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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-21-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Early April Steelhead: Advice Request

Suddenly have some time and want to swing flies for steelhead in early April. Where should I go? Can hire a guide (recommendations?) for at least a couple of days but also want to do some fishing on my own.

Many thanks for any advice/ideas.

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Great Lakes? Pacific NW coast? Alaska? BC? Russia? Argentina?
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Would love to hear about all of the above.
But in all likelihood it will be the Pacific NW or BC.

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Early spring in northern BC this year, high temps at the moment. Could be a good destination.
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I'd recommend Terrace BC area. Contact Darren Wright at The Steelhead House and also try Aaron Caldwell at Feather Forge. Both are excellent guides with small operations.
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Terrace area for SKeena fish fresh from the salt. Hands down. Bring lots of backing...ÖÖÖ...lol
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Great. Thanks so much for the advice and help so far. Zero-ing in on Terrace, BC area and Olympic Peninsula. Any other specific advice re guides, lodges, rivers etc.?

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Would love to hear about all of the above.
But in all likelihood it will be the Pacific NW or BC.

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Have you fished in (US) Pacific NW or BC before?

Are you good with spending big bucks for a guide and not catching anything over a 4 to 7 day period?

Is catching important?

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Have you fished in (US) Pacific NW or BC before?

Are you good with spending big bucks for a guide and not catching anything over a 4 to 7 day period?

Is catching important?
And he does mean big bucks.....Terrace area guides are 750$ CDN per day for one person...
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I hear you, guys! So give me a better option. Iím here to learn.

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I will do a DIY trip to Terrace mid April....second trip to the area so it will still be a big learning curve, but the scenery alone is spectacular. I may get skunked but at least it will be on my own terms
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I will have a trip to Terrace between 18 APR - 22 APR. if anybody would like to fish together and share some cost, DIY is fine, and guided float down kitmat river is also good. I had some experience in Terrace area, and always catch steelhead. please pm.
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$750 a day in terrace would not even be full plan, just guided, American plan is upwards of $1 k US a day now.
Please keep in mind, the waters are vast, huge, overwhelming. You're first trip would be not much more than a search mission.
The guides are good, they will put u onto fish.
Or I would highly recommend you take up the offer and fish with someone who has been before.
Tight lines!
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Give Rayn Smith of the Avid Angler in Washington a call for a trips to the Sagit/Sauk or Olympic Peninsula, hes a swing only and I'm guessing less than 500 bucks a day.
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Any word in Skeena and trib closures for this year?

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