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 Dec 28, 2009; 10:45AM - Winter Steelheading
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows how to rack your fly rods while traveling from pool to pool in your vehicle. Photo is courtesy of Karl Rasmussen. Check below for more photos from Karl when he was fishing for Steelhead on the Thompson River in November 2009. Fly rod rack made by Fly Angler.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated December 20 – December 27, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

Happy New Year everyone!

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

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

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

NOW BOOKING for 2010: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

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

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

FISHING THIS WEEK: FAIR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

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

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

Fishing Report from: Nautical West Adventures

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year to everyone!

Best regards, Todd Haynes - owner

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GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

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

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

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

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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WIN a FREE one day DRIFT BOAT FISHING TRIP down the Kitimat River for three people by signing-up your friends, family and fishing partners for my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT. This trip is supplied by Reliable Guide and Charters and is for the 2010 season. The LUCKY WINNER will be drawn on April 30, 2010. Cast to this link http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/win-a-FREE-driftboat-fishing-trip.doc to open a form showing how to enter names. Send the completed form via e-mail or postal mail. When I receive it I will reply confirming your name is entered into the draw - GOOD LUCK

To receive my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT and PHOTO via e-mail please send your name and e-mail address to: Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca

GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!

Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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 Dec 7, 2009; 12:52PM - RIVER Steelhead OCEAN Winter Chinook
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of week shows Gill McKean owner of Westcoast Fishing Adventures with a beautiful bright, wild Steelhead landed last fall.

Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated November 29 – December 6, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: As I am writing this summery the air temperature outside is -8 degrees C with high out flow wind (out of the north). We all know what this means…it is way too cold to go fishing. I think the wintering over Steelhead need a break from us anglers once an awhile. The Trout lakes should start freezing over now and the ice fishermen will start dusting off their gear. Weatherman says this cold snap may be with us for awhile.

'WIN' a FREE one day DRIFT FISHING TRIP for three persons down the Kitimat River by signing up your friends, family and fishing partners for my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT

This trip is supplied by Reliable Guide and Charters and is for the 2010 season. The LUCKY WINNER will be drawn on April 30, 2010. Cast to this link http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/win-a-FREE-driftboat-fishing-trip.doc to open a form showing how to enter names. Send the completed form via e-mail or postal mail. When I receive it I will reply confirming your name is entered into the draw – GOOD LUCK

December 2, 2009 One 'New' clip posted on Video Clips:

I was invited to go fishing with Ron Wakita and Wes Owens for Dungeness Crab in the Kitimat ocean Douglas Channel November 27, 2009. This video shows 'how-to' catch Crab using the 'right tools for the job' such as Crab Traps distributed by Redl Sports www.redlsports.ca , Ace Line Hauler Crab and Prawn puller www.acelinehauler.com to effortlessly pull the traps, Danielson Bait Cage (basket) and a Gibbs-Delta Crab Gauge www.gibbsfishing.com to measure the Crabs. The lead core rope used to pull the traps is made by Danielson. We placed four traps for only one set and were only one Crab short of the daily limit of six each. Cast here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq-wU33Ihoo for a direct link to the video. It is also list on the Video webpage: Tips and Techniques: Title: HOW TO catch Dungeness Crab and is video clip #0078. It plays for 6:52 minutes

NOW BOOKING for 2010: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

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

FISHING THIS WEEK: (Too cold!)

SKEENA RIVER: water has been dropping all week and is in good shape. It is too cold to fish right now. Late fall Steelhead should be coming in now plus “excellent” fishing for Trout and Dolly Varden Char.

KALUM RIVER: Late fall and early winter Steelhead fishing will start again when the weather warms up.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Really too cold to fish right now.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

Cast on link below to view New flyer: http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/Instore_Flyer_Oct_2009.pdf

Cast on link below to view New Christmas Flyer:
http://www.noelgyger.ca/images/2009-Christmas-Flyer.pdf

KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat weather was sunny and clear early in the week and some anglers managed to get to do some Trout fishing with good results.

The Lower Dike, Goose Creek and the Big Pool at Cable Car were the Hot Holes this week. Cable Car was reported to have lots of small Trout.

Mid week in Kitimat we received some light snow falls followed by some rain which melted most of the Snow.

During the latter part of this week we received Sunny, Clear and some very Cold weather. It dropped to below zero at times.

Dec 1st Jacques Losier reports 'My son Colby Age 7 caught some incredible cut throats. He caught these 20 inch plus fish with a pink worm and a real worm. He landed at least 15 to 20 fish all in the 11 to 13 inch range. Awesome day of fishing!'

Wow! These are some very nice trout. Well done Colby! And at Age 7! It is so refreshing to report a Father and Son sharing the passion of fishing and it is quality time with Colby will never forget. Well done Dad! Thank You for taking the time out of your busy life to send me the pictures

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Winter Chinook fishing in the Kitimat Harbour is difficult to determine as only one boat was reported fishing the Harbour this week.

Nov 1st Wes Owens of Golden Adventures took my brother Brian and my Twin brother Rick Wakita out for Winter Chinook and to do a little crabbing. I asked Wes not too try to hard to catch any fish for my brothers because of our ongoing Sibling rivalry. For readers that have brothers you may be able to relate to the normal competitive nature of brothers. It can be bad in most cases but if you add the issue that we were all born the same year. (Brian was born in January and Rick and I were born in November the same year) it can be a little too competitive but it is all in good fun!

I am happy to report that they didn't catch any Winter Chinook. :-) They did however catch their limit of crab with the help of the Ace Line Hauler www.acelinehauler.com They both loved pulling the traps and they did catch a lot of crab but 'Whats Up' with the FiFI gloves!

I am sure that Wes and my brothers put in honest effort but they did not find the Winter Chinook. Stay tuned.

Thank You to everyone who provided info and photos to this Fishing Report.

Hope you enjoyed the Fishing Report.

We are booking River and Saltwater trips for the 2010 season. Interested anglers, please contact Noel: noel@noelgyger.ca

Good Luck Good Health Good Fishing

Sincerely
Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge, Terrace

Spring Steelhead fishing near Terrace is probably one of the most overlooked seasons on the Skeena system, despite its reputation for large fish. Taft Ring can attest to this, having landed this 23 lb Steelhead on his second day of fishing!

Hello Anglers, around this time of year, I always find myself reflecting back on the season - of enjoyable dinners and conversations had with clients, tying flies in anticipation of the next trip and yes, the clichéd big fish stories told at the lodge which usually don't involve myself. So, for this week's report, rather than one specific story, I decided to do put some of these memories on paper - let's call them the 2009 season highlights...

Starting our Spring Steelhead season at our rustic and comfortable lodge on Kalum Lake Road, we hosted a number of clients who focused their angling efforts on a few Skeena River tributaries and the big river itself. Like most other years, there seemed to be proportionately more, large Steelhead landed in the Spring than at other times of year, and Taft Ring took top honors, landing a 23 lb Steelhead on the fly (this week's report photo). During that same week, we had the pleasure of hosting legendary Steelhead angler Lani Waller who had recently penned his newest book, 'A Steelheader's Way.' Lani is a charismatic yet genuine, humble man whose passion for Steelhead and Steelhead fly fishing is infectious and derived from many years on the water. Having the chance to meet and share stories with Lani was certainly a highlight of my Steelhead fishing career, and I suspect for those anglers who also joined us that week.

From mid April through mid May, we continued to develop one of our newest fishing programs - Adventure Steelheading - on small, not-to-be named coastal rivers. Why Adventure Steelheading? Well, many of the coastal rivers we fish aren't the easiest to access and demand a fair amount of hiking and wading on the part of the angler. On a few rivers in particular, we'll start the day by driving down a logging road, launching in the Ocean, jet boating to the river's estuary and from there move from pool to pool in search of Steelhead that average 12-15 lbs. This year, Sonja Sorbo took top honors with a 20 lb Steelhead landed in early May - one that I'm sure she won't easily forget!

Perhaps one of our most significant announcements this year was our partnership with five-star Yellow Cedar Lodge. Beginning April 20, we moved operations to this incredible facility, and clients enjoyed some of the best fine dining, hospitality and amenities in Northwest BC. Building upon our successes this season, we look forward to working with Alf and Simone at Yellow Cedar Lodge during the 2010 season as well.

It was another great year for Trophy Chinook Salmon on the Skeena and Kitimat Rivers during the early part of our Summer season, complete with some absolute monster fish. If you saw my Trophy Chinook of 2009 blog post a few months back, you will have probably already seen a few photos of these incredible fish. Congratulations go out to: Andrea Scaramella for a 60 lb fish he landed in late July, Bob Cusick for his 70 lb lifetime fish and Ron Kostich, with an 80 lb buck which is reputed to be the largest Chinook caught by any angler during the 2009 season.

As many devoted Skeena Steelhead anglers are aware, Steelhead numbers on the Skeena during early August at the Tyee test fishery were some of the highest reported in the last 10 years, which is certainly encouraging. Steelhead fishing on the mainstem Skeena near Terrace followed suit, particularly in late August and early September, with many large Steelhead in the 18-23 lb range landed. Dennis Channing landed a chrome bright 23 lb Steelhead on the Skeena in late August with Sky Richard, which was featured in our 488th Fishing Report.

Our Fall Steelhead and Trophy Coho season is always one of our most popular seasons, and 2009 was no different. We hosted several groups through September and October and, fishing overall was quite good. Many anglers had the opportunity to experience the magic of seeing a large Steelhead rise to a waked dry fly - certainly one of those defining experiences in one's angling career. Fabrizio Oliva was one of our more lucky anglers this Fall, as his first Steelhead landed was a 20 lb fish from one of our remote wilderness rivers. If this wasn't enough, he followed up with an even larger Steelhead stretching to 22 lbs a few days later on the same system! Perhaps one of our biggest success stories this year, however, was the marked improvement in Coho Salmon returns for the North Coast - nearly every system we fished this year had an abundance of fish, and the fishing was unparalleled! Top rods went to Gary Bartholomew and Deb Morrow who fished with us in late October, and landed over 60 Coho in one day...

On the whole, the 2009 year was a successful one for us, and we owe much of this to you, our clients. We would like to thank each of you individually for your patronage and company in your quest for exciting fishing experiences, and hope to see you in the 2010 season or in the near future.

Summary of Current Conditions: With air temperatures dropping well below freezing, fishing conditions are somewhat more difficult this late in the season. It's not to say the fish aren't there - they are - but, when your guides freeze every 4 or 5 casts it's slightly more difficult to focus on your presentation. On our warmer days, however, I have heard reports of anglers catching a few Steelhead on the Skeena and its tributary rivers, particularly in slower moving pools. With the last of the Coho Salmon spawning in local rivers, trout fishing has improved markedly, and targeting these fish with small flesh flies and single eggs are likely the most productive methods of fishing.

Please contact Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca to book your next guided fishing trip with us.

From all of us here at Nicholas Dean Lodge, I'd like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season this year...

Chad Black, Operations Manager

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

Noel the photos are of Miles Fuller and his charter vessel the Alouette Gal. Miles is holding a 14lb. Chinook caught Dec 5/09 in the Prince Rupert Harbour.

The Winter Chinook fishing has been awesome this past week with numerous reports from anglers taking to the inshore waters of Prince Rupert Harbour, Tucks Narrows, Spire Ledge, Venn Pass and Tugwell Island are all producing winter Chinooks. If you do not have a boat to get out and enjoy this winter fishery you can book any one of the local guides with rates reduced by up to 50% from summer months. So take to the water and do some winter angling, crabbing and prawning. You can contact Jeff Carlson of BC STYLE Fishing Charters www.bcstylefishingcharters.com

J & E’s Fishing and Hunting Shop has many gift ideas for your Christmas shopping.
Click on this link http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/nov-30_2009-je-tackle-shop-christmas-flyer.pdf to view the instore Christmas flyer.

BLUE KNUCKLE DERBY UPDATE
Tickets will be available Monday December 7, 2009 at J & E’s Tackle

“19th Annual Marc (Dezi) Desautels Memorial Blue Knuckle Derby” is held on Dec. 27th

With the involvement of the Prince Rupert Lions Club and other charitable organizations we have to move from the previous “winner-take-all” format to a split of funds generated.

Largest Salmon Caught
1st Prize $1000
2nd Prize $300
3rd Prize $200.

Lots of door prizes to be won

All surplus funds raised from the ticket sales will go to the Salvation Army.

The weigh-in and prize money PRESENTATIONS will be held at the Moose Lodge in Prince Rupert.

More details of this event will be available in next week’s report.
e.g.
- Start and finish time of derby
- Where to purchase tickets
- Time and place of Weigh-in

BLUE KNUCKLE DERBY SPONSERS

PRINCE RUPERT LIONS Organizer

ASTRAL MEDIA Radio Coverage

HAWK AIR 2 Tickets -Prince Rupert/Vancouver Return

LOYAL ORDER OF THE MOOSE weigh-in and prize money PRESENTATIONS

Prince Rupert Tide Charts:
http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showFrameset&zone=18&language=english®ion=1&stnnum=9354

Thanks. Jeff Carlson – owner

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Top left: Trophy XL Tyee QR is machined from solid aluminum bar stock, duel balanced handles and anodized dark pewter. Spool capacity for 500 yards of 20lb monofilament.

