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Top Photo: May 15, 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! 


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Last update was Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:07am

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- 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 17km/h Overcast (+18 degrees C ) Coho fishing closed October 31st. Steelhead are in the Skeena, Kalum and Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers. 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.


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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 ~ owners of this Lodge say they have over 1050 guests booked thus far for 2015 season and did over $2,000,000 in gross revenue

for 2014. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business see

Market Place section.  Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent Video link so you all can watch their "2015 Season Review", see Kitimat Lodge section just below the Skeena River section. Update: 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: 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, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: There are "well-meaning" angler members of the  (SFAC) Sport Fishing Angling Committee wishing to make changes to regulations which we all may have to fish by in the future, see News Bulletin section, just below Skeena River.  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 Fish'n BC as a NEW sponsor. Update: We would like to WELCOME Best Lure co as a NEW sponsor. Update: Pic of water conditions for the Copper River, just posted. Update: Oscars Fly & Tackle Shop in Smithers, BC sent first fishing report of the year, see their section below. 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: Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for Dungeness Crab, Halibut and Bottom Fish (two reports for April 15th) see his section below. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge reviews his spring Steelhead far...I could only post a few of these beautiful pics, see Kitimat Lodge section below. Update: Alexandra Morton is still in the fight to save our wild Salmon, see Conservation section. Update: Water condition pic for Zymoetz (Copper) River April 28th. Update: Connor Sabo Fishing Reports (two reports) one for Halibut and Crab and one for spring Steelhead, see his section below. Update: FOR SALE Trout Creek property in Smithers, BC. "a Steelhead paradise" at your front door, see Market Place section. Update: just posted FULL month of April 2017, to read ALL PAST Fishing Reports Cast on this link. Update: just posted a water condition pic for the Skeena River. Update: Links to Ocean and Freshwater Regulations for 2017 effective April 1st, see Fishing Regulation section below. Update:  Oscars, in Smithers BC is having it's Annual Fishing Sale May 10 - 13. see Oscars Fly and Tackle Shop section below. Update: just posted a water condition pic for the Zymoetz (Copper) River. 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: NEW Top Photo posted May 15, 2017. Update: Stop by Skeena Waters Fly Shop  to see the new now available Fishpond bags see Skeena Waters Fly Shop section below. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Pasture Run", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: to receive the May 25th, 2017 e-mail NEWSLETTER subscribe here. Update: Watershed WATCH Salmon Society news up to May 19, see Conservation section. Update: river condition report for the Clore and Copper River. More updates will come in as the day moves on. Cast on links to send me your fishing report or feedback. Or phone 250-635-2568, if I am not available leave your report on my answering machine. Thank you.







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Lake, Ocean & River Fishing:


Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for April 29, 2017 at 1:08pm

Well one more trip to Kincolith for the season as my friend has been asking for a couple weeks for me to take him out for his first Halibut Trip. It was a beautiful day and the water was nice but ripping very hard so I had to move around until I found a nice ledge at 200 feet and we dropped the anchor and now the waiting game began.

You could tell that the eulachon were starting to peter out but there was still some big schools of herring around. I figured it would be fairly slow fishing but right off the bat we began to hook the odd tomcod and flounder which gave me hope that eventually the Halibut would come around!

About one hour after anchoring a small school of chickens came by and I was able to pull one up and soon after my buddy was hooked up to one, they ended up being twins! We fished for a few hours longer but it completely turned off and we were hardly hooking Cod anymore. So off we went to pull the crab traps which was a big success like always in Kincolith plus they were very big crab!

It was an awesome spring halibut season in the Nass Valley. If you are ever in the area it is definitely a must see. The highway takes you on a very scenic drive showing you many rivers and lake and also through the historic lava beds! Also many road side trails and attractions.

Some of the gear I used today was my Jet boat built by “Fish-rite” and engine made by “Yamaha”. My choice of tackle was a White Halibut drop Jig, Rod and Reel was a “Rapala RSC series rod” and a “Okuma Classic Pro reel” Also I held my Salmon Belly strips that I used for bait in my “Bait2go” bait holding system which is great for space and convenience!


