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 Dec 14, 2010; 08:46PM - Winter Steelheading - The BEST
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: http://www.noelgyger.ca

Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger
December 5 to December 12, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Mix bag of weather this week with rain and snow but milder temperatures. Excellent weather for winter Steelheading.
The Skeena River is in good shape but full of ice flows. Steelheading is over. There might be some Trout available.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good. Lake ice fishing has started. Beware of thin ice with during the warmer weather.
The Trout fishing on the Kitimat River continues to be very good for the anglers who are venturing out. We received rain, snow, and then some mixed rain and snow this week but the river conditions remained excellent. I spoke to Lori at MK Bay Marina today and she reported that there was very little activity this week in the Kitimat Harbour. There were a few boats planning to get out this weekend.
Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook. With the approach of the 18th annual Marc (Dezi) Desautels Blue Knuckle Fishing Derby there has been lots of activity on the water. Everyone seems to be getting out and trying their luck and for the most part it has been paying off. With the great prize money and fantastic door prizes donated by local merchants towards this Charitable Event tickets are selling fast. With limited tickets printed your chances of winning are excellent. Don’t delay, get your tickets today before they are gone. If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me anytime. There is a New! guiding and fishing destination for 2011 being developed in the far northwest of BC and Alaska Rivers where you can fly or spin fish for Salmon, Steelhead and Trout until your arms drop off. Click on the Fishing Report BOOKMARK 'Gary Miltenberger - New Destination Stikine River plus a dozen more rivers. BOOKING NOW for 2011' Check out the full report for this great news and much, much more... This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, Tracey Hittel and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

Thank you Noel Gyger www.noelgyger.ca
 Dec 9, 2010; 03:57AM - Winter Steelheading
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

November 28 to December 5, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Mix bag of weather this week with rain and snow with milder temperatures. Excellent weather for winter Steelheading.
The Skeena River is in good shape but getting very late for good Steelheading. Most fish have gone through.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good.
The Kitimat River is very low and clean and the fishing conditions are excellent. The winter elements of the snow and lower temperatures prevail but if anglers dress appropriately the Trout fishing on the Kitimat River has been outstanding. I spoke to Lori from MK Bay and she noted that there not a lot of boats out this week fishing for Winter Chinook. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert; As predicted, the Winter Chinook have arrived. For those fishermen who venture out looking for some action on the water, I have heard of many anglers catching their limit of Chinooks in the past several days, averaging from 5 to 25lbs. If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me anytime. There is a New! guiding and fishing destination for 2011 being developed in the far northwest of BC and Alaska Rivers where you can fly or spin fish for Salmon, Steelhead and Trout until your arms drop off. Click on the Fishing Report BOOKMARK 'Gary Miltenberger - New Destination Stikine River BOOKING NOW for 2011' Check out the full report for this great news and much, much more... This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!
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New Items on Website

- December 1, 2010 One New item (conservation)
http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
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River Reports Weather - Normal temp - Sunrise & Sunset - Tyee Test Fishery – Tides – Hydrometric Data

Kalum River
Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing is excellent for Steelhead. Please do not target the Coho as it is closed and most of them are on their spawning reds now. Both spin and fly is working well.

Lakelse River
Is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is excellent. Please do not target the Coho as it is closed and most of them are on their spawning reds now. Both spin and fly is working well.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is in good shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair but it is getting late for Steelhead.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in fair shape. I have had reports of excellent Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear.
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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
GOOD

Type of Fish Caught
River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 15-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: 20-pound Winter Chinook
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Tracey Hittel – Kitimat Lodge

Welcome to Kitimat Lodge
Experience the best in coastal fishing.
Rivers teeming with Salmon and Steelhead flowing into the saltwater of the Kitimat Region
Lodge caters to freshwater and saltwater clients from around the globe
Lodge capacity is 24 guests per week, 18 suites in all, privately located on the cliffs carved by the Kitimat River
Walking distance to Kitimat River
Located mouth of Douglas Channel
Our sea-run Steelhead season begins March 15th and we target all 5 species of Salmon until December 1st
Make Kitimat Lodge your destination for 2011
We are open 365 day a year

Tight lines. Tracey Hittel
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Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com and
Home Hardware Tackle Shop E-mail wakita@telus.net Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River
The Kitimat River is very low and clean and the fishing conditions are excellent. The winter elements of the snow and lower temperatures prevail but if anglers dress appropriately the Trout fishing on the Kitimat River has been outstanding.
There are not lots of anglers who venture out in the winter but the ones that do have had very good success.

Nov 3 One angler reports that 'my fishing partner and I landed over 40 trout'. 'one was over 4lbs' Wow! Congratulations!

 Nov 30, 2010; 01:27PM - Fall Steelhead
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

November 21 to November 28, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather was cold up until mid week, then snow and rain on the weekend. We all know this is normal weather for winter Steelheading.
The Skeena River is in good shape but getting very late for good Steelheading. Most fish have gone through.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good.
Kitimat River; We received our first substantial snowfall this week. This snowfall followed a cold spell we received last week. We are starting to receive the typical variations of winter in the North West. These conditions deter most anglers except for the ardent ones like Ariel Kuppers who reports catching some Cutthroat Trout in the Upper Kitimat River.
Douglas Channel; Lori at Mk Bay Marina said that there were a few boats that ventured out but she did not hear if they caught any fish. She had heard that Victor Lick had caught 4 Chinook last Saturday. The Winter Chinook can progress throughout the next few months depending whether or not the Baitfish continues to linger in the Kitimat Harbour. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert; As predicted, the Winter Chinook have arrived. For those fishermen who venture out looking for some action on the water, I have heard of many anglers catching their limit of Chinooks in the past several days, averaging from 5 to 25lbs. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, Gill Mckean, Tracey Hittel and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November and December BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Don’t let the weather stop you. Contact Noel to book NOW! noel@noelgyger.ca

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is Red Hot right now. To book a covered, warm charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail noel@noelgyger.ca

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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. Contact Noel to book NOW. noel@noelgyger.ca
 Nov 23, 2010; 09:59PM - Fishing in Terrace BC CANADA
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: http://www.noelgyger.ca

Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

November 14 to November 21, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather is extremely cold. Daytime highs of only minus 5 degrees C. Steelhead and Trout are the only species targeted now. It is just too cold for fishing.
The Skeena River is in good shape.
The Kalum River is in good shape.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape.
The Lakelse River is in good shape.
The Kitimat River had clear blue skies and sunshine all week but there was a cold bite in the air with strong winds. The weather was very nice for this time of year providing you dressed with warm fleece.
Douglas Channel; The sunny clear blue skies were accompanied with strong winds which discouraged most anglers from venturing out. Ferd Wuensche reports sneaking out for a bit on Wednesday and reports losing 2 Winter Chinook before the winds got too strong. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert; As predicted, the Winter Chinook have arrived. For those fishermen who venture out looking for some action on the water, I have heard of many anglers catching their limit of Chinooks in the past several days, averaging from 5 to 25lbs. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, Tracey Hittel and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November and December BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW!

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is Red Hot right now. To book your charter boat, please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail noel@noelgyger.ca

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW.
 Nov 17, 2010; 08:46PM - Northern BC Steelhead Report
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Report Description: Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

November 7 to November 14, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather has been fair all week with rain on the weekend. There is lots of snow in the mountains. Steelhead is the only river target fish now along with the smaller resident Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Bull Trout and White Fish. Fishing for Steelhead, Trout and Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been good. The Skeena River has been dropping all week and is in good shape. Fishing for Steelhead continues although most fish are in their tributary rivers by now.

Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fantastic!
Kitimat River; Early in the week there were some frosty mornings with clear, sunny afternoons. This weather allowed many folks to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing, hiking or hunting are the more popular activities that are so much more enjoyable when the weather is nice. On Wednesday we received our first snow, followed by rain and clouds. Despite the rain the river conditions remained good and Trout fishing also continued to be very good. Lots of Trout have been caught with both tackle and with flies.

Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean enough to fish and I have many reports of some great Steelhead catches with both fly and spin rods. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November. BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you.

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is Red Hot right now. To book your charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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.
GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!

Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger noelgyger.ca
 Nov 12, 2010; 07:33PM - Fall Steelhead Fishing
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

September October 31 to November 7, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather has been fair all week with sun, rain and cooler temperatures. Lots of snow in the mountains. Steelhead is the only river target fish now along with the smaller resident Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Bull Trout and White Fish. Fishing for Steelhead, Trout and Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been good.
The Skeena River was up and down all week and is now in poor to fair shape. Fishing for Steelhead continues although most fish are in their tributary rivers by now.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fantastic!
The Kitimat River was low and clean early in the week but in the middle of the week the river rose dramatically and was high and dirty. The Kitimat River is dropping now but it is unpredictable from day to day what the river conditions will be. Cutthroat Trout fishing has been excellent when the river was low and clean. There were many reports of anglers catching lots of Cutthroat Trout when the river was low. The Kitimat Harbour is Red Hot for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab. Book your charter now noel@noelgyger.ca . Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Bulkley, Morice, Babine and Kispiox Rivers report all in one as follows: Wow! Fishing has been great! All the rivers are clear and dropping thanks to the cooler weather. Kispiox, Bulkley, Morice, Babine and everything downstream are all in great shape. Rivers are not busy at all so put on your ‘woolies’ and get out there. Most rivers are no longer classified as of November 1st but if you are fishing for Steelhead you still require a Steelhead stamp. With this cool weather it is especially important to remember not to wear cotton under your breathable waders. Cotton absorbs any moisture that your body creates and it will stay wet which will then steal all the heat that your body produces. Make sure that you wear a polyester base layer that will wick away any moisture from your body and move it out so you stay dry and warm! There is some awesome fishing to be had out there so now is the time! Report from Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers, BC.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean enough to fish and I have many reports of some great Steelhead catches with both fly and spin rods. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides and anglers who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November. BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW!

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is Red Hot right now. To book your charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail noel@noelgyger.ca

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW.
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New Items on Website

- October 27, 2010 For Sale: (market place) Skeena River front home 22km E. of Terrace, BC
http://www.noelgyger.ca/market-place.htm (New! last week)
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River Reports Weather - Normal temp - Sunrise & Sunset - Tyee Test Fishery – Tides – Hydrometric Data

Bulkley, Kispiox, Babine and Morice River report as follows:
Wow. Fishing has been great. All the rivers are clear and dropping thanks to the cooler weather. Kispiox, Bulkley, Morice, Babine and everything downstream are all in great shape. Rivers are not busy at all so put on your ‘woolies’ and get out there. Most rivers are no longer classified as of November 1st but if you are fishing for Steelhead you still require a Steelhead stamp. With this cool weather it is especially important to remember not to wear cotton under your breathable waders. Cotton absorbs any moisture that your body creates and it will stay wet which will then steal all the heat that your body produces. Make sure that you wear a polyester base layer that will wick away any moisture from your body and move it out so you stay dry and warm! There is some awesome fishing to be had out there so now is the time!

Kalum River
Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing is excellent for Steelhead. Please do not target the Coho as it is closed and most of them are on their spawning reds now. Both spin and fly is working well.

Lakelse River
Is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is excellent. Please do not target the Coho as it is closed and most of them are on their spawning reds now. Both spin and fly is working well.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is in poor to fair shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair but it is getting late for Steelhead.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in fair shape. I have had reports of excellent Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear.
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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
FAIR

Type of Fish Caught
River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 20-pound Steelhead from the Zymoetz (Copper) River. Ocean: 25-pound Winter Chinook.
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BOOKING NOW for fall Steelhead and all Salmon and Steelhead NEXT YEAR. 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 Your “dream trip” awaits. Please Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca anytime…to start planning your trip. Everything will be to your entire satisfaction.
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Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com and
Home Hardware Tackle Shop E-mail wakita@telus.net Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River
The Kitimat River was low and clean early this week but in the middle of the week the river rose dramatically and was high and dirty. The Kitimat River is dropping now but it is unpredictable from day to day what the river conditions will be. Cutthroat Trout fishing has been excellent when the river was low and clean. There were many reports of anglers catching lots of Cutthroat Trout when the river was low. Amongst these reports were reports of some very large Cutthroat Trout. One angler reported 2 Trout in the 4 to 5lb. range, other anglers reported many Trout that were 24 inches long. The Trout anglers on the Kitimat River were very happy campers when the river was fishable but understandably disappointed with the high and dirty water.

Nov 1 Tom Orr reports 'These pictures were taken on the 1st of November on the upper Kitimat. Shane and I float fished a combo of real worms from Home Hardware (Bubba's Bait Dew Worms) http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ and pink 3' Berkley http://www.purefishing.com/ Power Worms. The Power Worms worked really well and are a great way to fish now that the weather has gotten colder. No more frozen fingers replacing live bait'. Nice Trout Guys. Thank You for the photos!

Summary
Trout fishing on the Kitimat River will continue to be good throughout the winter months but will be weather dependant. When the weather is good so will be the fishing. Float fishing with Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ Floats and either 3' Berkley http://www.purefishing.com/ Power Bait Worms and/or Bubba's Bait Barn http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ Worms are the most effective lures. Fly fishing for Kitimat River Trout is also very productive and enjoyable. Smart money says that when the weather is good and the river conditions are good get out and fish!

Douglas Channel
Oct 31 Wes Owen was chartered by Brenda Miller and Stephen King. Brenda and Stephen hooked 6 Winter Chinook and landed 3 beautiful, bright, silver Winter Chinook. I had the pleasure of joining Brenda and Stephen on their Charter with Wes and discovered that Brenda and Stephan were very nice folks who had just purchased a house in Kitimat. Congratulations on your catch and Welcome to Kitimat! Wes and I had a wonderful time fishing with you folks. My official scoring on your competition was that Brenda caught the first and the most. Stephen caught the biggest and a Great time was had by all!

Nov 2 Lorie Johnson from MK Bay Marina reports 'The Humpbacks are back in this morning along with lots of seals so they are feeding on something.' The last time the Humpbacks were in, the Winter Chinook fishing was awesome! Stay Tuned! A 'Big Thank You' to Lorie for sharing these photos.

Nov 5th Wes Owen invited Noel Gyger and me for a morning trip in the Kitimat Harbor to fish for Winter Chinook and do some Crabbing. The forecast was calling for 'Cloudy with Showers'. We were pleasantly surprised with calm seas, sunshine, good fishing and even better Crabbing. With honorable mention to Gail's Cookies. We hooked 6 Winter Chinook boating 3 beauties. The largest Chinook was 25lbs or better. The Stars of our fishing trip was the 'E Clip' which is marketed by Pro Troll, Pro Troll's Hot Chip 11' Green Flasher and Hot Spot's Blue Green Flasher. 4 of the 6 Chinook were caught with these lures. Pro Troll products are not new on the market but this was the first fishing trip that I have fished with them. I spent some time with Russell Gahagan, Pro Troll's Regional Sales Manager at the Redl Show http://www.redlsports.com/ who impressed me enough to fish these Pro Troll's products. I am sure glad we did because they sure worked great this morning and the proof is in the pictures! The other 2 Chinook were hooked with Wes' favorite Winter Chinook set-up which includes a Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ Abe and Al #1 Prism Flasher with a Rhys Davis Blue/Green Anchovy Teaser and a Rhys Davis Anchovy. Noel, Wes and I had a great time catching Chinook as well as harassing each other and eating Gail's cookies while watching the rods.

The 'piece de resistance' of our trip was the Crabbing. The Star of the Crabbing portion of our trip was as always 'Brutus' Ace Line Hauler http://www.acelinehauler.com/ Crab and Prawn Puller. Vartan you are a genius! We were also using Crab traps distributed by
Redl Sports http://www.redlsports.com/ that have an upgraded hinge design on the doors which are excellent. We were using Lead rope from Danielson which reduces the potential for getting the Crab Trap ropes into the prop. The 'Right Tools for the Job' sure making Crabbing a lot more enjoyable. We kept our limit of 18 Dungeness Crab and put another 12 more back. Wow!
Good Weather! Good Fishing! Good Crabbing! Good Friends! Life is Good!

Nov 5th Victor Lick was also fishing in the Kitimat Harbour for Winter Chinook in his sailboat. We watched Victor boat 3 Chinook all by himself. Victor kept his Daily Limit of 2 Chinook and released a third. It requires a lot of patience and skill to be able to hook, fight and then net these Chinook with one person onboard. It was amazing to watch Victor in action and take photos of his catch! Well done Victor! Victor was fishing with a Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ High Liner Flasher and his favorite Hoochies. If you are ever looking for a partner to fish with give me a call. 250 632 1275. :) I would be more than happy to help out.