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AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

The photo shows James Clark of Alberta with a bright wild Steelhead landed on a Skeena Tributary this past October. He and his friends had a great trip landing many Steelhead and Coho Salmon. Photo courtesy of James Clark.

The photo shows Genady Davidov with a Skeena tributary a wild Steelhead. He and his friends had another great guided fishing trip this fall. Second year in a row pro fishing guide Dustin Kovacvich guided them to many different rivers for both Steelhead and Coho (Silver) Salmon. Photo courtesy of Genady Davidov

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

Place your order NOW for Fiberglass Fish Reproduction
This 42 x 23.5 inch Steelhead was estimated to weigh 30-pounds. There are many sizes and positions available, and pretty much any species. Call Carey Braun anytime at 250-639-3769 and he will be happy to build one for you. Yes, that’s Carey in the photo.

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 Nov 30, 2009; 11:21AM - Winter Steelhead and Winter Chinook REPORT
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of week shows Ron Wakita with a Kitimat ocean feeder “Winter Spring” (Chinook-King) Salmon landed in the Kitimat Harbour on Friday, November 27, 2009. The fish weighed 24-pounds. I made a video clip of this catch. Please scroll below for “all” the text details and a direct link to the video. Hope you enjoy it!

Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated November 22 – November 29, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Winter is closing in fast. Temperatures are getting colder. There is snow on the ground and lots in the mountains. Many of us who like to use our jet-boats are trying to get out as much as possible as we know we will have to put them away soon. Steelhead are the only target fish now along with the smaller resident and sea-run Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Bull Trout and White Fish in rivers. There is ocean Winter Chinook fishery out of Kitimat and Prince Rupert starting now but is weather dependent. When out in the ocean why don’t you drop a Prawn or Crab trap. The Kalum River Coho are slowly dying off after spawning and the Steelhead are easier to catch. I have received many reports of “good” Steelhead fishing now. I have a report that the Zymoetz (Copper) River is fishing “excellent” for Steelhead using both spin and fly gear. River fishing for Cutthroat Trout in the Kitimat River is “good” and depends on the weather. Check out the Ron Wakita report below for local Cutthroat Trout and winter springs in the harbour…plus some excellent Crabbing.

November 29, 2009 One ''New'' clip posted on Video Clips

I was invited to go fishing with Ron Wakita and his good friend Wes Owens (Charter Boat owner) and his dog Shyla in the Kitimat Bay for ocean feeder ''Winter Springs'' (Chinook-King-Salmon) and Dungeness Crab on Friday, November 27, 2009. We fished for only 3.5 hours but were able to land one 24-pound feeder Chinook and 17 Dungeness Crab. We had a couple of other bites and landed a ''shaker'' Chinook. The ''winter spring'' was above average size, normally the feeder Chinook weigh around 8 to 15-pounds. Crabbing was excellent! We were only one Crab short of our limit of 18 (six per person).

The name of Wes' boat is ''Little Kris'' and is a very comfortable 30 foot Bay Liner with a 12 foot beam. Wes has fished in the Douglas Channel for almost 40 years and has owned many boats. Wes prefers to focus most of his fishing efforts on the Kitimat Harbour Fishery and knows every rock and shelf in the harbour. Wes is considered by many boaters as the ''Top Charter Boat for Kitimat Harbour Fishery''.

The 24-pound feeder Spring (weighed by Wes' digital scale) was caught with a Shimano rod and reel,Gibbs www.gibbsfishing.com UV Flasher and purple True Roll Lure and Gamagatsu hooks Rapala www.rapala.ca Cast on this link to watch the video: click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1N9aw9MyQ It is also listed on the Video webpage: Title: Ocean Winter Springs and is 2009 Chinook video clip #0077. It plays for 5:21 minutes.

NOW BOOKING for 2010: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the ''best'' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

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

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers and Todd Haynes

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

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

FISHING THIS WEEK: POOR FAIR GOOD*** EXCELLENT

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: River: none reported this week. Ocean: Ron Wakita with a 24-pound winter Spring from the Kitimat Harbour.

WEATHER: Periods of rain. A few flurries near noon. Temperature steady near plus 3. Sunrise 8:30 AM Sunset 4:16 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 2 degrees. Minimum -3 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Water has been up and down all week. Late fall Steelhead should be coming in now plus “excellent” fishing for Trout and Dolly Varden Char.

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

KALUM RIVER: Late fall and early winter Steelhead fishing is in full swing. The Coho are slowly dying off after spawning and the Steelhead are easier to catch. I have received many reports of “good” Steelhead fishing right now.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Both Class 1 and Class 2 sections are fishing “excellent” for wild Steelhead using both spin and fly rods (single and spey). Access is still good, but be careful driving on the service road. Logging or construction vehicles could be coming towards you on a blind corner.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: Trout Anglers who are getting out fishing are still being rewarded by some good Trout fishing. Layering with quality fleece is the key to staying warm and Gore-Tex is the key to staying dry. Helly Hansen, Simms and Cloudviel are some of the quality products in fleece and layering to stay warm. Redl Sports www.redlsports.com , Trophy XL, Bare and Simms are some of the quality Gore-Tex products available at different price points to help anglers stay dry. Staying warm and dry is the key to enjoyable fishing trips in the North West.

Worms and small lures were the most productive methods. Fly fishing this week was not as productive as it has been. Some Fly Fishers think that the Trout have gone into the deeper, slower moving pools.

Nov 24 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and their friend Travis James fished the Kitimat with their Fly rods. Fly fishing was not very productive and Justin landed one Cutthroat Trout using tackle at the end of their trip. Justin was using the ''Worm Combo''.


Nov 25 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and Travis James landed 9 Cutthroat on the upper Kitimat River geared up with the Trout Combo. The ''Worm Combo'' is a Trout rig developed by Pat Oliver. The ''Worm Combo'' is a 3'' Pink Bubble Gum Worm with a piece of a Dew Worm put on to the same hook. It is best fished with a Gibbs Float adjusted so that the worms are just above the river bottom.

Pat Oliver was an employee of our tackle store and an Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters who has relocated in Vancouver. Pat has moved to bigger and better opportunities in the big city but the legacy of his ''Worm Combo'' lives on in Kitimat.

Congratulations on some great Trout fishing to Justin, Ariel and Travis with special recognition to Pat's ''Worm Combo''.

Summary One angler commented, ''that it didn't seem to matter which Gibbs 3/16 oz. Crocs he used as long as it was 3//16oz.” All the colours worked.

Ariel, Justin and Travis caught a bunch with the ''Worm Combo'' Other anglers had good results fishing a Dew Worm on its own while others had good results using Berkley's Power Bait 3'' Bubble Gum Worm without the Dew worm.

Ariel said that, ''we counted 15 Eagles perched in the trees on Wednesday and we caught a lot of Trout that day. One of the Trout we caught had scratches on it from an Eagle's talons''
Smart Money this week was to use a Worm of some kind or a Gibbs 3/16 oz. Croc and to fish where the Eagles fish!

Nov 24 Special Report Glen Kilcup and his good friend Mike Primeau were Steelheading and Glen had these comments:

''Well I finally convinced my good buddy Mike Primeau from Terrace to take a chance, and upgrade to some nice equipment. He purchased a Shimano Calcutta 400TE and he put it on one of my all time favorites, a nice 10' 6 steelhead rod from St Croix, wild river series. If you know anything about reels, you know this is some of the best and it goes well with the totally affordable rod. All items were purchased from my good friend at City Center Hardware, Ron Wakita. The day, and the new rod didn't disappoint as together with flies and spoons, we landed 9 Steelhead, 1 nice Dolly and lost a couple here and there. There were only 2 other anglers on the river that we saw, and foot prints were not evident as most of the runs hadn't been touched today.

The fish were OK. Not seeing a lot of larger fish this year or the numbers on a consistent basis. Top left was a Gibbs Koho 55 blue scale with red stripe.

Oh ya...another note to your editorial...Mike caught ALL does yesterday and I caught ALL Bucks! That usually happens with Bonnie and I!''

Well done Glen and Mike. Very nice fish! Congratulations on a great day of Steelheading!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL:

Nov 22 I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friend and Charter operator, Wes Owens on Sunday, despite that the weather forecast was calling for snow and some high winds for the weekend. We canceled our fishing trip with our good friend Noel Gyger that we had planned for Saturday based on the forecast.

Sunday morning, Wes made a trip to the Marina to ensure his boat was secured because of the forecasted snow and windy conditions. While he was at the Marina he looked out into the Kitimat harbour and water was like glass without a ripple. Wes called me to join him to fish for some winter Chinook and do a little Crabbing. Within half an hour we were fishing in mirrored water conditions with Blue sky above us. We both commented at the awesome weather conditions and how could the ''weather guy'' have gotten the forecast so wrong. We lost one Winter Chinook and we harvested 12 Dungeness Crab but we put back 32 other keepers. We didn't find the numbers of Winter Chinook we were looking for but we sure found a bunch of Crab. I felt bad for Noel because we intended to catch some Cab for Noel's lovely wife Gail, during the trip we had cancelled due to the incorrect forecast. In the weather guy's defense we received the wind and snow that he had forecast late Sunday night. The Marine weather guys don't usually get it wrong.


Nov 22 Jason Bunn reports hooking three ''Shakers'' on Sunday in the Kitimat Harbour. Jason said they were all small and he only spent a couple of hours.

Nov 27 6:00 AM Friday morning I awoke to a call from my good friend Wes Owens saying the weather was good and we should head out fishing.

I called Noel and we scheduled the trip for 8:00 AM. We set the Crab traps and by 8:45 we had lines in the water. By 10:45 we had hooked 3 Winter Chinook landing a 24lb and a ''Shaker” (a very small feeder Chinook) which we released and lost another. We decided to head back to the Crab traps and try to get me to work by noon.

After harvesting 17 keepers with the help of the Ace Line Hauler Crab and Prawn Puller I am pleased to announce I made it to work at 1:00 PM which is noon in Fisherman's time.

The Stars of our trip were the Gibbs www.gibbsfishing.com Highliner UV Flasher with the green strip and the Dark purple True Roll Lure. This set-up hooked all three Winter Chinook this morning and hooked last weekend's Chinook at 55'. When I spoke to Dan Milanese (owner of True Roll) he said his favorite colour was dark purple. Thank You for the tip Dan! The dark purple True Roll Lure rocked in a very short time! Dark Purple is now my favorite colour for Kitimat Winter Chinook and it will be the first lure in the water on our next trip.

The other Star of our trip was the Ace Line Hauler www.acelinehauler.com Built West Coast Tough, Vartan Chorbajian (owner) has developed the best Crab and Prawn trap puller on the market, in my opinion. When you fish with older and wiser fishing partners it is important to have the ''Right tools for the job''. When we approached the traps my older and wiser fishing partners had strategically positioned themselves with Wes at the wheel and Noel with a camera leaving me to pull the traps. Simply turning out the bolt of the Scotty Electric Downrigger and securing the Ace Line Hauler with a pin, in seconds you can switch from trolling to pulling Crab traps. With the lifting power of a 100lbs at 100 feet per minute the Ace Line Hauler makes pulling the Crab traps as easy as steering the boat or taking pictures. :-)

Noel, Wes and I are also pleased to report that the Crab promised to Mrs. Gyger last weekend was delivered today. Bon Appetite Gail!

Summary The Winter Chinook will continue all winter and when the Herring are in the harbour the Winter Chinook fishing can be outstanding. The beauty of this fishery is that once you are out of the marina, you put the lines out and you are fishing in minutes. Noel and I are also planning to do some Tackle testing for our friends at Baitrix www.baitrix.com, Rhys Davis and Lyman as I just received some more samples of their new products. Any boaters wishing to try some of their new products please feel free to contact me in the store. 250 632 3522 or email wakita@telus.net I can also pass on the tips given to me by the Tackle manufacturers. Gord from Baitrix www.baitrix.com Tom from Rhys Davis and Colin from Lyman are all avid anglers who all share our passion for fishing. They are also the best source of the finer details of how to best fish their products.

Another note is that the Crabbing has been really good for this time of year. Noel, Wes and I did very well (17 keepers) in a 3 hour set on Friday and Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters also had similar results during his last outing for Crab. Stay Tuned!

We are booking for the 2010 season. Any interested anglers please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca

Thank You everyone who provided photos and info for this Fishing Report.

Good Luck Good Health and Good Fishing!

Hope you enjoy the report!

Sincerely
Ron Wakita

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

Hi Noel, Some fishermen took advantage of the nice weather last Sunday and were rewarded for their efforts with one angler reported hooking into 6 Chinooks, from the Airport Ferries Dock to Tugwell Island. Two other Chinooks were reported being caught in the Tucks Narrows area.

With the return of the winds and rain this past week no other reports have been made.

BLUE KNUCKLE DERBY UPDATE

“19th Annual Marc (Dezi) Desautels Memorial Blue Knuckle Derby” is held on Dec. 27th

With the involvement of the Prince Rupert Lions Club and other charitable organizations we have to move from the previous “winner-take-all” format to a split of funds generated.

Largest Salmon Caught
1st Prize $1000
2nd Prize $300
3rd Prize $200.

Lots of door prizes to be won

All surplus funds raised from the ticket sales will go to the Salvation Army.

The weigh-in and prize money PRESENTATIONS will be held at the Moose Lodge in Prince Rupert.

