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Top Photo: July 15, 2017. SEASON REVIEW: Here is "one" happy guest of Tracey John Hittel with Kitimat Lodge. Tracey and his team of pro guides are having a great year! Now that the Skeena River is open again to Salmon fishing the season should only get better! 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! 


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River, Ocean and Lake Reports

(Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert)


Last update was Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 4:25pm

Sunrise 5:36am Sunset 9:44pm



- 2017 for Zymoetz (Copper) & Skeena River

- 2017 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead and Salmon

- 2017 Kitimat River for Coho (Silver) Salmon

- 2017 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead

- 2017 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook

- 2017 Kwinamass River for Steelhead (April &May) only

- 2017 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2017 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

- 2017 Prince Rupert ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

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Wind: S 28km/h Partly cloudy (+18 degrees C ). Note: To review ALL PAST Tyee Test Fishery data and charts cast here: 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. Note:  NEW section titled Guest Post and first article from Jeremy Watson titled Why Fishing is Good for Your Health, see Guest Post 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: 2017 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: 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 ~ info updated May 25 and the price lowered. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business see

Market Place section. Update: To watch a short YouTube Video "Releasing Salmon in a river" see How to Release Fish webpage: Note: scroll to the bottom of the page to find. Update: as of December 13th fishing video clips on YouTube have received 895,834 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube section. Update: We would like to WELCOME Best Lure co as a NEW sponsor. Update: FOR SALE or RENT Deep Creek Lodge in Terrace, BC see Market Place section. Update: Ben Reubeni of BER Float Fishing Reels sent a YouTube link re his fishing here last fall, this is an outstanding 3 minute video, see Fishing Video in our area section, just below the Skeena River section. Update: Alexandra Morton is still in the fight to save our wild Salmon, see Conservation section. Update: FOR SALE Trout Creek property in Smithers, BC. "a Steelhead paradise" at your front door, see Market Place section. Update: Skeena Wild Conservation Trust giving you an opportunity to win a complete trout set up from Orvis Fly Fishing and a dry pack from Simms Fishing Products is wickedly awesome!!! Enter and win, see Conservation section. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent pics of his catches down the Douglas Channel, see Kitimat Lodge section below. Update: Little bit of history; I did a TV Fishing Show in 1991 with Larry Schoenborn FISHING THE WEST, see the YouTube link in the Kalum River section. Update: Dennis Therrien, local angler,  in Terrace BC offers a summery of the Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery regarding history of the Chinook and Steelhead runs, see News Bulletin section. Update: We would like to WELCOME Best Western Terrace Inn as one of our sponsors, they have special prices for fishermen, see their section below. Update: just posted FULL month of June 2017, to read ALL PAST Fishing Reports Cast on this link. Update: Stop by Skeena Waters Fly Shop for REDINGTON Waders Sonic Pro HD, see Skeena Waters Fly Shop section below. Update: Salmon fishing opens on the Skeena River July 15, for details, see News Bulletin section. Update: NEW Top Photo posted July 15, 2017. Update: Pic of Terrace BC mountain showing most of the snow melt is down, see below. Update: Connor Sabo Fishing Reports posted 2 reports for July 20th, see his section below. Update: to receive the July 27th, 2017 e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: Oscars Fly & Tackle Shop in Smithers, BC sent fishing report dated July 20th for their rivers plus and ocean report, see their section below. Update: Nelson Furtado sent pic of his Skeena River Chinook, see Guest Photo and Captions section. Update: Watershed WATCH Salmon Society news up to July 21, see Conservation section. Update: We would like to thank Seth Rupert for sending us this pic of his Steelhead landed in the Skeena River on July 22nd. NICE "Keep-em-Wet" technique! Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Ripple rock 3", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: Water condition pics for the Skeena, Kalum and Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers. Update: Josh Allen with his healthy doe. Just relaxing at camp cooking a late dinner July 25th and all of a sudden tight lines, see Guest Photo and Captions 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.


Terrace BC mountain pic taken July 19th. As you can see just about all of the snow melt is down. This means most of the rivers should stay in shape unless we get a lot or rain.







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Lake, Ocean & River Fishing:


Connor Sabo Fishing Reports June 29, 2017 at 2:23pm


With the closure of the Skeena River it has left the Terrace area very quiet when normally we are flooded with locals and tourists trying to get a nice Chinook. It has left us to find something else to pass the time until July 15th when the Skeena Opens back up so that means either traveling to the Kitimat River which is not affected from this closure or out to the ocean!

I got a few hours on the weekend and decided to try my luck in Chatham sound out of Port Edward. The original plan was to travel to Humpback Bay in search of Spring salmon in the morning but weather was on and off and only having a small boat I need to be careful out there and watch that I don’t get caught in the big waves that can some times come out of no where.

I decided to stay close in between Kinahan and Rachel islands and found a nice area with some good structure and dropped the anchor within an hour we had the Halibut around. After releasing a few smaller fish I  brought up a 110cm Halibut the limit being 133cm I was pretty happy. Over all it was a really great day and I can’t wait to get out again!


