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Fish Runs at a Glance

Our staff of professional guides are waiting to take you and your friends on an unforgettable float down the spectacular Pitt River where you can see bear, deer, Roosevelt elk and eagles.

January-May:

Steelhead, cutthroat, bull Trout. steelhead begin returning January and peak at the end of March. The steelhead are all wild, and average 6-12 pounds with some as big as 15 pounds. Along with the steelhead you'll catch many bull trout in the 3-6 pound range. A day's catch and release of 30-40 bull trout plus a couple of steelhead is not uncommon. Bring egg sucking leech patterns, Squamish Poachers.

May-August:

Sea run bull trout, cutthroat, rainbows. The bull trout in this system are extremely aggressive, powerful and average between 4-12 pounds, with some up to 15 pounds. They attack large leech patterns or fry imitations. A fast sink line is recommended.

August-September:

Sockeye, bull trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Ffishrom the first week of August until the 3rd week, the largest sockeye by weight in the world return to the Pitt River. Still chrome, these huge fish run up to 15 pounds and are renowned for their wild fighting abilities. After the 3rd week they begin to lurn to their spawing colors as they get ready to spawn. Bull trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout are all feeding on the sockeye eggs and are very aggressive. Bring egg patterns, leeches, Muddler minnows and at least 10lb test line.

September-December:

Coho, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and bull trout. From the end of September the largest run of all wild coho in British Columbia returns to the upper Pitt. As many as 15-20 thousand coho will be in the system with over 7,000 bull trout. Bring Minnow patterns, leach patterns, Kelsey's Hope.

January-May:

Steelhead, cutthroat, bull Trout. steelhead begin returning January and peak at the end of March. The steelhead are all wild, and average 6-12 pounds with some as big as 15 pounds. Along with the steelhead you'll catch many bull trout in the 3-6 pound range. A day's catch and release of 30-40 bull trout plus a couple of steelhead is not uncommon. Bring egg sucking leech patterns, Squamish Poachers.

October-May:

Bull trout, steelhead, cutthroat, Rrainbow trout. There is no end! Throughout the coldest months of winter the water drops and clears, but the fish are still accessible and available!

All trips during the winter are planned according to the weather. The Upper Pitt is a unique river, glacier fed from ice fields high in nearby Garibaldi Park. This river offers exceptional fly fishing. Broad gravel bars make casting easy.

Coho, and bull trout often hold in knee deep water. rainbows and cutthroat can be found in quick runs, where they will rise to a dry fly or take a small minnow pattern. The river is under catch and release regulations, for all species, and only a single barbless hook can be used. Due to the variety of fish in the system, and changing river conditions, fly fishermen are advised to bring a variety of lines, from floating to fast sink. Under some circumstances a rapid sink line is all that will work, so make sure you have one on an extra spool.

For your comfort make sure to bring chest waders with belt as the Pitt is fed by snowmelt and glaciers and is cold even in the summer.


Month by Month view of Pitt River Fishing

January - Very good bull trout fishing as well as fishing for rainbow trout with a few cutthroat trout and a chance at early season steelhead.

February - Very good bull trout fishing with a few rainbow trout and cutthroat trout and more steelhead showing up.

March- The best month for steelhead fishing, lots of bull trout, a few rainbow trout and cutthroat trout in the system.

April - Bull trout with a few rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.

May - Early May good cutthroat trout fishing, later in May the sea run bull trout arrive and run to 12 pounds!

June - Excellent sea run bull trout fishing. You have to try this to believe it, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout fishing continues.

July - Excellent sea run bull trout fishing, with a few rainbows and cutthroat. Late July the start of the Pitt River sockeye run - over 100,000 return to this river. The Pitt River sockeye are the largest by weight in the world.

August - Peak of the sockeye, lots of dolly varden and bull trout as well as cutthroat trout. The river is full of fish spawing, migrating and feeding.

September - End of the sockeye run, still lots of dolly varden, bull trout, rainbow trout (on the Dry Fly) and cutthroat trout as they are all feeding on the sockeye eggs. The the coho run starts in late September.

October - Incredible coho fishing with one of the largest run of all wild coho in British Columbia returning to this river as well as good cutthroat trout, rainbow trout (on the Dry Fly), bull trout and dolly varden.

November - Lots of coho, bull trout, dolly varden. Excellent rainbow trout fishing (on the Dry fly) and cutthroat trout fishing.

December - Excellent bull trout, dolly varden, rainbow trout fishing with the odd coho still around.


Fishing for monsters - Sturgeon

sturgeonSturgeon fishing has grown into a world class attraction as tales spread of epic battles with these giant, prehistoric looking fish. Every year anglers make the journey to the Fraser Valley to search for an encounter with these trophy fish, but one river is forgotten and overlooked.
And that is how we like it.
Sturgeon fishing on the Pitt River and Pitt Lake is an adventure that anglers never forget. We fish the clear waters where the lower Pitt River flows into the deep lake. This is a far different experience than fishing the muddy, fast flowing, often crowded waters of the Fraser River. The Pitt River is little known to fishermen, but we know it to be the home of some of the biggest sturgeon on the planet.

Come and Fish British Columbia with us!
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