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November 27, 2018

Squamish Fly Fishing Trips

Squamish Fly Fishing with Valley Fishing Guides Pure Wilderness fly fishing trips in Squamish BC. Squamish Fly Fishing Trips There is no question that the Squamish area rivers, the surrounding mountains, and the flora and fauna provide s...

By Clint Goyette
May 15, 2015

Launch Day!

Launch Day! Finally! Today is the day! Today is a very big day! We are finally launching our new website and video! I know, I know, the old site was dated (2004-ish) but for those of you who have never put together a website or worked wi...

By Clint Goyette
October 29, 2012

Loop to Loop Sink Tip Connection

The other day I was asked by a fellow angler whom I had seen on the river in the past about what sink tip line I recommended for fly fishing for the chum salmon.  Usually we are fly fishing in just 3ft of water that isn’t moving too fast...

By Clint Goyette
June 10, 2012

Rewards from Learning to Czech Nymph

Learn to Czech Nymph in BC Over the past 5 years I have spent quite a bit of time teaching beginner and advanced fly anglers how to employ the method of presenting a nymph to fish on a short line in fast water.  This technique is common...

By Clint Goyette
October 21, 2010

Squamish Chum and Coho Return 2010

October 21, 2010Chum have been entering the Squamish since the end of September, however, the run size is very small to date. Anglers who are hooking up with fish are finding pockets of chum that are holding, most likely waiting for a bu...

By Clint Goyette
June 27, 2010

WFFC Poland 2010 Photos

Clint Goyette Competing on River San Sector III Beat 22 WFFC Poland 2010 Brown Trout on PT Hot Spot Nymph – Solinka River Poland My First European Grayling on the River Solinka View some photos taken by John Nishi of Team Canada here: ht...

By Clint Goyette
November 10, 2009

Squamish River Chum Retention Opportunity

Category(s):RECREATIONAL – Salmon Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0923-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Region 2 – Squamish River Chum Retention Opportunity Returns of chum salmon to the Squamish River in 2009 are sufficie...

By Clint Goyette
November 9, 2009

Squamish River Steelhead Survey

It has been rumoured and pretty much verified that the Ministry of Environment (MoE) is taking the funding away from managing steelhead in the Lower Mainland. There will remain a steelhead biologist on staff, however, none of the time th...

By Clint Goyette
July 21, 2009

Squamish Pink Salmon Return 2009

I got up at the ridiculous hour of 4:15am yesterday to go try the estuary and beach of one of the local rivers for some staging pink and chinook salmon. Sitting on the beach for two hours waiting for a fish to show seemed like forever. P...

By Clint Goyette
June 18, 2009

Spring Wrap Up

Spring Wrap Up Spring 2009 has been a time of volunteering and reconnaissance. Volunteering with the Squamish Streamkeepers at the Meighan Creek fish fence once a week counting coho smolts heading to sea was great. On one occasion I had ...

By Clint Goyette
May 13, 2009

Try Stump Lake in Squamish

Finally the ice is off our local lakes and the fish are hungry!  May 3rd marked the first day trip for fun to a local lake in Alice Lake Provincial Park called Stump Lake.  Stump lake is easy to get to with a short 5 minute hike in fro...

By Clint Goyette
March 2, 2009

Squamish River Update March 02, 2009

Yeah! Finally some rain has fallen and the rivers have risen to great fishing levels.  Visibility is around 2 to 3 ft in the Squamish and there is a nice tinge of colour.  The Mamquam is running high and brown but should drop fairly qu...

By Clint Goyette
January 15, 2009

All Cheakamus Steelhead to be Released

Please note that as of January 9th, 2009 ALL Cheakamus River steelhead must be released. This is an in-season regulation change that covers that fact that there might be adipose clipped hatchery fish returning this year. These hatchery s...

By Clint Goyette
November 7, 2008

Catching Bull Trout on the Fly

The question on one of the message forums I take part in was basically how to catch Char on the fly…. This is my short response: It all depends on the water you are fishing and the time of year. I have caught bull trout on the Squamish o...

By Clint Goyette
November 1, 2008

Sea Lice Debate – Get Informed

There is a significant Sea Lice Debate going on in BC that is being fueled by the money involved in Fish Farming.  Here is a great summary for those without scientific backgrounds regarding the “Science” currently monitoring the sea lic...

By Clint Goyette
October 16, 2008

Squamish Salmon Run 2008

Hmmmm….Well, the salmon have arrived.  I caught my first chum early in the run, however, numbers are pretty low meaning the fishing is darn slow.   Every day that I am out either fishing or observing (walking the dogs) I have seen fish...

By Clint Goyette
October 15, 2008

Mel Krieger – Passes on Oct 7 2008

It was with great saddness that I found out  that one of the greatest individuals to share his knowledge of fly fishing with me through his books and videos passed away last week.   I own several of Mel Krieger’s books and casting vide...

By Clint Goyette
July 31, 2007

Squamish Pinks 2007

The salmon are late….up to 20 day in some areas…according to guides from Tasis, BC on Vancouver Island to other guide services in the Lower Mainland….but they are showing up. Like other locations in BC, the pinks have arrived in the ...

By Clint Goyette
January 31, 2007

Blog Migration – VFG BLOG MOVED

To those who are reading this blog. I have just migrated all of my old blog postings from my old server to this new version. This is why you will find so many postings for Jan. 31 2007! Not to worry, they should continue in...

By Clint Goyette
January 31, 2007

Giant Water Bug Found – April 2006

While checking the Meighan Creek fish trap yesterday as part of my volunteer work with the Squamish Streamkeepers, I found a Giant Beetle! Well actually, once I got to my computer this morning and researched what it was, I found out that...

By Clint Goyette
January 31, 2007

Chum Salmon 2006

Well the run began with the first chum hooked on Oct. 2, 2006 on a classic purple egg sucking wooly bugger. I was unable to slow the fish down as it raced back into the main current and straight towards a seal. Alas he was gone but only ...

By Clint Goyette
January 31, 2007

Becoming an Angling Guide in BC

To become a Licenced Angling Guide in BC you must:1. Write and Pass an exam to prove your knowledge of the regulations in the region(s) you plan to guide2. Write an Angling Guide Operating Plan (AGOP) 3. Canadian citizen or a permanent r...

By Clint Goyette
January 30, 2007

Dress for Winter Fly Fishing

Here is what we recommend on any Winter Fly Fishing Outting: You must remember that on a winter fly fishing trips we are both walking and standing still for prolonged periods of time. We are also prone to getting a little wet, either bec...

By Clint Goyette