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Fly fish the Quinsam River for Steelhead

The Quinsam River on Vancouver Island

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How to get to the Quinsam River

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The Quinsam being a tributary to the Campbell River, you reach it the same way you would the Campbell. Like the Campbell, the Quinsam was one of the first rivers I fished in Canada.

Until about 2000 the Quinsam used to be one of BC's most productive rivers for steelhead. Some odd decisions by the government led to a sharp decline of the steelhead population. E.g. the modern hatchery on the Quinsam does no longer hatch steelhead. The stocking program for summer run steelhead has also been canceled. Thus, steelhead are no longer abundant in the Quinsam. In the nineties you had a hard time finding an unoccupied pool in February, now you have a hard time finding anglers

high traffic at the Quinsam river
older salmon

Photo upper left: Anglers casting bait make this pool practically inaccessible for flyfishers

Photo upper right: Recent scientific studies have proved the importance of salmon for fertilization.

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Scientists today agree that Canada's pacific rain forests could not have attained their density and size without the innumerable salmon carcasses dragged into the woods by bears and other predators and scavengers. This fertilization adds up to several thousands of tons for the entire West Coast.

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Unfortunately, the logging industry nowadays keeps the forests from growing sky high. Sometimes logging licenses are even granted in provincial parks.

Fly fisher close to the woodat the Quinsam river

Photo upper left: In the bush, you should never walk alone! Whoever has roamed the Northern Pacific Rainforest will remember the great feeling that elastic forest floor conveys. Some of those huge prehistoric trunks rotting on the forest floor can turn into a deadly trap, though, when they cave in and let you sink in up to your neck.

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The Quinsam used to be a perfect river for winter run steelhead. Recently some activities trying to turn around the decline of the steelhead have been initiated. Let's wait and see if they succeed.

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