The heavy rain caused the lack of pictures!


Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for July 12, 2017 at 9:16am


Finally in 4 more sleeps the Skeena is open to fish Chinook, I along with many people have been waiting for this day to come for about one month now! Everyone was forced to stay off the Skeena which is unusual so we found other ways to keep sane!

I was able to sneak away on the ocean a couple times but the weather has been fairly windy and makes it hard for my little boat. I also have been preparing for the upcoming season and that means time to tie a few new flies. Below are a few pictures of some flies I have tied which will be good for everything swimming in the Skeena!

Materials I used to tie these flies were some polar chenille along with assorted colors of marabou which I picked up from Skeena Waters Fly Shop
. Your best location to pick up any fly fishing gear you need! At the best prices.


For fishermen coming to town for the opening and need a nice place to stay and eat I highly recommend Best Western Terrace Inn. They  have special prices for fishermen! For more info contact them directly at 1-800-780-7234 (US & Canada only) or 1-250-635-0083



Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for July 20, 2017 at 12:28pm  #1


It's finally July 15th opening day for Chinook on the Skeena River, It’s definitely been a very long month for me and I’m sure hundreds of people felt the same way. Of course I thought it was going to be crazy around town being a Saturday and opening day but I was surprised as I was heading out it was quite the opposite!

I decided to go to lower Skeena near the Exstew River and took a couple friends out to a bar to test our luck! My friends started to plunk away with a basic bar fishing set up and I decided to go up to a riffle and cast my Pieroway switch fly rod with a system two reel and within half hour I lost 2 Sockeye and one Pink. I was persistent though and kept swing away and eventually picked up 1 spring being 66cm and one smaller Jack!

The Chinook fishing on the bar rods was fairly slow. Lots of small Jacks and Trout however at the end of the day we lost a fish near the shore that was pushing the 25-30-pound mark and my buddy also caught a very nice Steelhead!

It was just great to be back out on the water nonetheless. The bar rods used with a Trophy XL with an Ambassadeur 7000 reel 40 lb mono with a white pink polkadot spin-n-glo. The fly was tied with materials from Skeena Waters Fly Shop. It is definitely the place to be for all your fly fishing needs make sure you check out his store when you come to Terrace. Francesco will set you up right!


Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for July 20, 2017 at 12:31pm  #2


I took advantage of the great sunny weather were having and decided to go hit the river! We launched out of Fishermen's Memorial Park. I decided to stay in town where the fish start to slow down as opposed to down lower on the river when you are focusing on the runs pushing through!

We got to the bar and casted the rods out, there was a few other boats around us which is always nice to see if any fish are being caught, sure enough an hour later a boat down the line hooked up and landed a nice Chinook. We were shortly after as my buddy caught a beauty 18-pounder and not long after the same boat as before got another!

I saw another guy I know show up across the river. So I called him and had a chat said not much was going on there. After a couple hours of him being there I see him run to the rod and set the hook on the fish of a life time!! It was only him and 2 other guys over there and of course they have no net and I didn’t know how big it was at the time!

After 5 minutes of watching this I knew it was big so I jump in the boat and whip over there with my net and get below the fish. It was another 10 minutes after I got there before I was able to get this hog into the net. It was quite the challenge in itself!

We got it on a spring scale and it ended up weighing 51-pounds. Definitely a Fish of a life time!

Same set up as last week was used Trophy XL with an Ambassadeur 7000 reel, 40 lb mono with a white pinkpolka dot spin-n-glo!



Stay tuned, more reports coming soon...



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 July 26/17  6:04am

Skeena River is in good shape. We may now fish for Chinook, Coho, Pink and of course Steelhead (never closed) BUT we much not target Sockeye or Chum.

Skeena River pic taken on July 26th. Note: seems very odd not to see a whole bunch of Sockeye fishermen at this spot this time of year, very sad :-(


Noel Gyger opinion: The DFO “last minute” notice to close all Salmon fishing on the Skeena River from June 15 to July 14, 2017 should not have happened. We all want to conserve Salmon so I think a better option would have been a total catch and release fishery with all using the “keep-em- wet”. Catch and release worked for wild Steelhead so why not Salmon? Let me know if you agree or not?


Commentary - not current fishing report: I (Noel Gyger) have over 40 years experience fishing the Skeena River this time of year, 3rd week August. In my opinion it is absolutely "prime-time" to catch the most summer-run Steelhead and Coho. In my days of guiding we used to catch over 30 Steelhead and 15 Coho or so per day for our guests (as long as we had good water conditions). Why did we catch more Steelhead than Coho, when there are more Coho in the river, and the "theory is" the Steelhead are a Trout and are still feeding and the Coho are not, which means any bait or fly you put in front of a Steelhead they more likely to bite it. I've had many reports of good catches at China bar and a few other hot spots. One has to know where and "how to fish" these hot-spots, I highly recommend you book with a fishing guide. GOOD NEWS, check the Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery charts and you should be thrilled to see the Steelhead and Coho runs are well above the historical seasonal averages. So get out there my fishing friends and enjoy the great water and weather conditions. Send me a pic of your catch, I would love to post them in this fishing report.


Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery for 2017:


Sockeye Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Chinook Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Steelhead Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Coho Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Pink Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Chum Charts



 - Current, Average and Previous Year

 - Cumulative Index 1956-2016 *New Trendline*

 - Average Daily Index 1956-2016




Cast here to view 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Tyee Test Fishery numbers.



FISHING VIDEO from our area:


Wed July 26/17  6:03am

Hi Noel, This is the video Italo of Canadian Sportfishing shot of my reel when we were in BC last fall. Feel free to share this link: or Italo Labignan YouTube channel: there are more viewing options using Italo's channel :-) The title is "The River - The Passion -YouTube 4K"  Enjoy !!




Ben Reubeni

BER Float Reels


Please take a minute to view our new web site


Hi Ben, I am honoured to share this beautiful 3 min Steelhead and Coho fishing clip of your fabulous fishing reels. I see Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge doing an excellent job with the net:-) Oh did I say the music is outstanding?  Well done my friend!


News Bulletin:

Sat Jun 3/17  6:00am

There are "well-meaning" angler members of (SFAC) Sport Fishing Angling Committee wishing to make changes to regulations which we all may have to fish by in the future. My strongest suggestion is that you read what they are up too:

Cast on this link: SFAC-2016-proposed-changes to learn more...


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.


How to Fish: The Ultimate Guide

Do you love being out on or near the water, but didn’t grow up learning how to fish? Then this guide is for you! We will go over the basics of where to start, what gear to buy, how to put all the gear together to be able to catch something, and a variety of other questions you might have along the way. When we are done, you will have the information to go out and start fishing on your own.


We would like to thank Jacky Miller for giving us permission to link to her blog: "How to Fish: The Ultimate Guide". It will be very, very useful to all our reads. To read all the good info cast on this link: Enjoy!!


Guest Post:


Wed July 26/17  6:03am

by Jeremy Watson



Why Fishing is Good for Your Health


Its summer and it’s a Saturday. Do you have any plans? If you don’t yet, I suggest you go fishing. Make sure to bring friends and family with you so you can enjoy their company.

You can choose to go out in the ocean in your boat to go fishing or perhaps drive your truck to the river to fly fishing. Either way, you’ll be having loads of fun.

Make sure to stock your cooler with some drinks and food for barbecuing, and you will be all set for fishing for eight hours.

There are many health benefits to fishing this special guide trips. Some of the health benefits are fishing will help you stay fit, it is fun, it will keep you stress-free, you can socialize with family and friends, and it will improve your dexterity and concentration.


Fishing will help you stay fit

When you go fishing, you will be utilizing your main muscle groups, your heart, and lungs. They will be getting a good work out. Fishing is good for your health because you will be exercising when you are trekking to and from the car. This exercise will provide you with lower aerobic activity.

Your forearms, wrists, and fingers are also going to be getting some exercise. Make sure to choose the perfect fishing reel when you go fishing, so you do not hurt your arms. If you go fishing, you will not need to go to the gym.


Fishing is fun

Fishing will keep you stress-free

You can socialize with family and friends

Fishing will improve your dexterity and concentration


To read more... cast on this PDF link:



Guest Photo and Captions:


Wed July 26/17  6:03am

Hi Noel, Josh Allen with his healthy doe. Just relaxing at camp cooking a late dinner July 25th and all of a sudden tight lines. Nelson Furtado


Wed July 26/17  6:03am


We would like to thank Seth Rupert for sending us this pic of his Steelhead landed in the Skeena River on July 22nd. NICE "Keep-em-Wet" technique!


Mon July 24/17  6:03am


Nelson Furtado with a fresh, bright Skeena River Chinook (King) Salmon. Thank You  sending. Much appreciated!


Fri July 21/17  6:03am


Local angler, Nelson Furtado sent this pic of his wife's (Lisa Buck Furtado) doe Chinook landed on the Skeena River after the opening. Nelson and his friends and family have fished on the Skeena River for many, many years. Thank you Nelson for sending the pic.


Thu July 20/17  6:03am


We would like to thank Terry Best for sending this GREAT pic of his catch in his home province of Saskatchewan. My guess it is a Pike:-) To explain further, Terry plans to come to our area soon to try and catch our BIG Chinook and Chum Salmon. We wish him GOOD LUCK !!


Mon Jun 26/17  6:39am


Christene Sinjur with about a 15-pound Chinook landed on the Kitimat River June 4th. It was caught in the lower Dyke section.


Hi Noel, Just had an amazing trip exploring the Morice, Bulkley, Lower Skeena, and Nass Watersheds. Lots of intense bushwhacking but I was rewarded with a bunch of Coho and my fair share of big summer-run Steelies.


