Thanks for dropping by the BC Boat & Sportsman Show.

March 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

We Just wanted to thank the many people who dropped by the booth and said hello. As many of you know, the past owner of STS, Vic Carrao is battling cancer like many other Canadians, he was overwhelmed by the love and support received at the Show. Vic has started treatment and is doing well and will be guiding for the 2017/2018 season. Thank you for dropping by and making Vic’s weekend a very special one.

Vic and the STS team will be traveling to Edmonton next week and will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, if you live in Alberta and you plan on attending the show, please drop by and say hello.

STS Spring Show Schedule & Specials

February 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is this weekend March 3,4,5 in Abbotsford, doors open Friday at 12noon to 9:00pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5:00pm. Our booth location is same as last year, booth #312 in building A, east wall near the Berkley/Penn Booth. Please come down and say hello and take advantage of our Show Specials. Next weekend we will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, drop down and check out our Edmonton Show Specials and save money on your next guided fishing adventure.

Spring Show Special

Fill the Boat for only $500 for 6 hours ( 4 anglers max) savings of $200

Fill the Boat for only $640.00 for 8 hours ( 4 anglers max ) savings of $210.00

Seminars for 2017

Fraser River Jet Boat Clinic

Come join us for a full day on the water Jet Boating the Fraser River from Mission to Yale. This seminar will mainly focus on navigation between Mission and Yale with some focus on shallow water jet boating and running canyon rapids. This is a one-day clinic with an optional second day Jet Boating in your own boat.

This course is suitable for Jet Boat owners looking to improve skills and knowledge, any boaters wanting to learn safe navigation of the Fraser River between Mission and Yale and new boaters looking to purchase there first jet boat.

Also included:

  1. Jet boat safety,
  2. Pro’s & cons of various hull designs and styles
  3. Looking after your jet boat
  4. Pumps and Engine Configuration
  5. Anchoring techniques for salmon and sturgeon fishing.
  6. Reading water

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Saturday April 1 –seats available

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Sunday April 2 –seats available

  • Total cost is $195.00 per person,

STS Spring Show Schedule & Specials

February 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is this weekend March 3,4,5 in Abbotsford, doors open Friday at 12noon to 9:00pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5:00pm. Our booth location is same as last year, booth #312 in building A, east wall near the Berkley/Penn Booth. Please come down and say hello and take advantage of our Show Specials. Next weekend we will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, drop down and check out our Edmonton Show Specials and save money on your next guided fishing adventure.

Spring Show Special

Fill the Boat for only $500 for 6 hours ( 4 anglers max) savings of $200

Fill the Boat for only $640.00 for 8 hours ( 4 anglers max ) savings of $210.00

Seminars for 2017

Fraser River Jet Boat Clinic

Come join us for a full day on the water Jet Boating the Fraser River from Mission to Yale. This seminar will mainly focus on navigation between Mission and Yale with some focus on shallow water jet boating and running canyon rapids. This is a one-day clinic with an optional second day Jet Boating in your own boat.

This course is suitable for Jet Boat owners looking to improve skills and knowledge, any boaters wanting to learn safe navigation of the Fraser River between Mission and Yale and new boaters looking to purchase there first jet boat.

Also included:

· Jet boat safety,

· Pro’s & cons of various hull designs and styles

· Looking after your jet boat

· Pumps and Engine Configuration

· Anchoring techniques for salmon and sturgeon fishing.

· Reading water

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Saturday April 1 –seats available

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Sunday April 2 –seats available

· Total cost is $195.00 per person,

Feb 16 Fishing Report Update

February 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

Been a great week on the Fraser fishing for Sturgeon, ice flows have smelted and river is in great shape. Vedder River is producing some nice fish and smaller tributaries such as Stave, Alouette and Chehalis are all fishing pretty well.

Please see below for detailed report.

Fraser River Sturgeon – We have been out on the water all week and have done very well for Sturgeon, our largest fish caught this week was over 9ft , congrats to Patrick and Stephan who are visiting from Sweden. We have averaged 6-8 fish per day with this 9ft 3 being our largest, also some nice 7footers and a bunch of fish under 5 feet. Best bait has been salmon eggs but Lamprey and Dew Worms will also work well.

Our Spring Special is in effect, Fill The Boat for $500 for 6 hours or Fill The Boat for $650 for 8 hours.

Vedder River Steelhead – The Vedder River is on the rise has and is now dirty due to the heavy rainfall we are experiencing. Once the river drops again, it will be back into shape and we should see some great fishing. February is primetime for the Vedder River Steelhead run so this is the time to get out. While the river is dirty and quite high try fishing the Upper River above Tamahi Rapids. This will be the first place that starts to clear up. Once rain stops it will take a few days but be ready as there will be some great catches once this happens.

Wally Hall Junior Memorial Fishing Derby is happening right now until March 15th. Tickets are $20 each and can be bought at Fred’s Custom Tackle. All proceeds are donated to habitat restoration projects on the Chilliwack/Vedder River. Currently, the largest fish weighed in is 15.103lb.

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is only 2 ½ weeks away, if you would like to enter our FREE Draw for VIP Tickets, just go to our facebook page and share this report post. We have 5 tickets left to give away. Make sure you drop by our booth #312 and say hello. We will have a few ball caps to give away so be one of the first to our booth and just ask for one of our ball caps.

Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – We still have some seats available for April 1 and April 2, this trip travels 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and back. It’s a full day on the water with long time Fraser River Guide and Jet Boat Pilot Vic Carrao. Vic has an extensive background on our local waters guiding and jet boating for over 35 years. Vic is one of the few pilots that have run through Hells Gate and has extensive knowledge of the Fraser River and Fraser Canyon region.

This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run white water, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost: $195 per person
Date(s): Saturday April 01, 2017 or Sunday April 02, 2017 (we sell out every year so book early to get a seat)
Registration: Register by emailing us at sts.

Spring Sturgeon SpecialSpring Sturgeon 2 Night 2 Day Package

  • 2 nights accommodations at Best Western Mission City Lodge
  • 2 x 8 hours of guided Salmon, Trout or Sturgeon fishing with one of our professional fishing guides
  • All Best Western packages now include full breakfast
  • Catered Lunch for each day of guided fishing
  • All fishing tackle, fully equipped jet boats and private guide exclusive to your group
  • Private Dock for your safety and comfort

2 person – $850 p/p
3 person – $675 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)
4 person – $575 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)

Call or e-mail us to book one of these great package specials.

If the package your looking for is not above please call or email us for your personalized vacation package.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – fishing has been good this past week, Howe Sound and Bowen Island are both producing some good results. Winter fishing is hit and miss at best so you really do need to work the water and fish multiple locations to find the fish. Our boats are out on the water daily and will find the fish if they are there to catch. Winter rates are still in effect.

​Have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

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Jan 05 Fishing Report Update

January 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

With cold clear temperatures and wind chill we are experiencing some very cold weather, in some areas of the Fraser Valley temperatures are getting in the -20 with wind chills. Not many anglers out on the flow but you will always find a few die hards still out trying to land their first steelhead of the season.

Vedder River Steelhead – Cold clear weather patterns will keep water levels low and visibility clear until things start to warm up, in the meantime steelhead will continue to trickle into the river moving their way up the river mostly in the darkness of night. A few years back I was involved in a study of steelhead on the Vedder where we monitored movement of steelhead and it was no surprise to us that during low clear conditions, steelhead would move up river at night and hold in deeper pools and shallow tail out during the day.

Here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back, might help you understand steelhead and their habits a bit more – http://guidebc.com/articles/earlyseasonsteelheadtactics.asp

Here is another with information on the telemetry study back in 2000, might be old but not much has changed in the way steelhead respond to water conditions and migratory habits. http://guidebc.com/articles/telemetry.asp

Fraser River Sturgeon – During the Christmas holidays we managed to get out a few days for sturgeon on the lower Fraser. Sturgeon fishing was still very good and we still managed to tag and release a good number of fish with our local hero Rick Hansen. Salmon eggs and Lamprey eel are always a good bet during winter conditions, bites are very light so don’t take your eye off that rod tip.

Harrison River – clear cold weather is the story on all local Fraser Valley Rivers including the Harrison but that also means no people and lots of water to cover. There is a good population of resident cutthroat and there are still a few Coho swimming around although they are getting pretty tired. Some early Chehalis steelhead are moving in and during low clear water they will hold in the Harrison and wait for highwater before moving up stream. Good bet is to fly fish or light tackle spin fish above Harrison rapids all the way up to Morris confluence.

Harrison River Sturgeon fishing can be very good in winter conditions so if you plan on doing a little steelhead/cutthroat fishing don’t forget to bring along your sturgeon rods. Best bait on the Harrison is salmon eggs and chum flesh.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook fishing is available year round in Vancouver Harbour, although it can be cold and windy at times, most of the time it is calm and cool during January. If you’re in the Vancouver area and are looking for an opportunity to get out on the water, we can provide 5 and 8 hour charters departing from Granville Island and River Rock Casino in Richmond. If your planning on heading out yourself, best to stock up on the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and some G-Force spoons.

Be Sure to Check back weekly as we will be posting new reports with tips, tricks and hot spots to fish throughout the season

Have a great day

Celebrating 22 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2016

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

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Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Christmas is only 12 days away

December 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

Snowed has covered the ground and by all reports will be staying around for a few weeks, we are still offering daily Eagle Tours and as weather permits Guided Sturgeon Fishing and Winter Chinook Fishing out of Vancouver.

If your still look for that last minute Christmas Gift, we do offer Gift Certificates that can be sent out same day.

Have a great week

Merry Christmas from the STS Team.

Nov 27 Fishing Report Update

November 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of great fishing still to be had, salmon fishing has slowed right down but sturgeon fishing is still quite good, Jordi was out this past week and had some great fishing. Eagle watching Tours are going full speed with daily tours departing from Harrison Hot Spring at 10 am and 2 pm, private tours are also available 7 days a week.

This fish measured over 8ft and was caught near Mission this past week, best baits have been salmon eggs and chum meat.

Here is a beauty 9ft 4 also caught this past week, great job Jordi.

Black Friday Sale

If you missed our Black Friday sale on Facebook you can still take advantage until Monday, sale prices have changed slightly but you can still get a great deal on Guided fishing trips, Seminars and Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours.

Just call or e-mail before Monday 5pm to take advantage of these amazing deals.

Private photo clinics are available for private groups wanting to take advantage of our boat access to some of the greatest populations of Eagles in the Fraser Valley.

Christmas is just around the corner, we will once again be offering gift certificates for Jet Boat Tours and Guided Fishing, Our STS Seminars are also very popular, watch for our next report for more information on Christmas ideas.

Hope you all have a great week

Vic

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