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- 2022 Skeena River summer-run Steelhead (Chinook Closed) Book Now!

- 2022 Kitimat River for Chinook and Coho (Silver) Salmon Book now!

- 2023 Multi Rivers for spring Steelhead Book now!

- 2023 Multi Rivers for spring Chinook Book now!

- 2022 Kwinamass River for Steelhead (April &May) only Book Now!

- 2022 Nass and Coastal Rivers

- 2022 for Zymoetz (Copper) & Skeena River  

- 2021-22 Douglas Channel ocean fishing for Salmon and Bottom fish

-Need info to book "any" guided fishing trip now and for 2018-19 contact me anytime

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My Number one "recommendation"  for World Class Steelhead and Salmon Fly Fishing


Hi Folks, early on in my now 25 year fly fishing career I went on a lot of expensively disappointing fishing trips. Then in 2006 I discovered Tracey and his Steelhead Heaven outfit in beautiful British Columbia and have been going back ever since. The main rivers he fishes, the Kitimat, the majestic Skeena, and the Kalum are beautiful and abundant. Tracey and his guides are knowledgeable and well equipped and I advise you to listen to what they tell you (although many guests don't). You can fish single or double hand but there’s no double that a Switch or Spey rod is more effective and energy efficient. Tracey’s mission is to get you into the best fishing runs - then it’s up to you! I also recommend staying at the Tracey’s Kitimat Lodge where there’s often same day caught crab on the evening menu. CU in 2019! Best…

     Steve Hardy


Recommendation from Cuchulain Hammilcar I've been fly fishing with Tracey and his Steelhead Heaven for the last 10 years or so. At the start the entire setup was good, now it is excellent. Tracey and his team have given me excellent value over the years. The rivers in his portfolio are some of the best in the world. For the fly fishermen/women out there I suggest taking a double hander switch rod with you. Tight lines...


Would you like a similar experience? Then book with Tracey John Hittel of Kitimat Lodge, Got questions for Tracey? E-mail:  or call his cell phone: 250-639-4277. He would love to hear from you.


Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing




Fish on 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.


Dustin Kovacvich

Dustin and his team of pro fishing guides are the premier exclusive wild salmon and steelhead outdoor adventure destination and the only lodge in North Western BC that can offer a different adventure every day, each time you come to the lodge. They have access to over 50 rivers and lakes, saltwater fishing, fly and conventional fishing, all species of salmon and trout, including outdoor adventure. They can organize adventure sport like mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, off road motor cycle tours, skiing and snowmobiling.

Their guests stay at a "first class" fishing lodge

The Skeena River system may be the last pervasive wild salmon and steelhead fishery in the world; it’s well protected and will become a legacy for the clients of Dustin to enjoy for many years to come.

In 1983 Noel Gyger started a guiding service and magazine called BIG FISH COUNTRY. A very successful operation focused on catching the largest salmon using conventional fishing methods.

In 1987 Noel and friend, Cosmo Zavaglia started Northwest Fishing Guides and Lodge shortly there after. Noel and Cosmo established a reputation and grew the business over the next few years.

In 1997, Noel and his wife Gail purchased Cosmos’s share of the lodge. Both of them continued to grow the business. With hard work, dedication and a good team of fishing guides, the company was a success.

In November 2001 Noel and Gail retired and sold the business to Dustin and his partners.  Dustin and his team have amassed over 850 repeat clients from all over North America, Europe and Asia.

They have been featured on many sport fishing television shows with over 11 shows produced with Canadian Sport Fishing shown on The Outdoor Life Network and the Sports Network in Canada. In the USA we have been featured on ESPN’s Fly fishing the World with John Barrett and Steve Abel Reels.

Head Guide Dustin, an avid BC fisherman since the age of 2 and a former guide for Noel Gyger. Dustin is dedicated to offering the highest quality fishing adventure in Northwestern BC’s Skeena Region.

Trip Package includes:

- Federal and Provincial taxes
- Transportation to and from Terrace airport
- Accommodation
- Breakfast (7 AM or earlier), packed lunch and evening meal (7 PM)
- Jet-Boat, raft or drift boat
- Transportation to and from river
- Approximately nine hours of guided angling daily
- Care/preparation of your catch for return trip


Trip Package does not include:

- Transportation from your place of residence to Terrace BC airport and return
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fishing Licenses
- Fish coolers


I am pleased to offer numerous fishing packages for each of the main seasons on the world-renowned Skeena River and its tributaries in 2010:


Spring Steelhead & Spring Chinook  March 14 to May 20, 2008

Classic northwest steelheading at its best.  They guide on many wild and scenic rivers filled with large, wild Steelhead.  Mid-way through the season, aggressive Spring Chinook begin to show and add an exciting dimension.  They have limited space during this popular season.



