Squamish River Information
Located an hour and a half north of Vancouver International Airport along the Sea to Sky Highway,
Squamish is the unofficial “outdoor recreation” Capital of Canada. Squamish and its rugged mountain areas are a rock climbing, wind surfing and mountain biker’s paradise. The “Stawamus Chief” or The Chief is a vertical granite face that rises 2300 feet above Howe Sound and is a major destination for rock climbing enthusiast from around the world.
But let’s face it... Fly fishing is the only outdoor activity that really matters!
Squamish River - Mamquam & Cheakamus Tributaries
The Squamish River and its tributaries, the Mamquam and Cheakamus, offer year round fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, Bull and Rainbow trout.
The late summer and early fall brings thousands of Pacific Salmon heading into the rivers to spawn. In the winter months surrounded by the world’s largest population of Bald Eagles, you can fish for Bull Trout and Rainbows. Then in March those famous Squamish Steelies begin to show!
All of this just an hour from the thriving city of Vancouver, every fly fisher has to put this one on the Bucket list.
Coming to Vancouver on Business? Maybe you are on Vacation with the family and want to get away for the day? Vancouver is well known for its glorious views, eclectic dining and beautiful Parks.
As the host City for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the beautiful city of Vancouver has been seen by all. But did you know, only minutes from Downtown, you could be fishing for Steelhead, Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout or any one of the 5 species of Pacific Salmon including monster Chinook salmon. Drift the mighty Squamish and not see a sole all day. Have one of our guides pick you up in the Downtown Harbour and jet boat you up a true west coast river, or how about salt water casting for Pink and Coho Salmon on one of our many Beaches.
This fishery is open 12 months a year, and a must do for every Fly Fishing enthusiast. Bring the whole family and know that everyone will have something to keep them coming back to Vancouver.
What To Expect on the Squamish, Mamquam & Cheakamus Rivers
It’s an early wake up call, we pick you up from your accommodations (anywhere in and around Vancouver) between 6am and 7am,drive you about 1 hour up the scenic Sea to Sky highway, through Coastal forest roads to the put in point for the raft and the start of your fishing day.
The 14 foot raft was specifically designed for guiding our coastal streams and will transport you safely down the river while you stay dry and warm, enjoying the amazing scenery. Realistically we have had 10 steelhead or 20 Salmon days, but this trip is more about the best fishing within reasonable distance of Vancouver. What you can expect is more than a few fish, a great day relaxed day, and to learn from the best fly guides in Vancouver. The entire drift generally takes about 6 hours, we aim to get you back in Vancouver between 4 and 5pm, with a new found jealousy of a good guide and the work he does.
Equipment wise,... Seven to Eight weight rods with fast sink tips work best for Bull Trout and Salmon work best, 5-7 weights with Dry lines are best for rainbows and this is an awesome opportunity to spey cast, or if you would like to learn, our guides are the best in the Vancouver area! Skagit Style will swing a streamer right into the waiting jaws of most Squamish fish...
Bring your Waders, or let us know in advance and we will provide them for you, and don’t forget your woollies,... our BC Glacier fed rivers are FREEZING year round!
Come Fly Fish the Squamish River & Tributaries Cheakamus & Mamquam