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British Columbia, Canada - Skeena River & Nass River

Capt. Noel Gyger
November 12, 2007
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report

Guided fly fishing Terrace BC at its VERY BEST!

The photo of the week shows a beautiful fall, wild Steelhead landed and released by Boris Konovalov on the Kalum River in late September 2007. Remember…last week Boris was releasing a Coho. Boris and his two friends booked their guided fishing trip with me and caught both Steelhead and Coho on the same day. It does NOT get any better than this. Wahoo!


Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report

4012 Best Street, Terrace BC V8G 5R8, Canada

Tel/Fax: (250) 635-2568

Cell: (250) 631-2678

E-mail: noel@noelgyger.ca Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca Fishing Reports: www.noelgyger.ca RECORD SALMON & STEELHEAD Spin or fly-fishing



Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca

Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated November 4 – November 11, 2007

(Number 44)

Dear Fishing Friends:

Weather is typical for this time of year, some rain, heavy at times, cloudy but just beautiful when the sun shines. No major snow falls yet. The snow line is low. Most all the leaves are off of the trees. Steelhead fishing is fair on all the rivers except for the Zymoetz (Copper) River which is poor after it took a hit from too much rain mid week. It is cleaning up now. The Kalum is in fabulous shape and the Steelhead fishing is excellent. Fresh fall runs should still be coming in. The water is at a good height. There seems to be a good run of Steelhead this year. They will be in the river all winter, setting up to spawn in the late spring. For a Kitimat River update please check out the Ron Wakita report below.

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

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Please cast to http://noelgyger.ca to view open dates for the guides and lodges. The only lodge and guide operation that is still taking bookings for 2007 is Nicholas Dean Lodge. They would be delighted to guide you on the Zymoetz (Copper) River for Steelhead (or other rivers). The weather may be getting colder and wetter but if you dress properly and you want pools and runs to yourself and no crowding book NOW. It is not too late.

NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 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. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca 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.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.


Chad Black

Ron Wakita

Craig Murray

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Where: Angler: (none this week)

WEATHER: Periods of rain. Fog patches dissipating early this afternoon. Windy. High plus 5 degrees C. Region normal: Max. Temp. 4 degrees C. Min. Temp. 0 degrees C. Sunrise 7:56 am Sunset 4:41 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 is low and in good shape. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is dirty. The K alum (upper and lower) River is in great shape. Kitimat River is low and clean.






SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.

KALUM RIVER: The water (both upper and lower) is in excellent shape and the fishing is good for Steelhead. The water height is normal for this time of year.

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 The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is out of shape today from the rain we had mid week.

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.

Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge for the Week of November 4 to 10, 2007

The past week in the Skeena Region has been a very wet one. Earlier in the week, most of the precipitation fell as snow, and Terrace was blanketed with about 3-5 inches of snow. Warmer temperatures helped melt the snow, which, combined with daily rains have caused rivers to swell and blow out. With cooling nighttime temperatures however, most rivers should be fishable soon. The trout fishing in rivers near Terrace has been quite good, and fishing single egg patterns on fly rods or real eggs fished on conventional gear have been the most effective. Steelhead fishing has been okay during the past week, and I should have a few more fish stories in the coming weeks.

We are actively booking for the 2008 season, and if you are thinking of fishing the Skeena and its tributaries next year, this is a great time to book as prime time spaces are still available. Noel is a wealth of information and can provide some of the best recommendations for fishing in the Skeena region. Contact Noel for your next fishing adventure today.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…

Chad Black

Operations Manager

Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: We experienced our first significant snowfall on Monday November 4th. The Kitimat River has remained fishable but not much angler activity. There should be fair numbers of cutthroat trout for any anglers looking for fishing opportunities.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Douglas Channel is starting to produce some "Winter Springs." Wes Owens hooked seven of these chrome beauties. He landed four but only retained two of them. Most weighed ten to fifteen pounds. Medrick Robinson also managed to boat one of these feeder chinook as well. We have some wind warnings for this weekend but as soon as the winds calm down local boaters are anxious to get out fishing.

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca

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

Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort

This is the true BC. As a matter of fact it is the beginning for all those salmon and steelhead and all those anglers who go on a yearly angling odyssey in search of these beauties. Here is the 10,000 year old Ice Field that feeds many of the coast Range rivers, the life's stream to the salmonids of the coast.

Our environment is in danger of being lost, or at least severely depleted, with the onslaught of mans innovations. On every front nature is being attacked in the name of progress.

Ghandi once said, "There is enough for every mans need, but not enough for every mans greed". The rivers, as seen in this picture in their original state (frozen) are all we have left for the fish, for us, as water is crucial to our very existence, and for the wildlife which still abounds in BC.

It is up to each and every one of us to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint and do things just a bit differently than we have always done them. Push your elected representatives to find new ways and new money for alternative energy. Look at your own way of doing business and see how you might do it differently to save energy and reduce the effect of possible pollution on this planet.

Nimmo Bay is a part of the first BC Sustainable Tourism collective. This is a group of companies who got together to see how BC could be a sustainable destination into the future, and to share ideas on how front country and back country, big and small tourism venues can pool their best practices and ideas to make a difference in how we all do business. There is a real desire for this knowledge out there and we are looking into ways of accommodating our mother earth.

