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Top Photo: September 17, 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

 

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River, Ocean and Lake Reports

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

 

Last update was Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:12pm

Sunrise 7:11am Sunset 7:45pm

 

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

- 2014 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

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- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead

- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook

- 2014 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

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Latest updates below:

 

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: More information has come forth from DFO regarding the 2014 Salmon run, to read all the details cast on the link in the 2014 Salmon Fishing Outlook section. Update: Total YouTube uploaded views as of May 24th were 811,346 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube: section. Update: Fishery Notice: Clarification of "Possession Limits" for the purpose of transporting fish, see News update section. Update: Ariel Kuppers of Kitimat Lodge  reminds drift boaters on the Kitimat River, there is a very dangerous log jam around the Sawmill boat launch, see pic and caption of the extreme danger in the Kitimat River section. Update: Please read the safely measure, see Lakelse River Bridge section. Update: 2014 Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery charts are now posted, see just below Skeena River section. Update: Avid Sportfishing sent a Chinook pic and fishing report, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. Update: May I recommend a book: Waking the Frog - by Tom Rand. Solutions for our climate change paralysis, see Conservation section. Update: Alexandra Morton re: Been to Hell - When Fraser River First Nations I work with tracking European salmon viruses called and asked me to take a look at the Imperial Mine disaster I decided to make the trip to the source, see Conservation section. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent link to Videos of Bass Pro Shops Manager's Fishing Holiday, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: 27th Annual Kitimat Fish Derby, see Kitimat River section. Update: SkeenaWild celebrates filmmaking, photography and community connection, see News updates section. Update: Alexandra Morton re Mt Polley - how you can help? (sign the petition below), see Conservation section. Update: Dennis Therrien sent pic of his Skeena River Steelhead, see Skeena River section. Update: Mike Herzberg sent a pic of a Coho his friend Lara caught today, see Kitimat River section. Update: The Douglas Channel Watch will work to protect the Douglas Channel and its tributaries, see Douglas Channel section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Bulkley River. Update: for Exstew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks Rivers. Update: NEW Product Profile Scotty, see Product Profile section. Update: summer-run Steelhead from 2007, see Vintage Video Clips section. Update: Full month of August 2014 is posted, see Past Fishing Reports webpage. Update: Peter Krause sent a pic of his Bulkley River Steelhead landed with a dry fly on Monday Sept 1st see Bulkley River section. Update: Alexandra Morton re Why are there so many Fraser sockeye?, see Conservation section.  Update: for Kitimat Fish Derby results, see Kitimat River section. Update: NEW stats for noelgyger.ca are posted above for September 4, 2014.  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: Dennis Therrien sent a pic of his latest Steelhead catch, see Zymoetz (Copper) River section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Kalum River Today's updates > Update: for Skeena River and Kalum River Update: for Kitimat River  and coastal rivers.  Update: Coho fishing on the Exstew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks Rivers.  Update: Reg: Sockeye closed September 15th. Update: NEW river condition pic for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: for Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox, Babine River and Lake, see Smithers BC and area fishing report section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Skeena River. Update: NEW river condition pic for Kitimat River. Update: to receive the Sept. 18th e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: NEW Top Photo posted September 17th.Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Dionys", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section.  More updates will come in as the day moves on. Cast on links to send me your fishing report or feedback. Or phone 250-635-2568, if I am not available leave your report on my answering machine. Thank you.

 

RIVER and DATE - High Rez pics of river conditions:

Skeena September 15th

Zymoetz (Copper) September 15th

Kitimat September 15th

Kalum September 12th

Bulkley August 30th


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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

Wed Sept 17/14 5:20am

Steelhead and Coho fishing is pretty good right now. Reg: Sockeye is closed as of today, 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.

 

Dennis Therrien landed this beauty on the fly on the Skeena River two weeks ago.

 

This is the first Skeena River summer-run Steelhead for Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge Want to be guided for these guys...contact me anytime. Keep checking the Tyee Test Fishery charts below. Hope we have another good run this year.

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view  

 

CLICK HERE to view “high rez” pic of river conditions for Sept. 15, 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

 

 

Sun Sept 14/14 5:20am

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 Sept 17/14 5:19am

Click on link below for a high rez pic of water conditions for Sept 12th. Water in good shape. Normal for this time of year. Chinook is closed as of August 7th. The fresh summer-run Steelhead are coming in now, hopefully it builds to a good run. Pink and Coho are coming also.

 

                                                           Click on pics for high rez view

  

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Sept. 12, 2014

 

Lakelse River:

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:

Wed Sept 17/14 5:17am

Water in good shape. Steelhead fishing is fantastic, see NEW Top Photo posted Sept. 8th. NEW condition pic posted on September 15th. Tip: 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.

 

Dennis Therrien with another beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River Steelhead. This one landed on September 10th and was estimated to weigh 15-pounds. Dennis is the same fellow who has the current Top Photo, scroll to the top of this webpage to see it.