Want to book an ocean trip and catch fish and crab like this? Contact me anytime.



Connor Sabo Fishing Reports for April 30, 2017 at 1:10pm

I would like to introduce my friend Jordan Wesley. He is going to hop on board with me and promote the northwest and help me produce more fishing reports this year. He has lived in Terrace for 24 years and knows the area very well, Also has just recently picked up fishing with a Spey Rod and centerpin and from a few of the pictures below you can tell he’s doing a  great job with it! I'm looking forward to seeing his upcoming pictures! Stay tuned it’s gonna be a good year!! You can see more of Jordan by following his Instagram @ bcsalmon365

Want to book a guided Steelhead fishing trip and catch fish like this? Contact me anytime.


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 May 24/17  6:04am

Skeena River has been fishing well for spring Steelhead but water is too dirty to fish now. On the bright side the coloured water may bring in more Kalum River Chinook (King) Salmon.


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 water condition as of May 4, 2017


FISHING VIDEO from our area:


Wed May 24/17  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


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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:

Wed May 24/17  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 Photo and Captions:


Fri Nov 25/16  6:39am

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

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Skeena River Sockeye Fly Fishing-2

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


Skeena Water heights below:

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Kitimat Lodge



Wed May 24/17  5:55am


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”.




REVIEW 2015 Was a Stellar Year for Fishing


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


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


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Tight Lines,

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2015 Seasons Greetings Kitimat Lodge


A Warm Fire And A Hot Steelhead!



















Check out these pictures of a happy 75 year old Gert! Travelling from Denmark was worth

the trip as he connected with this Skeena Steelhead.


Hot Steelhead Flyfishing on the Skeena River, deep in the foothills of the mountains along

the North Coast of British Columbia.


Tight Lines,


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Kitimat Lodge fishing report

October Steelhead Fishing 2015


October Produces Some Of The Best Catches!


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


Steelhead Dreaming - Fly Fishing The Skeena


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!


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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.


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Kalum River:

Wed May 24/17  5:53am

River water is high but fishable now for Steelhead. 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.


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...

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

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Kalum River Podcasts:


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


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Zymoetz (Copper) River:

Sun May 21/17 6:21am

Clore River is coming into the Copper clear. The Copper is cleaning up and is now fishableRegulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 - June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Just need to find some open water and give it a shot. Need a guide  for 2016 in either the Class one or Class two sections contact me anytime.


Copper water condition near Highway 16 bridge May 8, 2017


Copper River stories:


Copper River Steelhead - by Jim & Carolyn Z. Shelton


For more stories cast here:


Copper River videos:


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Sample Zymoetz (Copper) River heights below:

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


Kitimat River & Douglas Channel:


Wed May 24/17   5:52am 

Kitimat River water is fishable for spring Steelhead, the run seems pretty good this year...and lot of anglers out trying their luck. Fishing is Trout is good also. 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.



Terrace BC Canada:


Skeena Salmon Lodge Guiding



Flyfishing in Canada

Welcome to the Skeena Salmon Lodge Guiding! Our unique Lodge sits right on the banks of the salmon-rich Skeena River, surrounded by snow-covered peaks and pristine nature. In the north-western part of British Columbia, where you find Canada at its most beautiful, where lakes and rivers dazzle with their purity, and wilderness can be truly experienced, you will find some of the world’s best salmon river; among them, the Skeena River, possibly Canada’s best know salmon river. Join us and experience outstanding fishing while enjoying comfort of the highest standard in the primal wilderness of Canada. Thank you and tight lines, Willi Schmidt


Please visit our website for more info:


Skeena Salmon Lodge Chinook Report


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

get clients into fish using both fly rods and gear rods. 


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

using one of several gear fishing methods, a mainstem Skeena Chinook will still attack flies and once hooked, you will have to use every possible trick to successfully play and land one of these monsters.


Moving into July, the temperatures began to soar and the fishing began to slow down.

