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Fly Fishing for BC Steelhead

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:34 pm

The photo of the week shows Chad Black of Nicholas Dean Lodge with a beautiful winter run Steelhead landed on a Skeena River tributary.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated February 3 – February 10, 2008
(Number 57)

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather is not much better than it was last week. It warmed up a bit but in my opinion it is still too cold to fish. Now, this may not be the case with the younger folk. The young folk’s say all you need to do is dress properly. Check-out the photo below:

Is this what they mean by proper dress? This photo was taken quite a few years ago. The fellow in the photo is Mark Krupa and he called this shot “drifting through space”. Did we have fun or what in these conditions winter steelheading on the Kalum River? Photo by Mark Krupa (at least is was his camera) I took the shot.

Extreme cold and blowing snow drifts have been the norm over the last couple of days. The Kitimat River is basically frozen over, check out the Ron Wakita report below.


- Jan 31/08 update #1 posted on “Quality Waters Strategy”
- Feb 6/08 one article posted on “Informational Articles”
- Feb 10/08 one article posted on “Informational Articles”

NOTE Re the “Quality Waters Strategy” in the Skeena Region. I expect to be posting further updates on my site next week. Stay tuned.

NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges. 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.

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.


Craig Murray
Ron Wakita
Chad Black

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


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

WEATHER: Periods of snow. Amount 5 cm. Windy. High -3. Wind chill -22. Region normal: Max. Temp. 2 degrees C. Min. Temp. -4 degrees C. Sunrise 8:07 am Sunset 5:30 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.

For current Terrace weather information please cast on: ... f=wxbtnold

WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena is very low and in good shape although sections of the river are frozen over. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in good shape. Kitimat River is low and clean.


SKEENA RIVER: ... id=08EF001

KITIMAT RIVER: ... id=08FF002

SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean. Frozen over in spots. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout but is just too cold and windy to fish right now.

KALUM RIVER: The water, both upper and lower sections are in excellent shape and fishing for Steelhead is good as long as one can “brave” the weather.

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: The upper section is closed to fishing as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for 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 Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge for the Week of February 3 to 9, 2008

Earlier this week in the Skeena region, temperatures were warming and by all indications, the rivers were well on their way to thawing. I spoke to a few friends who had mentioned they were able to get out fishing briefly in the middle of the week, but fishing was slow and they had to look around for some open water to fish. Since then, we have been gripped by temperatures as low as – 12 C and a few feet of snow, closing off all fishing opportunities, unless one wanted to get out ice fishing!

Still, we are opportunistic that temperatures will start warming soon and we’ll be able to rid of ourselves of this mid-winter cabin fever!

If you’re thinking of trying your hand at fishing the Skeena region this year, whether it be for Spring Steelhead or Trophy Chinook, I highly suggest that you contact Noel. Noel has been living in the Skeena region all his life, and is a wealth of knowledge regarding the best times to fish and can tailor an experience that is right for you.

Be sure to check out this week’s feature on trophy Chinook fishing to see if this type of fishing might appeal to you. Here is a little bit of the article:

Fishing for Trophy Skeena River Chinook

It never ceases to amaze me that some local residents in Terrace have little idea of exactly what’s in their backyard. The same can be said of my hometown in Fergus, Ontario regarding brown trout fishing. Sure, they know that the Skeena and its tributaries have some fish that move through each year, but on more than a few occasions, it’s surprised me that they weren’t aware that some of the largest Salmon and Steelhead in the world return to the river in front of them each year. This is made even more apparent since the river is world famous for the fish it produces, and anglers travel from all over the globe to have a chance at these fish.

Cast to this link to read the rest of the story: ... hinook.doc

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels,

Chad Black
Operations Manager
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: With the recent cold weather, the Kitimat River is almost completely frozen from bank to bank in the lower Kitimat. There is very limited access to the upper Kitimat River and very poor fishing conditions yet we received reports of a couple of snowmobilers fishing the Powerlines and catching a couple of trout. You have to admire the resourcefulness of the "hardcore angler".

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: There have been a couple of boats who braved the winter elements this week looking for winter chinook but neither of the boaters I spoke to were able to catch any. The herring usually start to migrate into the Kitimat harbour this time of the year to spawn and the feeder chinook follow them into this end of the Douglas Channel. This fishery is difficult to predict. It happens when it happens usually some time between now and the end of March.

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables ... h&region=1

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort

Now that’s a Coho. Bobby has caught himself a beautiful, fresh in, Silver Salmon. It’s big, weighing in at around 17-pounds.

This is a Nimmo Bay fall run Coho, which can potentially be on the end of your line. Call Noel and he’ll assist you in starting the process to end up with one of these in your photo album as well.

Craig Murray, Owner
Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)

To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Note from Noel: This year in 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.


2005/2007 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007

2006/2007 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007

NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s


The photo shows Boris Konovalov with a fresh fall 2007 Coho landed while being guided by Dustin Kovacvich of Nicholas Dean Lodge. Boris and his two fishing companions really enjoyed themselves here fishing on many different rivers for Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. Thank you for sending the photos Genady.


To: Nimmo Bay Resort: “You and your family offer unparalleled service in the most spectacularly beautiful spot in the world. Your food, fishing and all round fun is off the chart!” Mark Bradley, Morgan Stanley

To: Nicholas Dean Lodge: “Another stellar experience.” – Ed Inglehart, Washington


This photo shows Brad Feenstra with a gorgeous Skeena River summer-run Steelhead. He was being guided last fall 2007 by Randy Marshall of Randy’s River Guiding. Brad explained he will be back this year. Thanks for sending me the photo Brad.

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

2007 TV SHOW SCHEDULE FOR SPORTFISHING BC with host Mark Pendlington
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A Channel 7:00 AM PST
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World Fishing Network Check local listings

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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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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Re: Fly Fishing for BC Steelhead

Postby allingeneral » Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:51 pm

Thanks for the weekly report, Noel. It's nice to see you again! :)
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