Here are a couple pics from a Nass Trib....hope you enjoy! Cheers, Hedin Nelson-Chorney



Skeena River stories:


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


Golden Opportunities From Skeena Country - by John Beath


Cast here to read more stories on more rivers


Skeena River videos:


Skeena River Sockeye Fly Fishing-1

Cast here to watch the video


Skeena River Sockeye Fly Fishing-2

Cast here to watch the video


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


Skeena Water heights below:

Cast on link for current Skeena River water heights  



Skeena Waters Fly Shop

        Addicted to Fly Fishing

Skeena Waters Fly Shop is a modern dedicated fly-fishing shop in Terrace, British Columbia. The many sport-fishing anglers will find all what they need to make successful their fishing adventure on the various waters of the Skeena river region and beyond. Shop at our store with confidence and expert advise. We offer best in class products from level entry to the high end fishing brands that will satisfy all needs not matter if you are a novice or a professional anglers needs. We are proud to carry some of the most innovative and finest brands in the fly fishing market like Hardy, Guideline, Fishpond, Redington, Hodgman, Columbia Sport Wear, RIO, Airflo, Echo and many others.


4717 Lakelse  #118, Terrace BC.  Phone 250-635-0100




Fly Shop Specials:

Posted:  July 13 2017

New Arrivals:


The new Sonic-Pro HD features field tested SonicWeld seams and highly durable 4 layer waterproof-breathable construction with tough, ergonomic neoprene booties to create our most durable wader ever. Ample pockets create enough storage space for essential gear, and our ActiveFit means these waders will be comfortable for even the longest days in tough-wading waters.
Ergonomic 3.5mm neoprene bootie with 4mm bottom for additional comfort and increased durability against punctures
Two-sided fleece hand warmer pockets
Large water-resistant chest pocket
Anti-corrosive hardware
Slim wading belt compatible with majority of pliers and staffs
Flip out pocket with zipper and mesh tippet pocket

To play the video cast here:


Posted:  July 12 2017



Posted:  July 5 2017


The VOSSO fly reel is the latest, most advanced and strongest fly reels ever in the Guideline family. The design of the Vosso is based entirely on the field of use; Fishing for salmon, sea trout, steelhead and tropical species.

Read more..



Posted:  June 29 2017


Posted:  June 24 2017


Fishing Gear Rentals
At Skeena Waters Fly Shop, you can rent professional and well-maintained fishing equipment at reasonable rates.
For example we have 3 Guidline set up for only 45$ per day or 60$ for the week end.
Guideline Steelhead / Salmon
DH LPXe 13' 8/9
LPXe Switch 11' 7/8
ELEVATE 13'6 8/9

For more information call us 250-635-0100


Posted:  June 24 2017



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Terrace's finest hotel with personalized service and a friendly atmosphere. Stay at this Fully renovated 100% non-smoking Hotel, with 42 Inch LED TV's ,freshly carpeted, new bed linens, wireless and wired Internet.

The Best Western Terrace Inn offers both the comfort and convenience to make our guests feel right at home. The Hotel is centrally located to offer guests easy access to local attractions including the Nisga'a Lava Bed Park and the Mount Layton Hot Springs. Hotel guests can enjoy skiing at the Shames Mountain Resort in the winter and fishing on the famous Skeena River, during the summer.

Select guest rooms include views of the Coastal Mountain Range and suites with a Jacuzzi tub. Hotel amenities include new 42 Inch flat-screen LED televisions, Fitness Center , Meeting and Banquet facilities. Guests can enjoy a complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast Every morning.

The Best Western Terrace Inn is only two kilometers from Heritage Park featuring an old world pioneer village. Hotel guests can take advantage of the nearby Llama Ranch or enjoy picking blueberries at Shames Mountain. Guests will find unique art shopping at the Falls Gallery only three kilometers away. For those seeking outdoor recreation, Lakelse Lake offers the best in boating, swimming and fishing.

Note: The Best Western Terrace Inn provides access to freezer for guest (fish/meat) and special prices.

   For special prices for fishermen please contact the hotel directly

To view their detailed webpage cast on this link.


Pure Fishing:





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!







Cast on this PDF link for more info: bait-2-go-feb-28_2017.PDF




Flyer Flyer 2017 PDF  


Phone: 705-561-1406





Standby to see updates here:



Kitimat Lodge



Wed July 26/17  5:55am


Tracey Hittel has been fishing the Douglas Channel and catches have been very good for all the bottom fish including Halibut plus some Chinook; which are heading to the Kitimat River. He send 8 pics so I posted a couple here.


The 2017 Spring Steelhead Challenge


Back again for the Steelhead challenge, it's been a really good week many bites, great catches; a really nice grab in this pic (below left)


Another week and Mr Kim from South Korea landed this pair of male Steelhead on his Spey rod. First Steelhead trip for Kim and 38 inch length on these beautiful creatures, very healthy and all catch and release (upper right)


Master rod builder and Spey Caster, Hiroshi landed and had many bites this spring and using his O-Rex, 7wt rod was put to the test fishing for wild ocean running Steelhead, minutes from the ocean (top left)

James and Gerry Fisher slamming some local Steelhead. No words can say the serenity of this fishery (top right) 


Pic and caption from Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge; OOPS is about all we can say about this pic :-) Tried to get the perfect "Keep'em Wet" shot! Next time :-) This feisty Steelhead was landed this week (first week April 2017).



