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Fly fishing for Steelhead on the Heber River

The Heber River on Vancouver Island

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How to get to the Heber

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You get there the exactly same way you get to the Gold River. Crossing a bridge about 10 kms before you reach Gold River, you can catch a glimpse of the Heber for the first time. Your second chance is about 2 km before town, where the river runs near the road. Otherwise it cannot be seen from any road.

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The Heber is a tributary to the Gold River and the junction is right in the town of Gold River. The Heber is strictly "Fly Only". Even strike indicators are strictly forbidden. You should also take note that it is closed entirely in winter. Any violation of regulations will meet severe consequences on all fly-only-waters all over BC.

the Heber Canyon
Heber and Gold River

All steelhead in the Heber are without exception wild fish. This river has a healthy, hardy, self-reproducing strain of fish, but the number of fish per km is lower and their size is smaller than in other rivers. Finally, there's one more drawback: the Heber is apt to react considerably to heavy rains as well as to dry spells. Just one example: on all my trips to BC within the last four years, the Heber could not be fished even once.

Perfect Steelhead Pool

In case you want to fish the Gold River, you might also try the Heber. The main season for the Gold being in winter, this might not be easy to combine. To travel all the way just for the Heber just might not be worthwile.

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