20 Apr 2011 - Spring Steelhead Fly Fishing
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

April 10 to April 17, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Weather was good all week but day and night time temperatures have been below average. This has caused ALL the rivers to remain very, very low. Snow pack is staying in the mountains.
Skeena River is in fair shape but “stained” with a little brown colour. This river usually has a good run of spring Steelhead. So get out there and try your luck. The Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available year round.
The Kalum River is in good shape but very low. Fishing for Steelhead is good although with the low water they “spook” very easily.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair but water is very, very low. Fish are spooky. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair.
Kitimat River is very, very low, some of the locals describe it as a “ditch”. We need some warm weather or some rain to bring up the water levels. I guess we should be careful what we wish for? Rising water should bring in more spring Steelhead.

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Kalum River Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair. The water is very low and the Steelhead are “spooked”. When the water is low it can be fished successfully with light spoons. Some of the best spoons are made by Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ . Some of the best rods are GLoomis. Shimano http://fish.shimano.com/ make some excellent spin reels. Tuf-line makes some excellent braided line. Duracast http://www.tuf-line.com/ line is coated and slides effortlessly through the guides and won’t wrap on the tip.

Lakelse River Is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair. Float fishing a bright red corky and a little bit of white wool works well. Choice of hook would be a small Gamagatsu http://www.rapala.ca/ barbless or with barb pinched down. Spin or level wind reels filled with Power Pro http://fish.shimano.com/ braided line works well. Use the thinnest line possible. It is still very, very strong.

Skeena River Steelhead and Trout can be caught at some locations. There will be a spring run of Steelhead starting now.

Gitnadoix River This beautiful Skeena tributary usually has a very good run of spring Steelhead. This river is located in a Provincial Park. It is a very rough, rocky river in the lower end and jet boating can be dangerous. Please be careful!

Zymoetz (Copper) River The water is in good shape but very low. Fishing for Steelhead is fair. Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon Jan 1 – June 15. You can still fish below the sign all winter. Fly fishing is the choice of many on this river. Wading with quality Simms http://www.simmsfishing.com/ waders and accessories is the way to go. A friend of mine is very happy with his new Islander http://www.islander.com/ fly reel. Trophy XL http://www.redlsports.com/ fly rod, Cortland Line http://www.rapala.ca/ and Maxima Tippet http://wwwbrecksinc/en/maxima.htm completes his set.

Zymagotitz (Zymacord) River The water is in fair shape and access has improved with the melting snow. Fishing for Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden
Char is good. This river has some big Bull Trout and a fair run of Steelhead.

Kitimat River The water is very, very low, some of the locals describe it as a “ditch”. We need some warm weather or some rain to bring up the water levels. I guess we should be careful what we wish for? Rising water should bring in more spring Steelhead.

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Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week

Type of Fish Caught

River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 20-pound Steelhead – Kalum River. Ocean: King and Dungeness Crab

Tracey Hittel – Kitimat Lodge

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Rivers teeming with Salmon and Steelhead flowing into the saltwater of the Kitimat Region
Lodge caters to freshwater and saltwater clients from around the globe
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Our sea-run Steelhead season begins March 15th and we target all 5 species of Salmon until December 1st
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See you in 2011…
Has spring finally arrived, I wonder as we get pelted with snow while on the water. The groundhogs are playing games for sure this year. We are now into week 2 of our Steelhead season and the fellas from Japan managed to run straight into a nice run of male Steelhead on the spey rods. It was the first time for these fellas to target Steelhead and the fish ranged from 36-38 inches, so weighing in the high teens, very respectable sizes. River conditions are low at best and water temperatures are still in the high 30s to 40F. Afternoon seemed to be our best success as the odd pool had Steelhead rising to warmer afternoon sun beating on the water. The fellas tied a beautiful assortment of flies and I included a collage of the recipes they used. Please see the Photo of the Week at the very top of this report.
Week 3 is upon us and our next groups arriving from the USA are in for a treat as fish numbers have increased in the local streams and warmer weather is predicted for the next while, I hope.

Tight lines.

Tracey John Hittel

Andrew Rushton – Kalum River Lodge

Hi Noel, another week of good fishing to report. Good numbers of Steelhead in the Kalum River are making for some great fishing. This past week the cooler temperatures have kept water levels down. We have had good success with both the spey rod and spinner fishing. We are anticipating the first Chinook of the season to arrive anytime now, especially with the warmer weather forecast later this week.


Andrew Rushton

Kalum River Lodge
Terrace, BC, Canada

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