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Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing

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Winter Steelhead Fly Fishing

Postby NoelGyger » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:55 pm

Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger January 30 to February 6, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: We had a lot of rain during the week but most rivers held their shape.
The Skeena River is in good shape but full of ice flows and frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on the ice ledges! There may be some Steelhead wintering over in some locations. The Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available year round.
The Kalum River came up a little bit but is still in good shape.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is coloured up and fishing for Steelhead is slow. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.
The Lakelse River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout should be Ok now since the weather warmed up. Lake ice fishing has started and the
fishing is good. Beware of thin ice!
Kitimat River: Early this week we endured sub zero temperatures and the onslaught on Ice Rain. Where we parked our vehicles for a couple hours, we had to chip the ice off our windshields. Mid week’s warmer temperatures combined with clean river conditions produced good numbers on Trout. The weather warmed up and we received some rain the river was high and dirty at the time of this Report. (Friday)
Douglas Channel; The colder temperatures and the Ice Rain deterred boaters from venturing out. Warmer temperatures are forecast for the weekend which may encourage some boaters to venture. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook fishing, weather depending. If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me anytime.

There is a New! guiding and fishing destination for 2011 being developed in the far northwest of BC and Alaska Rivers where you can: "fly fish for and catch salmon, steelhead and trout until your arms will feel like they will fall off!" Click on the Fishing Report BOOKMARK "Gary Miltenberger - New Destination Stikine River plus a dozen more rivers" BOOKING NOW for 2011

New Items on Website

- January 26, 2011 One New item (New Webpage added: News Bulletin)

River Reports

Note: fishing reports for the Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox, Babine and Meziadin Rivers North are posted “in-season” only.

Kalum River Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing for Steelhead is good. Both spin and fly is working well. Reminder: Bait ban Jan 1 – Mar 15

Lakelse River Is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is OK as long as you can have river access through the snow.

Lakelse Lake Ice fishing has started and catches of Trout is good.

Skeena River The Skeena River is full of ice flows, ice ledges and is frozen over in some locations.
Please be careful walking on the ice. Fishing for Steelhead is over. There may be some Trout available.

Zymoetz (Copper) River The water is coloured. There are substantial ice flows. The river is frozen over in some locations. Fishing for Steelhead is very slow. Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon Jan 1 – June 15. You can still fish below the sign all winter.

Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week

Type of Fish Caught
River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 12-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: 10-pound Chinook

Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

Website: and
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Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River Early this week we endured sub zero temperatures and the onslaught on Ice Rain. We you parked our vehicles for a couple hours, we had to chip the ice
off our windshields.

Mid week's warmer temperatures combined with clean river conditions produced good number of Trout. The best method for fishing for Trout on the Kitimat River is float fishing with a Gibbs Float and the Kitimat Combo. The Kitimat Combo is a Berkley Power Bait Worm and a Bubba's Bait Barn Dew Worm. The weather warmed up and we received some rain the river was high and dirty at the time of this Report. (Friday)

Douglas Channel The colder temperatures and the Ice Rain deterred boaters from venturing out. Warmer temperatures are forecast for the weekend which may encourage some boaters to venture. Stay tuned.

Jan 30 Glen Kilcup of Fish Hawk Guiding reports, "Well it wasn't long after the sun arrived that Mike and I got out to test drive the jetboat on this perfect winter day...we'll be going again! We started using Luhr Jensen planer boards with mad flash Storm hot n tots on the terminal end. Both of us had fish on at different times in the same pool but they managed to come unbuttoned. Later we changed to spoons. Mike had the Illusion 65 made by Gibbs / and was able to land this respectable fish....good job Mike! Hot n Tots are specific crank bait from Storm which I introduced to the region allot of years ago. Bringing them from my childhood Bass and pike fishing, to the western world of Salmon and Steelhead, they have proven to be again one of the most effective lures for big game fish I have ever used. For more info on how you can get into some of these with all sizes and colours not available locally, drop me a line." Well done Glen and Mike. Thank You sharing the photo and excellent information.

Special Report - Irrigation Lake

Jan 22 Glen Kilcup of Fishawk Guiding reports, "Here's a respectable brookie I caught this weekend. I attended the 2nd annual ice fishing derby at Irrigation Lake where the biggest fish caught was 1 pound 10 ounces. I landed 8 fish and lost 5 but was not able to place, but my partner Mike cashed one in at 1.2. He ended up in 6th position. Not very many fish were even weighed in as the day for most was fishless. Good clear, warm weather prevailed for most of the weekend here but the lakes were very watery and slushy with still 2 feet of ice. The day turned out to be allot of fun and success for organizers Calvin & Brenda Glaim of Houston. With a wide variety of sponsors and donations, the proceeds go to the houston food bank. Good job guys! Next year they claim it will be bigger and better again! Lots of derby info will be posted on Facebook. The Brook trout pictured here was quite close to 5 lbs and was released. Salt water krill was my bait of choice and has always proven effective in winter and in all lake trolling situations. Good times........"

