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Top Photo: April 28, 2015. Pro fishing guide Ariel Kuppers of Kitimat Lodge was out test fishing just before clients arrive. As you can see Spey Fly Fishing on this day produced a beautiful result. Did we say the Chinook are coming? Well they are...and clients have a chance to catch both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day! If you are interested to hire a fishing guide, ocean or river... to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size


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River, Ocean and Lake Reports

(Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert)


Last update was Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 3:11pm

Sunrise 5:48am Sunset 9:12pm



- 2015 for Zymoetz (Copper) & Skeena River

- 2015 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

- 2015 Kitimat River for Coho (Silver) Salmon

- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead

- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook

- 2015 Kwinamass River for Steelhead (April &May) only

- 2015 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2015 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

- 2015 Prince Rupert ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

Need info to book "any" guided fishing trip for 2015 contact me anytime

Cast on any link above to e-mail Noel Gyger to receive all the details for a trip of a lifetime!

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Commentary:  Wind: N 8km/h Rain showers (+12 degrees C) Spring Steelheading in full swing. Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available also. Chinook are now in the Kalum River! Note: NEW section added called Recommended Fly Fishing GearNote: FOR SALE ECO Tour Tenure license, see Market Place section. Note: FOR SALE West Coast floating Fishing Lodge entertaining over 1000 guests per year, see Market Place section or contact Noel Gyger for more info: Note: Rogers Fishing Lodge FOR SALE see Market Place section; owners of this lodge say they already have over 1000 guests booked for the 2014 season. In total in 2013 they did 1160 guests, so things are already pacing ahead of last year. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business.


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Recent and Today's updates below:


Recent updates:  Update: NEW to the report, links to Kalum River stories and Kalum River videos, see Kalum River section. Update: NEW to the report, links to Copper River stories and Copper River videos, see Zymoetz (Copper) River section. Update: NEW to the report, links to Kitimat River stories and Kitimat River videos, see Kitimat River section. Update: NEW Ad posted on the website for Mario who can solve ALL your computer issues local and worldwide. Update: 2015 booking trips for Skeena River. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent an eight minute Video collage created with some amazing fishing pictures from 2014!, see Kitimat Lodge section for the link. Update: a NEW section has been added it is called Guest Comments, see below the Rob Brown section. Update: as of Feb. 27th fishing video clips on YouTube have received 843,379 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube section.  


Today's updates:  Update: for Skeena and Kalum River. Update: FOR SALE Cabin on the Skeena River on 6 acres 12km East of Terrace BC, see Market Place section. Update: Alexandra Morton re: Norway - about your sea lice, see Conservation section. Update: FOR SALE House on Skeena River Front in Terrace BC, see Market Place section. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Annalida Rosea 2", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section.  Update: NEW Top Photo posted Apr 28th. Update: Annual Fishing Sale, see Oscars Source for Sports, Smithers BC section. Update: NEW Product Profile see Product Profile section. Update: David Anderson sent a pic and caption of his Steelhead catch on the Kitimat River this spring, see Guest Photos and captions section. Update: original water level graph for the Kitimat River stopped working, so we added another two links that work, see Kitimat River section. Update: Full month of April 2015 Fishing Reports are posted now, see Past Fishing Reports webpage. Update: for Kitimat River. Update: Tracey Hittel of  Kitimat Lodge sent pic of his guests Steelhead landed May 2nd, see Kitimat River section. Update: to receive the May 7, 2015 e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: I am going to check river conditions this morning, check back around 10:30am for the results. Results as of 9:35am. Skeena near Terrace is still coloured up but I would say borderline fishable; Kalum is in perfect shape and so is the Copper River. Update: David Suzuki is coming to Smithers BC on June 8 and you're welcome, see Conservation section. Update: from Friends of Wild Salmon re Huge news for the Sacred Headwaters & Come celebrate the Invisible Migrations, see Conservation section. More updates will come in as the day moves on. Cast on links to send me your fishing report or feedback. Or phone 250-635-2568, if I am not available leave your report on my answering machine. Thank you.


How to read this webpage: Scroll down to read ALL the Current updates in Red highlighted in Yellow  The most up-to-date reports are DATE STAMPED (Example: Tue July 11/11) So when you scroll through the report look for these markers.


Skeena River

Skeena River is divided into four sections:

Skeena 1 (non-classified) Exchamsiks River downstream to the ocean.

