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Winter Steelhead REPORT

Capt. Noel Gyger
December 28, 2009
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report

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The photo of the week shows how to rack your fly rods while traveling from pool to pool in your vehicle. Photo is courtesy of Karl Rasmussen. Check below for more photos from Karl when he was fishing for Steelhead on the Thompson River in November 2009. Fly rod rack made by Fly Angler.

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Noel Gyger Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
4012 Best Street, Terrace BC V8G 5R8, Canada
Tel/Fax: (250) 635-2568
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E-mail: [email protected]
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated December 20 December 27, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

Happy New Year everyone!

SUMMARY: Sunny and windy with high of minus 2. Winter Steelheading is in full swing although the cold weather has slowed it down a bit. Sometimes it only means shorter fishing days but the "determined" fishermen are still getting out there. Some would say they're "crazy"! The Zymoetz (Copper) River closes to angling above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below Zymoetz Canyon) at the end of the month (January 1 to June 15). So get out and enjoy before the closure. To be clear just the upper reaches of the river are closed one still may angle on the very low end, just make sure you fish below the boundary at the first canyon. The Kalum River is open to angling all winter although access to some pools is difficult as to the extreme low water and snow. The Kitimat River is open all winter also, and if we get some warmer weather fishing for Trout should be OK. The Blue Knuckle Derby is taking place in Prince Rupert today. I understand all tickets for this exciting event have been sold out since December 26th. Winter Chinook ocean fishing in Prince Rupert is very good. Check out the Jeff Carlson of J&E Tackle below for more detail.

Cast on link to view full size www.noelgyger.ca/articles/win-a-FREE-driftboat-fishing-trip.doc Thank you to those who have sent new e-mails to me. Have "you" entered the draw yet?

With the participation of some of the Best Dealers (Tackle Shops) in the Northwest I have distributed DVD players and Video clips featuring the Best Fishing in the Northwest highlighting several of the Best Guides and Charters in the Northwest using a variety of the Best Fishing Products on the Market today. The dealers that have the DVD players are: Home Hardware in Kitimat, J&E Tackle and Hunting Shop in Prince Rupert, Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers and Fish Tales Tackle Shop in Terrace. Please visit these shops to watch the shows.

NOW BOOKING for 2010: 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.

*** Don't miss the opportunity to be guided for Steelhead on the Kalum River the last two weeks in March 2010. Season opener begins March 15th. Please contact me for details. Limited spots available!

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, 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.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

FISHING THIS WEEK: FAIR

WEATHER: Sunny. Windy. High minus 2. Wind chill minus 15 this morning. Sunrise 8:57 AM Sunset 4:15 PM. Today's yearly average temperatures: Maximum -1 degrees. Minimum - 6 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: The Skeena River is frozen over in places. The places that are not frozen are filled with flowing ice. The graph below demonstrates these ice flows have jammed and caused the river to rise. Fishing is nearly impossible under these conditions.

Skeena River height: http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fullgraph.asp

KALUM RIVER: Since the weather has warmed up a few "hearty" anglers are Steelhead fishing again. Last week I reported a good run of Steelhead but I have been in contact with some experienced local anglers and they tell me it has been slow.

Even though the weather has been cold this river usually does not freeze over. It has something to do with the warming of the water flowing out of Kalum Lake. It will freeze if the water level drops very low and if it stays cold and starts snowing heavily. If it is cold enough the snow will not melt when it hits the water. The flowing snow clumps together and jams when it hits the rocks and boulders. The river current in some places nearly stops flowing and if it remains cold it will freeze over in these areas that are like lakes. This seems to happen every few years or so.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in poor shape with moderate to heavy ice flows and fishing for Steelhead is slow. The upper section closes at the end of the month (December 31) but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.

KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River is low and clear and certain areas still remain frozen. Even with all activities of Christmas some anglers are still venturing out to do some fishing on the Kitimat River.

