Birkenhead River Best fly fishing Whistler BC
Best River Fly Fishing In Whistler BC
Birkenhead River Best fly fishing Whistler BC. Right now the Birkenhead River is fly fishing the best I have seen in years. There are lots of Sockeye Salmon and Chinook Salmon Spawning, leaving lots of tasty treats behind for the Trout. Although there is no fishing for Salmon in the Birkenhead River, there are Salmon sized Trout. Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout are the predominant species of sport fish in the Birkenhead River this time of year. Mountain Whitefish and suckers also reside in the river. All of the species listed can be fooled easily with a well presented egg pattern while fly fishing. In a few more weeks flesh flies will work very well as the Salmon start to break down as they are done spawning. We are now starting to see Chinook Salmon that have expired start to wash up on the shorelines. With the Salmon washing up on the Shorelines, you will begin to see a lot more Bald Eagles and Black Bears wondering the River in hopes of a free meal. For this reason we always suggest that you carry Bear Spray if you intend to fish the Birkenhead River. Bear Spray is available at Spud Valley Sporting Goods Ltd. at 1380 Birch street in downtown Pemberton, BC. It is always exciting to see Black Bears with our clients while fly fishing the Birkenhead River. They are typically not interested in what we are doing and they carry on there Mosey way. Clients are eager to snap a quick picture then back to fishing.
Fly fishing tips Whistler BC
To fly fish an egg pattern correctly one should start by using a floating line. I always suggest a tippet strength of no less than 4 Lbs when fly fishing the Birkenhead River because there are large trout and a strong current. I like to use either 5 LB or 6 Lb tippet this also helps with the abrasion being that an egg pattern if fished properly spends most of its time bouncing along the bottom. If your egg pattern is not bouncing along the bottom, you will not catch fish. The use of a strike indicator and micro split shot is necessary to keep your egg pattern along the bottom. The strike indicator will help you differentiate between dragging bottom and a strike. Typically if your strike indicator goes down slowly this means you are hung up on bottom and if it goes down sharply you have had a bite or there is a fish on. A good rule of thumb when setting your strike indicator is to set it at a depth of 1.5 times the depth of the river that you are fishing. Present your egg pattern in a dead drift with zero swing. If there is swing in your drift you may catch fish but I assure you that it will work much better without the swing. The split shot size that we have been using is size BB, depending on the flow we have been using between 2 – 4 split shot.
Fly Fishing Guides in Whistler BC
Tying all of this information in to action can be a bit much for a new fly fisher. We always suggest that you get out with one of our professional fly fishing guides and let us show you how to present flies in a manner that will get you on the fast track to success. We typically have our clients on there very first fly fishing trip catching fish, not just fish but quality fish. Who knew fly fishing could be this easy. On every fly fishing trip our guides will give you fly casting instructions, lessons on reading waters, proper fish handling and show you catch and release techniques. Some fish leave it all on the line, so it is important to spend time with some fish to make sure they go back when they are ready. This drastically improves their chance of survival and a sustainable fishery. Our Guides are steward’s of the rivers that we fish and like to think that we are making a difference through education.
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Below are a few more pictures of fish caught on the Birkenhead River. All of the fish on this fishing report were caught between September 3rd – September 10th 2016. These are just a few of the many fish caught during this week. Remember that most of our clients are fly fishing for the first time or are new to fly fishing.