Tofino BC Sport Fishing Charters
"We have been coming out to Tofino for 6 years in a row now, each year we book with Clayoquot Ventures for at least 1 or 2 days of fishing.
We thoroughly enjoy going out with the guides, they are all personable and always willing to go that extra mile to find the fish, plus they are always willing to add some variation into the fishing, be it Chinooks, Coho or Halibut.
Something we from Alberta, always appreciate. The accommodations are top knotch, comfortable, self contained and close to the harbor.
Each year I try to bring out 2 or 3 different people who I know will enjoy the experience."
Tofino BC, on Vancouver Islands beautiful west coast, is the gateway to world famous Clayoquot Sound, and some of British Columbia’s finest Saltwater and freshwater fishing. Clayoquot Venture’s team of experienced fishing guides are ready to help create some lasting memories by showing you world class sport fishing for Chinook and Coho Salmon, Halibut and various species of Bottom fish, as well as our famous saltwater fly fishing for Coho Salmon.
Check out some of our very unique and pristine Vancouver Island freshwater fishing opportunities based out of Tofino BC. Join us as we access one of the remote lakes or streams of the Tofino/ Clayoquot Sound area on Vancouver Island's west coast, for true native Steelhead, abundant Cutthroat Trout as well as trophy class Rainbow Trout.
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“Tofino BC's Most Recommended Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing Outfitter”
The Diversity of Tofino and its’ Sport Fishing Options - For years, the Tofino area has been highlighted in publications and media circuits far and wide, with focus often stemming from news of an award winning Resort or eclectic cuisine. Not often these stories go beyond a paragraph or two, before the journalistic prose expands into the Tofino area as a whole and what makes it really unique, so unique that people migrate here annually for Surf, Sand, Spas, Food and Fish.
The diversity of the Tofino area provides an enticement to visitors that is often unrivaled by communities of similar size, not only in British Columbia, but on a world-wide scale. Amenities and attractions, natural beauty and adventure, open Pacific and protected inlets to enjoy, explore and Fish.
West coast Vancouver Island Saltwater Salmon Fishing - Trolling for Salmon is the most common approach in the Tofino-Ucluelet area. We use Scotty Downriggers to get our gear down to the right depth, rigged with a release clip mechanism to fight the fish on the rod and reel, completely free of the Downrigger. Most often, we troll for Salmon with a 10.5 ft rod made by Sage, G.Loomis or Shimano, and single action-direct drive reels made by Islander Reels right here on Vancouver Island. As a back up, we also travel with Shimano's new version of the GT Moocher just released for the 2010 fishing season. These smooth reels are normally loaded with 30 lb. test main line in the early part of the season, and uploaded to 40 lb. test main line for the largest Salmon of the year in August and early September. We will occasionally troll some extra gear in the right conditions, which is when the single action reels made by Shimano come into play. Flashers are common as an attractor, with Spoons, Plugs and Hoochies common imitators. Baits such as Anchovy, Herring and Sardines are used as often as any type of lure for our Salmon Fishing. A similar approach is used for Salmon fishing on Offshore as well as Inshore waters of the Tofino/Clayoquot Sound area, with the main difference is that Offshore we will fish as deep as 200 feet for salmon, while inshore Salmon fishing often sees a maximum depth of 70 feet. We do have high quality Penn International and Abu level wind reels ready to go for those of you that are “all thumbs” and prefer to not fish Salmon with single action style reels. Upon your request, we are also able to jig fish for Salmon with fair to good success, so if this is your preferred approach, we can plan for this type of salmon fishery as well.
Vancouver Island Halibut Fishing - With an average size of 18-45 lbs. and many fish larger, we approach our Halibut fishery with gear that is light enough for a great experience, but strong enough to ensure that you are on the winning end of the battle. We use one piece rods made by Shimano, and level wind reels made by either Penn or Shimano. These reels are loaded with 80-100 lb test Tuff Line, a thin braided Dacron line that does not allow any stretch, especially when setting the hook on a Halibut that is 150 - 200 ft. under the boat.
Monofilament leaders in the 100-180 lb. range rigged with tandem 8/0 Octopus style hooks are common to fish fresh baits for Halibut. Fighting belts are always ready for those that need the extra support, especially when involved in lengthy battles with a “Barn door” like the 170 lb. Halibut that took Jay and guests over 2 hours. Our vessels are equipped to deal with all sizes of Halibut, with necessary gaff hooks, Harpoons and Ropes. If you have heard the stories about Halibut being lazy fish and not much fun to catch?,,, let us help you latch on to a 60 lb. "Butt" and then tell us what you think, while your heart is pumping and your arms are aching ;) Great fun and great eating!! Though the Biomass of Pacific Halibut is strong and the retention limits for Sport Fishing in B.C. are quite conservative compared to the commercial fishery, we do support sustainable minded anglers who choose to release the largest fish encountered, as the survival rate is high for these large female spawners.
Tofino area's Inshore Saltwater Fly fishing - For this exciting fishery that has helped label our home waters of Tofino/Clayoquot Sound the premier area on the B.C. Coast, we fly fish by either casting sink tips or Buck tailing with a skip fly on the surface. Using top quality Fly Reels such as the LX 3.8 by Islander, and fast action 8 wt. rods by Sage and G.Loomis, our guests’ experience is enhanced by using only the best.
For our guests that choose to bring their own Fly fishing equipment, we suggest a good quality 7 to 9 weight fly rod with reel capable of holding at least 100 yards of 30 lb. backing for the great variety of powerful fish that we encounter. Fly lines ranging from 200 to 450 grains will cover most situations. Recommended #4-1/0 flies include baitfish streamers and clousers, as well as shrimp imitations to tempt Coho and Chinook Salmon, Rockfish and Ling Cod. Our Fly and Tackle shop boasts a great selection of the area’s most productive patterns for casting and Bucktailing as well as a good stock of the high quality rods and reels that we use when outfitting clients.
The 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons unfolded to be some of the best Coho Fly fishing in over a decade for the Tofino area, and the forecast for the 2011 season unfolded to be all that we expected. 2012 looks to be another huge Salmon year for Southern B.C. waters, and most specifically for the waters along the west coast of Vancouver Island. We look forward to introducing you to an exciting way to catch Salmon in our protected waters near Tofino. This fishery is suitable for all types of anglers, regardless of your experience level or age.
Coastal Vancouver Island Fly in Lake Fishing - From May through late October, the small mountain lakes that we fish primarily have a healthy population of Rainbow Trout in the 1-6 lb. range, and Cutthroat Trout normally 12-20 inches. We are keen to host anglers who prefer either Fly fishing or light tackle, and therefore are prepared to outfit you with either type of gear. As these fisheries are 100 % catch and release, we do not fish any bait, and carefully release all fish, allowing for a quick photo to retain the memory forever. Most often on these small sized lakes, we’ll fish a 5 wt. Sage or G.Loomis medium action rod and disc drag reel loaded with type 3 and 6 sink tips and full sink lines. It is not overly common to get dry fly action during the day, unless we are on an overnight excursion where we will get surface activity late in the evening and early in the morning. Damsel Flies, Leeches and Chironomids are all stand-by sub surface flies in the #10-4 sizes. Floating lines and indicators are productive for mid day hatches as well. For gear anglers, we often use a light or ultra light spinning combo by Shimano loaded with 6 lb main line and 3 or 4 lb. test leader material. Small spoons work well, but small green or black spinners seem to produce the best for terminal tackle.
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