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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2015, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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hello all, the wife and I are planning our dream vacation and I was hoping you guys might offer some suggestions. our plan is to do a lodge for a week then do tourist stuff the next week. when I say a week I mean 5 days in a lodge

the main reason im going is for steelhead, my question is (one of many haha) what is the prime time of year to catch steelhead?

What lodge do you recommend? at a good price btw

if the lodge doesn't workout, is there guide you'd recommend?

any particular rivers I should visit?

obviously I'll be using my spey the whole time so keep that in mind

for the prime time what flies should I be tying? size, color and what not

really im a blank slate at this point so suggest away
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Prime time on the Skeena is generally mid-September thru October.

Skeena system lodges are pretty easy to find on the Google machine. You can glean a lot of info by perusing the websites of various booking agencies...just do a search for "skeena river steelhead".

Lodge prices at that time frame are going to be premium prices and may need to be booked well in advance. Brian Niska just took over the Skeena Spey lodge near Terrace and may be able to work a deal for you...I'm not sure about posting direct links, but Google is your friend there.

Since the Skeena guides have limited rod days on each system and are very busy at that time, it will be difficult to locate an independent guide unless you're willing to book 3 or 4 consecutive days minimum (and even then you'll probably be paying $600/day before tip). That may be your absolute cheapest option, but will obviously require that you find your own lodging, transportation, dining, and take care of all licensing needs on your own.

An alternative (and slightly cheaper) option is offered by Nicholas Dean lodge in mid-late August where they do a tent camp on the Skeena near Terrace and you fish the mainstem for early Steelhead and Coho. It isn't really classic moving from run to run swing fishing though - more fishing the same location continuously and waiting for the fish to come to you. If budget is a primary concern it may be a viable option and you can then venture out to the lower Skeena tributaries on your own. Not sure if it fits your family's requirements though, as it is wall tent camping (albeit comfortably).
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-20-2015, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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no BC experts?

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Plenty of BC knowledge on hand

I'm guessing there are a few reasons you haven't seen more replies. Your questions are quite basic and amenable to Google searches. Or for that matter, searches of prior threads here and other sites. So my reaction is to suggest you try a little harder and then come back to the Board with a substantive question, e.g. the Babine for the first week in Nov vs. a Nass trib in early Sep.

And of course, the Internet is so pervasive that people are now reluctant to mention a lot of detail in respect of when, what and where . . . . It's why the guides, fly shops and lodges that still provide fishing reports usually lag them by about three days so they don't have to compete with their own viewership.

All of Sep and Oct make sense. I'm not aware of any lodge on the Skeena or tribs that has a bad rap. Some are more highly regarded than others, and pricing sometimes reflects that. But more often the quality of the guiding is high and the price differences reflect either access to more expensive water (e.g. Upper Copper via heli, Babine), more luxurious lodging (e.g. one lodge employs a masseuse, or used to), or name-brand guides.

Depending on when you come and the water temps, hooks could range from #8's to 3/0's. There's a tier in Kitwanga Ron Materi that I recently came across. He ties for steelhead and salmon and in bulk his prices are very attractive. I'm using his flies just now for springs . . . not very successfully, but that's not Ron's fault. Get hold of Trey Coomb's book on Steelhead Fly Fishing (the second one) and look at the color plates of the flies and match them against the Skeena tribs he writes about. That's a rock solid point of departure.

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I aggree with Snagly concerning the number of replies.
Most lodges have in my opinion rather high prices, especially the well knowned ones.
I was at Fishermans No1. Lodge last year for 2 weeks and they have a reasonable price for loding, use of their 4x4 cars and a small jetboat on a trailer.
They are located just a few miles north of Terrace, only 10 minutus drive from the boat launch near the Kalum River.
And you need a boat to fish the Skeena.
The owner, Klaus, is German and very well organized!
Do note that NRA's cannot fish some parts of the Skeena during weekends and the Copper also not on Fridays without a guide!
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thanks, good advice all

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I've only been once, but I can't' imagine you'd have more fun, get better guiding, or better fed than you would with Wally Faetz at SpeyLodge.

I had an incredible week, ate like a king, and tripled what I know about steelheading.
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