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.

Steelhead fishing the Skeena river swinging the fly !

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.

Kuo with a trophy Coho Salmon caught on a pink foam fly on the surface.

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.

Sue with her first steelhead on the Fly

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 !

Stu with a prize steelhead guided by Gill McKean

 

 

Gill McKean with a monster winter run steelhead on the fly.

 

We hope to see you at the Sac show or on our door step hooking up to your trophy fish.

Tight Lines & Merry Christmas to All.

Gill McKean

Ph 1-250-638-0021 / Toll free 1-866-578-8552

www.westcoastfishjng.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

1-250-638-0021

Toll free

1-866-578-8552

www.westcoastfishing.ca

skeenariverreport@blogspot.com

 

 

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!~

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 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