More details of this event will be available in next week’s report.
e.g.
- Start and finish time of derby
- Where to purchase tickets
- Time and place of Weigh-in

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Prince Rupert Tide Charts:
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Thanks. Jeff Carlson – owner

Fishing Report from: Nautical West Adventures

Hi Noel, It's time again to make those reservations for the 2010 Season. Make your reservations now and take advantage of huge savings on next seasons regular rates. All inclusive packages available. Contact Noel Gyger for more details and book it!

A few dates left for spring Steelhead available!

Cheers & keep your hooks sharp!
Todd Haynes

PRODUCT PROFILE: Lure Jensen www.rapala.ca

Within the Luhr-Jensen www.rapala.ca selection of salmon and steelhead plugs, you'll not only find the most productive lures of their kind, you'll find the lures that have defined techniques for decades. What we now call back-trolling was once called ''Hot Shotting'', named for the lure that created the technique. The Kwikfish represents the number one river salmon lure of all time, and the J-Plug is its counterpart in the ocean and Great Lakes environments. And while these perennial favorites continue to fill fish boxes, we haven't rested on our landing nets. X-Series Kwikfish benefit from the latest construction technologies to offer better balance, more action and deeper dives, while making these performance features easier than ever for novice anglers to enjoy. Please note: The Kwikfish has become the favorite lure of some of the guides in North West BC.

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

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Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 Oct 26, 2009; 10:19AM - BC Coho and Steelhead REPORT
 Category:  Canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Ron Wakita with a very bright Kalum River doe Steelhead caught Saturday, October 24, 2009. The fish was released after this quick photo. This fish is a “star” in my latest video clip…see below.

Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated October 18 – October 25, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather was fair all week but lots of rain today. Some rivers have come up but most are still in fishable shape. The Coho runs are coming to an end and most fish are in their spawning colours. By regulation it closes for Coho on October 31. We’ve had a very good run of Coho this year. Both spin, conventional, spey fly fishing and single hand fly fishing have been working well. The Kitimat Coho run is really slowing down but catches can happen if you know where the fish are holding upriver. I think it is a good idea to release all dark Coho and keep only the bright ones. Another good idea, for conservation, would be to keep only males. Cutthroat Trout fishing on the Kitimat River is good. For all of the fine details and photos on the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is fishing “fair” for Steelhead. The Kalum is fishing only “fair” for Steelhead but “excellent” for Coho. Check out the Steelhead video clip on the Kalum River I shot yesterday, Oct 24. I was float fishing with Ron Wakita. Please scroll down to see the “new” Product Profile section…tackle you need to know about to catch more fish!

VIDEO CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C98RpIASXjM

Video Clip preview: Ron Wakita and I were float fishing for Steelhead on the Kalum River Saturday, October 24, 2009. Ron landed this beautiful doe using Delta artificial “drifter” salmon eggs (aka space-man), white wool and a super sharp 2-ott Gamagatsu barbless hook. The rod was a 10.5 foot Skeena King Trophy XL graphite class 10 – 17LB. The reel was an Abu Garcia 6600 C4 filled with 15-pound Berkley Big Game. The foam float was made by Gibbs Tackle. Cast here for a direct link to the video. It is also listed on the Video Clips webpage: Title: Float Fishing for Steelhead and is Steelhead video Clip #0074

NOTICE Cast to http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to view open dates for guides and lodges. Their season is running short but they still have a few spots open.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New video clip posted on ''Video Clips'' Oct 25/09
- One New update posted on ''Quality Waters Strategy'' Oct 21/09
- One New item posted on ''Special Guided Fishing Trips'' Oct 21/09
- One New item posted on ''Conservation'' Oct 19/09


NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the ''best'' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita, Todd Haynes, Ariel Kuppers and Chad Black

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks!

FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: River: Ron Wakita 12-14-pound Steelhead. Ocean: none reported this week.

WEATHER: Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 8. Sunrise 8:23 AM Sunset 6:14 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 8 degrees. Minimum 2 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: is borderline fishable. The larger runs of Steelhead and Coho are coming to an end. Time to target the tributary rivers.

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

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO): Tyee Test Fishery for the Skeena River.

KALUM RIVER: Fishing for Steelhead is “only” fair. Fishing for Coho (Silver) Salmon is “excellent”. The water coloured up on Friday and Saturday but is clean now.

KASIKS RIVER: is in fair shape. This is prime time to fish for Coho (Silver) Salmon.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: is in fair shape. This is prime time to fish for Coho (Silver) Salmon.

EXSTEW RIVER: is fishable. This is prime time to fish for Coho (Silver) Salmon. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in fishable shape. This is “prime time” to fish for Steelhead using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional gear.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: With a little rain that we received this week the Kitimat Creek (as we have called it lately) has started to flow at a level to be once again called the Kitimat River. The upside to very low water conditions is that anglers are able to find a bunch of fish grouped up in deeper pools and cut banks. The challenge is to find them. Many anglers fishing for Cutthroat Trout found them in good numbers and they also found lots of Coho stacked up in the same pools.

Oct 20 Dave Bergeron reports catching 9 Cutthroat. Three of these were in the 2 to 3lb range. “Wow!” He also reports catching Coho while he was float fishing for Trout. Be careful Dave, some of these big Coho can put a big hurt on your Ultra light Trout Rod. Dave was going to share some photos for this report but unfortunately they didn’t turn out. Thank You for your efforts Dave and congratulations on your catch.

Oct 21 Ariel and Brandon landed 6 Trout and 5 Coho. Ariel was Fly Fishing with his Spey Rod and Brandon was using a Spinning Rod. Ariel was using a #2 Silver Dick Nite with Type 8 Rio Sink Tip. Brandon was using a Gibbs Koho 45 Blue Illusion Lure. Well Done Ariel and good job Son.

Oct 21 Dave Olsen and his fishing partner report catching lots of Trout in the Nalabila Stretch. They also reported catching Coho while targeting Trout.

Oct 22 Greg Gardiner and James Wright report hooking a dozen Trout every time they went out this week. The biggest was 18 inches. They were using 3'' Berkley Power Worms and said that they fished “better than bait”. Greg said that they had better success with pink bubble gum impregnated worms than with real worms. The proof is in the results. Well done Guys!

Summary: The majority of Coho on the Kitimat River have turned to their spawning colours with fewer and fewer bright Coho. The Trout fishing on the Kitimat River has been excellent. Many anglers have reported good results using a wide range of lures. Float Fishing natural dew worms is still popular and now artificial worms such as Berkley’s Power Bait Worms are also catching some Trout. The Dick Nite were also fishing very well for Trout and Coho also love them. The Dick Nite Spoon is productive both on a Fly Rod and on a spinning rod. The Kitimat 32 Silver Red was also a hot lure this week. Fly fishing with minnow patterns continue to be excellent. Most Fly fishers usually tie their own version of a minnow pattern to catch Trout on the Kitimat River. Some anglers reported that the flies out fished tackle although they caught Trout using both types of gear. I subscribe to the theory of doing “whatever the fish tell you to do”.

There are a mixture of a lot of Cutthroat, Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout in the Kitimat River right now available for anglers to catch using whatever preference of Gear type. The weather and river conditions will soon be a major factor so my advice is to get out and catch them while the conditions are good. Weather and river conditions in the North West can change almost by the hour.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: There is not a lot to report from the Douglas Channel but a few boaters were talking about doing some fishing this weekend. The target was for Halibut or Crabbing with another boater testing the Winter Chinook fishing in the Kitimat Harbour. With the expectation of the up coming Winter Chinook Fishery in the Kitimat Harbour I am excited about two Lures that I saw while at the Redl Sports Distributor Dealer Show.

These are the True Troll Lures and Rhys Davis Strip Teasers Holders with Baitrix's new imitation Herring Strip.

The True Troll Lures have a bunch of new colours that I am looking forward to trying out for Winter Chinook. True Troll lures really got my attention in Coho Season and has become one of my favorite lures that has moved to the top drawer of the tackle box. They were dynamite for Coho! They should also be good for Winter Springs. Stay Tuned for Noel Gyger’s new “Product Profile” section.

Rhys Davis is one of the most popular bait holder lures fished in the Douglas Channel and has been around for decades. Rhys Davis has teamed up with Baitrix, a manufacturer of imitation Herring bait. Baitrix has developed a Herring Strip imitation that will fit Rhys Davis’s Super Herring Teaser and a Rhys Davis Large Strip Teaser. Trolling Herring Strip has always been one of the most popular lures of choice for Coho and Winter Springs in the Douglas Channel for years. Berry’s Bait stopped distributing frozen Herring Strip a few years ago and Herring Strip was no longer available. Accordingly Herring Strip was not fished as much because anglers were now forced to make their own strip by cutting up whole Herring. A few anglers continued to make their own strip but most switched to fishing anchovies or Herring minnows. Fishing Strip is back! Baitrix is very life like and can be impregnated with scent to complete the disguise. They are more durable than actual Herring strip and more important, they will be readily available on the market soon. Stay tuned to this report and Noel’s Product profiles section for the fishing results of the samples that Gord McKay from Baitrix and Tom Davis from Rhys Davis kindly gave to me to test.
I am looking forward to fishing both True Roll and Baitrix with Rhys Davis Strip Teaser holders in the Kitimat Harbour Winter Chinook Fishery. Stay Tuned!

Special Report:

I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friend and associate, Noel Gyger on the Kalum River Saturday morning. As usual we had an excellent outing looking for our first Steelhead fishing together on the Kalum. Mission accomplished as we landed a beautiful Steelhead, a small Coho and a bunch of Trout. I consider Noel as the foremost authority on Fishing in the North West, especially the Kalum and he predicts that Steelhead will get better in the coming weeks. Thanks for a great trip Noel. Hope we can get out again!

Special Thanks to all the anglers who have contributed info and photos to this report.

Good Luck! and Good Fishing!

Sincerely
Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge

Gary Bartholomew and Deb Morrow pose with two Coho from one of 8 double headers they experienced en route to a 50 fish day. Astounding numbers of Coho landed by our clients point to one conclusion - this year's return is easily the best in the last 10.

Hello Anglers,

It's that time of year again. The forests of northwest BC are making their transition from the subdued shades of Summer, to more brilliant oranges, reds, and yellows, and mountain peaks gleam with a fresh layer of powder born from the previous night. It's Fall and the combined look and feel of the landscape just seems fishy. Maybe it's the knowledge that Steelhead and Coho are stacked in my favourite Skeena River tributaries in peak numbers. Or, perhaps it's because I force myself away from the demands of the office and fish more than I do at other times of year. Either way, I always find myself anticipating the late Fall, and getting out on the water serves as a great reminder of the wild spaces we get to live and work in. And it doesn't hurt that clients have experienced exceptional fishing this week either...
The last few days, Gary Bartholomew and Deb Morrow have been guided by Dustin Kovacvich, lodge manager and head guide, and had arguably some of the best fishing of the year - perhaps in lodge history! On one of our favourite Lower Skeena Tributaries, the run of Northern Coho has been staggering this year, with multiple fish days the norm. In most years, competent anglers can expect to hook between 4 to 10 Coho per day on the fly, and anything over that is exceptional. Well, Gary and Deb surpassed this well and truly, landing over 50 Coho on Tuesday and 60 on Wednesday. Most of these fish were in the 10-15 lb range, but there were several landed just shy of 20 lbs. Regardless of where you are, those are monster Coho. All I can say is...well done!

Now when it comes to describing our fishing with clients, both Dustin and I always err on the side of being conservative, because there are all too many fishing operations out there who claim to catch ridiculous numbers of fish when, in fact, many times they do not. We always prefer to be up front and honest with our fishing, so when our clients get to experience legitimate days like this, it really highlights just how prolific our west coast fisheries can be.

Over the years, our guides here at Nicholas Dean Lodge have developed specialized techniques for targeting Coho Salmon in our rivers with flies, to the point where fly fishing is often just as productive as casting spoons and/or marbou jigs.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels...
Chad Black, Operations Manager

Fishing Report from: Nautical West Fishing Adventures

Hi Noel, sorry I could not type a report for you. I am actually in Vancouver waiting to watch an NHL Hockey Game tonight. Please just remind the fishing folks I have some open dates for spring Steelhead 3rd week April 2010 and for them to contact you for more info and/or book it if they so wish.

Thank you.
Todd Haynes

PRODUCT PROFILE:

I really enjoyed spin fishing with this “new” super braided line. It was engineered for spinning reels. The smooth coating on the line slips through the guides quietly and effortlessly. No more wind knots and tip wraps. My casting distance improved and I had instant hook-sets. It is small in diameter but extremely strong. I snagged up and had to pull so hard to break it that I pulled my anchored jet boat half way across the river. It finally broke. Actual break strength is 53 lbs. You will recover more jigs and lures as the hook usually straightens out. I fished all day and lost only one jig. So outstanding is Dura Cast’s performance that the line won the Best New Braided Line award at the prestigious European Fishing Tackle Trade Association show in June of 2009. Dura Cast will revolutionize your experience.

