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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-02-2008, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Peter Finnis
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Bell Irving Report

I've just returned from a week on the Bell-Irving river in Northern British Columbia.

Over the week, 3 of us caught and released 44 steelhead ranging from approx. 5lb to 18lb with most fish in the 8 to 12lb range. The vast majority were bright excellent conditioned fish.

Water was quite clear and low most of the week. Consequently the best action was early and late in the day with most fish coming to full floating lines or, at most, type 3 tips. I even had one on a skated dry fly!

Most productive flies by far were black/purple with a strong inclusion of bright blue with templedog and shrimpy type tube flies best of all. For my own part, all but 4 of my fish came to the same fly, a black/purple/blue templedog tied on a eumer brass tube body.

I'll post some pics on the gallery in the coming weeks. All in all, a great trip!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-03-2008, 10:47 AM
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Well Done, Peter!

Thanks for a very nice complete, yet concise report.
There are steelhead thriving in B.C. despite "doom and gloom" statistics and reports. Earnest and dedicated anglers always seem to find them.
Congrats on a great week!

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