Skeena 2 (class 2 water) Exchamsiks River upstream to 1.5 km above Kalum River.

Skeena 3 (non-classified) 1.5 km above the Kalum River upstream to 1.5 km above Zymoetz River.

Skeena 4 (class 2 water) 1.5 km above Zymoetz River upstream to the head-waters.


Tue May 5/15 5:03am

Water is coloured up near Terrace, best to fish out west. Chinook are starting to show up at China Bar, one could assume this run is heading for the Kalum River. Fishing is good for Steelhead but you have to  know where and how to fish for them. You may want to consider hiring a guide to learn how? If so please contact me anytime I will get you set-up with the BEST.


Skeena River stories:


Skeena River - Four Seasons of Angling Paradise - by Noel Gyger


Golden Opportunities From Skeena Country - by John Beath


Cast here to read more stories on more rivers


Skeena River videos:


Skeena River Sockeye Fly Fishing-1

Cast here to watch the video


Skeena River Sockeye Fly Fishing-2

Cast here to watch the video


Cast here to watch more videos of local rivers and oceans - Salmon and Steelhead


Skeena Water heights below:

Cast on link for current Skeena River water heights



Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery


2011, 2012,  2013 and 2014 can be seen here:


2015 Test Fishery coming soon...


2014 Salmon Fishing Outlook:

from Fisheries and Oceans Canada Cast on this link to read the Preliminary 2014 Salmon Outlook.


2015 Salmon Fishing Outlook coming soon...          


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Kitimat Lodge



Tue May 5/15 5:03am

Skeena River holds the record for the largest hooked steelhead


Kitimat Lodge has been operating guided fishing tours since 1999!



When it comes to Steelhead Fly Fishing, it can’t get better than fishing in the Skeena River which is one of the largest and best rivers in British Columbia for thousands of fly fishing enthusiasts. What makes it such a special place to fish is not only the amazing spring steelhead run, but also its amazing Pink, Chum and Chinook fishing season followed by a robust, yet a bit short Coho run.


Steelhead Guiding Since 1999!Located six hundred air miles north of Vancouver, Skeena is the second largest river in BC and is better known amongst fishermen as the River of Mists. This is a pristine river system that offers many streams and rivers that flow rich with trout, salmon and especially steelhead.


The etymology of the Skeena River comes from the word Ksan which in Gitxsan means river of the mists. Breaking down the word even further, we get the words Git (people of) and Ksan (the river of mists). When combined, they literally translate to ‘the people of the river mists‘.


Largest Hooked Steelhead


Steelhead Fishing Trips 2015The Spring run Steelhead begin their migration from April until the middle of May and head over to their spawning grounds. They’ll also spend the winter preparing and feeding in the ocean so they can finally spawn in April and then return to the Ocean. These fish are not only well conditioned, but also quite strong, chrome and fat. In fact, the moment they get on your hook they’ll go ballistic. Compared to other Steelheads out there, they’re undoubtedly the stronger ones.



Yet as an experienced and even novice fisherman, you’ll probably be more excited knowing that the Skeena River holds the record not only for the largest hooked steelhead (36 lbs), but also the largest Coho salmon (25 lbs) as well. On top of that, it also holds the world record for the largest Chinook salmon, weighing a massive 92.5 lbs.


A One Of A Kind Experience


If you’re looking to fish for the hottest and meanest steelhead, then you’ll probably want to come and fish on the Lower Skeena and its tributaries this spring. These are really amazing fish that average eight to fifteen pounds while twenty pounds are definitely not uncommon.

Fishing for steelhead is an experience that fills your entire body with adrenaline and leaves you desiring for more. Just make sure to prepare the right line, fly and rods for when you come here and you’ll be guaranteed to have one of the best, if not the most exciting steelhead fishing experience ever.


Call Today To Check Availability – Phone: 250 632-6677

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Sat Apr 11/15 5:02am



Tracey Hittel reports good water conditions on the lower Skeena River and fly fishing for Steelhead is going well. He reports many happy guests! You should be one of them :-) !!


Direct quote from Tracey, "Testing out our newest vessel and chasing fresh Steelhead on the majestic Skeena River, snow capped mountains and fresh air."


Kitimat Lodge Report for April 1, 2015


BOOKING Spring Steelhead NOW!



