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Fish the UPPER Skeena

Looking at a map, my friend has come up with the idea of fishing the Skeena ABOVE the Sustut. My backroad map book shows a "maybe" way to drive up there. I think a chopper would be way to expensive. Anybody done this or researched the possibility.
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Helicopter is only way.

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Getting there is one challenge. Finding fish-able numbers when you do is the next.

Not my turf professionally, but the literature I've read and fisheries managers I've talked to tell me that there isn't a lot of steelhead production that far up the system if that's what you are targeting. Before you invest too much more effort, I'd contact the BCF&W District 6 Office in Smithers first to get a feel if it's worth it.

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Very low abundances of fish up there. Its readily accessible by multiple lodges so if it was worth it, it would be common knowledge like the rest of the system.
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Go and try. What's the worst that can happen? You're fishing in one amazing, unspoiled, pristine place.

I know a few well respected folks in Terrace who feel the upper Skeena does have some big fish. How they can validate that is another question. Only way to know is try.

Exploring is half the fun...
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Go and try. What's the worst that can happen? You're fishing in one amazing, unspoiled, pristine place.

I know a few well respected folks in Terrace who feel the upper Skeena does have some big fish. How they can validate that is another question. Only way to know is try.

Exploring is half the fun...
I have to disagree here, wrx_ I believe it's more like 3/4 of the fun.
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The folks that own the 2 lodges on the Sustut run a remote camp on upper Skeena. Due to the remoteness, it's logistics intensive...helicopter on-site, small sleds, water masters. I'd either contact them and see if the price of admission is worth it or look at helicopter drop-off and raft down Skeena.

I don't think you could access Sustut or higher on the Skeena by road from civilization. There are railway and logging roads up there but no roads connect from the outside.

If DIYS via raft, know that there is serious technical water just below the Sustut mouth that you'd need to navigate or portage around.
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Upper Skeena

I've fished a number of days on the Skeena above the Sustut confluence, we'd usually fish up there 1 day out of 7 when fishing from the Valhalla lodge. Really nice swinging water, the fish were not big, but still some of my best memories of remote fishing in true wilderness (the guide would drop you off by yourself and then disappear). I think I spent half the time looking over my shoulder waiting for a bear to pop out of the bush.

I'd not think you could walk in from any any access road, it's serious bush. The bush was thick right down to the river edge.

The rapids below the confluence are a doozy but there is a nice trail on river right.

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Go and try. What's the worst that can happen? You're fishing in one amazing, unspoiled, pristine place.....Exploring is half the fun...
Agreed. Some of my best Skeena memories involve exploring off the beaten path with or without a rod in hand.

Interesting that most of the response is from the Great Lakes. Maybe the locals are guarding some secrets? Can't blame them.

Hey Mike, check your inbox. Sent you a PM re: this fall.

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Very little is really known about the Upper Skeena steelhead populations, although by most accounts it is relatively low abundance. Most of the research indicates that the Upper Skeena fish tend to move through the mouth of the Skeena during periods of maximum commercial effort, which, no doubt has impacted their viability. If you choose to explore, you may want to shoot for a year with little to no commercial fishing effort. I suppose you could also try to get some indication by looking at the test fishery and noting how many steelhead are moving by in early-mid July, as those are most likely to be the Upper Skeena fish...an imperfect tool, but a tool nonetheless.

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Leave upper Skeena alone. No need to mob this remote place. !!!!!
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Leave upper Skeena alone. No need to mob this remote place. !!!!!
Agreed and seconded.
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Why anyone would go on the internet forums asking for places to fish that aren't crowded is beyond me...
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