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Guided Steelhead fishing in British Columbia

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Guided Steelhead fishing in British Columbia

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:11 pm

The photo of the week is a beautiful, wild male Steelhead landed by Kevin Doddridge on the Kalum River this winter. It is one big fish that could be estimated to weigh between 15 and 20-pounds. Photo by Laine Cosens

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated January 6 – January 13, 2008
(Number 53)

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Fishing for Steelhead this winter has been good on a number of our local rivers. The weather has been a bit on the cool side and sometimes wet but that will not stop dedicated Steelheaders from going out.

Thank you to those who have sent me their vote for best 2007 fishing Photo of the Week. Keep those votes coming. It is wonderful to hear from you. I will let you know at the end of January which one received the most votes.


- Jan 1/08 Vote for your favorite 2007 Photo of The Week
- Jan 12/08 Info to book the guided Steelhead “Season Opener” March 15 on the Kalum River
- Jan 13/08 One item posted on Market Place

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

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 or rain changing to periods of rain this morning. High plus 3. Region normal: Max. Temp. -1 degrees C. Min. Temp. -6 degrees C. Sunrise 8:50 am Sunset 4:36 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 Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape but ice is starting to form. Also some parts of the river are completely frozen over. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in good shape. Kitimat River is low and clean.


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

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.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: With the Christmas decorations been put away may create some time to think about fishing. The weather in the Kitimat area is far from optimal. We have had one of the more severe winters with more snow than we have had in recent years. I met a couple of anglers in our tackle store who were going to brave the elements and fish for some trout. I directed them to the Sawmill, Cable Car, Humphry's and Goose Creek. These are all fishing spots on the Kitimat River that usually produce this time of the year. More importantly, they are fishing spots with easy accessibility. They said they would call me or stop back into the store with the fishing results. As soon as I receive the info I will forward the info in this report. Stay tuned if winter trout fishing is of interest to you.

My guiding company, Reliable Guide and Charters Ltd. is starting to do booking trips for the 2008 season. I just booked two couples to do a four day drift boat package for Steelhead. We have also received numerous inquiries for Salt water charters. The 2008 Chinook season has created the most interest as this season's projections for Chinook are extremely good. Please contact Noel for booking details.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Weather conditions have prohibited any fishing activity in the Douglas Channel. I have spoken to many Salt anglers who are itching to get out including myself. When weather permits stay tuned to this report for fishing information in the Douglas Channel. We can expect winter Chinook fishing to start any time.

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

This is a great shot of one of our lunch spots. A coast range restaurant that is never crowded. After a morning of fishing, we can come here to eat, drink and think our way to the afternoon fishery. Over 50,000 sq. miles from sea level to seven thousand feet is available to us and our guests. The glacier here is a magnificent piece of ice, slowly retreating and melting as our climate gets warmer. We have noticed glaciers disappear over the 27 years we have been flying the coast.

It is time we all had a good look at what we do within our environments and how do we reduce our carbon footprints and reliance on fossil fuels. Nimmo Bay is very active in these areas and is a part of a new Sustainable tourism collective to understand the best practices of its members and how to position tourism in BC as a Sustainable Industry into the future. We all have to ask ourselves if this government wants tourism to double its revenues by 2015, how do they plan to do that without doubling the carbon footprint of the industry?

I trust many of BC’s tourism people will be at the Tourism Industry Conference Feb. 20 – 22 in Vancouver at the Wall Centre. Perhaps I will see you there.

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 is of a beautiful wild Steelhead and Evgeny Lebedeff of Moscow, Russia. A long way to travel and fish but Evgeny and his two fishing buddies really enjoyed themselves. They booked with me in late September 2007 and their guide was Dustin Kovacvich of Nicholas Dean Lodge. They booked for five days, traveled a lot of country and fished many different rivers.