This is a great time for both fly (spey and single hand) and spin rods for BIG Steelhead on the Kalum, Lower Copper, Kitimat and main Skeena.  Here is a photo of the record 32-pound fish from the Kalum River.  Space is limited.  Secure your spot by contacting me today.


Chinook Fly Fishing  April 26 to August 6, 2008

Looking for big game fly fishing in  fresh water?  Like the challenge of hooking and landing big, sea-run fish?  If so, I have just the package for you.  The Skeena region offers the fly fisher prime opportunities to target chrome-bright, aggressive Chinook (King) Salmon in three seasons.


Trophy Chinook  July 13 to August 6, 2008

Trophy Chinook season in North-western British Columbia is when we do battle with the giants of the Skeena.  The rivers are full of massive Chinook (King) Salmon, which average as astounding 20 to 50-pounds.  Fish over 70-pounds are caught every year and there is even a chance at a Salmon over 100-pounds.  These fish are fresh from the sea and in peak condition.  They are chrome bright and extremely powerful.  Expect sore arms and hot thumbs!




Skeena Camp Package  July 13 to September 20, 2008

Simply put, North-western British Columbia's Skeena River is the Steelhead and Salmon superhighway.  In summer and fall the lower main channel Skeena hosts vast numbers of migrating Steelhead, chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chums and Pinks headed for numerous upriver tributaries.  To take full advantage of this prolific fisher and offer a high-quality, high-value fishing adventure, Dustin and his team have developed an on-river Skeena Camp package.  Renowned rivers such as the Babine, Kispiox, Sustut, Bulkley, Morice, Copper (Zymoetz) and Kalum enter the Skeena above their camp and all fish bound for these rivers must pass directly in front of them before reaching their spawning grounds.  Only a day or two out of the ocean, at the peak of their size, strength and beauty, these are among the biggest and most aggressive Steelhead and Salmon on Earth.  To hook one of these fish on a fly in the broad, lower Skeena is to touch the heart of the wilderness - an experience not to be forgotten!


Summer Steelhead & Five Species of Pacific Salmon  August 6 to September 6, 2008

If you're after the ultimate Trout - the meanest, hottest, sea-lice covered, Monster Steelhead - you'll want to be on the lower Skeena and tributaries during this season.  These awesome fish average 8 to 15-pounds, 20-pounds is not uncommon, and a world record catch is not beyond imagination.  It's typical for even average fish to go on unstoppable runs, leaping all the way.  These ultra-chrome rockets have left many an angler with shaking hands and wanting more.  There is also the added bonus of being able to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon during this time.


Fall Steelhead & Trophy Coho  August 31 to October 25, 2008

This is the season that has made the Skeena justifiably famous.  Fish wild rivers for huge, aggressive Steelhead.  Their fall fish are surface-oriented and can readily be taken with waking and dry flies.  Skeena Coho (Silver) average 10-pounds, commonly reach 20-pounds, and world record 30-plus fish are always present.  They fish some of the most beautiful wilderness rivers in the world.  Towering, snow-capped mountains rising over 3000 feet above meandering streams surrounded in the orange, red and green of British Columbia's coastal autumn make for an experience that you'll never forget.  It doesn't get any better!




Early Winter Steelhead  October 26 to November 23, 2008

This is indeed a special season, a season of legendary fish and legendary anglers.  Non-steelheaders think it's insane to step out into a frost-covered morning and wade into a freezing , wild river.  We know better though.  Dustin and his team know pools full of large, Wild Steelhead awaiting any angler brave enough and prepared to face the elements.  A few casts.  A solid strike.  A savage battle and it all comes together as you look down on the shimmering, broad shoulders of a large buck Steelhead in the shallow water at your feet.  If this if what you live for, their Early Winter Steelhead season is for you.


Helicopter Fishing Options  April 20 to November 23, 2008

They offer many unique helicopter fishing options for the adventure-minded angler.  Helicopter allow the opportunity to fish untouched expanses of spectacular wilderness rivers that teem with Trophy Steelhead and Salmon.  Approximate cost for Helicopter is $2000 to $4000, depending on which rivers are fished.