Fly anglers visit Skeena River and Kalum River from different parts of the world. For many anglers, catching steelhead is one of the best experiences!

There are several fish that migrate up the Skeena River, giving anglers a great chance to catch many steelhead in a single day.


To catch these fish, you need to fish in the right conditions. Steelhead are usually found in water that is fast flowing and between 3 and 6 feet of water.


Where To Find Steelhead



Steelhead are always on the move. This means you may find several in a certain pool today and they will not be there tomorrow. It is also necessary to know the best time of day, depending on weather and water conditions on the river. 


Our experienced steelhead fishing guides have skill in navigating the rivers, and know the specific locations where we have spotted steelhead in the past.


Tracey Hittel offers Steelhead SPECIAL April 1 - 11, 2015 $600 per day "All Inclusive" for 5 days $3000 plus tax. This is a limited time offer you should BOOK NOW!



Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge posted another video. This one is titled “Fishing With Our Best Steelhead Spey Guides” 


They are Ariel and Gordon


Tracey says, "We ventured over large snow hills to access the river. Fingertips were cold in the morning but we felt confident with the chance of a hookup.


First pool, not a bite.


Brrrr, I wondered is this the day? I’ve guided my clients in these runs so many times, is my fly worthy of a steelhead?


The video says it all as pro guide Ariel is humbled, by perhaps, his largest spey caught Steelhead of his life!"


Cast on link below to watch:

Sat Feb 28/15 5:02am

Spring Steelhead fishing the Classified rivers of BC.



Spring Steelhead fishing season on the Classified rivers of BC only runs from March to May!


Read the full update:


Classified rivers are special rivers with are considered a quality experience regarding scenery and quality of fish, Salmon and Steelhead. This allows us many miles of water with reduced angler traffic!


These limited 'classified rod days' are held only by a few guides, providing our clients the best opportunity to hook that monster steelhead! BOOK NOW!


Tue Jan 20/15 5:10am


If you've been dreaming about hooking up some famous chrome steelhead check out this video from our guided Steelhead fishing trips on the world famous Skeena River and Kitimat Rivers in British Columbia Canada!


Tight Lines and have a safe holiday!


Tracey and the crew


Sun Dec 21/14 5:13am

Kitimat Lodge 2014 Season In Review!


Hi all! Here are some fishing memories to warm your weekend!


An eight minute Video collage created with some amazing fishing pictures from 2014!


Watch the video and scroll through photos here:


Enjoy!  Tight Lines,  Tracey Hittel

  • Skeena River April Steelhead Fishing Packages

  • 2015 best dates for Kitimat River Coho Salmon

  • 2015 Coastal BC Spring Steelhead Fishing

  • Multi Rivers for 2015 Chinook Fishing

  • Douglas Channel Ocean fishing - Salmon, Halibut, Crab

2015 BC whale watching trips and hot spring tours


Year Round Motel and Accommodations in Kitimat BC

Passing thru town and looking for the best place to stay? Kitimat Lodge accommodations are open 365 a year!


Contact us to book a hotel room or cabin rental any time of the year!



Spring Steelhead begins this late March for 6 weeks. If the run of Steelhead was like last year our guests are going to hit pay dirt.




Starting in May, thru to August, Chinook Salmon we target either by Jetboats or spacious driftboats, on the rivers, or 30ft Aluminum, twin Volvo Diesel, ocean vessel. All our boat are fully equipped with top of the line gear.




Late July to late September all 5 species of Salmon are in full charge from the ocean to the rivers. We intercept these Salmon either in the Saltwater or small coastal micro streams, using like tackle or fly.




May to November is best for Halibut and Dungeness Crab. For 2014 the size limit for Halibut has increased, retaining a 70lb fish, up from the 60lb fish in 2013




The lower 100 miles of the Skeena and its tributaries are a Steelheaders dream, miles of fly water to chase the elusive steelhead. With our access to Classified waters in Skeena country, this allows us flexibility and tranquility for our customers.


BOOK SOON - don't be disappointed:


Tracey John Hittel
Kitimat BC Canada
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.

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Kalum River:

Tue May 5/15 5:02am

Water in good shape. Both lower and upper ends are fishing vey good for Steelhead. The Spey fly rod is working well. It is just a matter how knowing which pools and runs they are holding in. Guiding started April 1st. Chinook are in the river now! You can catch both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. If you need a guide to show you how and where just contact me anytime. Note: NEW reg this year: Bait ban Jan 1 - June 15.