While most days still gave clients the chance to fight multiple fish, a heat wave caused both the fish and fisherman to become lazy. Moving into the middle of July, the heat wave began

to break and the fishing began to pick up! Around this time, the largest of the Skeena Kings begin to enter the river and it is not unheard of to hook fish thirty, fourty or fifty pounds and sometimes even bigger! Sometimes, with these fish, they can fight so hard and well that you have to chase them in the boat! Racing after an angry and strong Skeena Chinook with both reel and engine roaring desperately trying to catch the fish before your reel is empty, not many things can compare to fighting these fish. For booking or more information please contact Willi Schmidt at and with the end of chinook season marks the beginnings of the steelhead and coho runs...






All Northwest BC river height info:


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

of sources.


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


Cast on this link to enter the portal:



News Bulletin:


DFO Preliminary-2016-Salmon-Outlook-Presentation

Note: there are two PDF documents:


Cast on this link to read the 1st document


Cast on this link to read the 2nd document


Wed Oct 5/16  6:34am

DFO Fishery NOTICE regarding the Sportfishing Sockeye Salmon catch limit on the Skeena River. Cast on this link to read the notice.



Recent Top Photos:


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! 



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 


Sat May 13/17 6:09am


Oscars is having it's Annual Fishing Sale May 10 - 13.

To celebrate, we are giving away the sweatshirt in the photo to one person who shares this post.

15% off all tackle, 15% off all spinning, casting, and fly rods. 15% off Hydroflask and many more deals.

Draw date will be May 13, 2017. Winner will be notified by FaceBook messenger.

2017 Fishing Season Begins!


Tue May 9/17 6:09am

And here we go again! The 2017 fishing season is underway. Fishing has started in the Terrace and Kitimat area. Some steelhead and some Chinook have been caught in and around the Kalum / Skeena. The weather has been interesting with lots of wind and some ice to contend with on the banks of the Skeena. Water conditions have been challenging as well. Low. A number of jet boats stuck on gravel/sand bars…


The lakes in our area are still frozen. Very little snow at the beginning of the winter and cold temperatures have made for lots of ice on most lakes. Up to 4 feet on Round Lake. It will be a little longer before we will fish lakes this year. Last year the ice was off Lake Kathlyn and Ross Lake in March…


Crab and halibut fishing has been ok. Eulachons have been entering the Skeena for a while now.


It is Fishing Licence Time!

Come see us for all your fishing licence needs. Fresh and salt water licences are available for the 2017-2018 year now. Please remember to bring your old licences in when time comes to renew them.


New Website

Have you checked out our new website yet? It has been totally re-designed for this year. Make sure to check out the e-commerce section as well! Take advantage of the promo code websitelaunch and get 10% off on any online purchases. This offer is valid from April 1 to April 15 only so jump on it now!



             View Website:


Store is Fully Stocked!

Bring it on! Oscar’s is fully stocked now for spring and summer. We speak fish! Lake fishing, river fishing, ocean fishing,. We have the best selection of lures, rods and reels for lake, river and ocean fishing. We also have received our first shipment of bait. Anchovy, medium Herring and XL Herring available now.

Our Simms and Patagonia shipments have arrived as well. Simms gear is now more affordable! Freestone waders for $299.99 Canadian! Great product at a great price. Rogue Fleece Hoody for $99.99!

Feature Products

We had the good fortune of having our good friend Cameron Scarth come up with two designs for Oscar’s tees and hoodies. They turned out super awesome. Check them out on our new website! These tees and hoodies make great gifts for the fisher person in your life (or for yourself).



The other products we would like to highlight are some BC made lures for the ocean. Andrew Paine at AP Tackleworks introduced us to his AP Herring and AP Anchovy Spoons. They are made in Victoria BC for our water. These lures catch fish! They are available in different sizes and colours. Come check them out at the store!


Brand new at Oscar’s this spring: Peetz Tackle. Peetz offers the finest quality tackle designed to enhance your fishing experience! We will be stocking both the Peetz Hookum and Sylvester Spoons as well as some of Peetz Stainless Steel Flashers! The Hookum Spoons are designed in such a way that the spoons dart left and right erratically while performing occasional 360 degree spins. This erratic action is irresistible to most salmon. Available in different colours! The second spoon we have ordered from Peetz is the Sylvester’s Secret Spoon. Designed by a commercial fisherman these lures really work well on salmon - even trout!





