Moral Support: Mike Johnson and Tim Johnson

Moral Support: Mike Johnson and Tim Johnson

The photo of the week shows Nick Johnson with a huge wild BC Steelhead posed by pro angling guide Gill McKean. Brief summary in Nick’s own words:

Master Guide: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures (who put me on 2x20lb+ Steelhead that day on the fly and about 10 Steelhead the day before)

Moral Support: Mike Johnson and Tim Johnson

Steelhead Size: 27lbs

Pattern: Purple egg sucking Leech

Date: October 17th, 1:23pm

Battle Time: 36 minutes

For the “full” story please scroll below…


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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated October 26 – November 2, 2008

(Number 95)

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Angling for all Salmon, in our rivers, is over for another year signified by the Coho closure on October 31. In general I think it was a good year. Steelhead is the only target fish now along with the smaller resident Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char. Even with the rain we’ve had the rivers have stayed in shape and the fishing for Steelhead has been very good especially on the Kalum and Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers. The snow line is low and most of the rain has stayed in the mountains as snow.Please check out the Ron Wakita detailed report below.

New Video Clip:

Rob Vodola and I went fishing on the KalumRiver on October 25, 2008. We hooked over 11 Steelhead and landed 8 in high water conditions (no bank to fish from). Cast here for a direct link to theVideo Clip 0056 Rob Vodola - High Water Steelheading New Oct 27/08

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Ron Wakita

Gill McKean

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

Type of fish caught: Steelheadand Troutfor river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and DungenessCrab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.



LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 20-pound Steelhead. Angler: Rob Vodola Where:KalumRiver

Weather: Periods of rain. Windy. High 8. Region normal: Max. Temp. 6 degrees C. Min. Temp. 3.6 degrees C. Sunrise 7:39 AMSunset 5:57 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: Skeena is in good shape. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape. The Kalum, Kitimat and smaller coastal streams are all in good shape.

currentwaterheights FOR:



SkeenaRiver: is in good shape.Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon may be slow as most runs have gone through already.

KalumRiver: is in good shape.Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now.

This is a ClassifiedRiver 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: angler is Dennis Therrien.

Zymoetz (Copper) River: When the water is in shape lots of Steelhead are being caught with both the fly and spin rod.

Area River Records: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: SkeenaRiver, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: SkeenaRiver, 27-pounds.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita ofReliable Guide and Charters

KITIMATRIVER: Retention for Coho salmon on the KitimatRiver closed Oct 31st which officially brings salmon fishing on the KitimatRiver for 2008 to an end.Trout fishing on the KitimatRiver will continue through the winter and into the spring depending on the weather but salmon fishing is now done.

The Kitimat Hatchery brood collection crew willbe collecting their brood stock to continue enhancing the Coho on the KitimatRiver.Stock assessments will also be in progress todetermine the size of this year's Coho return. It will be interesting toreview the results of the numbers of Coho that made it to the spawning beds.

We are so fortunate to havethe KitimatHatcheryon the KitimatRiver. The Kitimat Hatchery enhances Cutthroat trout, Steelhead, Chinook, Chum and Coho stocks on the KitimatRiver. The management and staff of the Kitimat Hatchery should be recognized for the amazing job that they have done.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: A few boaters ventured out to doing a little crabbing and to check if the winter springs were in the KitimatHarbour. No winter springs were reported this week but as one boater noted "Remembrance Day is the day were I always start to do well for winter springs". We will soon see if his theory proves to be true.Stay tuned. Tight Lines. Ron Wakita

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables

Fishing Report from: Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Hey Noel thought you might want to show this one off as it was a world
record fish that is recorded in the IGFA book in 2004!!
I did not push this fish out as it was just too heavy!!
The measurements were 41 and a half length and 21 and a half girth!!
Landed by Andrew Fairclough of England on an 8 weight T&T fly rod on 12lb test. This was his second ever steelhead on the fly his first was landed just minutes before a junior of just 15- pounds and he was happy with that until Moby came along ! Thanks. Gill

This fish was weighed with an official IGFA scale and it weighed 34-pounds.


2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:

Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009

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


*** If any of you have special fishing photos, testimonials, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.

More info for this weeks Photo of the Week:

Hey Noel & Gill,Great trip, incredible experience.Here’s how it went down:

“It was a dark and stormy day, the rivers were angry my friend. As I plodded towards the river’s edge I saw the beastie poke its head above the water and give me a long, tough stare. Intimidated I was, perhaps even scared, but not a coward. The water slowly crept higher as I waded deeper into the raging current. Finally I settled in water about mid thigh height. Cast after cast, fly after fly. The beast was winning this battle of patience.

And then it happened…

A big slow roll on a twitching leech pattern as it swung across the run. The line tightened and the #7 weight creaked and moaned under the increasing pressure of the big fish. What ensued will only ever be known by the river, the fish, and me (and Gill, my father, and my brother). I can tell you it brought me to the highest elation, only to drop me back down to the lowest valley, minute after minute. The dual lasted days, a test of wills. Muscles burned, profanities flew, teeth grinded. And then it was over. The big beast came to rest in the net and I collapsed on the river bank.

When I came to, the sun was out. I slowly got my bearings and yet the beast was still there. He allowed me a few brief pictures before he continued back on his epic journey to create more gigantic offspring. I see now that fishing northern BC for Steelhead in the Skeena/Nass systems cannot be described, it can only be experienced.”

Angler: Nick Johnson

Master Guide: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures (who put me on 2x20lb+ Steelhead that day on the fly and about 10 Steelhead the day before)

Moral Support: Mike Johnson and Tim Johnson

Steelhead Size: 27lbs

Pattern: Purple egg sucking Leech

Date: October 17th, 1:23pm

Battle Time: 36 minutes

So there you have it. It may not be exactly how it happened but I prefer to remember it that way. Feel free to take/leave what you want.Take care, Nick Johnson


The following is an “important” conservation message from my friend Jeff Bright:

Steelhead Anglers,

A quick — and tasty — Skeena steelhead conservation opportunity that I believe is deserving of your attention:

Attached are an information sheet and an order form for SkeenaWild Certified Smoked Salmon. SkeenaWild Certified is a pilot project combining efforts of SkeenaWild Salmon Inc., Gitxsan band fishers and the North Coast Steelhead Alliance. The project goal is to create a market for high-quality, high-value SELECTIVELY harvested sockeye salmon.

How does this benefitSkeena steelhead? Unlike the gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Skeena, a smaller-scale selective net fishery gives by-catch steelhead much, much greater odds being released alive. Comparatively, the impact to steelhead stocks is negligible.

I fully support this change in thinking about how sockeye are harvested in the Skeena. And I can vouch for the quality of the product; my first order arrived this past week and it is delicious. I urge you to place an order and help create demand for SkeenaWild Certified, selectively harvested sockeye. According to the project flyer, all proceeds are re-invested in Skeena wild salmon conservation.

Bon appetit & good fishing! Jeff Bright

Cast here for more detail and colour poster

Cast here for order-form

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- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)

- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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