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Top Photo: April 26, 2016. Photo and caption by Daniel Krenz Self shots are possible while keeping em wet. Too often I see fish shake and baked in sand, or laying on their sides in extremely shallow water next to a rod (not to mention - a fish lying there has obviously been over fought if it stays put without being touched!). A quick lift over water is fine with a buddy, but we need to focus more on keeping the fish in mind rather than producing a hero shot. Fish was caught on an R&B 2/5 silver/orange spoon swung under a log that other people were having a hard time getting at. To learn more and to get your start using these “first class” products please visit these website at your convenience: First Strike Lures http://www.firststrikelures.com/ and Trophy Tackle http://www.trophytackle.ca/ Thank you Noel. If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a 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 Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:17am

Sunrise 5:49am Sunset 9:12pm

 

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- 2016 for Zymoetz (Copper) & Skeena River

- 2016 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

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- 2016 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead

- 2016 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook

- 2016 Kwinamass River for Steelhead (April &May) only

- 2016 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2016 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

- 2016 Prince Rupert ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

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Wind: S 26km/h Partly cloudy (+5 degrees C) Steelhead is good right now (we just need good water conditions!) but you got to know the right spots and technique. Note: NEW section added called Recommended Fly Fishing GearNote: FOR SALE ECO Tour Tenure license, see Market Place section. Note: FOR SALE Saltwater Lodge ~ owners of this Lodge say they have over 1050 guests booked thus far for 2015 season and did over $2,000,000 in gross revenue for 2014. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business see Market Place section.

 

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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 Kitimat River stories and Kitimat River videos, see Kitimat River section. Update: NEW Ad posted on the website for Mario http://www.mvcc2.com who can solve ALL your computer issues local and worldwide. Update: 2016-17 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: as of Feb. 27th noelgyger.ca fishing video clips on YouTube have received 843,379 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube section.  Update: We would like to WELCOME Pure Fishing onboard, they are now the official, exclusive sponsor of this fishing report.

 

Today's updates:  FOR SALE Saltwater Lodge ~ owners of this Lodge say they have over 1050 guests booked thus far for 2015 season and did over $2,000,000 in gross revenue for 2014. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business see Market Place section.  Update: for Kitimat and Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing. Update: Noel Gyger fishing videos on YouTube total views as of July 3 were 856,557. Update: Willi Schmidt sent pics, current report and season review, see Skeena Salmon Lodge Guiding section. Update: section Closed to Fishing  as of January 1, 2016 see Zymoetz (Copper) River section. Update: Ken Nagy of Northern California sent suggestion pic how to shoot "catch and release" photos doing the least harm to the fish, see Skeena River section. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent Video link so you all can watch their "2015 Season Review", see Kitimat Lodge section just below the Skeena River section. Update: for Kitimat River. Update: Would really like to thank Connor Sabo for giving us permission to post his pic of cooking freshly caught Dungeness Crab,  see Douglas Channel section. Update: The northern branch of the Steelhead Society of BC annual General Meeting held in Terrace BC, see Conservation section. Update: Full month of March 2016 Fishing Reports are posted now, see Past Fishing Reports webpage. Update: Chris Paul sent us a few pics of his Steelhead he landed while being guided by Kitimat Lodge this spring, see Kitimat Lodge section, just below the Skeena River. Update: re conditions for Skeena and Copper River. Update: for Kalum River. Update: NEW Top Photo posted April 26th. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Limber Rods and Endangered Steelhead", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: Watershed WATCH Salmon Society news up to April 27th, see Conservation section. Update: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters sent pic and fishing report for Kitimat River and Douglas Channel, see Kitimat River & Douglas Channel section. More updates will come in as the day moves on. Update: to receive the May 5th, 2016 e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. 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.

 

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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 May 4/16 6:15am

Water is high and dirty due to rain and snow melt off. Season Review: Friends tell me Steelhead fishing this year was pretty good, despite a lower than average run, but these folks are all "very" experienced in this area and know all the hot spots and best techniques.

