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Winter Chinook Fishing is Picking Up!!

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Things have picked up this week as predicted.  The full moon and big tides seemed to perk things up and there have been consistent catches off the mouth of the Capilano on the flood tide and out towards the QB and the freighters on the ebb tide.  The go to flashers like Green Onion and Purple Onion have been working well and the go to spoons like the Kingfisher or Coho Killer in Irish Cream, Cookies n Cream, Glow Green, Homeland Security, and Kitchen Sink, have all been working well.  Cover water, fish fast, and keep your gear close to the bottom and you will hook fish.  There hasn’t been a lot of pressure lately but with more fish showing up and a nice forecast, there will be more boats out and some more fishing getting caught.

This is  great time of year to book a charter and get some prime eating chinook, some fresh dungeness crab, and some BC spot prawns!  Take advantage of the weather and book charter today.  Call Bryce at 778-788-8582.

One of the regulars was out this week and had some action late in the flood tide at the Cap. There wasn’t much bait around but they did pick up a nice legal fish on an Irish creme spoon at 105 ft. There was also one other pop off on a kitchen sink spoon. It was a red and must have just gone on the bite as there was nothing in the stomach.

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Did you know that Pacific Angler teaches over 20 fishing courses?  Check out the info below for details on all the courses we teach including “Mastering the Local Saltwater Salmon Fishing” course taught by none other than Jason Tonelli!

Pacific Angler Fishing Courses

First, for those of you that may have missed the introduction this past Monday, we have FOUR NEW COURSES!!

Pacific Angler is thrilled to partner up with Aaron Goodis by expanding our courses in 2014.  Aaron is on the pro staff for Rajeff Sports and G-Loomis. His photographs & articles have been published for major magazines such as North West Fly Fishing, Fly Fusion, BC Outdoors Sport Fishing, Canadian Fly Fisher and Hatches to name a few.  Below is a full bio on Aaron in relation to the courses he will be teaching for PA!

Aaron Goodis – Bio

First off, Aaron is very passionate about nature, grew up and is still currently living in Vancouver so growing up he has enjoyed the benefits of being on the rugged South Coast.  Aaron was introduced to the environment at a very young age and this prompted a lifelong active relationship with our wild environment. Aaron loves to fish, particularly fly fishing, and he loves to take pictures.


Aaron has developed a career out of educating others like himself in both fly fishing and nature photography. Aaron believes that the enjoyment of working and playing outside steers a person towards being more knowledgeable and protective of our environment.

When it comes to fly fishing and fly casting Aaron holds both a Federation of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor Certification and an Adapted Fly Casting Institute Certificate. By earning these certificates Aaron has broadened his knowledge, grown a lot as a fly fisher and more importantly as an instructor.

A number of years ago Aaron Goodis Photography was born. As Aaron merged his interest with photography together with a love of fly fishing he found a new light, so to speak. By showcasing the sport he loves, through photographs, his goal is to not only promote fly fishing but also the mindset of conservation and the importance of low impact.

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A major stepping stone and career highlight for Aaron was working at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver. He was a photo supervisor at the curling venue which put Aaron in the front line working alongside seasoned pros.  Aaron looks forward to sharing his experience and knowledge with all of the Pacific Angler clients that will be taking his courses in 2014!!  Aaron can also be followed (by liking) on his Aaron Goodis Photography Facebook page!

Pacific Angler’s FOUR NEW FEATURE COURSES (Aaron Goodis – Instructor)

Spey Casting – “The Modern West Coast Skagit Style”

This class will focus on “The Modern West Coast Skagit Style” of Spey casting. Students will be taught the ins and outs to all things Skagit Spey, they will be taught with thorough demonstration and one on one time how to overcome the challenges associated with two handed fly rods. Aaron’s students should leave this class with a much better understanding of Skagit Spey casting and fishing, they will be able to overcome the obstacles faced during a real fishing day.


Class Size: 8-10                   NOTE:  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Cost:  $125per person
Seminar Date & Time: Thursday, January 30th / 730pm – 9pm
Casting Date & Time: Saturday, February 1st  / 10am – 4pm (Location TBD)

Topics will include:

  • The Theory
  • Your Equipment – Understanding the Gear
  • Casting Methods: The Skagit Poke, The Skagit Circle Spey, The Skagit Double Spey
  • River Right versus River Left
  • Running Line Management
  • Dealing with the Wind
  • Sink Tip Selection
  • Mending Techniques

Equipment Recommended:

  • Two Handed Spey Rod 12-14 foot
  • Skagit Spey Head and assortment of Sink Tips
  • Waders/Rain Jacket
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

Single Hand Fly Casting – Advanced Distance

This is for the fly fisher with experience looking to improve their accuracy, distance and over all style and control over the fly cast. Learn “the double hall” for improved distance, casting angles to help with pin point accuracy and dealing with the elements such as wind, line drag, and running line management.  Aaron’s students should leave the class with a much better understanding of how to achieve better distance and accuracy with their fly casting.


Class Size: 6
Cost:  $100per person
Date & Time: Sunday, March 2nd 10am – 1pm (local park TBD)

Topics Include:

  • Fly Line Loop Control
  • The Double Hall for Increased Distance
  • The Drift
  • Power & Tempo
  • Casting Stroke Angles for Accuracy & Distance
  • Dealing with Wind

Equipment Recommended:

  • Single handed fly rod 5 – 10 wt
  • WF Floating Fly Line
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

Sacred Coast Photography Workshop © 2014

The Sacred Coast Workshop is a photography class helping photographers from all levels learn how to create and capture unique and dramatic images worthy of a frame and wall space. Aaron is a well published photographer from Vancouver shooting primarily fly fishing, nature, landscape and active outdoor lifestyle. Aaron leads this class through a series of slides aiming to showcase proven techniques in order to help students understand the fundamentals of photography.


