Tofino Springtime Fishing
by Jay Mohl, Tofino
When you hear the term 'Spring-time' around Tofino, you
have to consider in which context it is being used. For many who are
to live in the Island's most beautiful west coast community,
Spring-time often represents the awaited change of seasons and weather
Many Tofino locals start gearing up for another busy season of tourists,
who arrive early to witness some of natures fascinating creatures.
Whales, Sea lions and Black Bears, the unique flora and fauna, as well
as the majestic coastal mountain landscape are definitely all wondrous
The creature that fascinates me the most undoubtedly has to be the
'Spring Steelhead'. Beautiful but shy, sleek and powerful,
tactics involve hunting as much as they do fishing. This anadromous
coastal creature gets the recognition and respect that it deserves
from ardent anglers who ply their favorite waters around Tofino.
Flies ranging from the shrimp type General Practitioner, bright Marabous,
large Leeches to single eggs and fry patterns, all need precise presentation
and timing. Lures like the Gibbs Ironhead and Koho spoons, or drifted
marabou jigs and wool eggs are all recommended arsenal.
Timing is crucial for success. These fast moving silver bullets can
come and go while you sleep, with most activity during the spring snow
melt and warming temperatures.
Another favorite early season quarry of Tofino fishing is the 'Spring
These hard fighting Chinook provide great sport as well as very fine
table fare. As they are almost continuously feeding, search the offshore
banks for schools of Herring, Needlefish or Sardines to locate larger
schools of these feisty 'blackmouth'.
Fished on or near the bottom, gear of choice would be Anchovies or
medium Herring trolled in a glow teaser head, as well as pearl white
or glow green Hoochies and spoons behind a purple glow or red flasher.
Leader lengths vary from 5-7 ft for natural baits, 38-42 inches for
hoochies, and between 4-5 feet for the right spoon action. Don't
forget to try a 4-6 inch Tomic plug # 602, 500, 232.
Jason Mohl operates Clayoquot Ventures in Tofino. Visit his company
online at www.tofinofishing.com or
contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tofino fishing guide Jay Mohl's article 'Tofino Springtime Fishing' from Tofino Time Magazine.