Pic and caption from Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge; "family day today September 17th with my big boy, nice Lingcod and Halibut for the freezer".



Coastal coho fishing. Pic and caption from Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge; “William from Indiana posing with one of many nice Coho”.




Hello Friends, we at Kitimat Lodge thought it was an incredible year here, but this Video shows you just how fabulous it really was!


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!


Tight Lines,

Tracey John Hittel









Steelhead Dreaming - Fly Fishing The Skeena


Kitimat Lodge fishing report


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.


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.


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.


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




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




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




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




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


BOOK SOON for 2017 - don't be disappointed:


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

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Kalum River:

Wed July 26/17  5:53am

Water is high but fishable. Sometimes, the best fishing is in high water, just fish the slow moving water on the corners. Chinook are coming in now. Good chance to catch both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. WOW it does not get any better than that! BUT we need good water conditions. Check out this story I wrote, many years ago now but still relevant: May 2nd on the Kalum – by Noel Gyger  Guiding started April 1st. This is classified water and the guiding is limited. 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 pic taken on July 26th. High but is very good shape :-)


We called this boat our "Super Boat" it was a 19 foot fibreglass drift boat with wooden frame completely covered in plastic. We had a propane heater, kept us toasty warm and we kept Steelheading all winter no matter what the weather. Sorry this pic does not show much of it. I thought I had better pics, I searched my files today but could not find them. The angler above is Terry Munday; I think the temperature outside was -12C. I took this pic from the Podcast:

The Podcast was all about the members of the Kalum Drifting Club and all the fun we had :-)

To watch ALL the Podcasts cast on this link:

Note: in those days we didn't take many pics using the current "Keep `em Wet, but we did care and tried to keep the Steelhead out of the water for no more than a couple of seconds if at all.  Long live our wild Steelhead...

In May of 1991 I did a TV fishing show on the Kalum River with Larry Schoenborn FISHING THE WEST fame! Wow, that was 26 years ago and my beard is not full gray and look at those neoprene waders:-) Our plan was to catch both Chinook and Steelhead on the same day and I must say "we did it" !


Here is the You Tube video link:


Enjoy !!


Kalum River stories:


Sweetheart Steelheading on the Kalum River - by Noel Gyger


North Country Spring Time Steelhead - by Dave Vedder


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


May 2nd on the Kalum – by Noel Gyger


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


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


For more stories cast here:


Kalum River videos:


This is how it looks when you are trying to drink your coffee and you are blasting up the lower Kalum River at 48 MPH.


TITLE of this video: Rocket Boat Steelheading - play time 5:48 minutes.


TO WATCH VIDEO cast here:


VIDEO INFO:  I had the pleasure of fishing with Calvin Higano, Ron Wakita and Glen Kilcup on the Kalum River on Tuesday morning, April 20, 2010 for about four hours. Glen invited us on this trip with his Jet boat crack of dawn. We hooked 4 Steelhead and landed 2 plus a bunch of Trout. We landed one Steelhead using a silver BC Steel spoon with 3 OTT Gamagatsu Siwash hook rigged up on a 7' Trophy XL rod and an Abu Cardinal 704 Spinning reel spooled up with 30lb Tuff line Duracast This rod and reel Combo handled this Kalum River Steelhead very nicely and was caught and released using Gibbs Catch and Release Net The Gibbs C & R Net has a very soft mesh which allows anglers to net Steelhead and release them unharmed back into the river. Calvin landed the other Steelhead using a Sage 2106 rod and a Shimano Calcutta 250TE reel Calvin was the "Hot Rod" on this trip! Calvin landed one and had another 2 Steelhead on which released themselves (AKA long-line-release) after a bit of a tussle. Calvin is a very gifted angler who has brought some very effective Steelheading techniques to the North West. One of his techniques Calvin calls "Dredging" and another would be the method which he cures his bait. Calvin uses Pautzkse's Pink Fire Cure on both his Chinook roe and on his Prawn bait. As most Steelheaders already know the quality of the bait is critical to Angler success. A huge THANK YOU to Glen for an awesome morning fishing trip on the Kalum!

Here is some info on Glens custom Rocket Jet Boat: This boat has a top speed 48 MPH with 450 HP pushing water through a Hamilton Jet with a 10 inch impeller. When this thing takes-off, hold your hat and hang on! The Teflon bolted to the bottom of the boat allowed us to skim over the shallowest of water.

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More videos below:


Kalum River Coho

Cast here to watch the video


Cast on link below to watch more videos:


Kalum River Podcasts:


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


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Cast on the link below to watch more podcasts:


Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Wed July 26/17 6:21am

River is very clean. Chinook and Steelhead are coming in. 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...


