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Top Photo: October 22, 2014. Local fly fisherman Willie McCleary holds up his Skeena trib Steelhead for a "quick" shot. Fish was landed this fall. Notes from Noel: Good technique using the cradle net. Lots of water dripping off the fish shows the fish was out of water for only a "split" second. Good job Willie! Photo by Dennis Therrien. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

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River, Ocean and Lake Reports

(Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands)

 

Last update was Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:18pm

Sunrise 8:17am Sunset 6:19pm

 

BOOKING NOW for:

- 2014 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands for river and ocean

- 2014 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

- 2014 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

- 2014 Zymoetz (Copper) River class 1 and 2 sections

- 2014 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2014 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

- 2014 Prince Rupert ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

Need info to book "any" guided fishing trip for 2014 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: NE 5km/h Overcast (+9 degrees C) Steelhead, Coho, Trout and Dolly Varden Char are the target fish now. Note: Avid Sportfishing sign up to receive their E-newsletters and email notifications on last minute deals, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. Note: Note: NEW section added called Recommended Fly Fishing Gear. Note: 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: Avid Sportfishing sent a pic of their NEW Boat; that's right they are now operating 2 - 30 foot Kingfisher guide boats, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. Update: NEW Product Profile Scotty, see Product Profile section. Update: summer-run Steelhead from 2007, see Vintage Video Clips section. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge suggests you to see their 2014 photo album and post your pics on their Facebook page, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: April Vokey interviewed me about the history of Sportfishing and Guiding in NW British Columbia, see pic and caption in the Skeena River section (full crew named now). Update: Avid Sportfishing sent a Chinook pic and fishing report, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. THEY SUGGEST: Book Now for 2015! Update: Skeena River is divided into 4 sections, see Skeena River section. Update: Full month of September 2014 is now posted, see Past Fishing Reports webpage. Update: as of Oct.7th noelgyger.ca fishing video clips on YouTube have received 827,963 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube section. Update: Ariel Kuppers of Kitimat Lodge gets his client into Steelhead even in very high water, see pic and caption in Kalum River section. Update: for Lakes, Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox and Babine River, see Smithers BC and area fishing report section. Update: NEW river condition pic and fishing report for the Bulkley River. Update: stats for noelgyger.ca are posted now for Oct. 16th., see above. Update: Pristine Coast doc reveals surprising, untold history of salmon farms, see Conservation section.  Today's updates: Update: for Skeena and Kalum River. Update: for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: Whose Ocean is it...? The Proposed "Aquaculture Activities Regulations" permitting ocean dumping & harm to fish habitat. Will Impact Us ALL, see Conservation section. Update: to receive the Oct. 23rd e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: NEW Top Photo just posted. Update: Avid Sportfishing posted a NEW video, see Avid Sportfishing section to watch it. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Hatching suits", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: Flood Watch, see pic of snow in Terrace mountains and read the commentary, see Skeena River section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Kitimat River. 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.

 

RIVER and DATE - High Rez pics of river conditions:

Skeena October 7th

Zymoetz (Copper) October 7th

Kitimat October 22nd

Kalum October 7th

Bulkley October 16th


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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.

 

Wed Oct 22/14 5:15am

Water very high and not fishable! NEW "high" rez water condition pic posted Oct 7th. To view cast on the link below. Most of the Steelhead and Coho have moved through but a few are still being caught. Reg: Sockeye closed September 15th. It was a very good run this year, near record so hope we had lots of happy anglers. To check current and recent past water conditions click on the pics below.  You may want to consider hiring a guide for Steelhead and Coho contact me anytime. Reg: Chinook closure: Aug 7 - Dec 31 in a zone from Lakelse River mouth upstream to the Skeena River Overpass (New Hwy) Bridge) at Ferry Island.

 

Pic taken October 22nd

Flood Watch: We've had lots of rain and it put most rivers out of shape. Rain stopped now and the forecast is for sun and clouds for next week. Because of the cooler temperatures most of the rain stayed in the mountains as snow...but...if it rains heavy again and temperatures warm up and the snow cap melts, we could be in for a flood. It has happened in the past and the floods were so severe it took out highway bridges.

