|Waiting for the ferry
My anticipation was killing me the next morning, and I woke up early to hit the Quinsam and see what it was all about. I pulled my waders and boots on, and tied on a dry fly on my 4wt with some 6lb tippet and slipped into the river behind our camp spot. I worked my way up a few runs and landed a couple of small Coastal Cutthroats (my first Coastal/Sea-run cutts!), but all of a sudden took a look into the water at some commotion and realized that there was a good amount of pink salmon running through. I quickly switched over to a rabbit strip streamer, and thought that my tippet would be good enough. After all, these salmon didn't look THAT tough! Boy was I wrong...
After swinging flies for an hour and hooking Cutthroats instead, I finally hooked into a good pink salmon. I lifted the rod tip and the fish turned downstream faster than I could blink. With a quick "SNAP", my tippet and fly were gone, and I was forced to beef up the leader I was using quite significantly! By this time I realized that it was probably close to lunch time, so I headed back to camp for some lunch, and to see if Tara wanted to go upstream for some trout. We spent the afternoon catching Coastal Cutthroats on dry and wet flies, so we had a great time!
|Tara by a massive downed tree in the river!
|Nice cutthroat on a dry fly!
|My first Pink Salmon landed!
After searching through my box, I found one more fly exactly like it, but this one was black. Hmmm...would this work as well as the purple streamer? After tying on an even heavier leader, I was ready to hit the water again. Two casts through the run, and I was into another pink! Success! They liked this fly just as much as the lost one. I lost count of how many pinks I hooked and/or landed after that but that day now ranks up there as one of the most memorable on a fly rod I have had so far!
|Underwater view of a nice pink salmon
The next morning, I hit the river once again and had great success, but had to get back up to camp and hitch up the trailer. We were on our way closer to the Courtenay/Comox area, and were staying at Miracle Beach Provincial Park located on one of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen. I will post a part 2 to this report, starting at Miracle Beach soon! I hope you enjoyed this first part. Tight lines!