Summary
Winter Chinook fishing in the Kitimat Harbor is starting to get really good. This fishery is very unpredictable at the best of times because the Winter Chinook are primarily feeding Chinook stocks that are following Bait Fish. If the Bait Fish continue to school up in the Kitimat Harbor as they did this week so will the Winter Chinook (as we refer to them). Wherever the Bait Fish go, the Winter Chinook go. In previous years when the Bait Fish lingered in the Kitimat Harbor all winter so did the Winter Chinook. Here's hoping that this is one of those years.

The Humpback Whales also follow the Bait Fish. We have been experiencing more sightings of Humpback Whales in the Kitimat Harbor than normal and the Winter Chinook fishing has been very good. This phenomenon was also kindly clarified in an email I received from Karen Hansen who is a DFO Fisheries Technician who reads this Fishing Report. Thank You Karen. The bottom line is that if the Bait Fish hang out in the Kitimat Harbor, so will the Humpback Whales, so will the Winter Chinook and so will !! Stay Tuned…

Thank You to everyone for providing photos and info to this Fishing Report.

Good Health and Good Fishing!

Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita

NOTICE: Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is red hot right now. To book your charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail noel@noelgyger.ca

BOOKING NOW for fall Steelhead and all Salmon NEXT YEAR. 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 Your “dream trip” awaits. Please Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca anytime…to start planning your trip. Everything will be to your entire satisfaction.
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Gary Miltenberger Northwest Angling Adventures

Boy Scouts of America & the Olympics

The Olympics of which I am writing now are not the athletic competitions held every four years, summer and winter, at revolving locations all around the world. The Olympics of which I write are far, far older, and way more enduring, than a set of athletic games which last for only for two weeks in a four-year period.

'The Olympic Mountains is a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. The mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are not especially high - Mount Olympus is the highest at 7,962 ft (2,427 m) - but the western slopes of the Olympics rise directly out of the Pacific Ocean and are the wettest place in the 48 contiguous states. The Hoh Ranger Station in the Hoh Rain Forest records an average of 360 cm (142 in) of rainfall each year. Areas to the east of the mountains, however, are located in a rainshadow and are much drier relative to other places in coastal Washington. Most of the mountains are protected within the bounds of the Olympic National Park. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Mountains).'

It was quite awhile after the first Europeans settled in Puget Sound before these mountains were fully explored. Early on, it was rumoured that inside the core of the mountains was a small, tropical ecosystem, with warm weather year-around, palm trees, and trade-wind breezes. 'In 1890, a second exploration was organized by the Seattle Press, a Seattle newspaper. The exploration party met with misfortune, including sinking boats, blizzards, and running out of food. The Press Expedition was forced to hunt and eat bears. The party took 6 months to cross the mountains. Due to the expedition, many of the peaks in the Olympic mountains are named after prominent newspaper publishers and editors of the late 19th century.' Needless to say, the intrepid explorers who undertook this journey, did not find the tropical paradise that was rumoured to exist in the centre of the mountains!

The Olympic Mountains form the core of the Olympic National Park. They are some 890,000+ acres of remote and rugged wild lands, with giant firs, spruce, hemlock and cedars, tall peaks with year-around snow fields and glaciers, deer, elk, cougars and black bears, many lakes, and a very wide variety of rivers, streams and creeks. Most of the waters of these Olympics hold fish. Some of them hold very, very big fish!

Starting north of Shelton as one drives up the state Highway 101, you first cross the Skokomish River, then you come to the southeastern shore of Hood Canal. After the tiny canal community of Hoodsport, the highway follows the canal as you then come to the Hamma Hamma, Duckabush, Dosewallips, and Quilicene Rivers, in that order, all of which flow into Hood Canal. You pass through the villages of Brinnen and Quilicene along the way. Next, you cross the Dungeness River, which flows into Discovery Bay of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After that, the highway swings west, to the farming and retirement town of Sequim (which receives the lowest annual rainfall in western Washington, due to being in the 'rain-shadow' of the Olympics). Then onward to Port Angeles, the Olympic peninsula's largest city, and home of Peninsula College, where I attended my first year of college.

Continuing west from Port Angeles, you cross the Elwha River (which drains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca), you go past Sutherland Lake, drive along the south shore of Lake Crescent, then upslope to the Soleduck River headwaters, where you start heading south. You cross Soleduck and the Calawah Rivers, and next pass through the logging town of Forks. Then the Bogachiel River, next the Hoh, Queets, Quinalt, which all flow directly into the Pacific Ocean, then you cross the Humptulips River (drains directly into Grays Harbor) before coming to the cities of Hoquim and Aberdeen, which are positioned at the inside shore of Gray's Harbour, where the Chehalis River meets the ocean. Heading east from Aberdeen, you cross the Wynootchie and then the Satsop Rivers, before re-entering Mason County and getting back to Shelton. The Wynootchie and Satsop drain into the Chehalis River, which drains into Gray`s Harbor. If memory serves me right, it is about a 350 mile drive to 'make-the-loop'.

I have fished all of these rivers, except for the Soleduck, Quilicene and Dungeness. It’s good to have a reason to return, in my retirement years!

To my knowledge, nowhere is there a greater concentration of rivers, which all support Salmonid populations, in such a short distance and small geographical area, than on the Olympic Peninsula. While each of these rivers has their own individual characteristics, they all also share one thing in common: each forms the spoke of a wheel, radiating outwards from the centre of the Olympic Mountains, this source of their origin.

I wish that I had a nickel for every mile hiked by Boy Scouts through the Olympic National Park. I would be a VERY wealthy man! Scout troops from all over the western US arrive to hike and camp along the wilderness trails of the Olympics every summer.

With its close proximity to Shelton, the Olympics were ideally suited for Scout troops, for both taking short, week-ender treks, and for longer, week-long summer-time treks through the core of the of the those mountains.

Little did I know, when I signed up for the Scouting program, that it also meant signing up for treks into the Olympic Mountains! And that meant gaining access to their fabled waters, where I could dunk a worm, work a fly, or even bait a hook with a small hunk of a hot-dog, when I had nothing else for bait. Overall, it provided adventures beyond my wildest dreams. For the farm-boy, who started his angling days tramping the banks of Coffee Creek in Shelton Valley, and Goldsborough Creek, the Olympics were as close to heaven as I ever wanted to be! At least, that’s what I thought back then!

On a clear day, we could see the tops of Mount Washington and Mount Eleanor, when looking north from our farm. These two peaks are located at the southeastern corner of the Olympics, and the headwaters of the Skokomish River flows past their bases, via Lake Cushman and the Skok's North Fork.

My first trek into the Olympics, with Scout Troop 110, was a week-ender “yo-yo” trip.....drive out to Hoodsport, up past Lake Cushman, to the Staircase, then up the trail along the North Fork of the Skokomish River, and back out the same way. It was the same drill as our Goldsborough Creek camp-out. We met at Mountainview school late Friday afternoon, drove to the Staircase Ranger station (a little over an hour’s drive). We signed in at the Ranger station, then we then hiked the 5.6 miles to the Big Log Camp, where we set up our tents, made campfires, formed our little k.p. four-scout units, and 'cooked out' over open fires.

After our evening meal and completion of k.p. duty, it was time for evening 'campfire', a scouting tradition.
Songs were sung, stories told, skits were performed which had be prepared during our Wednesday evening weekly meetings (in anticipation of this trip), and of course, marshmallows were roasted on sticks. All was very well in our world!

On Saturday, we all took a day hike to the '1st Divide', which was the height-of-land between the North Fork of the Skokomish, the Duckabush and the Quinalt Rivers...then we returned back to our camp at Big Log. Much of the trail from Staircase to the 1st Divide followed the river, and at every chance I was eyeing-up the water, and making mental notes for future piscatorial explorations. It all looked really, really 'trouty' to me! As I recall, I hadn't been allowed to bring along fishing tackle on this junket. I was only 12-years old at the time, and we weren't allowed to take off exploring on our own on such trips. But I knew that I would eventually be returning here, with fishing tackle. And I did several times in my late teen years, once I could drive!

Sunday morning, after breakfast, we packed up, and hiked back out to Staircase.

Next week: 'Olympic Fish Tales'.

