Even though there is snow on the ground in Whistler and we are heading into winter there is still fishing to be had. Our local rivers in Squamish and Pemberton are free of ice and will be that way throughout most of the winter. We fish the Cheakamus and Squamish Rivers south of Whistler for Dolly Varden and resident trout. North of Whistler there is the Lillooet River system with dolly's and trout also.
These low elevation river valleys can be 10C warmer on winter days. For this reason the fish stay active and 'bite' even though it's cold outside. Both the Dolly Varden and the trout are feeding on the remains of salmon that spawned this fall. Egg flies and flesh flies are the most productive patterns right now.
Not only is there fishing at this time of year but there is also excellent wildlife viewing as well. We see large numbers of eagles on our rivers feeding on the remains of the spawning salmon, along with coyotes, elk, deer and the occasional bob cat.