it has been a very disappointing Pink Salmon season off Nile Creek Beaches...we are now playing a bit with the Big Qualicum Chinook Salmon off the southern reaches of the beach and in wait for Coho that could be in strong numbers this year..keep in touch
Sept.4th..more schools have been about and landed...watch the tides and of course mornings
August 25th..we have to say this season has been not very good locally...we see some fish but not in the typical numbers ..but we persist
August..22nd..we have seen enough Pinks Off the beach in the past 2 evening and mornings to be a bit happier...large schools have been cruising ..weather has though been too nice as typical in August..no winds,high sun,out going tides and warm weather /water..so hope for a few waves and fish low light conditions and the tides
and August 17th...still no numbers of fish so there are several ways to look at this..they are late or not at all...
August 11th..with still only a few fish about it is evident we are experiencing the latest year since the enhancement group began ...the good news is the projections are for a good number of returning fish...lets see what the incoming rains will do..there are a few fish about
August 7th..with small schools teasing us at daylight this morning we are now seeing a few fish close enough to challenge...now for some action with any bad weather we might have soon..
August 2nd..recent high temperatures and calm days have created our nnual doldrums..no Pinks coming in yet..and the seals are killing the precious Cutthroat Trout
July 31st..Although there are small schools of Pinks that will occassionally wonder in the weather is really nice and warm with calm seas...this is not ideal for Beach Fishing...Cuttie fishing is still very good but the seals are harvesting them too much...so hurry up Pinks!
July 21...as of last night we have seen One Pink Salmon off the beach...at the PowerLine...winds were tough yesterday but cooled the waters off..so any day now..some very nice Trout about
July 19th...we have seen no Pink Salmon caught yet and Trout Fishing is tailing off and this is typical when Pink Salmon begin to show in numbers in deeper water
..July 13th..as like many of you we are awaiting the amazing opportunities with Pink Salmon..none yet along our beaches...anxious of course..enjoy the wonderful Cuttie fishing at the moment
July 8th...Cuttie fishing is still very good ,yet to see any Pink Salmon but very soon..a few are showing in Campbell River and north
Some nice cutties being had off the beaches...no Pinks yet and likely not for at least several weeks will post as soon as we see any
June 5th...some nice cutties bouncing about don't mess out
May 17th,,,Cutties ,Cutties ,Cutties
May 6th..we are finally seeing some nice groups of Cutthroat Trout off the beach..cool fish
The beach season is slow to go this year with only a few cutties around..but with rising temperatures , this will change quickly..stay tuned
October 4th...a few fish are still bouncing north of the Creek mouth all teh way to Deep Bay...recent winds have brought in some fresh fish
September 29th..finally we are seeing more Coho bouncing about..especially to the North...but expect Sunny Beach to light up if the fish come in closer
Sept..22nd...yes we are seeing a few Coho off the local beaches
and some big ones..try north of the creek mouth and off Sunny Beach
September 15th...still some Pinks hanging around ..hopefully we will see Coho within the next few weeks..if thte rains arrive this is a good thing for the Pinks and for the Coho to approach the beaches
Sept.9th..lots of Pinks still about..most are getting stale although we are hearing of silver fish..all eyes are looking for incoming Coho..none yet
August 27th...for the anglers wanting to continue playing with aging Pinks there are many still waiting for the rains about to arrive...the Odd fresh fish appears ,,the rains will move the fish closer to the creek mouth and the Coho closer to the beaches
August 23rd...There are lots of Salmon about mostly to the immediate north of Nile Creek, we have seen schools to the south near Sunny Beach but only on occassion. With this really high sun and warm water conditions most Pink Salmon are sleepy and not willing to participate..yet this year ,which has been the warmest and sunniest I have seen more fish caught on Spoon sthan ever. Also some fly fishers are almost chironomid fishing with very small flies with good success
We are seeing more fish about but it seems we are again stuck in a very high pressuer period making fishing tough...early morning and evenings are best for sure..cooler times..best flies have been the Pink Muddler,handle Bar with Fl. Yellow bead head,Fuzzy and small Shrimp patterns
August 12th...Not a lot has changed with our weather patterns so not a lot has changed with the results from fishing efforts..if you fish the cooler times and times where there is a bit if wind then your success rate is better..lots of fish about and lots of seals about..Fish are NOT always at the Creek Mouth..but will wonder by that area to smell the water and at high tide ....some go into the system
August 4th..More fish are showing up so now would be a good time to ply the waters,there were big schools hanging about the creek mouth all day and at high tide this evening..it is time to get on the water
July 31st..A few more fish have shown up with the cloudy and cooling weather...it will only get better from here
July 28th....fishing has really tailed off because of the too nice weather
This type of weather is typical of the later part of July...lets hope for cooling trends and a bit of rain..
