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Old 08-15-2021, 05:51 PM
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Default Ucluelet and river trip Vancouver Island

I know I say epic too much,....eff it. EPIC!!!!

Spent the last two weeks on Vancouver Island. Two really different weeks. Week 1 was first time at Ucluelet. Stayed on Ocean front. Explored a lot. Eat too much. Shopped and talked to every shop owner...practically.

Fished two days out of Ukee. Was lucky enough to meet up with a guide who didn't want or need the glory of filling the boat and would rather expore, change it up and try all types of fishing. That made the fishing trip. It was rough, rough out front of Ukee. Every single guided boat went that way. When we all agreed to fishing on the inside and around the sheltered islands, I thought our guide was going to pee himself with excitement. He was beat up from a week straight of windy weather. Plus, I'm not fond of bouncing around and the wife would not even fish in the rough water. So, it worked amazingly. Had the place to ourselves until locals would show up around noon. Flat calm inside while outside passage it rocked and boiled. A lot of lost cookies for the other trips

Guide setup only two rods. Both with plugs, no flashers, and light action rods. Nice mooching reels to boot. First light, fast trolling and amazing action. According to the guide, we did better and caught better fish than the outside anyways. Karma was on our side.

Caught a first light fish during sun rise that I will not forget. We all caught nice springs, coho and a few pinks. We used all styles of tackle and the guide kept changing it up. I ran my fly rod, 7 wt, down the middle and picked up coho on the bucktail flies. Used some of my own lures....you name it. We left no tackle itch not scratched. After fishing around in the morning we would change it up to fly rod casting for rock fish and ling cod. No halibut but ...meh. This was a complete blast regardless.

Pics from part 1 in Ukee

Nothing like starting a day to this. Calm and beauty.





And, catch a huge chinook like this. Interrupted my taking pics of the sun rise. Pretty special time of day to catch a big fish. Fight was amazing on the light tackle and no flashers.






Not to be outdone, the wife landed a couple of big chinooks as well. The 2nd one was one of the fattest I've seen for the short length... "hog!"






This is about as rough as we saw.






Woot!



View from the place we stayed at for our anniversary - the big 25th!



Private beach nearby made for an almost religious morning being the only one on the 15 mile stretch. And yes, I made sand castles for the tide to destroy as it came in.





Part 2 - week 2 - East side near Englishman River

I booked a nice house through VRBO that was located at the end of a small road on the Englishman River. You could see the river from the house. Just an amazing place overall and huge. We had everything we needed and lived quite cheap for the rest of the trip.

River fishing various rivers did not disappoint. I`ve dreamed for years of fishing above a run of pink salmon where it looks like a carpet below me. That dream was fulfilled! I would estimate 30 feet wide by about 400 feet long... how can you miss! Only disappointment, and it was a small disappointment, is that they were not running near the beaches in Qualicum or Parksville yet.


Those darker areas are all salmon - nothing compared to some pools I saw...


Nice pool that was full of salmon



Some vids of once of the pools - trust me when I say this gives an idea but does no justice to how many fish you could see with the human eye. Quality sucks but give you an idea.

https://youtu.be/YXzgSe8opkU

https://youtu.be/C_4Zs_fc-zI
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Lots of these





Only kept a few more fish and ate them fresh....so good!!!




Ended up with over 40 landed on the final day. I would have kept going but my arms literally gave up. I was sore for 3-4 days. Pulled a muscle in my hand...still aches a bit. Now that is fishing!

Just an "EPIC" trip! Already making the plans for next year and will change it up more than likely. I think we might focus on Nootka sound for the ocean fishing.
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Old 08-15-2021, 07:26 PM
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Happy 25th anniversary to you and your Mrs. Great pics folks. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-16-2021, 09:29 AM
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Happy 25th anniversary to you and your Mrs. Great pics folks. Thank you for sharing.
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thanks for posting , brings back good memories.
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looks like you folks had a great time and congrats on 25!
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Looks like amazing trip! Congrats on some beautiful fish! The smell is the best part for me. Rolling through jasper for Haida gwaii with the boat in tow right now. Thanks for getting me excited!
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congrats on your 25th!!

Such a beautiful place!
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Awesome way to celebrate 25!! Congrats!

Pics & write-up makes it almost like we're there.

Thanks Snap!
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Thanks all!

Gboe8, I hope you made it. If you are going hwy 16 should be okay. Coquihalla closed 2 days after we passed on through. When we went through on Friday there were about 10 smaller fires close to the West bound lane. As in withing 50-100 feet of the hwy. There were only 3 helicopters fighting, that we could see, at the time. That was freakish to see and experience. Obviously got a lot worse after we passed through which is no surprise. Jumped the highway too from the images I've seen.

We are so lucky that we had zero smoke on the island. It was smoky all the way there. On the ferry ride back the smoke was rolling into the island. Sure timed this right.

I'm praying for rain for BC.
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