A River Run Through It
Clayoquot Sound is home to the largest wild steelhead population in the world. Resort guides know all the hot spots and when conditions are right the runs extend through to the end of June.
Fly fish for spring steelhead, fall salmon or cutthroat trout throughout the sound's extensive river system, but be sure to inquire in advance about water levels, hatches and approximately when specific species are expected through.
The Cypre, Megin and Tranquil rivers are the stuff of legend. Access drop-off points by boat, then walk or drive in.
Deep sea fishing excursions are most promising from May through August and average six hours of fishing per day (we call it a half-day). Guests depart at 7 a.m. and return in time for a late lunch, or lay-about until the 1 p.m. launch and fish in the afternoon, returning in time for dinner at about 7 p.m.
Either way, guests enjoy a half-day free to enjoy activities and resort amenities. And, since couples are often split on their passion for fishing, the massage option is a popular one.
From May through September, find coho (silver salmon) and sea bass. At the height of summer, giant tyee (king salmon) reign supreme. Halibut are prolific from March through September, and ocean fly fishing is best from July through September; fish for coho (silvers) and rock fish in a 25-foot open-air centre-console vessel.
Lake Fishing Paradise
Locals have long-favoured Megin and Pretty Girl lakes as bountiful sources of cutthroat trout. Access is by floatplane however, so transportation surcharges apply. Choose fly or spinning rods.
Young people love to fish of the dock and can easily while away an afternoon - or two. The bridge is a favourite spot to sit and jig - within sight of the cookhouse, but far enough away to inspire freedom.