More water in the rivers, means fly fishing for trout has returned.
The Cowichan River opened Oct. 1.
“The conservation measures that were put in place due to low flows and high water temperatures, in the Cowichan River, have been rescinded,” said a notice from Fisheries Canada.
The Cowichan River is open to fly fishing only from the weir in Cowichan Lake downstream to the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle).
As a conservation measure for migrating salmon, the Cowichan River remains closed to all species of salmon fishing.
But for those who love fly fishing for trout, it is time to pull out the waders and check your flies.
Brown trout as large as 10 pounds have been pulled from the rinver in the past, although five pounds is more common, says Gord March of Gord’s Fly Box and Goodies in Lake Cowichan.
Rainbows up to four pounds are also hooked in the Cowichan River as well as an occasional cut throat trout.
“Skutz Falls to 70.2 trestle is excellent for browns and rainbows,” says March. “Stanley Creek to 70.2 trestle is loaded with rainbows that have dropped from the lake to dine on the salmon eggs and prepare for spawning. The largest Browns in the river are found in this section.”
His flies of choice: single egg patterns, rolled mudlers, prince nymphs, hairs ear nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs.
“Stick to the bead heads and weighted flies as these are the best to use at this time of the year,” advises March.