Zymoetz (Copper) River near highway 16 bridge taken July 26th.


Copper River stories:


Copper River Steelhead - by Jim & Carolyn Z. Shelton


For more stories cast here:


Copper River videos:


Watch more videos here:


Sample Zymoetz (Copper) River heights below:

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


Kitimat River & Douglas Channel:


Wed July 26/17 5:52am 

Kitimat River Chinook, Chum and Pink are coming in now! Fishing is Trout is good also. Water is very good shape. Douglas Channel; if the winds are light get out in the bay for Winter Chinook and drop your Crab traps.



Kitimat River stories:


12 Seasons of Kitimat River - by Noel Gyger


For more stories cast here:


Kitimat River videos:                                                  


Sample Kitimat River waters heights below:

Cast on links for current Kitimat River water heights: 


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:

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.


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.



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:



News Bulletin:

Wed July 26/17  5:54am

Fishery Notice UPDATE as of July 14th.


Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject: FN0659-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook, Coho & Pink - Skeena River - Region 6 - Opening July 15, 2017


Effective 00:01 hours July 15, 2017, recreational fishing opens for Skeena 
River Chinook, coho and pink salmon. Recreational fishing for sockeye and chum 
salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed (includes 
tributaries and lakes).
Additional management measures are in place for Skeena chinook, as follows:
1. The maximum daily quota for Skeena chinook will be reduced to two chinook 
salmon, only one of which can be over 65 cm, in the entire Skeena River 
2. The Skeena River mainstem, upstream of the Sustut River and at the Kitwanga 
and Kispiox River mouths, will be closed to chinook fishing.
3. All tributaries and lakes of the Skeena River will be closed to chinook 
fishing, except for sections of the Babine, Bulkley, Kitsumkalum, Morice and 
Sustut Rivers. 
4. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to chinook fishing on 
August 15, 2017, to protect spawning chinook stocks.
Refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a complete 
list of Skeena River recreational salmon regulations.
John Webb
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3409

Or the local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office

------------ below is old news...

Category(s):  RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject:  FN0595-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Skeena River - Region 6 - Update for Skeena River Recreational Salmon Fishing

As noted in Fishery Notice FN0547, recreational fishing for Skeena River chinook, coho and pink salmon will reopen on July 15, 2017.  Recreational fishing for sockeye and chum salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed (includes tributaries and lakes).

As of July 15, additional management measures will be implemented for Skeena 
chinook, as follows:
1. The maximum daily quota for Skeena chinook will be reduced to two chinook 
salmon, only one of which can be over 65 cm, in the entire Skeena River 
2. The Skeena River mainstem, upstream of the Sustut River and at the Kitwanga 
and Kispiox River mouths, will be closed to chinook fishing. 
3. All tributaries and lakes of the Skeena River will be closed to chinook 
fishing, except for sections of the Babine, Bulkley, Kitsumkalum, Morice and 
Sustut Rivers. 
4. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to chinook fishing on 
August 15, 2017, to protect spawning chinook stocks.
All previous chinook closures are still in effect, such as the August 7 
closures in the Skeena River (Lakelse River upstream to above the Kitsumkalum 
River) and in Kitsumkalum River (downstream of the canyon).
Please refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a 
complete list of Skeena River recreational salmon regulations.
Fishing information, contact:
John Webb
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3409

Tue July 25/17  5:53am

Dennis Therrien, local angler, in Terrace BC offers a summery of the Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery regarding history of the Chinook and Steelhead runs:


The Chinook daily numbers on June 12 for 2010 – 2016 was: 3.18, 4.23, 1.34, 1.21, 1.19, 2.21 & 0.61. According to the Tyee Test Fishery Chinook has been trending down for years, which can be seen on this chart.


On a brighter note, Steelhead are doing well and have been trending up since 1956.


Fri Jun 23/17   5:52am


 Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Fishery Notice # FN0533   
June 16-18, 2017 Family Fishing Weekend Recreational Fishery Licensing Information
Take your kids fishing...ya!  My Grandpa took me and look how I turned out :-)


British Columbia's Family Fishing Weekend is a celebration of the great tradition of sport fishing. On June 16, 17 and 18, 2017, the public can go fishing at no cost in many of BC’s lakes and rivers. The Government of Canada is also providing an opportunity to fish at no cost (these dates only) in all tidal waters; for these dates a Tidal Water Sports Fishing licence is NOT required to fish in BC tidal waters except for species and area restrictions as specified. This is applicable to both adults and juveniles (children aged 15 and under), as well as to Canadian residents and non-residents.


Cast on this link to read more detail:


Recent Top Photos:


July 1 to July 15, 2017. Mandi Buck releasing a very nice Steelhead. Note the perfect "Keep-em-Wet" technique. 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! 


June 16 to July 1, 2017. Mandi Buck releasing another BIG Chinook (King) Salmon. Note the perfect "Keep-em-Wet" technique. 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!


