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Rivers

 

The kitimat river

The Kitimat is one of my favourite rivers because of its size, shape and geographic position. The highlight of the Kitimat River is that it has an incredible spring steelhead run, followed by an impressive Chinook, Chum and Pink run in the summer. A short but robust Coho run follows.

From early April until the middle of May, the spring run Steelhead begin their upriver migration to their spawning grounds. They spend an extra winter in the ocean feeding and preparing to head upriver in April to spawn and return to the Ocean as soon as possible. These fish are fat, chrome, strong and well conditioned! Once hooked they go ballistic. In the cold oxygen rich water they fight like no other. These are the strongest and hottest steelhead around. You will know what I mean when you hook one!

When you are chasing the mighty Chinook (Spring/King) salmon you want to fish the Kitimat river in June or July. This is the time of the year the big boys are migrating upriver. They can be seduced with a well presented fly. These big fish are chrome and covered in sea lice. Once you hook a fresh chrome Chinook you understand why this is so addictive! They are the strongest salmon on this planet, and it will take all your skills to land one of these giants! A single mistake or flaw will result in breaking lines or rods and losing your fish. But once you land a Chinook, it is a real fish of a life time!

The Chum (Dog) salmon join the Chinooks in mid July. Chum are always coming in big numbers and are an underestimated game fish on the Spey or fly rod. The Chum is a very aggressive and powerful fish. You can expect multiple hooked fish daily. Don’t underestimate the Chum! I have seen many rods break in the heat of the battle, including my own.

Every second year there is a massive Pink (Humpy) run in the Kitimat River. The salmon begin to enter the Kitimat in July. The Pink salmon is the smallest of the five Pacific salmon species which allows you to gear down to a six weight and a dry fly. Catching Pinks on such lightweight equipment is an absolute blast! The Pink salmon is very aggressive and abundant. This will result in many hooked fish every day. This is a great opportunity for the novice angler to get familiar with the single handed, or Spey rod but is also exciting for the seasoned angler as well. The surface takes are very visual and exciting.

In August the Coho (Silver) salmon begin to arrive. They are the last ones in the Kitimat River and the run extends into September. The Coho is a great salmon to catch on a fly. Swing it with the Spey rod or retrieve it with a single handed rod, it doesn’t matter. When you have selected the right fly you are in for a great time.

The Mighty Skeena River ( section, 1,2,3, and 4)

The Skeena River is perhaps the most famous river in the world! All five species of Pacific salmon and the elusive Steelhead migrate up the Skeena River on their way to their natal rivers to spawn. Most salmon and steelhead World Records are made or broken in the Skeena River and its tributaries.

Beginning in March the spring run Steelhead start to arrive on the way to their spawning grounds, followed by the early Chinooks. By June the Skeena is not suited to the fly fisher as high elevation snow melt causes the river to become high and brown.

But when the river drops in July and August it will be perfect to fly fish! At this time the river becomes a salmon and steelhead highway with literally millions of fish making their upstream migration. All 5 species of Pacific salmon (Chum, Pink, Coho, Chinook, Sockeye) are present in great numbers. Accompanying the salmon are large summer run steelhead destined for the Kispiox, Babine and Sustut Rivers as well as many other Skeena tributaries. They are aggressive to a fly, chrome and once hooked you will know it! Jumping cart wheeling and ripping hundreds of yards of backing from your. The fishing is amazing. This is the time of the year to get a possible World Record fish from the Skeena River! We are one of the view guides that hold guiding rights for all sections of the Skeena river!

The Copper ( Zymoetz ) River

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 If you are fishing for steelhead you must have heard about the Copper river! It is the world’s best dry fly steelhead river on this planet. It has a very strong run of steelhead with a healthy weight in the 10 to 25 pound range. There are a view 30 pound steelhead being caught each season but it is the dry fly fishing what makes this river so special. It is a high gradient flowing river with a lot of fast and dangerous rapids that can be very dangerous for the unexperienced boats man. Our guides know this river very well and are trained to navigate thru the maze of big boulders and rapids. Besides the spectacular scenery, aggressive steelhead and world class fishing, it is one of the most exclusive steelhead rivers we have in BC. The Copper river is the most regulated classified river we have in BC. It has the least amount of rod days available in a season and there are only a view other guides allowed to guide this highly regulated river.

Because this river is so special and rod days are very limited we can only give clients 2 day a week to fish this exclusive river.

The Kalum (Kitsumkalum) River

 If you are fishing for steelhead you must have heard about the Copper river! It is the IMG_5343world’s best dry fly steelhead river on this planet. It has a very strong run of steelhead with a healthy weight in the 10 to 25 pound range. There are a view 30 pound steelhead being caught each season but it is the dry fly fishing what makes this river so special. It is a high gradient flowing river with a lot of fast and dangerous rapids that can be very dangerous for the unexperienced boats man. Our guides know this river very well and are trained to navigate thru the maze of big boulders and rapids. Besides the spectacular scenery, aggressive steelhead and world class fishing, it is one of the most exclusive steelhead rivers we have in BC. The Copper river is the most regulated classified river we have in BC. It has the least amount of rod days available in a season and there are only a view other guides allowed to guide this highly regulated river.

Because this river is so special and rod days are very limited we can only give clients 2 day a week to fish this exclusive river.

The Bell Irving River (Nass Base Camp)

From September until the end of October we guide solely for the elusive Steelhead on the Bell Irving River.

The Bell Irving is a tributary of the Nass River. There is little known about the Bell Irving. It is a remote and challenging river that is visited by very few anglers each year. Following a long drive from civilization, transportation in this rugged terrain is limited to good jet boats and helicopters. Although access is limited, this pristine environment holds a special race of steelhead that will make your fly fishing dreams come true! Because this river is so remote, it is like stepping back in time. There is no fishing pressure on this river. Very rarely you will see some one else. If you like to fish a uncrowded steelhead river look no further!

This is the ultimate steelhead trip for the adventurous angler.

The Meziaden River (Nass Base Camp)

The Meziaden River is where our sister lodge, Nass Base Camp is located. The river is also a tributary of the Nass River. The Meziaden River has a strong fun of Steelhead and Coho salmon. It runs clear when other rivers are blown out because of its large headwater lake.

In addition to the above-mentionned rivers, we also guide on many lesser known rivers we will not mention by name.