Skeena river Steelhead guides report 2016

Skeena river Steelhead guides report 2016.

As we enter another year I reflect back on 2015 Skeena,Nass,Kitimat Salmon & Steelhead season we guided many anglers from around the globe, getting them hooked up to trophy Steelhead & Salmon of their own. I am proud to say this up coming year will mark a mile stone for Westcoast Fishing Adventures 20 YEARS and counting, as I enter this season I think of where it all began and the passion I still hold for the outdoors the rivers wild life and the creatures that inhabit this beautiful land we call home, at 42 years young I feel I still have a lot of good years ahead of me I am thankful everyday for my health that provides me the energy to give experiences to our faithful guests.

Skeena river in search of Spring Steelhead.

We will soon be attending Trade shows in the USA please come and see us at the Sacramento Show – Jan 21 to 24 I will also have the privilege to speak at the fly casting pond twice per day about The Skeena river and all it has given as well as tactics,reading water,casting,flies,favorite fly lines tips and tricks, We look forward to seeing you there and answering any questions you may have about Terrace BC.

Skeena river fishing report for Dec 30/2015

Most rivers are now giving way to Ice jams or flowing ice as we have a beautiful cold dry snowy winter with temps dropping to -12 with wind chills of – 20 the Salmon run was average except Coho/Silver salmon the returns were what I would consider very low, Steelhead numbers early on were looking good however as the season pushed on the catch rates were down. Not sure if it reflects the over all numbers? or the pressure on some area rivers, Bulkley,Copper,Babine,Kispiox,Skeean rivers to name a few seem to have a gold rush of spey casting anglers floating crafts,jet sleds,walk in waders you name it they came as we all love it! A little humor AS STEEL HEADER’S WE SHARE A LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER AS LONG AS I AM FIRST! We also had heavy rain for the better part of September and October allowing the fish to travel un harassed. So what will 2016 bring to the angling Table as hundreds travel to Spey nation video movie gatherings,Trade Shows,Fly fishing shows to market the sought after Steelhead. They are now protected by Ice and water where they will shiver and spawn.

Steelhead Camp the way it should be.

On a brighter note we look onward to spring as early as February we will start the sport/ out door recreational angling practices for the beloved Spring / Winter Steelhead these early monsters inhabit the main stem Skeena as well as many other little jem’s that with hard work and a well equipped guide you will be rewarded with a fishing trip of a life time. We are proud to offer our remote Spring and Fall Steelhead camps on systems a little further away from Tim Horton’s. This type of operation takes it to the next level away from the million dollar lodge cell reception & very little satellite reception, That in turn takes our 4 lucky guests back to the roots of our times. Its hard not to feel like a pioneer in camp however with much more comfort and ease of travel spoils us a little. Even a hot shower is provided to wash the sweat of the day away while anticipation grips you on every cast. In closing there is so much more I could share as I have a life time of memories rivers smiling faces, Jumpimg fish screaming reels trapped in my brain. but if you want to hear and share my passion give us a call we look forward to hearing from you. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ! Gill McKean

Gill McKean

Skeena river Steelhead guides

Skeena river steelhead this page is dedicated to chasing wild steelhead on the Skeena river, Fly fishing for these creatures is addicting and can be consuming hence the steelhead “BUM” it has been 20 years this season I have been guiding these great rivers of north west BC. I have been able to see and do things that most would envy however the rewards are great but not with out hard work and many hours of dedication to this sport are you rewarded on a regular basis. I have witnessed so many anglers some amazing casters that did not know how to fish and casters that could not cast 20 ft catch the largest steelhead Ive ever seen. So how does that describe the elusiveness of this creature we chase? ? 
20 year veteran Angling Guide Gill McKean holding a Skeena summer run steelhead caught on the fly.

If you should happen to come across the page and would like to know more about Skeena river Steelhead please feel free to contact me on Face book or email @ info@westcoastfishing.ca or visit of web site www.westcoastfishing.ca   and drop us a line ______________________we would be happy to hook you up !

Tight lines to all .. Gill McKean

 

 

 

 

Skeena river guides for steelhead & salmon

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.

Nass river Steelhead flying high.

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.

Clean well kept Steelhead camp.

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.

Gill McKean with spring steelhead Chrome

 

Pierce Clegg watching a steelhead swim off.

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.

