Usually at this time of year we are praying for a break in the rain here on Vancouver Island. But this year the deep freeze that has descended on us since the middle of December has seen run-off water turn to ice and the river levels plummet.
At .7m the river is very boney, with exposed rock everywhere and very few of the long, deep, slow runs that steelhead like so much. Of course there are some steelhead already in the river, but the majority are still hanging out in the saltwater waiting for the rivers to swell. If the weatherman can be trusted, that rain should start falling in the next couple of days, hopefully bringing the levels up to the 1.5m to 1.7m depth that is perfect for fishing winter steelhead on the Cowichan River.
In the meantime, brown trout fishing continues to be excellent whether you like to fly fish or fish under a float. Streamers or mouse patterns work well when fly fishing for these voracious meat eaters. Gear fisherman need look no further than the trusty pink worm (although a “Fire Tiger” Corkie has been working wonders for me lately).
We should see the hottest steelhead fishing of the winter season over the next few weeks, give me a a call at 250 203 7564 to check for availability.