some of the Sea Run Cutties have reached 20" so be prepared to dig deep into the pools for these beauties. The River opens fully on June first ..have fun
April 20th...Water is getting higher with the snow melt,there has been good nu,mbers of fish in the system along with some recovering Steelhead making their way back to the ocean...expect highish waters for the next week-or so
Lots of activity happening within this great little River...ther are signs of Spring all about with good numbers of small Chum fry poking their noses out...Cutties are here and watching ...also a few Steelhead recovering from the spawn so if you hook into One please make sure not to take it out of the water and release it unharmed..these fish are endangered..
Water temps are still very low holding down most of the coming activity. There has been a bit of activity closer to the ocean so we will see some nice Cutties in that section of the River..
Not surprisingly,there are some very large Cutties throughout the system,Rive ris closed to fishing above the Hatchery,make you way from the Hatchery down to the 19A bridge and you will have a good time..some new trees have come down so be careful
Higher water levels is hampering efforts a bit but this will turn out to be in our favour...Many Trout will be available for teh fly once the carcasses wash out leaving better conditions...Minnow Patterns and Leeches will do the job...especially something with a bit of flash aboard..River is only open from Hatchery down to the beach and of course above the falls to Cameron Lake.
What a year we have had on the Little Q..lots of Chum this fall to provide the much needed nutrients that certainly was lacking during the winter of 2010...Some Nice Sea Run Cutties are about...Fly Fishing only and closed above the Hatchery until late Spring
Many more Coho and Chum have entered the system, fly fishing for these great fish has been exceptional and should continue that way for a few weeks more..then of course we will see many more big Sea Run Cutties striking out at the many egg patterns we might cast their way
With a lot of Coho in the system and fresh Chum filling the bottom end of the River up there will be excellent fishing all month...make sure you know the regs...no retention for Chum and Coho until their numbers are attained..report all abusers and poschers
With a bit more water in the system we are now seeing the odd Chum and a few more Coho...there are still some very clean Chinook making their way into the lower River...as of today there is a One CHinook per day retention..no Coho or Chum jet
September22...the long awaited arrival of Chinook took place about a week ago...the river has enough water to host many big Chinook....was out last evening fishing the Whiskey Creek Pool with good success..there are Chinook all through the lower system
August 25th.. Major construction around the 19A bridge is complete in time for the Big Chinook about to enter the lower River...Look for some very large Chinook this year as well some impressive Cutthroat Trout tagging behind!
As with the past few weeks we have seen some very impressive Cutties being landed on both Minnow patterns and Stone Flies...watch for the Ann Hatch about to errupt.. Don't to try your favorite May Flies on the surface,Hang on!
April 22nd.. Weather has warmed a bit and Voila !
Definitely time for Brown Polar Bear minnow patterns..the river is full of Chum Fry
April 16th...we are still waiting for the water temperatures to warm a bit...we have had no air temperatures above 15 this year and then only One day..Average tempertures have been about 9C...good for a slow snow melt and for a gradual fry escapement...for we fly fishers we like to see a much greater concentration of fry to excite the gorging Cutthroat trout.But,there have been some very nice Cutties landed in the 20" range so far...try a bead head rolled Muddler in Olive or natural.
...Ahhhh,water conditions are excelent although a bit cold...you are going to have to focus on sunny areas with fry patterns if you want any real success seeking Cutthroat Trout. Since the water is so cold yet the fry are staying in the gravel a bit longer..
March16th...Water is still a bit high,some Trout are about and if you can intercept them before the get to the hatchery area the Steelhead are willing biters. The run likely will be too small to really target,but just in case.
Feb 24th 2011...
Fishing has been a bit slow with the cold weather but hang on..warmer weather is around the corner and so are the hungry Cutties laying in wait for Salmon fry on their way out!
The River is now giving up some nice Cutties ,a few Steelhead have entered the river...remember,the River is closed above the Hatchery...have fun and make sure you have a few egg sucking leeches with orange or pink heads
The Chum run this year is greatly reduced,yet we have retention,and there are some silver fish about coming in with teh high tides. Recent rains have raised levels and numbers of fresh fish. Surprisingly this is a good Coho year likely because of the lack of Chum ,exposing the Coho (no retention)...still love those Stoneflies for Coho and of course Muddler Minnows..