We encourage those who are interested in photography at all levels from beginners to advanced to take this workshop. All cameras welcome from phone camera from point and shoot to pro DSLR.

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Class Size: 20
Cost:  $40per person
Seminar Date: Tuesday, March 11th / 6:30pm – 930pm

Topics include:

  • Cameras and lens selection (point & shoot versus pro dslr)
  • Camera settings that help you achieve the look your after
  • Shutter speed, Depth of field and ISO
  • Framing and Composition – Make your images stand out
  • Packing your gear – keep your camera dry
  • Proper fish handling for catch & release photography – fish first every time

Single Hand Fly Casting – Faults & Fixes

This is a course designed for beginner to intermediate fly fishers looking to learn without “the bad habits” or anyone looking to tune up their fly cast. We look at and break down the bare basics of fly casting.  Aaron’s students will leave this class feeling much more confident about their fly casting, they will have a much better sense of how to overcome and correct their bad habits.

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Class Size: 6
Cost:  $100per person
Date & Time: Saturday, April 26th / 10am – 1pm (local park TBD)

Topics will include:

  • The Casting Loop – Size & Shape
  • Loop Control
  • The Casting Stroke and its Relation to Fly Line Length
  • Speed, Power & Tempo

Equipment Recommended:

  • Single handed fly rod 5-10wt
  • WF Floating Fly Line
  • Sunglasses or Eye Protection

These 4 courses are all taught by Aaron Goodis.  Pacific Angler will continue to seek the counsel of our clientele and other industry experts in the creation and addition of more courses in 2014!



There is no greater satisfaction than catching a fish with a fly you tied yourself.  This course was specifically designed to give you the fundamental skills needed to tie proven fly patterns used here in BC for trout, salmon, and steelhead. This course consists of 3 sessions; each session is 3hrs.  Students are required to supply their own vise, tools and materials.  A 10% discount is available on materials and tools purchased for the course.

Class Size: 7
Cost: $75.00
Dates (Jan 21, 28 & Feb 4 SOLD OUT), (Apr 8, 15 & 22), (Jun 9, 16 & 23) & (Sep 8, 15 & 22)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm



The use of jigs for catching steelhead and salmon is not a new idea; however, in the last few years we have seen a revolution on our local rivers. Fisherman using hand tied jigs are accounting for record numbers of steelhead!  Join us around the tying tables and learn how to tie jigs for steelhead and salmon!  If you have never thought of making your own lures don’t feel intimidated, Pacific Angler will help you with each step. For those who have lots of experience we will hone your skills and show you the tricks that make jigs the choice of top rods across the Lower Mainland. Students are required to supply their own vise, tools and materials.  A 10% discount is available on materials and tools purchased for the course.

Class Size: 7
Cost: $40.00
Date:  Jan 22
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm



This course was specifically designed to give the new fly fisher the basic knowledge, casting skills and fly fishing strategies to effectively fish our local BC waters. This course is comprised of two sessions; 3hr evening seminar and a 3hr casting session.   The dates below show the seminar date first and casting date second.

Class Size: 12
Cost: $125.00
Dates (Feb 12 & 16), (Mar 19 & 23), (Apr 7 & 13), (May 20 & 25), (Jun 3 & 8), (Jul 8 & 13), (Aug 12 & 17), (Sept 23 & 28) and (Oct 14 & 19)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Casting Time(s): 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm


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Happy students with their intruder flies after Dimitri’s course!


This course is designed for those that are interested in tying steelhead flies in the “Intruder style”.  This style of fly is extremely productive for steelhead and salmon due to its profile and movement in the water.  During this two night (5hr total instruction) tying series, you will learn the very specific techniques and unique materials used to tie this fly.  This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced tiers.  Students are required to supply their own vise, tools and materials.  A 10% discount is available on materials and tools purchased for the course.

Class Size: 7 (5spots left)
Cost: $45.00
Dates:  (Jan 14 & 15)  (Feb 17 & 18)  (Nov 4 & 5)
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm


Vedder_Steelhead Course_Feb_20_2012Class Size: 20      (8 spots left)
Seminar Only Cost: $45.00 (before taxes)
Seminar & Guided Walk’n Wade Cost:  $400 for one person or $500 for two people
Date:  Feb 19th  (Guided trip dates are flexible)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

In this fishery, 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish.  This is your chance to learn from the Jason Tonelli who would be in that preferred 10%!  Our 3hr evening seminar will educate you on the gear, water types, conditions and other key variables that put veteran steelhead anglers in that 10%.  Mastering this fishery will make you the envy of your friends.  Upgrade your seminar to include a fully guided day on the water, putting into practice your new knowledge with a Pacific Angler guide.

To review the rest of the current courses that are upcoming please view them by downloading the Pacific Angler 2014 Course Schedule PDF.

Additional course dates are added throughout the year due to demand.  Please contact the store for additional information or to be added to a wait list.

Pacific Angler Retail: 604-872-2204

On behalf of the Pacific Angler staff we wish you the best in your fishing endeavors and we hope to see you either at the shop or on the water. To check out the latest Pacific Angler news view the Pacific Angler Facebook page.

Jason, Matt, Andre, Max, Eddie, Jordan and Bryce