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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2015, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering a trip to the Terrace area this year. Kind of all over the map as to the type of trip but appreciate any advice that might help me narrow the choices. I have been to BC once before (Dean late June/early July for Chinook/Steelhead).

Considering April possibly early May for Steelhead and possibly early chinook.
Considering late June/early July targeting primarily Chinook
Considering September/Octobet Steelhead trip

Will probably do a week at a lodge/guided trip and possibly some extra days on own or with a guide. Things I am trying to consider are: river/weather conditions and river stability, overall fishing experience. Have looked at some of the lodges such as Spey Lodge, Skeena River, and Nicholas Dean. Kind of intrigued with Jerome's program and either his spring trips or his fall week up on the Bell Irving/Nash.

Last thought I have heard the BC snowpack may be substantial this year. Will that impact timing or choices?

Also, I have thought about driving to Terrace. How is the drive to Terrace from Vancouver(how long, road conditions, lodging etc.) and are the roads ok to drive in April and October?

Would appreciate any feedback, advice, pros/cons on the above or other options.

Thanks everyone.

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Lots of options!

Fall fishery will be the most popular/populated of the three options your looking at and likely the most expensive ( that supply & demand thing ). I'm sure all of those fisheries spring/summer/fall are cool.

For me, if paying lodge prices, I prefer a remote location, seems like a better bang for buck. I can't imagine paying $1k/day to fish in and around lots of other people. I like your idea of part lodge and part DIYS, that would be a good mix of adventures and $.

The drive from Vancouver is ~14hrs (summer/fall, I don't know about spring time). The roads are good, there are motels/gas/food every 50mi or so. Resource extraction is a big industry up there, the hwy to population centers is a must to keep that machine going.
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Thanks Marcello, appreciate the information.

Still trying to determine if a spring trip or fall trip might be best. If fall, sounds like I should consider venues more up river (?). Also still considering s chinook trip late June or early July depending on whether river conditions might be ok with the expected snow pack and runoff this year.

Sounds like driving is a good option if I have the time and inclination. Does anyone know if road conditions are ok in the spring as well?

If you have some insight or suggestions on any of the above would welcome any and all advice.
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I would go for a September/October Steelhead trip.
Lots of accommodation in Terrace but also very crowded in fall as it is steelhead prime time!
Please note you are a NAR! (non resident angler) and most parts of the Skeena rivers will be closed for NARs during the weekends. Or you must be accompanied by a legal guide.
When fishing the Skeena, you definately need a jetboat, I stayed at Fisherman's No. 1 Lodge (5 minutes west of Terrace) and the have jetboats to rent when you stay there.
And remember: steelhead like Black & Blue!!

My best memories are not too old!!
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Thanks Marcello, appreciate the information.

Still trying to determine if a spring trip or fall trip might be best. If fall, sounds like I should consider venues more up river (?). Also still considering s chinook trip late June or early July depending on whether river conditions might be ok with the expected snow pack and runoff this year.

Sounds like driving is a good option if I have the time and inclination. Does anyone know if road conditions are ok in the spring as well?

If you have some insight or suggestions on any of the above would welcome any and all advice.
If your thinking of a fall trip I fished for three months on those rivers and have a good grasp of the area and have been contemplating a return trip. The lower Copper and the Kispiox have the best walk and wade access.
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Terrace trip

A group of us have been doing this trip each year over the last 7 years or so. We have been staying at Lake Else cottages, very clean and very reasonable cost wise. Highly recommended and about a 15 mins. from Terrace on the Kitamat Rd. We take the first ferry from Vancouver Island which puts us in Vancouver around 7.30am and drive until about 6.00 pm and stay in Prince George for the night, lots of restaraunts and hotels. it's about a six hour drive from Prince George to Terrace. We have been going up in August and September so the roads are excellent but the rivers are busy. Hope this of some use. Have a great trip.
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Thanks everyone who replied and who also sent me private messages. Really appreciated the help. I have decided to make my first trip in August, but will be looking at the spring and fall trips for next year. Got some great advice and ideas.
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A few years ago, we stayed at the Lanfear Guest and Guide House in Terrace, BC....Randy and Pat are great hosts, and the accomodations and food are really good and less expensive than the upscale lodges. They set us up with a rental Jeep, and we had a great DIY trip....Randy put us on some great water as he's been guiding up there for decades.

Lanfear B&B

Another option might be contacting Jeff Bright to see if he has any openings in the trips he hosts...the Steelhead Camps sound cool!

http://www.jeffbright.com/travel/tri...eenacamp2.html

Good luck!

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