Post by nanaimofly on Dec 13, 2016 22:35:31 GMT -8
Just out of curiosity... anyone ever fish the beaches and hook into feeding resident salmon? I've been watching lot of YouTube videos of guys fishing reefs, kelp beds etc. They seem to do alright but most videos are of Nootka sounds and other remote areas. I really enjoy fishing the beaches during the holding periods in the summer and fall and will be pounding the after for the cuts this year aswell but would love to try for these resident salmon if anyone thinks they come in close to feed like in the videos. Any local info/advice would be cool, thanks in advance
Post by Coastrider on Dec 13, 2016 22:45:03 GMT -8
Yes, I think it would be doable but is it worth your time? You would be basically casting blind all day, a good place to try would be off the beach at neck point area. A full sink line or sink head could get you into some bottom fish possibly. Id be interested to hear if you made it out. Cheers
Post by Coastrider on Dec 13, 2016 22:57:15 GMT -8
I have got into many fish close to the shore on the North end of neck point, coho, flounder, rockfish and ling. All within casting distance, not sure how the hang ups would be though on the bottom. maybe a little clouser would be a good idea
I use to fish area's around Victoria for winter springs. Never fly fishing though. Hanging live needle fish under a bobber or casting buzz bombs was the ticket.
In Campbell River we did well in the 80's around Christmas trolling lightly weighted bucktails just off the kelp beds south of town.
It would be interesting to investigate if either of these fisheries still exist. I don't see why fly fishing wouldn't work if you find the fish. They are generally more aggressive than the summer fish that are heading for home.
Post by sunshinecoastflyfish on Dec 22, 2016 9:05:54 GMT -8
If you have a boat you could try the south end of quadra island. I read in one of barry thortons books that there is shallows there and the tide pushes bait balls up into fly fishable water. Sounds like you already have lots of options close to home though.