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Early Winter Steelhead PARADISE

Capt. Noel Gyger
December 1, 2008
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report

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The photo of the week shows the results of some hard work. More often than not, anglers willing to go the extra distance and hike through challenging terrain find the best fishing. Nicholas Dean Lodge manager and head guide, Dustin Kovacvich, knows many of the best pools on remote rivers, and client Jake Bippart was able to reap the rewards. This was Jake's biggest Steelhead ever – certainly a great way to finish off a week of fishing!

Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
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RECORD SALMON & STEELHEAD Spin or fly-fishing

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated November 23 – November 30, 2008

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been fair most of the week but got a little ugly on the weekend. One thing is for sure winter is on its way. Many of us who like to use our boats are trying to get out as much as possible as we know we will have to put them away soon. The two main rivers we fish now are the Kalum and Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers. Both these rivers have good runs of Steelhead in them. There are rivers north of us with good runs of Steelhead also. I am referring to the Cranberry, Meziadin and Bell Irving Rivers. Trout fishing on the Kitimat River is very good right now. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.

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One New item posted on "Special Guided Fishing Trips" November 29/08
One New podcast posted on "Podcast" November 28/08
One New podcast posted on "Podcast" November 25/08

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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.

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: 15-pound Steelhead. Angler: Chad Black Where: Kalum River

WEATHER: Rain. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 to 60 km/h early this afternoon. High 6. Max. Temp. 2 degrees C. Min. Temp. -3 degrees C. Sunrise 8:32 AM Sunset 4:14 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 coloured up and in borderline fishable shape. The Kalum, Kitimat and smaller coastal streams are all in good shape.




SKEENA RIVER: is in good shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon may be slow as most runs have gone through although some Steelhead winter over in the main stem. Most of these good runs are found upstream from Terrace in the Skeena 4 section.

KALUM RIVER: is in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.
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 coloured up and fishing for Steelhead will be slow.

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: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: With some milder weather this week the Kitimat River continues to produce good numbers of trout Cutthroat are typically the species of trout that are normally caught on the Kitimat this time of year but we are also receiving reports of Dolly Varden and the odd Rainbow trout caught as well. Worms continue to be the most dominant bait used to catch these trout but salmon roe has also been effective. I spoke to one fly fisher in our tackle store who landed six Cutthroat and one Dolly on Wednesday. He was using an Egg pattern and a Silver Minnow with a 4wt rod and said, "he had a ball!"

The Kitimat Hatchery brood collection team also reports good numbers collecting brood stock. We are indeed fortunate to have the Kitimat Hatchery enhancing the Kitimat River. As is the case with most government facilities, the Kitimat Hatchery is now being scrutinized for budget cuts. Hatchery staff presented their budget numbers at the Kitimat Sports Fishing Advisory meeting this week. Their operating budget has been cut from $450,000.00 in 1990 to 230,000.00 in 2008. I was alarmed to hear of such drastic cuts to the Kitimat Hatchery's operating budget and even more appreciative of the job the Hatchery staff has been doing despite these huge reductions in funding.

I believe it is now time when government officials need to hear from the Sport Fishing Community how important this Hatchery is to maintain a sustainable fishery in our area. This fishery also contributes to social and economic development in our region and indeed our way of life. Stay tuned to this report for further updates.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Not much to report this week which is typical as Angler effort is minimal this time of year. I spoke to Ray Hepting who I consider to be one of the finest saltwater anglers and also one of the most knowledgeable authorities on fishing the Douglas Channel especially Winter Springs. He has retired from a successful Charter business and is able to fish purely for the love of the sport. Ray had little to report and when "Ray speaks people listen". It is possible that the run is late. Stay Tuned.

Tight Lines.
Ron Wakita

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

Fishing Report from: Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Gill hasn't been able to get out fishing as much as he would like to. He is busy getting ready for next season. Maybe Gill and I can get out before the big snowfall comes. In the meantime he continues to send me some nice pics. I have included one below:
Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge

Hello, for anglers who can find even a few hours to spare, this would be time well spent on local rivers in the Skeena region. Currently, water conditions are prime, and fishing a deeply sunk wet fly or retrieving a spoon through secluded pockets is a great way to entice often aggressive Steelhead into taking. When fishing with Noel and Rob Vodola earlier in the week, we encountered several Steelhead in the 10 to 14 lb range, and one even had sea lice on it – indicating that there are some fresh fish around. With unusually warm temperatures this week, it's made for pleasant fishing conditions, and we have certainly taken advantage of this!

And, if you're thinking about a fishing trip next year, this is a great time to book with Noel. Because it's still early in the season, some spaces in the very best weeks are still available. Whether it's casting that home made Steelhead fly in anticipation through that boulder studded run, or feeling the headshakes of a trophy Chinook Salmon, we are able to offer a number of packages for the discerning fisherman. Contact Noel today to find out more…

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…

Chad Black
Operations Manager

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.

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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