There are fish being landed ..the weather actually is too nice and every year we all complain about this..Early sunrise mornings are the best and late evenings...watch for coudy days with breeze for best all day fishing,reports of massive schools of Pink Salmon around Denmand and Hornby Islands only bodes well for our fishing in the next few months
July 17th...Our first fish of the season,for us, arrived this morning. Landed 4 and kept 2...very good size schools moving about
July 10th..No Pinks yet but good numbers of Cutties..the Pink Salmon should arrive this week..Campbell river has had fish for several days and that means within a week we usually see fish...nice Cuttie on a muddler
June 28th...June has produced some really nice cuttie fishing off the beaches
..we have seen a few Blue Backs and even the odd chinook maurauding the shorelines..it will soon be time for Our Pink Salmon to show their much anticipated heads
May 1st..now we are getting more fish...
April 15th..still seeing some nice cutties bouncing more but few takers...
March 15th ..the season for Sea Runs has begun..slow to get going..but a few about
November 4th...we are seeing only the odd fish about after a good coho season...some fish further south but not many
October 20th..Des Ja Vu..the fish are about but not biting...all teh usual areas are holding fish...with the winds coming we will see more fish come closer and willing to bite,,this fish wa scaught October 17th
October 15th..The fishing is much better this week after all the rains...some big Coho are makng their presence known very well...all the usual spots like the Scallop Farm,Henson,Power line and Bowser Rd...all the way north
October 9th...recent rains and winds have made the fishing really suck ,you have to be right on the fish..lots about if you can reach them.The northerns are now arriving..hang on
Sept 28th...finally we are seeing good numbes of COHO all along the beach area ..Red Coho Buggers are working well
Sept.14th..The beaches are very quiet at the moment..some Coho have been spotted just north of here so if lucky by the week-end we will see a few fish...and this is normal
Most of the fish that were hanging about the beaches have gone up local systems..evening bites have been the best
September 1st...with the recent rains we have seen some fish go up all the local rivers...although there are still many fish about..today it was tough, tides were good but the fish were snooty! The current low and poor Barometric pressure will change for the week-end..we are expecting some big Pinks to come in
August 21st...Many Pink Salmon have arrived and taking part in the annual fishing derby(biting)....tides are good for the coming week...fish are staging all along the estuary...
August 13th...we have seen very few Pinks so far,,,the consistency isn't there as typical..althoiugh we will have some cloudy,cooling and rainy weather coming in..a good thing...fish are being caught but no big numbers yet..and some good tides coming
August 9th...more Pink Salmon have arrived in fair numbers...
Landed 6 this afternoon near high tide
August 6th..Finally..our first fish landed..we saw a good school in the mouth of the river and several schools about 200 yards out..
July 27..no real numbers sustaining any consistent fishing..this is the latest we have seen since the late 90's ..however,keep looking..good tides this coming week-end and a full moon ....and that is significant
July 26th..Finally we are seeing some Pinks at Nile Creek and the weather is on our side at the moment...get out there and see what you can do
finally saw a big school of Pinks just before high tide this afternoon,didn't land one but the seals were bothering them...will get out tomorrow
July 22nd...Still not enough fish to target...although there are many fish in the strait /cooler water. Likely by the week-end we will see fish along the beaches
July 15th...We have been on the beach every day this week and have only seen a couple of wondering Pinks...although we expect good numbers by this time next week
July 8th at low tide today a good size school of Pink Salmon moved in to smell the waters off Nile Creek..a beginning
July 4th..no Pinks yet
June 29th..No Pinks yet..but some nice cutties..we should have Pinks within 2 week...
