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Top Photo: January 20, 2015. Here is an absolutely beautiful pic of a Steelhead caught and released in the most gentle way and keeping it in the water. We would like to thank Joseph Princen for giving us permission to post it. Joseph is a professional photographer and his guide website is www.jpsguideservice.com  ~ If you are interested to hire a fishing guide to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

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River, Ocean and Lake Reports

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

 

Last update was Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:05am

Sunrise 8:32am Sunset 5:00pm

 

BOOKING NOW for:

- 2015 for Zymoetz (Copper) & Skeena River

- 2015 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands for river and ocean

- 2015 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

- 2015 Kitimat River for Coho (Silver) Salmon

- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead

- 2015 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook

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

- 2015 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2015 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

- 2015 Prince Rupert ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

Need info to book "any" guided fishing trip for 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: S 16km/h Light rain (+5 degrees C) Winter Steelheading is in full swing. Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available also. 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: NEW section added called Recommended Fly Fishing Gear. Note: FOR SALE Bulkley Riverfront home in Telkwa BC, see Market Place section  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: 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: 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: Hawkair offers special hotel prices, see Hawkair section below. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent detailed report of recent Steelhead fly fishing and Welcome folks to stay at their lodge year round, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: NEW to the report, links to Kalum River stories and Kalum River videos, see Kalum River section. Update: NEW to the report, links to Copper River stories and Copper River videos, see Zymoetz (Copper) River section. Update: NEW to the report, links to Kitimat River stories and Kitimat River videos, see Kitimat River section. Update: NEW Ad posted on the website for Mario http://www.mvcc2.com who can solve ALL your computer issues local and worldwide. Update: SEE CANUCKS LIVE! Canucks Hockey Package. Fly & Stay. Prices starting $489 includes return airfare, game ticket & one night accommodation, see details on our webpage. Update: 2015 booking trips for Skeena River. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent an eight minute Video collage created with some amazing fishing pictures from 2014!, see Kitimat Lodge section for the link. Update: Five signs of hope on climate change. Positive news overlooked: 2014 has seen significant movement toward renewable energy, see Conservation section. Update: Full month of December 2014 Fishing Reports are posted now, see Past Fishing Reports webpage.  Update: NEW Product Profile Islander Reels see Product Profile section. Update: Josh Buck shows us a good technique how to pose a Steelhead and yet keep it fully in the water, see 2014 Season Review section. Update: WFN video series "Shorelines with April Vokey" begins Jan 10th, see News Bulletin section for details. Today's updates: . Update: FOR SALE Bulkley Riverfront home has 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, see Market Place section. Update: for Skeena and Kalum River. Update: for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: for Lakelse RiverUpdate: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sends Seasons Greetings and a short video clip of Steelheading this winter, see Kitimat Lodge Ad. Update: Alexandra Morton re Happy New Year there is no giving up! See short video, see Conservation section. Update: It's 8:30am and I am going to check conditions for the Skeena, Kalum and Copper rivers, check back around 10:30am for the results. RESULTS: All three rivers are low and clean, the rain is staying in the mountains as snow. Good News for the fishermen! Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent links to almost 200 New Steelhead and Salmon Photos!, Kitimat Lodge section below. Update: NEW Top Photo posted Jan 20th. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Travels with Mike: The Last Chapter", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: stats for noelgyger.ca are now posted for Jan 22nd, see above. Update: We are losing water conditions probably due to warm temperature and persistent rain, full report coming soon: Here it is: Copper - brown. Skeena brown. Above Copper bridge - clean. Kalum -fishable but murky. Update: NEW introducing Hawkair ultra economy FARE, see Hawkair section below.Update: to receive the January 29th, 2015 e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: Douglas Channel Watch, PLEASE protest this channel forever, see Conservation section. More updates will come in as the day moves on. Cast on links to send me your fishing report or feedback. Or phone 250-635-2568, if I am not available leave your report on my answering machine. Thank you.

 

RIVER and DATE - High Rez pics of river conditions:

Note: this service will begin again in spring 2015.

 


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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.

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:15am

Water is low and very clean and a little ice floating in stream. Fishing has been good for Steelhead but you have to  know where and how to fish for them. You may want to consider hiring a guide to learn how? If so please contact me anytime I will get you set-up with the BEST.

