Derek W. Cowan, Fishing Guides offers custom-tailored walking salmon and trout fishing tours on the rivers of central Vancouver Island.

Are you an experienced angler looking for a local guide to get you “on the fish?” A novice seeking an introduction to the art and science of sports fishing? Is your dream a gentle walk along an obscure trout stream fly casting for cutthroat? Or an epic battle with a chinook salmon? Derek is the guide for you.

Derek W. Cowan offers half-day and full day tours starting at $99. Two people maximum. We fish the Little and Big Qualicum Rivers, the Puntledge, the Oyster, the Campbell, the Quinsum, the Stamp and a couple small creeks and estuaries.

Bring your gear and lunch. We can provide the fishing gear if you don’t have your own. You are responsible for transportation to and from trail heads and must have a B.C. freshwater fishing license available only online.


Derek Cowan is a third generation west coast angler. He began fishing the rivers of Vancouver Island 30-years ago and has not stopped. He is a licensed and insured B.C. freshwater angling guide.

Derek is also a renowned artist whose fine press books and carved blocks are collected worldwide, including the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a writer that has been published in Major Canadian Newspapers, a scholar who graduated at the top of his class, a tree planter, musician and carpenter.


Contact Derek today to plan an outing or check Dates 250-736-1222 or derekcowan@mail.com

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