River Back In Shape - Some Fresh Fish Too!
High but fishable through out
December 15, 2014
The river came back into shape quickly over the weekend with the dropping temperatures. By late Sunday we were back out and into fish.
The upper river levels are ideal, still high but good clarity. There are fall fish in the upper with a few chrome winters showing up in the mix.
The middle section has reports of fresh fish in Stamp Falls pool and downwards.
One of our guides bagged a fresh chrome Winter fish in the lower river and that has gone to the hatchery as part of the captive brood program. They like to spread out the selection of the fish which helps with genetic diversity.
The Sproat river is still very high as Sproat Lake is still venting its over flow.
So it looks like its "game on" back on the River.
The river level monitoring system was wiped out at Stamp Falls, so we wont be able to receive data from that likely for the rest of the season. We do have data coming from the Upper river which helps with trends but its not always reflective of what is going on down stream after all the other creeks and rivers have filtered into the bigger system. So keep that in mind when looking at the upper data.
Hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Two per day and 4 in possession is the limits. A steelhead conservation endorsement is required on the fresh water licence. All Wild Steelhead must be released. single barbless hooks required.
Also note that your licence has to be printed. An electronic format on a device such as an iphone does not qualify as licence. Steelhead must be recorded on licence immediately upon landing them.
Here are snippets from the Regulations about The Stamp, Sproat and Ash Rivers.
The detailed 2014/15 Vancouver Island detailed fishing regulations are available for download in PDF format.
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