Dec 24 Even with the Christmas Festivities, Ariel Kuppers, Mitch Lupick and Travis James managed to sneak out and do a little Trout fishing on the Kitimat River. They managed to land 15 to 20 Trout ice fishing in Goose Creek. Ariel also said that a family showed up to fish but they did not have an ice auger so Ariel and his group kindly gave up the holes they had drilled. Well done Ariel, Mitch and Travis. Not only did you guys display some awesome angler etiquette but you also demonstrated the Christmas spirit of sharing.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Although there was some activity on the Kitimat River prior to Christmas there was very little activity on the Douglas Channel. There are a few boats planning some Winter Chinook fishing during the holidays. Stay Tuned!

Fishing Report from: J & E Tackle Shop, Prince Rupert

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I have had great reviews from the local sport fishermen this past week with numerous Winter Springs being caught.

Blue Knuckle Derby tickets have been completely sold out as of 2:00 PM Dec. 26th. Thanks to all our sponsors for their generous donations for the door prizes and prize money. All proceeds will support the Salvation Army and the Loyal Order of the Moose. The Prince Rupert Lions Club would like to thank the community for its support. Also, we would like to give a special thank you to Hawk Air (return trip for 2 to Van.) and Astra Media for radio coverage. Tight Lines and Good Luck to all those who participated in the Derby. I will have a full report next week of the Blue Knuckle Derby results.

To book your charter for Winter Chinook please contact Jeff Carlson of BC STYLE Fishing Charters www.bcstylefishingcharters.com

Fishing Report from: Nautical West Adventures

As you know Noel, in this business of saltwater fishing charters and freshwater guiding our work is never finished. We have been very busy over the last couple of month's preparing for next season business. We are putting together more great packages for our guests this coming season and very excited about our "All Inclusive Fishing Packages". Our goal is to always provide our guests with nothing but high quality / affordable fishing expeditions in northern BC's best Steelhead, Salmon, Trout and Halibut waters. Our packages involve both freshwater and saltwater adventures for those who want to experience it all in Northern BC.

Fishing Packages we offer start with a 2 day fishing / 3 night stay and play.

Available for 1 day ocean and 1 day river fishing with all meals, equipment, transportation and packaging included.

Join us for your 2010 Sport Fishing Holiday! Contact Noel to book your trip.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Best regards, Todd Haynes - owner

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GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Karl Rasmussen with a gorgeous 38.5 Thompson River Steelhead landed in November 2009.

Equipment: Rod: Sage 8136-4 13'6" 8 weight. Reel: Danielsson LW 8 twelve. Line: Airflow compact 25" 540 grain shooting head 15' type 3 sink tip. Leader: Maxima. Fly: Karl special. Redl Sports www.redlsports.com distributes Danielson and Maxima

This is me Jerry. My son and I went fishing on the Skeena River in a July for one day. The fish on the left is Rob's fish which weighed 59-pounds and mine is on the right and weighed 46.8- pounds. Hope you like it and you are free to post it on your website or fish report. Have a merry Christmas. From: Jerry

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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This 42 x 23.5 inch Steelhead was estimated to weigh 30-pounds. There are many sizes and positions available, and pretty much any species. Call Carey Braun anytime at 250-639-3769 and he will be happy to build one for you. Yes, that's Carey in the photo. Place your order NOW
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WIN a FREE one day DRIFT BOAT FISHING TRIP down the Kitimat River for three people by signing-up your friends, family and fishing partners for my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT. This trip is supplied by Reliable Guide and Charters and is for the 2010 season. The LUCKY WINNER will be drawn on April 30, 2010. Cast to this link www.noelgyger.ca/articles/win-a-FREE-driftboat-fishing-trip.doc to open a form showing how to enter names. Send the completed form via e-mail or postal mail. When I receive it I will reply confirming your name is entered into the draw - GOOD LUCK

To receive my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT and PHOTO via e-mail please send your name and e-mail address to: Noel Gyger [email protected]

GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!

Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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Home page: www.noelgyger.ca

Terrace Fishing Forecast:

The weather has finally warmed up enough to get back out Steelhead fishing.

Target Species:

steelhead skeena river

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