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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on Copper, Skeena, Kalum in October

Hi folks-
I will have the opportunity to fish BC next October for the 1st time for steelhead (has been on my bucket list for a LONG time) and would love some recommendations on timing and expectations in October/1st week of November. Can anyone who has fished these rivers during the month of October and into 1st week of November give me some feedback on expectations?
Better early October vs late October? Better fish or more fish early vs late?
What has the fishing been like into the 1st week of November.
Yes I do realize the weather will be cold and I do not have a problem with that.
I have the entire month open and am just trying to figure out when would be a better time to plan the trip.
Really appreciate any feedback from folks that have been up there and can provide some advice.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-13-2015, 12:04 PM
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October can be great, but it's also the biggest gamble of any month of the year. We get lots and lots of precip in October/November but by November the majority is falling as snow so the rivers generally stay in shape. That being said, there are still plenty of dry fly opportunities in October if the conditions hold, and fewer (I haven't fished a dry in Nov.) dry fly opportunities in November. If you can keep your month flexible until you have to go, I'd wait for the conditions to set up, have a decent forecast for the next 2-3 days and pull the pin at that moment. Not sure if that's a possibility. The other factor at play - are you drifting or driving/walking?

Early-mid October you're fishing for older summer runs generally... late late October - November you can get fresh ones (early winter/late fall fish) if you know where to go. I'll let someone else name the rivers - I'm sure that information is in this forum somewhere anyway.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2015, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately my dates are not flexible. I have either the last week of October or 1st week of November.
I am pretty sure there will be fish in the Copper but not really sure of the timing and the duration of the run on the Skenna (I know all these fish are bound for other rivers).
Will the Skenna still have good numbers of fish late October/early November or will most of the fish have moved out of the Skenna and into the tributaries by this time?
Thanks again for all the help.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to respond. I really appreciate it.

With regards to the most of the September/October fish push through the Skenna and into the tribs? Or will steelhead enter the Skenna and hold in the upper/lower during October/Novemberand enter the tribs later in the winter?

Just trying to figure out if 1st week of November will hold steelhead in the Skenna or if I will be fishing to mostly empty runs and ahould change plans.

Thanks again
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