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My fishing and guiding history
I was born in Smithers, B.C. Canada on December 25, 1946. I grew up there and fished the whole northwest area with my Grandpa, Percival (Percy) Benjamin Emerson. He loved to fly fish. His favourite Trout fly was the Royal Coachman. He built a cabin on Babine Lake where I spent most of my summer school holidays fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks to him, I am hooked on “Sportfishing” and I’ve come to love every aspect of it.
My lifetime goals are to save the wild Salmon, Steelhead and Trout of the entire northwest area of British Columbia and establish a “Quality” sport fishing guiding industry. These are lofty goals but I will strive every day to achieve them. They are “my life long calling”.
A plaque made for me by my daughter, hangs above my office door, describes me to a “T”... I’D RATHER BE FISHING!
Contact me anytime; I am at your service. Let’s talk fishing!
My honour to meet Jim Teeny - by Noel Fredric Gyger
I first met the legend Jim Teeny in the early 90s when he came out with the late Larry Schoenborn to shoot a fly fishing Steelhead TV show on the Kispiox River. Larry had asked me if I could supply two drift boats, I said sure, no problem. It was an honour to be asked. One boat for Jim and Larry and one for the TV crew. I rowed one boat and my dear friend, the late Ed Schulmeister, rowed the other. My boat took Jim and Larry and Ed took the camera crew.
The regulation on the Kispiox is power boat ban and you cannot fish from the boat, the boats can be used for transport only. We launched above the Sportsmen’s Lodge for a drift of about 6 miles. We covered a lot of water and fished many tail-outs and pools. Unfortunately we did not have any luck higher up. It wasn’t until we got to our take-out where we found the Steelhead and Larry’s camera crew shot a wonderful show.
Larry Schoenborn produced “Fishing the West” TV show and "Larry’s Travel Agency" out of Portland Oregon USA. Ed and I were not paid but all our expenses were covered by Larry. I can honestly and proudly say Ed and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Jim had fished the river a few years back and knew a few of the runs, but at that time did not have a boat therefore his fishing was limited.
When the shoot was over and we were back in Terrace I invited Jim and Larry to fish on a few of our local rivers. We fished on the Zymoetz (Copper) River and a small tributary called the Clore. On the Clore, Jim landed a beauty. Larry could not fish as he had injured his right hand. We also fished the Lakelse River which at the time was crowded with anglers fishing for Coho. Jim blew away anglers with his casting skills by using his world famous “Teeny” lines and an assortment of “Teeny” flies. He could cast from one side of the river to the other with no effort. WOW did this look good.
From this trip we gained a lot of guiding business for my lodge. Jim knew many people. Many of them from Hollywood, such as movie star agent Skip Brittenham. Jim came back the next year with his wife Donna and Skip and his wife actresses Heather Thomas. Henry Winkler (the Fonz of "Happy Days" TV show) was supposed to be along but had to cancel last minute.
I fished with Jim and Donna on the Kitimat River in May of 1991 and landed a very nice Steelhead with one of Jim’s flies, it was a Black #2 Teeny Nymph and a T-300 Teeny line. Before Jim’s group left for home I bought a Jim Teeny Fly Vest for myself and a bunch of Teeny Nymph flies to sell at my lodge Tackle Shop.
The rest is “history” as they say ☺
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