I am sure you will enjoy your experience in the exclusive Skeena Valley fishery. 

"Where every cast is an adventure!"

"Thanks for an unforgettable experience!  First Steelhead on a fly, what more can I say ... appreciate all the hard work!" - Peter McLeod, England

Cast here to read more testimonials from happy guests.

Contact Noel Gyger to ask questions and book your trip.


Tracey Hittel


Fish for world record Steelhead and Salmon on trophy waters.  They feature the Kitimat River, its lower tidal section, the Douglas Channel and its freshwater micro-streams, the Nass River, the lower Skeena River System as well our class 1 fishery on the Kalum River.  This professional guide service target large size Steelhead and Chinook and other Salmon.  Their home base is Kitimat, British Columbia, located on the mountainous north coast in Western Canada.  They cater to fly fishermen and drift fishermen from around the world.


Recommendation from Cuchulain Hammilcar I've been fly fishing with Tracey and his Steelhead Heaven for the last 10 years or so. At the start the entire setup was good, now it is excellent. Tracey and his team have given me excellent value over the years. The rivers in his portfolio are some of the best in the world. For the fly fishermen/women out there I suggest taking a double hander switch rod with you. Tight lines...



  Owner Tracey Hittel holding guest Chinook            Gentlemen with fly caught Steelhead


Welcome to British Columbia's finest outdoor operators, established in 1999.  Tracey's service offers licensed angling guides who are dedicated to safety.  You will experience your fishing adventure by drift boat or jet boat.  He also offers day charters on the ocean and helicopter fly-out to remote coastal rivers.  Fishing, exploring, sightseeing, are things you can expect, as well the history that surrounds this fine, beautiful, pristine, coastal countryside. 



              Wilderness River Coho fishing                      Group get together to swap fish stories



                        Kitimat River Lodge                                               Upper Kalum Lodge


Kitimat River Lodge is located on the cliffs carved by the Kitimat River.  It boasts 18 suites, 12 junior suites with double bed, as well as 6 deluxe suites with two double beds.  The Upper Kalum Lodge has facilities to accommodate a group of up to fifteen guided fishermen.


"We've been fishing with Tracey for 5 years and look forward to the next trip every year.  Whether it be drifting for fat Chinooks on the Kitimat or targeting Steelhead off the Skeena.  Tracey has always delivered an exciting trip.  His equipment is top notch and he is constantly checking the little things to hook more fish.  Tracey is professional and passionate about what he does.  In the Pacific Northwest, this is the "go to" guy." - Brian & Brenda Kochan, Saskatchewan


Cast here to read more testimonials from happy guests.


Please contact Noel Gyger for details, ask questions and book your trip.



 Andrew Rushton


WELCOME: Owner Andrew  (bottom left) has been fishing the Skeena region for over 36 years, with 21 years guiding and 2 years fisheries work.  Andrew was an assistant guide for Noel Gyger at one time.  He knows the spots and all the tactics for both spin and fly fishermen.  You will enjoy the personalized service he offers.


Andrew's lodge is located by the Kalum River with a spectacular mountain view.  The lodge provides accommodation for up to 8 guests.  Two acres of lawns and gardens surrounded by old growth forests makes this a truly unique setting.


The Skeena river system offers a variety of water for different levels of anglers.  He also guides the Nass River and many of its tributaries and other wilderness coastal rivers.  He guides both classified and non classified waters.  His season starts in early spring and goes until late fall.  He employees highly qualified Assistant Angling Guides (AAG) who have years of fishing and guiding experience.  The guiding "team" has a wealth of local knowledge on the techniques and tactics to give you the best fishing experience possible.


Clients will fish as many as five different rivers depending on time of year and length of stay.


"Home of the Records"


Please contact Noel Gyger  for details, ask questions and book your trip.

Nimmo Bay Resort - Helicopter Fishing Adventure

Premier South to mid Coast

Secure,  Secluded,  Serene

Join them for the most incredible fishing experience of a lifetime. Depart the resort each morning in A-Star helicopters and travel from sea level to 7,000 feet and down again into the Great Bear Rainforest where some of the most private and desirable fresh water fishing in the world await. Fly fish or spin fish all day for Rainbow & Cutthroat trout, Steelhead, Char and all 5 species of Pacific Salmon: Chinook, Coho, Chum, Sockeye and Pink. Be guided on the following classified rivers: Wakeman River, Nekite River, Kingcome River, Kakweiken River, Ahnuahti River, Seymour River as well as over 40 unclassified rivers and lakes throughout northern Vancouver Island and the central coast from Knight Inlet to Bella Coola.