 

On my left is April Vokey of flygal. April is authoring a book summarized as a reflective novel based on the history of our sport, and both its evolution & migration from the United Kingdom to North America’s west coast. She interviewed me September 16th regarding the history of Sportfishing and guiding in northwest British Columbia. The whole interview was recorded by Nick Pujic (on my right) of Vantage Point Media House for a television series on WFN. Got to say we had a lot of fun and it was hard to shut me up! I will keep you updated how this progresses. I am sorry, at this time, I cannot remember the names of the other folks in the crew. I will get them for you later.

As promised here are the names of the rest of the crew: Victor Cooper, Brock Tompkins, Yoshi Aoki, Adrienne Comeau and Catherine Laflamme (who took the photo).

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view  

 

CLICK HERE to view “high rez” pic of river conditions for Oct. 7, 2014

 

Skeena Water heights below:

Cast on link for current Skeena River water heights

http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08EF001

 


 

Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery for 2014:

 

Sockeye Charts

 

      

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 


Chinook Charts

 

 

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 


Steelhead Charts

 

 

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 


Coho Charts

 

 

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 


Pink Charts

 

      

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 


Chum Charts

 

 

  - Current, Average and Previous Year

  - Cumulative Index 1956-2013

  - Average Daily Index 1956-2013

 

 

 

Cast here to view 2011, 2012 and 2013 Tyee Test Fishery numbers

 


 

2014 Salmon Fishing Outlook:

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

 

Fri July 18/14 4:23am

More information has come forth from DFO regarding the 2014 Salmon run, to read all the details cast on this link:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/Preliminary-2014-Salmon-Outlook.pdf

 

2013 Salmon Fishing Outlook:

Can be seen here:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/news-bulletin.htm

 

Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery for:

2011, 2012 and 2013 can be seen here:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/news-bulletin.htm

          



 

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Kitimat Lodge

 

 

Wed Oct 22/14 5:15am

Morning Comes Early For Steelheaders

 

Really want to share our 2014 photo galleries before going out fishing in the morning! Apr, May, June, July, and August photos are now on the Kitimat Lodge website!

 

http://kitimatlodge.com/gallery/

 

Hey! We've been doing guided Steelhead fishing trips in BC since 2001, and many of you have been on our email list for a long time...

 

If you have fishing trip pictures from over the years - I invite you to post them to our page on Facebook!

 

http://facebook.com/kitimatlodge

 

Stay tuned - we have an awesome new video coming!

 

Ok, tight lines all, Tracey Hittel

 

Tue Sept 9/14 5:20am

Videos of Bass Pro Shops Manager's Fishing Holiday!

 

New on the Kitimat Lodge website and YouTube!

 

Videos of Bass Pro Shops Manager's Fishing Holiday!

 

Check out the Coho Salmon spin fishing action!

 

http://kitimatlodge.com/dspFX

 

Tight Lines, Tracey Hittel

 

SEE BELOW for complete Kitimat Lodge guiding season:

 

The 2014 season is closing in on us fast and the bookings are at an all-time high

 

SPRING STEELHEAD

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.

 

 

CHINOOK SALMON

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.

 

 

COHO SALMON

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.

 

 

HALIBUT and CRAB

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

 

 

SUMMER - FALL STEELHEAD

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
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Kalum River:

Wed Oct 22/14 5:14am

NEW "high" rez condition pic posted Oct. 7th. Water at the highway bridge is high but still fishable. Upper end should be OK! I am getting good reports; lots of Steelhead and Coho being caught. The Spey fly rod is working well. One can catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day. It is just a matter how knowing which pools and runs they are holding in. If you need a guide to show you how and where just contact me anytime. Chinook closed August 7th.

 

Pic taken Oct 14th. Even in high water pro guide Ariel Kuppers gets his clients into fish. Ariel guides for Kitimat Lodge. Here is a comment from the owner Tracey Hittel, "Nice guiding Ariel ! Day 2 with a first timer on the Spey. High water, persistence and a fly called the cream siècle squidro. 4 bites for the day in the pissing rain again, priceless!"

