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Steelhead fishing late September in Terrace

What would be the opinion of fishing late September in the Terrace region for steelhead would this be regarded as a good time of the year, would there be any other species to fish for at this time.
Also what's the weather usually like
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Thought I would of got a few replies?
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"Terrace" is a destination so you can say 'I've been there.'

You want to actually catch a fish (or more) you fly into Seattle or Portland and take a commuter flight to Medford, Oregon (several times per day). Some of it will have to be Guides, but you have 157 miles of Rogue River. Much of it you only need your fishing license which will cost you (for a week) under sixty dollars. If you want to retain a Steelhead or Salmon add $26.50 to that if memor serves.

If your 'approach' is from the North, probably likely, look down as you cross over the river. You just flew over some of the best fishing water and 10 minutes from the air port.

This map is 'dated' as there are more access now, but still pretty much dead on. http://streamtime.com/images/roguemap.JPG




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Can't get it to open, any other information greatly appreciated.
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You could try the North Umpqua at that time and the guide you should use is Rich Zellman.

He has a site that you can look up but I have used Rich on several occasions and he is the best guide out there for that river and the Trinity in California.

The north Umpqua is a very special river where you will catch mostly wild steelhead. The scenery is out of this world and if money is of no concern stay at the Steamboat Inn.

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What's the fishing like in September on the rivers in Terrace?
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Forget about the comments above..silly. Of corse you should go to Terrace at that time. Lots of rivers and the biggest fish. You can cover water from above Smithers down to Terrace. Just start looking up every thing in print on the area. Do you have a raft? There are some camps where you can drift and get a pick up back to camp,etc.You have plenty of time to know everything by your time to go!! Feel free to ask me about any thing.
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Lots of research

Ive done lots of research in the past year on the Skeena and tribs because we were supposed to go last August and this December but both times there was a sudden change so we couldnt.
But from what ive researched September is prime time for pinks,coho,chum and of course steelhead and maybe the tail end of the summer chinook.
Have plans for this august to go there for a week so hopefully i could put a steelhead full report.
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You will be on the shoulder of prime time. Follow the steel north and east from Terrace.
I'll leave the rest of the research to you.... It's half the fun.
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I think that anyone who suggests you should forego Terrace to fish the NU or the Rogue has likely never fished the Skeena country.

Nothing against the Oregon rivers and the NU is a special place for sure but September up north is a Mecca that everyone needs to take once.

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What would be the opinion of fishing late September in the Terrace region for steelhead would this be regarded as a good time of the year, would there be any other species to fish for at this time.
Also what's the weather usually like
I have fished the Terrace area every year in August and last year for the 1st. time in early September, you might find the Steelhead have gone further up the tributaries late in September although every year is different. Last year there were still Steelhead running the Skeena when we were fishing and also up higher in some of the tribs. Coho were also still coming in, Springs, Sockeye and Pinks were done. If I were going later I would look at the Bulkley, Babine and Kispiox, just my opinion maybe a local guy could help you more. You won't regret the trip it is stunning country with some beautiful water. Regarding the weather prepare for hot, cool and rain, you should not get get cold weather yet.
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I totally aggree with CRspeyer.
Go upstream by the end of september and keep in mind that non-resident-anglers are not allowed to fish in the weekends in those rivers!!
Only when you hire an official guide and they are expensive in prime time.

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In fact some Skeena River tributaries non-resident anglers are not allowed to fish Friday, Saturday or Sunday without a provincially approved guide for that river (and who has available rod days). Read the regulations for each river you consider fishing.

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I totally aggree with CRspeyer.
Go upstream by the end of september and keep in mind that non-resident-anglers are not allowed to fish in the weekends in those rivers!!
Only when you hire an official guide and they are expensive in prime time.
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You asked about weather, which has been answered yet.

Expect plus 20 degree (celcius), snow, freezing nights and hard rain. There is no such thing as a weather forecast up there, certainly not a consistent one. Don't forget that you're still coastal influenced, and September is beginning to enter the rainy season.

Expect the rivers to blow out, and you won't be disappointed when they do. It's pretty well a guarentee. Staying mobile helps, but every year there is at least one rain event that knocks out everything. The name brand terrace river is particularly susceptible to rain, probably the most likely to blow out of any of the rivers in northern BC.

And despite being pretty "remote" (which is a bit laughable when you actually look at google maps), do not expect solitude. Expect it to be busy. Mid sept to mid oct is prime time and is exceptionally busy

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You asked about weather, which has been answered yet.

Expect plus 20 degree (celcius), snow, freezing nights and hard rain. There is no such thing as a weather forecast up there, certainly not a consistent one. Don't forget that you're still coastal influenced, and September is beginning to enter the rainy season.

Expect the rivers to blow out, and you won't be disappointed when they do. It's pretty well a guarentee. Staying mobile helps, but every year there is at least one rain event that knocks out everything. The name brand terrace river is particularly susceptible to rain, probably the most likely to blow out of any of the rivers in northern BC.

And despite being pretty "remote" (which is a bit laughable when you actually look at google maps), do not expect solitude. Expect it to be busy. Mid sept to mid oct is prime time and is exceptionally busy
+1 on the busy part, that time of year!
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