Kalum River stories:


Sweetheart Steelheading on the Kalum River - by Noel Gyger


North Country Spring Time Steelhead - by Dave Vedder


Big River Mixed Bag - West Coast Bounty - by Italo Labignan


May 2nd on the Kalum – by Noel Gyger


North Country Spring Time Steelhead (Short) – by Dave Vedder


20- Pound Steelhead – Making the Dream Come True – by Dave Vedder


For more stories cast here:


Kalum River videos:


Kalum River Coho

Cast here to watch the video


Cast on link below to watch more videos:


Kalum River Podcasts:


Dustin Kovacvich & Noel Gyger "test fish" for Kalum River Chinook


Please note: it may take awhile for the podcasts to load.


Cast on the link below to watch more podcasts:


Lakelse River:

Tue Apr 28/15 5:02am

The Steelhead fishing is really good in the upper end and mid river. Tip: Fly fishing is good technique. Instead of a fly I would use a bright red cocky as I knew the Steelhead were eating the Coho eggs that would escape from the Coho reds. Sometimes in the deeper runs I would tie on a flatfish plug and feed it into the deep pool.  I know it is not a fly but no problem as the “fly-only” time is from Mar 1 to May 31. Also in the deeper runs I liked float fishing the corky with a little white wool. My friends and I really liked to fish the upper end this time of year while we waited for the Kalum River levels to drop so we could use our drifts and not have to compete with the jet boats. We would run our drift boats all winter and for many years the Steelhead fishing was simply outstanding and I know it still is. Good luck!


Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Thu Apr 30/15 5:02am

Water is shaping up. Tip: Float fishing the Pink Worm works very well in this river. Need a guide  for 2015 in either the Class one or Class two section contact me anytime.


Copper River stories:


Copper River Steelhead - by Jim & Carolyn Z. Shelton


For more stories cast here:


Copper River videos:


Watch more videos here:


Sample Zymoetz (Copper) River heights below:

Cast on link for current Zymoetz (Copper) River water heights:


Kitimat River:

Tue May 5/15 5:02am

Water in good shape. I have reports of lots of Steelhead this year. If you need the "best" fishing guide just contact me anytime. Thanks.


Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent this pic of his guests Steelhead landed May 2nd on the Kitimat River. Conditions are good and fishing is hot!


Kitimat River stories:


12 Seasons of Kitimat River - by Noel Gyger


For more stories cast here:


Kitimat River videos:                                                  


Sample Kitimat River waters heights below:

Cast on links for current Kitimat River water heights:





Douglas Channel:

Tue May 5/15 5:02am

I have reports of good Salmon and Halibut fishing! Now when I say this fishing is good you got to know what to fish with, where to fish and how. Pink and Sockeye are out their too. Fishing for Dungeness Crab is simply outstanding. My suggestion is to book a charter guide for trip or two.


                                                                         Fish, Bike, Run and more in Smithers, BC


Recommended Fly Fishing Gear:


Courtesy Chad Black Nicholas Dean Outdoors


In the low water conditions of early April, we generally used light sink tips to cover the shallow riffles and tailouts where Steelhead were holding.  Type 3 and Type 6 tips were generally all that was needed for most conditions.  With the higher flows of late Spring, and in particular on the tributary rivers, we've also been using Rio's MOW tips in a variety of weights and lengths to get the fly down to the fish.  The Heavy MOW tips, made of T-14 material, have been particularly useful, in lengths of 5, 7.5, 10 and 12.5 ft.


As with March, best colours have been pink, black, blue and orange.  When fishing the Skeena and its tribs, larger flies from 2.5" to 4" in length have been most productive.  Smaller flies in a variety of weights in the 1" to 2.5" range have worked the best on coastal rivers. 

When targeting Steelhead, we've been using rods in the 12.5' to 13.5' ft range, for a 7 or 8 weight line on the larger rivers. Our personal favourites for this fishing include the 7126 Sage TCX and the 8139 Loomis Dredger.  When targeting Chinook specifically, we've been using heavier 9 and 10 weight rods in the 13' to 15' range.  Single hand rods and switch rods have gotten the nod on the coastal rivers.  In particular, I had a chance to fish a 8116 Sage One rod and can confirm that it's a very good rod that's ideally suited to the coast!