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



They also operate a Fishing Guide and Charter Boat: Reliable Guide and Charters

Contact Noel Gyger to book a guided fishing trip both river and ocean

Weather Reports telephone numbers: Terrace: 250-635-4192 Kitimat: 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert: 250-627-1155 Smithers: 250-847-1958.

Tide Charts: – for  BC Coast:




Wed May 24/17  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 May 24/17  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 May 24/17  5:48am

                   Cast on this link to read a summary of NEWS items up to May 19, 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:


Cast on PDF link to read article:


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


Thu Apr 27/17  6:07am

Fishing with ghosts


Wed Apr 19/17  6:28am

Salmon woes


Wed Apr 12/17 6:28am

Climate change


Wed Apr 5/17 6:28am





(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:


NEW FaceBook page link here:



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!




Want rates for sponsorship?  Just click here

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

  • 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  

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

Only one top (front page) spot available.

EXCLUSIVE TO ONE COMPANY - currently Pure Fishing


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




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

be to your entire satisfaction before posting, guaranteed.



Highway webcam: 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


Market Place:


For Sale


Smithers, BC

Trout Creek property


Wed May 24/17  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 May 24/17  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 May 24/17 5:43am


Owners of this Lodge say they have over 1050 guests booked thus far for 2015 season and did over $2,000,000 in gross revenue for 2014. Certainly a real positive for any potential

Buyer to have a turn-key business






Rodgers Fishing Lodge is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island about 90 miles due west of Campbell River in Esperanza Inlet. Rodgers is one of the busiest fishing lodges on

the B.C. coast, entertaining over 1000 guests a year. They also enjoy one of the longest seasons on the coast, operating 19 weeks in 2013.


This will be their 31st year in the Sport Fishing business and their 20th year in Esperanza

Inlet. Rodgers has shown a remarkable rate of growth over the past 3 years due mainly to an aggressive, innovative and successful marketing programme. Their gross revenue has more than doubled since 2010 and 2014 looks to be another banner year with over 550 guests already booked.


The Lodge has a location second to none as it is ideally situated to take advantage of some

of the most outstanding fishing opportunities on the BC coast for Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Tuna. The addition of Tuna fishing this year will add a new dimension to the business and will add increased revenue to the months of August and September. The Tuna fishery is going to be a huge breakthrough in the future for West Coast fishing lodges. Rodgers Lodge is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Historically, the Tuna in their migration pattern will follow the warm water temperatures that occur along the Continental Shelf. In Rodgers Lodge’s location the Continental Shelf is just 12 to 15 miles offshore as opposed to 50 miles offshore for places like Tofino and Bamfield.


Black Bear and Bald Eagles are regularly seen by the lodge. They have the largest colonies

of Sea Otters on the coast and the Gray, Orca and Humpback Whales pass by on their way

to and from the Bering Sea.


The owners love the business and wish that they were 30 years younger. However, they feel that it is now time to turn the reins over to someone who shares the same passion for the outdoors and who is looking for a wonderful rewarding lifestyle.


Asking price $1,199,000


Please contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.


For Sale


ECO Tour Tenure license for sale:


It ranges from the Bulkley bridge just above the Suskwa down stream to Hazleton.  Then down stream through Terrace to the salt water. Takes in the Bulkley down stream to

Hazleton, Skeena, Zymoetz, Kalum, Lakelse, Kasiks, Exstew, Khyex. The Seven sisters hiking trails, Pretty much everything downstream of Hazleton. Great rafting, jet boat rivers, Bird and wildlife viewing, scenery. Contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.


We would like to thank ALL our sponsors.  Without them the website and this fishing report would NOT be possible.


Current sponsors are: | Kitimat Lodge | Skeena Salmon Lodge | Happy Hooker Fishing Charters | Scotty | Islander Reels | Pure Fishing | Oscar's Source for Sports |


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


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


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

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

Contact Noel Gyger anytime. E-mail:


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


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


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