In 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine.  Cast here to read more.

June 6, 2008 Announcing BOOK RELEASE from Nimmo Bay Resort

William Shatner and Craig Murray during the filming of Boston Legal


Most of their guests have been asking for years for this epic production, and now, AT LAST, after 30 years of operation, their book, The Nimmo Bay Odyssey, is now in progress and will be coming off the press sometime around the end of 2008.  Cast here to read more and pre order a copy.



Nimmo Bay Cuisine - Dining in their Temporal Nexus

The culinary experience at Nimmo Bay has been described by some as "Almost Biblical" and by others as "Bombastic".  Their breakfasts are worth waking up for and their evening meals are highlighted with fresh, local seafood.  Their bread, pastries and ice creams are made in their own bakery.  They can not guarantee that 100% of the calories have be removed, however they can guarantee you will be completely satisfied.



Trip Package Includes:
- Round trip in an A-Star helicopter from Port Hardy to Nimmo Bay.
- All helicopters are safety equipped and have digital sound systems using iPod's.
- Luxury accommodation in our private inter tidal chalets - and use hot tubs at the base of our waterfall.
- Full service, gourmet coastal cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Professionally guided Heli fishing adventures - and the helicopter stays with you all day.
- All equipment is provided
- Massage services available at an additional cost.
- Use of all lodge facilities, Billiard room, surf bikes and kayaks house wine and custom micro-brewed beer also included
- Fly Fisherman may bring their own rods and reel - however Nimmo Bay provides top of the line professional gear, including custom fly rods and reels from House of Hardy.
- Gore-Tex / neoprene waders and felt soled boots are provided.
- Fresh water fishing is catch and release. This preserves our fish stocks for future generations.
- Smoked salmon, Indian candy and fresh salmon are available to purchase to take home to your friends and family.

BOOKING NOW  - Spring Steelhead Heli-Fishing 



"Wild" Spring Steelhead Heli-Fishing Trip April/May


One of the many reasons Harper's Hideaway Report named Nimmo Bay Resort "Fishing Resort of the Year" for 1997 and 2004 is that Nimmo Bay provides a most spectacular and unique fishing experience.  They create memories and exceed expectations.  They have definitely put the "FLY" into fishing.  Let them take you beyond tradition and transcend the angling norm of fishing only one body of water.  


Nimmo Bay's Steelhead fishery is stellar!  They have at their fingertips, six major classified waters of the BC central coast, plus many remote rivers of northern Vancouver Island.  Here, they angle for Steelhead which weigh in at 10 to 30-pounds.  Your helicopter accompanies you all day, throughout this Angling Odyssey.


2008 will see more spaces at Nimmo Bay for anglers seeking the elusive and magnificent Steelhead.  From April 17 to the 3rd of June, every Thursday evening, guests will arrive full of anticipation of the prospect of days spent hooking and releasing one of nature's truly great sport fish.  Each helicopter will have four anglers with two guides, leaving camp every morning to fly over 30,000 square miles fishing of prime Vancouver Island and Mainland fishing rivers for Steelhead, Dolly Varden Char, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout.


"Even those returning to Nimmo Bay for second or third time are... overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence of the location and hospitality."  John Howarth (Ret), Bombardier Aerospace


BOOKING NOW  - Fall Chinook and Coho Heli-Fishing  


Special trip for group of four.  They will have their own helicopter with 2 guides, 1 for every two anglers.


Boldly go where no man has gone before, to explore undiscovered territory and fish for Wild Coho, Wild Chinook, Wild Steelhead, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.  Wet and dry flies can be used and this will play out as an adventure not to be duplicated.  Your "Angling Odyssey" is of course a Heli-Fishing adventure at Nimmo Bay Resort.  Four very fortunate anglers will spend four days casting to their favorite fish and discovering new fishing holes.


You will have your own private helicopter, your own guide with a friend, and unlimited access to some of BC's fabulous wilderness rivers, both classified and un-classified.  A professional guide will accompany 2 anglers, as the rivers are fished from top to bottom.  Your pilot considers mountains as mere hurdles, as you move from on paradise to another in a blink of an eye.  And at the end of the day you will return to a hot tub, a massage, a coastal feast and sleep that is best described as "the best ever".


Cast here to read a few testimonials from satisfied guests.


A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation.  Contact Noel Gyger to begin your Angling Odyssey.


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