 

My Way to pose a "catch and release" photo by Ken Nagy:

 

Hello Noel: I'm glad to see you're encouraging the underwater release and photographing. I'm in Northern California and trying to educate folks on this also, so I hope you don't mind that I lifted a couple of the photos you posted and spread them around. These pictures are usually unique and much more appealing than the old "look what I killed" picture. Or look at this beautiful creature badly in need of oxygen. One of these days I'll make it to the Skeena and pay you a visit. Here are a couple Mad River steelhead pics. Take care. Ken

 

Skeena River stories:

 

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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/skeena-river-four-seasons-of-angling-paradise.doc

 

Golden Opportunities From Skeena Country - by John Beath

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/skeena-country.doc

 

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

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

 


Spring Steelhead:

 

 


 

News Bulletin:

 

For PAST years of the Tyee Test Fishery numbers cast on this link.

 

For PAST years DFO Salmon and Steelhead predictions cast on this link.

 


 

Pure Fishing:

 

 

Updates:

 

Sun Sep 20/15 5:06am

 

Penn Fishing Reels are "well known" for their ocean reels but Pure Fishing would like you to know they also have some fantastic freshwater (river-lake-stream) reels. Check them out on their website Penn Fishing Reels. Thank You!

 


 

Kitimat Lodge

 

 

Wed May 4/16 6:03am

 

 

Here is Chris Paul. He sent us a few pics of his Steelhead catch while he was being guided by Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge this spring. As you can see he had a good time. If you would like to book for catches like this please let us know. There is still time!

 

REVIEW 2015 Was a Stellar Year for Fishing

 

Hello Friends, we at Kitimat Lodge thought it was an incredible year here, but this Video shows you just how fabulous it really was!  https://vimeo.com/151589262

 

Since 1999, Kitimat Lodge has been providing Guided Fishing along the rivers and tributaries near Terrace Bay and Kitimat, BC, Canada.

 

Check out more than a decade of Steelhead Fishing Photo Galleries on our website!

http://kitimatlodge.com

 

Tight Lines,

Tracey Hittel

 

2015 Seasons Greetings Kitimat Lodge

 

A Warm Fire And A Hot Steelhead!

 

 

Check out these pictures of a happy 75 year old Gert! Travelling from Denmark was worth the trip as he connected with this Skeena Steelhead.

 

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/steelhead-fishing-in-british-columbia

 

Hot Steelhead Flyfishing on the Skeena River, deep in the foothills of the mountains along the North Coast of British Columbia.

   

Tight Lines,

 

Tracey John Hittel

Kitimat Lodge and Steelhead Heaven

Kitimat, BC Canada

 

250-632-6677 Lodge

 

250-632-5666 Fx.

250 632-9880 hm.

250 639-4277 cell.

 

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Kitimat Lodge fishing report

October Steelhead Fishing 2015

 

October Produces Some Of The Best Catches!

 

Check out the great photos we just added to the site!

 

Steelhead Dreaming - Fly Fishing The Skeena

 

 

Guided Fishing Trips in British Columbia, Canada

 

B.C. Guided Fishing Trips, River Fly Fishing and Ocean Charter Fishing.  

 

Kitimat Lodge is quietly nestled among the cliffs of the Kitimat River Valley - strategically located near the Kitimat River and quick access to the Douglas Channel.

 

All suites are fully equipped with wireless Internet and flat screen televisions, including full kitchenette with fridge, stove and coffee maker. 

 

Guided Fishing Trips in Kitimat, BC, Canada

 

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Kevin Thingvold Family Skeena River Chinook
held by Gord McKean

First - we would like to share this fantastic image!  Click on the link for the larger large size!
Skeena River Chinook. Kevin Thingvold Family with Kitimat Lodge Pro Angling Guide Gord McKean.

 

    http://kitimatlodge.com/pro-angling-guide-gord-mckean-with-skeena-river-chinook/

 

Skeena Chinook fishing season closes August 6th, triggering the start of the elusive Skeena River Summer Run Steelhead.

