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Reviewed December 26, 2011
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What You'll Get
Fishing is like raising children: both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocket full of worms to entice co-operation. Impress your family with today's Groupon to Great River Fishing Adventures. Choose between the following options:
• For $125, you get a four-hour educational sturgeon fishing trip (a $250 value).
• For $125, you get a four-hour salmon or steelhead fly-fishing trip (a $250 value).
Great River Fishing supplies rods and tackle on each excursion. Current fishing locations will be discussed with customers upon booking. Each trip is for four people so Groupon customers will be paired with others, or may use four Groupons to put together a private trip. While sturgeon populate the river system year-round, steelhead are more prevalent during January through mid-May and salmon are most likely to use their timeshares during peak season in mid-August through November.
Great River Fishing's expert staff lead sport-fishing expeditions—with an eye toward local-wildlife conservation—through stretches of the Fraser River. A four-hour fishing expedition escorts adventurer duos in one of the company fleet’s 20 custom-welded river jet boats on a hunt for living-dinosaur white sturgeon. Blending the sport of line fishing with education on the deep denizen's 100-million-year existence, local habitat, and life cycles, each water-whispering excursion teaches current conservation efforts. Tour participants have the opportunity to tag, measure, and scan, recording each fish's personal data and credit-card numbers. Instructors will also discuss the prime seasons and proper bait for securing a finshake with the disguised river gods.
A fly-fishing adventure takes rod-wielders spying for salmon on the Fraser River and surrounding tributaries, or for steelhead on the Vedder River. During a four-hour instructional, four packs of pupils receive guidance in the basics of the craft, honing skills to cast in single, double-hand, and piggyback spey-fishing style. Anglers browsing running waters for salmon may have the opportunity to catch each of the five Pacific species. If fishing for steelhead, specialized guides lead their groups to prime fishing spots and equip them with proper fly and tackle.
Experienced spey casters also school boat-bound students on proper knot tying and rigging, water reading, relevant entomology, and stream etiquette. Participants develop fish-safe catch-and-release techniques, learning that ecosystems, like golden Frisbees, only become more valuable once they're gone. Participants of all experience levels take to the rods and ropes in hands-on instruction, and they may expect to see eagles, bears, otters, and other wildlife.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional Sturgeon trip options as gifts. Limit 4 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 72hr cancellation notice required. Subject to weather and availability. Trips go out in groups of 4. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Great River Fishing Adventures
Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jeremy Wade of Discovery Channel's River Monsters and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
Click here to see video of the record sturgeon.