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BOOKING NOW for spring Steelhead and summer Chinook King Sal

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BOOKING NOW for spring Steelhead and summer Chinook King Sal

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:51 pm

The photo of the week shows Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven holding up one of his clients huge Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon caught last season. Hopefully a good run makes it to the river this year. If you’d like to book a trip for one of these beautiful fish in June or July please contact me anytime.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated February 22 – March 1, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: It has been cold at the beginning of the week but is finally warming up for the weekend. Both the upper and lower Kalum and lower Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers are open to Steelhead fishing. The Kalum River opens up to guiding on March 15th. There are still a few spots open. I have heard the Steelhead fishing is very good. I hear a rumour spring is on its way!

February 25, 2009 One "New" podcast is posted on Podcast

The category for this show is: Meet the "best" river fishing guide. The guide today is Ron Wakita. The show starts off with a short video clip (55 seconds) of Ron assisting his guiding client Carl Heinz to land a BIG Chinook (King) Salmon on the Kitimat River in July. The clip ends with the photo above of Ron, the BIG Chinook, Carl Heinz, Julie (Ron's daughter) and me. The podcast continues with an audio interview. Plays for 13:19 in Quick Time


One New item posted on "Conservation" March 1/09
One New podcast re Meet the "best" River Fishing Guide February 25/09
One New scenic photo posted on "Scenic Photos" February 23/09

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 to read more of what I have to offer.

BOOK EARLY and save money! The Canadian Dollar 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, Feb 15) 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 $2751.36 in United States Dollars. A savings of $748.64 (most so far this year) 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 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.


Ron Wakita
Gill McKean

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.


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

WEATHER: Periods of snow and blowing snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Windy. High minus 1. Sunrise 7:23 AM Sunset 6:10 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 4 degrees. Minimum -3 degrees.

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: Is in good shape, low and clean but still frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on those ice shelves. The spots that are open can have some drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.

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. The water is extremely low and the fish are easily spooked. Walking around is getting a little easier as a lot of the snow has melted. The boat ramps are getting easier to access.

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: The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is fishing well for Steelhead right now. The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.

KITIMAT RIVER: For most of the week we have had clear days with blue skies. We are still receiving cold winter temperatures but anglers have been able to get out and fish for trout on the Kitimat River and her tributaries. Trout fishing has been productive for Jody Dennill, a local hardcore trout fisherman. He said "I have been catching quite a few on a fly". Ariel Kuppers, who works in our tackle store, was talking to another Fly fisherman who said he was hooking most of his trout on minnow patterns. He also said that he has been doing really good fishing in Hirsch Creek.

Other trout anglers have been using dew worms as their lure of choice. Worms are usually the most productive lure for trout on the Kitimat River.

We just received a pretty good snowfall last night and it still snowing so hopefully it won't continue for too much longer.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Wes Owens of Golden Adventures was out in the Kitimat Harbour fishing for Winter Chinook earlier in the week and although he didn't catch any he watched a boat in front of him land two nice chinook. Wes estimated the fish to be 10 to 12-pounds which are a typical size for these feeder chinook although we have recorded winter chinook over thirty pounds in the past.

I spoke to another boater in our tackle store who said that he lost a pretty good size chinook because his leader broke. He admitted that he had not checked his leaders before he put them out. After his mishap he retied his leaders but was not able to attract another fish during the rest of the trip. The important lesson to be learned is to always check your line, leaders and tackle before you fish with them.

Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing adventures

Hi Noel, Pierce Clegg and I were out scouting for some fresh fish it is still just a little cold.

Here’s what we were up to this week just out sniffing around for some fresh steelies. They must be still eating and growing in the Ocean we never had a touch. Just on the edge the weather will break and they will make a run for it, I can’t wait to swing my fly through a perfect run and feel that tug and the line peel off. It has been a long winter and I am ready for spring!

Regarding the fish guiding, there are only a few spots open for the best steelheading on earth!

The spring steelhead season offers everything the summer-run does without the crowds or the gill net fishing fleet intercepting our fish. The fish are bright chrome and only migrate short distances on beautiful coastal rivers. They are every bit as aggressive as the summer-run and carry more weight as they have not swum 300 miles or more.

If you have any questions please contact Noel and he will hook you up with a guide that knows the unclassified waters in Region 6 as there are more unclassified rivers than classified. Wouldn’t you like to fish something new? Adventure is what drives us to fish. Gill McKean

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.

2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009


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

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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