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Hi Noel, I always read your and Ron's Newsletter with great interest. Here's my first ''Northern'' caught two weeks ago during my short trip from Switzerland on a Skeena Trib. I believe you are always looking for good pics. Say hello to Ron from Alex (we were both in love with Maria from the Motel in Kitimat...).
All best,
Alex (from Switzerland)

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Sherry and Bob Carmicheal with two beautiful Douglas Channel Harbour Fishery Coho. They landed 16 Coho and one Pink. Sherry and Bob were guests of Marc Girard and Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 16 – August 23, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been a mixed bag with sun, clouds and rain. Even with the rain most waters have stayed in shape. Fishing for Sockeye, Coho, Pink and summer-run Steelhead on the Skeena River is fair. Spey, single hand fly rod and conventional gear are working well. The trick is to be on the right gravel bar and fish proper techniques. This is when an experienced fishing guide comes in handy. For all the fine details on the Kitimat River, coastal rivers and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below.

August 18, 2009 One 'New' podcast number 0018 posted on Podcast

Category: Mid Week fishing updates. I was fly fishing on the Skeena River on August 15, 2009 with Chad Black, operations manager and pro angling guide for Nicholas Dean Lodge. Chad is going to show us what equipment we need when fly fishing on the Skeena River for Steelhead, Sockeye, Coho and Pink Salmon. The show starts with some quick photos of 'quality' fly fishing products from Redl Sports. Then the fishing video clip starts. Chad hooks about a half dozen fish in a very short time, then sits on a log and gives us a few 'key' pointers on how to be successful in this exciting fishery. Podcast (9:38 minutes) includes photos, audio and a fishing video clip. Stay tuned for more of these 'how to' podcasts!

NOTICE: The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th. It is an outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants. For interested anglers from out of town, Derby tickets can be purchased by calling the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Cast here to see the poster http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/2009-Fish-Derby-Poster.pdf Please contact the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250 632 6294 Toll Free 1-800-664-6554 or email address kitimatchamber@telus.net

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New item posted on 'Conservation' Aug 22/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' Aug 20/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' Aug 19/09
- One New video clip posted on 'Podcast' Aug 18/09

NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita, Wes Owens, Dave Payjack, Marc Girard, April Vokey, Dustin Kovacvich and Tracey Hittel

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks!

FISHING THIS WEEK: - Good-

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Ocean: Specie: 80-pound Halibut. Where: Prince Rupert, Dundas Island. Who: The Hughes Family. PLUS: Jacque Losier fishing with his son Colby and father Roger and friend Bob Birch boated an 86-pound Halibut and a 40- pound Halibut down the Douglas Channel. River: 20-pound Skeena River Steelhead from a guest at the Nicholas Dean Lodge.

WEATHER: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate. Sunrise 6:25 AM Sunset 8:49 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 21 degrees. Minimum 10 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: has been up and down all week but is still in fishable shape to fish for Sockeye, Pink, Coho and summer-run “wild” Steelhead with both spin and fly rods. More and more excited fishermen are coming here to enjoy our fabulous, world renowned Salmon and Steelhead sport fishery! Everyone is WELCOME…

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

KALUM RIVER: is now closed for Chinook (King) Salmon. Coho (Silver) Salmon and Steelhead are entering the river now.

KASIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now. A few Coho, by now, will be holding a little ways up-river in deep pools and under trees. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon should be coming in the low end now. Fishing for them at the river mouth where the river meets the Skeena is still a good bet.

EXSTEW RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon should be coming in the low end now. Fishing for them at the river mouth where the river meets the Skeena is still a good bet.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in perfect shape and a good number of Steelhead are being caught using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional gear.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River has really good numbers of Coho especially for this time of year. There are still lots and lots and lots of Pinks although some of them are starting to spawn and die. There is still some bright Pinks coming in with the Coho,

Aug 17 Marc Girard fishing with our clients Liseann Head and Adrian Milford from Ontario. Liseann and Adrian landed 3 Coho and a bunch of Pinks on their drift. Marc said that he had a wonderful time fishing with Liseann and Adrian but he noted that Adrian sure took a lot of pictures. Adrian is our current record holder for taking the most photos on any of our drift boat trips. Adrian took exactly 100 photos on their drift with us. Wow! Congratulations on your catch Liseann and Adrian! You will certainly be able to revisit the details of your trip by looking at the pictures. Well done!

Aug 18 Mike Herzberg fishing with his friend Anther hooked 5 Coho and landed 3 on a Drift in the lower Kitimat. Mike and Anther were Hot Shotting with Luhr Jensen Hot shots #35's and hooked Coho in quite a few specific holes in the lower Kitimat drift. Mike and Anther are very good friends, awesome anglers and certainly catch a lot of fish fishing together. Well done Guys!

Aug 20 Jessie Houston drifted the Upper Kitimat River and landed 14 Coho during his drift on Thursday (Aug 20th). Unfortunately his digital camera got wet so there are no pictures. When I asked Jesse where he caught these Coho, Jesse replied 'in his secret Honey holes'. I respect that anglers who wish to keep certain ``secret Honey Holes`` private are entitled to do so. I do appreciate that the other information that is provided is accurate. I pride myself on the accuracy of this fishing report but it is only as accurate as the information I receive. I would rather Jesse or any anglers tell me he did not wish to reveal their spots than give me false information. Thank You for the 'straight goods' Jesse and congratulations on your catch. Well done.

Aug 21 Jesse drifted with Thomas Keohane after work on Friday (Aug 21st) after working at our tackle store until 5:00 P.M. Jesse and Thomas landed 4 Coho in their secret 'Honey hole' but again no camera so there are no pictures but their fish numbers are impressive. Nicely done Guys.

Aug 22 Justin Lowes fishing with some buddies landed 3 Coho in the rising Kitimat River before the water clarity turned dirty. Sorry no photos.

Summary for the Kitimat River: is producing higher than normal numbers of Coho for this time of year. The Coho are exhibiting typical behavior of migrating into the Kitimat during the early portion of the run. Coho were starting to stack up in specific holes on the lower Kitimat River with our low water conditions. It is typical behavior for Coho to stack up in these specific holes and with each tide more Coho will continue to increase the size of the group in these holes. This was evident with the anglers fishing the lower dike and the Kitimat River Intake pool and Goose Creek. When we get a little rain to increase the river height, the Coho will move up river in large groups or schools.

We observed this behavior with Wednesday's river level jump and Jesse's impressive catch results up river on Thursday. With the bump up of river height more Coho will also move into the holes of the lower Kitimat that were just vacated by the previous group. This behavior will continue throughout the Coho run on the Kitimat River during September and well into October. The challenge for Coho anglers is to first find the holes that the Coho are stacking up and then fish the most effective lures to catch them. Coho more so than other Salmon specie can be effectively caught on the wider range of tackle than other Salmon specie. Coho can be caught on hot shots, casting spoons, jigs, dick nites, spinners, bait (after August 31st on the Kitimat River), spin n glows, cheaters. curly tails, corkies, wool and flies. The list is endless. The general rule will always apply. Once the Coho holes are identified it is then a matter of choosing the most effective lure or lures to catch them in the type of water they are holding in. The beauty of Coho fishing is that there is no secret to finding them since they usually jump and splash revealing their location. Early in the run. hot shots and lures dominate as the more effective lures. Specifically the Luhr Jensen Hot shot 25 and 35's and Normark Wiggle warts. Gibbs Koho 45 and 55s in Blue scale and copper are usually the early favorites and have also dominated this week. When the water clarity is good flies are also very good. At the time of writing this report the Kitimat River is high and dirty but there will be a lot of Coho migrating in with the high water. I predict that when the Kitimat River cleans in a couple of days there will be a lot of Coho caught throughout the Kitimat. Stay tuned to this report and I will update as the Kitimat Coho run progresses.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: There are lots of Coho in the Kitimat Harbour caught this week. When the Kitimat River is low Coho will 'stack up' in the Kitimat Harbour and the Coho fishing is outstanding. Many boats were limiting out with 8, 12, or 16 Coho throughout most of the week. But by Friday and Saturday the catch rate dropped off a bit. There were still plenty of Coho caught but not in the same high numbers. Don Pearson, owner of Moon Bay Marina also had the same observation. When the Kitimat River is high and on the exceptional high tides right now, more Coho will head straight into the river. As more Coho migrate up the Douglas Channel into the Kitimat Harbour and the Kitimat drops the Coho stocks will group up again.

Aug 16 Ron fishing with Associate Guide Marc Girard and his wife Bonnie in the Kitimat Harbour Fishery of the Douglas Channel. Marc is an Associate in our Guide/Charter business but Marc, Bonnie and I have evolved into becoming very good friends who enjoy fishing together. We landed a pile of Coho and had a lot of fun during our fishing trip in the Kitimat harbour. We boated 12 Coho and watched all the boats around us landing a bunch of Coho as well. Thank You for the wonderful time Bonnie and Marc. Good friends, Good times, and Great memories!

Aug 16 Jacque Losier fishing with his son Colby and father Roger and friend Bob Birch boated a 86lb Halibut and a 40lb Halibut down the Douglas Channel. They also caught a bunch of Coho and Crab. Three generations of the male side of the Losier family fishing together is wonderful to witness and to catch some very nice fish as well. Nicely done Mr. Losiers and Bob Birch! Congratulations!

Aug 16 Eric Turcotte says, “here is a picture from a trip in the channel with Patrick Dufresne on Sunday afternoon. We both caught our limit. On one picture, I'm standing with Patrick Dufresne, Jean-François Vezina and Evans Girard. J-F and Evans were very happy for us and enjoyed the dinner. On the other one, I'm standing with 9, 10, 11 and 13 lb Coho.” Well done Eric and Patrick. I bet you have some friends that want to go fishing with you!

Aug 16 Dave Payjack said 'I had to take a break to go out and get some fish for my own freezer. I brought along my father Larry Payjack and our friend Art Bourassa both from Terrace for a two day trip. Once the wind calmed down enough to fish my dad had to put on a school to remind who I learned how to fish from by catching a 108.8 lb Halibut. We caught 7 Halibut and landed 6 of them: 108.8 lb, 97.5 lb, 48.5 lb, 43 lb, 40 lb, and 35 lb. We also caught 7 ling cod, 8 Red snapper and 14 other cod fish'. Well done Guys. Dave, I guess you can still learn a thing or two from your Dad. Well done, Mr. Payjack. Congratulations on a very impressive catch!

Aug 19 I had the pleasure of fishing with Marc Girard and his neighbor Adene Clay and Kitimat's own Lynn Stevenson. Lynn asked me if I would catch some Coho for her. I responded that she would have to catch her own and I invited her to join Marc and me on a morning outing in the Kitimat Harbour. Marc and I contacted Adene Clay to complete our August 19th morning fishing team. As many readers who have fished the Salt already know, it is very much a team effort in the boat to catch fish. From the skipper at the wheel, lure selection, baiting hooks, fighting the fish, netting fish to cleaning the fish. Everyone has to pitch in to catch a bunch of fish. We boated 14 Coho, a Pink and a Chum. Lynn landed her first Coho and then proceeded to land a whole bunch more. Adene was equally up to the task of landing a bunch of Coho on her first outing in the Kitimat harbour. Thank You Ladies for your great company, your wonderful sense of humors. Marc and I had a awesome time fishing with Adene and Lynn.

Aug 19 Wes Owens fishing with our clients Derek Blouin and his daughter Ashley and Alex and Marco Jaworsky boated 16 Coho and a whole bunch of Crab. Congratulations on your catch. Well Done.

Aug 20 Ron and Marc Girard fishing our clients Sherry and Bob Carmicheal in the Kitimat Harbour Fishery. We landed 16 Coho and one Pink and released one Coho to end the trip since we had our 16 Salmon quota for the day. Congratulations Sherry and Bob. Marc and I had a lot of fun fishing with you. Thank You for enlisting our Charter services.

Aug 21 Ron doing a little staff training with Corbin Rego who works in our Tackle Store. Also on board was my favorite ex-father-in-law Art Hackler and daughter Debbie.

Aug 22 I went fishing with Art Hackler and Martin Golhke in the morning and we landed 4 Coho. I brought the boat back in and went back out later that evening with my son Brandon and his girlfriend Justine. We boated 4 Coho and a bunch of Pinks, most of which we released. We also lost a lot more which is normal when Coho fishing, but it provided excellent material to harass my son, Brandon with. Congratulations everyone on a nice day of fishing.

Aug 22 Wes Owens fishing with our clients Mike McIntyre and his son, Keegan. Mike and Keegan landed 8 Coho and released another 4 Coho. They also caught and released a large Chum that gave Keegan quite a battle. Wes commented that Mike had great time fishing with his son, Keegan. Wes also noticed that Keegan had great skills on the rod to land the fish. Congratulation Guys!

Summary for the Douglas Channel: There are plenty of Coho on the outer waters of the Douglas Channel and also plenty of bottom fish. Anchovies and hoochies are the hot lures for Coho and herring with a spreader bar is the most mentioned tackle for Halibut. Some anglers are having good success with the fatty strip of the bellies from the Pinks and Coho that are trimmed off at the cleaning table. They are baiting either a spreader bar or a jig with these belly strips and are doing really well with them.

Ferd Bouzane went fishing with some friends on the outer waters of Douglas Channel. They took two boats and went out for a few days and they came back with a pile of fish. They brought home 56 Salmon, (53 Coho and 3 Chinook), 42 Snapper and 7 Halibut. Many boaters have similar success fishing the Douglas Channel right now.

We can expect great Coho fishing throughout Douglas Channel for the next coming weeks. Bottom fishing will also continue especially at this end of the Douglas Channel due to the excellent Pink return. As the Pinks finish spawning and their carcasses wash out in front of the river mouths the Halibut and other bottom fish will continue to migrate up this end of the Douglas Channel to feed on the Pinks. This is an excellent time to fish the Douglas Channel.