To: Nimmo Bay Resort: “Craig Murray provides great fun, great sports and great entertainment at Nimmo Bay.” Herb Kelleher, CEO, Southwest Airlines

To: Nicholas Dean Lodge: “Great fishing! Fabulous company!” – Bob Owen


The photo above was sent to me by Laine Cosens. He and his friend Kevin had a good time fishing on the Kalum River this winter. They caught some very nice Steelhead.

*** 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
CHANNEL Friday Saturday Sunday
Sportsnet Pacific 6:30 AM PST
(9:30 AM EST)
Knowledge Network 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 11:30 PM PST
(2:30 PM EST)
A Channel 7:00 AM PST
(10:00 AM EST)
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)

MARKETPLACE (Sportfishing related items only please) Contact me anytime to list your items
Buy, sell, trade or swap your item or items by listing them here today
Your Ad will receive LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL exposure:
• Your Ad will be posted on my website
• Your Ad will be promoted in my Weekly Fishing Reports
• Your Ad will be posted on other websites who host my fishing reports

Examples of what to list: Boats and accessories, Motors, Vehicles, Air Craft, Rods, Reels, Tackle, Real Estate (i.e. fishing lodge), Rentals (Cabins Cottages), Lakeshore, Tourist accommodation, ATV, RV's, RV sites, Taxidermy, Books, Magazines, Videos, Photographs, Antiques, Artwork, Clothing, Employment, Trade/Swap and Wanted, Help Wanted, etc.

For Sale: Classified Rod Days. Angling Guide in Terrace BC has an angling license on the class 2 section of the Skeena River and 50 rod days for sale. It is a great opportunity for some one expanding a business or trying to get a foot in the door. Contact Adam 250-635-9765 or e-mail New Jan 13/03

For Sale: Do you want to get into the angling guide business and want to purchase classified rod days? I have 450 Skeena 2 rod days and license for sale. Contact Chris in Austria via e-mail

For Sale: 20 foot Jetcraft. This boat is in immaculate shape. It has 158 hours on it. Power is a 350 cubic inch Chevy with a 3 stage Kodiak jet. Lockable storage in the bow, built in fish tank in the bow with running water, lockable side tray on the port side, Humming Bird sounder/fishfinder, rod holders, sleeper seats on port side, pedestal helmsman seat, storage box seat, has heater and defroster. Tandem TI trailer with bearing buddies and brakes on all 4 wheels. Deluxe in every way! $28,000. For more information Terrace BC call Ted 250-635-5072

Wanted to buy: 18-20 foot flat bottom jet boat with centre console, motor and trailer a bonus but not mandatory. Peachland BC Contact Rob 250-767-6456 or 250-864-8644 or or Rick 250-212-2314

For Sale: magnificent Fishing Lodge in the heart of Patagonia. Located in what probably is the very best spot for salmon runs in the whole South American continent. Ask for full information by contacting Carlos Hernandez of Hunting & Fishing in South America via e-mail

Wanted to buy: large arbour reel for 9-10 wt Spey rod. Would consider a used one in good condition. Terrace BC E-mail Rick Morrison

For Sale: 12 foot Port-a-bote folding boat. $1000. Terrace BC Phone 250-631-3161

For Sale: 16 foot Aluminum boat with a 40hp Evinrude. Boat, trailer and motor $1500. Complete with Hummingbird sounder, VHF marine radio, downriggers $2000. Kitimat BC E-mail

For Sale: Three 20 foot Custom Flat Bottom Jet Sleds (build by Dennis Farnsworth) with Mercury 90hp/65 Jet and trailers. $8000 each OBO Houston BC E-mail James Britton

To view the items currently listed please cast to:

To receive my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT and PHOTO via e-mail please send your name and e-mail address to: Noel Gyger


Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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Re: Guided Steelhead fishing in British Columbia

Postby RACN35 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:32 am

sure sounds like fun !!
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Re: Guided Steelhead fishing in British Columbia

Postby allingeneral » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:13 pm

Noel, you can post all of the "For Sale" items from your posts into the Fisherman's Trading Post forum if you like...along with contact information. Link below:

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