27 Aug 2007 - Guided fly fishing Terrace BC Canada
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows on the left pro angling guide Dustin Kovacvich, in the middle a beautiful, wild summer-run Skeena River Steelhead, on the right Jeff Bright pro Spey fly fisherman, photographer and conservationist. Jeff landed this fish on August 24th and it was estimated to weigh between 8 and 9-pounds. I managed to shoot a video clip of the action. It is posted on the website as New 2007 Steelhead clip number 0044.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 19 – August 26, 2007
(Number 33)

Dear Fishing Friends:

On August 24th I spent some time on the Skeena River at the Nicholas Dean Lodge - Outpost Camp. The guests at the camp were flyfishing for Steelhead, Sockeye, Coho and Pink Salmon and maybe even a Chinook or Chum. Both Spey fly rods and single hand fly rods were used. The water is in perfect shape. It had been dropping all week but has come up a little yesterday and today.

Jeff Bright of www.jeffbright.com landed a very large Steelhead estimated to weigh around 25-pounds. The fish swam away before he could get a photo. The small single barbless hook, he believes in using, partially straightened-out during the play. When I was at the camp he managed to land a Steelhead between 8 and 10-pounds of which I got a photo and a little video footage. Pro guide Dustin Kovacvich demonstrates the correct technique to calm a fish and take a quick photo before release. It looks easy for the pros, doesn’t it?

Cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm and another New video clip posted on August 25. It is numbered and titled:

- Video Clip 0045 Jeff Bright Spey fly fishing Skeena River Steelhead

For a detailed report on the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please read the Ron Wakita report and photos below.

I have a report from pro guide Randy Marshall of Randy’s River Guiding he told me fishing was good for his guest he guided on August 23rd.

Due to a medical condition a client, booked with Randy, had to cancel. The dates of Sept. 26-27-28-29 are now available. Contact me anytime to book these dates.

I also have a report from pro guide Andrew Rushton of Kalum River Lodge. He was gear and spin fishing his clients on the lower Skeena and reports fantastic fishing. His guests were still landing good numbers of Chinook (King) Salmon. Nothing too big…with weights of around 15 to 25-pounds but they were bright silver. The last of the Chinook run is still “pushing-in”. He also mentioned they landed a few Chum Salmon. The Sockeye fishing was slow and was not really targeted. They did pretty well landing Steelhead and Coho. Andrew guides both fly and spin.

Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges. 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. Your questions and concerns will be promptly answered by me. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer and review the latest updates regarding last minute openings. Contact me for all the details and to book. These dates are updated on the website whenever there is a change.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for more info on my history, Quality Waters Strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles and archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.


Ron Wakita
Craig Murray
Andrew Ruston
Randy Marshall

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Salmon forecast for 2007: Chinook look very good for the Skeena and Kitimat systems; Coho are good to excellent; Pink expect a reasonably good run; Sockeye returns to the Skeena are expected to be good this year; Chum average return.

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Coho, Chum, Sockeye, Pink, Chinook and Steelhead in the river. Halibut, Bottom Fishing and Coho in the ocean Kitimat Douglas Channel and Prince Rupert.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Species: 25-pound Steelhead Where: Skeena River Angler: Jeff Bright

WEATHER: Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of showers. Highs to 15 degrees C. Region normal: Max. Temp. 21 degrees C. Min. Temp. 10 degrees C. Sunrise 6:30 am Sunset 8:43 pm

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

For current Terrace weather information please cast on:

WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena River is in good shape. Water has been dropping just about all week. It came up a little bit yesterday and today. The Kitimat River is up and down but has been fishable all week. The Kalum River is clean. Other Skeena tribs towards Prince Rupert are clean.




SKEENA RIVER: Fishing is fair for Sockeye throughout the whole system. Pinks are showing in abundant numbers. Coho fishing seems strong. We are keeping and eye on it. Fly fishing for Steelhead is fair. The main stem is the “highway” for Salmon and Steelhead heading to their many different tributary rivers.

KALUM RIVER: Waiting for the main run of Coho now. The early run that swims quickly through the whole river and into Kalum Lake has started. The distance is about 20 kilometers. They seem to mill around in the lake at the mouth of the Beaver (upper Kalum River) and Cedar Rivers until the water is the correct height, then they shoot up. If your timing is good you can catch them in the lake. Sockeye are in the river now but are closed to angling.

This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.

KASIKS RIVER: Waiting for Coho now. A few will be swimming in on the low end.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Waiting for Coho now. A few will be swimming in on the low end.

EXSTEW RIVER: Waiting for Coho now.

GITNADOIX RIVER: Waiting for Coho now. They seem to school up in calm pools on the lower end. Access to this river is difficult. Jet boat only.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: When the water is clean a few Steelhead have been caught in the lower end.

