Fly Fishing Squamish
Fly fishing Squamish has been a world class anglers destination with incredible year-round fishing in stunning coastal mountain scenery. Our location close to the Pacific Ocean allows for a variety of fishing opportunities. Fly fishing on the Squamish river and its tributaries, the Mamquam and Cheakamus, is an amazing experience.
Fishing is available year round in Squamish B.C. Pacific salmon run to the rivers to spawn in the late summer to early fall. Throughout the winter you can fish for bull and rainbow trout while surrounded by majestic bald eagles. In March, the famous Steelheads begin to show.
You must have a license to fish. Check out our guided trips which include licenses, gear, and an experienced local guide.
Fly Fishing Squamish – Available Year Round
Fishing is available year round in Squamish, BC. During the summer & spring months the rivers are high & dirty due to glacial melt and do not offer ideal conditions. In August & September you will find many angler fishing for Pink Salmon. October to December is the season for Chum & Coho salmon, while January to April offers a mix of winter species like Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout & winter steelhead.
Its best to hire a guide to learn fly fishing techniques and the secret spots while enjoying a day on the water enjoying world class fishing!
Squamish Fly Fishing Species
Is available all year long as their is a multitude of rivers, lakes and streams varying in elevation in the Sea To Sky region. These conditions are ideal for pursuing these exciting fish. Depending on location and time of year you can fish for Wild Rainbows, Dolly Varden/Char and Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Their are three main techniques depending on availability of food sources, including dry fly, nymphing and streamer fishing.
Is available from mid to late July through November, depending on what species you are targeting. These fish can be caught in the rivers or on the beach in the salt water. Pink Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Chum Salmon make up the majority of our trips. Most of Salmon are caught using a swung wet fly or a stripped fly.
In British Columbia, Steelhead fishing is considered one of the pinnacles of fly fishing worldwide. Depending on water conditions, opportunities begin locally for winter run Steelhead in February and end in the early spring, around late April, early May. Although winter run Steelheading is not considered a quantity game, it can be measured in the quality of the fish. Wild and fresh from the ocean these fish command respect. To catch steelhead you can use wet flies with single and double handed rods, using a variety of sink tip lengths and weights. We are blessed with a healthy Trout population in our local waters, so a day on the river is very rarely “bite less”.
Let our expert guides plan the fishing trip and guide you on one of Squamish’s historic rivers or alpine lakes. Each trip is special in that we cater to your schedule and fishing needs, planning an outing that will give you an exploration of freshwater fishing.
Please note: All of our guides are a catch and release.
For more information on fishing licences: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/
Fly Fishing Squamish Locations
The Squamish River
The Squamish river flows over 80 km from the Upper Elaho, between coastal mountain peaks, then drains into the Pacific Ocean at the Howe Sound. It has four tributaries, The Elaho, The Ashlu, the Mamquam and Cheakamus River, which offer year round fishing for Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon.
Squamish also has many small coastal lakes that hold natural and stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout. Float tubes, pontoon boats, or small car-topper boats are the best way to fish these lakes, as there are no boat launches. Here are a few of the local lakes that you might fish on your own:
Squamish Fishing Lakes:
Squamish Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s
Is fly fishing offered year-round?
Yes – The Squamish and Sea to Sky region offers excellent fishing year round for different species, depending on the season and location you may have the option to catch Salmon, steelhead, char or trout
What should I bring/wear?
Our guides will supply all of the gear you need for fly fishing, spin fishing, along with all the related tackle and waders, boots, and float tubes if lake fishing. We recommend dressing for the weather and being prepared with layers, as weather on the west coast can change rapidly
Do you offer other fishing methods besides Fly Fishing?
Yes. On all of our tours we will bring the equipment to offer spin fishing and drift fishing for those who would prefer not to fly fish.
Does your tour include lunch?
The prices do not include snacks unless specified. However food & dining can be arranged for custom groups of 15 or more. Please check out our guide to the Local Favourite Restaurants for your best Squamish dining options or to grab something to go
How much notice do you need to book a fishing guide?
Although we do our best to accommodate last minute requests, the earlier you book the better. The further ahead you book, the more likely you are to get the date and time that best suites you. A good guide is at least 1-2 weeks prior booking. We require a minimum of 12 – 24 hrs to process your booking.
Do you take large groups?
Yes! We love large groups. Contact us today to arrange a custom fishing day.
Do we get to keep the fish?
No, we practice sustainable fishing habits and hire guides that are a strictly catch and release.