Rods, Reels, Lines: For Steelhead - Spey rods in the 12' to 14' range, with a Skagit head to match.  A 7126 TCX paired with a 500 grain Skagit Flight and Loomis  8139 Dredger with a 525 grain Skagit are excellent choices.  A good quality disc or cork drag reel (e.g. Islander and Ross) with a minimum of 150 yards of 30 lb backing.  For Spring Chinook Salmon, same as above, except with heavier gear - 9 weight minimum, 10 weight better.

Sink Tips and Tippet: A 15' Type III and 15' Type VI for most shallow water applications, and a variety of MOW tips - medium (T-11) and heavy (T-14) for deeper and/or heavier water.  Always 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen for Steelhead.  Increase tippet to 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen if targeting Spring Chinook.

Flies: Idylwilde String Leech, Bunny Tube, Marabou Tube and Popsickle, in shrimp pink, cerise, black, blue and orange.  

If you need info to book a pro fishing guide please contact me anytime.

Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing:

Fri Oct 17/14 5:14am

Fish from this Grady White for ALL the bottom fish plus ALL the Salmon, Dungeness Crab and Alaskan King Crab...with a captain who has over 40 years experience. If you are interested to book a charter please contact me anytime for ALL the details.



Terrace BC Canada


Skeena Salmon Lodge Guiding



Flyfishing in Canada

Welcome to the Skeena Salmon Lodge Guiding! Our unique Lodge sits right on the banks of the salmon-rich Skeena River, surrounded by snow-covered peaks and pristine nature. In the north-western part of British Columbia, where you find Canada at its most beautiful, where lakes and rivers dazzle with their purity, and wilderness can be truly experienced, you will find some of the world’s best salmon river; among them, the Skeena River, possibly Canada’s best know salmon river. Join us and experience outstanding fishing while enjoying comfort of the highest standard in the primal wilderness of Canada. Thank you and tight lines, Willi Schmidt


Please visit our website for more info:



Smithers BC and area fishing report:

Coming again in July 2015


Recent Top Photos


April 14 to April 28, 2015.  Local angler Dennis Therrien with another bright Kalum River Steelhead. This one is a Doe and was landed mid last week. Fishing on the Kalum is "hot" right now! And as a bonus Chinook (King) Salmon will be coming in soon. Then one has a chance to catch both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. WOW - it doesn't get any better than that! NEW reg this year: Bait ban Jan 1 - June 15. If you are interested to hire a fishing guide, ocean or river... to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size


April 7 to April 14 2015.  Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge out "test fishing" on the Skeena River before guests start arriving. See Kitimat Lodge section below for more pics and info. If you are interested to hire a fishing guide, ocean or river... to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size


Guest Photos and captions:

Tue May 5/15 5:02am

Hi Noel we did a float on the Kitimat River last week from Cable Car down. Stop for lunch and between sandwich and granola bar I picked up this sweet Chrome beauty. Lots of wood piled up ready to move once water comes up. Yours truly, David Anderson


Thu Apr 30/15 5:02am

Dear Noel! I’ll send you a nice picture of my catch from 10.04.2015 in lower Skeena. Had booked a wonderful week at Nicolas Dean Lodge via


Superb fishing in your country, great food, excellent accommodation and

Professional guiding.


All the best from Germany

Kai Welle


Note from Noel: Thank you very much for your kind words and sending the pic and caption. So happy to hear you had a great guided trip for Steelhead this spring!


Thu Sept 25/14 5:17am

Brian Ziegler from New Jersey USA sent this pic of his Skeena River Coho landed with Spey rod on Saturday September 6, 2014. It measured 36.5 x 24. WOW ! That's one BIG Coho. Thanks for send the pic. Best regards, Noel



List of Noel Gyger FaceBook pages:


 1. Noel Gyger Home Family and Friends Page

 2. Skeena River Guided Spey Fly Fishing

 3. BC Steelhead Fishing Guides

 4. BC Heli Fishing

 5. British Columbia Salmon Charter and Fishing Guides

 6. Chinook King Salmon Guide Services

 7. Noel Gyger Guided Fishing Adventures

 8. Terrace BC Fishing Guides 


Steve Hidber - Oscars Source for Sports, Smithers BC


No matter if you call the Bulkley Valley home or are here visiting, make sure to come see us. We are your source for fishing and sports activities. We are also here to help you with local information and activities in the area.