KINCOLITH RIVER: Coho should be coming in on high tides.

TSEAX RIVER: Coho should be coming in now.

KWINIMASS RIVER: Coho are coming in now

ECSTALL RIVER: Coho should be coming in now.


A summary of what is available year round can be read in the Archived Fishing Report dated April 13, 1997. For a direct link cast here: http://noelgyger.ca/archived-fishing-reports/Old%20Fishing%20Reports%201997.doc

Cast to this link for Prince Rupert tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Reliable Guide and Charters


The Kitimat River this past week has experienced one of the few interludes in terms of salmon migration. Typically there is at least one species of salmon running in good numbers through out the summer months on the Kitimat. There appears to be a bit of a gap in the Coho return. There are a few Coho logged every day in our Mobile Tackle Van but not in the numbers that we should be recording. I never cease to be amazed by the wonders of nature and with this year's record snow pack and extreme high water it is difficult to predict these effects on this year's Coho fishing season. I suspect we will see better numbers starting this weekend as we rotate through some very large high tides. The majority of Pinks have reached their final stage in their life cycle and are spawning and dying. The Pink return was exceptional this year as well as the Chinook. I am always amazed by the size of some Chinook carcasses that wash up on the shoreline this time of the year. Wow, there are some big buggers! This is good for future generations as the genetic size of these fish has been perpetuated. All those
in the 'know' or who think they 'know' are predicting exceptional Chinook returns for next year. Stay Tuned!


The Kitimat Harbour Coho fishery similar to the Kitimat River Coho fishery
experienced some below average results this past week. There have been some Coho caught but not in the numbers typical for this time of year. We anxiously wait for what the big tides produce.

The outer waters of the Douglas Channel continue to produce really good numbers.
Todd and Larry of Nautical West Adventures had some outstanding results their last trip out. Todd boated 24 Coho for his clients and 3 halibut. Larry boated 32 Coho and 4 halibut. 'Well Done' Todd and Larry. Congrats, on some great results and I am sure that there are some great Fish stories that go with the results. It is interesting to note the exceptionally high numbers of 'Mud sharks' (dog fish) in the area. Todd commented on the difficulty in getting through the sharks to get down to bottom fish. Berkley has manufactured a series of bait called 'GULP' that some anglers claim does not attract Mud Sharks. Stay Tuned as it is still work in progress. I will comment in a later fishing report when all the results are in.

A REMINDER: for any anglers interested in participating in the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby on the Labour Day weekend in September stay tuned to this fishing report and please go to www.visitkitimat.com for more details.

Thank You to everyone who contributed to this report.

Report from Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:

DFO Salmon forecast for 2007: Coho return is expected to be normal; Chinook were at or above average, so good fishing is anticipated; Chum are always strong; Pink returns are expected to be normal, which means very plentiful; Sockeye is not expected to be high.

Coho's are king, for the fight, the beauty and the photo. Many a proud angler has left Nimmo Bay with his digital card full of released coho shots like this one. Perhaps the next photo will be of you, being set free by a fish.

August is a fantastic month for all our rivers and for all species of Pacific salmon. Fresh bright Coho10 -18 pounds, Pink salmon are a blast on light fly gear. Along with great fishing the weather is superb making available a host of other activities.
Join us 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.
This year 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.
To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Craig Murray, Owner
Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)


2005/2007 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007

2006/2007 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007

NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s

2007 TV SHOW SCHEDULE FOR SPORTFISHING BC with host Mark Pendlington
CHANNEL Friday Saturday Sunday
Sportsnet Pacific 6:30 AM PST
(9:30 AM EST)
Knowledge Network 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 11:30 PM PST
(2:30 PM EST)
A Channel 7:00 AM PST
(10:00 AM EST)
World Fishing Network Check local listings

CATCH & RELEASE FORMULA: Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches) Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

MARKETPLACE (Sportfishing related items only please) Contact me anytime to list your items:

Wanted to buy: large arbour reel for 9-10 wt Spey rod. Would consider a used one in good condition. Terrace BC E-mail Rick Morrison rkmorrison@telus.net *New*

For Sale: 12 foot Port-a-bote folding boat. $1000. Terrace BC Phone 250-631-3161

For Sale: 16 foot Aluminum boat with a 40hp Evinrude. Boat, trailer and motor $1500. Complete with Hummingbird sounder, VHF marine radio, downriggers $2000. Kitimat BC E-mail wakita@telus.net

For Sale: Three 20 foot Custom Flat Bottom Jet Sleds (build by Dennis Farnsworth) with Mercury 90hp/65 Jet and trailers. $8000 each OBO Houston BC E-mail James Britton moriceriver@mac.com

Cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca/market-place.htm to view the items.

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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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