Hello and welcome to the Michael & Young fishing report updated on the 21st of November.
After a decent start to the fall salmon season, recent extreme weather has nearly shut down the fishing in the lower mainland. Rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis, Harrison and Squamish have been extremely high and dirty due to heavy rain and winds, but have come back into great shape, albeit with a few less salmon. There will still be fresh salmon moving through. Best bets are north side of the Fraser rivers like the Harrison, Dewdney Slough, Stave and Chehalis. The Chehalis can produce coho right through late December.
The Stave and some of the sloughs are still fishable at this point, mainly for coho and chum. If you are targeting coho, try stripping rolled muddlers, flash flies, X-Mass Trees, and small wooly buggers above the fish, remember coho cannot look down. At this time of year, with the weather getting cold and the fish becoming a little stale, slow you retrieve down to a crawl. This is often the difference between catching a few fish, or just having a nice visit with yourself. Another trick for fishing over stale fish is to switch your fly often, seems every fly will work but one needs to keep showing them something different to keep them interested. For the chum, try bright marabou patterns in chartreuse, purple, or orange, and fish them close to the bottom on a sink tip.