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Sept. 15, 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 Sept 17/14 5:17am

NEW high rez river condition posted Sept. 15th. River is extremely low. Height down to .25m. Clarity almost six feet. Coho fishing is still  good, especially between Wedeene and Powerlines. The coastal rivers near Kitimat are fishing very well for Coho also. Need the "best" fishing guide, contact me anytime.

 

27th Annual  Kitimat Fish  Derby results here

 

Hi Noel, here's a nice photo you might like for your report. My friend Lara drifted the Kitimat with me today, August 29th.  Water was low and clear.  Not many fish moving through, but we managed to hook into a few beauties. Best, Mike Herzberg

 

                                                          Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for Sept. 15, 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:

Wed Sept 17/14 5:17am

The Coho are coming in the lower end. These are bright fish. 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:

Wed Sept 17/14 5:17am

The Coho are coming in the lower end. These are bright fish. 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:

Wed Sept 17/14 5:17am

The Coho are coming in the lower end. These are bright fish. 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.

www.steelheadheaven.ca
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Bulkley River:

Fri Sept 12/14 5:17am

A bit or rain a few days ago clouded up the river below Telkwa but clean now. Going out fly fishing Monday. Steelhead and Coho are fishing well now, stay tuned.

From the reference above, here is the result of fishing on Monday Sept. 1st. Peter Krause landed this one on a dry fly. Peter is the owner of McBike in Smithers BC.

 

                                                        Click on pics for high rez view

 

CLICK HERE to view high rez pic of river conditions for August 30, 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

 

 

                                                                         Fish, Bike, Run and more in Smithers, BC

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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:

Wed Sept 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

 

       We strive to provide our guests with the BEST fishing lodge experience possible

 

Contact us anytime for more information:

 

Avid Sportfishing   http://www.avidsportfishing.ca     1-877-770-AVID (2843)

 

Wed Sept 17/14 5:17am

Its been a wet stormy June but even the worst weather can't dampen our spirits when salmon fishing is going banana's. After a couple of slow days the next wave of Chinooks has arrived. Bring em on!

 

Sun June 29/14 4:24am

Had a day off between bookings so we decided to take some friends fishing for the night bite. Lots of laughs and...tons of Chinooks out there right now!

 

Sat June 21/14 4:24am

We're experiencing some of the best salmon fishing we've seen in recent years. We still have a few trips available in July that need filling. If you've ever wanted to experience fishing Haida Gwaii we have all inclusive packages direct from Vancouver that can't be beat. Contact the Avid team for details.

 

Fri June 13/14 4:27am

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

 

Tue May 20/14 4:32am

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 Sportfishing’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 2014!

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


Smithers BC and area fishing report:

 

Wed Sept 17/14 5:15am

Fishing report for September 14, 2014

Bulkley – Really good fishing throughout for Steelhead. Coho fishing is okay, some big northerns are around.

 

Morice – Water is super low and clear, dry fly fishing is good.

 

Kispiox – Nice Coho are in and fishing is good. Busy with people and dry fly is doing well for Steelhead.

 

Babine – expected to fish better after gets a shot of forecasted rain. Other than that, good.

 

Mon Sept 15/14 5:16am

Fishing report for September 5, 2014

Bulkley/Morice – Doing well for Steelhead on both wet and dry flies. Water has dropped to good levels again and good clarity too. Coho fishing is excellent recently….

 

Kispiox – Murky from recent rain should be better fishing for the weekend. Water level has dropped to fishable levels again. Coho fishing is good.

 

Babine – Steelhead fishing is good, water is low and clarity is improving. Sockeye retention is finished on the river.

 

Wed Sept 10/14 5:16am

Fishing report for September 3, 2014

Bulkley/Morice – Pinks, cohos and steelhead are in the Bulkley/Morice. Rivers came up over the weekend. 2-3 feet of vis on the Bulkley below the Telkwa confluence. Much better vis above Telkwa.

 

Kispiox – Was real bony. Has come up over one meter. Not fishable. Fishing should be fantastic once the water drops.

Babine River - Blown out at this time. Again, steelhead fishing should be good once it drops!

 

Wed Sept 3/14 5:17am

Fishing report for August 28, 2014

Bulkley/Morice – Steelhead are in! Coho are also in! Pinks are still making their way through still. Telkwa giving a little bit of glacial sediment but is clearing up quickly.

 

Kispiox – Low, low water but fish have moved in. Steelhead have been caught lower down on the river consistently. Coho throughout.

 

Babine – Sockeye are still fishing extremely well, fish are becoming colored at this time.

 

Fri Aug 29/14 5:22am

Fishing report for August 22, 2014

Bulkley/Morice - Water is perfect right now and salmon are everywhere. Pinks may be getting a little old but Coho are doing really well especially near Telkwa. Steelhead are in too!!

 

Kispiox - Steelhead have been caught mid river recently. Coho are good near the mouth.

 

Babine - Low water and lots of fish. Make sure you have a heavy sink tip for the faster water. River is two sockeye per day, Babine Lake is four per day.

