I just returned from a trip down south to the Thompson river, to shoot a fly fishing show with Mark Pendlington from sport fishing BC. This time it was my turn to be shown a quality trout fishery, well guess what we missed the stone fly hatch by a week or so and the wind was blowing 80 km but we decided to launch the 18ft Clackacraft anyway, since I had just drove 15 hours.
What came of the trip? A few hook ups with some beautiful Thompson river rainbow trout, I also could not believe the sheer numbers of salmon Sockeye & Pinks swimming by us all day long. Then the real wind hit 80 km with out a doubt the worst I have seen, making it near impossible to row down the river. There were waves at times all of 6ft high breaking! I said to Mark & Justin at one point “I feel like George Clooney from the perfect storm”. However, if I was not already impressed with the 18 ft Clack, we all were at the end of the day and we lived to tell about the ride, but never got the footage we were looking for.
The conditions in the Terrace area have been nothing more than tough to say the least. On my trip home Sept 28 from Ashcroft, BC the Bulkley was blown as well as every other tributary clear down to the town of Terrace.
The Kalum river has been un-fishable since August and continues to be in the trees and over the banks in some areas.
Copper river is living up to its name Copper in color.
Kitimat river has been high & very dangerous for anyone with out rafting experience, as there are some new channels being cut daily as well as new log jams. We have been doing some lake fishing while we wait for the water to recede.
The Kasiks river has been high, but fishable off and on we are looking forward to the cooler temps October will bring as the rain will turn to snow, making the water drop and giving us one last shot at some Steelhead & Coho salmon on the Fly.
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We have experienced a historic weather in the north west for the last to months making water levels high and un-fishable at times so when this happens we go fly fishing on the local lakes that are often over looked in the Terrace Skeena region. attached are some photos of the lake fishing that took place in the last couple weeks.
It is now Sept 15th and water conditions have returned to normal levels however the fish have either returned to the Ocean or made their way to higher ground where we the fishermen & women cannot bother them i expect the fresh fish to make there way back into the Skeena,Nass,Kitimat rivers in the coming days as things have returned to normal letting the fish sit in the happy places where we can swing flies and continue our recreation.
Making for tight lines & happy faces we still have some open dates for anyone looking to hook a trophy Salmon or Steelhead October is the month to get this done with much more stable conditions due to cooler temps.
We look forward to hearing form anyone with ? about the Skeena,Nass,Kitimat fisheries.
Hello all, the last few weeks have been very busy. The last two weeks of August were very wet to say the least, with the odd dry day mixed in. However this is what makes Terrace BC Skeena country so green, all this water supports an amazing water shed with all 5 speices of pacific salmon, as well as Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden. We also had the opportunity to have the New Fly Fisher film crew here, Thomas Rosenbauer & Jeremy Kennedy to document this incredible fly fishery, while filming we encountered almost every fish that swims the mighty Skeena river. Steelhead, Coho salmon, Pink salmon, Dolly Varden; you name it, we caught it! I am looking forward to seeing it air on WFN world fishing network some time in the New Year. Stay tuned.
Our guide season is still in full swing, it is now prime time to book your Steelhead & Coho salmon fishing trip, we still have some open spots so if you have not booked and been sitting on the fence, wait no longer get er done.
We look forward to the next two months of great fishing On the Skeena River, Nass River, Kitimat River and most of their tributaries.
With the Chinook season over and the pink salmon & sockeye salmon coming to an end we are seeing great returns of Coho Salmon & Steelhead so far it appears the Steelhead run is an average size however it is to early to tell what may be swimming in the Skeena any day, we have had some great days swinging flies on the Skeena hooking all speices during your guided fishing day the weather has been very cool and damp for August however the rivers have been in great shape with over cast skies giving anglers the best of both worlds.
We still have some available dates in September & October for Coho salmon & Steelhead Fly fishing for these incredible fish on one of our many pristine rivers is like nothing else you will experience we guide on 30 remote rivers in the Skeena,Kitimat,Nass regions.
Guest Arild & Tor From Norway Spent a week with us here and soaked up the sun and scenery, fly fishing and catching the “Grand Slam” all salmon species while they were here, went away with many stories and photos to last for a lifetime.
The Kitimat and Skeena river has has record number returns this year, which has been an amazing dream come true for our Spey and Fly guys!
Good times, Good friends made, Safe travels home and look forward to hearing from you in the very near future!
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The Skeena river is on the drop and the fishing is heating up. There are already a few sockeye showing up, however we are after the Big Boys at the moment and will continue to chase them for the rest of the month. We still have a few spaces open for your last minute fishing trip you are planning.
The Kitimat river has been in fantastic shape for the last three weeks, however it has been a little hit & miss; guess thats fishing. Swinging a fly has been a “reel treat” this season, with the water being so perfect we have had great success when we have had guests willing to put in the time it takes to hook a hog.
We are seeing good numbers of fish on the Kitimat river the water has been in great shape for the last 3 weeks average size of fish we have been catching on our fully guided fishing trips have been 27 to 30 pounds. Largest Chinook caught to date was 46 pounds landed by our guest from the UK he was blown away.
Our new Clackacraft drift boats are more comfortable than you can imagine the stability is second to none. 18 ft Clack Max is the only way to drift.
The Skeena river is shaping up with fish being caught at Ferry Island, The mouth of the Kalum river AKA Hog Line. The Kasiks has been a good place to wet a line on your way to Prince Rupert just below the highway bridge. Lakelese river bridge has been producing some fresh Chinook salmon as well using Jigs.
The Nass river is still very high and unfishable however find some clean water find some fresh chinook getting out of the mud, float fishing roe has been the most productive method also spoons are a safe bet in the right water, Cranberry or Kiteen rivers are starting to fish as well.
Kildala river on the Douglas Channel will see some fresh fish soon also a nice day trip chinook & fresh crab all in the same day.
If you haven’t booked your guided fishing trip dont delay you may just find yourself standing on the bank watching the boats go by.
Gordon Mckean & Myself Gill McKean look forward to hearing from you.
From the Crew @ Westcoast Fishing Adventures / June 24th 2011
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Chinook Salmon fishing on the Kitimat river pulling kwickfish from a Clackacraft drift boat is an experience for any angler it is the way to catch a very large Chinook Salmon while relaxing & taking in the view of the Pacific Coastal Mountains of Northwest BC.