There are few Chum entering yet,Coho have moved up to the HAtchery area and in good numbers...although no retention so far this year...watch for SIlver Chum soon to make their appearance..Fly Fishing Only!
Plenty of Chinook action in the Little Q above the Highway 19A bridge,no retention until OCtober 1st...saw some Chum mixed in with the larger schools ...there will be no Coho fishery again this year..make sure you are clear on the regs..Fly Fishing Only!
With every high tide we are seeing schools of nice Chinook entering the lower River to the Hatchery pools...the water is too low for these fish to be too active.try to target the Jacks because they are very active biters,especially for large Black and Red Maribou or Rabbit Leech Patterns ...if you are targetting the large fish then use small egg patterns bounced off the bottom or Green coloured Coho Buggers
Well the Chinook have entered the River in small groups but that will change very soon...these fish are very bitey...try various Leech,or Egg Sucking Leech patterns,lage bushy flies without too much flash. I personally Like Black Bunny Leeches with a collar of either Chartreuse or Hot Pink...also like these flies tied with a Bead head or bead chain head.
The water is still too low to provide enough scent to the big Chinook waiting to enter...but if we don;t get rain in a week or so they will come in no matter..
There are a few Big Chinook holding in the lower reaches of the Little Qualicum River..I havaen't seen any past teh lower Bridge yet..but I would suspect this week-end will bring a few fish up with ths cooler weather
August 8th...Low Water is keeping the large Chinook from coming into the River but it is not stopping the Cutties from advancing in wait of those delicious eggs,don't forget to stock up on Ware's ear Nymphs and Beaded Muddlers..
The trout fishing has slowed down a bit,there are however some large Cutties causing havoc in teh estuaries awaiting the Salmon entering these local rives in several weeks...be patient,but hesitate not to drift a nice dry fly near overhanging trees.
IF ever you were going to get out and explore the Little Qualicum River now is the time...water levels have been a bit high but now receding, thus Dry Fly, Minnow patterns and Stoneflies...unfortunately there are still many idiots poaching the upper river areas using worms and roe...so the more we are seen on that river fishing legally the better!
May 19th...The fishing has somewhat slowed down simply becaue of pressure and the short distance able to be fished...the main river will open on June 1st...report all poachers
There has been some good action for good sized cutties from the Salt Water to the Hatchery...Dry fly has been working lately,I suspect that the cutties are full of fry for the moment! Some fish in the 3-4 lb range are being landed...
Some great fishing all along the lower stretches of the Little Q these days(below the hatchery) Dry flies and a great little Polar Bear Minnow pattern with a Brown Wing underfured with a Guinea Feather..a very special colour hand died by Jerry Hardy..of Comox...if you want to see this pattern come by the store...we have a few Dozen left only..
ou have to come by the store to see the new Minnow patterns we have come up with...combining DNA and Polar Bear is a rare treat!
April 6th.....We once again received a lot of rain raising the river levels up past the comfort zone for most Trout fishers...but don't despair,there are good numbers of Sea Run Cutthroat laying in wait for your flies...MINNOWS...the weather looks very promising for the next week so do get out
...bring along a few dry flies to match the hatch during those sunny periods
The water levels are perfect and the temperatures excellent for the outgoing fry ...and that means the Cutthroat Trout will be in every lay waiting for a free meal...Muddler Minnows, Small Polar BEar Minnow Patterns and even a few egg patterns will do the job...have fun
March 4..Water levels are now good and the fry are migrating to the estuaries...this is our annual best tiem to engage good numbers of Trout following or ambushing their prey..MINNOW PATTERNS!!
Feb 25th.....The river is beginning to fish well...water levels are good and slighly coloured. Fry are beginning to pile-up in the slow moving water with Cutthroat Trout laying in wait not far away. Muddlers,Minnow patterns ,even small Alevin patterns.
