Hike in Fishing adventures with iGuideBC

/ Boat
1 - 2 anglers
2 days - 3 days
Kristie E
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several hours
For the adventurous angler who enjoys the peace and tranquility of uncrowded river! Great winter run steelhead opportunities here with some great holding spots. Good rain gear and quality waders are essential for our climate and water conditions.
  • Multi-day of fully guided Salmon, Trout or Steelhead fishing
  • Stay at the beautiful Cowichan Riverside Cottage
  • Bagged lunch and non alcoholic beverages are provided
  • Fly fishing instruction
What is Included:
Drinks & Snacks
Rod & Reel if needed
1 - 2
Daily2 days
1 - 2
Daily3 days
Fishing Waters
While the Cowichan River fishing is what brings you here it’s definitely not the only attraction. When you think of sunshine, clear water and the longest growing season in Canada, ... morethe Cowichan valley comes to mind. Named by the Coast -Salish first nations people Cowichan means the land warmed by the sun and this is certainly true in the summer months as the valley has more than it’s fair share of above average temperature days every year.

The region’s unofficial capital is Duncan and it’s downtown core is full of hidden gems to explore. There’s a thriving local art and music scene and dozens of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, canoe and kayaking just to name a few. There are also three dozen totem poles, the world’s largest collection.

After a long day Cowichan river fishing or just enjoying the sights, Duncan’s culinary tourism has been on the upswing for years. If you’re as much of a foodie as I am, you’ll be pleased with the array of quality cuisine.

The Cowichan valley is also the starting point of your amazing Cowichan River Fishing adventure.

From the town of Duncan you’re within a stones throw from the lower and very productive reaches of the cowichan river where 90% of the salmon and steelhead will pass through on their migration home to spawn.
How to get to the best Cowichan River fishing spots: Travelling the 47km long river from cowichan Bay to the headwaters Lake Cowichan there’s several routes you can take. If you’re pressed for time the highway would be the best bet, but those of you looking for the scenic route River Bottom Road takes the long way around, but it’s very worth the drive. You’ll navigate the windy road following the historical Cowichan River, passing by several great fishing spots, picnic areas and overnight camping spots, before entering the small community of Lake Cowichan. Once you’re in the Lake Cowichan they have everything you need for a comfortable stay or a quick visit. Gord’s fly box is located on the main drag, for all your last minute fishing gear you might need. Lake Cowichan is also the last fuel stop before driving on to Port Renfrew or Sooke, which would make a beautiful drive as you look for bears and elk along the way.

If Lake Cowichan is as far as you’d like to travel on your fishing adventure I highly recommend a stay at the Cowichan Riverside Cottage. Brenda will make you feel right at home as you get a good night’s rest for your next day of exploration. 

The Cowichan river fishing is open to fly fishing in the upper portion from the weir on the Lake Cowichan to the Mile 66 Trestle. 

Hiring a guide is your best bet if you plan on fishing the Cowichan River for the first time. The regulations can be a bit confusing if you’re not from the area. 

They say it’s also the finest trout stream on Vancouver Island and one of the best in the whole province of British Columbia, and I agree! This is due to the unique ecosystem and abundant insects and crustaceans.
Freshwater Fishing trips targettting Steelhead, Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Vancouver Island has one of the best winter run steelhead fisheries around and the Cowichan River ... morewas named one of the top ten Steelhead rivers in the world by BC Outdoors magazine. Whether you're a gear angler or a fly fisherman we can get you into the honey holes, that you dream of! We only take two people at a time to keep angling pressure to a minimum and make sure we do our best to conserve our unique fisheries. Also with only two anglers we're able to spend more time with each client and make sure we cover every inch of the best holding spots. We can offer an exciting white water drift to get you into some of the best spots, or for those looking for a quiet and uncrowded fishing adventure we offer hike in trips. Our hike in trips are not for the faint of heart! Some of the best rivers on Vancouver Island are deep down in canyons and it can be a rush just getting down to the river. If you're an avid angler Vancouver Island is a must do, with our gentle mountains, lush green vegetation year round and mild winters. Many times on our fishing adventures we can catch a glimsp of an elk or bear before it scampers back into the protection of the forest. For the best mix of heart pumping action and peaceful surroundings be sure to put iGuideBC on your bucket list of fishing trips.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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For a 1/2 day fly fishing trip in late May - what are the special mostly likely to be caught on the river drift? Tks Matt -

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