 Alex, Jim, Steve

Oscar's Adventure Travel




Oscar's Source For Adventure

1222 Main Street

Box 550

Smithers BC

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We are looking forward seeing you in the Tackle Store!


Tue May 5/15 5:02am


Home Hardware and Sporting Goods

"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Shop"

380 City Centre

Kitimat BC

Tel: 250-632-3522   Fax: 250-632-3528   Cell: 250-632-1275



They also operate a Fishing Guide and Charter Boat: Reliable Guide and Charters

Contact Noel Gyger to book a guided fishing trip both river and ocean


Product Profile:


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Established by Mr. David Lippy in the USA in the late 1930’s





Western Filament is a worldwide leader in high-performance braided fishing line and fibers. Their leadership with Tuf-Line pioneered the use of braided Spectra and Dyneema fibers in fishing lines. All their braided fishing lines and fishing accessories are manufactured with their U.S. facility and meet the highest aerospace standards for quality. Whether braided superline, Dacron fishing line, Dacron fly line backing or vinyl coated ice fishing lines, choose the Tuf-Line and Western Filament name for superior performance. For your viewing pleasure please cast to this link and watch Ron Wakita and I test fish the new braided line Tuf-Line Duracast.  Did I say we loved the line and caught a bunch of Coho?


These fine products are available at the Best Dealers in the Northwest, City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods in Kitimat J and E's Tackle in Prince Rupert, Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers and Fish Tales in Terrace, BC


Weather Reports telephone numbers: Terrace: 250-635-4192 Kitimat: 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert: 250-627-1155 Smithers: 250-847-1958.

Tide Charts – for  BC Coast:




Tue May 5/15 2:56pm

More on this announcement:

BC Government Press Release, May 4, 2015:
Agreement secures opportunity for progress on shared vision for Klappan

Tahltan Central Council Press Release, May 4, 2015:
Deal halts Klappan development, long-term plan to be set

Globe and Mail article, May 5, 2015:
B.C. government buys coal licences to stop mining dispute


Tue May 5/15 9:28am


For more info & other locations cast on link: DAVIDSUZUKI.ORG/COASTALTOUR


Tue May 5/15 5:02am

Norway - about your sea lice


Hello, Fourteen years ago I discovered the wild salmon near salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago were infested with sea lice.  After monumental effort by scientists, my own work, First Nations and many of BC's biggest environmental groups we got the salmon farmers to delouse the fish in their pens before our wild salmon started leaving the rivers and passing the farms.


It worked, the lice numbers fell and the Area 12 mainland pink salmon population rebounded.


This spring we have gone backwards ten years, lice numbers are high again.  Broughton is loosing a lot of wild salmon.  Why is that Norway?  Did the salmon farmers fail to treat their fish, or are the lice resistant to the drugs? Click here  to have look for yourselves


This dirty industry has no business operating on our wild salmon migration routes.


Please consider signing the letter asking Norway to divest from dirty salmon - see top of my blog.


On another note:

Greg McDade, my fierce lawyer, friend and supporter, and a long-time environmental and social justice activist is up for re-election for the Board of Directors of VanCity Credit Union. Greg recently stepped up as Burnaby's lawyer on the Kinder Morgan matter.  Vancity and McDade are a powerful combination.   He is a leader among lawyers in BC.  I don't often do this, but McDade is important to this province we need him working for us...You have 16 days left to vote.


To vote login:


Or go to


Alexandra Morton


Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler:


We are honoured to have Rob contributing to the Fishing Report. Rob also contributes a weekly column to our local Terrace Standard Newspaper:


Rob Brown blog:

Rob Brown Welcome:


Cast on PDF link to read article:


Tue May 5/15 5:02am

Annalida Rosea 2


Wed Apr 29/15 5:02am

Annalida Rosea


Wed Apr 15/15 5:02am

Big nymphs


Wed Apr 8/15 5:02am

Lines on water


Wed Apr 1/15 5:01am

Friday light


Guest Comments:

Wed Feb 18/15 5:13am


A letter in response to Rob Brown’s Skeena Angler column “Setting Them Free” by Dennis Therrien:


After reading Rob Brown’s Skeena Angler column “Setting Them Free” of Oct. 29, 2014, I couldn’t help but feel that the steelhead stocks must be in dire straits and are doomed to extinction, unless we take drastic steps to turn things around.