June 7th..yes hit the beaches for cutties,even the occasional Blue BAck bouncing about..especially at high tide
with the recent Black Ant hatches we have seen lots of surface action throughout the days...the todes are very good at the moment so get out there and see if you can get into some of these lovely Sea Run Cutthroat about...catch and release all trout unless clipped..and as always don't be afraid to use a dry fly or even a small popper
May15th...if you time your visit to this beach well you are being rewarded with a few nice Sea Run Cutties..and even the odd Blue Back...as the weather warms we will be seeing many more trout bouncing about...as always make sure to use a dry fly in your game..tides are good
What a great year we are about to encounter..our herring fishery was very strong this we will see many Pink Salmon and hopefully Coho during our late summer and arly fall seasson. Sea Run Cutthroat Trout are here feeding on the many fry escaping into the salt waters
2014 was a good year...Get ready for an amazing year in 2015
Octobe 31st...All quiet over here,few fish about and for those really working the beaches hard there is little result...local river are spouting out lots of water and the incoming fish can easily smell their natal streams and in they go!
October 28th...we ar eseeing very few fish these day of high winds and dirty water..but there are a few about...you have to work hard and be patient..not like last year..this is the time of year when we see the big fish...and use larger patterns..these fish are wondering and not in big schools
October 16th...Fishing has been tough in this area this year...there are fish but not typically showing as in past yhears..you have to do more blind casting than I like..but you have to...The Creek Mouth has been producing if you are there at the right time, and only the fish know that time...Blue is the ticket here this year and the normal Chartreuse Coho Bugger is second...fish have shown all the way to Buccaneer Beach in pods..but not consistently..The Scallop Farm and Ice Cream Bay are also good spots.>Sunny Beach has been very poor
What a year for Pinks and now we are seeing more Coho all along these beaches...with a few chinook mixed in...chum soon...this time of year I really like the longer flies like the epoxy minnows in Blue,Red, Pink and Chartreuse..drop by the store for a new array of flies this year..remember you can keep One unclipped Coho per day,and 1 clipped or 2 clipped
September 26th..was out this morning in the winds and chop..saw only One nice fish clear a wave and several seals working some kind of fish...the winds are supposed to calm down..make sure to visit all the regular hot spots from the Scallop farm all the way to Buchaneer Bay..come by to see some of our great Epoxy Minnows in thte 3" range..hot fly
September 22nd...many many pinks stormed up the Nile today with the cool breezes and rain...now we will see Coho show their willing faces all along the beaches near here..there are fish near the Big Q and to the north of us...
Spetember 18th..tons of Pinks still about....a surprisingly long season this 2014, to your surprise you might hook into a spring salmon or even a coho..we are seeing much more cool weather and rian in the forecast for the next week..awesome
...September 1st...We are watching thousands of Pinks holding still to the North of the Creek Mouth,this bodes well for the fly fishers wanting to get ready for the Coho Salmon soon to appear...,non yet to speak of...we are also seeing hundreds of Dog Fish making their annual Spawning trek to these beaches..they do attack the Pinks holding close to the shore line..if you have time get out and enjoy this bounty..support the enhancement society and have a great time with all
August 27th...the water temperatures are dropping..fish like this and are moving about plenty...surprisingly the fisha re still very bright,some of the older fish are getting dark..also we have seen a few Coho harassing the big schools of Pink Salmon..and the occassional Chinook making big splashes a bit further out..
There are still so many Pink Salmon about and in good shape...water is cooling down a lot..this will triger better biting and if lucky a few Coho to pop their heads out occassionally
August 20th..Fishing was spectacular this morning..winds from the North East cooled the water a bit and turned the fish on, fish are still in very good shape....most of the fly fishers are to the North of the Creek Mouth this year..looking for Coho but none about yet, a good blow and rain will cool the beach waters and bring in the feeding Coho
August 15th..for the past 10 days or so the fishing has been good in the north of the Powerline beaches..with th cooling trend we will see many more fish hit the creek mouth areas ..this year we have seen more Blue patterns working their magic as have the Purple ..my favorite so far has been the Pink Rolled Muddler..then again my second fav has been a small fly similar to a handle bar but with a Bead and pink hackle behind the bead..awesome producer ..this pic from Aug13
August 6th...It seems that we are now into thte annual August doledrums as far as weather goes...soft breezes,high sun and temperatures soaring into the mid 30's ,the fish ar eseeking shelter as well and finding th ecooler places along the beaches...definitely not near warm sandy locations during the days...the North side of the Estuary has been the hot spot for a few days now..remember,salmon will move along the beaches ..so don't stay put!
