October 20th..Now is the time to get out here and play..lots of Coho and Chum frolicking along the shore lines wanting atention..
July 26th...A few trout about and no Pinks yet
water is becoming very low...look for structure and toss in a Bead Head Muddler ,Bead ed Stonefly or even drop on a small Elk Hair Caddis and your reward may be very quick and sudden...some very nice Rainbow in the upper River above Top Brridge area mixed is are some nice sea run cutthraot Trout..no retention and no bait
October 12th..more and more coho are showing up..get out there and make sure to have a good size Red Coho Bugger on hand
October 6th..yes we are seeing Coho and Chinook in the Englishman estuary and moving into the river with this low pressure
August 17th...a few pinks off the beach at San Pareil lately..lots in the deeper water at French Creek and some of these are surely destined for the Englishman
July 15th...we have seen somenice trout but no Pink Salmon yet..expect to see these in the area near the beginning of August
Sept 24th... Still a bit early for this area,,,typically this area is a later option but you never know for sure..
September 9th...it is about time to begin the watching for Coho...nothing yet at French creek
July 28th...not much happening yet
..likely by mid august
June 25th...if you have the time and willingness to be along these beaches recently you will be seeing some big cutties bouncing about..
September 28th...just the odd fish showing..there are Coho in the Englishman already but not in numbers...by weeks end we will see better numbers
September 15th....Still too early for this estuary.however if this nasty weather continues for a few days we will see fish within a week
September 1st..still a few fish coming in and going out...this is typical for this estuary system
August 10th...Some Pink Salmon are roamng about with the tides...should be good numbers by the week-end
We will see some Pink salmon along this shoreline within a week or two..trout fishing is ok
some very nice trout off the beaches this year all the way from San Parriel thru French Creek even up to Qualicum Beach...further south to the Nanoose BAy regin is so underfished it is frightening. This are has big trout
October 28th..recent winds and dirty water has made fishing impossible but the fish ar estill about..San Periel is producing some big fish
October 16th.....the local fly fishers are as tight lipped as the fish...lots of fish holding off the San Pariel and even in the Rathtrevor park area.. Nanoose Bay is seeing fish with the tides..lets hope these rains coming don't move the fish too quickly...Coho Blue is the best colour in this area
October 3rd..a few fish have been seen in Nanoose Bay and certainly near the San Periel beaches...for those fishing the nanoose bay option inflatables like the new Nile Creek Kick Boat will see excellent fishing about 300 feet off the shorelines..or wait for high tides to move the fish in closer
September 22nd...Lots of Pinks in the estuary waiting for water..soon
September 1st...Lots of Pink action with the right tides,Green has been the best colour this summer
August 20th...A few Pink Salmonare holding near the mouth of thte Englishman..and some are in the River..best at the Low Tide and mornings
.August 14th.. A few Pinks milling about near the mouth of the Englishman River...water int eh River is too warm and low
season is about to begin, we will see many Pink Salmon into the river this season,...
October 27th...get out there..many fish and bouncing about..use orange flies
October 15th...we are seeing fish off the mouth of the Englishman but not in big numbers yet as in years past...however,we are seeing more fish off Qualicum Beach's Judges Row area to Columbia Beach...these ar elikely Englishman fish...there have been a few schools of Coho in Nanoose Bay on the Highway side..but there are lots of seals to hastle you...Red is the colour for this area
October 7th...Yes there are fish all along this beach to Rathtrevor Beach...but the high water in teh Englishman river has moved many fish into the river...Nanoose BAy has seen a few fish show up with these numbers only climbing everyday..there are already Coho in the small streams that come into Nanoose bay. French Creek Marina area is producing some nice hatchery fish that are destined for either French Creek or the Englishman River...these fish haven't been seen in large schools as typical but are certainly out there
August 25th/2013.. We are playing with many small schools of Pink Salmon off the local beaches.High Tides and Low tides have been the best times.Many Pink Salmon have entered the river in good numbers since the recent rains have cooled the water and enticed their spirits..report all poachers you see this year there seems to be an abundance not caring about their evil deeds idoits about.
.November 12th...Don't give up yet..some very bright fish are coming in and available
October 24th...French Creek,to Nanoose bay are showing good numbers of Coho and Chum...fish the low tides for best winds and numbers of fish reachable
September 4th...plenty of Pinks about still, a surprisingly strong run of Pink Salmon,we are about to see some good numbers of Coho milling about..likely in several weeks,21st of September or so..nanoose BAy will see fish about thte end of the month or early October..hang on!
August 12th..2012.... we ar enow seeing many more Pink Salmon making their way into the river itself,although the water is low and warm these fiesty fish will make their way up river. the estuary is a good bet at High tides and low slacks...lots of small Cutties are also present to excite your every cast
Beach fishing has been very good off the mouth of the Englishman,both sides..Some Blue Back are also about..small Polar Bear Minnows in Brown or dark Green colours has been working well. Also bead head Muddlers..
