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Winter Steelhead

Capt. Noel Gyger
February 9, 2009
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report

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The photo of the week shows an extremely bright Kalum River Coho (Silver) Salmon landed last fall by my brother Mike Gyger. His son, Justin slips in the background. As we wait for the spring Steelhead season to begin I thought you'd like to see some other specie.

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: [email protected]
Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca
Fishing Reports: www.noelgyger.ca/past-fishing-reports.htm
RECORD SALMON & STEELHEAD Spin or fly-fishing

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated February 1 – February 8, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Winter still has a grip on us although the temperatures are getting a little warmer. Both the upper and lower Kalum and lower Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers are open to Steelhead fishing. I have heard the ice fishing in our local lakes is pretty good also. I think more and more fisher people with "cabin fever" are thinking about getting out and wetting a line for some late winter Steelhead, weather permitting, of course.

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A couple of my friends and I wanted to fish on Saturday but the weather turned bad, with light rain and nasty winds gusting to around 90km per hour. Maybe we will try again on Monday.

PODCAST update: There are "two" ways you can be notified when I post a New podcast:

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To watch "all" podcasts cast to: www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm

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Note: Scroll down to read a couple of New "Market Place" items…

VIDEO CLIPS – I posted one New clip on February 3, 2009

Todd Haynes, Rob Vodola and I were fishing for Steelhead on the Kalum River last fall (November) and Todd landed this nice doe. To watch the clip right away cast to this link: Video Clip 0065 The clip is titled "Todd's 2nd Steelhead"

PODCASTS – I posted one New podcast on February 5, 2009

Podcast 0008 Category: Meet the "best" river fishing guides. In this show meet Dustin Kovacvich and learn more about fishing in this beautiful area of northwest British Columbia. The show starts with an intro, photo of Dustin and a one minute video clip of him landing a Zymoetz (Copper) River Steelhead, followed by an audio interview. Plays with QuickTime

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One New "how to" be notified of a new Podcast show February 7/09
One New "For Sale" is posted on "Market Place" February 6/09
One New "Wanted to Buy" is posted on "Market Place" February 5/09
One New video posted on "Video Clips" February 3/09
Two New items are posted on "Conservation" February 2/09

NOW BOOKING FOR 2009 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.

BOOK EARLY and save money! The Canadian Dollar is low right now. Which way will the Canadian Dollar and the exchange rates go? The answer is no one knows. The Canadian Dollar is low at this time (as of today, Feb 8) A typical Weekly Lodge Package for 7 days/6 nights/5 days of guided fishing will cost $3500 Canadian Dollars in 2009. With the current exchange rate it will now cost $2868.85 in United States Dollars. A savings of $631.15. I would suggest you BOOK NOW before exchange rates go the other way. Cast here for current money conversion rates. Contact me anytime for package details.

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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: Angler: Where: (none reported this week)

WEATHER: Flurries ending late this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 2 cm. High plus 2. Sunrise 8:10 AM Sunset 4:27 PM. Today's yearly average temperatures: Maximum 2 degrees. Minimum -4 degrees.

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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.

SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean but still frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on those ice shelves. The spots that are open can have some drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.

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. Walking around is getting a little easier as a lot of the snow has melted. The boat ramps are getting easier to access.

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.

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ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: is fishing well for Steelhead right now. The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: The keener anglers in the area continue to fish when the weather permits but the hardcore are fishing even when the winter weather is extreme. In the northwest we can receive snow, ice rain, high winds and sunny periods all in the same day. We had a bunch of these hardcore types gearing up with dew worms for the weekend. Early this week we had a fair amount of rain which dirtied up the river a bit but the river is dropping and may clean up for the weekend. We can always dress for the weather conditions but there is little we can do if the river is dirty. Stay tuned as I will report this weekend's results in next weeks report.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Similar to the situation on the Kitimat River where there are trout to be caught if and when weather and conditions will allow, the Douglas Channel has winter Chinook to be caught if and when boaters are able can get out to. The number one consideration for the Salt water anglers is the wind. We have experienced some strong winds which has reduced fishing opportunities this week. The other issue of the Kitimat harbour fishery has been the dirty water produced by the Kitimat River. With the Kitimat River dropping and calmer winds many of the keener boaters are anxious to get out.

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Our guiding company, Reliable Guide and Charters is starting to receive numerous enquiries for fishing trips on the Kitimat River and the Douglas Channel.

We would be pleased to answer any enquiries about fishing in our area. Anglers interested in fishing the Kitimat River on their own are welcome to contact us at our tackle store, City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods in Kitimat. Any anglers wishing to book guided Drift boat trips on the Kitimat or Salt water charters on the Douglas Channel please contact Noel.

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, 2007 to March 31, 2009

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009


*** 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:

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

Two new listings this week as follows:

For Sale: Must Sell. Like new! Rarely used jet boat, only averaged 6 hours per year. Excellent for sports fishing, fresh and salt water. Boat can be viewed at Kens Marine in Terrace BC. Asking $25,000 worth $35-40,000. Phone Brad Tait 250-631-2183 for quick sale. New Feb 6/09

Wanted to buy: Angling Guide would like to buy rod-days. If you have rod-days for sale please contact [email protected] New Feb 5/09

Buy, sell, trade or swap your item or items by listing them here today
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To view the items currently listed please cast to: www.noelgyger.ca/market-place.htm

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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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