Since Coho has opened on the Cowichan River as of November 6th, we figured that we would give you all some helpful tactics.
An important thing to remember when looking for coho is that they like very slow water when the river is high. Avoid faster spots where you would normally fish for steelhead and look for stagnant areas of water. This is where the fish like to rest and seem to be most aggressive towards lures.
Lures that are most successful for coho on the Cowichan River are medium to large sized spinners and spoons. We recommend #4 and #5 silver and gold blades with blue, orange, red, chartreuse bodies. We carry a variety of these in Gibbs Koho spoons, R n’B, Blue fox, and Trophy Tackle. Use a 20-30 lb Power Pro braid with a 24 inch 15-20lb monofilament (or fluorocarbon) leader. This setup works best with a medium (8-17lb) spin combo.
If you would like to fly fish for coho, try black, pink, chartreuse or purple weighted flies. Use a moderate sink tip with an average sink rate of 3-4 in/sec. For your combo, use a 6-8 weight.
Remember to make sure to get a freshwater salmon tag if you intend to keep your coho. We anticipate that this fishery will extend into next week.