 

                                                           Click on pics for high rez view

  

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Oct. 7, 2014

 

Lakelse River:

Tue Oct 7/14  5:14am

My Granddaughter Stephanie Ritter with a nice bright Lakelse River Coho landed Oct 5th. This was one of two fish she landed. We've had a good amount of rain today but I see conditions on the Lakelse are holding. And nice to see FISHING runs in the family!

 

Tue Apr 29/14 6:23am

Water is higher than normal and tea coloured. Steelhead fishing is slow.  Check regs for the fly fishing only rule in some section. Steelhead are started to spawn in some sections, if you see them you should let them be and move on to other areas. Reg: Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge Mar 1 -May 31. Tip: Fly-fishing egg pattern flies work the best, also, the brighter the egg fly the better. Tip: Float fishing corkies (painted cork balls in various sizes) and a little bit of white wool works well. The bright red or orange ones are favored.

 

Lakelse River Bridge:

Thu July 10/14 4:23am

Lots of anglers and I heard of a few nice Chinook landed. Camping: There is a rough forestry campsite close to the bridge. When my kids were young we camped there often. We have many fond memories. Met some wonderful people there too. Tip: Fishing off the bridge with a marabou jig is the most popular, so is a Hot Shot or KwikFish plug.

 

FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY: Please get off the bridge when large trucks and equipment are crossing. This bridge has a wide deck sitting on a central pair of girders, and is designed to have the load travel the centre of the bridge. When a truck has to move over because someone didn't want to get out of their lawn chair it endangers everyone on the bridge by putting the load off-centre. In some cases, especially lowbeds with excavators etc on them are too wide to pass without people moving. Thank you.

 

Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Tue Oct 21/14 5:15am

Water very high and not fishable! NEW "high rez" condition pic posted Oct. 7th. See: current Top Photo! When wet fly fishing give the Steelhead a chance to react when the fly comes drifting by. Dry fly works pretty good too. And for conventional here is a Tip: Float fishing the Pink Worm works very well in this river. Need a guide  for 2014 in either the Class one or Class two section contact me anytime.

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Oct. 7, 2014

 

Sample Zymoetz (Copper) River heights below:

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

http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08EF005

 

Kitimat River:

Wed Oct 22/14 4:16pm

NEW high rez river condition photo is from this afternoon. River height is 1.96m. Clarity about 18". Coho are still available but most are getting very dark...and really should not be targeted. Need the "best" fishing guide just contact me anytime. Thanks.

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Oct. 22, 2014

 

Sample Kitimat River waters heights below:

Cast on link for current Kitimat River water heights:

http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08FF001

 

Exstew River:

Sat Oct 11/14 5:16am

Water high green cloudy as of Oct. 9th. The Coho are coming. These are bright fish. Fish moving up river fast due to the high water. Concentrate fishing beside tree structures and deep cut-bank pools. Watch for rolling fish, if you don't see them rolling they are probably not there.

 

Exchamsiks River:

Sat Oct 11/14 5:14am

Water high green cloudy as of Oct. 9th. The Coho are coming. These are bright fish. Fish moving up river fast due to the high water. Concentrate fishing beside tree structures and deep cut-bank pools. Watch for rolling fish, if you don't see them rolling they are probably not there.

 

Kasiks River:

Sat Oct 11/14 5:13am

Water high green cloudy as of Oct. 9th. The Coho are coming. These are bright fish. Fish moving up river fast due to the high water. Concentrate fishing beside tree structures and deep cut-bank pools. Watch for rolling fish, if you don't see them rolling they are probably not there.

 

Kitimat River Estuary:

Sun Aug 24/14 7:26am

Coho fishing is good. Please BEWARE it can be dangerous getting into and out of the estuary with jet boat. If you would like to experience this unique fishery may I suggest you book with a fishing guide.

 

Douglas Channel:

Tue Aug 26/14 5:32am

Chinook fishing in the channel is basically over as all of the fish have moved into their natal rivers, although one has a chance to catch "feeder springs", these would be smaller fish. Coho fishing is slow; they are all heading for their home rivers...and their home rivers don't have much water in them. Coho are being caught but way down the channel. Halibut and other Bottom fish are being landed in good numbers and lots Dungeness Crab. 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. My suggestion is to book a charter guide for trip or two, then you will be up to speed how to do it on your own. 