Tight lines, Gary Miltenberger
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 Nov 2, 2010; 10:32PM - Fall Coho Fishing In BC CANADA
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

September October 24 to October 31, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Angling for all Salmon in our rivers is over for another year signified by the Coho closure on October 31. In general I think it was a good year. Steelhead is the only target fish now along with the smaller resident Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Bull Trout and White Fish. The weather has been good all week with lots of sunshine and frosty mornings. The rain has arrived on the weekend but should not cause much harm as most of it will stay in the mountains as snow. Fishing for Steelhead, Trout and Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been excellent.
The Skeena River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead continues although most fish are in their tributary rivers by now.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Coho is fantastic!
The Kitimat River was low and clear all week. Trout anglers caught lots of Trout on the Kitimat River and her tributaries. Float fishing with some variation of live worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ has been the most effective for Trout. Some Fly fishers have also had success fishing for Trout. Minnow patterns or Egg patterns http://www.redlsports.com/ have been the most popular. One Fly Fisher reported hooking 2 Coho on a 5 wt. rod. He also reported that he got his 'Butt' kicked trying to land them. Lots of Coho were caught on the Kitimat this week but they were all various stages of spawning colors. This is normal for this time of year. It appears that the Kitimat Harbour Winter Chinook Fishery is starting. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean enough to fish and I have many reports of some great Steelhead catches with both fly and spin rods. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers and Andrew Rushton. Thank you to all of the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

Last minute RIVER FISHING DATES available:
- Day Bookings - in November are still available.
- Lodge - November 1-7 Copper River for Steelhead
Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November. BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW.

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book NOW.
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New Items on Website

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River Reports Weather - Normal temp - Sunrise & Sunset - Tyee Test Fishery – Tides – Hydrometric Data

Kalum River
Is in good shape both upper and lower end. There are good runs of Steelhead and Coho in the river now. Guiding closed October 15. Coho fishing will close October 31 but Steelhead remains open all winter.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is in good shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in good shape. I have had reports of excellent Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear.
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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
GOOD

Type of Fish Caught
River: Coho, Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 20-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: None reported this week.
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Kitimat River
The Kitimat River was low and clear all week. Trout anglers caught lots of Trout on the Kitimat River and her tributaries. Float fishing with some variation of live worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ has been the most effective for Trout. Some Fly fishers have also had success fishing for Trout. Minnow patterns or Egg patterns have been the most popular. One Fly Fisher reported hooking 2 Coho on a 5 wt. rod. He also reported that he got his 'Butt' kicked trying to land them.

Lots of Coho were caught on the Kitimat this week but they were all various stages of spawning colors. This is normal for this time of year.

Oct 26 2 Coho were reported caught at the Pump House. The angler I spoke to said, 'One was bright silver while the other had started to turn'.

Oct 27 Kyree Dos Santos and Athan Ivanaki landed 15 Trout using Bubba's Bait Dew Worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ and Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ pink wool Gibbs Floats. They were fishing one of the tributaries of the Kitimat River.

Oct 28 Kyree and Athan landed 3 Coho on the Kitimat River. Well done Kyree and Athan.

Oct 29 Kyree Dos Santos and Athan Ivanakis hooked 3 Coho and bunch of Trout. Well done guys. I apologize for no photos but I had not received them at the deadline for posting this Fishing Report.

Summary:
Anglers are reminded that Coho closes on the Kitimat River Oct 31. The regulations state: Kitimat River 'Nov. 01 - Dec 31 No fishing for Coho'

With Coho closing on the Kitimat River early next week, anglers will focus their efforts on the Kitimat River to Cutthroat Trout. Fly fishing for Trout is very popular on the Kitimat River but be careful. When Trout fishing on the Kitimat River, there is always the possibility of hooking Coho or even the odd Steelhead.

We have some great Trout fishing on the Kitimat River due to the efforts of the Kitimat Hatchery. We are indeed fortunate to have the Kitimat Hatchery on the Kitimat River.

Douglas Channel
Richard from MK Bay Marina reports Humpback Whales in the Kitimat Harbour this week. 'They were having breakfast right in front of the Marina' said Richard. Richard and I both agreed that the Humpback were in the Kitimat Harbor feeding on the Winter Chinook or some bait fish. Either way the Humpbacks are a good sign that there are Winter Chinook in the Kitimat Harbor. Richard was going to try to take some pictures for this Fishing Report but I had not yet received any at the deadline for this report. Anyone interested in viewing these Humpback Whales are always welcome to view them from the MK Bay Marina Restaurant.

Oct 12-13-14 Ferd Wuensche hooked 24 Winter Chinook fishing with Ray Hepting in the last 3 days. Ferd said, 'We had a bunch break off. We limited out 3 anglers almost every day we went out.” Sounds like an awesome 3 days of Winter Chinook fishing! Well done guys. Ferd and his group were fishing with the Gibbs Highliner Flasher with Rhys Davis Anchovy Teaser and Rhys Davis Anchovies.

Summary:
It appears that the Kitimat Harbor Winter Chinook Fishery is starting. We have Charter boats available for any angler wishing to get out on the Douglas Channel. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca to book.

New Products

We just received our Mustad fishing accessory order that I placed at the recent Redl Sports Tackle Show http://redlsports.com/ . Mustad produces some exceptional fishing products at very good pricing. These would make excellent stocking stuffers for any angler.

Thank You to everyone for providing photos and info to this Fishing Report.

Good Health and Good Fishing!

Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita
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Andrew Rushton: Kalum River Lodge

Hi Noel

October fishing has been good for most of the month. We did have a period of high water but most of the month fishing was very good for both Steelhead and Coho. We were still catching bright Coho mid Oct. Rivers have been dropping very quickly now with the cooler weather this week.

Regards, Andrew Rushton
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Gary Miltenberger Northwest Angling Adventures

What's Next?

There is no doubt, I about it ....Coffee and Goldsborough Creeks had made me an addict!

I needed fish.

I needed more fish, bigger fish, and wider variety of fish, preferably salmonids.

Every time we went to Hood Canal, to visit our friends out there (John and Mary Miller, from Seattle) who had a summer cottage quite close to the Twanoh State Park, I took my fishing tackle. But I didn't know much about salt-water fishing yet, and autumn, not summer-time, was the best time to find interesting fishing in Hood Canal. We were always there in the summer-time, not autumn. So I messed around with sculpins, perch and flounders.

I learned the hard way about the spines on the backs of sculpins one day, when I kicked one of them away from me in the canoe, and its spine went through my running shoe, and imbedded itself into my toe. Gawd that hurt!!!

When I'd visit my football teammate buddies, Dave and Scott, who lived out near Arcadia Point on Hammersly Inlet, we'd often spend a good part of the day watching the tides. At mid-low tides, we'd head out to the point with fishing tackle. As the tides dropped, a really long sand-bar would appear, beginning at the point and running diagonally across the inlet, to straight out from the Puhns house. We'd spend many long summer hours messing around on that sand bar turning over rocks to see hermit crabs to scurry away, fishing for mud-sharks, the occasional sculpins, and whatever else might be lurking on the bottom of the part of Hammersley Inlet. Occasionally, we'd split open a mud-shark and extract the livers, to use for bait to draw in the sea-gulls, so that Kim, the Puhns aging golden golden labradour, could chase them.

But neither Hood Canal nor Hammersley Inlet in the summer-time really offered the kind of fish and fishing that I was seeking. I wanted trout, steelhead and salmon. Bigger and in more quanity than Coffee or Godlsborough Creeks could offer. Since most of the time my transporttion as a kid was limited to my trusty Schwinn bicycle or my 16-hand high quarter-horse, who was named 'Bay', the range of my wanderings was somewhat limited.

What to do to, for a solution to this dilemma???

At about that same time, I discovered the Boy Scouts of America. After months and month of pleading with my parents, I finally wore them down, and they conceded defeat. They finally let me join.

Ken O'Dell's Troop 110 met every Wednesday evening, from 7-9 pm, in the Mountain View School gym/multi-purpose room. It was a 10-15 minute drive there from our family farm, a drive that one of my parents had now committed to making twice weekly on Wednesday evenings, for the next several years.

I literally cruised through the scouting ranks: Tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, Star, Life, and became Washington State's youngest ever Eagle Scout at the age of 13, in 1963. Much of the scouting program dove-tailed so closely with the rural skills that I learned living on the farm, and my personal interests in science, nature, conservation and the outdoors, that it really was all just an extension of who I was, and who I was becoming. I found very little about the entire program that challenged me very much, and it was a whole lot of fun! I went on to become inducted into the 'Order-of-the-Arrow', and become a Jr. Assistant Scout Master. I earned the bronze and silver palms, as my collection of merit badges grew, after I'd achieved scouting's highest rank.