We have plenty of open dates for interested anglers who wish to book a trip. This is a great opportunity to fish with us right now. The fishing is great and because of the downturn in the economy, we have plenty of dates available. Please contact Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca

The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th. It is an outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants. For interested anglers from out of town, Derby tickets can be purchased by calling the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Cast here to see the poster http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/2009-Fish-Derby-Poster.pdf Please contact the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250 632 6294 Toll Free 1-800-664-6554 or email address kitimatchamber@telus.net

Thank You to everyone who contributed photos and info to this report.

Tight Lines.
Bright Fish and Big Smiles
Sincerely
Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: April Vokey of Fly Gal Ventures

Aug 18 Hi Noel! I am in Iceland on the Midfjardará.

The fishing was a little slower than usual, but still amazing! There were a ton of grilse in the river with spottings of larger Atlantics making their way up....

Weather is a mix of rain and sun, but the temperature was fairly low (jacket weather).

They were readily taking flies off the top.

Iceland is one of my favorite places in the world, and I highly recommend taking this once in a lifetime trip! If anybody needs more information please contact Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca

Regards
April Vokey

Fishing Report from: Steelhead Heaven

Hi Noel, the summer steelhead ya that would be nice, this high water will bring the run in,
I have been in the kitimat area for coho, both salt and freshwater fishing is automatic and the run is very good, also Nass Chinook are biting, attached are some of my best pics this week, tight lines, Tracey Hittel

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Aug 17 Hey Noel, My family and I moved to Terrace in January this year and we love it!!! I subscribed to your newsletter before we got here and we were dreaming of big fish!!!! Last Wednesday, August 12, 2009 my two boys and I headed up to the North end of Dundas Island. We moored up at Dundas 101 lodge for the night, but not before hooking into a big halibut! This is the one we have been dreaming of! The rusty old scale at the lodge registered over 80 lbs and as you can see I was having trouble holding it up!!! We had a great trip, whales all around, humpbacks and orcas and fish in the boat. The coho were thick out there!!! Keep up the good work on the newsletter!!!! Look forward to meeting you out on the water!!
Cheers, The HUGHES family

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 Aug 10, 2009; 10:01AM - Skeena and Kitimat River REPORT
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 2 – August 9, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The “heat wave” is finally over and we have normal temperatures (23 degrees C.) The Skeena River has been dropping all week and conditions are good for catching Sockeye, Coho, Pink and summer-run Steelhead with spey, single hand fly rod and conventional gear. The Chinook (King) Salmon fishery closed August 7th for another year in a zone from Lakelse River mouth upstream to the Skeena River Overpass (new Hwy 16 bridge) at Ferry Island. The Kalum River closed for Chinook at the same time. For all the fine details on the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below. April Vokey has joined Noel Gyger’s team of “best” pro fishing guides. See her “first” report below.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- Two New items posted on 'Conservation' Aug 7/09
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NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita, Terrence Reynolds, Marc Girard, Andreas Handl, John Eckstein, Dave Payjack and Wes Owens

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks!

FISHING THIS WEEK: - Excellet!

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 60-pound Halibut. Where: Douglas Channel. Angler: Les Pender

WEATHER: Showers. Windy. High 17. Sunrise 6:00 AM Sunset 9:20 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 23 degrees. Minimum 11degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Has been dropping all week and is in good shape to fish for Sockeye, Pink, Coho and summer-run “wild” Steelhead with both spin and fly rods. More and more excited fishermen are coming here to enjoy our fabulous, world renowned Salmon and Steelhead sport fishery! Everyone is WELCOME…

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

KALUM RIVER: is now closed for Chinook (King) Salmon. Coho (Silver) Salmon and Steelhead will soon be here.

KASIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

EXSTEW RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Fishing for Chinook closed upstream of Highway 16 bridge on July 23rd. The water is in perfect shape today and a good number of Steelhead are being caught using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional gear.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: Chinook are turning to their spawning colours and some of the early Chum and Pinks are also starting to show their colour change as well. Pinks are exceptionally strong this year and there are more fresh Pinks on every tide. Anglers are reminded that Chinook are closed July 31st on the Kitimat River. Chum seems to be sporadic this week and most of the Chum are still being caught on the Island across from the Hatchery or on the gravel bar below the Kitimat River Hatchery. There were a few Coho caught at the Lower Dike on Tuesday and we received a couple reports of silver bright fish being lost under the Haisla Bridge which we are assuming were Coho.

Pink jigs (either Jim's Jigs or Rainbow Jigs) and Gibbs Clear Cerise Crocs 3/16 or 3\\8 oz are still the most effective lures for Pinks. It is always a good idea to get organized before heading out. I like to organize lures and tackle into compartment boxes with everything for specific specie. Trophy XL compartment boxes are excellent for organizing tackle.

Trophy XL box with Pink Spin n Glo with a Gibbs/Delta pink mini hoochie or A Pink Spin n Glo with Gibbs/Delta pink Eggclusters are the best lures for Chum.

The best lures for early Coho are the Gibbs Koho 45 Blue scale or Koho 45 Copper spoons.

Aug 2 I had the distinct pleasure of fishing with Jody Jordan and Larry Carden. Jody is the producer of Jordan World Circus and Larry is the Animal Superintendent of George Carden Circus International. They were in Kitimat with the Circus and decided to do a little fishing on the Kitimat River. Jody landed and released this 40lb Kitimat River Chinook on our drift. The most distinct memorable moment during the fight with this Chinook was Larry saying 'Don't lose this one Jody'. Great Job Jody! Congratulations! With one of the training methods I received during the certification of the FFF Instructor's course by Tom White ten years ago I was able to give Larry a few casting tips that improved his casting. Larry landed this Pink on his very first cast fly fishing on the Kitimat River. Well done Larry! We also hooked a pile of Pinks during our drift but the hooked to landed ratio was pretty low during one bad streak but we finished strong. It was a Great day on the Kitimat with you guys. You guys were a lot of fun to fish with.

Aug 5 Marc Girard fishing with his buddies Rick Brown and Kevin Woodhouse. They landed a 30lb Chinook and 3 Chum. Marc used to work with Rick and Kevin in the Fire Hall in Prince George. Work Hard! Play Hard! Fish Hard! Congratulations Guys!

August 5th Update: My very good friends and fishing partners, Natalie and Daniel Chimko are proud parents of a Baby Girl. Natalie gave birth to a 9lb 11oz. baby girl today. She is definitely a 'Keeper'. Congratulations to Natalie, Daniel and their families!

Aug 6 Our Mobile Tackle Van photographed Tristan Duncalf age 14 and his friend Byron Campell. Tristan was fishing with his father Paul Duncalf. Bryron and Tristan are holding two out of the hundreds of Pinks that are harvested on the Kitimat River. It is always nice to see father and son and friends fishing the Kitimat River. It is also common to see Moms out fishing with the kids. We are fortunate to live in a place where Salmon fishing is but minutes away. Usually the rods are kept in the truck. Congratulations Guys!

Aug 7 Marc and Bonnie Girard fishing with their friends Cheryl and Greg from Prince George. They kept four Pinks and caught and released a whole bunch more. Nice catch folks.
There may be a few Pink Salmon sandwiches this winter or perhaps smoked Salmon during the Yatzee Games.

Summary: There are unbelievable numbers of Pink Salmon in the Kitimat River this season and from the reports from the saltwater anglers, there are more to come. Most of the Chum are still being caught on the Hatchery Island and on the gravel bar below the Hatchery. Coho are starting to trickle into the Kitimat River. Our tackle store received a report of three Coho caught at Goose Creek on Saturday Aug 8th. There are lots of Salmon in the Kitimat River right now. I venture to say that during this two week time period there are more Salmon in the Kitimat River than any other time. A Great time is being had by all!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL:

Aug 2 John Eckstein fishing with our clients Eugene Hiscock and Darren Sutton caught their limit of Halibut and 8 Cod. Congratulations Guys! Well done! It is always nice to share the fishing experience of the Douglas Channel with folks from other areas. Good Job Skipper!

Aug 2 Sam Avila fishing with his wife Mariea and son Christopher and his girlfriend Katie last weekend. They landed 25 Coho, a big Chinook,a Chum and 5 Halibut. Wow a great weekend of Family fishing. Well done! The family cruises with Captain Dad at the wheel. Congratulations to the Avila family.

Aug 3 Instore Derby. Mark Pacheko weighed in three Coho, a 12lb, a 13lb and a 10lb for our Instore Derby. The boat landed ten Coho out at Money Point down the Douglas Channel. The weather has been outstanding and the Coho fishing has been great! Good Job Guys!

Aug 4 Sabin Simard with his first Coho 10 lbs. Sabin and my friend Alain Bergeron and his first Coho 12 lbs. Sabin said, 'All together we caught 4 Coho, 2 Pink and 3 Chinook, a whole bunch of Crab and lots of sun on the channel'. 'God I love this place'.

Aug 5 Wes Owens fishing with Wayne Southgate landed nine Coho in the Kitimat Harbour Fishery. They kept eight and released one. Wes skippers one of our Saltwater Charter boats and was out doing a pre-client trip with his friend Wayne. Well done Guys!

Aug 5 Andreas Handl fishing with David, Hannes, Micheal and Thomas landed 5 Coho, 5 Pink and one big Chum. Congratulations Guys. Andreas reports that they had 'Fish On!' all day and the weather was great.

Aug 5 Mike Ferguson fishing with Karl, Sam and Stewart Woodman fishing down the outer waters of the Douglas Channel landed 8 Halibut and 32 Coho. Wow! Congratulations Guys that is a very impressive catch. Well done!

Aug 5 John Eckstein fishing with our clients Les Pinder and his son boated two Halibut. They boated a 10lb Halibut and a 60lb Halibut. The father, son team catches fish and chips! Well Done guys!

Aug 5 Dave Payjack of Sea West Charters fishing with his client Dr, Malcolm Oghorn landed their limit of Coho and a bunch of Pinks. The Douglas Channel is a great place to fish when the weather is good and the Salmon are running. Both the weather and fishing has been Great! Congratulations Doctor Oghorn and Good Job Skipper!

Summary: The Douglas Channel is producing exceptional numbers of Coho on the outer waters of the Douglas Channel. Harry Murphy reports boating 32 Coho for his clients and a bunch of Halibut. From Money Point to Cleo Point with Sue Channel and Jesse Falls in between there are Coho throughout the Douglas Channel. The early indicators of this year's Coho run appeared to be very strong and the Coho Season this year is shaping up to be a Good one! Halibut is also very good and boaters especially the boaters doing overnight trips are limiting out with both Halibut and Coho. The Douglas Channel is indeed a wonderful place to fish right now and it is only going to get better.

As many readers that have followed our fishing reports may have noticed most of my Associate Guides and Charters and I have been fishing with our families and friends. We are also fishing with each other which is rare in peak season.

With the downturn in the economy, Guided Driftboat trips and Saltwater Charter trips have been drastically reduced. There is little that can be done about the economy so we all decided to take full advantage of the fishing in peak times to fish with our friends and families. In previous years we have been too busy to spend quality fishing time during peak seasons to fish with family and friends.

We have many available days during the peak season in the Douglas Channel right now and many open days in September for Coho drift boat trips. We would be more than happy to provide an awesome Fishing experience on the Douglas Channel or on the Kitimat River for any anglers interested. Anglers wishing to book a trip with us, please contact Noel Gyger

The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th. It is an outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants. For interested anglers from out of town, Derby tickets can be purchased by calling the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Please contact the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250 632 6294 or email address kitimatchamber@telus.net

Thank You to everyone for submitting pictures for this report.

Hope you all enjoyed the report.
'Big Fish and Big Smiles'

Sincerely
Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: April Vokey of Fly Gal Ventures

Hi Noel, thank you for inviting me to contribute to your fishing reports.

As you know, I am based out of British Columbia, however, this week I am in Arkansas, USA and guiding for Rainbow Trout in the Ozarks (on a small Spring Creek).

Last week, I had the pleasure of fishing the famous White River with Mr. Davy Wotton www.davywotton.com World Class fly fishing instructor, US International Team coach of America and Europe, author and fly tier. It was a hoot! The Rainbows were biting, but the Browns weren't interested.

Fly fishing here in the Ozarks has been OK but is getting tougher as the weather is heating up. I understand you are having the same hot weather in Terrace.....

As you know I specialize in fly-casting instruction, workshops and ladies clothing. My fly fishing adventures consist of spring Steelhead and Trout, Salmon Jet Boat Trips, wilderness camps, BC summer Sturgeon and still water trips. If fisher folks need more information or wish to book a trip please have them contact you noel@noelgyger.ca directly.

Note from Noel: Welcome onboard April, looking forward to your contributions.