 

Douglas Channel Watch

Where We Stand

Vision Statement:  The Douglas Channel Watch will work to protect the Douglas Channel and its tributaries

 

South African girl with a slab. Halibut fishing down the Douglas Channel is GREAT! Caption and photo by Tracey Hittel of  Kitimat Lodge. If you are interested to hire a charter contact me anytime.

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Cast on link for 2013-15 Tidal and Freshwater Guide online and more…

 

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

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www.kitimatlodge.com


Bulkley River:

Sun Oct 19/14 5:11am

Water a little dirty from the Telkwa River. People catching 1-2 fish per day still though.

 

Sun Oct 12/14 5:15am

Water has really cleaned up and fishing for Steelhead is good!

 

Tue Oct 7/14 5:14am

The river is blown in Smithers. .Like coffee with milk . Good above Telkwa though.

                                                    Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for October 16, 2014

 

Sample Bulkley River (near Smithers BC) heights below:

          Cast on link for current Bulkley River water heights

http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08EE005

 

 

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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.

 


Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands:

 

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                Finest ocean and river fishing, lodging and dining in remote Haida Gwaii

 

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Contact us anytime for more information:

 

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Wed Oct 22/14 8:45am

 

Interested in a top notch fishing adventure in 2015? We have great packages in the best place on earth to catch salmon & halibut.

 

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Wed Oct 22/14 5:17am

Still some really nice fish being caught on the west coast, a late push of nice springs to end another great season of fishing in Haida Gwaii. We are now booking for 2015, reserve your dates while they last!

 

Fishing for Halibut and Salmon this month has been simply outstanding. Book you charter soon to avoid disappointment.

1-877-770-2843
www.avidsportfishing.ca

 

Here's our latest addition to the fleet for 2014. That's right we are now operating 2 - 30 foot Kingfisher guide boats. This one is tricked out with all the same options and quality gear as our first boat. Luxury fishing on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii just got even better!

 

Reserve Your Dates for 2015

We are already over 50% booked and prime dates are going quickly. If you’re thinking about taking the family on a great fishing adventure or looking for a hard core fishing trip with the boys next summer, Avid Sport fishing's all inclusive trips have all bases covered. Round trip airfare from Vancouver, exclusive beachfront lodging and amazing meals combined with BC’s best Chinook salmon fishing and experienced guides make for a “Top Notch” fishing trip that is second to none. Some exciting news for groups that require 2 boats (6 to 8 guests) is the addition of another 30 foot Kingfisher guide boat. This allows us to offer a truly unique experience with 2 of the nicest, most comfortable, most seaworthy and just plain “fishy” boats in all of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands. Predictions for 2014 Chinook (King) salmon runs look very good with more 4 and 5 year old fish returning meaning bigger average size than in 2013.

Please contact us to discuss dates and join Avid Sportfishing for another season of great fishing, and good times on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii in 2015!

1-877-770-AVID(2843) or fill out our Booking Inquiry Form


Smithers BC and area fishing report:

Fri Oct 17/14 5:10am

Fishing report for October 15, 2014

Lakes - Little to no angling pressure on many of the lakes in the Bulkley Valley. Fish are aggressive this time of year and fun to fish for if steelheading is unfeasible.

 

Bulkley -  Section below Telkwa is very murky. Upper section is fishing better but has many people, fishing is decent.

 

Morice - River got some much needed water, maybe help bring in some fresher fish. Lots of anglers fishing the cleaner water, having good results.

 

Kispiox - River was dropping but heavy rains are forecasted for that region over the next couple days.

 

Babine - Also got a little bump of much need water. Fishing has been okay for most.

 

Mon Oct 13/14 5:11am

Fishing report for October 9, 2014

Bulkley - Lower section is definitely fishable today. Fishing should only improve with time and good weather. We have had good reports. Upper section has been fishing great.

 

Morice - Many anglers there searching for better water, and have been finding fish.