 

Skeena River stories:

 

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

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

 

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).                                           

 

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:

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

 


 

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 adetails 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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Fishing Reports and more...

 


 

Kitimat Lodge

 

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:12am

Almost 200 New Steelhead and Salmon Photos!

 

Hi everyone, we always get excited about the coming fishing season about this time of the year... and looking through seasons of fishing pictures is a great way to remember some of the people we've met and all of the adventures we have shared!

 

This month we are re-releasing hundreds of fantastic fishing pictures from the 2011 season!

 

You'll find stunning photos of British Columbia and lots of smiling faces of friends and guests who are holding their Steelhead or Salmon!

 

We would also like to connect up with you on LinkedIn, so this month we are sharing or new business page!

 

Click here to find links to the new photo galleries!

 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/kitimat-lodge

 

If you have any photos from a fishing trip- share them on our page on Facebook! 

We would love to see them!

 

https://www.facebook.com/kitimatlodge/

 

Until next time!

 

Tight Lines!

 

Tracey and the crew

 

Tue Jan 20/15 5:10am

 

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

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0oHnA0cLg8

 

Tight Lines and have a safe holiday!

 

Tracey and the crew

 

Sun Dec 21/14 5:13am

Kitimat Lodge 2014 Season In Review!

 

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

 

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

 

Watch the video and scroll through photos here:

 

http://kitimatlodge.com/2014-season-bc-north-coast-fishing/

 

Enjoy!  Tight Lines,  Tracey

 

Large Catches of Elusive BC Steelhead

 

Check out the beautiful scenery we get in the October season as snow capped mountains are starting to show signs of winter.

 

Late Season Steelhead Fishing Report

 

Swinging flies for the elusive Steelhead produced large catches for Yugi, Hiroshi and Hasheme, all repeat clients.

 

Also a BIG thanks to our team of fishing guides for this year, working their butts off to catch fish for our guests!

 

Tight Lines, Tracey John Hittel

 

Booking 2015 Fishing Charters Now for:

  • Skeena River April Steelhead Fishing Packages

  • 2015 best dates for Kitimat River Coho Salmon

  • 2015 Coastal BC Spring Steelhead Fishing

  • Multi Rivers for 2015 Chinook Fishing

  • Douglas Channel Ocean fishing - Salmon, Halibut, Crab

2015 BC whale watching trips and hot spring tours

 

Year Round Motel and Accommodations in Kitimat BC

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

 

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

 

Mon Nov 10/14 5:12am

Kitimat Lodge fishing report - October 25, 2014

 

Today was the best day for the river swinging, as the clouds cleared and the snow dusted the mountain tops seen here from the Skeena River in British Columbia.

 

Skeena River Fishing Report

It’s been a rough few days for steelhead fishing, with the high water as you may know. Fishing Skeena country as a paying fly fishing client puts the pressure on us guides! Sitting at the lodge telling stories and tying flies is short lived.

 

 

 

And topping the day is a pair of steelhead swung by Spey anglers. Wow!

 

With the rivers really shaping up, November will be a bonanza of Lunker Steelhead.

 

Tight Lines, Tracey Hittel

 

Booking 2015 Fishing Charters Now for:

  • Skeena River November Fishing Packages

  • 2015 best dates for Kitimat River Coho Salmon

  • 2015 Coastal BC Spring Steelhead Fishing

  • Multi Rivers for 2015 Chinook Fishing

  • Douglas Channel Ocean fishing - Salmon, Halibut, Crab

  • 2015 BC whale watching trips and hot spring tours

 

SEE BELOW for complete Kitimat Lodge guiding season:

 

The 2015 season will be here soon BOOK NOW!!

 

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
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.

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Kalum River:

Tue Jan 27/15 5:14am

Water in good shape both lower and upper end. Steelhead fishing is good. The Spey fly rod is working well. 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. Guiding will start again 1st of April.

 

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:

Tue Jan 27/15 5:14am

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

 

Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Tue Jan 27/15 5:13am

Water clean. Steelheading is excellent. If the current weather conditions hold up it should be great winter Steelheading. 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.

 

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!!

 

                                                          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:

Need the "best" fishing guide just contact me anytime. Thanks.

 

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 link for current Kitimat River water heights:

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

 

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. 


