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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-06-2008, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I'm going to be in Terrace from April 12th to the 19th for a week of steelheading. This will be my first trip up north so I'm really looking forward to it. Add to that the fact that I've only ever landed 1 steelhead on the fly, I'm really hoping this trip will bring that closer to double digits. I was wondering if you guys could share some info on the spring steelhead action up there. Everyone talks about the fall season so I haven't found much info on the winter runs. As far as I can tell, the only rivers with winter/spring steelhead are the Kitimat, the Lakelse, the Kalum and the Nass. Am I missing any rivers? Does the copper get any fresh fish in the spring?

If anyone would like to share some info on those, and any other rivers, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Terrace in April? Why waste your time. I think that you would be far better off staying down south and fishing the cheddar with everyone else. There is no such thing as a spring run skeena steelhead, it's just a crazy myth that they exist. Copper, nothing but northern pikeminows there. Don't waste your time.

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That's a bummer. Those northern pikeminnows sound cool though, are those related to steelhead or something?

Anyone have something useful to add?

See you in a week buddy.
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"Double digits" as in number or size of fish? If it is the number, then you'll get very disapointed. If it is the size, then it is very likely.
You can get steelhead in all the rivers you mentioned but you forgot the most important of all, Skeena R. Most of it's tribs are very low right now but that could change very soon. Kitimat R. would be a good choice.
There are exceptions, but most of the time ,up here, spring steelheading is very challenging mostly due to low water temp(34-38F), low water level, difficult access, lack of local knowledge and low steelhead returns.
If due to frustration you decide to switch from flyfishing to plunking roe, like many locals here do, then you are a ...
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Bringing my total number of landed steelhead closer to 10 would be sweet, but I'll come home happy if I land one of those beauties.

Don't worry, I definitely won't be using any roe. I've got a nice box of tubes tied up that are just too sexy to let go to waste.

Thanks for the info.
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Big E. Please let us know how you did. First time I went to Terrace was in April 2005. Kalum was 10 to 15 feet above normal and water quality about the same as wood room effluent for you former Pulp and Paper People. Double digits you have to be kidding, I had 2 bites with one big fish landed in 5 days. And yes caught on a poscicle with single handed rod. Did not know about the existance of double handed rods then but now use them exclusively on the Bow even fun for small browns and whitefish. The raibows are presently otherwise occupied. Still cant Spey cast but 50 foot roll cast no sweat even with a heavy sinking tip. This year looks very good so far at Terrace, let us know.

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Friend just back from Skeena, Terrace. Multiple hook ups water was good, weather ok. Check out Jeff Bright.com for his report.
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Thanks for the replies.

Thought I should post a report of my first trip to Terrace. Well, first afternoon there I landed the nice doe shown below. I figured I was in for a great week. Unfortunately that was my one and only fish of the entire week. The weather was unseasonably cold all week, and water temps were low. Spoke with a few of the guides and it seems like the action was slow for everyone. It was still a pleasure to fish such great water, and I'll definitely be heading up north again.
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April has been very tough so taking in consideration the low water level, cold temps and very few fish returning, you did well.
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Dear Big E.

Well God was merciful a beautiful fish. Did you have any other bites from steelhead? Did you land any nice size dolly or bull trout? And more important given the rather cool temperatures did you have any problems with the guides on the rod icing up? And if so what antidote did you apply? I heard rumors that someone had a chinook bite hard to believe.

When temperature in Calgary is slightly above freezing your guides will ice up because it is so dry that the evaporation of the water on the guides will cool it below freezing.
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fishing for winter/spring run fish is definately not a numbers game on the river mentioned.There are very few true fresh fish that time of year. They are in and out like a dirty shirt. Anyone saying that they had multiple hookups day after day is unfortunately targeting spawning summer runs. I heard of someone catching two steelhead and one dolly in three casts. Would like to know how fresh those fish were? Was one a male the other a female (paired up summer runs?). And the dolly in behind eating eggs?Just got back from the area hooked one fish (chrome bright) in a week of fishing, water is very low.
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fishing for winter/spring run fish is definately not a numbers game on the river mentioned.There are very few true fresh fish that time of year. They are in and out like a dirty shirt. Anyone saying that they had multiple hookups day after day is unfortunately targeting spawning summer runs.
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Dear Big E.

Well God was merciful a beautiful fish. Did you have any other bites from steelhead? Did you land any nice size dolly or bull trout? And more important given the rather cool temperatures did you have any problems with the guides on the rod icing up? And if so what antidote did you apply? I heard rumors that someone had a chinook bite hard to believe.

When temperature in Calgary is slightly above freezing your guides will ice up because it is so dry that the evaporation of the water on the guides will cool it below freezing.
Other than the one fish I landed, I only had a tap or two which could have been steelhead. My buddy hooked one, and had a few pulls. Surprisingly we didn't get into any bulls. Not one the whole week. I was expecting to be entertained with a few bulls once in a while.

As for icing guides, we only had one morning (the last) that was cold enough to have that problem. I was using a shooting head, so my running line cut through it pretty easily.

Hopefully more rain, or snow melt, finally comes. We could use it around vancouver too.
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Bid E. ThanKs for the full report nice to hear that icing of guides was a minor problem. The remaining question: is on bite per week fishing a reasonably worthwhile experience? In July our party our party of 3 had 3 chinooks bites with zero landed for the 7 days to August 2, 2007. In addition the usual good chum fishing in the Kitimat was poor. And this was with proper guides with some knowledge of fly fishing. I went home quite dispirted and the whole experience was a big minus. $5000.00 per bite is a bit steep no? My lucky newphew goes down to the Miramichi just now has a glass of wine with his friend Gary anderson on the patio facing the River. They drink their wine slowly and then proceed to catch 2 fish in a proper British fashion.
Next day only one proper bite but on the 3 day my newphew lands a second magnificent fish. In BC there are a zillion fish why is the fishing so poor on flies. Is it because sweeping within 4 inches of the bottom is not an easy task and the correct position of the fly only occurs during a very small fraction of the drift. The steelhead and occaisional chinook are unbelievable diluted among millions of pink and sockeye. If pinks took dry flies then all would the forgiven and the skeena would be Nirvana. Also the Sockeye can the caught in the fast water with a Czech nymphing king of style. The Dutch fly fishermen considered this not proper fly fishing. So is one chinook per week and one steelhead per week at a 65% chance appears to be the best Terrace can offer.

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Terrace in April on Skeena & tribs is a blast, plus pulls that rip out your shoulder, hook-ups & a few landed - now that's 2 years running early April for a complete Steelie newbie!!

Watch for a brief report about our recent Skeena Spey School week April '08...

just waiting for a few of the 'fishy' pics from our fantastic hosts @ Z-Boat Lodge (Brad & Kim).

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