 

Kispiox - First river to clear up from recent rain, as a result beyond busy with people. Not much camping available. Fishing has been okay.

 

Babine - Use of tackle is now permitted. Water is low and clear, fishing has been consistently okay.

 

Thu Oct 9/14 5:10am

Fishing report for October 2, 2014

Bulkley – Water conditions are good. Fishing reports are saying it has been a little slow recently. Upstream of Telkwa is busy with people boating the river.

 

Morice – Fishing is okay but water is still low and clear. Be careful of bears especially on the upper end.

 

Kispiox – Dropping nicely but more bad weather is on the way. Fishing should be okay when drops again. Many people on the river.

 

Babine – The use of ‘Gear’ is now permitted on the Upper end of the Babine River. Fishing is decent but water is extremely low. Be cautious as many bears are near the bridge.

 

Mon Oct 5/14 5:14am

Fishing report for September 29, 2014

Bulkley - Water looks good and fishing for steelhead is pretty good. Telkwa river is inputting just enough color which is nice.

 

Morice - River levels bumped up to maybe move some fish around. People are having good luck with Steelhead.

 

Kispiox - Higher than normal and blown out. Lots of people camped out there waiting for the water to come down and clean up.

 

Babine - Super low water on the upper end and the Nilkitwa keeps coming out of shape for the lower portion. Fishing is tough.

 

Wed Oct 1/14 5:15am

Fishing report for September 25, 2014

Bulkley/Morice – Slowed down over the last couple days but is still good. River needed with rain though. Telkwa will hopefully clear up in the next couple days to improve the conditions. Bulkley upstream of the Telkwa confluence is not as murky.

 

Kispiox – Packed with people. River is on the rise but color is nice. Fishing is tougher than previous weeks.

 

Babine – Fishing for Steelhead is pretty good right now. Water levels did not bump up as much as other rivers.

 


 

Guest Photos and captions:

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

 

Sun Aug 24/14 7:24am

Here is a pic of my son-in-law Troy Ritter releasing a Skeena River summer-run Steelhead landed Saturday August 16th. Sorry the pic not too clear as I took a snap-shot from a video clip. Nice job Troy. And thank you Deb (my daughter) for shooting the video. River conditions were low and very clean...and the air temp really high around plus 30 degrees C .

 

Sun Aug 17/14 7:14am

Hi Noel, We read your fishing report all the time and always look forward to opportunities to fish in northern BC.

 

I have attached a few photos of our success story from this year's fishing trip to China Bar (last week).  Marty Schneider, from Saskatchewan, is holding a 32 pound Chinook and Colby Schneider is holding a 33 pounder which is the result of a double-header on the Skeena! This was an exciting morning for us.

 

The next day, we hired a charter at Prince Rupert and caught a couple of good halibut.

 

Hi Noel, Sockeye fishing on the fly was good today (July 14th). Here's my Dad Tom Hodgson with a nice one. Thank you for posting.  Luke

 


 

Vintage Video Clips:

Skeena River 'summer -run' Steelhead 2007

 

Another bright one!

 

Pro fishing guide Randy Marshall holds up Astrid Gangl's Steelhead for a quick shot. Astrid is from Luxembourg and is a many-time repeat guest.

 

Cast on this link to watch:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0001.wmv    

 

It runs for about 1:00 minute and is a small screen wmv.

 

To watch more video clips cast on this link:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm


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I book guided fishing trips for whom I think are the very best fishing guides in British Columbia. I know all of them very well. They do a fabulous job and pride themselves on service and professionalism.

