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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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just a curious question. I know the Kispiox is the smallest of the steelhead rivers in the Skeena system. But how does the other rivers rank in as far as size? the Bulkley, Babine, Sustut ect. Rob
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Skeena is a big system with lots of tributaries. I would not say the K is the smallest but I know a lot of folks who, after seeing it for the first time, often comment, "I thought it would be bigger".
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I think the Bulkley is the largest tributary, then next is likely the Babine. The Suskwa appears smaller than the Kispiox. I've never seen the Sustut, but at average fall flows the lodge guides run jet sleds on it.

Of course there is the matter of how you define the size of a river. Is it by mean annual flow? Drainage area in square miles, kilometers, or hectares, etc.? Or how wide it is compared to your longest cast in the places you fish it. See what I mean?
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Yes thanks, I guess I was referring to how it fishes as in width. Rob
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Just use the measuring tool on Google Earth/Maps...pretty accurate at least for bank to bank

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The Kispiox is not the smallest steelhead river in the Skeena system. The Kitwanga, kitseguecla, Lakelse, Suskwa, gitnadoix all have steelhead runs and are smaller than the Kispiox.
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The Kispiox is not the smallest steelhead river in the Skeena system. The Kitwanga, kitseguecla, Lakelse, Suskwa, gitnadoix all have steelhead runs and are smaller than the Kispiox.
You're so right! But I guess the Kispiox has the largest steelhead sizewise.

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The Kispiox is not the smallest steelhead river in the Skeena system. The Kitwanga, kitseguecla, Lakelse, Suskwa, gitnadoix all have steelhead runs and are smaller than the Kispiox.
You're so right! But I guess the Kispiox has the largest steelhead sizewise.
I was told by a DFO fisheries biologist from Prince Rupert that the stuffed 40 lb steelhead in the Smithers airport was a Bulkley fish so not sure the Kispiox has the largest.
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A big fish can come from any tributary, but majority of Kispiox, Babine and very upper main-steam Skeena spooners come for the 1st spawning after 3 years, where Bulkley is 1-2 years. Therefore these tributary have the hight percentage of large fish. A fish which reaches 20-30 inches has a better chance to survive in Pacific then running to river, facing Gill-nets or an angler.
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I was told by a DFO fisheries biologist from Prince Rupert that the stuffed 40 lb steelhead in the Smithers airport was a Bulkley fish so not sure the Kispiox has the largest.
That's right, but I was expressing myself due to my own experience. I fished both rivers since 1990, fly only of course.
I never weighted my fish, but measured them.
I never caught a 40 incher in the Bulkley or Morice, but had quite a few in the Kispiox. Between 1998 and 2006.

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That's right, but I was expressing myself due to my own experience. I fished both rivers since 1990, fly only of course.
I never weighted my fish, but measured them.
I never caught a 40 incher in the Bulkley or Morice, but had quite a few in the Kispiox. Between 1998 and 2006.
did you catch them with a swung fly?
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did you catch them with a swung fly?
Yeah, I like to swing flies.
The last 15 years I used only spey- and switch rods with intruder type large flies, mostly Black & Blue.
But the largest, a big old 43" buck I landed on September 24 1998 in the Kispiox, using a Sage 9.6ft #8 rod, Teeny 200 sinktip and a small Silver Hilton tied on #6 hook.
That was my 1st 40 incher in 8 years on the Kispiox. I got pretty drunk that night.
We stayed 2 weeks at the Kispiox Steelhead Camp with 4 people, 3 of us had a 40 incher that year. Best year ever. We all had 15 fish or more each in those 2 weeks.
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Yeah, I like to swing flies.
The last 15 years I used only spey- and switch rods with intruder type large flies, mostly Black & Blue.
But the largest, a big old 43" buck I landed on September 24 1998 in the Kispiox, using a Sage 9.6ft #8 rod, Teeny 200 sinktip and a small Silver Hilton tied on #6 hook.
That was my 1st 40 incher in 8 years on the Kispiox. I got pretty drunk that night.
We stayed 2 weeks at the Kispiox Steelhead Camp with 4 people, 3 of us had a 40 incher that year. Best year ever. We all had 15 fish or more each in those 2 weeks.
Great memories.
The reason I ask is I met you on the Bulkley and all you did was cast spoons and drift beads
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The reason I ask is I met you on the Bulkley and all you did was cast spoons and drift beads
I never used spoons. In my early days I did use a bottom bounce system.
With those spin Ďní gloís, but never spoons.
You must mix me up with somebody else.

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