Species: Steelhead, Trout
Coordinates: 48° 46€² 0€³ N, 123° 38€² 0€³ W
Location: British Columbia
Why we chose it
In 2009, Brown trout; Famous fishery on Vancouver Island
When to fish: Spring and fall.
Where to fish: Focus on the fly-fishing-only section of the river.
Tip: Use minnow-imitating flies and Woolly Buggers, or dry flies to match hatches.
—Barry Stokes, manager at Islander Reels
In 2008, Steelhead; Great fishing and beautiful scenery
When to fish: February to April.
Where to fish: Back eddies and fast water.
Tip: Fly fish with Egg-Sucking Leeches, Mickey Finns or single-egg patterns. Spin anglers use Lil’ Corkys, Gooey-Bobs, pink worms, Spin-N-Glos, spinners and spoons.
—Shelley Bancroft & Courtney Hatfield, hosts of Shelley and Courtney
Brown trout; Legendary river and one of only two waters on Vancouver Island with browns
When to fish: Spring and fall at first and last light.
Where to fish: Wood piles, from the falls to the headwater near Cowichan Lake.
Tip: Use wet flies with flash.
—Gary Cooper, host of Gary Cooper’s Fishing Diary