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 Jul 6, 2009; 10:15AM - PRIME TIME Chinook (King) Salmon
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Derek Isfeld and Mike Poco with a beautiful, fresh Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon estimated to weigh 33-pounds. The photo was taken by Marc Girard who is an associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 28 – July 5, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Daytime temperatures have been hotter than normal. The Skeena mid week was in excellent shape and more and more anglers were trying their luck. There are many anglers still out this weekend but the water has come up due to the recent hot spell. See graph below. Right now is “prime time” for Sockeye (Red) and Chinook (King) Salmon. The Kalum River is high and clean and fishing for Chinook continues. I noticed many jet boat trailers at the boat ramps this morning and many people fishing their favorite holes. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is borderline fishable. Fishing for Chinook in the Kitimat River is fair but the Douglas Channel harbour fishery is excellent! In addition to Chinook, Chum and Pink are showing up. For all the fine details please check out the Ron Wakita report below. This rising water should bring in a more Salmon and Steelhead.

I normally do not comment on the News Bulletin items I post during the week but I thought this time I would like to point out the alarming number of conservation issues. Please check them out when you have a chance and do what you can to help. A wild Salmon and Steelhead will thank you for it.

June 29, 2009 One 'New' podcast number 0015 is posted on Podcast http://www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm

Category: Mid Week fishing updates. Rob Vodola, a very good friend and fishing guide for Minette Bay Lodge invited John Kennedy and me to fish with him for Chinook on the Kitimat River Monday, June 29, 2009. We decided to pull some plugs from Rob's Hyde Drift Boat. Rob has all the 'best' equipment including Ambassadeur 7000 reels filled with 25-pound test Maxima fishing line, Berkley fishing rods and a huge selection of Lure Jensen Kwikfish plugs. If we caught a nice fresh Chinook it was heading for the Bradley Smoker. Podcast (4:01 minutes) includes photos, audio and video clip.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New item posted on 'Conservation' July 5/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' July 4/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' July 3/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' July 2/09
- One New fishing update 'Podcast' June 29/09


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Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita, Mike Herzberg, Ariel Kuppers, Andreas Handl, Todd Haynes, Wes Owens and Gill McKean.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook (King) Salmon, Chum, Pink, Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks! (this is actually a regulation)

FISHING THIS WEEK: Excellent

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 54-pound fly caught Chinook (King) Salmon Where: Kitimat River Angler: Client of Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures.

WEATHER: Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with the risk of a thundershower. High 26. UV index 6 or high. Sunrise 5:07 AM Sunset 10:11 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 22 degrees. Minimum 11 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Is fishable although the water is coming up due to the recent hot spell. Both Chinook and Sockeye are being caught. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea.

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

KALUM RIVER: Is high but clean. One may try and fish the edges and slow moving corners for Chinook (King) Salmon. Both boat ramps are open and there are lots of jet boats fishing today.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2009 – 2011 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is borderline fishable.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River above the tide line is still producing Chinook but the Tidal portion has been the hottest section. With the river level dropping, the Chinook are stacking up in the tidal portion. Chinook have been caught throughout the Kitimat River and our Mobile Tackle van has been logging fish but mostly on the rising tides.

June 28th. Derek Wakita fishing with his father Rick and friend Daniel Meyer drifted the lower Kitimat River. They landed a 20 and 35lb Chinook. Well done guys!

June 29 and 30th. Kurt Anderson landed a 12lb Chinook on a Fly July 29, landed a 25lb Chinook on a Fly July 30. Kurk Anderson is with a group of Fly anglers from Quesnel. The group consists if Ed Pinette, Greg Laberge and his son Chris. Kurt, Ed and Greg are accomplished Fly anglers and have been coming to the Kitimat River for as long as I can remember. Greg's son Chris is on a mission to land a Kitimat River Chinook. Under the tutelage of Kurt, Ed and his father, I am sure Chris will accomplish his mission shortly. I look forward to posting his picture in this report.

June 30th. Andrew and Shaydee fishing with their father Mark Zeilinski landed a 20lb Chinook drifting with their good friend Mike Herzberg. It is always nice to see a father fishing with his kids although Andrew and Shaydee are hardly kids any more. Mike was able to create a special fish picture for the Zeilinski family album.

June 30th. Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friends Derek Downey and Parick Dufrene landed a 31lb, 14lb, and 16lb Chinook. They also landed a Pink. (bottom photo)

July 1st. Mark Girard guiding clients Mike Porco and Derek Isfeld hooked two Chinook and landed a 33lb beauty. The fishing was a little slower than we had hoped but Marc managed to put Mike and Derek onto two Chinook. Derek landed this very nice Kitimat River Chinook just below the Haisla Bridge. Please see Photo of the Week above. Mike and Derek are anglers from Kamloops BC who come to North West B.C to fish Chinook every year. Congratulations Derek. Well done Marc. As you may note in the photo Marc is equipped with G Loomis rods and Ambassadeur reels. Ambassadeur 7000 reels are the #1 level wind reel fished in the North West for Chinook. The Ambassadeur 7000 has risen to the standard required to land big Chinook. The line capacity and quality drag assembly of the 7000 series are key ingredients to hook, fight and land big fish. Pure Fishing (the parent company) has refined some components over the years but the Ambassadeur reel has been the 'Reel of choice for Chinook for over thirty years'.

The G Loomis Hot Shot Rod (HSR 1025C) also displayed in the photo is the perfect rod for the 'Hot Shotting' technique that we use in our Driftboats on the Kitimat River. Steve Rajeff, G. Loomis's rod designer has perfectly crafted the HSR series with tip action to read the twitch of the Hot Shots and 'backbone' in the rod to enable instant hook set yet allow enough flex in the rod to keep barbless hooks tight. The Loomis HSR GL2 rod and the Ambassadeur 7000 series reel are the 'dynamic duo' best suited to fight Big Chinook in the North West particularly on the Kitimat River.

The lure also shown in the photo is Luhr Jensen's colour #938 Bubble Gum Pink 3/4 SE Mag Hot Shot. These Hot Shots were first introduced by our illustrious Mr. Noel Gyger probably 30 years ago. They have been the most productive diving plugs for 'Hot Shotting” ever since. A few years ago Mike Herzberg evolved a technique we fondly refer to as 'Scar Face'. This technique utilizes a K13X Kwikfish which are also made by Luhr Jensen. Luhr Jensen rocks! Especially for Chinook! The proof is in the pictures.

June 30th. Bonnie Girard drifting with her favorite guide and husband landed a14lb Chinook on a morning drift. Well done Bonnie and good work Marc producing a Chinook for your favorite client and wife, Bonnie.

July 1st. My Twin brother Rick drifted with his son Derick and our nephew Micheal. Derek landed a 25lb Chinook and Micheal landed a 35lb. They also landed a Chum. It's truly wonderfull to hear the fishing results and see the pictures of Uncle Rick, Derick and Micheal. Some of the fondest memories that we all share in the Wakita family are Hockey and Fishing related. Grandpa Wakita would be proud! Well Done guys!

July 2nd. Terence Reynolds an Associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters fishing with our clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean. Peter hooked three Chinook on his spey rod and landed one. Peter said to Terrence, 'he had a great time fishing with Wes and Terrence'. Thank you for the kind words Peter and congratulations on your and Danyel's fish.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL:

June 27th. Frank Trenaman with a 65 lb Halibut caught last weekend in the Douglas Channel. Photo provide by Terry Gould

June 30th. Captain Bill Panton landed a 28lb Chinook and his Vancouver guest caught a 12 and 13lb Chinook

July 1st. Wes Owens landed three Chinook 11lb,16lb and a 17lb with his clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean. Wes said that Peter and Danyel were wonderful folks to fish with. It was a beautiful day and the water was like glass all day and the fishing was pretty good. The group hooked six and boated four Chinook. They released another small Chinook. Well done.

July 1st. Fred Bouzane fishing with his friends Don, Paul and Kyle Harding. They were fishing at Money Point down the Douglas Channel. They landed three Chum, one Coho and a Pink but we 'could not land a Chinook or Coho to save our lives'. 'Everyone else caught lots of Chinook and Coho all around us but we only got the Coho', said Fred. These moments will happen sooner or later in every angler's life. All a guy can do is stay focused, do all the right things and wait for 'Lady Luck' or the 'Fish Gods' to swing in his favour.

July 1st. Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures reports catching his limit of Chinook down the Douglas Channel. 'We were hitting one every fifteen minutes'. Well done Todd, I look forward to seeing the pictures.

July 2nd. Wes Owens fishing with his clients Natalaya and Giorgio boated a 19lb and 18lb Chinook in the Kitimat Harbour fishery. Also along on the trip were Mr. and Mrs. Dalmonte. It was a beautiful day to be on the water of the Douglas Channel. Congratulations everyone!

July 2 & 3rd. Dave Payjack hooked 7 Chinook and landed 5 with his clients on his last trip. They also landed a Chum, 2 Halibut, a bunch of Rock Cod and their limit of Crab. Well Done Skipper! Sorry, no pics.

KITIMAT TIDAL FISHERY: (new category while it lasts)

Brad Wickman caught two Chinook.

Tim, Lynn and Richard hooked 10 Chinook and landed five on July 3rd. Tim said that Andreas Handl of Kingfish Westcoast Adventure reports landing 15 Chinook in the last two days. Andreas does Jet boat trips for Reliable and has dates available. Please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca as the fishing in the Tidal portion is RED HOT!

Brad Wickman and his buddy 'Dumo' boated 14 Chinook July 4th. Wow! They reported hooking over twenty to land 14. Fourteen Chinook in one day! Wow! Brad is going to email me the pictures. Congratulations Brad and Dumo! This was a fishing day of a life time!

Thank You to everyone for providing their catch results to be enjoyed by the readers of this report.

Good Luck! Tight Lines

Sincerely, Ron Wakita
Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Hello Noel, thought I would get my report out a little early I am so proud of my brother!

We are seeing monster numbers of fish in the Skeena and the water is in great shape I have attached a photo of my little brother with a very happy guest from Colorado. These are fly caught fish. The larger of the fish was weighed in a cradle, it was 54 pounds Yeehaaa! Great job Grass Hopper AKA splash GORDON. Some of you will recognize Gordon as he is a 'wanted' man by most of the area guides as he lives to fish giving him an edge that most wish they had!

The Kitimat is seeing great numbers of Chinook and the Pinks and Chum are starting to show here and there. We still have a few openings at the end of September as well as October if any of you wish to have a fishing trip to remember give Noel a call noel@noelgyger.ca and he will hook you up with one of the BEST!!

Good luck and good fishing to all.

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

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 Jun 15, 2009; 10:45AM - Chinook (King) Salmon Paradise
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Nelson Furtado with a nice Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed on June 9th. Nelson was fishing with his friend Greg Buck. Photo by Greg Buck.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 7 – June 14, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week with lower daytime temperatures close to average (19 degrees C.). All rivers have come down since their highs of last week. The Kalum River is high and clean and fishing for Chinook has started. The Skeena River water heights have dropped but still too coloured for fishing. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. Fishing for Chinook in the Kitimat River is excellent! For more detail please check out the Ron Wakita report below.

Please avoid targeting Steelhead directly on any river, most will be in the spawning mode and should be left alone. The next time we target Steelhead will be on the mainstem Skeena River for “summer-runs” starting around early to mid August.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New item posted on 'Quality Waters Strategy' June 12/09
- Two New items posted on 'Conservation' June 12/09

NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks.

FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 40-pound Chinook (King) Salmon Where: Kitimat River Angler: Gus Horianopolus

WEATHER: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. UV index 7 or high. Sunrise 4:58 AM Sunset 10:11 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 20 degrees. Minimum 10 or 11 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Is too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea.

KALUM RIVER: Is high but clean. One may try and fish the edges and slow moving corners for Chinook (King) Salmon. The boat ramps are open.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2009 – 2011 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is too dirty to fish.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

Father's Day Gift Registry - Fathers are invited to participate in our Father's Day Gift Registry. Father's are encouraged to register their gift wish specific to brand size and colours. Family members can then choose their Father's Day Gift from the LIST at: http://www.noelgyger.ca/ads/2009-Father's-Day-Flyer.pdf confident that Dad will like these items since he has chosen them. There will still be the element of surprise since he will not know what you have chosen from his list. Fathers may register their gifts into the registry via e-mail: Wakita@telus.net over the phone 250-632-3522 or by visiting the store in Kitimat. Please include item, stock number and price. Happy Father's Day!

KITIMAT RIVER: Sunshine, blue skies and hot temperatures are welcome ingredients of summer to most North West Residents. Sport fishing anglers enjoy nice summer weather as much as other residents but too much of a good thing is not good for the fishing conditions. The Kitimat Valley received some exceptionally hot temperatures last week but this week the temperatures did not get as hot and the Kitimat River levels dropped steadily all week. As the Kitimat River levels dropped throughout the week more Chinook were caught.

Tuesday, June 9th. Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friend Scott Coleman landed a 19lb Chinook

Tuesday, June 9th. Mike Pederson reports a 20lb Chinook landed at the Pump House with many others lost.

Wednesday, June 10th. Ariel Kuppers an Associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters guided our client Gary Bruce. Gary hooked six Chinook landing two. Gary hooked three on a fly landing one of them with his spey rod. Well Done Gary! Ariel raved about Gary's talents with his spey rod. 'All I had to do was show Gary where the fish were and he had no problem catching them on the fly', Ariel said after the drift. Congratulations Gary and Thank You for using our guiding services.

Wednesday, June 10th. Marc Girard, associate guide Reliable Guide and Charters and wife Bonnie landed this 30lb Chinook.

Thursday, June 11th. 7 Chinook were hooked at the Pump House with 6 chinook landed. All were reported to be in the mid 20lb range.