June 1 to June 15, 2017. Fishing in the rivers has been slow due to the dirty water. Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge has been fishing lots in the Douglas Channel and doing very well for all the Bottom fish including Halibut, Shrimp and Prawns. PLUS catching some nice Chinook, here is one of his guests with a beauty. 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! 


May 15 to June 1, 2017. Mandi Buck at it again (2nd time in a row)…showing us how to do the “keep`em-wet” catch and release technique.  Well done Mandi. 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!


May 1 to May 15, 2017. Mandi Buck at it again…showing us how to do the “keep`em-wet” catch and release technique.  Well done Mandi. 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! 


April 18 to May 1, 2017. Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge helps his guest get a very quick pic of his Steelhead landed last week.  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! 


April 1 to April 18, 2017. "Teach em young", that is what we love to do:-) And thank you again to Mandi Buck for showing this young person the proper Keep'em Wet technique. Well done Mandi. 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! 



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Wed July 26/17 6:09am


FISHING REPORTS - July 20, 2017



The local lakes have been fishing quite well. Lots of people have been out catching some nice lake trout! Had a couple reports back from people fishing Babine who did extremely well, catching some nice 8lb char and some large rainbow.

Rainbow Alley is still fishing decent. The stonefly hatch is ON and the hot weather will only help with that and therefore improve your fishing!

Remember that kids don't care how big or what type of fish, they just love to be out there making memories and having fun! The Bulkley Valley is full of lakes that are great for teaching your kids/nieces/nephews/friends to fish! 



By Lee Mac:
Seek and ye' shall find.  This could be a good slogan for the fishing in Prince Rupert right now.  There are fish but you've gotta do alot of seeking  to find them.  Fortunately the coho have moved in and have made that search a little more fun.  These feisty fish can make for a great time while out on the coast. Running a smaller spoon like the Goldstar coho killer at 30-60 ft can be very productive. As always an anchovy and cut plug will bring fish to the boat as well. A dummy flasher is recommended when the coho are around as I've seen many fish lost when it starts flipping out of the water and dragging a flasher around behind it.  One of my favorite ways to target these fish is to drag around a bucktail on the surface either on a fly rod or a light weight spinning rod.  There is nothing like seeing a coho grab your lure off the surface. We have had reports that there are still chinook around as well and have seen some very nice ones caught over the past week. 

          Out of Kitimat, the salmon fishing has been good. The chinook run for the Douglas is tapering off but the coho and chums are following close behind them.  We have had reports of fishermen catching coho around the Money Point and South Sue area. 

Bottom fishing remained good over the past week with a lot of halibut and ling cod being caught. The weather has been good on the coast and has allowed fishermen to get out to those spots that are otherwise inaccessible when the weather is marginal. We've seen a lot of fish taken in the past week on the Gibbs Delta Mudraker and P-Line Hali Drop Jigs. Both of these have been fishing well in assorted colors. As always, the spreader bar with a hali rig and XL herring is still producing very well for these fish.  

 Head down to Oscars and let the crew help you out with any gear you might need for your upcoming fishing trip.



 We will be back next week with another report so until then......tight lines.



Closed for Chinook fishing



Chinook fishing is open and the river is in great shape!! Moricetown has been fishing well. Lots of ‘jacks’ around, and  a nice 25 pounder was caught recently. A couple fish have been caught at the forks of the Bulkley-Morice but no reports of anything in the Morice yet.



Closed for Chinook fishing



The river is in beautiful condition and fishing has been pretty great! Last year the river was very low but now the level is great and the water is nice and clean! Chinook fishing has been quite good. Pinks and Chum starting to show up. The odd Coho being caught. Also, a few Sockeye- which is pretty unusual, and there is no retention for them.



From Kitwanga down to Mill Creek is CLOSED for any Chinook fishing.

In Terrace the fishing has been steady. Some nice big ones caught, and tons of ‘jacks’. River is in beautiful shape, still lots of water in the system but it is nice and green!


Until next week, tight lines.......


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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:




Wed July 26/17  5:50am


Contests are fun.

An opportunity to win a complete trout set up from Orvis Fly Fishing and a dry pack from Simms Fishing Products is wickedly awesome!!! Enter and win.



Wed July 26/17  5:49am


Alexandra Morton reports:

Hello, A quick blog to let you know on this day when thousands of scientists are becoming activists around the world, that I am still here, still fighting for wild salmon.


Opposition to my work escalates as we move closer to the truth and I have learned to work quietly.


However, here is a brief update and thanks to all of you, alex


Wed July 26/17  5:48am

                   Cast on this link to read a summary of NEWS items up to July 21, 2017



Fri Dec 23/16  6:29am

Salmon Strongholds: Skeena River

The Skeena is a globally important wild salmon stronghold and Canada’s second largest wild salmon river. Home to some of the largest Chinook and steelhead ever recorded, the river’s combined tribal, recreational, and commercial fishing economy is worth $110 million a year. The river and its salmon form the cultural and social bedrock of the place, where fishing is a near-universal way of life and First Nations have been celebrating and eating salmon for 5,000 years. More… Cast here to watch 2:43 minute YouTube video.


