With the onset of the winter season we change our focus to Lower Fraser tributaries like the Vedder River in search of winter steelhead. The Vedder sees healthy returns of steelhead each season and offers dedicated anglers a good opportunity to encounter winter steelhead on the fly.
Here at Fly Gal, we are all absolutely crazy for steelhead. Each of us tend to get a little starry eyed when we speak of these beauties and most of us have a good story to tell.....
For many anglers, catching a steelhead on a fly is the ultimate dream. These fish are classic and highly respected throughout the sport...fly-fishing for them enhances an already incredible experience.
Note that fishing for steelhead is not for everyone....braving the cold and damp weather that these months tend to bring may not be the ideal trip for the fair weather angler.
Steelhead fishing is not best-known as a quantity fishery but it is absolutely renowned as a 'quality, must try' fishery. Be warned...once you're hooked, there is no turning back.
British Columbia's Lower Mainland, Canada
Run Time: February to early May
Location(s): Chilliwack/Vedder River and Fraser River Tributaries
British Columbia's lower mainland is home to some of the province's finest winter-run steelhead fishing.
Within two hours of Vancouver, there are a multitude of Fraser River tributaries, such as the Vedder River, that see healthy returns of steelhead every winter. We also frequent several other smaller, more pristine streams to cleanse ourselves from the daily stresses of traffic, people and noise in general.
These trips are primarily walk and wade trips and the scenery is sure to blow your mind!
"My husband and I fished with April in 2012 and 2013 and cannot overstate the high quality of service and education we received from Fly Gal. Good teachers pass on knowledge, but great teachers awake your spirit and uncover skills that will be your companion for life. April is a great teacher; she awoke my inner-fisherwomen and guided me from someone who enjoyed hanging out on the river while my husband fished to a flyfisher who is in love with fly fishing. My husband is especially ecstatic because not only did he catch some nice fish with April, he now has a life fishing partner! We cannot thank her enough for her time and gracious patience!"
- Cindy Tribuzio
"My trip with Fly Gal Ventures was arranged by my husband as a gift for my birthday. I have always had a passion for fishing that goes way back to my childhood. As April instructed me on the Spey cast I immediately gravitated to her natural ability to convey the techniques and form. I was able to imagine in my mind the cast as I listened to her instruction. We shared many laughs as I learned different versions of the Spey cast amid numerous line pile ups and flies being re-tied. As a woman in the sport, I get excited when I find other woman that share the same passion as I do. April and Fly Gal Ventures delivered a special experience by expanding my knowledge of fly-fishing and introducing me to some of the most beautiful Steelhead waters in British Columbia. Thanks for sharing your passion for steelhead fly fishing with me! I look forward to another adventure with you out on the river soon!"
- Diane O’Neill
Fair Oaks, California
1 angler $399.99 CDN (plus HST)
2 anglers $499.99 CDN (plus HST)
*Your guide provides lunch, flies and tackle at no additional fee (lunch is not included in Groupon pricing).
**Gratuities and fishing licenses not included in listed price.