The River is finally coming down and is in fishable condition. There are some nice Cutthroat Trout around the Hatchery and down to the Trestle pool...watch for the odd Steelhead
December 4th...We have a sustained water flow that is a bit high but is good for the fish. Minnow,Egg,and Terrestrial patterns will do the deed...remember many of the Cutthroat Trout have been in the system for several months now feeding on flesh and Eggs,so try different presentations. December 17th last year I landed 12 Trout out of One hole on One pattern
And here it is...
As with the Big Qualicum River there is lots of water in the system...but there are still a few Chum coming into the system that are silver...few Coho have been seen, a worry for the HAtchery folks and we fishers for the future...it is a wonder why we can't seem to get these numbers up! Cutties are in fair numbers ...get out soon after the waters recede for some great trout fishing..
October 24th....There are lots of silver Chum salmon coming into the Lower Reaches of the Little Q these past few days...few Coho are mixed in..some concern about Coho numbers at this time but it is early...Some idiot was trying to snag Chinook in the Whiskey Creek Pool with a 12oz. Halibut Jig...it makes you wonder how some Morons exist on this Planet and Why!!??You see my hand here to quantify the Size...and note the Huge Plastic Worm or section of worm...why not fish legally??
October 11th/....saw a young fellow today carrying a bright Chum salmon home...he caught it below the Bridge in the Tidal Area. ...but there is also a One fish retention for Chum in the Fresh Water areas. many Coho are about to enter the river with any rains we get so be prepared for fun but no retention on Coho until further notice.
If your timing is right you will see one of the wonders of the animal kingdom...thousands of Large Chinook making their way up this great little River for their final journey...and they will bite black leeches and wooly buggers with Beads or Pink Head leeches
Sept 6...On the way home from Shopping with my lovely we saw many fish entering the lower Little Q...so we indeed rushed home and got our fly rods a ready...
Landed 3 and lost 3 in an hour ...no retention and fly fish only in the River above the old Highway bridge and in the Tidal area there is a retention
August 25th... There are a few Salmon in the River at the moment and many trout... with such low water be kind to the fish and the surrounding ecosystem
I have yet to land a nice Cuttie since the main river has opened,but soon. This River generally is known for it's great dry fly fishing for smaller Trout and the occasional; Big Sea Run Cutthroat Trout. I fished it on Saturday Evening and landed about a dozen smaller Cutties and One Rainbow ...mostly on Dry Flies...Bead Hsad Muddlers work great at digging out those stubborn fish that like to hold in the deeper pockets tucked in tightly to the logs and rocks.. My largest uttie to date in that River is about 20'...
Fishing has been slow these past few weeks below the Hatchery...I have seen One Steelhead and few trout,with the warming trend on the horizon this could change overnight...drop by the store for some great new Minnow patterns
The river is closed above the Hatchery...but there are some nice fish at the Canyon and just below the trestle pool...a few Steelhead have entered the system...but normally travel well up into the river to begin hopefully their spawn.. Big nymphs and minnow patterns will do the trick...even small Leech and Intruder patterns.
Even though the weather is still a bit cold and the snow is about 2 feet high access to the Little Qis good. Fished today after the higher water has receeded ...lost a small Cuttie and saw a Small Steelhead moving through the fast water..the river is closed above the Hatchery so let's hope these Steelhead get past and do thier thing for future generations,and with some kind of luck get this river back to a fishable state for Steelhead.
Some nice Cuttie being caught below the Hatchery and around the Train Trestle...a lot of snow has fallen ,making getting about somewhat difficult..there are Clipped fish in the system so retention is a possibility
The River above the Hatchery closes on Dec.1st... should you be lucky enough to fish the middle sections of the River above the Hatchery before the season ends, you will be rewarded with an abundance of beautiful Cutthroat Trout to 22",most in the 14 to 18" range but do be prepared for that "SMASH" when it comes! Salt Water flies such as the Pearl Mickey will work wonders...such as in this Cutties lips!
