Christmas Steelhead?

Fish starting to show in both lower and Upper

December 19, 2014

The river came back into shape and dropped considerably sine the big flood event last week, fish are showing in both the lower and middle with Stamp Falls pool showing some fresh fish daily.  This is the "indicator" for us.

Looking at the weather, Christmas eve and Christmas day look like a promising time frame to head for the lower system and into the Somass river. Usually very low effort on these days, some of my most memorable days over the years are these two....if you can sneak it in...

With 30-60 mm of rain in the forecast for this weekend it may get high again, so the further upstream the better to keep in the clearer waters, but watch for it to drop quickly as soon as the freezing temperature drops in the mountains.  The last turn around happened really fast.

We are fishing both the upper and the lower now, but with the rains tonight we will focus on the upper this weekend.

The water level system was washed out at Stamp Falls and serious infrastructure will have to be rebuilt so for now the only data we can provide is from the upper river.  This is still very useful as a trend and for rainfall accumulation but is generally much lower than the Somass River.

Call us over the holidays for the latest conditions! We enjoy helping anglers plan their trips with or without guides.  All the best for a wonderful holiday week and BEST FISHES!!

This weeks weather forecast:

This weeks weather outlook

Stamp River Water Conditions (click on image to expand)

*Below are conditions for the Upper River. Middle river monitoring equipment washed out with flood.

Stamp River Rainfall Trend Last 7 days   Stamp River UPPER River Levels 7 day Trend

2014 Regulations:

Hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Two per day and 4 in possession is the limits. A steelhead conservation endorsement is required on the fresh water licence. All Wild Steelhead must be released. single barbless hooks required.

Also note that your licence has to be printed. An electronic format on a device such as an iphone does not qualify as licence. Steelhead must be recorded on licence immediately upon landing them.

Here are snippets from the Regulations about The Stamp, Sproat and Ash Rivers.

The detailed 2014/15 Vancouver Island detailed fishing regulations are available for download in PDF format.

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Winter Steelhead Fishing Options from $225

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