Thu Oct 20/16  6:29am

Northwest Coast Energy News - from Robin Rowland


Study confirms Salmon major part of First Nations culture during last Ice Age.

11,800 years ago


The Ice age First Nations in the interior of Alaska relied more heavily on salmon and freshwater fish in their diets than previously thought, according to a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First Nations of the Pacific Coast have always recognized the value of the salmon. Archaeologists have used new techniques to date the remains of salmon found in hearths back more than 11,000 years. The results now offer a more complex picture of Alaska’s ice age residents, who were previously thought to have a diet dominated by terrestrial mammals such as mammoths, bison and elk.


Cast on this link to read the full story.


Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler:


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


Rob Brown blog:

Rob Brown Welcome:


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Wed July 26/17   5:47am

To read click on link and SEARCH  for Rob Brown article

Ripple rock 3

Ripple rock 2


Thu July 13/17   5:47am

Ripple rock


Wed July 5/17   5:47am

Salmon in schools


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Loose lips


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Pasture Run 2


Wed May 24/17   5:47am

Pasture Run


Wed May 17/17   6:07am

Syd's brain


Wed May 10/17  6:07am

Vulnerable steelhead


Thu May 4/17  6:07am

A fracking disaster



(SSBC) The Steelhead Society of BC:



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


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Sat Dec 31/16  6:20am

Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube:

Total Uploaded Views as of December 13, 2016 were: 895,834


BIG PARTY when we hit one million views !!


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


Kind of like: Fishing videos until you drop!




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



Fishing Regulations:

2017 BC Tidal and non tidal waters

Effective April 1, 2017


2017 BC Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

Effective April 1, 2017


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For Sale


Smithers, BC

Trout Creek property


Wed July 26/17  5:46am



Premier non-guided fishing/all season recreation homestead/lodge, footsteps from the world famous Steelhead Bulkley River.


Phenomenal 118 acre private recreational paradise, with the famous Toboggan Creek and Trout Creek Canyon, waterfall and Bulkley River access. This custom designed home, features a new chef’s kitchen - 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths with vaulted ceiling living area, spectacular mountain views in all directions. Balcony, decks and new hot tub. A large vegetable garden serves up delicious produce on this total organic paradise. 7 km of forest and meadow trails allow for all season recreation. Artesian spring fed water, wildlife and just 15 minutes from Smithers downtown. New custom built double garage and guest/caretaker apartment.

ONLY $849,000 


Contact:  Thomas and Lorna Butz - email:  - 250-847-5882, Box 783 Smithers, BC  V0J 2N0  cell # 778-210-0036



For Sale or Rent


Terrace, BC

Deep  Creek  Lodge


Wed July 26/17  5:44am




Lies on 10acres property, 500 meter from the Kitsumkalum River surrounded by pristine forests and the extraordinary Coastal Mountains of Northern British Columbia. It is conveniently located just 15 minutes outside the City of Terrace BC in a quite and exclusive location fully immersed in the nature.


Located strategically in the heart of the best Steelhead and Salmon fishery of the world, the lodge has been in the last 17 years one of the favorite vacation spot for anglers coming from all over the world to experience their lifetime fishing trip.


The lodge is modern frame built lodge can comfortably accommodate 8 - 10 people and it is perfectly structured to host angler, skiers and any tourist visiting the area.


This scenic property can be used in its current state as fully operational year-round for fishing, skiing, nature wondering or anything else you can imagine!


If you’d like to arrange a viewing of the lodge or to get more details please contact:


Noel Gyger via e-mail:



For Sale 



Telkwa, BC

Bulkley Riverfront Home




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

Great Steelhead fishing 40ft from the backdoor or long run 250 yards down, good spot to

keep a jet or drift boat. Best time for Steelhead Aug 15 and it is fishable until Dec 31. Also there is Coho, Chinook, Pinks and Trout. Could be yours for $339,000

Contact Noel Gyger for more info


For Sale


West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC

Rogers Fishing Lodge


   Wed July 26/17 5:43am






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 1200 guests a year. They also enjoy one of the longest seasons on the coast running from May 1 to September 30.


This will be their 33rd year in the Sport Fishing business and 25th year in Esperenza Inlet. Rodgers has shown a remarkable rate of growth over the past 4 years. Their gross revenue has more than doubled since 2010. 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.


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, but feel now is the time to turn the reins over to someone younger who shares the same passion for the outdoors and who is looking for a wonderful rewarding lifestyle.


Asking price $999,000


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.


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


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


OCEAN FISHING Chinook Salmon, Bottom Fish and Crab in Prince Rupert or Kitimat

Douglas Channel has started.  To book warm, covered charter boat please

Contact Noel Gyger anytime. E-mail:


NOW BOOKING for 2017: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with

the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with

years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Contact Noel Gyger to book NOW


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