 

Second - some great photos of a great fly fishing adventure!
Late July Chum Salmon Fishing Report, BC Canada

 

Chum Salmon on the fly are in large numbers and a fight like no other, peel line, skin knuckles and nice smiles for these two gentlemen from Austria.

 

 http://kitimatlodge.com/chum-salmon-on-the-fly-july-27-fishing-report/

 

Third  - if you haven't seen these Heli-Fishing Trip Photos...

 

The Black family booked a chopper, Skeena and saltwater tour while at the Kitimat Lodge this week. The wives pictured with a pair of Skeena Chinook and young Jamieson with a Dungeness Crab.

 http://kitimatlodge.com/skeena-and-saltwater-heli-fishing-tour/

 

Be sure to check out the outstanding action photo of Jamie Black from Copper Line Excavating releasing a monster Chinook!

 

Guided Fishing Trips in British Columbia, Canada

 

B.C. Guided Fishing Trips, River Fly Fishing and Ocean Charter Fishing.  

 

Kitimat Lodge is quietly nestled among the cliffs of the Kitimat River Valley - strategically located near the Kitimat River and quick access to the Douglas Channel.

 

All suites are fully equipped with wireless Internet and flat screen televisions, including full kitchenette with fridge, stove and coffee maker. 

 

Guided Fishing Trips in Kitimat, BC, Canada

 

Call or Contact Us today to Check Availability - Phone: 250 632-6677

 

The Seasons:

 

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 May 4/16 6:05am

Water in good shape. The past high water may have brought in the first Chinook (King) Salmon of the year...and you will then have a chance to catch both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day :-) WOW it does not get any better than this! Guiding, by regulation, started April 1st. 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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/sweetheart-steelheading-on-the-kalum-river.doc

 

North Country Spring Time Steelhead - by Dave Vedder

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/Articles-3--Vedder-2-Northcounty-Spring-Time-Steelhead-long.doc

 

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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/Articles-7-BIG-RIVER-MIXED-BAG-by-Italo-Labignan.doc

 

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: http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm

 

Kalum River videos:

 

Kalum River Coho

Cast here to watch the video

 

Cast on link below to watch more videos:

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

 

Kalum River Podcasts:

 

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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/Podcast/podcast0016.mp4

 

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

 

Cast on the link below to watch more podcasts:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm

                                                    

Lakelse River:

Wed May 4/16 6:07am

The Steelhead fishing is slow in mid to upper river. Some anglers are having a tough time catching them. Jigs working best! 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.

 

Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Wed May 4/16 6:06am

Water dirty due to rain and snow melt off. Regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 - June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Just need to find some open water and give it a shot. Need a guide  for 2016 in either the Class one or Class two sections contact me anytime.

 

Copper River stories:

 

Copper River Steelhead - by Jim & Carolyn Z. Shelton

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/copper-river-steelhead-nov-29_2014.doc

 

For more stories cast here: http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm

 

Copper River videos:

 

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0010.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0011.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0012.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0013.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0014.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0015.wmv

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Steelhead-0016.wmv

 

Watch more videos here: http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/video-clips-web.htm

Enjoy!!

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 & Douglas Channel:

Wed May 4/16 6:01am

 

Photo of the Week:  April 28 2016:  Ken Fleming is holding the first Steelhead he has ever caught on the Kitimat River. This Steelhead was caught using a Luhr Jensen Hot Shot 25 Metallic Pink.  (more details below)

 

Reliable Guide and Charters Fishing Report Kitimat River and Douglas Channel April 24t to April 30 2016

250 632 1275 cell 250 632 2866 Res

wakita@telus.net  reliableguideandcharters.com

 

Introduction

Welcome back to Reliable Guide and Charters Kitimat River and Douglas Channel Fishing Report!  A Huge Thank You to the many Fishing Report Subscribers for their Get Well Wishes and their positive comments.

 

My Fishing Reports for the Kitimat River and the Douglas Channel will be intermittent at first but God Willing they will evolve back to circulating on a regular basis.

I hope you enjoy the Reports!

