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Winter Steelhead

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Winter Steelhead

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:28 pm

The photo of the week shows Brendan Morrison (on the left) and his friend posing a nice wild Steelhead they landed while being guided by Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures last fall. Brendan, a pro NHL hockey player played for the Vancouver Canucks but now plays for the Anaheim Ducks.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated December 21 – December 28, 2008 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Happy New Year everyone! The extreme cold weather has gone away but it is still very cold and we have had a good dump of snow. The “determined” fishermen are still getting out there. Some would say they’re “crazy”! The Zymoetz (Copper) River closes to angling above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below Zymoetz Canyon) at the end of the month (January 1 to June 15). So get out and enjoy before the closure. To be clear just the upper reaches of the river are closed one still may angle on the very low end, just make sure you fish below the boundary at the first canyon. The Kalum River is open to angling all winter although access to some pools is difficult as to the extreme low water and snow. The Kitimat River is open all winter also and if we get some warmer weather fishing for Trout should be OK.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

One New item posted on "Conservation" December 23/08

NOW BOOKING FOR 2009 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

NOTICE: BOOK EARLY and save money! The Canadian Dollars is low right now. Which way will the Canadian Dollar and the exchange rates go? The answer is no one knows. The Canadian Dollar is low at this time (as of today, Dec 28) A typical Weekly Lodge Package for 7 days/6 nights/5 days of guided fishing will cost $3500 Canadian Dollars in 2009. With the current exchange rate it will now cost $2866.03 in United States Dollars. A savings of $633.97 I would suggest you BOOK NOW before exchange rates go the other way. Cast here for current money conversion rates. Contact me anytime for package details.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at http://www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.

FISHING THIS WEEK:
POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Angler: Where: (none reported this week)

WEATHER: Flurries. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Temperature steady near minus 5. Max. Temp -1 degrees C. Min. Temp. -6 degrees C. Sunrise 8:57 AM Sunset 4:16 PM

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean. Frozen over in spots. And the spots that are open can be full of drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch if you can “brave” the weather.

KALUM RIVER: is in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well…but too cold to fish right now.

This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in poor shape today, with moderate to heavy ice flows and fishing for Steelhead is poor. Just a little too cold. The upper section closes at the end of the month (December 31) but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

*** If any of you have special fishing photos, testimonials, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.



Hello Noel,
I've been meaning to send this to you for over a month, hear is one of the largest if not the largest beautiful Steelhead I've ever landed. It saved the trip for me due to the fact that the first five or six fish I hooked throughout the trip either became unbuttoned or my line broke trying to us a ferruled leader. Without my fishing buddies Mike & Brad along that day this might have become a distant memory of what might have been. Fish like this will keep me coming back until my knees won't hold me stable in that glorious natal waters of the greatest fish that swims. Take care Noel and I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday to you my friend with many more to follow. .
Your friend Bill Johnson

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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Re: Winter Steelhead

Postby allingeneral » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Nice looking fish there Noel. I'm seriously gonna have to make it to Salmon Country one of these days :)
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