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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Skeena: Exchamsiks or Zymoetz

Hi Guys,

Normally we fly to Smithers for our annual queste for some wild steel, but this year we enter the area at Terrace and have 1 weekend as NRA to fish the Skeena and we stay very close to Terrace.
But when purchasing CW licences online there are 2 choices, Skeena: Exchamsiks and Zymoetz.
Which one do we have to buy now?
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Zymoets is the copper and is the river with all the pressure by anglers for steelhead. the Exchamsiks does not get a run of steelhead at this time of year that i know of but it does get a run of coho.
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Zymoets is the copper and is the river with all the pressure by anglers for steelhead. the Exchamsiks does not get a run of steelhead at this time of year that i know of but it does get a run of coho.
As NRA's we are not allowed to fish the Copper in the weekend, but as we stay 2 nights in Terrace before we go east, we think about trying our luck in the Skeena at Ferry Island, but when I want to purchase a CW licence for the Skeena I must make a choice between Skeena Exchamsiks and Skeena Zymoetz.
So which one is the right one for the Skeena at Ferry Island?

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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 10:42 AM
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Brambo,
My suggestion would be to head for the fly shop in Smithers, one of them has more fly fishing stuff than the other it looks like. They can give you some good advice, just buy some stuff. I am sure you can make your decision on what section of the Skeena to fish when you get there. Fly shops are a place to start. Just google them up.
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The upper sections of Skeena are fishing better for steelies right now in my experience. So, go with the Copper version (I believe this is Skeena 3 or Skeena 4).
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I believe that area of the Skeena is non-classified, but I would double check.
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I believe that area of the Skeena is non-classified, but I would double check.
I think you are right!
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Not sure this is up to date but here is a run-down on NRA weekend restrictions in the Skeena watershed River-by-River Summary | Steelhead Paradise, Fishing Skeena Watershed in Northern BC Canada
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Look at the back of the region VI fishing regs for the Skeena

You're right: there's a section around Terrace where you won't need classified waters daily permit. I believe the Skeena IV section covers upstream from 1.5km upstream of the mouth of the Copper all the way to the headwaters. However, weekends there's a huge chunk in the middle NRAs can't fish (even with a permit). Unfamiliar with the regs downstream of Terrace.

A search for the "BC freshwater fishing regulations Skeena region VI" will turn up an 18 page PDF with the most useful feature being a map at the end before the advertisements. Then double check what you learn against the individual river listings inside.

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I believe you can fish Ferry Island as an NRA to your hearts content with no special licence.
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1.5 km upstream of the kalum to 1.5 upstream of the copper is non classified, enjoy.the skeena in this area is a tough go.at this time of year, most fish are in their home rivers by now.
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Well, I'm home now. Amsterdam.
After 2 weeks BC, last week of September and first week of October.
This was the worst trip ever since 1990 concerning pulls and catches of steelhead.
Fished the Skeena at Ferry Island on September 22. Nothing
Try to fish the Kispiox from Sept. 24-28, but the level was so low that the natives closed the lower part. Spend Sept 24 on the Skeena there without any sign of fish. Only a local who try to charge us for C$100 each as that part of the Skeena is still native reservation. Some locals with hardware had little luck at the confluence of the Kispiox and Skeena.
Fished the Bulkley on Sept. 25 and both of us had 2 pulls and we both managed to beach 1 steelhead. Small fish tough.
On Sept. 26 a day without any signs of fish at the Bulkley, although we saw 2 guys (of the 20 we spotted) play some steel.
Moved to Houston and fished the Morice for 7 days (not in the weekend as we are non resident aliens) and hooked and beached 3 steelhead in total when using our pontoons.
Most people we met had the same experiences, some a ltlle better and even some a little worse.
We met an anlger from Vancouver and he claimed to have 26 steelhead on the dry fly...........
Sold my pontoons and after 25 trips to the Skeena and her tribs, I closed this adventure.

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Ouch... I've been here once and my experience was very similar. I wish more people would give this place a rest including the First Nations and commercial guys. It sounds like it is badly in need of a time out. I don't think I would ever go back there

What do you mean you release the fish after you catch it? Like, release it into your cooler right ?!?!
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If youíve lost the ability to savor the fish you do catch and be content to swing flies in such an amazing place then perhaps it is time to give it up.
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Well, I'm home now. Amsterdam.
After 2 weeks BC, last week of September and first week of October.
This was the worst trip ever since 1990 concerning pulls and catches of steelhead.
Fished the Skeena at Ferry Island on September 22. Nothing
Try to fish the Kispiox from Sept. 24-28, but the level was so low that the natives closed the lower part. Spend Sept 24 on the Skeena there without any sign of fish. Only a local who try to charge us for C$100 each as that part of the Skeena is still native reservation. Some locals with hardware had little luck at the confluence of the Kispiox and Skeena.
Fished the Bulkley on Sept. 25 and both of us had 2 pulls and we both managed to beach 1 steelhead. Small fish tough.
On Sept. 26 a day without any signs of fish at the Bulkley, although we saw 2 guys (of the 20 we spotted) play some steel.
Moved to Houston and fished the Morice for 7 days (not in the weekend as we are non resident aliens) and hooked and beached 3 steelhead in total when using our pontoons.
Most people we met had the same experiences, some a ltlle better and even some a little worse.
We met an anlger from Vancouver and he claimed to have 26 steelhead on the dry fly...........
Sold my pontoons and after 25 trips to the Skeena and her tribs, I closed this adventure.

That's just brutal. Sounds like you are beaten and broken from that trip. We've all been there....
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