Scouting also provided my first introduction to mainland British Columbia, when I attended an international scouting Jamboree in Penticton, BC, in 1967. I don't know what all the other scouts on that Greyhound charter bus were thinking after we'd crossed the border, headed up the Fraser River, then took a right turn at Hope, and headed east into the mountains. But I remember very clearly what I was thinking. I was wondering what kind of fish resided in those small streams, lakes, and rivers that we were driving by constantly! Clearly, I would need to re-visit British Columbia at some point in time, after university.

I didn't know it at the time that I joined, but the Scouting program would give me far greater access to the waters that I would need in the future, to feed my fishing addiction.

Not long after I'd joined Troop 110, our first week-end camp-out was coming up. My father gave me an old vintage WW II canvas, steel-framed ruck-sack (the same one thar carried the two Goldsborough steelhead through downtown Shelton a couple of years later, as described in my previous story). He also gave me army surplus cutley, a mess kit, and canteen. I don't remember exactly where it came from, but an army surplus down sleeping bag was soon added to my growing list of outdoor gear too.

Prior to the camp out, several Wednesday evenings at Scouting meetings were devoted to menu planning. We were divided into four person teams, and told to plan the menu for our team for the camp-out weekend. Not only would we be cooking and eating our planned menu together, but we were also made responsible to equitably split up the food on our grocery list, then make certain that our mothers included what was on each member's list in her grocery shopping the week before the camp-out.

The camp-out weekend finally came.

Early Friday evening, after school was over for the kids, and the adults had finished their work for the week, we assembled at the Mountain View School. Scoutmaster O'Dell had recruited some on the parents to drive us to the 'camp-out' campsite. We loaded our packs into the cars, bailed in ourselves, then proceeded down the hill from Mountain View, took a right turn at the bottom of the hill to Railway Avenue, turned right onto Railway Avenue, then out towards Shelton Valley....the very same route I travelled every day, from our family farm to school!

Then for me, it got even more bizarre! We turned onto the Greystone Cement road, drove up that road past the cement works, to the Goldsborough Creek dam. Just across the Simpson Timber Company railroad tracks from the dam, on the wooded flat next to the creek, was the place that in very short order, as packs were unloaded and tents went up, was converted to become our weekend 'camp-out' campsite.

My first scouting 'camp-out' had brought me nearly home! Imagine my surprise!!! We were camping at one of my personal playgrounds, which I profiled in my previous story. If I wanted, I could walk home from there in about 25 minutes .....

But I didn't, or course. I stayed, and enjoyed my very first camping experience, along with about 20 other scouts, and three or four adults.

On Saturday, we hiked up the rail grade, to the second, upper Goldsborough Creek dam. I'd heard rumours that there was one, but had never been there before. I could already see that this Scouting program was going to open up some new worlds for me. Access to more waters to fish was one of the worlds that excited me more than just a little!!!

Next time: the Olympic Mountains and its waters.

Tight lines, Gary Miltenberger
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Noel F. Gyger

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 Oct 6, 2010; 10:00AM - Fall Steelhead Fishing
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

September 26 to October 3, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather has been good all week with very little rain. Fishing for Steelhead, Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear was good.
The Skeena River is in good shape.
The Kalum River is in excellent shape. Steelhead and “Big Northern” Coho (Silver Salmon) are coming in now. I have reports of some outstanding catches.
The Kitimat River experienced some huge fluctuations in the river levels this week. Last weekend the Kitimat rose almost 8 ½ feet in 24hrs. Since then the Kitimat spiked once and then steadily dropped back down to a fishable level and clarity.
The Douglas Channel Bottom Fishing will continue to be good providing the weather is acceptable. Strong winds will become more frequent during the fall and boaters are advised to monitor the VHF weather channel. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert; still some good Coho out of Rupert but many fish have entered their home streams. Excellent Halibut and rockfish, bottomfish to be had and not too much time left to make that last trip.
Kispiox River; rains brought up the river level and it was blown out for a bit. As of now the river is low and clearing up. Lots of fish and lots of anglers. Water should clear up a little more before the rain starts as forecasted for Sunday.
Bulkley River; the river has come down about 1 ½ feet since Sunday and it has cleared up a bit. The water is fishable and some are hooking into fish, but the clarity isn’t super; still pretty brown. Upstream of the Telkwa River the water is a bit clearer, but still not perfect.
Morice River; water has about 12” visibility. Lots of fish, but the water is tough to fish when it is this dirty. We are going back to our larger, dark flies. Water hopefully will clear up fast before we get the rain forecasted for Sunday. Check out the Bob Melrose report below.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is borderline fishable. Summer-run Steelhead are moving in and outstanding catches were being reported, many with dry flies. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, April Vokey, Tracey Hittel, Wes Owen, Gary Miltenberger and Gill McKean. Thank you to all of the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated! I would also like to say WELCOME onboard to Rob Brown, “the Skeena Angler” and pro fishing guide Gary Miltenberger.

WARNING: BEARS on all our rivers. Be Bear Aware and carry Pepper Spray.
Check your spray for expiry date!
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 Sep 24, 2010; 11:52PM - Fall Fishing in BC CANADA
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

September 12 to September 19, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY:
Weather has been excellent with lots of sunshine. Fishing for Steelhead, Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been excellent.
The Skeena River is very low and in excellent shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Coho is excellent. It is not uncommon to catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day.
The Kalum River is very low and in excellent shape. Steelhead and Coho are coming in now. I have reports of some great catches.
The Kitimat River remains very low and clear. The best fishing results have been achieved during the early mornings or when the 'Tide Fish'(Coho moving on the incoming tides) are moving through the lower Kitimat River.
The Douglas Channel Coho is hit and miss during this time of the year. Most of the Coho are heading for or are already in the rivers that they will be spawning in. The Kitimat Harbour Fishery is still producing Coho and with the nice weather a few boaters trolling the harbour are being rewarded for their efforts.
Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is very clean. Summer-run Steelhead are moving in now and great catches are being reported.
This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Mike Herzberg, Ariel Kuppers and Wes Owen. Thank you to all of the fishing guides and anglers who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

WARNING: BEARS on all our rivers. Be Bear Aware and carry Pepper Spray.
Check your spray for expiry date!

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
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This may be the time to book that guided fishing trip of a lifetime! A few day bookings and lodge packages are being offered at super low discount rates.
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River Reports Weather - Normal temp - Sunrise & Sunset - Tyee Test Fishery – Tides – Hydrometric Data

Kalum River
The river is in excellent shape. I have had reports of Steelhead and Coho being caught in both the upper and lower sections.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is in excellent shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Coho is excellent. It is not uncommon to catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in excellent shape. Steelhead fishing is fantastic!

Kasiks River
Coho are coming into the river now. The water is very low and they are not moving up river very fast. Fish the deep darker pools where they may be holding. Don’t fish unless you see them rolling.

Exchamsiks River
Coho are coming into the river now. The water is very low and they are not moving up river very fast. Fish the deep darker pools where they may be holding. Don’t fish unless you see them rolling.

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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
EXCELLENT

Type of Fish Caught
River: Coho, Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks! (This is a BC fishing regulation)

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 15-pound Steelhead from the Skeena River. 16-pound Coho from the Kitimat River. Ocean: 67-pound Halibut out of Kitimat BC.

BOOKING NOW for fall Steelhead and Coho. 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 Your “dream trip” awaits. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca anytime…to start planning your trip. Everything will be to your entire satisfaction
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Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com and
Home Hardware Tackle Shop E-mail wakita@telus.net Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River
I apologize for a shortened version of this Fishing Report but I was feeling a bit under the weather.
The Kitimat River remains very low and clear. The best fishing results have been achieved during the early mornings or when the 'Tide Fish'(Coho moving on the incoming tides) are moving through the lower Kitimat River.

Sept 12 Manny Arruda submitted this photo of a 16lb 12oz. Kitimat River Coho. Wow! Nice Coho Manny. It is really close to the same size as the Coho that your sister, Maria caught. Congratulations to you both.

Sept 12 Mike Herzberg drifted with his friends Alex and Pete. They landed 2 Coho out of the 6 they hooked. They hooked their Coho on Hot Shots http://www.rapala.ca/ and on Jigs. Congratulations Alex and Pete! Well done Mike!