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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:

 

                             Avid Sportfishing

 

  

       Our 30 foot Kingfisher guide boat, the safest and most comfortable in the Charlottes

 

                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)

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:10am

 

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

 

Video:

 

Cast here to watch their NEW Video on YouTube

 

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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


 

News Bulletin:

Sat Jan 17/15 5:12am

SHORELINES with APRIL VOKEY

 

Shorelines with April Vokey follows April on her life long dream to author a book about the evolution of steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing in North America. From the Maritimes, through the Great Lakes and finally the West Coast, join April and her photographers as they reveal the rich histories, evolution and of course, world-class fisheries on their journey.

 

Episode 1 begins Saturday, January 10 @ 8:30am

 

Cast here to watch the video trailer and learn ALL future show schedules.

 


 

Smithers BC and area fishing report:

Coming again in July 2015

 


Recent Top Photos

 

January 13 to January 20, 2015. 2014 SEASON REVIEWNoel Gyger: May we post this pic as Top Photo? It is a nice one. We are encouraging folks to keep their fish in the water but still take a pic. If you don’t mind, which river were you on? Toby Gilbert: “Sure Noel. No worries. Yes, the grip and grins should be discouraged. I often check your fishing report. Going to keep quiet on the river but it’s a Skeena trib, fly in only and the fish was caught on a grease lined Green Butt Skunk. All the best!” Noel Gyger: FYI ~ Toby is a fishing guide with Sweetwater Travel Company and Steelhead Valhalla Lodge. If you are interested to hire a fishing guide to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

January 6 to January 13, 2015. 2014 SEASON REVIEWAriel Kuppers keeping his Steelhead in the water while releasing. His friend is still able to take a beautiful pic. Keeping the fish in water is a growing trend and all are encouraged to try it. Note from Noel: please send me your pics using this technique I would love to post…to show others how and encourage them to do it. Education is the key and I thank you for your help. As most of you know Ariel is an AAG (Assistant Angling Guide) for Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge. If you are interested to hire a fishing guide to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

December 23, 2014 to January 6, 2015. 2014 SEASON REVIEWJeff Bright Steelhead Flyfisher http://www.jeffbright.com was very kind to allow us to post this beautiful pic of a summer-run Steelhead. In the pic Jeff demonstrates an excellent way to pose a fish yet keep it in the water. To learn another position, yet keep the fish in the water please scroll down to the 2014 Season Review section and check out how Josh Buck does it. Well done fellows! If you are interested to hire a fishing guide to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 

December 10 to December 23, 2014. 2014 SEASON REVIEW Scott Cameron, guest of Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge, does his very best to pose his Steelhead while keeping it in the water. Not always possible, but kudos to Scott for trying his best. As you may know BC Fish and Wildlife Branch has been pushing anglers to keep their fish in the water (if they plan on releasing them). Washington State implemented a regulation a decade or so ago making it unlawful to remove fish from the water due to the science that’s recently become available which shows that fish lose a percent of survival for every second out of water after landing – a fish out of water for a minute now has less than a 40% chance of survival! Photo credit to their fishing guide Gord McKean. If you are interested to hire a fishing guide to learn how, where and when to catch these guys please contact me anytime and I will help make the arrangements for a trip of lifetime. Cast on photo to view in larger size

 


2014 Season Review:

Sat Jan 17/15 5:12am

Josh Buck shows us how to pose a Steelhead yet keep in fully in the water. Well done Josh. Josh's Dad, Greg Buck gave us permission to post this pic. FYI - Greg started his fish guiding  career with me in the 1990's. Where has all the time gone?

 

Tue Dec 23/14 5:10am

 

Fri Nov 14/14 5:12am

Hi Folks, first off we would like to sincerely thank Vitalini Renato (above) for his very kind words, "Dear Noel, dreaming of steelhead and thinking a lot to my first trip to BC last April. I crossed your homepage. Pretty great fishing information of the whole area around Terrace! Just to say thanks for your patience and work for this great site!!!!"

 

The Kitimat River Steelhead had a length of 41.5 inches and a girth of 24 inches. Mark of the BC Fish & Wildlife branch estimated the weight around 34.5-pounds. What a GREAT catch Renato...and may we say you are WELCOME BACK anytime!

