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STS Guiding Service December 2009 updates

Posted on December 17th, 2009 by Vic Carrao, STS Guiding Service

The 2009 season has come to an end, all our guides are back to their regular jobs except Ryan and myself who will continue to guide throughout the winter and work on promotions for the 2010 season. Christmas is coming fast, we have put together several Christmas specials and our seminars make for great Christmas Gifts.


Seminars that we offer include jet boating, sturgeon fishing, fly fishing and steelhead fishing. Below you will find links to these offers.

Steelhead Seminar
Jet Boat Seminar
Fly-Fishing Seminar
Sturgeon Seminar

Christmas Specials

Spring sturgeon & steelhead fishing is on the minds of many of our clients.

We are already seeing some booking and quite a bit of interest which may be the sign that the economy is starting to make a come back. Last spring we had some great sturgeon fishing with some 20 & 30 fish days, this year we should be seeing the same kind of results. Steelhead guru & STS guide Gerry Dewar will be guiding all of our guests this coming steelhead season; we are also offering one-day tutorial trips with Gerry for single anglers and small groups.

Steelhead & Spring Specials

One-Day steelhead Fishing

This includes all gear and instructional fishing with one of our very own expert steelhead anglers. Our expert guide will show you the tricks of the trade and how to hunt those elusive steelhead down. This will be our 12th year offering one on one and small group steelhead instruction.

Total cost is $375 for 2 anglers fishing 6 - 8 hours

Two-nights, Two-day Sturgeon/Steelhead Package

This package includes:

  • 2 night accommodations at Fraserview Anglers Retreat
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Lunch each day of fishing
  • All fishing tackle
  • 1 day fishing Steelhead on the Vedder River (8 hours) Fly or conventional
  • 1 day fishing Sturgeon on the Fraser river (6 hours)
  • 2 persons $545.00 p/p - 1 guide/boat on Vedder & Fraser
    3 persons $445.00 p/p - 1 guide/boat on Vedder & Fraser
    4 persons $445.00 p/p - 2 guides on Vedder, 1 guide/boat on Fraser

    All Guided Sturgeon Fishing Adventures from Nov 15 to March 1

    This package includes:

  • Six hours of Fraser River sturgeon fishing
  • Maximum four anglers per boat
  • Total cost is $450 (Fishing licences, tax and gratuity not included)

    4 hour Jet Boat Tour from Hope to Hells Gate.

    This half day tour will begin near the entrance of the Fraser Canyon in the town of Hope. A short 20 minute jet boat ride and you will enter spectacular Saddle Rock Canyon, run rapids such as Lady Franklin, Saddle Rock, Sailor Bar, Sawmill Creek, Little Hells gate with final destination Hells Gate. A few pictures and a return trip to the town of Fort Yale with stops along way and enjoy a relaxing shore lunch on one of the many sandy beaches.

    Fish'n Canada

    Fish'n Canada Show just wrapped up their 4th show fishing with us. This year's show will be airing in early 2010 on Global TV throughout Canada, the World Fishing Network across North America and many other stations across the country. Check the airing schedules in your area.

    The Fish'n Canada Show is the #1 fishing show in the country. June 2010, the Fish'n Canada Show is coming back to film some fly fishing for trophy trout with Vic Carrao of STS. We are really looking forward to this show, as it should be spectacular fishing with some great fun. You can check out Fish'n Canada on their website.


    This past season wasn't quite what we expected. Although the sockeye salmon never turned out in the large numbers, the chinook and pink Salmon runs turned out to be better than predicted. We had our fill of salmon fishing right up until a week ago. The Chum runs were good and the big surprise was the coho fishing. We hooked and landed more coho this year than the past 4 years combined. Pre-season estimates are not available at this time, maybe that is a good thing as they were way off this past year. Looking at the 4 year cycle we should have some good spring & summer chinook fishing as well as great late summer and fall chum and chinook.

    Fraserview Anglers Retreat

    Teresa has been working hard on the B&B getting it ready for next season. That girl just can't stay still. She is already starting to paint the trim, repair wall hangings and we just replaced our old Hot Tub with a brand new 8 man Coastal Spa. Now that I own a twin-engine jet boat I can't have anything with a single engine, this Hot Tub boasts twin 4hp motors pushing 45 jets and even comes with a waterfall and volcano in the center. Should be nice for the winter after a hard day on the ski hill and I'm sure our guests in 2010 will thoroughly enjoy it.

