Salmon

The Mighty Chinook...

The Mighty Chinook…

The blog has been quiet because I’ve been injured and it’s gone on so long [since mid-July] I’m not even reading MTB content online or working on my bikes because it’s easier on my brain to not think about trail riding at all. Sad, but true. 😦

Thankfully I’ve had my motorcycle and my fly rod to keep me sane. A daily dose of moto commuting is good for my 2 wheeled soul and weekend fishing trips get me outdoors and focused on something other than the lack of MTBing in my life.

Late summer through early winter on Vancouver Island is salmon time. These amazing fish return in the hundreds of thousands to their home waters after an epic journey in the ocean to spawn and die. Not only is this a truly magnificent spectacle to behold – it also offers fly fishermen a shot at these fish in waters shallow enough to reach them with a 100′ fly line and waders.

Jon and his first ever Coho...

Jon and his first ever Coho…

Being a newbie I’m still learning so much each time I fish my mind gets boggled. We’ve fished in the ocean from the beach as deep as we can wade. We’ve fished river mouths were the saltwater is mixing with the freshwater of the inland lakes draining back to the ocean. We’ve fished rivers and creeks all over the island. And we’ve fished lakes.

The Cowichan River...

The Cowichan River…

Each location and each type of fish has a whole set of techniques that are needed to be successful.

Another tough day at the office...

Another tough day at the office…

I’m happy to report we’re catching fish and our casting has gone from laughably sad to serviceable. I’m not going to impress anyone with my casts, but if there are 10 fly fishermen gathered in one spot I’m no longer the worst caster! 🙂

Double hook up!

Double hook up!

As it turns out casting is just the first thing you need to know to fly fish and it’s easy compared to understanding all the elements of presenting your fly properly to fish in a wide variety of conditions. Choosing the correct fly. Identifying locations that hold fish. Casting to them. Getting your fly to drift the way you want it to or stripping in line to give the fly action. Using the right fly line so that the fly sinks to the fishes level in the water. How to wade without scaring fish. Casting in and around vegetation and in strong winds.

Reviving a fat Chum so it can complete its journey...

Reviving a fat Chum so it can complete its journey…

Fly fishing is quite a puzzle.

Gene stalking Pink salmon...

Gene stalking Pink salmon…

One thing I’m really enjoying about fishing compared to my usual MTB outdoors adventures is that fishing requires a lot of quiet still moments that let me see and hear things I would miss at a bike riding pace.

Chum salmon...

Chum salmon…

I’ve got another month of salmon fishing on the menu then we’ll switch to trout and steelhead through the winter.

My first ever Chum...

My first ever Chum…

Don’t worry I hope to be back on the MTB by Jan 2015. As my arm gets better and I’m doing more road riding I’ll ramp up the bikey posts on this blog. Until then enjoy the fishiness. 😉

Salmon waiting for more rain so they can go further up river...

Salmon waiting for more rain so they can go further up river…

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