Skeena River Fall Steelhead

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If you’re looking for the ultimate predator — the meanest, hottest, sea-lice covered Steelhead — you’ll want to be on the lower Skeena and its tributaries during your trip.

These awesome fish average 8 to 15 pounds, while 20 pounders are not uncommon.  It’s not uncommon for even the most average of fish to go on unstoppable, to-the-backing runs — leaping all the way down.  These ultra-chrome rockets have left many an angler with shaking hands and a desire for more.

In the month of August there is also the added bonus of being able to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon.

Run Time: August 1 – October 31st
Fall in the Skeena region offers some of the finest fishing opportunities in the world for Steelhead and trophy Coho Salmon.  This is the season that has made the Skeena watershed justifiably famous and we are proud to have access to some of the most beautiful wilderness rivers in the world.

Towering snow-capped mountains rising over 3000 feet above meandering streams surround the orange, red and green of BC’s coastal autumn, making for an experience you’ll never forget.

Fall fish are surface-oriented and can readily be taken with both waked and dead-drifted dry flies.

The summer-run Steelhead of the Skeena watershed have entered their winter-holding streams and the fall fish are pouring in, strong and fresh from the ocean.

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Coho have also been entering the Lower Skeena tributaries since early September, with the larger “Northern Coho,” arriving in October.  Simply put, fall scenery in the Skeena Region is spectacular.

This season books very fast. To ensure your spot, please contact us as soon as possible.

Trip Quick Facts

Location: Skeena River Region, British Columbia
Season: Middle August - Early November
Target Species: Steelhead
Closest Major City: Terrace, British Columbia [Map]
Closest Air Hub: Northwest Regional Airport Terrace (CYXT)

Why Book with Us?

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We only work with lodges and guides that we know and trust. We’ve been to each location, which allows us to offer meaningful, first-hand knowledge of the fishery and area. From licenses and gear selection to flight planning we’re here to help at all stages of the process.

Additionally, Fly Gal Ventures is a member and supporter of 1% For The Planet; at least 1% of our profits are pledged to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.

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The Skeena’s fall Steelhead are large, wild fish.

Steelhead average 8 to 15 pounds, though 15 to 20-pound fish are not uncommon and each year fish over 20 pounds are caught.

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Skeena Coho are also in the system at this time. These Coho are true trophy Coho, averaging 8 to 20 pounds with a few fish pushing 30 pounds.

When fishing the Skeena region in the fall, there is always the potential for setting a world record for both Coho and Steelhead.

Terrace, BC Essential Items

A trip to the coastal rain forest of Northwestern British Columbia is always exciting and can be extremely enjoyable, providing you are prepared.

Being a coastal climate, the locals always say “If you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes”.

The climate varies between being wet, overcast, sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowfall, hail and wind.

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Clothing for the River

The layered approach is the best way to ensure comfort on the river.

Layer 1: Next to the skin use a wicking material that allows your skin to breathe while removing moisture at the same time. Many of the outdoor companies provide this performance material as it is truly the best way to optimize comfort throughout the day. These articles are worn in the form of long sleeved shirts and long underwear.

Layer 2: A mid layer long sleeved shirt made of either wool, down, fleece, polyester, flannel or a blend of synthetic and natural materials (Polar-Tec, etc.)

Layer 3: A Polar Fleece sweater or something of the sort. We recommend that you bring a lighter weight and a medium weight fleece at the very least. If you are fishing early spring or late fall you may prefer a heavier polar fleece sweater.

For your legs you can also use a polar fleece pant of varying weights depending on the river’s water temperature. Obviously if you are using a Gortex Wader in the late fall you will want a heavy fleece pant. If you are using neoprene waders then a lighter fleece may work better.

Layer 4: Gortex Fishing Jacket (Patagonia, Simms, etc.) with hoods.

We do not recommend fishing vests since they tend to get really wet in continuous rain. Gortex jackets all have pockets and storage for fly boxes, tippets, leaders, etc.

Waders: We recommend a Gortex Wader with a built in Neoprene Sock and separate wading boots without cleats (or with screw in cleats for hiking).

If you are using Gortex waders then polar fleece pants worn under them in the spring and fall will be required. Gortex is very light weight and does not limit flexibility. It also breathes to keep you cool during those warm summer days.
Hat and Polarized Sun Glasses

Make sure you have both a hat and sunglasses, not only for protection from the sun, but also for safety from barbless flies that may accidentally find themselves headed towards your face.
Either a baseball style hat or full rim hat works best.
For sunglasses use high quality polarized lenses so your eyes do not get fatigued while glaring into the river all day.

Polar Fleece Fingerless Gloves

For those cold spring and fall days you may want to use polar fleece gloves with the finger ends cut off.

Most of the fly fishing gear manufacturers make them and they work excellent. If you are fishing in March or early April, late October or November, you may want to bring a pair of full polar fleece mittens with you so you can warm your hands on the side of the river. Additionally, a polar fleece hat that covers your ears may not be such a bad idea as well.

Clothing for the Lodge

We are very informal at the lodge so bring comfortable clothes to lounge around in when you get up in the morning and after you get back from the river.

The lodge provides fresh towels everyday and fresh sheets on the day of your arrival. Soap and shampoo is provided, however, you’ll have to bring the rest of your toiletries.

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Fishing Gear

Most of our customers bring their own fly rods and fly lines, however we do have complete equipment for both the fly fisher and the conventional fisher if you do not have your own preferred equipment.

We suggest the following:

– 7-9 Weight Single Hand Rods with a weight forward steelhead taper
– 7-9 Weight Spey Rods (two handed rods) with line of choice, though we suggest Rio Skagit lines to help turn over heavy sink tips and weighted flies. Dry lines are also nice to have in the event that the fish are taking dry flies.
Camera

Each of our guides bring a digital camera to the river to photograph that trophy fish of yours, however we advise customers to also bring their own.

Skin Protection

It is always a good idea to have protection from mosquitoes and black flies in the event that they’re out and biting.

A good sun block, SPF30 or better should be brought along.

Miscellaneous

Items that are useful to bring along on your trip are as follows:

– A knapsack to carry your personal stuff (camera, sunscreen etc.)
– Hook Sharpener, you don’t want to lose the big one because of a dull hook.
– Various lengths of sink tips, from 5’ to 20’.
– Spools of tippet in various sizes.
– Your favorite flies that you would like to try out on these BC fish. You never know…you may just have the secret weapon in your fly box!

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