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