The six companies are Fairmont Hotels (Western Division), Rocky Mountaineer Railway, Canadian Mountain Holidays, Whistler / Blackcomb, Clayoquot Wilderness resort and Nimmo Bay Resort. From big to small and front to back we have the Industry covered and we all hope to pass on what we learn and discover, to others in our business.

The triple bottom line theory of using a social conscience, being economically sound and environmentally sensitive really can make a difference and add to a positive bottom line. Today, people want to go to places where the owners and managers really do look after their own back yard and the environment is a true concern. The business ethic has to be combined with the conservation mentality for one to proceed and succeed.

If the globe is warming and it is the fault of mankind, then we can and should do something about it because once the ice is gone, so are the rivers and the fish.

And without water, we're all doomed. Today, BC is blessed with water but 90% of the world is not and there is a whole bunch of people out there that are starving for clean, pure, sweet water, that for the time being, we have in spades.

Craig Murray, Owner

Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)

To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Note from Noel: 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. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.


2005/2007 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca Effective April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007

2006/2007 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca Effective April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007

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


- One “New” Scenic Photo posted November 9, 2007 To view please cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca

- One “New” item on Conservation posted on November 9, 2007 To view and read please cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca

- Two “New” items on Market Place posted on November 5, 2007 To view and read please cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca


Noel, I don’t know if you can work with the panoramic shape, but I like this shot from late September. The Steelhead was caught on a waking surface fly.

Angler: Ismo Uosukainen of Finland

Guide: Jeff Langley of Nicholas Dean Lodge

Fish: Steelhead hen

Fly: Surfboard (Isomo’s dry fly invention)

Location: Skeena River tributary

Photo credit: Jeff Bright www.jeffbright.com

The photo is of Evgeny Lebedeff of Moscow, Russia. A long way to travel and fish but Evgeny and his two fishing buddies really enjoyed themselves. They booked with me in late September and their guide was Dustin Kovacvich of Nicholas Dean Lodge. They booked for five days, traveled a lot of county and fished many different rivers. This photo shows that not every fishing picture can be posed perfectly. Kudos to Evgeny for releasing this fish in deeper water.


Sorry, no guest photos this week.

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

Buy, sell, trade or swap your item or items by listing them here today

Your Ad will receive LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL exposure:

• Your Ad will be posted on my website

• Your Ad will be promoted in my Weekly Fishing Reports

• Your Ad will be posted on other websites who host my fishing reports

Examples of what to list: Boats and accessories, Motors, Vehicles, Air Craft, Rods, Reels, Tackle, Real Estate (i.e. fishing lodge), Rentals (Cabins Cottages), Lakeshore, Tourist accommodation, ATV, RV's, RV sites, Taxidermy, Books, Magazines, Videos, Photographs, Antiques, Artwork, Clothing, Employment, Trade/Swap and Wanted, Help Wanted, etc.

For Sale: Attention Rod Crafters: Lamiglass blank, SH126-F (10 1/2 foot) complete with 26 pieces 1/2 inch cork, 24 pieces 1 inch cork, 17 Fuji guides, 3 Fuji tip tops, Fuji reel seat, 2 butt caps, epoxy and binding thread. Will include electric motor used in construction of rod. Replacement value of these items is well in excess of $300. Will sell for $175. Terrace BC call Ted 250-635-5072 or e-mail tedbuller@hotmail.com New Nov 5/07

For Sale: Do you want to get into the angling guide business and want to purchase classified rod days? I have 450 Skeena 2 rod days and license for sale. Contact Chris in Austria via e-mail coho1@gmx.net New Nov 5/07

For Sale: 11 1/2 foot Fenwick Blackhawk Graphite rod. Fuji guides and reel seat, as new $200 Terrace BC call Ted 250-635-5072 New Nov 3/07

For Sale: 20 foot Jetcraft. This boat is in immaculate shape. It has 158 hours on it. Power is a 350 cubic inch Chevy with a 3 stage Kodiak jet. Lockable storage in the bow, built in fish tank in the bow with running water, lockable side tray on the port side, Humming Bird sounder/fishfinder, rod holders, sleeper seats on port side, pedestal helmsman seat, storage box seat, has heater and defroster. Tandem TI trailer with bearing buddies and brakes on all 4 wheels. Deluxe in every way! $28,000. For more information Terrace BC call Ted 250-635-5072 New Nov 3/07

Wanted to buy: 18-20 foot flat bottom jet boat with centre console, motor and trailer a bonus but not mandatory. Peachland BC Contact Rob 250-767-6456 or 250-864-8644 or tarob@shaw.ca or Rick 250-212-2314

For Sale: magnificent Fishing Lodge in the heart of Patagonia. Located in what probably is the very best spot for salmon runs in the whole South American continent. Ask for full information by contacting Carlos Hernandez of Hunting & Fishing in South America via e-mail hunting@chile.com

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

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

To view the items currently listed please cast to: http://www.noelgyger.ca

To receive my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT and PHOTO via e-mail please send your name and e-mail address to: Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca


Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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