SILVER CHUM AND COHO !!!!!and still SILVER CHINOOK>>>
Chum and Coho have entered the system and are very willing biters...have fun..many fish have been let through the counting fences and are well up into the system...Landed some very nice Cutties on Single Egg patterns and One big Spring on a #8 Egg Fly
There are still some nice Chinook coming in ,as well Coho and Chum...ther are plenty of fish stacked up at the Hatchery fence,Whiskey Creek ,Trestle and canyon pools. Cutties are aslo aboput collecting eggs at will. Report those crappy poachers!
Today there was an abundance of fish enter the river all day...most of these fish are holding again below the hatchery ...some very good fishing to be had below the old highway bridge...it is tidal so be aware of the water levels.
There are a lot of Big Chinook holding in all the pools below the Hatchery...unfortunately there are some real dorks out there using Treble Hooks , barbed at that,...these ass/?>les have threatened several fly fishers and forced them off the River If you see them take a picture and send it to the CO Office. Some nice Cutthroat Trout also about in the deep slots and under the Logs..
With a good number of Chinook in the system,lower in the river,and a few Coho being spotted ,there are good opportunities to enjoy the sport. Unfortunately,there are some snaggers about that seem to think they are special, and are keeping fish. There is no retention for Chinook in the Little Q, or Coho. Occassionally there is an updated regulation on the DFO web Site for a retention quota..
Cutties are about in good numbers ;prepare for the time when the big fish are dropping their eggs and use egg patterns for good success. I have found that Black and Red Rabbit Leeches are good bets for the Jack Chinook in the lower River and large Pink Leeches work for their larger cousins.
Coho like some sparkle in their flies...not that large . Coho will follow the flie for a ways before decideing on their efforts.
There are good numbers of Small Chinook in the lower river below the hatchery...and some nice cutthroat....no retention ...
The early run of Small Chinook seem to have disappeared...fished the Farm Area on the Little Q today ..and saw no big fish...although there was some very good small trout fishing with Cutties to 18" .
Water is low...
A major run of Small Chinook entered the Little Q today on a low tide...very silver and bright....get your Chartreuse and Black Leech patterns out...no retention ..have a good time and should you hook into a big fish make sure you revive it before it is let go..Cutties will follow these fish all the way up to the upper reaches ...egg patterns a bit later..
The River water level is very low...this may hold off the Chinook Migration into the River a bit..but if it does and we get a bit of Rain...make sure you have your Salmon Tags ready! The Little Q is One very Special little River that provides excellent fly fishing opportunities...
A few Pinks have made their way into the lower river and followed by some nice Cutthroat Trout...Nymphs and Dries are the ticket...try above the Hatchery for some nice Cutties and at the Wiskey Creek Pool
The Chinook are showing up off the River Mouth ,soon into the Lower River...
Watch the regulations carefully...and no retention. Dry Fly Fishing for Nice Cutties has been good below Kincade Creek and on the Upper River above the Falls
...some nice Browns available on the dry and small bead head nymphs
July 22... The water levels are getting on the low side...Big Chinook will begin to move into the system in early August,and if that happens as we suspect we will see the majority of the fish hold below the Hatchery until the water comes up and the Hatchery personel decide if they get their brood stock. The Little Q does get a good number of Jack Chinook(4-6 lbs) that are very much in favour of biting first and asking second!...No retention.
Cutties are also in the upper River above the PowerLIne..in good numbers...single barbless
July 10.. Conditions are ideal for trout fishing ,some nice Cutties have been caught throughout the system ...the lower River still has good numbers of Fry outgoing ..in a matter of weeks the Salmon will begin got enter all the area Rivers ,the Little Q is One of the fun rivers to fish and very fisher friendly..
July 5th...Water conditions are extremely ideal these past few days and that has brought in some very nice Cutthroat Trout into the middle part of the River. The Salmon will begin to entre the River likely within a month ,pushing Trout to the perimeters,however that is natural...the trout get them back by fattening up on their eggs. Flies to use these days are Minnow Patterns,Nymphs and Leeches.
June 18,,,there have been good numbers of small Cutthroat trout about the lower river system for the past few weeks...some larger fish have been landed just below Kinkade Creek and around the meadows. Above the Falls has seen little angler pressure this year all the way to the lake...but the Brown trout are waiting...especially with a Caddis on you line