Fly Fishing

May 31, 2004

Upstream Adventures is a fishing guide company with one of the best fly and spey fishing guides on the Lower Mainland.

Our tour started from Grant Narrows at the south end of Pitt Lake but they can fish on any place on the Lower Mainland and some secret spots in the interior of the province.

Upstream Adventures will provide you with all the necessary fishing clothing and footwear.

There is a 30-minute boat trip on Pitt Lake to reach the Upper Pitt River. Pitt Lake has the distinction of being the largest tidal influenced lake in the world.

There is no vehicle access to Upper Pitt River. Black bear, eagles, and deer are all common sights in the area.

The boats used by Upstream are called "jet boats". It's like a 4x4 car on the water. Jet boats can navigate through water that is only 4" deep. 

There is a small settlement called Alvin, close to Alvin is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the province, run by members of the Katzie band.

Todd taking care of everything

Legends talk about a lost gold mine up behind the Pitt Lake Mountains.

After 5 or 10 minutes and with some assistance I caught my first Bull Trout 

Bull Trout lives on very clean, cold water and therefore are a prime indicator of the health of forest ecosystems and watersheds.

The Bull Trout is a member of the North American salmon family, which includes salmon, trout, whitefish, char, and grayling.

They can live up to 12 years. Unlike salmon, spawning adults survive to spawn again every two or three years.

Upper Pitt River is a year-round catch-and-release zone

Here you can see an advanced fly-fishing technique.

The guide was trying to make the fly look as if were alive, varying its speed and direction to catch the fish's attention.

The Pitt River summer run sockeye stock is one of the largest sockeye found anywhere, with adults averaging ~3.5 kg (some individuals have been recorded in excess of 7.0 kg). Sockeye in this area spends an extra year feeding in the ocean and return as five or six-year-old fish rather than four as most other sockeye stocks.

The wild coho in the Upper Pitt River watershed is among the healthiest coho stocks in the province.

Looking at this abandoned house I remembered the legend of the Lost Mine of Pitt Lake. This tale has persisted for more than a century. Since the 1890s prospectors have been making vain attempts to locate this lost Eldorado. 

The legend of the mine started in 1889 when an Indian entered into a saloon and ordered a round of drinks for everyone present. He was carrying a haversack packed with nuggets the size of walnuts. The police suspected that Slumach was murdering and then robbing prospectors for the gold. Other people believe he found a mine.

There are natural hot springs in this area, the Pitt River Hot Springs is the least visited Hot Springs in the Southwestern of BC. To get there, besides the 30 km up Pitt Lake, you need to add 22 km on an active logging road.

Pitt Lake has a unique race of longfin smelt and provides critical habitat for the White Sturgeon, currently listed as vulnerable on Canada's endangered species list.

Pitt Lake has over 50 km of rugged shoreline to explore. The southern end of the lake -- where our expedition started -- is part of the Widgeon Valley Natural Wildlife Reserve, a nesting area for marsh birds.

24 species of wetland birds including Coots, Bitterns, Rails, Loons and numerous duck species are found here.

There are 105 species of passerines such as Wood Peckers, Finches and Jays and game birds such as Ringneck Pheasant, Bandtail Pigeon, and Mourning Dove.

Also, over 80% of the bird species found in the Lower Mainland can be found here.

Great Blue Heron

Driving distance from Vancouver: 53 km (33 miles)