Friday, June 12th. A 24lb Chinook was caught at the Pump House and a 28lb Chinook was caught at the Lower Dike.

Saturday, June 13th. Lawrence from Prince George who is camping at the Pump House reports 'five or maybe six Chinook hooked but none landed.'

Saturday, June 13th. Mike Herzberg another Associate of Reliable Guide and Charters had an exceptional day of Chinook fishing with his friend Arty Horiannopolus and his father Gus. They landed a 40lb Chinook as well as others. Wow! Congratulations guys!

The two most productive holes in the lower Kitimat River are the Eurocan Pump House and the Lower Dike. This year's catch rates are following typical trends although there seems to be an abnormally high percentage of the Chinook being lost. Anglers who are involved in these lost fish are now majorly motivated. Stick with it fellas. You'll get them!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL:

Tuesday morning, June 9th. I had the distinct pleasure of fishing and crabbing with Bill Gower and Noel Gyger. Noel Gyger's website is quickly becoming one of the most popular Angler's websites on the Internet with over 3 million hits last year and may double that this year! Bill Gower is a Sales Representative of The Normark Group. Normark owns, represents, markets, manufactures and sells some the Premier Fishing Products fished in our region. Brand names such as Gamakatsu, Cortland, Storm, Luhr Jensen, Blue Fox, Cortland and Rapala are some of their products. Rapala is in the process of launching an exciting new series of rods and reels scheduled for market in the 2010 season. Bill was kind enough to share samples of these new rods, reels and tackle with Noel, Todd Haynes and me. Although Bill represents the Normark group which is a huge company, Normark continues to develop new innovative products specific to our fisheries in the North West. Noel and I look forward to working with Bill and Normark to develop marketing strategies to increase angler awareness of these new products.

Tuesday June 9th. Chris Couto of Kitimat reports boating three Halibut with his friends down the Douglas Channel. Their largest Halibut was 149lbs gutted. The two others were 28lbs and 22lbs. Congratulations to Chris and his friends. Those are very nice Halibut. Well done! Chris mentioned that he brought his Halibut to our Tackle store to weigh in for our derby but our store was closed. For any anglers finding themselves in this same situation, please call my cell. 250-632-1275 and I would be happy to open the store to weigh your derby entry. My cell phone number and contact info is also displayed on our entrance doors.

Wednesday, June 10th. Todd Haynes boated a small Chinook and then we watched Cosby Smith boat a 16lb Chinook by himself in the Kitimat Harbour. When the rod went off Cosby calmly walked to the back of the boat and cleared the other rod he was trolling. He then calmly walked to the cab and kicked out of gear and picked up the net and walked to the back deck and calmly reeled the fish into the net. Well done! I think we were more excited for Cosby then he was.

Cosby was trolling a Gibbs Stewart #6 50/50 spoon. Cosby swears by this spoon and the proof is in the results. Cosby also boated two Chinook on Saturday night and then hooked four Sunday morning landing a 30lb and a 35lb Chinook again by himself.

Gibbs is one the most prominent Fishing Tackle Manufacturers in the Industry.

Gibbs manufactures lures, flashers, jigs, and terminal tackle for our Saltwater fishery and manufactures the most dominate lures used in our Kitimat River fishery. Kitimat and Kohos spoons are the most popular and effective casting spoons used to catch fish on the Kitimat River.

Syd Pallister, the owner of Gibbs and Alison Obrecht, marketing manager of Gibbs are always eager to help us develop new lures, colours or various terminal tackle to help anglers in our area catch fish more effectively. Gibbs currently custom manufactures a variety of lures for our Tackle store. It is a pleasure to work with a company that is committed to developing lures for our fishery. A big Thanks to everyone at Gibbs!

Wednesday, June 10th. Dick Woodcox reports landing a 19lb Chinook Kitimat Harbour Fishery.

Thursday, June 11th. I was out fishing the Kitimat Harbour again with my good friend Todd Haynes of Nautical Fishing Adventures. It is always a pleasure fishing with Todd especially on the New 27' Sea Sport, the 'Bite's On'. Todd and I are business associates who have a great working relationship and more importantly have a great time fishing together. We only caught one small Chinook about 14lbs but there is always a quirky little incident on every trip that will be remembered.

Just before we caught the Chinook, Todd received a phone call from wife Nesia. Just after the phone call we boated the afore mentioned Chinook. After putting the fish in the cooler, Todd explained that he always hooks fish shortly after or sometimes during the Lucky phone call from Nesia.

If you ever have the opportunity of booking a trip with Todd, be sure to include into the package the 'Lucky phone call from Nesia' Thank You Nesia for the Lucky phone call on Thursday.

Saturday, June 13th. The Kitimat Harbour Fishery really heated up. Medrick Robinson fishing with his father Sammy boated three Chinook, a 44lb, a 28lb and a 22lb. Mal Haggard an Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters also boated three Chinook with fishing buddies Bob Ruel and Gord Mitchell. All the Chinook were in the 20 to 25 lb range. Dan O’ Neil also reports landing a Chinook in the mid 20lb range. Wow! Congratulations Everyone!

Todd Haynes chartered a group consisting of Brian Dunn and his son, Cam and Sacha Plotinkow and his son, Victor. They boated three Halibut, four Chinook and bunch of Rock Cod and Crab on their Salt water charter with us. Brian and the entire group spoke highly of Todd's boat and his ability to put them on fish.

Congratulations Guys and Thank You for enlisting our services. They are currently doing a Drift boat trip with us as I write this report and each father/son drift boat has lost one Chinook each. I suspect there is some trash talking going on between father and son and from boat to boat. Stay Tuned!

At the time of writing this report I received a call from Wes Owens who is skippering a charter today with our clients Cheney Murray and Travis Sather. Cheney Murray just boated a 31lb Chinook with the applause from his friend Travis Sather who booked this trip with us for Cheney and himself. Travis said 'I have caught lots of Big Salmon, I wanted Cheney to land his first Chinook'. Well Done Cheney! Congratulations! It is evident why you are such good friends. Passing up a 31lb Chinook for a friend is an admirable quality in a friend. As I was proof reading this report Wes called again with the news that Travis just boated a 21lb Chinook. Well Done!

Anglers are reminded that Father's Day is approaching! Please participate in our Instore Father Day Registry or take advantage of our Instore Specials. Our tackle Store: City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods has many preseason specials. Please click here to view our New! Updated instore flyer: http://www.noelgyger.ca/ads/Instore_Flyer_June_2009.pdf It has some “HOT” deals!

Thank You to everyone for providing their catch results to be enjoyed by the readers of this report.

Tight lines, Bright and Big Smiles.

Sincerely, Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Hi Noel, I thought I would give you a quick call on my cell phone from the river. I have been guiding and fishing the Kitimat River and the fishing has been excellent! Seems like everybody is hooking Chinook…but landing them is a different story. There are some very big Chinook in the river this year and the guests are having quite a battle landing them. These fish are chrome bright, just came in the river with the high water from last week. Hopefully the run keeps building. It is going to be a great year!

The Skeena River is dropping and starting to clean. There a lot’s of Chinook in the river now and once it cleans a little more my guests and I will be there to catch them.

The Ocean fishing in Prince Rupert is heating up. Halibut are on the bite and Chinook are being caught in Edye pass and Hump Back Bay also Dundas has been seeing a few fish moving.

We still have a few openings in July so don’t delay give Noel a call 250-635-2568 noel@noelgyger.ca today.

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

Fishing Report from: Todd Haynes of Nautical West Fishing Adventures

Hi Noel, this past week we have had some fantastic conditions for both ocean and river fishing here. The past week we have been busy on the ocean targeting Chinooks and have been doing well. The harbor fishing is picking up now as we have been hooking up a couple of Chinooks
everyday out there and should continue to be great over the next few weeks. I just finished a trip with a group of guys from Ft. St. John and week hooked up with 6 Chinook and boated 4 nice size smiley's. The guys picked up 3 Halibut and a dozen or so Cod and Crab as well as good size Octopus in the prawn traps.

Cheers,
Todd Haynes

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 Jun 1, 2009; 10:31AM - Chinook & Steelhead SAME DAY
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Ariel Kuppers with a 33-pound Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed the evening of May 27th. Clint Travis was the fellow who landed the fish. The boys were test fishing the hot spots before the clients arrive. Ariel is an associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated May 24 – May 31, 2009

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been a mixed bag but daytime temperatures are getting warmer. The lower section of the Kalum River is very high but in good shape. Chinook are in the river and the Steelhead are spawning. The mainstem Skeena River is too dirty and not fishable. A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena, i.e. Extew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below.

Correction: Last week I reported, “Due to better ocean conditions, DFO predicts a strong run of Sockeye Salmon in the Skeena River of 10 million fish this year. Historical highs are 13 million fish.” My information source was not correct. According to Mark Reagan, DFO Resource Manager, Recreational fisheries, Prince Rupert BC says, “The Skeena sockeye return is forecast to be 2 million rather than 10 million and I don't believe we've ever had a run of 13 million”.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New item posted on 'Special Guided Fishing Trips' May 29/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' May 27/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' May 25/09

NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks!

FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 48-pound Chinook (King) Salmon Where: Douglas Channel Angler: Nathan Kearley

WEATHER: Sunny. Fog patches early this morning. High 22. UV index 6 or high. Sunrise 5:07 AM Sunset 9:57 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 19 degrees. Minimum 7 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Is too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea. Skeena River height: http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fullgraph.asp

KALUM RIVER: Is very high and in good shape. Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river. The Steelhead are spawning and should be left alone.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2009 – 2011 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: to dirty to fish

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: Steelhead fishing on the Kitimat River has dramatically dropped off this week which is typical for this time of year. In fact the Steelhead Season this year has extended longer than normal I suspect because it started later. As reported in last week's report, my son Corey, my nephew Derek and I hooked nine steelhead landing five on Saturday. I fished with my twin brother Rick and my daughter Julie on Sunday and we hooked three Steelhead with Julie landing only one, fishing the same holes and spending more time. Usually the drop in catch rate is not this significant although Julie and I blamed Uncle Rick for being 'Unlucky'. When fishing with family and when the fishing is slow somebody usually gets ribbed about it.

With Steelhead fishing on the decline Chinook fishing on the Kitimat River is starting to pick up. Mike Pederson caught a jack Chinook on Tuesday evening. I was speaking to Mike at the Eurocan Pump House shortly after he landed this jack and he said that there were two other larger Chinook caught earlier that afternoon.

Ariel Kuppers fishing with Jessie Houston and Clint Travis did a pre-client trip on Wednesday evening. They landed a 33lb Chinook (see photo of the week) and a Steelhead on this drift. Areil, Jesse and Clint hooked a beauty and had quite an episode to land it. The Chinook wrapped a stump and they had to row across the pool to unwrap the fish to land it on the other side of the river. Congratulations Guys it sounded like a ton of fun landing it but you got it!

Thursday Ariel guided two clients Wayne McComachie and Bryan Burge. They launched in the upper Kitimat to target some Steelhead and planned to drift through the middle sections to fish the lower Kitimat targeting any Chinook that may have migrated on the afternoon high tide. Part 'A' of the plan worked out as they hooked six Steelhead landing one and had another at the boat but Part 'B' of the plan did not work out as good as they did not hook any Chinook in the lower end. All in all it was still a good day's fishing. Well done guys and Thank You for enlisting our Guiding services.

Chinook fishing will improve with every high tide but it is still a little early in terms of typical timing on the Kitimat River for Chinook. We have dates available for Driftboat trips for Chinook. Please contact Noel: noel@noelgyger.ca We would be honoured to guide you on the Kitimat River.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Ferd Bouzane fishing with Spiker and E.J brought home six Halibut in the cooler May 28th They also caught 15 Snappers, 2 Ling Cod, a bunch of Rock Cod and their limit of Crab. They boated one Chinook but focused most of their efforts Bottom fishing. Sounds like they had a pretty successful trip down the Douglas Channel. Nice catch guys!

Ferd Wuenche fishing with Ziggy, Heather and Nathan Kearley brought in a 36lb Chinook, a 48lb Chinook and a Jack Chinook to weigh on our scale to be entered into our Instore Derby on Thursday May 28th. Well done! Very nice fish! The 48lb Chinook is the largest entry in our Chinook category to date. We have a Rod and Reel as first prize for the largest Chinook. Our Instore Derby is free to enter. All anglers are invited and welcome to participate!

Todd Haynes of Nautical West Fishing Adventures had a good day on the Douglas Channel Thursday as well. I only received the highlights that there were four Halibut caught but I understand they caught a bunch more Bottom fish.

Andi Handl reports losing a Chinook down on the Kitimat River Tidal portion. We have dates available for the Tidal Fishery but this fishery is difficult to book in advance since it is very unpredictable. Any anglers wishing to book a trip on this fishery please contact Noel at: noel@noelgyger.ca and we will keep you updated.

We have a lot of saltwater boaters gearing up to head out this weekend. The weather forecast is for some hot temperatures so I am hoping the Chinook fishing heats up as well. Stay Tuned to this report.

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Thank You to all who contributed to this report.

Tight lines, Big, Bright and Big Smiles.

