Salmon Fly Fishing
Have you ever wanted to fly fish for salmon? Well you can do this with our experienced fly fishing guides in Squamish, B.C. Let our professional guides take you for the trip of a lifetime for pink, steelhead, and coho salmon.
Valley Fishing Guides Salmon Fishing
Salmon Fly Fishing
At Valley Fishing Guides, we offer salmon fly fishing trips to suit every angler. We fish steelhead, pink, and coho salmon throughout the area's most pristine rivers. We have the experience to guide you based on the specific seasonality salmon species.
All trips Include the Following:
Prices do not include 5% GST Tax or gratuities. Clients will also be required to purchase a BC Freshwater Fishing License and applicable tags. Group trips of 4 or more will have a 20% gratuity added to the trip.
- One Professional Angling Guide for every 2-3 guests
- Premium Fly Fishing Gear including SAGE Rods and Reels and SIMMS Waders and Boots required for the trip and flies and instruction!
- Transportation to and from a designated meeting location
- Trips usually start between 6am - 8am and end between 4pm-6pm, however, departure and finish times are discussed to meet your needs
Call or email now to begin planning your BC Salmon Fishing trip. These trips are limited and require advanced planning. Please inquire online or call us at 604-938-4458.
What To Bring
June to September
- Favorite fishing hat
- Sunglasses (polarized preferred)
- Pants / jeans (shorts not recommended)
- Waterproof jacket
- Dress in layers (no cotton)
- Long sleeved shirt
- Wool or thermal socks (no cotton)
- Camelback suggested for river trips
About Salmon Fishing in B.C.
Fly Fishing for Salmon in Squamish, BC
Have you ever wanted to fly fish for salmon? Well you can do this with our experienced fly fishing guides in Squamish. We offer full day fly fishing trips for Pink Salmon in the months of July and August of the odd years (2023, 2025, 2027). Pink salmon return in high numbers making fly fishing for Pink salmon one of the easiest ways to learn the technique our guides employ in fly fishing anadromous fish including Steelhead, Coho, Chum, and Chinook salmon. Pink salmon are the smallest species of Pacific salmon making them great for kids and adults alike. Pinks are a great species to target with larger groups as well.
In addition to fly fishing opportunities for Pink salmon in the odd years, the Squamish river is also offers opportunities for Coho salmon and Chum salmon return starting in October of every year.
Coho salmon are a cryptic fish when they return to the Squamish river. Coho will migrate to holding water and will hide in some crazy spots making the hunt for Coho holding the river half the fun! All sorts of fly fishing techniques are used for Coho including casting and retrieving as well as the wet fly swing. Once hooked a Coho salmon provides an exciting battle of rolling, jumping, and screaming reels. The best time for fly fishing for Coho in Squamish is late September into early November. Heli-fishing trips for coho salmon are also offered from mid September through October.
Chum salmon are a great adversary if you are looking to catch one of the largest species of Pacific salmon. They are a tonne of fun and really put up an amazing fight. They will test the best of gear and angler strength. As of 2023 Chum are closed to angling in the Squamish system. Check regulations as they can change in season.
The Squamish River Salmon Return
Every year salmon return to the Squamish river and tributaries to reproduce and it is at that time that they are vulnerable to the fly angler. The Chinook salmon is the first to arrive to the Squamish river with arrivals as early as June. Following the Chinook salmon are the Pink salmon in July and August of every odd year (2023, 2025, 2027 etc). While the Chinook and the Pink salmon begin to spawn in the month of September, the first of the Coho salmon begin to arrive and will continue to do so into the month of January. Finally, the last of the salmon species to arrive are the Chum salmon. Chum salmon arrive around the first week of October. Essentially there are Pacific salmon available to the fly angler in Squamish from June through January with peak fishing in August through November.
Pacific salmon play a significant role in the Squamish river system. The returning salmon and their subsequent spawning activities bring back all sort of nutrients to the river. The eggs that do not make it into the gravel become food for resident bull trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and their bodies a food source for bears, including both grizzly bears and black bears, birds like the bald eagle and raven, as well as a multitude of mammals including wolves and bob cats. Needless to say the fly fishing and nature watching is spectacular whenever there are salmon around!
"My brother and I took our father on a fishing trip for his 65th birthday and honestly we could not have asked for a better company or a better guide. The weather was a little bit against us but the trip was still amazing. And what made it was the experience knowledge and personality of our guide. Gerald felt like one of the boys. I would absolutely recommend this!"