 


 

Guest Photos and captions:

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 yesterday, 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


 

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 


 

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

 

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

 

August 31 to September 8, 2014. Ray Barker-smith with a beautiful fly caught Skeena River summer-run Steelhead. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

August 24 to August 31, 2014. Hi Noel, my friend, Michele, drifted the Kitimat River with me this morning. Water is low and clear. Were a few coho around. We managed to hook six, landing three, including this nice chromer. Photo and caption by Mike Herzberg. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

August 17 to August 24, 2014. Spey fly fishing for Steelhead and Paradise are the same thing! This angler is a guest of Kitimat Lodge. Photo by Ariel Kuppers. Ariel is a pro fishing guide at the lodge. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

August 6 to August 17, 2014.  We've been too busy reeling in fish lately to post anything so here is a fresh pic from our most recent outings, enjoy! Pic and caption from Neil Goodwin of Avid Sportfishing, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. 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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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 Sept 17/14 5:15am

Why are there so many Fraser sockeye?

 

Hello, The Fraser sockeye run is looking very good this summer! They are breathing life into the ecosystem and the economy.

Only a few years ago scientists were wondering if the Fraser sockeye were going extinct. So what changed?  If we are serious about these fish, we need to know why we are having good returns after 18 years of decline, so that we can make sure it keeps happening.

In this blog I take a look at whether the big Fraser sockeye returns of the last few years are due to the fewer salmon farms on their migration routes.  Is disease in salmon farms the reason Fraser sockeye have become unpredictable?  Are salmon farms the reason Fraser sockeye declined for 18 years? 

 

See what you think: http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/fraser_sockeye_vs_farmed_/2014/09/fewer-salmon-farms-more-wild-salmon.html

 

Thank you, Alexandra Morton

 

Tue Sept 2/14 5:16am

Mt Polley - how you can help? (sign the petition below)

 

Hello, I have been posting blogs on my onsite investigation into the situation around the largest mining disaster in history that tragically entered Quesnel Lake, where 1/4 of the Fraser sockeye rear.

 

The BC government's first response was that all the grey slurry pouring out of the mine was just sand, no different than an avalanche and that we got "lucky" - the water is safe to drink.   That is not at all what the situation looks like and the people in the area and downstream have virtually no confidence in the BC government's assessment.  The federal government is completely missing in action - a stunning silence.

My sense is that this is very similar to the situation with European salmon viruses in BC waters. Government appears to be doing what they can to support the companies, not the public.  However, this disaster is bad for the mining employees, as well as, the rest of the public.  Everyone knew this was going to happen and government and Imperial Metals apparently just let it happen. The BC government likes to promote itself as pro-industry, but have catastrophically failed once again in that capacity.  Salmon farms have lost social licence and this mining disaster confirms they have transformed Canada into a third world country.  

I am writing to ask that you sign and share a petition below to inspire government to clean up this mess. Imperial Metals knows how to move massive amounts of material, they need to apply this expertise to their tailing waste on land and underwater.  If this is not cleaned up it is going to leech into the Fraser watershed for 100s of years impacting the ability for juvenile salmon to rear in Quesnel Lake (all sockeye spend a year in fresh water) and the entire watershed.

Clean up is not going to happen unless government knows the people demand action.

So, once again if we want wild salmon it is up to us. Here is the petition to save you the effort of going to my blog

Please check my blog as I will update it as this continues to unfold.

Thank you for your efforts on this. Alexandra Morton

Fri Aug 22/14 7:24am

Been to Hell

Hello, when Fraser River First Nations I work with tracking European salmon viruses called and asked me to take a look at the Imperial Mine disaster I decided to make the trip to the source.

 

What I saw yesterday was deeply disturbing.  The warnings were clear.  Earthen berms don't hold water and yet the warnings, engineering and common sense were ignored. This is the same behaviour I deal with regarding farm salmon viruses. The warnings are ignored.

 

This is no way to do business. Are we really so unintelligent that pillaging is the only way businesses can make money off BC natural resources?

 

If you read this please think about sending instructions to government.

These pictures are a glimpse of something very, very wrong that we have the power to stop.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2014/08/been-to-hell.html

 

As for Grieg Seafood - don't think for one minute that I am distracted.

 

Alexandra Morton

 


Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler:

 

We are honoured to have Rob contributing to the Fishing Report. Rob also contributes a weekly column to our local Terrace Standard Newspaper: 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 Sept 17/14 10:47am

Dionys

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

 

Wed Sept 17/14 5:14am

Guardians

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-sep-10_2014.pdf

 

Wed Sept 10/14 5:14am

Turbidity

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-sep-3_2014.pdf

 

Wed Sept 3/14 5:16am

Three honest men

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-aug-27_2014.pdf

 

Wed Aug 27/14 5:32am

Tuning in

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-aug-20_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:

Wed Sept 17/14 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 May 24, 2014 were: 811,346

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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My GOAL is to increase TOURISM

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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 Sept 17/14 5:14am

 

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".

 

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"You meet the nicest people on the river banks"

  

 

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