 

Kitimat River

 

The Kitimat River was high but fishable during the beginning of the week but dropped and cleaned considerably all week.  The river is in excellent condition and the fishing has been decent.

 

With the mild winter and early spring, the Steelhead run on the Kitimat River appears to have started earlier this year.   Accordingly many Steelhead are in spawning colours and quite a few have already spawned.  There are some bright fresh Steelhead being caught in the lower Kitimat but they are definitely in the minority.

 

April 28th:  My good friend,  Ken Fleming during an afternoon drift with in law, Steve caught his first Kitimat River Steelhead.  Ken is an avid angler but confessed that this was his first Steelhead.  Ken thoroughly enjoyed the battle and released this beauty back into Kitimat River.  Congratulations Ken.  Well done!

 

We were Hot Shotting with my Loomis HSR1023 Hot Shot Rods and Ambassador LC 6600 reels loaded with 15lb Big Game line.  As mentioned in the Photo of the Week caption, we were using a Hot Shot 25 Metallic Pink.  This set up is in, my humble opinion, the ultimate combo for Hot Shotting for Steelhead.   I absolutely love Hot Shotting for Steelhead especially with the right equipment and now so does Ken!

 

Hot Shotting is very a productive method to fish for Steelhead and is part of a personal challenge I have evolved over the past 30 years.  It is called the “Triple Crown”.  The challenge is to catch a Steelhead on a Hot Shot, another on a fly and the third on tackle all on the same drift.  Please stay tuned to this report because this is the perfect time of year for the Triple Crown.

 

Douglas Channel

 

Many boaters have been out crabbing and there have been a few Chinook reported to have been caught in the Kitimat Harbour.  I have not confirmed these Chinook but there is an early run of Kitimat River Chinook and everything appears to be early this year.  News of these Chinook being caught has got me pretty excited for the upcoming Chinook season!  I’m sure many other Chinook anglers are as well.

 

Anyone wishing to book a driftboat trip on the Kitimat River, a Jet boat trip or a Saltwater Charter on the Douglas Channel please contact me at wakita@telus.net or 250 632 1275.  I would be honoured to provide an amazing Fishing experience on the Kitimat River or the Douglas Channel for you and your group .

 

Good Health! and Good Fishing!

 

Ron Wakita

 

Reliable Guide and Charters

31 Raley St

Kitimat BC

V8C 1G9

 

Kitimat River stories:

 

12 Seasons of Kitimat River - by Noel Gyger

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/kitimat-river-nov-29_2014.doc

 

For more stories cast here: http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm

 

Kitimat River videos:

 

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Jerry%20and%20Kevin%20Kitimat%20drift.wmv

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

http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/Coho-0006.wmv                                                  

 

Sample Kitimat River waters heights below:

Cast on links for current Kitimat River water heights:

 

             1.  http://waterportal.geoweb.bcogc.ca/#12/54.0617/-128.6555

 

2. http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08FF003

 

3. http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08FF002

 


Douglas Channel continued:

Wed May 4/16 6:02am

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

 

Wow...I want everyone to take a second look at this photo. It is a beautiful, amazing shot of catching and did I say cooking crab freshly caught in the Douglas Channel.  I would really like to thank Connor Sabo for giving us permission to post his pic. I love it...it bring back fond memories when me and my friends did the same thing...many years ago. Please pass the garlic butter :-) !!!

 

Ariel Kuppers pro guide at Kitimat Lodge holds up and nice Douglas Channel Halibut. Going ocean fishing out of Kitimat when local rivers are dirty is a good option.

 


 

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:

Sun Sep 20/15 5:02am

I received a report that the Salmon and Halibut fishing out of the port of Prince Rupert has been simply outstanding. One charter guide reports landing over 20 Chinook but of course his clients kept only their legal limit, plus they kept their limit on Dungeness Crab. If you would like to book an ocean trip just contact me anytime and I will do my best to get it all set up for you.

