Skeena river guides for steelhead & salmon want to give you a quick recap of the preperation for spring steelhead season. We will be starting our steelhead season guiding March 1 on the Kitimat river, Skeena river,Nass river,Zymacord river to name a few for trophy spring steelhead swinging flies over clear shallow tail outs for fresh sea run steelhead coming in on the tides. Our steelhead camp will be operating from March 20th to the second week in May on the Main stem Skeena this season we are shifting gears giving our return customers an opportunity to fish some new water while still having the ability to give them variety if needed. After all these are migratory fish that can be very unpredictable thus mobility and being ready to shift gears to another water shed can be key to hooking your very own trophy steelhead.
At Westcoast Fishing Adventures we pride our selves in guiding small groups of anglers giving them a quality experience from the time they land to the time they depart. We only take 4 anglers per week with a 2 per guide ratio this allows our anglers to not feel rushed through pools giving them every opportunity to feel the Tug of the mighty steelhead on the other end. Our camp is very comfortable with 2 large wall tents and heavy duty cots guide outfitter sleeping bags are also provided and dry cleaned after every group. There is even a hot shower in camp with an endless supply of water. Dinners are prepared ahead of time to help with camp work our wonderful chef prepares home cooked meals that are put together by my self and Mr Pierce Clegg long time guide from Babine Nor lakes Ex Owner every evening along with a few cold adult beverages, there’s always a large fire to sit in the evening and share stories of the days events.
Remote wild steelhead with out the sound of Jet boats running only the sound of birds and flowing water & your reel screaming ! Welcome to a Westcoast Fishing Adventures.
We have April 26 to May 2 – 4 guests : May 3 to May 9 – 4 guests : May 10th to May 16 4 guests : Contact us @ www.westcoastfishing.ca 1-250-638-0021
Now a little note from our guest Craig Freas and what he has to say about our company after fishing Browns on the Rio Grande.
Fritz……………….hope your week on the Rio Grande went well; I had a
great time (see attachments). When we flew to Rio Grande you mentioned an
interest in fishing for steelhead in British Columbia. I have been fishing
steelhead in Northern BC for the past seven years in and around Terrace,
which is situated on the Skeena River. I only fish with Westcoast Fishing
Adventures, which is owned and operated by Gill and Mandi McKean. They have
a small but very personalized operation. If you fish around Terrace you
will stay in their lovely home which is set up for guests. Normally they
handle only 4-6 guests at a time. You have a wide choice of rivers:
Skeena, Kitimat, Zymacord, Cranberry, Ishkheenickh, Meziadin, Bell-Irving
and others. There are three basic steelhead seasons: spring (april-may),
summer, and fall (sept-oct). I prefer spring and fall. If you fish
rivers more than say 100 Km from Terrace you will likely be housed in a
travel trailer or tent camp. I also suggest you contact Helge Dahlen in
Norway as an additional reference. I met Helge in GilI’s spring steelhead
camp on the Ishkheenickh River and we have fished together a couple of times
since then. Helge is a Guideline Rep in Norway. I have copied both Gill
and Helge on this message so that you have their email address. Gill’s
website is: http://westcoastfishing.ca/
I personally would not fish with anyone in northern British Columbia for
steelhead except Gill McKean. Feel free to ask me additional questions.
G. Craig Freas
Silver City, New Mexico
Skeena river fishing report for November 4 / 2014 .
Fly fishing has been the method for the last 2 months, we are now taking a break and getting ready for winter to set in after a very successful fall Steelhead & Coho season. Not with out hard work and extensive knowledge of the Skeena,Nass,Kitimat regions, we traveled far and wide to get our guests hooked up to their own trophy fish. While most area lodges and guided anglers were packing their bags and posting face book messages about the “blown rivers”, we were hooking up! Not to blow our horn, but when being guided by Westcoast Fishing Adventures you are sure to find clean fishable water no matter what. The rest is up to you! One of our many company slogans goes like this – “We don’t sell ROD DAYS We sell Fishing Adventures!” So if you are looking for guides that know the water do there home work, look no further. You have found the one and only Westcoast Fishing Adventures.
Now on to the report. All area rivers are on the drop and of course jammed with Steelhead and spawning Coho. We have been getting heavy rain through out most days however temps are dropping & snow is falling around 1800 ft. The Kalum winter run will soon be here as the copper river is in full swing – The Bell Irving was just starting to fish well towards the end of the season with chrome Steelhead showing up daily. Coho salmon on all region 6 rivers are closed for the season. The Kispiox , Bulkley, Morice, Sustut, Suskwa, Babine & all other Steelhead rivers have seen the bulk of Steelhead arrive for the season and will now color up and prepare themselves for the winter ahead. If you are on route or still planning a last minute trip to the Skeena,Nass,Kitimat region do not hesitate to contact our office for an up to date fishing report Or reserve your next fishing adventure as we Fish to Live & Live to Fish We look forward hearing from you. info@westcoastfishing,ca or 1-866-578-8552
Now on to some Salmon & Steelhead Porn from the month of October !! Enjoy
We have had a very busy season, we have met some great new clients and enjoyed our long time guests, who have turned out to be like family.
This summer we were faced with some low water conditions, which made for a bitter sweet problem: it was easier to catch fish. We are expected to have a “make up winter” this year, and building up our Snow Pack Levels for next year! Bring it on!
We have a few new additions to the Equipment this year, making our hunt for the Salmon & Steelhead more enjoyable 😀
Please feel free to contact us for the Remote Spring Steelhead Camp, as we have only one week available. 1-866-578-8552 or firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a reservation form at www.westcoastfishing.ca
Steelhead boot camp. This is just a small snap shot -Just one of our many rivers we are licensed to guide on with Westcoast Fishing Adventures you can be assured you are being taken care of by seasoned guides who have grown up in the area. We do not charge daily rod day fees when booking your Steelhead package rod day fees are included you will have to purchase a Non tidal angling license as well as a conservation steelhead stamp. Sleeping bags are provided spey rods can be supplied to save you the hassle of packing it through the airport.