 

Mon Nov 10/14 5:10am

                 Coho blue Senyo Intruder                              Cutthroat brown Senyo Intruder

 

We would like to thank Paul Reinhardt for sending the beautiful pics and the Tip on what flies were working. Paul says he enjoyed walking and "catch & release" fly-fishing our local 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

 


 

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


 

Product Profile:

 Islander Reels   www.islander.com

 

  

Manufacture of World-Class and Specialty Fishing Reels

 

 

Islander Reels has been manufacturing precision Center Pin, Fly and Mooching reels for over 15 years as a division of The J.S. Foster Corporation of Saanichton, near Victoria, B.C., Canada.

 

"In order to land the big fish you need a reel that you can depend on, a reel that will hold its own in the face of a challenge. For over 15 years Islander Reels have been put to the test in some of the most extreme sports fishing conditions in the world. In our constant quest for perfection, Islander Reels have evolved into the best reels on the market. From detailed design and ingenious machining to the final finishing touch, Islander Reels have been built to last, built to excel and built to provide you with the fishing experience of a lifetime."

 

Islander Reels is the Number One choice of Professional Guides in the North West.

 

Islander Dealers in the Northwest:  City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods in Kitimat, Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers and Fish Tales Tackle Shop in Terrace

Contact info: Islander Precision Reels 6771 Kirkpatrick Crescent Saanichton B.C.  V8M1Z8  Canada Phone 250-544-4856 Fax: 250-544-1450

                                          www.islander.com


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

Tue Jan 27/15 9:56am

Douglas Channel Watch

PLEASE protect this beautiful channel forever...

 

Cast here for more info

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:12am

Happy New Year there is no giving up!

 

Hello, 2014 was a tough year, but we held ground. The Harper government wanted more salmon farms in British Columbia, but none were approved, that we know of. We held ground. However, there is a wave of applications bearing down on this coast, some of them from the new company using the BC coast to farm salmon - Mitsubishi.

 

2015 is going to be a defining year.  Below is a short video; my thoughts on the laws that are being rewritten to fit this industry and where we have to take this fight to bring reason to this issue - finally.

 

Thank you to everyone who has stayed on this list, informed me about diseased salmon, donated and encouraged me.  I realized last year that there is no going back to studying whales, the life I wanted to live, and that I will never give up. Wild salmon are far too important to the whales, this coast, people, our climate and our future. We cannot allow them to be destroyed, just because a few people want to take short cuts to wealth.

 

Here is a short video of where I think we are at:

 

Alexandra Morton, Gwayum'dzi

 

Sun Jan 4/15 5:12am

Patagonia has had a special relationship with northern BC for over 20 years, funding everything from wild salmon conservation, fighting fish farms, supporting sustainable forestry, to supporting First Nations rediscovery camps. If you haven't see Damnation, you should. Its an entertaining and inspiring film, and for BC, timely.

Commentary by Bruce Hill of Terrace, BC

How the founder Yvon Chouinard of clothier Patagonia became an opponent of dams

 

Cast here to read the full story

 

Mon Dec 22/14 5:11am

Opinion: Five signs of hope on climate change

Positive news overlooked: 2014 has seen significant movement toward renewable energy

 

Cast here for more "Good" News...

 


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:

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:10am

Travels with Mike: The Last Chapter

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-jan-21_2015.pdf

 

Wed Jan 21/15 5:11am

Travels with Mike X

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-jan-14_2015.pdf

 

Thu Jan 15/15 5:10am

Travels with Mike IX

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-jan-7_2015.pdf

 

Wed Jan 7/15 5:10am

Travels with Mike VIII

http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/rob-brown-dec-24_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

 


 

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!

 


 

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

EXCLUSIVE TO ONE COMPANY 

Left Column Bar:

Tower Ad $150/month

Tall Button Ad $100/month

Large Button Ad $75/month

Small Button Ad $50/month

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

 

 

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

 


 

Highway webcam:

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

Tue Jan 27/15 5:10am

 

For Sale

 

Telkwa, BC

Bulkley Riverfront Home

 

 

 

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

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

Contact Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca for more info


 

For Sale

 

West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC

Rogers Fishing Lodge

 

Tue Jan 27/15 5:10am

 

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

 

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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