 

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: http://www.canada-flyfishing.com/en

 

Wed May 4/16 6:01am

Skeena Salmon Lodge Chinook Report

 

Looking back on the last couple months, the Skeena Salmon Lodge Guide Team has prepared a write up on this seasons Chinook fishing. Beginning in early June, large, bright King salmon were being caught on a variety of rivers using various techniques. These early fish are generally some of the most aggressive and hardest fighting fish in the river! On smaller rivers like the Kitimat, Kiteen or Kincolith, anglers can target and catch Chinook on a variety of gear techniques as well as swinging flies with both single and double handed rods. Some of the smaller rivers like the Kincolith and Kitimat can have good numbers of Chinook in them starting in the first week of June! This year the Kitimat Kings showed up and immediately the fishing was on fire! Many fishing days had multiple hook ups and our guides were able to get clients into fish using both fly rods and gear rods. 

              

This year the mainstem Skeena cleaned up just after the 2nd week of June. Once again, as soon as we put boats in the water we were hooking into Kings! Many people will remember this year as some of the best early season Chinook fishing in a long while. The most fish hooked in one day was 13, but these early fish are strong and will give you the fight of your life before you can even think about landing them. While the majority of fish are caught using one of several gear fishing methods, a mainstem Skeena Chinook will still attack flies and once hooked, you will have to use every possible trick to successfully play and land one of these monsters.

              

Moving into July, the temperatures began to soar and the fishing began to slow down. While most days still gave clients the chance to fight multiple fish, a heat wave caused both the fish and fisherman to become lazy. Moving into the middle of July, the heat wave began to break and the fishing began to pick up! Around this time, the largest of the Skeena Kings begin to enter the river and it is not unheard of to hook fish thirty, fourty or fifty pounds and sometimes even bigger! Sometimes, with these fish, they can fight so hard and well that you have to chase them in the boat! Racing after an angry and strong Skeena Chinook with both reel and engine roaring desperately trying to catch the fish before your reel is empty, not many things can compare to fighting these fish. For booking or more information please contact Willi Schmidt at willi.schmidt@canada.flyfishing.com and with the end of chinook season marks the beginnings of the steelhead and coho runs...

 

 

 

 


 

All Northwest BC river height info:

 

Water is important for a number of natural resource industries and water data is not always either shared or accessible. This portal is like a clearing house for water data from a variety of sources.

 

One feature of the portal that may interest you is the real time and historic stream flow information for some of the rivers we fish and report on.

 

Cast on this link to enter the portal: http://waterportal.geoweb.bcogc.ca/

 


Recent Top Photos:

 

April 12 to April 26, 2016. Beautiful Cutthroat Trout. We would like to thank Art Lingren for giving us permission to post it. If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a lifetime! Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

March 29 to April 12, 2016. Photo and caption courtesy Roger Ross, "New water, beautiful hard fighting fish, no crowds and the company was ok too". If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a lifetime! Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

March 15 to March 29, 2016. Photo and caption by Daniel Krenz A big ~14-pound buck on the white silver 2/5 R&B spoon. Funny thing was I caught this guy about 10 minutes earlier on roe (the second pic was the first time I caught him to show you his true size). If you're looking for a change up - toss some metal. It's a good option for picking up fish people have missed, or even for fish that have recently been released! To learn more and to get your start using these “first class” products please visit these website at your convenience: First Strike Lures http://www.firststrikelures.com/ and Trophy Tackle http://www.trophytackle.ca/ Thank you Noel. If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a lifetime! Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

March 1 to March 15, 2016. Photo courtesy April Vokey ~ Fly Gal Ventures www.flygal.ca or www.AprilVokey.com Fish landed on the Upper Dean River. Don’t forget to tune into Aprils Anchored on either iTunes, or www.aprilvokey.com/podcasts If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a lifetime! Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

February 16 to March 1, 2016. Karry Batson writes the caption and shows another Personal Best Steelhead 43" x 22.5" with a tight tape! I never took the fish out of the water to give you the full grip and grin and it was safely released to spread its amazing Genes. So blessed beyond words to be able to hold and release several over 25# in my life time in Washington State. The Rainshadow XST1264F-TC is absolutely the best Float rod if your wanting to put heavy heat on large Steelhead for safe release! Thanks for your amazing endurance and experience on the oars! It was a blast watching you work the WFO worms you make an amazing product! What am I going to do next? I'm going to Disneyland woooohoooo. Noel please let folks know we are the BC distributor for Rainshadow Rod blanks and Alps and Forecast Components www.valleycustomrods.com Thank You! If you are interested in hiring a fishing guide for river or ocean and want to learn how, where and when to catch these fish, please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of a lifetime! Cast on photo to view in larger size