The crux of his argument is...full letter



A letter in response to Jim Culp’s letter in the Terrace Standard “Stop the Brickbats” by Dennis Therrien:


After reading Jim Culp’s recent letter “Stop the brickbats” of Dec. 31, 2014, I could see that both of us are on a similar path, which is to do as little harm as possible to our wild steelhead, as recreational anglers. Where our paths diverge, is on overregulation.


Rob Brown’s position on regulation change is...full letter


(SSBC) The Steelhead Society of BC:



Here is the last News Letter that was sent out to paid up SSBC members via E-mail and is a brief synopsis of what SSBC has been up to since the last newsletter in January:


NEW FaceBook page link here:



Wed Apr 30/14 6:20am

Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube: 

Total Uploaded Views as of February 27, 2014 were: 843,379

PLUS Noel has another 50 or so posted on his webpage:

Kind of like: Fishing videos until you drop!




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Current Fishing Report webpage  

$50/week, $150/month (4 or 5 Weekly Reports) or $1500/year (52 Weekly Reports) for your Banner Ad to be displayed at the top of the report. Only one top (front page) spot available.


Left Column Bar:

Tower Ad $150/month

Tall Button Ad $100/month

Large Button Ad $75/month

Small Button Ad $50/month

Large Banner Ad $100/month (within the body of the report 500x80 pixels)



Your Ad will be created by a professional graphic artist (see example above) for no extra charge. You will be sent multiple variations to choose from. Your final choice and edits will be to your entire satisfaction before posting, guaranteed.



Highway webcam: to view road conditions.  This one is near Terrace BC and is located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 37, looking east on Highway 16.  The image will update every 15 to 30 minutes



Fishing Regulations:

2013-2015 BC tidal waters and fresh-water (Federal) Salmon fishing information (including recent updates):

Effective April 1, 2015

Shellfish Contamination Closures:

On-line tidal waters fishing licenses:


2013-2015 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

Effective April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017

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Market Place

Thu Apr 23/15 5:00am

For Sale 



Usk, BC

12Km East of Terrace



One of the last Skeena riverfront properties FOR SALE is right here:


3 acres riverfront on the highway side in Usk 12km from Terrace BC. House needs work but zoned for 2 houses in this property also holds the water rights, fruit trees and lawn, treed in rear.


Walk to fish for Steelhead and Salmon on your own property!


Priced to sell at $195,000


Call Jeff at 250 615 7036 or Cathy 250 631 2704

E-mail  for more info.



Tue May 5/15 5:00am

For Sale 


Terrace, BC

4354 Queensway Drive




You could be salmon fishing and watching the northern lights dance from the comfort of your own property on the Skeena River. From the large partially covered deck you have a perfect view of Sleeping Beauty Mountain and the Terrace Bridges. This quaint retreat, retirement home or recreational property has plenty of room for extended family and friends to park RVs. Conveniently located 4 km to Wal-Mart and 7 Km to the Airport.


With 780 sq ft on the main floor and partially finished 8 ft basement, this 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom home has many updates including, but not limited to: new windows, roof, GE stainless steel kitchen appliances, LG steam washer & dryer, and a wired insulated 12 X 24 shop.


Asking price $330,000


Please contact us for a viewing: 250 922 4860 or email:



Tue May 5/15 5:00am

For Sale 


Terrace, BC

800 sq ft - 1-1/2 story rancher cabin w/loft





Are you looking for a rustic getaway in the heart of Salmon and Steelhead country? Look no further than this picturesque cabin in a rural setting 12 km east of Terrace BC on the Skeena River. This cabin provides the rustic charm of a cozy living space with a covered deck, wooden tongue-in-groove interior finishing, and an old-fashioned Heartland wood stove. In addition, you also get all the amenities expected of a modern home, including full electric hook-up, interior plumbing with water provided from a natural spring, a bathroom plumbed to septic, 43 litre hot water tank, washer/dryer, fridge, stove, excellent cellular coverage, and availability of internet. This cabin has been lived in year-round for the past 2 years!

Property size ~ 6 acres with a mix of cleared and landscaped grounds and natural treed areas. Lots of fruit on the property including blackberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries, apples, plums, cherries, and pears. Property also has ample room for storage with an open wood shed, a closed garden shed, and an unfinished house/workshop.