We are Booking for the 2011 Fishing Season. Any interested Anglers please contact Noel Gyger

Thank You to everyone who provided photos and info to this Fishing Report.

Good Health, Good Fishing

Sincerest regards, Ron Wakita

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January 3, 2011 – Alexandra Morton Update


The Cohen Inquiry is churning away quietly, many of you may have heard that its' final report has been delayed. I am working to prepare for the Aquaculture portion - which is a time-consuming effort as there are 100,000s of documents to be made sense of. It is very unfortunate the final report has now been delayed a year, but I am doing everything possible to make this matter. I believe this is an extremely significant process, even though I have become cynical of government processes. For those of you on Facebook, there are some dedicated people attending nearly daily, Elena Edwards and Sabra Woodworth, and they are writing as they sit in the Inquiry. Much of it has been tedious by the sounds of it but I am thankful of the effort they are putting into this.!/event.php?ei ... 5692098919

Anissa Reed has made us a Valentines' Day card - For the Love of Wild Salmon - which you can download and send to whomever you like, but we are hoping many will send it to the King of Norway, to let him know we love our wild salmon too much to risk them and want salmon feedlots to move out of the ocean and you can also send them to our elected members of our government.

I have sent our letter to the Minister of Fisheries asking that she do everything possible to find out if a retrovirus is infecting our wild salmon, where it came from and how we can minimize its' affect. You can see it at we cleaned up the language and included the comments because there is such a diversity of voices in your comments. If more people sign I will send it again. you can sign here: ... QVJxU3c6MQ

To keep informed on developments worldwide you can visit:

Or visit my blog. Any support is welcome to help us keep up with the demands of the Cohen Inquiry.

For the Love of Wild Salmon


For all list information and functions, see:

Preliminary Salmon Outlook for 2011

Prepared November 24, 2010 by North Coast StAD and Institute of Ocean Science

Preliminary forecast of status (version 1)
Categorical, not quantitative
Status and targets are based on a variety of approaches including expert opinion

Skeena Region Outlook

Lower Range - below target
Upper Range - near target
Lower Range - conservation concern
Upper Range - abundant
Lower Range - below target
Upper Range - abundant
Lower Range - conservation concern
Upper Range - abundant
Brood escapement good, above average returns expected.

Cast here to view the full report and learn the details: ... utlook.pdf

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What do I want to fish for (Salmon, Steelhead or Trout)? When is the best time? What is the best way to fish for them? How long is the guided day? Do we fish from a boat or walk and wade? What kind of boats do the guides use (drift boat, jet boat or raft, etc)? What have other anglers caught at this time? Are there any pictures? What was the biggest fish? What was the weather like? How do I get there? What do I need to bring? Are there any testimonials? YES, go here for testimonials.

To start to answer any of the above questions and more please check out the Past Fishing Reports webpage at There are links there that go back to fishing reports from 1996 right up until today. Who should I contact for more information? Contact Noel Gyger he will be more than happy to help you.

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Contact me anytime to post your items. There is no charge for a posting. Here are the latest postings:

Rod Days for Sale: 50 Skeena River, section 2, classified rod-days for $2000. These rod-days come without the license. Without license means they can be sold only to guides that already own Skeena 2 rod-days. Contact Noel Gyger for more info.

Real Estate

Beautiful Log home right next to the famous Kitimat River

Kitimat BC A True Fisherman or Wilderness Lovers Dream Home. 2 minutes to Kitimat River Boat Launch. 3 Bedroom 2 full bathrooms, 2 Levels 1000sq/ft each plus 500sq/ft loft. 1000sq/ft detached heated shop with games room, plus second storage shed on extremely private tree'd lot. Beautiful cozy log cabin style home. Heated floors, many updates, New spa-steam-shower-tub, plus separate stand up shower in main floor bathroom. Loads of potential. Western Red and Yellow Cedar logs, 12"-20"" round. Unique Home. Asking $350,000. Please contact Noel Gyger for more information

Terrace, BC This property is a ten minute drive from the Terrace/Kitimat Airport part way between Terrace and Kitimat. Near Mount Layton Hot springs, within 45 minutes of internationally acclaimed Shames Mountain, 15 minutes from 18 Holes at the Skeena Valley Golf Club, and central in all directions from world class salmon fishing, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking. This property features over 400 feet of sandy beachfront. While approximately 25 acres is left forested, the balance has been levelled and prepared for your dream home, or potential development. This property is home to local wildlife, including Moose, Deer, and perhaps the occasional Spirit Bear, plus countless smaller mammals and birds. This property is truly a one of a kind natural treasure. Properties of this quality rarely become available, act now! Contact Noel for more info.

