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Terrace BC Steelhead Fly fishing guide

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:21 pm

The photo of the week shows repeat guest Yvonne Williams and her guide, Greg Buck, pose with one of many Steelhead that she landed during the last 3 days while fishing at the lodge. She caught the majority of her fish on "the Heather," an intruder-like fly fashioned with black and blue feathers. Photo by: Mike Kenyon

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated April 6 – April 13, 2008

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: It has been mostly cool, cloudy with scattered rain all week. I never thought I would say I hope it rains but we really do need something to get the water levels up. I had a good look at the rivers and it appears they have started to come up. The Zymoetz (Copper) actually got dirty, not surprising for this river. I guess if we had a streak of hot weather that would do it and down will come the snow pack from the mountains. Savvy fishermen and fishing guides have figured out how to keep the bite going for Steelhead despite the low water conditions.

Speaking of savvy guides check out a report from host Jeff Bright and guide Dustin Kovacvich below:

Jeff says, “I'm happy to come to you with a glowing report from my first visit to the Skeena and Nicholas Dean Lodge this year. Guest Martin Walker and I found near-perfect conditions and good numbers of willing fish, including one heavy buck that taped out to 22-23 pounds. Also, encouraging was the number of large, bright female fish. Hopefully, this will translate into a productive spawn and forecasts strong runs this summer and fall.” Photo credits: Jeff Bright. Check out the full trip report at ... 8_mar.html

BOAT RAMP Fishermen’s Park boat ramp on the lower Kalum River is now open. The parking lot has been graded. Everything is in good shape.
- Apr 3/08 one item posted on “Conservation”
- Apr 8/08 one video clip posted on “Video Clips”
- Apr 10/08 one video clips posted on “Video Clips” under new category “Tips and Techniques”

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.


Chad Black
Ron Wakita

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


WEATHER: Showers. Windy. High plus 6. Region normal: Max. Temp. 12 degrees C. Min. Temp. 3.7 degrees C. Sunrise 6:36 AM Sunset 8:33 AM

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 a little colored up from the dirty Zymoetz (Copper) River but still very fishable. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in good shape and starting to come up a little bit. Kitimat River is very low and clean and is starting to come up a bit also.


SKEENA RIVER: ... id=08EF001

KITIMAT RIVER: ... id=08FF002

SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean although a little colored from the Zymoetz (Copper River). Fishing for Steelhead is good if you know where to go and what to do.

KALUM RIVER: The water, both upper and lower sections are in excellent shape and fishing for Steelhead is good. The water is very low, so one must be very careful if using a boat. I have heard of one jet-boat smashing the bottom pretty good in a shallow rocky tail-out.

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 Steelheaders to enjoy. Water is dirty.

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 April 6 to April 12/08

Hello Anglers,

It seems as though we’re finally starting to receive some of the rains more commonly associated with the early Spring season. Though it might make the fishing experience a little wetter and colder, the change in conditions is a positive one for waking up lethargic fish and bringing in fresh “chromers” from the large waters of the Skeena. The fishing for the guests at our lodge during the past week has also reflected this. On their first day of fishing, Mike Kenyon and Yvonne Williams had a fantastic outing – all in all, hooking several Steelhead on the fly. See Photo of the Week. Perhaps even more significant, the last pool of the day actually surrendered two Steelhead – at the same time! Double headers are one of those rare feats in Steelhead fly fishing that simply don’t happen very often, and I’m sure that Mike and Yvonne will remember this day for a long time to come.

For those of you who might remember, Yvonne was the lucky angler to have hooked and landed the largest Steelhead seen at the lodge last year. The fish was conservatively estimated at 27-28 lbs, a monstrous fish. For Yvonne, there was another fish that “got away” this year, having wrapped her line and leader around a large midstream log, a fish so large she figured it was similar in size to last year’s fish. Paying your dues in Steelhead fishing is sometimes a lesson that needs to be learned, albeit the hard way, but the rewards are almost always worth the effort…

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 weather staying colder the Kitimat River remained very low. Some anglers commented that we needed a little rain to bump the river level up to encourage more Steelhead into the river. We received snow Friday morning and it changed to rain and has rained well into Saturday. The river is looking good with the higher water and more Steelhead should be migrating up the river. Al Skender and his fishing partner hooked three Steelhead Thursday morning landing two. Ariel Kuppers landed a 16lb. Steelhead Saturday morning. He also landed a pretty nice Dolly Varden. Many other steelhead have been reported.

Driftboaters are cautioned about the log jam above Powerlines. Mike Herzberz who took the picture of the log jam (included with this report) comments that "it would be very difficult to portage around the log jam". Thanks Mike. Good Luck! Tight Lines!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Not a lot to report from the Douglas Channel which is typical for this time of year. Most boaters are de-winterizing their boats in preparation for the upcoming season. The boaters that are venturing are mostly crabbing and doing a little bottom fishing.

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


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

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


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

2008 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)

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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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Re: Terrace BC Steelhead Fly fishing guide

Postby allingeneral » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:54 pm

NoelGyger wrote:The photo of the week shows repeat guest Yvonne Williams and her guide, Greg Buck, pose with one of many Steelhead that she landed during the last 3 days while fishing at the lodge.

Noel, I can't find the photo of the week! Can you post it with your reports here? :)
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