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Winter Steelhead Skeena River Tribs

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Winter Steelhead Skeena River Tribs

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:26 pm

The photo of the week shows professional angling guide Andrew Rushton owner of Kalum River Lodge posing his happy guests Steelhead for a quick photo before release. Andrew and his guest were spey fly fishing on the Skeena River in mid August 2008 They not only caught Steelhead like this one but caught many Salmon also. Andrew and his guests love this time period. Book your trip early!

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated January 11 – January 18, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Considering it is still winter the weather has been good all week and temperatures mostly above freezing. The snow is melting and access to the rivers is getting easier. Both the upper and lower Kalum and lower Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers are open to Steelhead fishing. I have heard the ice fishing in our local lakes is pretty good also. Scroll down to see some very nice winter Steelhead photos from this winter sent to me from other fishermen. The cold winter days did not stop these young fellows from going fishing.

PODCAST – My 5th podcast was posted on January 12, 2009
Learn all about fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon in this region in JUNE. Noel's guest is professional fishing guide Dustin Kovacvich. You will learn a lot, check it out when you have a few minutes. To watch the podcast right away cast to this link: podcast0005.wmv

VIDEO CLIPS – I posted one new clip on January 14, 2009
Chad Black, Rob Vodola and I were fishing for Steelhead on the Kalum River last fall and Chad landed this very bright doe. To watch the clip right away cast to this link: Video Clip 0063 The clip is titled “Chad's 2nd Steelhead Today!”


- One New item posted on "Conservation" January 15/09
- One New clip posted on "Video Clips" January 14/09
- One New show now playing on "Podcast" January 12/09

NOTICE: Let's have some fun with the 2008 Photos of the Week! Send me an e-mail to vote for your favorite one. I will let you know by the end of January 2009 which photo receives the most votes. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks to those who have already sent in their vote. For those of you who have not voted yet please VOTE NOW!

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, Jan 18) 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 $2826.76 in United States Dollars. A savings of $673.24 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.

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.


WEATHER: Sunny. High zero. High plus 4. Sunrise 8:44 AM Sunset 4:46 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.

SKEENA RIVER: The water 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. Walking around is getting a little easier as the snow is melting fast. The boat ramps are still difficult 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: The water is in poor shape today, with moderate to heavy ice flows and fishing for Steelhead is difficult. 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.

Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Hey Noel thought I would send these photos of a father and son having the time of their lives this fall, that is what it is all about, catching a fish is the icing on the cake!

Fall special 4 night 3 day lodge and guiding package for $1,900.00 CDN per person 2 person minimum for this package starting Sept 1 to Sept 30, 2009 don’t delay book with Noel today!

Gill McKean, Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Fishing is our addiction – Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood

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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