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Salmon till your arms hurt and much more

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  • Salmon till your arms hurt and much more

    Hello to all the anglers from the talk angling website.

    I am a fishing guide from B.C. , Canada, located in the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack. I fish the Fraser River as well as the Harrison River and many other local waters.
    I currently guide alot of UK anglers during the year and would like to make other anglers from this region aware of what I have to offer.

    I provide full service angling holidays, arranging all aspects of your trip.
    We pick you up at Vancouver international airport and take you to one of many local accomodation options we have access to. We recieve discount on accomodations and pass this off to you with no profit to us.
    We are both flyfishing and gear fishing experts and can teach new anglers to catch fish with either method in mere hours.
    We fish for Salmon, Sturgeon, Steelhead and Trout on both Rivers and stillwaters. Most of our UK clients come for either Salmon fishing or Sturgeon fishing and most often both.
    We have 5 species of pacific salmon available to anglers and some run in the millions.
    We flyfish for Coho, sockeye, Chum and pink salmon and gear fish for all 5 species, with Kings(Chinook) being mostly caught on Stout gear, as these beasts are a major handful. That being said we do target Chinooks with the flyrod, but prefer anglers bring their own gear for this as these fish destroy our gear badly.

    Uk angler with massive Chinook

    This season 2007 is a Pink salmon year, these fish only run every odd year(2003,2005,2007....) and they are to return this year to the tune of 20 million fish. To say the river boils with them is an understatement. They are exceptional biters and fighters on light fly and gear rods and your arms will grow tired fisghting these silvery salmon. Pinks average 5-6 pounds and many will reach the 8 pound mark.

    Scottish angler with bright Pink salmon

    The best time for pinks is from the last week of August till the first week of October, of note here is that the King salmon also run heavy at this time and Sturgeon fishing is nothing short of brilliant during the whole fall salmon season.

    UK angler Steve Shipley from Manchester

    As a bonus to this is the fact the nearby Harrison river is chock full of Sockeye salmon from early September till mid October and my company has discovered a method of catching these fish that cannot be rivalled. 100 fish before lunch is quite common when we are dialed on sockeye. Unlike other area guides who employ snagging techniques with many species, we do not condone or tolerate such behaviour and offer our clients only ethical and sporting adventures, they deserve no less.

    Sockeye salmon

    As the Pink salmon runs wind down we are busy chasing King salmon and the hard fighting, tackle testing Chum salmon. These aggressive fish also return by the millions and are willing biters on both fly rods and gear rods. The Chum run stays strong until mid November.

    Fully dressed Chum salmon(watch out for the teeth)

    Late in October we start to see the Coho salmon arrive. These amazing game fish are spectacular fighters and take to the air when hooked. Often we target Coho with our custom tied flies and light fly rods(7-8 weights). They also respond well to metal lures and twitched jigs(a method one must learn to appreciate).
    The Coho stay strong until December, when our season comes to a close.

    We also offer many other fishing opportunities to compliment the ones I have mentioned. Summer and Winter run Steelhead are also available as well as lake and remote river trips for Rainbow trout and species such as Bull trout and cutthroat trout.

    Guide Rod with a Winter run steelhead

    For more info, check out our site at Bent Rods Guiding & Fishing Co. BC Sportfishing .

    We are booking up quickly, so please call soon if you are interested in a trip for the 2007 season.

    Thanks for checking us out and we hope to guide you to the adventure of a lifetime.

    Keep in mind this is a huge savings over booking with a agent or travel company and you will be dealing direct with a small family owned guiding business. We make every trip a priority and you will be treated with the respect and professionality that all anglers and travellers deserve.

    Tight lines and Bent Rods.

    Rod Toth

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    Hello again folks, Bent Rods is gearing up for another great guiding season and just wanted to let all my friends in the UK know what great trips can be had in our part of the world. If you see something of interest call me toll free at 0 808 101 1617


    Fraser River Valley Pre Season Fishing Forecast

    With all of the negative press regarding the Fraser River Salmon season ahead, I thought it would be good to let my clients in on the facts and truth bout this year's fishery.

    All Species Salmon Overview
    While early run Chinook/King runs have been in decline for some years- some actions have been taken to protect these stocks.
    We are speaking of the Chinook/King Salmon that run from mid March until mid June. These stocks are seldom sport fished by anglers anyhow and this closure will hardly effect our typical guiding season.
    We are being informed that a “retention” opening is being seriously considered for June 16, and catch and release angling is not being closed at all. This is a RETENTION closure and will not effect our many great clients that practice catch and release on Fraser Salmon.

    Aside from this there are NO OTHER CLOSURES being considered and all summer and Fall Salmon trips can be booked and planned as usual.