Asking price $189,000  Contact: Ric Bennett



Fri Feb 20/15 5:10am


For Sale 



Telkwa, BC

Bulkley Riverfront Home




Updated Bulkley Riverfront home in Telkwa features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a huge sundeck. Basement has been redone with concrete in-floor heat, large master bedroom, and a very modern bathroom. The bathroom has heated concrete floors, an open-room shower, and a beautiful pedestal bathtub. Main floor has original hardwood flooring, freestanding wood stove, and a large sunroom. Great river and Hudson Bay Mountain view, large treed lot and riverside firepit.

Great Steelhead fishing 40ft from the backdoor or long run 250 yards down, good spot to keep a jet or drift boat. Best time for Steelhead Aug 15 and it is fishable until Dec 31. Also there is Coho, Chinook, Pinks and Trout. Could be yours for $339,000

Contact Noel Gyger for more info


For Sale


West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC

Rogers Fishing Lodge


Tue May 5/15 5:00am


Owners of this Lodge say they already have over 1000 guests booked for the 2014 season. In total in 2013 they did 1160 guests, so things are already pacing ahead of last year. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business






Rodgers Fishing Lodge is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island about 90 miles due west of Campbell River in Esperanza Inlet. Rodgers is one of the busiest fishing lodges on the B.C. coast, entertaining over 1000 guests a year. They also enjoy one of the longest seasons on the coast, operating 19 weeks in 2013.


This will be their 31st year in the Sport Fishing business and their 20th year in Esperanza Inlet. Rodgers has shown a remarkable rate of growth over the past 3 years due mainly to an aggressive, innovative and successful marketing programme. Their gross revenue has more than doubled since 2010 and 2014 looks to be another banner year with over 550 guests already booked.


The Lodge has a location second to none as it is ideally situated to take advantage of some of the most outstanding fishing opportunities on the BC coast for Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Tuna. The addition of Tuna fishing this year will add a new dimension to the business and will add increased revenue to the months of August and September. The Tuna fishery is going to be a huge breakthrough in the future for West Coast fishing lodges. Rodgers Lodge is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Historically, the Tuna in their migration pattern will follow the warm water temperatures that occur along the Continental Shelf. In Rodgers Lodge’s location the Continental Shelf is just 12 to 15 miles offshore as opposed to 50 miles offshore for places like Tofino and Bamfield.


Black Bear and Bald Eagles are regularly seen by the lodge. They have the largest colonies of Sea Otters on the coast and the Gray, Orca and Humpback Whales pass by on their way to and from the Bering Sea.


The owners love the business and wish that they were 30 years younger. However, they feel that it is now time to turn the reins over to someone who shares the same passion for the outdoors and who is looking for a wonderful rewarding lifestyle.


Asking price $1,199,000


Please contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.


For Sale

ECO Tour Tenure license for sale:


It ranges from the Bulkley bridge just above the Suskwa down stream to Hazleton.  Then down stream through Terrace to the salt water. Takes in the Bulkley down stream to Hazleton, Skeena, Zymoetz, Kalum, Lakelse, Kasiks, Exstew, Khyex. The Seven sisters hiking trails, Pretty much everything downstream of Hazleton. Great rafting, jet boat rivers, Bird and wildlife viewing, scenery. Contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.


We would like to thank ALL our sponsors.  Without them the website and this fishing report would NOT be possible.


Current sponsors are: | Redl Sports | Normark | Simms | Tuf Line || Pure Fishing

Ace Line Hauler | Islander Reels | Scotty | Shimano | Aspen Inn Smithers | Kitimat Lodge | Brecks-Maxima-Mepps - Exude | Pro-Troll  | Catchercraft Boats | Skeena Salmon Lodge |


It is NEVER too late to book a guided river or ocean fishing trip


RIVER FISHING Lots of lodge or day bookings still available on classified or non-classified waters.  Guiding fly or spin fishermen with raft, drift-boat or jet-boat.  Contact Noel to book NOW!


OCEAN FISHING Chinook Salmon, Bottom Fish and Crab in Prince Rupert or Kitimat Douglas Channel has started.  To book warm, covered charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. E-mail:


NOW BOOKING for 2015: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Contact Noel Gyger to book NOW


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