Sept 15 Ariel Kuppers guided our clients Bill Neighbour and Dave Thomas. They hooked into 7 Coho and landed 2. Two were hooked on Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ #35 hotshots and the rest float fishing roe with Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ floats and 2/0 Gamakatsu http://www.rapala.ca/ hooks.

Sept 15 Mike Herzberg reports' Fishing still really slow because of the low water, but we managed to get a few each drift. Anter landed a beauty on Tuesday'. Well done Anter.

Summary:
Coho stock numbers will continue to improve throughout September. The challenge will be to figure out the best times and tackle to catch them. Early mornings and evenings are usually the best times. As for tackle, spoons, hot shots http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ , jigs, spinners, float-fishing or bottom-bouncing roe are some of the most effective methods but on any given day one, none or all may work. Coho fishing in this very low, clear water is a challenge. I look forward to posting the photos of the anglers who figure it out.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL
Sept 12 Wes Owen called me at 10:00 AM saying that he was on his way in from fishing and he had his limit of 4 Coho in the cooler fishing by himself. Wes has some clients coming this week and wanted to stay dialed to where the Coho were holding in the Kitimat Harbour so he decided to go out this morning. Wes hooked 7 Coho to land the 4 Coho that he kept. Well done Wes!

We have plenty of open dates for Driftboat Trips for Coho and Saltwater Charters for Coho and Halibut. Any interested anglers please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca

Good Health and Good Fishing!

Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita
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Video Clip

September 14, 2010 One 'New' clip posted on Video Clips http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm

Commentary by Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters. I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friends Noel Gyger and Syd and Elaine Pallister for Coho on the Kitimat River September 8, 2010. Syd is one of the owners of Gibbs/Delta Tackle http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ . We hooked 4 Coho during our short morning drift but Elaine managed to land the only one. Hurray for Elaine! We had a great day on the Kitimat River. We hooked our Coho on Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ Hot Shots although we tried to entice Coho with Gibbs Koho and Croc lures http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ . We watched a local angler, Randy Dean land 2 Coho with Koho lures. Randy had an interesting comment that the Gibbs lures worked best at day break. The weather turned out to be outstanding and we had a great morning of fishing. Thank You to Syd, Elaine and Noel for your wonderful company.

Note: to watch the video in the highest possible quality be sure to choose the option 480p on YouTube Go here for a direct link to this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzHLSWHYvtA It is also listed on the Video webpage http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm . Title: Elaine's Kitimat River Coho and listed in category 2010 Coho Clips. Clip #0017. Plays for 3:27 minutes.

Drift boater plug pulling dream come true. How does one know how much line is let out? The answer is, get one of these reels! Abu Garcia http://www.purefishing.com/ has come out with two fishing reels with line counters. One reel is for the BIG Chinook and the other smaller one for Coho and Steelhead. Secret, don’t tell anybody but to catch Coho set the centre line at 55 feet the outside left and right at 48 feet. Have fun with them. Yes, we used the smaller reel in the video.
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Gill McKean: Westcoast Fishing Adventures, Terrace BC and rivers north.

Hi Noel, fishing has been outstanding for me this week on many different rivers. I am sorry I just do not have the time to send you some pics. Next week for sure. The following are some special deals I am offering to potential clients. Have them contact you direct to book. noel@noelgyger.ca Thanks. Noel

NEW! I am offering a 'Super Special' FULL DAY guided Drift-Boat fishing trip on the Skeena and Kitimat Rivers! Maximum 4 per boat. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

NEW! I am offering a “Super Special” FULL DAY guided Jet-Boat fishing trip on Skeena and Tributary Rivers! Maximum 4 per boat. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

NEW! I am offering a “Super Special” TWO FULL DAYS guided Jet-boat fishing trip on rivers north. Minimum two persons required to do this trip. Maximum four persons. This trip involves lots of travel so one overnight is required. Guests are responsible for their own meals and accommodations. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

Tight Lines Gill McKean

Fishing is our addiction - Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood
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Jason Munday: Fish Tales Tackle Shop, Terrace BC

Hello Noel. Fishing for Steelhead & Coho is fantastic on all of the Steelhead rivers, including the mainstem Skeena, Kalum and Zymoetz (Copper) River. If you know the where and how you can catch Steelhead on a dry fly. WOW…does that sound like fun or what? The shop has been extremely busy with exited and happy anglers. Come in for a coffee!

Cheers! Jason Munday
 Sep 19, 2010; 04:39PM - Excellent Northern BC Fishing
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger
September 5 to September 12, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Normal fall weather is upon us. The little rain we received did no harm to the rivers. Fishing for Steelhead, Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been excellent.

Skeena River is in excellent shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Coho is excellent. It is not uncommon to catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day and throw in the odd Chum and Pink.

Kalum River is in very good shape. Steelhead and Coho are coming in now Kitimat River Coho season is in full swing with lots of Coho caught last weekend during the Chamber of Commerce Derby and more Coho moving into the river during the big tides this week. Check out the latest video I did for Coho on the Kitimat River.

Douglas Channel is yielding good but not exceptional catches of Coho. The Kitimat Harbour fishery this season has been at best erratic this week. Check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below.

Zymoetz (Copper) River is very clean. Summer-run Steelhead are moving in now and great catches are being reported.

Prince Rupert; Still great Coho fishing around with lots of fish in Hecate Strait. Good Halibut, Yelloweye Rockfish and Ling Cod. Meziadin; There are still a few days left to enjoy some great Dolly Varden, as well as Coho fishing. Just a reminder that all Coho must be released. Check out the Marvin Reid report below.

Bulkley River fishing has been productive for both Coho and Steelhead.
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Kispiox River; Water level is better than it has been for weeks. Lots of fish to be had, but there are also lots of anglers on the banks. Coho and Steelhead fishing is good.

Morice River Steelhead run has been good and the Coho has been fair. Lots of fish being caught throughout.
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Babine River is really low. Fishing has done well for most. Check out the Bob Melrose report below.

This week guide reports came from: Ron Wakita, Mike Herzberg, Areil Kuppers, Mike Holland, Wes Owen, Gill McKean, Jeff Carlson, Andrew Rushton and Marvin Reid. Thank you to all of the fishing guides and anglers who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

WARNING: BEARS on all our rivers. Be Bear Aware and carry Pepper Spray. Check your spray for expiry date!

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, Meziadin Park Store in Meziadin Lake BC and Fish Tales Tackle Shop in Terrace.
Please visit these Tackle Shops to watch the shows!

This may be the time to book that guided fishing trip of a lifetime! A few day bookings and lodge packages are being offered at super low discount rates.
Go here for details http://www.noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm
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New Items on Website

September 9, 2010 One New item (Video Clip: HOT - Coho Fishing Kitimat River)
http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm
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River Reports Weather - Normal temp - Sunrise & Sunset - Tyee Test Fishery – Tides – Hydrometric Data

Bulkley River
Fishing has been productive for both Coho and Steelhead. There are still some Pinks in the river, but they will be spawned out very soon. Don’t forget that as of Sept. 1st you must have your Steelhead stamp on you and Classified Waters stamp on your license; Regardless whether you are fishing for Steelhead or not.

Kalum River
The river is in excellent shape. I have had reports of Steelhead and Coho being caught in both the upper and lower sections.

Kispiox River
Water level is better than it has been for weeks. Lots of fish to be had, but there are also lots of anglers on the banks. Coho and Steelheading has been pretty good. Lots of fish in the lower river, but are working their way up.

Morice River
Steelhead run has been good and the Coho has been fair. Lots of fish being caught throughout.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is in excellent shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Coho is excellent. It is not uncommon to catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in excellent shape. Steelhead fishing is fantastic!

Meziadin River and Lake
There are still a few days left to enjoy some great Dolly Varden, as well as Coho fishing. Just a reminder that all Coho must be released.

Kasiks River
Coho are coming into the river now. There has been a bump in the water due to some local rain and the fish are moving up river. Fish the deep darker pools where they may be holding. Don’t fish unless you see them rolling.

Exchamsiks River
Coho are coming into the river now. There has been a bump in the water due to some local rain and the fish are moving up river. Fish the deep darker pools where they may be holding.

Bell Irving River
Should start producing some excellent Steelhead fishing over the next couple of months.

Bear River
In Stewart, BC should have some Coho entering that system soon.