    Our Fraserview Anglers Retreat is already beginning to book up, we still have lots of great dates for all seasons but if your wanting to stay with us from July to November, you want to book as early as possible to ensure your preferred dates are available. October is already 50% full; most other months are around 20%.

    6th Annual Finns & Skins

    Our 6th Annual Finns & Skins Tournament will be held on August 14, 2010. This 10 boat tournament has been sold out for the past 6 years, we expect the same for 2010. Groups of 4 are teamed up with one of our guides for 18 holes of Texas Scramble and 6 hours of guided salmon or sturgeon fishing.

    Lunch and Banquet Dinner is included as well as some great prizes. We have 2 boats available at this time, please call or e-mail for more information.

    Fly Fishing Adventures

    This past year we had some great flyfishing experiences. Our new private lake was a huge success with our Irish Group, we landed several fish over 4 lbs, lots of fish between 12 and 16 inches, a few larger trophy fish were hooked but lost before pictures could be taken.

    For the 2010 season, we will be offering day trips, overnight outfitter camps and packages that include one or more days fly fishing this private jewel for trophy wild rainbows. Check out this page for more information.

    Fly fishing for Sea-run Trout

    Our May/June sea-run trout fishery was nothing short of spectacular. Although we did have a couple slow days near the beginning, most of our trips landed 15 to 20 fish per group. Larger trout in the 5 to 8 lb range were abundant early in the season with best fishing between June 1 to 20th. We are now accepting booking for 2010, we do limit the number of anglers per day so book early so not to be disappointed.

    What's New

    This past season, STS was fortunate enough to be sponsored by one of the worldès largest tackle manufactures, Pure Fishing. The staff at STS has worked hard over the past 15 years and to now gain the respect of our piers is something we do not take lightly. Our guests really appreciated using top of the line equipment while fishing with us, this has made a significant difference in landing those trophy fish for our customers. Over the next few months I will be writing reports on the products we used including rods, reels, lines, hooks and tools of the trade. Stay tuned.

    Hells Canyon Marine will be coming to Abbotsford Tradex, March 2010. I don't want to let the cat of the bag quite yet but this year's line up of HCM boats is going to rock this show. Ryan is working on several special edition boats that will show why HCM is the #1 leading innovating jet boat builder in North America.l

    Looking for a new or used jet boat? Hells Canyon Marine carry a good selection of used boats including, Customwelds, Thunderjet, Weldcraft, Bentz and more. Orders for new HCM Jet Boats are on the increase so if your wanting to take advantage of the strong Canadian Dollar, now's the time. If your still shopping, be sure to give HCM a call, prices are competitive to stock production boats so why not go with a custom boat.

    Don't support Illegal Guiding

    Beginning Dec 1, 2009. All fishing guides or anyone who transport passengers via boat in British Columbia must be certified under the Transport Canada Blue Decal Program. This program requires guides to carry certifications in Marine Safety, First Aid and have their boats inspected for safety and stability. We encourage you to hire guides who have upgraded their training and improved the safety of their boats. You can read more.

    DJet Boat Seminar (Mission to Hells Gate)

    Come join us for a full day on the water jet boating the Fraser River from Mission to Hells Gate. 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. More info.

    Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours

    Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours Ltd has now completed its first season, we are happy to report that all guests made it back to the dock safely and in one piece. Our new website is complete and up and running on the web, you can check it out. Lots of new pictures and videos to come.

    The 2010 season is going to be exciting, we have added one more twin engine jet boat and now have the capacity to carry 30 passengers per trip. Although most of our trips depart from Hope, we are scheduling dates for the 160 mile round trip departing from Mission. Speaking of that, we are also offering instructional jet boating , see our website for more information.

    Final words

    The Staff at STS would like to thank all of you who chose to fish with us this past year. We appreciate your business and invite you to come back and fish with us again in 2010. Over the winter we will be working on several corporate and repeat booking incentives, we will be in contact with you in the next month or two, if you don't hear from us, please call or e-mail me.

    Have a great holiday, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Staff at STS. Vic, Teresa, Tom, Ryan, Doug, Gerry, Rob, Wayne & Chad.

    Vic Carrao
    STS Guiding Service
    604 671-FISH (3474)

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