April 20th ...we are now seeing many more fry coming out of the system with reports of large numbers of Coho fry being present. Cutthroat fishing will be good for many weeks along this estuary...make sure your fly ,or at least some of them have Brown or soft orange in them somewhere
December 10th...we are waiting for the Sea run Cutties to make their re-eppearance in late January...or later..it was a good year
Coho are about in very good numbers...making their way south ..keep an eye on Nanoose Bay for good weather days and high tides
Fish the estuary early mornings and you might be rewarded with Pinks,Chinook or even a Coho...a very few fish have entered the river because of the low water...large minnow patterns will entice a strike if placed well
August 24th..There are actually good numbers of Pinks in teh River and off the beaches,try very early mornings and High tides...Springs are also creating havoc so be prepared...a bit early for Nanoose bay Coho yet
There is still some good Cuttie fishing about and the occasional Pink Salmon roaming the shore lines...expect a good run of Pinks this year
Fantastic tides ,much fry activity,so use minnow patterns to entice these great sea run fish..
Lots of Cutties around the old Boy Scout Camp area..Nanoose Bay
Fry Counts are increasing and so are Cuttie Numbers...Minnow Patetrns such as the Mickey Finn and Brown Polar bear minnow
April 16th 2011
We are seeing some good numbers of Fry leaving the systems ,Cutthroat Trout are showing themselves at the Tide Crests ,watch for Floating debris and active Minnow= preditor fish!
The Coho Season off this area in 2010 was exceptional...typically it is a much later run but for some reason 2010 defied all odds and produced a much needed boost in local fish numbers..
Nanoose Bay ,Rathtrevor Beach,and even San Periel has nice Coho splashing about...try large BlueCoho Buggers and Blue and White Streamers
Englishman Estuary to Nanoose bay is very active with Coho...there seems to be good numbers of fish all along the beach areas and have been very receptive to fly fishers. The Green Coho Bugger and Pearl Mickey Finn are good bets to get attention,,the fish are still about even after the recent rains..
There are even more fish hanging about the Englishman and French Creek areas..even into Parksville Bay....Nanoose Bay will in teh next couple of days get numbers enough to fish for...For those not in the Know ..KATHY"S COAT!
There are Coho all about in small groups from French Creek to the Craig Bay area..it should be only a matter of a few days before these fish enter the bay at Nanoose Bay
The fly I like using the most in this area is Cathy's Coat,another is of course the Blue Coho Bugger with a small bead head and angel hair tail
Pinks are still about...and of course the Chinook have entered the Lower Englishman ,water is very low at the moment...no Coho about that have been reported..still early
August 25th..not much has changed;;August 20th..
The fishing has slowed a bit but will soon light up with the reduced air temperatures...
Pinks are milling about in good numbers off Rathtrevor Beach and the San Parriel areas.
Coho will appear likely by Mid September in fair numbers this year
Pink Salmon are all the way thru Nanaimo to Cherry Point now ...good fishing ...check the estuaries during the high tides and if we get any rain be ready to see fish moving about a lot
Pink Salmon are on their way to the Nanaimo waterfront and pass through these waters..if you are lucky and intercept them ,,,fun is at hand...There are good numbers of fish in teh Millstone estuary in Nanaimo with fly fishing only regulations in effect and a time allotment,check regulations
Haven't heard about too many Pinks off the beaches here yet but they must be here...watch the morning tides from 9-11am
Trout fishing has been fair off the beaches ,make sure you get a bit further out for there are always BlueBacks about at this time of year before the Pink Salmon show up..
There are many Nice Cutties off the ebaches these past few weeks,,,The fellows form Vancouver Island University had some great fishing last week with Pink Epoxy Minnows amongst other minnow patterns
Fry are coming out of the Englishman in good numbers again and the winds off the beaches are not too bad...try some minnow patterns..or drop by the store for some very new and exciting colour concepts for flys..no secrets online!!!!
March 25th...March 16th...
Cutties,Cutties,Cutties...this is going to be a very good spring for Cutthroat Trout fishing,the Eagles are already at it and harvesting some big cutties off the beaches...bring your camera and many Minnow Patterns,10' rods are good this time of year,simply because the Cutties are often off the shore in the tide lines
...December 1st...beach season is over...we will see some Cutthroat Trout about beginning in the new year when the Chum and Pink Salmon fry leave the fresh water streams
There are still some nice Coho about but you have to find them...these fish are in small groups and cruise the beach line before entering the River...Once you find them you will typically be well rewarded. Nanoose Bay is often one of the last areas to be fishable
With so much fishing going on it has been hard to keep this site up to date...but yes...there are fish about and in good numbers...the rivers didn'tcome up too much ,the more stale fish did get into the fresh water and the fresh fish are milling about...try San Pariel and into Nanoose Bay...there are good schools of Coho there mixed in with a few Chum
Low tide has been very good off the Estuary for Pinks at the Englishman...even a few small Coho are about...this will improve over the next week or so...we need some water in teh river to move the fish
Of course there are Pink Salmon all along the beaches of San Pariel/Parksville.
And many in the lower River...
Watch for Coho to harass the needle fish there shortly
There has been a good number of Cutthroat Trout in these waters all spring ans Summer so far. This is usual,you have to hunt these fish but well rewarded. Nanoose Bay is the Sleeper...No pinks or Blue Backs so far off the mouth of the Englishman