Sincerely, Ron Wakita

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

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Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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 May 18, 2009; 10:08AM - Chinook and Steelhead On The Same Day
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 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyger.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows a very happy client of Gill McKean’s of Westcoast Fishing Adventures with a beautiful Steelhead landed with his fly rod.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated May 10 – May 17, 2009


Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been a mixed bag of sun, rain and wind. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are high but in good shape. The first Chinook are in the river now. This time of year I like to remind folks of the great possibilities of angling for both Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon on the same day. The mainstem Skeena River is too dirty and not fishable. A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below.

May 16, 2009 One New! Podcast #0013 is posted on Podcast www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm
WELCOME to my podcast! The category for this show is: Meet the 'best' river fishing guides. The guide today is Mike Herzberg of Kitimat BC. The show, 8:48 minutes in length, starts off with a photo of Mike and his drift boat and moves on to show him with friends and clients with some big fish. The last two photos show a huge 45 inch Chum (Dog) Salmon landed and released by his client Carmen from Switzerland. Mike talks about this fish in the audio portion of this podcast. I hope you enjoy the show! Cast here www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm
for a direct link to the podcast.

LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:

- One New item posted on 'Conservation' May 17/09
- One New podcast posted on 'Podcast' May 16/09
- One New item posted on 'Conservation' May 14/09

NOW BOOKING: Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction. I am at your service.

FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:

Ron Wakita
Chad Black
Tracey Hittel

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

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

Thank you for using barbless hooks.

FISHING THIS WEEK: -GOOD-

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Where: Angler:

WEATHER: Showers. Wind south 40 to 60 km/h diminishing to 20 this morning. High 10. Sunrise 5:25 AM Sunset 9:36 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 17 degrees. Minimum 6 degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Is too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is also a good idea.

KALUM RIVER: Is high and in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Spring runs of Steelhead are still coming in with the higher water. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well. Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river now.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is too dirty to fish.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River has been low and clean this week which has provided excellent steelhead fishing conditions all week.

Steelhead fishing started to heat up last Sunday which was Mother's Day. Mother's Day was also good for fathers such as Tomy Canton fishing with his daughter Laura. They caught a beautiful Steelhead. I discovered later that Laura's Mom also went on the fishing trip. Congratulations to the Canton family especially since Mom received an added bonus of a Kitimat Hatchery Steelhead on Mother's Day.

Hi Tomy: Wow! Nice fish! Great Job Dad! Dad and Daughter fishing trip. Laura will remember this for years! How did you get to go fishing on 'Mother's Day' you clever guy. I usually said that I would take the kids for the day to give their Mom a break. Thank You for the photos. I will submit your photo to Noel for consideration for photo of the week or for an update. It will definitely be in my report! Once again congratulations to Dad and daughter! Thank You so much for submitting the photos. Sincerely Ron

Mother's Day was also good for my son Corey and I as we hooked seven Steelhead and landed two. Corey who just turned fifteen years old is starting to row the driftboat on his own. Corey started rowing the driftboat when he was twelve and steering the saltwater boat since he was ten. Corey and I have an agreement that if he is steering or rowing when we hook a fish everyone in the boat especially his Dad must call him 'Captain Corey'. Corey was rowing when I hooked a chrome Steelhead on my fly rod. I lost it when she took her first run but Corey had certainly done his job. Well Done 'Captain Corey'

Donny Webber reports hooking five Steelhead on a fly landing two of them in the Kitimat Hatchery run. Donny has been hooking these Steelhead on a pink krystal flash fly. It just occurred to me to include a photo which I will do in next week's report. Many other anglers were having good success at the Hatchery run.

Ariel Kuppers, Derek Downey and Jessie Houston drifted on Tuesday, May 12th and they hooked five Steelhead, landing two of them. They hooked all of these Steelhead on hotshots. Congratulations guys!

Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters also drifted on Tuesday. Mike drifted by himself and hooked five Steelhead landing four of them. Mike hooked all of these on hotshots and landed these Steelhead by himself which is majorly challenging. Well done Mike!

Tomy Canton reports hooking seven Steelhead on May 14th and landed five of them. 'Only during the morning I hooked 7 steelheads and landed 5. I stopped fishing during the afternoon because the last fish was a hatchery so, I kept it. It was an amazing day:)'. Congratulations Tomy on an outstanding day of Steelheading.

Corey, Art Hackler and I drifted Friday morning and we hooked four Steelhead and landed two. We shared a pool with Noel Gyger who was fishing with Mike Herzberg. I consider Mike and Noel to be very good friends and I am honored to be associated with them in the Fishing Industry.
Noel reports' I think we landed 3 (maybe four I can't remember) and had a bunch more chances ' It was nice to see Noel on the Kitimat River who after so many years in the fishing industry still 'Loves to Fish'. Noel's passion for fishing has brought Noel into the Cyber world of the internet. Noel deserves public recognition for evolving a website that profiles 'Fishing in the North West' to global status. As many of you readers can attest to, Noel's website brings 'Fishing in the Northwest' onto computer screens around the world. Noel pioneered the drift boat on the Kitimat and Kalum Rivers. Noel has helped so many people evolve in the Fishing Industry. I am proud to be associated with Noel Gyger and his website. Thank You for the kind words on your podcast. Readers interested in viewing Mike Herzberg's profile please visit the recent podcast on Noel's Webpage: http://www.noelgyger.ca/podcast.htm

I drifted with Al Smith and Martin Golhke on Saturday with the river level coming up. Al lost a Steelhead on tackle with a double egg rig. I lost one on my fly rod and then Martin lost one on a hotshot. I have a personal challenge I call the 'Triple Crown' It includes landing a Steelhead using a fly, landing another using tackle and the third landed using hot shots. We had the 'Triple Crown' on the rods but went zero for three. Such is the life in the fishing world but using the three methods effectively fishes the different types of water that the Steelhead hold in. We managed to land the fourth fish on the hotshots. Both hits on the hot shots were on a special colour that I had Luhr Jensen custom paint for us.

Anglers are reminded that the 'Bait Ban' came into effect on May 15th. There is some confusion amongst anglers that think that the Kitimat River closes for Steelhead May 15th. The Kitimat River does not close May 15th, the Bait Ban is effect May 15th. Steelheading is still very good on the Kitimat River as the results in this report demonstrate. The river height has come up overnight and at the time of submitting this report the Kitimat River is starting to dirty. Stay tuned to Noel's Twitter as I will update.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The May Long weekend is enjoyed by many boaters on the Douglas Channel, in fact for many groups it is an annual event. Mother Nature did not cooperate with some rain and winds in the forecast. This did not deter many of the boaters I spoke to on Friday as they were still planning to go. We also have some of our Charter Boats doing some 'pre season' trips and doing some personal fishing prior to the Charter season.

Considering that this is a long weekend most of the boats are not due back to the dock until Sunday or Monday.

Stay Tuned to this report for the fishing results of this weekend.

Our tackle Store: City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods has many preseason specials. Please click here to view our New! Updated instore flyer http://www.noelgyger.ca/ads/Apri+14_2009_INStore_Fishing_Specials_FLYER.pdf It has some “HOT” deals!

Thank You to all who contributed to this report.

I hope every one has a safe and productive May Long Weekend!

Tight Lines, Silver Fish and Big Smiles.

Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven

Spey Fishing for Skeena Steelhead May Report Kitimat Region

As predicted the past 10 days have been the highlight of the season for our guests. Making predictions for Steelhead on the fly is a dangerous choice of words, so let’s say we had to produce the past few weeks.
Attached are a few of the monsters we captured on the spey. Mr. Yamada a regular at Steelhead Heaven landed and hooked into 1-4 fish per day, a dream come true for any angler on the fly. Not to mention watching as 100m of backing line is pulled off his reel, twice! And landing both fish. Patience is the name of the game here and let’s not kid ourselves, luck as well. Yamada also fished with a 30ft Japanese telescopic rod with no reel, a traditional and very old technique used only by Japanese anglers. Last year he broke a rod on a big fish and this year he pulled out a few nice ones as well. Again fly selection was key to the Spey fisherman as Yamada chose Pink and was rewarded each pass he fished a special pool that we targeted for consecutive days.
When you are a fishing guide your client will follow your direction as he feels you know the water and the pools the best. Well sometimes we are right on the head with pool selection as high water conditions mean the fish are moving, so why move as the fish will come to you and that is exactly what we did. The key to success is first finding the fish, then once you do that, don’t leave the fish, target the pool and stick with you guns and you will be rewarded. This lesson I learned this spring when fishing some very productive water for 2 hrs without a bite thinking the fish are not there, then having a dyed in the wool bait fisher pass thru and smack three fish, so do not give up on your selection of water, change flies, sink tips etc until you get a fish, then the others will follow.
Another great week was with Tomio, his 3rd trip for Steelhead on the Spey, this trip he will never forget. Fishing a black intruder he fooled 5 Steelhead in one day and snapped one of them off. Again fly selection was key as the pink flies did not work but when he changed to a black the game was on. Tomio is an excellent Spey caster and when you fish with T-14 and other sinking tips your cast has to be perfect. Tomio hooked 10 fish in 3 days and commented to his friends before leaving that he would get a 3 fish day, we'll Tomio your friends can eat crow now. Attached is a pic of Tomio and a small taste of his trip.
Guests Sara and Cristian from Italy, spent some days with us and Cristian landed a chrome bar on his single hand fly rod.
The Diva of the season was Mrs. Hak who landed her first Steelhead on the Spey and was top rod for the week, in a very cold and snowy week. With the tough times we face this season with the credit crunch we were fortunate to have a nice group of Steelheaders and look forward to our August to October Steelheaders who have booked for the autumn season.
Now that the middle of May is closing in on us, so are the Chinooks and they are trickling in small numbers. A friend told me that he saw a fly angler with an ultra-light set-up, reel in a 25lber on the Kitimat River yesterday, fresh from the ocean.
June and July is peak for Saltwater and Freshwater Chinook out of Kitimat and July and August to the 6th for Skeena record fish.
Space is limited for the summer fishing season so please let us know noel@noelgyger.ca if we can book you a trip. Tracey John Hittel
Fishing Report from: Chad Black of Nicholas Dean Lodge

Remote Coastal Steelhead fishing at its best! Sonja Sorbo hooked this huge 20 lb buck in a deep pocket at the head of a shallow riffle on one of our favourite small streams. Dustin Kovacvich Photo
Hello Anglers, After a break in my fishing reports over the last while, I'm back with much exciting news! First off, I must formally congratulate Dustin and his wife Ruby, on their new addition to the family, Cayleigh Marie Kovacvich. Cayleigh was born on March 22, 2009 around 6:30 am, and weighed 7 lbs, 1 ounce. I'm happy to report that Cayleigh, Ruby and Dustin are doing well, and that as of this writing, Cayleigh does not yet have a fly rod in her hands, but given a few more months, I'm sure that she'll have the double spey down before she can say Daddy! Be sure to check out our updated blog site at www.nicholasdean.blogspot.com to see photos of Cayleigh, Ruby and Dustin, along with other updated fishing news.
Our Spring Steelhead opener during the last week of March posed difficult angling conditions, as we were greeted with temperatures well below zero and river levels very low and clear. Many of our favourite pools and holding water were virtually inaccessible by usual means, unless anglers were willing to embark on lengthy and often challenging hikes through snow up to one's waist. Now, as most anglers can probably attest, the measure of a good guide and lodge can often be judged on how hard its staff work to ensure clients have an enjoyable trip, and one that maximizes angling opportunity which, in these conditions, was no easy feat! To get around this, we simply had to improvise. Our solution: a snowmobile placed strategically at the take out location, to ferry clients and our 12' Aire rafts up the river valley and a farmer's field, to trucks waiting nearby. Not an easy day by any stretch, but realistically, this logistical maneouvre made all the difference, as most fish were caught mid way through the drift in deep, slower moving pools that afforded Steelhead some security. Taft Ring, a new client of ours, fared out best during these tough conditions, with several Steelhead landed during the week, the largest of which was in the 22 lb range. Taft had a particularly deft touch when it came to manipulating his fly on the swing - most of his grabs occurred just after twitching his rod tip, to animate his fly in the slow moving currents. Congratulations Taft, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Certainly one of the highlights this Spring was having the opportunity to fish and spend time with renowned angler, Lani Waller. It is obvious that Lani is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the subject of Steelhead fly fishing, and he conveys this knowledge and a love of Steelhead quite well through his stories, accumulated over many years spent on the water. His new book, entitled 'A Steelheader's Way' is a great read, and one that combines Lani's advanced knowledge of Steelhead fly fishing tactics, with a unique philosophical perspective on Steelhead. I highly recommend adding Lani's book to your personal library if you're a serious Steelhead angler. Lani can be reached at www.laniwaller.com.
Finally, I'm pleased to say that we've now made the transition to spectacular Yellow Cedar Lodge (www.yellowcedarlodge.ca)! This move has been a long time in the making for us, and we have been extremely impressed with the accommodations, service, and dining provided for our guests by Alf and Simone Leslie. Riverfront mountain views, private rooms with ensuite washrooms, amenities including a hot tub, sauna, games room and patio, and spectacularly prepared meals all combine to give guests a 5 star appeal. Paired up with the unparalleled knowledge our guides have of our local waters, Steelhead and Salmon fishing trips simply don't get much better. For those of you who would like a little more information on Yellow Cedar Lodge, or our first class fishing packages, please contact me or Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca today.
Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels...
Chad Black, Operations Manager. Nicholas Dean Lodge
AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)

GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:

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

Catch & Release formula:

- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

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