August 3rd..High sun is slowing the action down during mid day but not enough to deter many fly fishers..having a blast and keeping lots of fish
July 30th..Massive schools have moved in ,many very willing to engage witht he handlebar and other great variations available to fly fishers..tides are good and winds are helping
July 24th...Val and I went down after the store clsoed..I landed 5 fish and Val landed 2..these fish were very tough to land..larger and definitely much more fiesty..wow
July 23rd...there are lots of Pink Salmon about throughout the day..Morning is as always the best but follow the tides and into the evenings..today was a good day...Low tide was Mid Morning...a good bite the Pink Handlebar and Pink Bead Head Muddler were the best fly this day..the fish are averaging int eh 3-4 lb range..an occasional larger fish is there..good luck
July 19th...a bit more windy and certainly more fish. today was good near high tide and even on the first 2 hours of the out going tide, fish are very willing ..best fly today was the Pink Bead head rolled muddler
July 17th...a few fish are being caught..the weather is very nice and sunny impacting your success duriny the mid day fishing ..watch for cloud and a soft wind
July 11th...we are still seeing a few fish jumping off the beaches in the mornings and during the flood tides...I would expect these to bombard our shoreline within the week...very early mornings are your best bet during the early season..with these warm high sun days the fish will hold out in deep water not accessable to fly fishers..during the cooler weather days and rainy days if we get any hit the beaches!!
July 8th/2014 we are seeing a few fish jumping off nile beaches,likely Pinks,early morning will tell the tale...tides are excellent at the moment...High in the evening...this year try a few more shrimp patterns,there seems to be a strong biomass of shrimp and with numbers expected you will be greatly surprised. Kellen is out tonight playing around..
July 1st...The beach action for Cutties has really begun...try dry flies to entice those awesome follows and strikes...Pink Salmon won't be here for at least 3 weeks in good numbers
June 22/'14...No Pinks yet and likely not for about a month...we will have more regular reports now that we are approaching the season...there are some very nice Trout bouncing about but not in big numbers..you have to roam the beach area and be ready..some of these nice fish are in the 3 to 4 lb range
May16th..Weather is warming,Lots of fry all along the beach area and some big cutties having a blast...high tides are good recently..but lots of debris...look for jumping fish and you might be rewarde
April 2014 is here ,there are a few Cutties about , the Herring Spawn is about over and all eyes are on the Spring time Sea Run Cutthroat fishing. As the weather warms the fry will exit the streams and show is on. Expectations are for some very large Trout before we see the Pinks arrive in late July..so hang on..get you flies tied and gear ready..it is going to be a Smashing year off the beaches!
The 2013 Salmon Run was nothing short of amazing,lots of good size fish willing to assist with bending rods .... Many Coho were about with numbers peaking about late October.This developed into a good fall Coho fishery for 2013. keep scrolling down
November 6th..we saw some fresh fish bouncing about today off the typical areas near Nile Creek..although most fish numbers are now down as normal,we still have a bout a week of beach fishing for coho unless we get a major storm that will drive the remaining waiting fish into the streams...a few tricklers will come in all throughout November but not in good enough number s to relaly target...
October 31st...ther are still many bright Coho about...Chum seem to have taken over by now but make sure you cast into the schools because the Coho are in there somewhere..as this one was..Hatchery to boot
October 27th...finally the fog has lifted and winds are strong..and so is the bite...many Coho about mixed in with very willing Chum that are biting
Mix your colour patterns a bit..as you see here an Orange Coho Bugger..someone landed a Coho in the area in exces sof 25lbs..maybe there are more!
October 16th...With the many people fishing in this area are many more fish...we have seen lots of big Coho and Chum bouncing about the local beaches and at times very willing biters...but you have to be creative...try many patterns for better success...lighten your tippet material to a 8lb Flourocarbon,invisible and effective at working depths...and definitely vary your retreives..from dead stop to mach 5..it works
October 13th...Had the opportunity to fish for an hour or two late this afternoon after coming in from Tofino...and found some willing Coho again...there are lots of fisher people about and many ar egetting into fish...also too many sea lions making life difficult for the schooling fish and gathered fly fishers..managed this great fish before the sea lions reeked havoc on us
October 12th.....below a self photo off the rocks but it tells the story..lots of Big Coho about and within range of our little flies...out fished several Spoon gear fishers quite nicely ...
October 11/2013...Fishing has certainly improved ove rthe pas tfew days..lots of fish bouncing around all along the beaches...saw fish in QB this evening..landed this nice clipped Coho on the 10th off Henson road..hooked into a very large fish that snapped off my Pink Coho Bugger in a split second..so I put on theis Green Coho Bugger and immediately hooked into Two fish...kept this One..
