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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Skeena tribs early September

Hello all! I have an opportunity to fish the Bulkey/Kispiox/other tribs in the Smithers area around the first week of September, and I have 2-3 weeks of free time I can spend there. I'll be coming straight from my guiding season in AK, so it'll be nice to fish for once I've been doing some preliminary research about DIY in the area. I'm aware and prepared for the licensing and classified waters, and I believe the first week of September may be a little early. I won't have access to a boat of my own while there, which is my only limiting factor. Any info about DIY anyone is willing/able to provide outside of the typical Google search would be incredibly helpful. Thanks!

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Should be some fish moving through at that time with lots of good water with a decent amount of walk and wade access.

Good luck on your trip, I'm already looking forward to my next trip to that beautiful area.
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I’ve fished the area on foot (no boat) since I lived in Terrace in the 80’s
Anytime in September is good.
Weather tends to be unpredictable that time of year so you can get clear low water or chocolate milk on short notice.
I generally stay on the Robbers Roost in Hazleton for a week or so and fish the Bulkley, Skeena and Suskwa from there.
You may find the Kispiox disappointing with no boat. Foot access can be a bit limited outside the reserve area.
I like the Skeena run in front of the Totem poles at Kispiox but it will cost you a fee to the Kispiox band.
Then I go to Terrace for another week or so.
There I fish at Ferry Island with the masses.
On the bright side however every fish in the Skeena system goes right by me at Terrace so you never know what you may hook.
Google maps will show you lots of places to bushwhack into.
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If you have the time, what have you got to lose? There won't be as many fish around, but it won't be as crowded as the end of Sept. either. Just pretend you're fishing at the end of Sept., only with better weather and angler crowds the size of 40 years ago. You'll probably even catch fish.
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Last year the main push of fish came n August, in the skeena, and fishing was decent in the tribs shortly after, so early September could be quite good. If anything the coho - sockeye will be around, I've had fabulous days swinging the skeena at ferry island catching salmon, had a blast, and a bbq. Early September on the skeena is a highway of fish moving thru. Never know what's on the end of your line.
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Iíve fished the area on foot (no boat) since I lived in Terrace in the 80ís
Anytime in September is good.
Weather tends to be unpredictable that time of year so you can get clear low water or chocolate milk on short notice.
I generally stay on the Robbers Roost in Hazleton for a week or so and fish the Bulkley, Skeena and Suskwa from there.
You may find the Kispiox disappointing with no boat. Foot access can be a bit limited outside the reserve area.
I like the Skeena run in front of the Totem poles at Kispiox but it will cost you a fee to the Kispiox band.
Then I go to Terrace for another week or so.
There I fish at Ferry Island with the masses.
On the bright side however every fish in the Skeena system goes right by me at Terrace so you never know what you may hook.
Google maps will show you lots of places to bushwhack into.
Thank you for the insight, it's much appreciated! If you're around that time of year and want to wet a line or talk steelhead, the beer is on me!

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Thank you for the insight, it's much appreciated! If you're around that time of year and want to wet a line or talk steelhead, the beer is on me!
This year I shall be in Terrace sept 9-18

Last year I found I was too old to be bushwhacking so this year I am staying at Skeena Spey in Terrace with my brother in law.
We are treating ourselves to a guide and a boat.

Iím at [email protected] so keep in touch and we may run into you.

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This year I shall be in Terrace sept 9-18

Last year I found I was too old to be bushwhacking so this year I am staying at Skeena Spey in Terrace with my brother in law.
We are treating ourselves to a guide and a boat.

Iím at [email protected] so keep in touch and we may run into you.

Jim
I'll be there through most of that week at least, I'll make sure to keep in touch! Thank you again for the info.

Skeena Spey looks beautiful, hope you gentleman have a hell of a time.

Jake

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Iíve fished the area on foot (no boat) since I lived in Terrace in the 80ís
Anytime in September is good.
Weather tends to be unpredictable that time of year so you can get clear low water or chocolate milk on short notice.
I generally stay on the Robbers Roost in Hazleton for a week or so and fish the Bulkley, Skeena and Suskwa from there.
You may find the Kispiox disappointing with no boat. Foot access can be a bit limited outside the reserve area.
I like the Skeena run in front of the Totem poles at Kispiox but it will cost you a fee to the Kispiox band.
Then I go to Terrace for another week or so.
There I fish at Ferry Island with the masses.
On the bright side however every fish in the Skeena system goes right by me at Terrace so you never know what you may hook.
Google maps will show you lots of places to bushwhack into.
Good advice! However I think there are quite some places with foot access upstream of the Potato Patch. The only problem is that those are known by all anglers who do not want to pay that fee of the Kispiox Band, so share them carefully.
And for me, as a non resident angler I think that fee (C$100 per person per day) is quite high in comparisson with the official governmental prices for Classified Water in BC.

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