IF YOU ARE EVER INTERESTED TO BOOK A TRIP WITH ONE OF THEM PLEASE CONTACT ME ANYTIME. My contact info is: Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail: noel@noelgyger.ca  

Hope to hear from you soon. Take care. Best regards,  Noel Gyger


 

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 1. Noel Gyger Home Family and Friends Page

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 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 


 

Guest Reports and Photos - 2013 Season Review:

 

Guest reports and photos are posted here:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/archived-fishing-reports/february-1-28_2013.pdf

 


Past Top Photos

 

October 8 to October 22, 2014. Hi noel! My names Amber Serbin and I came up from Edmonton, Alberta on another fishing trip. All this rain had me worried but I got into steelhead on the Zymoetz (Copper ) River October 2nd! I attached a picture for you. Looking forward to hooking into more! Note from Noel: if you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

October 1 to October 8, 2014. Dennis Therrien with another beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River Steelhead landed mid September this year. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

September 24 to October 1, 2014. Dennis Therrien with another beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River Steelhead landed and this month. Must say, fishing has been outstanding this year! If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

September 17 to September 24, 2014. Photo and caption courtesy Michael Herzberg. My biggest Coho in the last four years. Best fight in probably ten. This thing hit as we were reeling in the hot shots. Then went crazy on the surface. Love those big Northerns! If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

September 8 to September 16, 2014. Dennis Therrien with a beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River summer-run Steelhead landed September 6, 2014. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 


Order Now:   "THE SALMON RECIPES  Stories of our Endangered North Coast Cuisine"  Order the book online www.saveourskeenassalmon.org it is 19.99 (24.49 with tax and shipping included). Thank you.

Luanne Roth, Marine Director Prince Rupert Environmental Society 250 627 4201


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

www.oscarsadventuretravel.com

jim@oscarsadventuretravel.com

 

and

 

Oscar's Source For Adventure

www.oscarssports.com

info@oscarssports.com

1222 Main Street

Box 550

Smithers BC

V0J 2N0

Phone:(250)877-1994

Fax:(250)847-3396

 

We are looking forward seeing you in the Tackle Store!

 


 

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

E-mail: wakita@telus.net

 

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:

Scotty www.scotty.com

 

The Way to Fish

 

Fishing Gear & Equipment

 

 

No. 400 ORCA Rodholder

 

With one quick motion, your fishing rod is lifted straight out into the fighting position.

 

Click on link for short video demonstration:

http://www.scotty.com/fishing-gear-equipment/rod-holders/orca_medium.mov

 

Main features:

  • Unique Side or Deck Mounting Bracket and New! Lock Down Feature

  • Tilts up and down, including upright for rod storage when travelling

  • Less missed strike opportunities

  • Swivels 360 degrees

  • Locks closed for travelling

 

Download their New! catalogue on their website www.scotty.com

 

Contact info: www.scotty.com

Phone: 1-800-214-0141

 

Scotty is a B.C based company.  Scotty Products are distributed by Redl Sports Distributors and 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: http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/find/region/1

    


 

Conservation

Wed Oct 22/14 5:14am

Whose Ocean is it...? The Proposed "Aquaculture Activities Regulations" permitting ocean dumping & harm to fish habitat. Will Impact Us ALL

 

Deadline for comment - October 22.

 

Cast here to read the details

 

 

Sun Oct 19/14 5:14am

Pristine Coast doc reveals surprising, untold history of salmon farms

 

Cast here to read the full story

 

Sun Oct 12/14 5:10am

SAVE Lelu Island and Skeena wild salmon from LNG

 

Will you sign the declaration to save Lelu Island from LNG?

 

The proposed Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG development on Lelu Island, on the estuary of the Skeena River, would require massive dredging of areas that have been identified as critical to the health and abundance of Skeena salmon.

 

A study by the federal government in 1973, as well as recent science, confirms that altering or destroying these habitats will significantly damage the abundance and health of Skeena salmon.

 

This site was selected for industrial development without consultation with First Nations and Skeena communities.

 

Cast here to sign the declaration

 

A Wild Salmon will thank you for it!

 

Tue Sept 30/14 5:13am

Release poisons, really?

Hello, members of Parliament John Duncan and James Lunney are reaching out to the public regarding new salmon farm "regulations" that would allow the industry to release chemicals that kill fish.  They would also allow for killing wild fish to control pathogens.

As one of the big Norwegian operators in BC considers selling out to Mitsubishi, we have three weeks to speak up about these proposed regulations.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/

Also there is a new film on salmon farming premiering this weekend at the Vancouver International Film Festival http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f14044-the-pristine-coast The ending will surprise you!

