Sunday, January 30, 2011

Steelhead On the Stamp River

Today Chris and Kris went in search of Steelhead on the Stamp River near Port Alberni. This is the only fishing accessible to us during the winter. Last year Chris and I tried off shore a few times but were depressingly unsuccessful. This time the boys decided to hire a guide to show them some tricks and the best places to try their luck. Ken Myers ( is an experience local guide that took them out on the river in his zodiac for the day. Chris used his Christmas present from me (a shiny blue Islander center pin reel) and the Jester used one of Ken's Shimano Calcuttas.

Today was a gorgeous sunny West Coast day, perfect for spending time on the water. They went right to the falls to begin the Steelhead hunt. There were a few anglers fishing off the shore and a number of other boats trying their luck. Unfortunately the fish were not really biting for anyone. They moved on to Eagle Rock, Slide Pool and the Bucket but only got a couple of bites. In the afternoon they headed back to the falls and that's where the magic happened!! The Jester hooked into a huge beautiful Steelhead that was about 20lbs. The average steelhead right now is 5-7lbs so this really was a fish that will be talked about for years to come.

Even though the fish were not biting the way they had hoped, the Prince and the Jester were thrilled to be out on the water and learned a lot from Ken. Hopefully the three of us will get back out there before the steelhead season ends and try to catch another big one!

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