Babine River
Is really low. Fishing has done well for most. Sorry this is last weeks report. Current report is not available at this time.
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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
EXCELLENT

Type of Fish Caught
River: Coho, Sockeye and Pink Salmon, Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks! (This is a BC fishing regulation)

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 20-pound Steelhead from the Skeena River.
Ocean: 120-pound Halibut out of Kitimat BC.

BOOKING NOW for fall Steelhead and Coho. 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 Your “dream trip” awaits. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca anytime…to start planning your trip. Everything will be to your entire satisfaction
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Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com and
Home Hardware Tackle Shop E-mail wakita@telus.net Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River Coho Season on the Kitimat River is in full swing with lots of Coho caught last weekend during the Chamber of Commerce Derby and more Coho moving into the Kitimat during the big tides this week.

The middle and upper Kitimat River runs are holding really good numbers of Coho. The challenge early in the week was to hook them with the low water conditions. Many anglers are having the best success by going early in the morning just as it shades to daylight.

Sept 5 Mike Herzberg fishing with his very good friends and long time fishing partners, Anter and Pete hooked over 25 Coho on their drift of the Kitimat River. Wow! Well done guys! They only kept 4 Coho but Mike reports hooking Coho in every hole except the Haisla Bridge pool. Congratulations Guys!

Sept 5 I had the wonderful experience of drifting with my son Corey and my daughter Michelle on Derby Sunday. My good
friend Ron Jones drifted in my other driftboat with my other son, Brandon. We had a great day of fishing and had a lot of fun. We hooked 10 Coho but only landed 4. As I explained to my kids, 'On other days we could have just as easily landed 10 for 10 but we should enjoy the results as they happen and have fun with them'. I know I will always cherish these moments whether we land the fish or not!

Sept 6 Mike Holland and Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters drifted with his long time friends, Daren and George Loren. Mike reports keeping their limit of 6 Coho but hooked and released a bunch more. Well done Guys. Congratulations!

Sept 6 Jesse Houston did a short drift with his cousin, Dustin Edwardsen and their friends. They landed this beauty and lost
another. Well done Dustin. Congratulations!

Sept 7 I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friends Mike Herzberg and Noel Gyger. Mike invited Noel and I on adrift in his Clackacraft driftboat which looks as immaculate as the day he bought it. We hooked 7 Coho and landed 3 using Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ Hot Shots. We had an awesome time ribbing each other about the fish lost but Noelwould boost our spiritswith his special toast. We would then critique, correct or adjust for the next fish. Mike and I were born and raised fishing the Kitimat River and Noel is a legend in the Fishing Industry. We have all learned that fishing is as much about enjoying the experience with good friends as it is about catching the fish. Thank You to Mike and Noel for a wonderful drift on the Kitimat River! It is always special for me to share our mutual passion for fishing with you both. BTW Noel shot a nice video clip from this day. Check it out.

Sept 8 Mike Herzberg drifted with his friend Tony and his former baby sitter, Maria. Tony and Maria landed 4 Coho on their drift with Mike. It's ironic that Maria helped nurture Mike into adolescence and Mike was able to help nurture Maria into becoming an angler. Congratulations to Maria and Tony! Well done Mike.

Sept 8 I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friends Noel Gyger and Syd and Elaine Pallister. Syd is one of the owners of Gibbs/Delta http://gibbsfishing.com/ Tackle. We hooked 4 Coho during our morning drift but Elaine managed to land the only one. Hurray for Elaine! We had a great day on the Kitimat River. We hooked our Coho on Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ Hot Shots although we tried to entice Coho with Gibbs http://gibbsfishing.com/ Koho and Crocs lures. We watched a local angler, Randy Dean, land 2 Coho with Koho lures. Randy had an interesting comment that the Gibbs lures worked the best at daybreak. The weather turned out to be outstanding and we had a great morning of fishing on the Kitimat River. Thank You to Syd, Elaine and Noel for your wonderful company.

Sept 8 Jim and Manny Arruda drifted by us with their catch which they proudly held up for a photo. Jim and Manny commented that they worked extra hard to land these Coho because family pride would not allow them to be out-fished by their sister Maria who was fishing with Mike Herzberg ahead of them and had already landed their 4 Coho. Congratulations to the Arruda family!

Sept 8 Ariel Kuppers drifted with our clients James Elgerd and his son Hayden and their friend Duncan Elgerd. They landed 3 Coho Float Fishing Roe with Gibbs http://gibbsfishing.com/ Floats. Hayden landed the first Coho of the day using a Pink Jig made by Jim's Jigs. Congratulations on your catch and Thank You for using our services. Well done Ariel!

Sept 9 Mike Herzberg drifted with our clients Rudi and Uli. Rudi and Uli hooked and landed 3 Coho on their drift. 3 for 3! Well done guys. Congratulations on your catch and Thank You for using our Guiding Services.

SUMMARY: Coho fishing on the Kitimat River was good this week and will continue throughout September into October and will be even better fishing if we receive a little rain. The problem is that we have to be careful what we wish for. We may receive too much rain then the river could get high and dirty. The forecast is for light rain which is exactly what is needed to create ideal Coho fishing conditions.

Congratulations to all the winners in the Chamber of Commerce Derby. I think everyone that participated were winners because there was a definite buzz in the air during the Awards Ceremonies. A huge Thank You to all the volunteers who made this event a success especially Trish Parsens, Rosemary and the Chamber of Commerce staff.

Douglas Channel
Sept 7 Ron Jones fishing with Ferd Bouzane, Jason Ringham and Graham Brady boated 7 Coho at Fish Trap.
Ron said he had a great time harassing Jason and that catching the Coho was a bonus. Well done guys and
Congratulations on your catch.

Sept 8 Ron Jones fishing with Jason Ringham boated 5 Coho in less than one hour. The bite started at 5:00 pm and ended shortly after 6:00 pm. Sorry no photos.

Sept 9 Wes Owen fishing with his clients Tim and Carl boated 5 Coho of the 9 they hooked. Wes was using Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/ Abe and Al Flasher #1 Prism with a Rhys Davis Anchovy teaser. Congratulations to Tim and Carl. Well done Skipper!

Sept 9 Mal the 'Signman' reports fishing with his friend, Barb and her husband Tom on a fishing trip down the Douglas Channel. They landed 8 Halibut, keeping their legal limit of 6 and 20 Coho. Worthy to note, one Halibut weighed 120lbs and two others weighed 100 and 50lb. Mal also commented that they had an excellent trip on the Douglas Channel and Bob and Mal were spoiled by Barb's excellent cooking. Mal paid me to say, 'They caught all the Coho because he has mastered the art of Coho fishing”. He also added to the pile of self indulgence by saying that, 'he is a superb Halibut Fisher and that under his excellent tutelage Barb and Tom were able to land their Halibut.' Although Mal is not very bashful about his fishing ability, the proof is in the picture and the catch is very impressive. Congratulations to Barb and Tom. Well done Mal!

SUMMARY: The Douglas Channel is yielding good but not exceptional catches of Coho. The Kitimat Harbor fishery this season has been at best erratic this week. Boaters who were in the right place at the right time had pretty good results where others were not as fortunate. Such is life in the fishing world. Halibut fishing should continue to be good but boaters will have to monitor the weather.

We have plenty of open dates for Drift Boat Trips for Coho and Saltwater Charters for Coho and Halibut. Any interested anglers please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca

Good Health and Good Fishing!

Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita
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Gill McKean: Westcoast Fishing Adventures, Terrace BC and rivers north.

Hi Noel, fishing has been outstanding for me this week on many different rivers. I am sorry I just do not have the time to send you some pics. Next week for sure. The following are some special deals I am offering to potential clients. Have them contact you direct to book. noel@noelgyger.ca Thanks. Noel

NEW! I am offering a 'Super Special' FULL DAY guided Drift-Boat fishing trip on the Skeena and Kitimat Rivers! Maximum 4 per boat. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

NEW! I am offering a “Super Special” FULL DAY guided Jet-Boat fishing trip on Skeena and Tributary Rivers! Maximum 4 per boat. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

NEW! I am offering a “Super Special” TWO FULL DAYS guided Jet-boat fishing trip on rivers north. Minimum two persons required to do this trip. Maximum four persons. This trip involves lots of travel so one overnight is required. Guests are responsible for their own meals and accommodations. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca for details and prices

Tight Lines Gill McKean

Fishing is our addiction - Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood!