October 7th...Coho fishing has been off and on with the winds..lots of Coho about before the rains moved them into the rivers...we still have 5 weeks of coho beach fishing...the current weather patterns ar eturning in our favor...this will keep the fish moving along the beaches ,providing better chances. Few people have bothered to fish north of the creek mouth that often times is the better choice..Tides are good
September 28th...There are lots of Coho about..weather today was the issue..some very large fish already up the Big Q..Chartreuse Coho Bugger has been the ticket without the Bead
September 18th..there are a few Pinks still coming in mixed in with the small schools of Coho...and of course the Chinook are out there in good numbers constantly going into the Big Qualicum River...walk the beaches and look for feeding Coho..a 12 lb. hatchery fish was landed yesterday near Nile Creek..and tides are excellent for late day fishing
Lots of Pinks still about...and in very good shape..the fishing pressure is all but gone for the moment..it seems that everyone is waiting for the much larger and more fiesty Coho to really show up..and soon that will be..watch for cloudy days and a bit of wind
September 4th..lots of Pinks about...apparently this is One of the largest runs so far at this great area...fishing has been spotty because of the warm conditions but if you persist the rewards are great...
Pink fishing has been fabulous all week with a few periods when fishing was tough because of very good and calm weather..but there are stiil many many fish about and in Silver bright conditions..lots of maturing fish have entered the river for the future and many more to do the same,,get out there and test your skills..and have fun..the Handle Bar has continued to be the primary producing choice of fly...Val insisted I take her out after work today and we had a blast as you can see
and her prize
what can be said about fishing that is spectacular..when there are clouds and waves the fish are on fire,when there is no cloud cover and high blue sky the fishing sucks..but to see so many silver Pink Salmon nearing the end of August means several weeks of great fishing still to be had...don't miss out..and we have had Coho and Chinook caught already off the creek mouth..be prepared
Fishing this morning was again spectacular....there were very large schools milling about with the seals harassing them as well as about 20 fly fishers and a couple of Buzz Bombers...just about everyone got into fish...what is really rewarding is to see the number of novice fly fishers becoming competent and successfully landing fish..even on their own flies..these are times to try new patterns ,chnaging up things a bit from the always fish catching HandleBar
August 15th 2013..the fishing today was excellent with many fish being landed this morning..there has been a significant weather pattern change that is triggering a serious bite..at One time this morning there were 8 fish on at the same time...many happy fly fishers for sure
there are more fish about and cdertainly more being landed...not what we are used to by this time but perhaps we are about to get invaded by Pink and Coho Salmon...big fish being landed making up for the smaller fish of 2012
5:15AM August 10th/2013..nice sunrise
And nice Fish
August 7th/'13...Lots of fish about but not too many willing biters until mid morning...tides are good with weather sort of moderating a bit...we are seeing some good breeze activity and this will cool down the inshore waters so the Pinks can feel less stressed..Here is a daylight pic from this morning followed by a Pink Salmon caught today
High sun during the days again and warm water temps has kept the numbers of fresh fish out into the straoght..but there are fish about with the good tides. Fishing is still tough but best chances are early morning as usual and evenings before dark
With the slight rain fall and low pressure of the past 2 days we are now seeing Pink Salmon off the beaches..the inshore water temperatures are falling making a better environment for the fish to raom..tight lines,strong leaders and wear your sunglasses
July 30th..Not much has changed in the weather conditions and in the number of fish about..there are a few at the early morning hours and more during the late evenings...we just have to be patient..since this is the dryest summer since the '50's and the latest arrival of Pinks I have seen since 1998 there can be a relationship between both situations..and that's what we think..they will come and likely all at once
July 25th...there have been a few fish landed just north of here in Deep Bay on their way here,will go out in the morning to see if ,more have moved in
July 19th...Still only a few fish about or at least showing up in early mornings and evenings..once the weather cools a bit and sunny days are less we will see many fish come in from the deeper water..
July 15th...we are seeing the odd Pink about..the tides are good this week but the sun is too high...early mornings or late evenings when it is cooler...we will be fishing everyday this week and keep everyone posted. The fish being caught in the deeper cooler waters are big fish so make sure your leaders are tough..try the New Snowbee Stealth Co-polymer
July 9th... Went out several times over the past couple of days just to se if there were any fish in close..nothing yet..and yes therre were good size Salmon about the size of Pinks coming out of the water way off the beaches in the tide lines....will keep a constant look-out..but what I have been hearing is that the Coho are still in the straight and the Pinks that have been caught have been large