For Sale: Beautiful one level 4600 sq. ft. home on Skeena River Front 22km East of Terrace, BC

4.92 acres, fenced/landscaped around home. Click here to watch a 14 second video clip ... o-clip.wmv that shows the best gravel bar fishing for Salmon and Steelhead just out your door with stunning mountain views. Fruit trees, flowers, lawn. House was built in 1994 and has 4 bedrooms (so spacious, it could be 6 or more), 3 bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, security system, double garage, tool-shed, storage buildings. The kitchen and dining room are open to one another and adjoins the family room where all the windows draw you in to look out over the Skeena River. The properties adjoining both sides of this home belong to the crown, so your privacy is assured. Suitable as a private home, B&B, lodge, or a private conference centre. Appraised at $640,000 discounted to $475,000 (fully furnished) for quick sale. Contact Noel Gyger for more info New! Oct 27/10

Terrace, BC With over 3200 feet of river front, panoramic mountain views, beautiful natural spring on the property, mobile home and guest cabin, barn, stable, workshop, gardens, a 5 1/2 acre area that was formerly a vegetable growing plot that supplied the local area and has been fallow for several years now. May be organically certifiable. Pick your fishing spot along the riverfront, with several different good looking options available. Clear views of the Seven Sisters range, plus mountains to the East, West and South as well. Located 76 KM East of Terrace this is literally a piece of Paradise on Earth. The balance of the property carries up the ridge toward the majestic peaks on the South side of Highway 16. Perfect as a small farm or build your dream home. Contact Noel for more info, maps and more photo's

Wanted to Buy

I have a client who is interested in property of 5-10 acres or larger on the Skeena River or one of the tribs, not too far out from Terrace BC. Need winter access, hydro and phone connection, or at least wireless coverage. He wants to be able to walk down to the river with his Spey rod and fish, so Skeena 4 would be ideal, but no farther than USK. If you have larger acreage that is sub-dividable to suit my client please Contact Noel Gyger

Contact me anytime to post your FOR SALE river or ocean front property. Retirement folks from around the world are looking for this type of investment where they can fish the rest of their lives and still be close to home! There is NO charge for a posting. My FISHING REPORT AND WEBSITE has world wide reach. Monthly average: over 600,000 server requests handled.
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Hi Noel, I have a client/friend that I’ve been fishing with in the Terrace and Smithers area for the past 10 years. We have been looking recently at land in order to put up a small fishing cabin but we’ve noticed that most land listings in the Terrace area are for large plots. I was wondering if you know of anyone that has a larger plot of land on the Skeena (around Usk would be perfect) that would be interested in subdividing out a section of about 1 or 2 acres. Walking access to Skeena would be nice but not necessary.

I would be able to handle the legal work and associated costs to subdivide, so I just need someone who might be interested in selling off a small piece of their land that they aren’t using. Also, it would need to have vehicle access which we could do by registered right of way across sellers prop if unavailable otherwise. Contact Noel Gyger if you have such property and I will put you in contact with the buyer.

B&B’s For Sale

Sooke, BC Ocean Wilderness Inn This breathtaking 4.6 acre oceanfront property boasts a private setting with small creek towering trees and lots of wildlife for photographers and nature lovers. The beautiful walk on waterfront is almost a full mile of private beach. The home offers 9 very large bedrooms with large bathrooms. The fir floors blend into the log theme of the home, everyone who visits feels at ease in this comfortable home. Current owners have done extensive renovations to keep the property in top condition. The home has been featured in several publications and is well known for its great meals, crystal clear water, spectacular gardens and customer service. Enjoy spectacular views from the hot tub. Just a few minutes drive to fabulous salmon fishing and surfing beaches. Contact Noel Gyger for more info

Quadra Island, BC Moon Shadows B&B 4500 square foot home on an acre of beautiful gardens, lots of room for toys in barn and storage shed. What a wonderful life choice with the ocean at your door step and fabulous Islands and inlets to discover while sailing or kayaking, fabulous fishing, clamming and oysters. Just a wonderful way to enjoy life while raising your family. Home is fully operational as a B&B, and is being sold with all furnishings, bedding and kitchen tools as the current owners are leaving the province. Contact Noel for more info

Sooke, BC Coopers Cove Guest House Beautifully appointed 6 bedroom 7 bathroom waterfront B&B. This spectacular B&B was featured on Oprah for its gourmet cooking classes. Fabulous large professional kitchen, wonderful grounds complete with herb and vegetable gardens, and two hot tubs. Home is steps from the Galloping Goose Trail leading into the heart of Victoria. Contact Noel for more info

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RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available this winter on the lower Zymoetz (Copper) River. The BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel to book NOW!

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is red hot right now. To book warm, covered charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail
Photo of the Week - Current Winter Steelhead: Beautiful wild Steelhead landed by
Willie McCleary on January 22nd. He was fishing with an 8
weight z-axis Sage fly rod, Islander #2 Fly Reel filled
with S/A (Scientific Angler) 5 sink line with Dragonfly
12lb tippet. The fly was an Egg Sucking Leach. If you like a guided fishing trip to
catch fish like this please contact Noel Gyger. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail Website
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