Cheers,

G. Craig Freas
Anchorage, Alaska
Silver City, New Mexico

Long time guest with Rio Grande brown trout our anglers fish around the world.

Skeena river steelhead are now in the river. Remote Steelhead Camp

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.

Gill McKean sneeks one out from behind the guests.
Guest of Westcoast Fishing Adventures holding his first of many steelhead for the day.
Westcoast Fishing Adventures Steelhead camp.
Steelhead camp getting ready for the day ..

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.

The Viking with a Chrome steelhead on the fly.

So with our sun glasses on and Bright Fish ahead, we move on to our summer season with More great guests and good times .

Pirece & Stacy with a Chromer on a wet day were still catching Rayzz... 😉

Photo below is our latest catch from just days ago..

John Moore with a monster Skeean river summer run caught August 6,2013

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.

Tight Lines to all

Gill McKean

Westcoast Fishing Adventures

info@westcoastfishing.ca

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Toll free 1-866-578-8552

Fly fishing for steelhead in Skeena country fishing report for Nov 12 /2012

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 !

Mandi & Gill catching chrome in Skeena country!

 

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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Tight lines Gill Mckean

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Fly fishing Terrace British columbia skeena river fly fishing steelhead

Fly fishing Terrace BC, Skeena river, Nass river , Kitimat river is what we do as guides in the Terrace Kitimat area for Steelhead & Salmon the past 15 years we have explored and seen most but not all of the bounties these river systems have to offer. with that said you can be assured with our professional guides you will experience a fly fishing trip to remember. We guide for Spring Steelhead starting April 1 through to May 10 then onto the early run Chinook salmon swinging flies for these monsters is epic to say the least. We are now booking up for spring Steelhead call for open spots, our next best time frame for Steelhead is July, August on the Main stem Skeena river this is the time when the true summer Steelhead are making there trip through the Big Skeena river and beyond  300km to 600km north to all other destinations we like to catch them when we are at there mercy! Fresh shinny pissed off Steelhead with no where else to go but back to the Ocean when they feel the prick from your swung fly.

photos attached are just a few of the best of Spring Steelhead 2011 to see more please look for the latest Salmon Steelhead Journal or The Latest Chasing Silver Mag we are in them loud and proud if you are looking for Chrome Fish with professional guides look no further than Westcoast Fishing Advenutres  the team of guides start with Gill Mckean, Gordon McKean,

Kitimat river Chromer.

Darren wright also guides on the Bow river in Calgary & the world famous Babine river out of Smithers BC, & Todd Haynes with this crew you can’t go wrong. we look forward to helping you plan your next dream trip to British Columbia Terrace BC.

Pick from three lodging experiences from B&B to 4 star we can offer the lodging to suit your needs.

Contact 1-866-578-8552

Cell 1-250-615-3477

email  – info@westcoastfishing.ca

Kitimat river steelhead.

Fly fishing for spring steelhead in Terrace BC

Fly fishing Terrace BC Skeena river, The Season will end October 31st, 2011.
The Steelhead season is still strong! Along with the Dolley Varden and Cut-Throat!
Inquiries are coming in daily in regards to our Epic Spring Steelhead Season, if you are considering a trip to remember for a lifetime, please call today. The last week of April is booking up, Get a flight seat sale when you tell Hawk Air you are flying with Westcoast Fishing Adventures! Link attached to our web site www.westcoastfishing.ca.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Tight Lines!
~Fishing is our addiction! Guiding is in our blood! Adventure is in our Blood!~

Fly fishing Salmon & Steelhead on the Skeena river Terrace BC Fishing Report.

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.

Tight Lines to all.

Gill McKean

Good times Filming the for the New Fly Fisher.
Skeena river summer run steelhead caught on a weighted pink intruder.

 

Fly fishing guides

Season review to date.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tight Lines

Gill McKean

Fly fishing Coho Salmon & Steelhead
Fly fishing Steelhead Gill Mckean & Forrest

Fly fishing for Steelhead, Coho, Chum, Pink, Sockeye, Chinook Salmon, Guided fishing in Terrace, BC Westcoast Fishing Adventures

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!

Fishing is our Addiction! Guiding is our Passion! Adventure is in our Blood!

Tight Lines from the crew at Westcoast Fishing Adventures!
1-866-578-8552 or info@westcoastfishing.ca

 

Tight Lines!
Guest from Norway Arild & My Son Austen