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BC Steelhead Fly Fishing Trips - BOOKING NOW

Capt. Noel Gyger
April 13, 2009
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report

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The photo of the week shows pro angling guide Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures with his biggest Steelhead landed this spring on one of their many "secret" rivers. Could this be the illusive 20-pounder plus? Contact me [email protected] anytime to book a Steelhead guided fishing trip.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated April 5 April 12, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week with daytime temperatures near normal. The snow pack is starting to melt and the rivers are on the rise. The Steelhead that were holding in deep dark pools are on the move again. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape even though the water is rising. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is very dirty (copper colour) right now and is coloring up the Skeena River also. The main stem Skeena River, below Terrace and above the Zymoetz River is clean enough to fish for Steelhead. A good run of spring Steelhead should be coming in now. Good runs of Steelhead are coming into the many isolated coastal streams and rivers. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below. There are lots of New! items posted on the website this week, please see below.

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We don't sport fish for Herring but I am happy to report commercial Herring fishery out of Prince Rupert was up this year and slightly higher than average. The roe was of good quality and fish were bigger than in recent years. Lots of Herring usually means lots of Salmon.

NOTICE There is a logjam below the highway riprap just above Nalabila Creek. Can barely make it through with a pontoon boat, attempting it with a drift boat would be dangerous. See two photos below:

Friends of Wild Salmon urge you to send a letter now calling for a public inquiry on the proposed Enbridge project to build a supertanker port at Kitimat and two 1,150 km pipelines to Alberta. Cast here to send letter: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5875/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1227

April 9, 2009 One "New" clip posted on Video Clips

Steelhead fishing on the Kalum River last fall was absolutely fantastic! These fish winter over and are still in the river at this time. If you are interested to book a guided fishing trip please contact me: [email protected] anytime. Cast here: www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm to watch the video under Video Clips (Title: Wild Steelhead Paradise and is 2009 Steelhead Video Clip #0069)

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One New item posted on "Special Guided Fishing Trips" April 11/09
One New update posted on "Quality Waters Strategy" April 9/09
One New video posted on "Video Clips" April 9/09
One New item posted on "Conservation" April 9/09
One New item posted on "Conservation" April 8/09

NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. 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/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

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.

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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, podcasts, 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. I am at your service.


Ron Wakita
Gill McKean

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 20-pound Steelhead Where: Secret River Angler: Gord McKean.

WEATHER: Cloudy. Showers beginning this morning. High 8. Sunrise 6:39 AM Sunset 8:31 PM. Today's yearly average temperatures: Maximum 12 degrees. Minimum 2 degrees.

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

SKEENA RIVER: Is rising and starting to colour up as the spring run-off has started. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is coming in dirty. The Skeena River is still fishable above the Zymoetz and below Terrace. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.

KALUM RIVER: Is in good shape and is coming up slowly. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Spring runs of Steelhead should be coming in. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.

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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.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is very dirty. The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon is open.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.

KITIMAT RIVER: Easter week has been productive for Steelheaders on the Kitimat River. We received some high tides this week combined with a bump up in the river water level enticed some chrome Steelhead into the Kitimat River. I spoke to a French speaking angler Tommy on Wednesday, who had hooked four steelhead and landed two. Tommy was fishing the lower Kitimat. I spoke to another angler in our tackle store who wished to remain unnamed, who landed a Steelhead on Tuesday and another on Wednesday upriver. On Thursday I spoke to Kevin whose friend from Vernon landed a Steelhead fishing the Cable Car run. Kevin also said that they watched another angler land a big bright female on the other side of the river. This angler was drifting in a pontoon boat and put this wild Steelhead into a black tube and continued on. I explained that the angler was probably one of the Kitimat Hatchery brood collection crew collecting brood stock. The Kitimat Hatchery is looking for volunteers who are interested in assisting with Steelhead brood collection. Any interested anglers please contact me via email [email protected] and I will explain the program and give you the Hatchery contact info. There is a strict protocol to be followed but it is a worthwhile project.

Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters fished with his fishing partner on Thursday and Friday. Mike landed a 15lb. buck on Thursday and his fishing partner hooked four Steelhead and landed three on Friday. Mike also warns of a log jam located just below Saw Mill. Anglers drifting the Kitimat River please beware. Mike advises that pontoons with due caution are able to navigate through. High water may also increase the hazard. Thank You for the pictures and the advisory Mike.

Overall the Steelheading was very good this week with fresh, bright Steelhead in the system. There should be more Steelheaders fishing the Kitimat River this Easter long weekend. Stay Tuned to this report for further updates.

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This is the logjam below the highway riprap just above Nalabila Creek. Can barely make it through with a pontoon boat, attempting it with a drift boat would be dangerous. Someone needs to get in there with a power saw to open it up. Photos by Mike Herzberg.

Anyone interested in a Guided Trip on the Kitimat River for Steelhead with Reliable Guide and Charters please contact Noel [email protected] and he would be more than happy to accommodate.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Albert Nelson a resident of Kitimaat Village reports large schools of herring spawning in the Kitimat harbour especially in front of the Village. With the herring schooled up along the beach and with some strong winds creating some larger waves, the herring are being washed up onto the beach during the High tides. "My brother picked up three buckets of herring right off the soccer field" said Arnold. The Kitimaat Village soccer fields are located along the shore line and with the abnormally high tides this week and high waves has created this phenomenon. Albert was in our tackle store buying herring jigs to catch the herring and was looking for a bucket for when the winds picked up again. Wow! This is first time I have heard of this happening and I was born and raised in Kitimat.

With the herring in the Kitimat Harbour, smart money says that there should be some feeder chinook in the Kitimat Harbour feeding on the herring. Many boaters were heading out for the weekend. Upon their return I will update this report. Stay Tuned.

The early indicators of the Herring run are that it is very strong this year. Herring bait fishers have reported good catches as have the commercial herring boats. This may be good signs of things to come with this season's Salmon runs. Usually when the herring run is strong the salmon returns are also very strong. Here's to a "Great Salmon Fishing Season"

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Our tackle Store: City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods has many preseason specials. Please click here to view our INSTORE FLYER: www.noelgyger.ca/ads/instore-flyer-01.doc

Happy Easter! Tight Lines! Safe Fishing!

Ron Wakita
City Centre Hardware & Sporting Goods
"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Shop"

Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Hi Noel, I think the photo attached is worth a thousand words!!

Just making dreams come true these steelhead were young Mitchells first ever steelhead ...I don't think he will forget this anytime soon he landed 3 in a row with in an hour I guess you could call it a Hat Trick !!

Gill McKean, Fishing is our addiction - Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood

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.

2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)


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

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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)

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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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Terrace Fishing Forecast:

Steelhead fishing has really started to pick-up!

Target Species:

Steelhead and Salmon

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