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This may be the time to book that guided fishing trip of a lifetime! A few day bookings and lodge packages are being offered at super low discount rates. Go here for details http://www.noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm
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Jeff Carlson: BC Style Fishing Charters and J&E Tackle Shop, Prince Rupert BC

Hi Noel, so far September has been fantastic fishing for Coho at Holiday Island at the north end of Dundas Island. I was also surprised to see a 35lb. Chinook Salmon take my Luhr Jensen http://www.rapala.ca/n Flash Fly 4” Glo Ghost. Pictures will follow in next weeks report. September is also probably the best month to view Humpback Whales in the Chatham Sound Area.
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Andrew Rushton: Kalum River Lodge

Hi Noel, great day on the Skeena today. 4 guys hooked 20 Steelhead. Steve Rothcop was into 8 good fish, only his third day ever fly fishing. Also caught, Coho and Steelhead on the Kalum.

Regards, Andrew Rushton
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Marvin Reid: Meziadin and Northern BC

Well another season is coming to an end, but what a great season it has been. This will be my last report for this year, as it is now time to focus on some moose hunting. Meziadin Lake Provincial Park will be closing a few days earlier than I previously had reported. The gate will now be locked as of Monday Sept 20th.

There are still a few days left to enjoy some great Dolly Varden, as well as Coho fishing. Just a reminder that all Coho must be released.

Gary Cress and his wife Betty have been visiting from north east BC. They have been having a great time catching and releasing Coho as well as Dolly’s. That is Gary in the picture with one of the Coho he landed. This is their third visit to the Park this summer, and it has been wonderful having them here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Noel for allowing me to post my report on his site, as well as Ron Wakita for his help over the past summer. Thanks to you both.

To all of those that came to Meziadin this past summer, thanks to you all, and hopefully we can meet again in 2011. Marvin Reid

I am now the operator of Meziadin Lake Provincial Park, as well as operating the Park which has a Store, and wireless internet to all sites. We also offer Travel Trailer Rentals to persons wishing to enjoy the outdoor experience.

I do guided fishing trips on Meziadin and other local lakes along Highway 37.

Meziadin if not the best lake in Northwest BC for Dolly Varden and Bull Trout, up to 11 lbs, must be very close to the top of the list. I supply all rods, tackle and bait. Care of catch and cleaning.

Trips can be booked by the hour or by the day. Contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca I use a 19ft Harbercraft powered by a 75 Yamaha.

Best regards, Marvin Reid
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Bob Melrose: Oscars Source for Sports, Smithers BC

Getting No Respect

Just like Rodney Dangerfield who is 'Getting No Respect' that phrase sometimes applies to fellow anglers, landowners, and the fish and game we come in contact with. Let me give you a few examples.

During the Sockeye run on the Skeena the various, more popular bars can get fairly crowded. There is no way around it, that is the way it is. My fishing buddy Herb and I were alone on this bar, which was great, but of course, too good to last. Soon another jet boat came in and Herb moved down as they all took up fishing positions. Now ethics say that you should never walk in below another angler. Fair enough. However, when another boat pulled up it pushed Herb further down the bar until he had to wade way out to get the proper drift, but the upstream anglers drift was swinging right into Herb's legs on each cast, preventing him from fishing effectively. Rather than set up a confrontation we decided to just leave. Some of these anglers were inconsiderate and showed no respect.

On another occasion, again during the hectic Sockeye run I had walked into a popular hole upstream from Terrace. The pool can hold four anglers comfortably. A guy and his wife occupied the centre positions. The two guys on either end could not fish properly because the husband and wife would keep either moving out or letting their flies drift in cutting the drift of the two other anglers. I watched them do this on every cast and it irked me. Finally, the outside anglers gave up, packed up and left. I moved in upstream, and with the first cast the guy moved out into deeper water to cut my drift. With the second cast he moved out further. I politely told him that I had watched him do that to the other anglers, but if he planned on doing that to me he may have an accidental tear in his waders. Just then another angler showed up and said to the husband and wife team 'Oh, you're still here'. I asked the new angler what he meant. He told me that they have been there since 5:30AM. It was now 6:30 PM. These two had hogged this pool for the last 13 hours. I suggested that perhaps his meter had run out on this pool. If he had fished and respected other anglers then no problem but for those 13 hours he considered that pool on the river his and hers alone.

Another time I watched an angler who obviously knew how to fish the Ferry Island riffle. The Sockeye were in but when he hooked a Pink he would skid them onto the rocks and then kick them back into the water. Several fellow anglers criticized his fish handling techniques, but it had no effect on him. He continued to treat those willing little Pinks with disdain. Some of the other anglers even suggested dragging him over the rocks, or kicking him up to the parking lot, but luckily another angler had phoned the Conservation Office, and a plainclothes CO arrived and awarded him a fine for his treatment of those fish. No respect for the fish.

In another episode last year an angler had hooked an absolute monster, trophy of a lifetime, Steelhead. Of course, you would want some pictures. Well on the internet he had posted 61 or 62 pictures of that fish. When a fish is supposed to be out of the water for only a few seconds, what do you think that fish's chances of recovery were? The last pictures showed the fish on its side looking quite lifeless. What a shame to destroy that gene pool. Again, no respect for the fish.

We were fishing the Upper Skeena one fall hooking some Sockeye, Pink and the occasional Steelhead. We were on Native land when we heard an ATV approaching. They came down to the hole we were fishing. I asked them if they wanted to fish this run since it was on their land close to the reserve. They replied 'No, that's OK, we are just looking for some dollies in the pool at the end of the bar. It looked like a grandfather, father, and about a 10-12 year old grandson. They didn't have any luck with their spin gear and were packing up. We had continued to hook some fish. I had a fish on and asked the youngster if he had ever landed a fish on a fly rod. He shyly replied 'No'.

I gave the rod to him and instructed him how to play a fish on a fly reel. After he landed the fish I showed him how to cast, and we caught another Pink which he again landed. He was very shy and didn't say anything but as they left the grandfather and father came over to me and said that he had enjoyed it very much, and to come back anytime. Respect for the landowner can often open doors, plus it is just plain fun to watch someone experience a new thrill.

Have a great and safe weekend. Respect others and handle those fish with care.

Prince Rupert Still great Coho fishing around Rupert with lots of fish in Hecate Strait. Good Halibut, Yelloweye Rockfish and Ling Cod.

Kispiox River Water level is better than it has been for weeks. Lots of fish to be had, but there are also lots of anglers on the banks. Coho and Steelheading has been pretty good. Lots of fish in the lower river, but are working their way up.

Bulkley River Fishing has been productive for both Coho and Steelhead. There are still some Pinks in the river, but they will be spawned out very soon. Don’t forget that as of September 1st you must have your Steelhead Stamp and your Classified Waters stamp on your license; Regardless whether you are fishing for Steelhead or not.

Morice River Steelhead run has been good and the Coho has been fair. Lots of fish being caught throughout.

Have a great and safe weekend. Respect others and handle those fish with care.

Bob Melrose
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Electronic Voice can read this report to you – here’s how:

This needs to be done through Adobe Reader so I suggest you save the PDF file on your desktop and open with Adobe Reader. Go to top left where you see “View”. Click on “View” and scroll to the bottom of the menu list and select “Read Out Loud”. Then go back to “View” and scroll down again to “Read Out Loud” where you can choose 1) Read This Page only or 2) Read to the End of Document. Click on one and sit back and let the electronic voice read the report to you.
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Chinook Video clips for 2010 season

The following are YouTube links. To watch in the highest quality “full screen” mode choose setting of 480p.

June 17 32-pound Kitimat River Chinook Plays for 2:45
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfe0sBRphc0

June 22 Kitimat Chinook Adventure Plays for 4:03
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMk5oWOs1tE

July 8 CLACKACRAFT Kitimat Chinook Plays for 2:10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKleEU9bcMg

July 27 Skeena River King Salmon Plays for 3:01
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9eQ66zFP14
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Steelhead run this year is:

Just glancing over the Tyee Index for Steelhead as of August 12th, and must say the numbers look encouraging. The 1998-2002 seasons were the glory years, and those of you fishing then probably have many fond memories of that period. The numbers this year show the closest to those wonderful times over the last ten years.

Of course, a lot of things can happen, and often do when it comes to fishing. But by nature anglers are more glass half full than glass half empty people and time on the river is really never wasted. As Roderick Haig-Brown so wisely said 'If fishing is just an excuse to be close to rivers, I'm glad I thought of it.' So, if the numbers look good, we think it is going to be good, and we always go out there optimistically – info courtesy Bob Melrose
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