Skeena River Spring Steelhead

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This is it — classic Northwest Steelhead and Salmon fishing at its finest!

It’s spring Steelhead season in beautiful Northwestern British Columbia, a wonderful time of renewal — and a wonderful opportunity to hook the fish of a lifetime!

Against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and towering evergreens, we fish a number of secluded and scenic rivers that are home to large, wild Steelhead and migrating salmon.

We often find our biggest Steelhead of the year during this dependable season!

Half way through the month of April, aggressive spring Chinook also arrive, adding an exciting dimension to an already exhilarating fishery.

Our spring Steelhead and Chinook packages are among the best values we offer — and among the best to be found in guided angling for trophy Steelhead and Salmon.

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Plain and simple, if you’re looking for a unique steelhead fly-fishing adventure — an expedition off the beaten path — this is your trip.

By truck, by boat, by helicopter (if you’re feeling flush), or on foot, whatever it takes, we’ll explore hidden valleys and fish where very few people do.

Remote Coastal Adventure Spring Steelhead & Chinook

Run Time: March 15 – May 22

This exciting package offers the chance to sight-fish for large Steelhead in remote, not-to-be-named coastal streams.

When we get to these serene systems, we hike in to stalk these sea-lice covered fish, sure to find heart-pounding wilderness adventure.

Also on the bill is a shot at bright, bull-dozing spring Chinook Salmon.

Chinook (King) Salmon Fly Fishing

Run Time: April 11 – July 24

Looking for big game fly fishing in freshwater?

If you like the challenge of hooking and landing big, sea-run fish, we have just the package for you.
The Skeena region offers the avid fly-fisher a prime opportunity to target aggressive, chrome bright Chinook Salmon during two incredible seasons: Spring and Summer.

Trip Quick Facts

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


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*Responsible for gratuities, fishing licenses and transportation into Terrace, BC.

For more information, or to reserve your space click here or call 1.888.359.4259


BC’s North is famous for having the best Steelhead fishing in the world…

These fish are large and wild, averaging 8 to 15 pounds, though there are a few leviathans pushing the 30-pound mark lurking nearby within casting range.

If you’re looking to catch that fish of a lifetime, BC is the place to do it!

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It is here where you’ll have the opportunity to find both chrome-bright fish that are only days from the sea, as well as prominently marked fish with distinct red stripes and rosy cheeks.

Around the third week of April, super-aggressive “Springer” Chinook begin to arrive.

These fish average 20 to 50 pounds and can top the 100-pound mark. The catch and release world record Chinook (99.15 pounds) was caught on the Skeena.

Known for their savage takes and powerful fight, Springer Chinook are world-class gamefish.

“Springers” hold in steelhead water and will aggressively take flies — grabs can be thunderous!

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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