We need to decide if we want Norwegian and Japanese companies deciding which fish will live or die in BC.

Our voices are important. See my blog on how to comment on this.  Alexandra Morton

Sat Sept 27/14 5:10am

SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is having a fund raising event this Saturday, September 27 at the Old Church location in Smithers BC. The event is emceed by April Vokey. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Dinner served 6:30pm. Tickets $40. If you have something to donate let them know ASAP. Wild Salmon will thank you for it! For more info cast on this FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1464616407141882

 

Thu Sept 25/14 5:15am

Save Our Salmon

It is with great pleasure that we can report on the continued success of SOS's strategy to advance land-based closed containment as a sustainable alternative to farming salmon in direct contact with the marine environment. 

 

Cast here for the full story

 


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: http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/terracestandard

 

Rob Brown blog: http://web.me.com/skeenaangler/Skeena_Angler/Blog/Blog.html

Rob Brown Welcome: http://web.me.com/skeenaangler/Skeena_Angler/Welcome.html

 

Cast on PDF link to read article:

 

Wed Oct 22/14 2:45pm

Hatching suits

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-oct-22_2014.pdf

 

Wed Oct 22/14 5:10am

Timbit nation

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-oct-15_2014.pdf

 

Wed Oct 15/14 5:10am

Lunch

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-oct-8_2014.pdf

 

Wed Oct 8/14 5:14am

Chanterelles and China

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-oct-1_2014.pdf

 

Wed Oct 1/14 5:10am

The Intruder

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-sep-24_2014.pdf

 

Wed Sept  24/14 5:15am

Dionys

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-sep-17_2014.pdf

 


(SSBC) The Steelhead Society of BC:

 

 

     http://www.steelheadsociety.org

 

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:

 

     http://www.steelheadsociety.org/sites/default/files/June_2013.pdf

 

NEW FaceBook page link here: https://www.facebook.com/SSBCmain

 


News updates:

Tue Sept 30/14 5:16am

SkeenaWild celebrates filmmaking, photography and community connection.

Drop in on the 5th Annual Film & Photo contest

Open for entries May 15 - Sept 15

NEW categories. *Great Prizes

Cast here for more detail.

 

Thu Aug 21/14 7:14am

FIRE BAN in Northwest BC was set to begin 4:00pm August 12th.

Cast here for all the details.

 

Tue Aug 12/14 7:14am

Fishery Notice: Sockeye limit has increased from 2 fish per day to 4 fish per day.

Cast here to read the full notice.

 


 

Wed Apr 30/14 6:20am

Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=noelgyger 

Total Uploaded Views as of October 7, 2014 were: 827,963

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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm

Kind of like: Fishing videos until you drop!

 


 

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It is a "good" idea to advertise online because Canadians spend more time on their computers than watching television.  They spend 18.1 hours per week online compared with 16.9 hours watching television. Click here to read the survey

My GOAL is to increase TOURISM

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  • over 25 years promoting tourism and fish guiding experience

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  • gain an edge over your competitors in this ever-expanding market

Current Fishing Report webpage http://www.noelgyger.ca/current-fishing-reports.htm  

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Tall Button Ad $100/month

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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:

http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/111.html 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):

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

Effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015

Shellfish Contamination Closures:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/PSP

On-line tidal waters fishing licenses:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

  

2013-2015 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Synopsis

Effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015

Check for In-season Regulations Changes at:

www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Inseason

Buy your fishing license online at:

www.fishing.gov.bc.ca

 


Market Place

 

For Sale

 

West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC

Rogers Fishing Lodge

 

Wed Oct 22/14 5:12am

 

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 | Gibbs-Delta | Shimano | Aspen Inn Smithers | Kitimat Lodge | Brecks-Maxima-Mepps - Exude | Pro-Troll  | Avid Sport Fishing | SplitKing Lures | Catchercraft Boats | Hawkair |


 

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: noel@noelgyger.ca

 

NOW BOOKING for 2014-15: 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

 

I hope this fishing report, "meets with your entire satisfaction".

 

Your Feedback to noel@noelgyger.ca is always welcome

"You meet the nicest people on the river banks"

  

 

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