    Chinook/King Salmon trips in the Summer and late Summer should be excellent this year based on numbers of fish in the parent years of this fishery. We typically experience good Chinook/King Salmon fishing from late June until the end of October. There are various runs coming up the Fraser and they enter the river throughout this time frame. On July 1st the Chilliwack/Vedder River opens for fishing and there are usually Chinook Salmon in the system at this time. We offer Walk 'N Wade, as well as boat trips on this river during July. These are extremely strong fighting Chinook!

    Other Salmon fishing opportunities will be the same as always.
    Sockeye Salmon arrive in the Harrison River in late August and are a great fishery. This is catch and release and the action can be very fast when they are on the bite.
    We have a new technique this year that we will be trying for them, which will be done with 6 weight fly rods, strike indicators and tiny flies. It should be both exciting and fun!

    In mid September the Harrison White Chinook arrive and they are brutes!

    This year's numbers should be stellar and we have really started to find many different ways of catching these great fighters. Join us for the Harrison White Chinook action this year for a great adventure!

    They fish well right thru early November.

    Around October 1st , the large runs of Chum Salmon arrive. These hard fighting brutes are a blast to catch and we spend many days battling these fish till our arms hurt. Fishing stays strong for these fish well into November- in fact a late run of extremely silver sided Chums arrives in early November. While not as plentiful as the early runs, these “blackheads” as we call them are unequalled in fight. We had too many open days last November where myself and Oliver were not guiding but simply having the time of our lives playing with these crazy fighters! In our video section there is footage of myself and Oliver doing battle with these awesome Salmon, you can see Oliver has a ton of trouble landing a especially hard fighter! This fish had him arm weary for days (ha-ha).

    There are very few anglers on the water at this time, while there are usually decent numbers of Coho to be found, and Harrison Sturgeon are still biting strong!
    Consider this time frame for a great trip. We always pack the propane heaters, fire wood , and some stuff for shore lunches on our late fall trips.

    Sturgeon Fishing Overview
    Sturgeon Fishing is a season long fishery and great fishing can be had from as early as April right into early December.

    Some great Sturgeon fishing can be had in the summer months with the fish fighting extremely hard in the warm water of the Fraser River.
    A great way to spend a few days is Chinook fishing during the good tide and the rest of the day chasing Sturgeon. Another fishery to consider is “Night Fishing” for Sturgeon.
    We usually launch the boat at 5-6 pm and head out to a few favorite locations to set up for the night bite. Some HUGE fish have been caught by us at night and we have all the equipment and know how to make this unique fishery fun and safe.
    Give it a try for a very new experience!

    Sturgeon fishing can be a great trip all on its own, many anglers join us for multi day Sturgeon adventures, hoping to hook up with one of the Fraser River's true monsters!

    Lake Fishing Overview
    Also worth mentioning is the May-June-July Trout fishing season in the Southern Interior.
    We are fully equipped with Pontoon boats and float tubes to take small groups of anglers on Trout-fly fishing adventures.
    These trips are great for anglers of all skill levels. We are licenced to guide on lakes that range from Trout filled ponds to trophy size Trout lakes.
    Whether you are hoping to learn the basic skills of fly fishing small lakes or wishing to catch trophy size Kamploops rainbows, we can guide you to a great adventure!

    Our camps are complete with all cook ware, tents, tarps, generator a nice fire and all the things you will need for a remote Trout fishing adventure. If this interests you please give us a call.


    That’s the situation with our Anglers Accommodation/ Guest House that we are building. We are in the final stages of completing our suites. We will be able to offer our clients a full service trip with all fishing and accommodations included in our prices. Our suites will be very large and comfortable, nicely decorated in a fishing motif of course, and we will offer many things that you will not find elsewhere.

    Your stay will include:
    - continental breakfast
    - Bent Rod's farm fresh/ free range brown eggs
    - local organic breads & pastries
    - drying room for fishing gear
    - fly tying table
    - balconies with BBQ
    - outdoor firepit
    - storage for boats, cars, or any ATVs or snowmobiles
    - cooking facilities
    - color tv with all channels including the Fishing Network
    - fishing related movies and reading material
    -and most importantly... friendly, easy going & accommodating hosts- striving to make every detail of your trip a great memory!

    We are currently booking up fast for the busy time slots, so please book soon if you are hoping to fish with us during the primetime fishing seasons.

    I am very much looking forward to another season of great memories with all our fantastic clients!

    Office Telephone: 1-604-794-5976
    Mobile Telephone: 1-604-845-9893
    Mobile Telephone: 1-604-845-9892
    Canada/US Toll Free: 1-866-794-5976
    UK Toll Free: 0-808-101-1617

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    Last edited by Rod; 23 April 2008, 12:19 AM.