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

1-250-638-0021

Toll free 1-866-578-8552

Skeena river steelhead report!

The Skeena is back in shape and fly fishing on our radar, we are targeting Steelhead & Coho Salmon. Fishing the Skeean river,Nass river,Kitimat river, and many other remote rivers in Terrace BC for full weekly fly fishing or fishingreports complete with photos see our website @ www.westcoastfishing.ca or www.skeenariversteelhead.com / We look forward to hearing from you. Tight Lines Gill McKean

Read on for Skeena river steelhead counts to date.
Subject: RE: Skeena Summer Steelhead Update To September 25th, 2011

Please find, attached, the most recent update (to September 23rd) for the
Moricetown mark-recapture fishery generated steelhead population estimate.
All the best.

________________________________
From: Beere, Mark FLNR:EX
Sent: September 25, 2011 11:11 AM
To: Wilson, Andrew S FLNR:EX
Subject: RE: Skeena Summer Steelhead Update To September 25th, 2011

Please find, attached, the Skeena Update to September 25th, 2011.  This file
contains the Tyee Test Fishery generated Skeena River summer steelhead index
to September 24th, including daily, cumulative and escapement estimate
figures, in addition to a summary table showing cumulative index data since
1998, overall and decadal averages, et cetera, the Upper Sustut River
Enumeration Weir steelhead counts to September 19th.  The Moricetown Canyon
(Bulkley-Morice) mark-recapture estimate figure to September 16th is
pending.  The estimate is ~= 13 K, and the project is currently challenged
by yet another high discharge/turbidity event.

The Tyee Test Index to the September 24th (now complete for 2011) is 147,
63% of last year’s index to the same date and 74% of the all years’ average
(this is only the eighth year that the Test Fishery has operated on the 24th
of September – average of the 8 years fished to this date = 198; range all
years: 33 (1957) to 264 (1998)).

Nine hundred and ninety steelhead have been captured to date at the Upper
Sustut River Enumeration Weir, above average to the same date (average all
years since 1994 = 567; range: 80 (2006) to 1106 (2009)).

As of August 24th, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans estimate the
Skeena sockeye aggregate escapement past Tyee to be 1.48 million.

Commercial fishing activity in the Skeena River approach waters is complete
for this season.  Commercial fishing activity to date can be found in the
attached: Commercial Openings 2011.

Hope you have enjoyed our fishing report for September 29th 2011

Tight Lines Gill Mckean

1-866-578-8552 office toll free

email – info@westcoastfishing.ca

Spring Steelehad at its finest giuded by Westcoast Fishing Adventures

 

Fishing report Skeena river,Nass river,Kitimat river.Sept 29/2011

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.

BC moose looking for steelhead too.

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.

Tight Lines!

Angling guide Gill McKean

 

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

Gill McKean 1-866-578-8552, info@westcoastfishing.ca

Tight loops on another remote steelhead river.

 

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

Chinook Salmon on the Skeena river.

 

Chinook salmon fishing on the Skeena river through June, July, August is second to none the Kenai river in Alaska has all but dried up the last few years and the crowding is to much for most people to call a wilderness experience. Look to the Skeena the second largest river in BC to the mighty Fraser river the Skeena boasts Mountain scenery along its remote banks this 600KM river it is not hard to spread out giving our guests the ultimate experience.

Giant Skeena river Chinook salmon Guided by angling guide Gordon Mckean

Hello all We have been very busy with guiding this last week now I have a day off and guess what I am doing ? Going  Fishing from Lakes to rivers Terrace BC has more water to offer than any other place on the planet. Fresh Steelhead, Sockeye, Chinook Salmon, are running hard now and the water is in great shape, we still have a few open spots in August if you or anyone you know would like to book a last minute trip give us a shout.

NOW BOOKING FOR 2012

Skeena river Hog Guest of Westcoast Fishing Adventures helped by pro guide Gordon Mckean

The Skeena is producing some great fish there are good numbers moving through this day we hooked so many we lost count. I had a great time with the Jaffers family we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Tight Lines /Gill McKean

 

Kitimat River Chrome !

Angling Guide Gordon McKean hooks up on a recon mission looking for Steelhead on the spey and comes up Big Time with a Kitimat Steelhead. We have been doing our home work we are nearly ready to take our first group of guided Angerls out !

Kitimat river steelhead March 28th 2011