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February Fishing – Steelhead at its Peak!

February Fishing – Steelhead at its Peak!

| February 3, 2017

I don’t know how many times a year I am asked, “When is the absolute peak time for winter steelhead fishing.” My joke answer is, “The best time for fishing is when you are there”, but in reality February is my favourite month for steelhead fishing. Most of the run has entered the river but […]

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Bring on the Rain

Bring on the Rain

| January 16, 2017

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, […]

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2016 Wrap Up!

2016 Wrap Up!

| December 5, 2016

2016’s fishing season started out with a bang as winter run Steelhead returned to Vancouver Island in numbers. Both the Stamp River and the Cowichan River experienced large returns of big fish from early January until the end of March. Add in a couple of Brown and Rainbow Trout for fun and every time out […]

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Fall Fishing on Vancouver Island

Fall Fishing on Vancouver Island

| November 13, 2015

Fall Fishing on Vancouver Island can be one of the most exciting times of the year. With all five species of Pacific Salmon returning to the rivers to spawn, the Island’s waterways are alive with activity. Throughout the fall, fresh salmon of one variety or another are continually entering the rivers. Salmon that have been […]

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Tyee Season!

| July 28, 2015

Everything changed on July 15…well not everything, just everything related to fishing in Campbell River. First of all, we have the Lighthouse Closure, which goes from July 15th to August 31st. This closure outline runs from the North end of the Cape Mudge Village due west for one mile, and then runs southeast until it […]

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Chinook on the Hook

Chinook on the Hook

| June 5, 2015

I am really having a great Spring Derby at Painter’s Lodge.  My guests are hooking into chinook salmon – wait…I should say big chinook salmon every tide out these days.  The chinook fishing is fun! Here’s today’s catch.  ~Dwayne (PS  biggest so far?  29 pounds!) Call Painter’s reservations and request me as your guide.  If […]

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Salmon Are Biting Big!

Salmon Are Biting Big!

| May 15, 2015

Salmon fishing in the sea is fun!  In May I start to transition to summer saltwater fishing.  I am the Head Guide at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River – The Salmon Fishing Capital of the World since 1896 when British journalist Sir Richard Musgrave wrote about the exceptional fishing at the mouth of the Campbell […]

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Gearing Up for Chinook Season

| May 2, 2015

Chinook fishing, also known as King fishing, keeps me busy in the summer.  I’m excited to be back at world famous Painter’s Lodge as head guide for summer salmon fishing.  The outlook is good for the 2015 season.  The boats are in the water and we expect the chinook and other salmon species to be […]

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Winter Steelhead Prime Time

Winter Steelhead Prime Time

| February 14, 2015

February and March mark the prime time for winter steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island. Every steelhead river on the Island will have fish in it and February sees runs of fresh fish coming into the most popular rivers like the Cowichan near the town of Duncan and the Gold River near the town of, well, […]

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Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show

Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show

| January 27, 2015

Come see me at the 2015 Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show running Wednesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 8. This show at the Portland Expo Center is one of my favorites because it has a little something for everyone who loves the outdoors. I’ll be at booth #1321 and I’ll be listed in the program under […]

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