 


 

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

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


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 May 4/16 8:17am

                  Cast on this link to read a summary of news items up to April 27, 2016

 

Mon Apr 18/16 6:01am

An Invitation to FFSBC's Public Information Session (April 18, 2016 NWCC Terrace @ 7pm)

 

Please share this with others...

 

Please RSVP Marla Zarelli (marla.zarelli@gofishbc.com) if you plan to attend

 

 

Sat Apr 30/16 6:00am

 

Mon Mar 28/16 6:00am

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
Subject: FN0144-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Release of Draft 2016/17 Northern and 
Southern BC Salmon IFMPs for Consultation
 
The Department has released the 2016/17 draft Northern and Southern BC Salmon 
Integrated Fishery Management Plans (IFMPS) for comment.  
 
Deadline for submission of comments is April 18th, 2016.
 
To obtain an electronic or hardcopy for review, please contact OpsCentre@dfo-
mpo.gc.ca
 
The draft plans set out the policy framework that guides decision making, 
general objectives relating to management of stocks of concern, enhancement and 

enforcement, as well as decision guidelines for a range of fisheries.

 

Cast here for all the detail and how to get involved…

 


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 May 4/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-apr-27_2016.pdf

 

Thu Apr 28/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-apr-20_2016.pdf

 

Wed Apr 20/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-apr-13_2016.pdf 

 

Wed Apr 13/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-apr-6_2016.pdf 

 

Thu Apr 7/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-mar-30_2016.pdf

 

Wed Mar 30/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-mar-23_2016.pdf

 

Wed Mar 23/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-mar-16_2016.pdf

 

Wed Mar 16/16 6:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-mar-9_2016.pdf

 

Wed Mar 9/16 5:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-mar-2_2016.pdf

 

Wed Mar 2/16 5:00am

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-feb-24_2016.pdf

 


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:

 

 

     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

 


 

Wed Apr 30/14 6:20am

Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/noelgyger?feature=watch

Total Uploaded Views as of July 3, 2015 were: 856,557

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!

 


 

Advertise:

Want rates for sponsorship?  Just click here http://www.noelgyger.ca/advertise.htm

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

You do not have to be a fishing guide to benefit from advertising on Noel Gyger's website. All tourism businesses, tackle businesses and others will benefit.

  • over 25 years promoting tourism and fish guiding experience

  • join your consumers on an angling journey of a lifetime

  • communicate your unique brand awareness to new and existing consumers

  • noelgyger.ca provides you with this opportunity with a limited time website advertising offer at reasonable prices

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

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

$50/week, $150/month or $1500/year for your Ad to be displayed at the top of the report.

Only one top (front page) spot available.

EXCLUSIVE TO ONE COMPANY - currently Pure Fishing

 

To have your Ad posted in the Current Fishing Report in another location besides the very top is available for $100/month. The maximum size should be 450 x 400 pixels and can be made up with your Logo, two pics and text. Contact Noel Gyger for more info.

 

 

 

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, 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, 2015 to March 31, 2017

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:

 

Fri Feb 20/15 5:10am

For Sale 

SOLD

 

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 noel@noelgyger.ca for more info


 

For Sale

 

West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC

Rogers Fishing Lodge

 

Wed May 4/16 6:00am

 

Owners of this Lodge say they have over 1050 guests booked thus far for 2015 season and did over $2,000,000 in gross revenue for 2014. 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: | Kitimat Lodge | Skeena Salmon Lodge | Happy Hooker Fishing Charters | Scotty | Islander Reels | Pure Fishing | Oscar's Source for Sports |


 

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 2015 and 2016: 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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