Steelhead fishing the Skeena river swinging the fly !
Fly fishing on the Skeena river can be very rewarding however the region is vast there are so many rivers with many different species running at different times – Summer run steelhead – Winter run steelhead – Spring run steelhead & of course all the salmon Sockeye Salmon – Pink Salmon – Coho Salmon – Chinook Salmon – Chum Salmon, so the question that is asked what is the best time to be fly fishing the Skeena river or tributaries of the Nass or Kitimat rivers.
If this is your first time to the Skeena region we highly recommend a good licensed guide www.westcoastfishing.ca with so many rivers to choose from and timing of runs its key to be in the right place at the right time, a lot of money can be spent on travel to Terrace and your dream fishing trip could be a bust if your not in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.
With this said we will be attending the Sacramento ISE show offering fully guided fishing trips to Skeena country for the 2014.
Offering our Exclusive Remote Spring Steelhead camp./ Summer Salmon & Steelhead trips from or main lodge / Ocean trips aboard the 25 foot Skagit Orca out of Prince Rupert chasing Chinook salmon,Halibut, crabs, spot prawns / Then back to the remote rivers for fall Coho and Steelhead action. On our secret rivers !
We hope to see you at the Sac show or on our door step hooking up to your trophy fish.
The Skeena river Steelhead are now running. This is what we live for at Westcoast Fishing Adventures. It’s been a while since my last report so here we go. We kicked off our season with our famous Remote Spring Steelhead Camp, again another huge success! Guests from around the world enjoyed a wild river & bright chrome straight from the sea Steelhead by day, and the comforts of a professional camp by night.
As the season progressed, the fishing just got better. Our guests experienced some of the finest Steelhead fishing the world can offer. We are now moving on to the summer run Steelhead on the Skeean & Nass Systems. We will again be setting up our Wall tent camp giving all our guests a trip of a life time, by allowing them to be first on the water, thus giving them more opportunities to hook the fish of their dreams. While most visitors to the Skeena region will be competing for water on the Copper river and Kalum river, racing from trial head to mile maker 32, we will seek refuge in our remote tent camp with a hot cup of coffee and warm fire. Then when the time is right, head to the waters edge to start our day.
So with our sun glasses on and Bright Fish ahead, we move on to our summer season with More great guests and good times .
Photo below is our latest catch from just days ago..
We still have a few openings for our Remote Fall Steelhead Camp please feel free to contact us at any time to reserve your trip.
Fly Fishing for Steelhead in Skeena country fishing report for Nov 12/2012.
Our guide season is over however it gives myself & Mandi time to get out and wet a line we have been enjoying some quality time with Big Fish! . Mandi has just picked up the Spey rod in the last 2 years she is now getting the “SWING” of things catching some incredible fish she is hooked for life i can see it in her eyes. The only disappointment her look is more intense than the first time she met me… 🙁 LOL I have enjoyed ever minute of teaching her watching her passion for this sport grow !
We have also had some great people here over the season one group that comes to mind is our polish fishing team they were here for 12 days becoming part of the family as well as catching a ton of beautiful Salmon & Steelhead on the fly !!
For those of you wanting an adventure to remember we highly recommend one of our Steelhead camps be it spring or fall. We only take 4 anglers per week on these incredible outdoor Fly fishing adventure trips.
Our spring camp is already 50% booked ! so don’t delay
Fall camp is 10%
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The Chum Salmon fishery has been recluse these past few years.
With Raleigh Werking via Westcoast Fishing Adventures, holding countless line and class records for these Majestic creatures.
This year they have returned in great numbers and in history size.
If you haven’t caught these beasts on a fly line, then it is a fishery that is a must try! The weather is at its finest, as well as all five salmon species are gathering and commuting all in the same place at the same time!
Recently we had a guest from Japan who, with little English told us that the Chum are not fished for. “No Good” as he stated, but when He caught a few of the mighty and powerful ‘scrappers’ his tune changed to “ Chum Good Fight” He also fished with many different reels, lines and rods created for all different types of fish and fishery. Here are a couple pictures of his trip:
Mr Yamada used a variety of rods and reels, but this particular rod is of complete surprise and is very interesting to me, it is 30 foot pole with a line tied to the end of it (with NO reel), at first I was dumbfounded by its presence, but to watch him fight fish with it, was exhilarating and invigorating. I am very eager to see what gear he brings with him for his trip this spring. I brought him into our Remote Steelhead Wilderness Camp this past April, and Mr Yamada was in Bliss with the fresh, bright chromer Steelhead that is surrounded by amazingly beautiful scenery and the Steelies are plentiful.
I’m looking forward to another Spring Season, meeting new clients/friends and hosting our returning guests.
I just wanted to thank all our long time guests for helping our business be successful! This will be our 16th year, and every year gets better and better!
Fishing is our Addiction! Guiding is our Passion! Adventure is in our Blood!
Fishing has been outstanding we had guests that have never fished steelhead catch multiple fish in a day in the 20 pound class we are nearly half booked up for our remote steelhead camp for next season only taking 4 per week into this location offering the highest level experience. Swinging flies is the prefered method however we do a little indictor fishing as well. Look forward to hearing form anyone with questions about our incredible fishery on the Skeena,Nass,Kitimat rivers.
Westcoast Fishing Advenutres 1-866-578-8552 toll free www.westcoastfishing.ca