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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2018, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Terrace/Skeena Region

Headed up that way in a couple weeks. Any recommendations on flies or set-ups? I've been told floating scandi lines with floating 12 foot leaders and light hairwings/muddlers? Does that sound about right?

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Its Steelheading, fish however you want with any line type you like and feel confident in. It all works!

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Make sure you have pink flies and purple flies. And donít forget the black and chartreuse ones. Also, if itís sunny, you need blues, an if itís overcast, you need orange. Lots of heavy flies for fishing deep, cause that works best, except for the times when they only eat off the surface. You know, just like anywhere else. But actually, seriously.
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If all you are going to do is fish on the surface then you should be fine. However if you want to be prepared for various conditions and especially if you are going to be fishing the Skeena itself then I would also include Skagit line, various tips and intruder type flies. That way you are prepared for all conditions, rivers, etc. Good luck.
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Friend is up there now and catching fish on skagits and 4Ē flies, fishing the mainstem Skeena. Early returns are very encouraging. I wouldnít limit myself to floating lines in case of high flows, lower visibility. Good luck, could be an excellent year.
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Use sinking tips with a Skagit and big flies. That's what all the guides had me fish. Even T-17 !
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Skagit + all kinds of sinking tips. Most useful is type 6, type 3 and intermediate. If you fish Skeena main, the T11 or T14 will easily hang on the bottom. But it has its place.

Scandi is also good, but I would not limited to light versi leaders.

For the fly, I am very confident with black with blue flashing hobo spey. also change fly when fish a run in multi times. But black fly vs orange catching rate for me is 8:2. Maybe because I use black and blue most of the time.

I fished for the last two weeks. Water is muddy. it will clear up over time. Fish are abundent
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find some water with 2ft+ visibility and chase these guys on top! So many fish this year, and nothing beats 1. the take on a dry, 2. even when they miss the heartrate gets going!
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Skagit + all kinds of sinking tips. Most useful is type 6, type 3 and intermediate. If you fish Skeena main, the T11 or T14 will easily hang on the bottom. But it has its place.

Scandi is also good, but I would not limited to light versi leaders.

For the fly, I am very confident with black with blue flashing hobo spey. also change fly when fish a run in multi times. But black fly vs orange catching rate for me is 8:2. Maybe because I use black and blue most of the time.

I fished for the last two weeks. Water is muddy. it will clear up over time. Fish are abundent
What he said...When water up there is murky (ie: 10-15" visibility), large, dark silhouette flies, with lots of movement, work best. If vis clears up, yes, go with smaller flies, dries and skated.
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Just got back and pretty much got away with 3 flies: Suskwa Poacher, orange and pink Hoh Bo Spey, 2-tone pink Hoh Bo Spey, black and blue Hoh Bo Spey. All fishing was done with a skagit; tips ranged from type III, type VI, 5&5 MOW, with 10' T-11 on one deeper stretch of the main stem Skeena. Given they're mostly moving fish, the Type III was used most often casting out just the head or not even that. Between the two of us we managed to land a couple steelhead each day and hooked a few more...need to work on landing percentage! We were very surprised at the nearly non-existent coho/silvers.

Got to give a shout out to Dale at the Red Shed for getting my Meiser, Red Shed Special out to me in time for my trip...an amazing rod!!
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Excellent list

Now that was an awesome set of pointers, straight and to the point with excellent advice😉👍
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