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Flyfishing the Stamp River on Vancouver Island
The three adjoining Stamp, Sproat and Somass Rivers flow from Great Central Lake (Stamp River) and Sproat Lake (Sproat River), southeast to the Alberni Inlet, which leads to the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The moderately sized Stamp River and Sproat River join to form the large Somass River, which crosses Highway 4 at the western outskirts of Port Alberni.

The total fishable length of the rivers is 25km. Access is good via Highway 4, Sproat Lake Road, Bamfield Road, and side roads from the Great Central Lake Road and Beaver Creek Road. Much of the access to these rivers is suitable for family cars, on paved or good gravel roads.

The Stamp/Sproat/Somass river system boasts good summer steelhead and great winter steelhead runs. Summer runs are fished in the upper Stamp River. Winter runs are primarily fished in the lower Stamp River (below Stamp Falls), and the Sproat and Somass Rivers.

Sockeye salmon are caught in the summer, with good runs of steelhead, chinook and coho salmon runs in the fall. This river system remains fishable almost all year long.

Located at the top of the Stamp River, the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery is one of the more successful hatcheries on Vancouver Island.

Various launching sites are available for drifting, but caution should be exercised, as some sections are not passable.

Nearest Town: Port Alberni, Sproat Lake, Alberni Inlet

Nearest Lake: Sproat Lake

Nearest Parks: Stamp River Provincial Park, Sproat Lake Provincial Park

Additional Info: A day-use provincial park is located at Stamp Falls, and a variety of accommodation is available in the Port Alberni area. Camping is available at Sproat Lake Provincial Park.

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