Monday, September 12, 2011

Chinook on the Fly

We went on a fishing exploration adventure last weekend in search of a river Chris had heard rumblings about. The Conuma is a little known river and seems to be a closely guarded secret by the people who fish it regularly. In respect for them I will not give exact directions on how to access the river but with a little searching and some hiking it can be found.

Once we reached the river were were greeted with a wide rocky shore and deep pools of crystal clear water. Every few hundred feet there were schools of big Chinook Salmon resting under the rocky river edge or chilling in the shade of an over hanging tree.

I quickly discovered that even the tiniest piece of weight on the line would scatter the fish as the river was absolutely still and calm. Chris switched to a fly reel and we began to hook into the salmon.

We fished a similar situation last October at the Little Qualicum River but here the water was easier to manage and I was finally able to land a Chinook on the fly by myself!!

I was also able to test out my underwater camera and got some great shots and videos.

We are headed back there this afternoon to see if some Coho have made their way into the river yet.


  1. Well done on the chin PW! That underwater video is amazing.

  2. I plan to fly fish for fall Chinook but don't have a lot of experience do this. What are some of the successful techniques you have used to catch chinook on the fly?

  3. Seems that you all had fun that day. Lucky you all!