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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Skeena fishing trip next week.

Hi everyone,

I am travelling up to Terrace next week for a chance of a lifetime fishing trip with a buddy of mine that lives there. I am extremely lucky for this opportunity! I am just seeking some advice and to try and set my expectations for the trip. The experience alone is worth it even before the chance at fish....

Just seeing what others can provide.

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Hey Josh,

You will probably be fishing the Kitimat and Kalum.

The Kitimat will fish well if it is on the drop, once it gets too low this time of year it can be slow. Mild damp conditions will be the best possible scenario on the 'mat. You will encounter fresh spring run steelhead only there.

The Kalum will fish well under a variety of conditions and will contain both fresh spring fish and hold overs from last fall. The Kalum has tough access with out a jetboat as private property issues make drifting the flow difficult. That being said there is access available to the shore bound to some good water.

Hope that helps!
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Thats fantastic Pat, Thank you!!

I was looking at weather trends and it is looking like avg of 2 -6 degrees C with lots of rain mixed in.....is this typical for this time of year?? I am guessing it is and will prepare for it!

Thanks for the info on the Steel and the rivers to look out for. I was wondering, if there are any other species that I can nock off the list while I am out there!?

I do plan on bringing a lighter single hand set up as well....

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For your lighter set up you could fish the tides on the lower Kitimat some very nice sea run cutties come in with the tides this time of year. Work the bridge area down around Radley Park.Just above the bridge in town there is also a good run for cutties. You will need to watch the ice and snow as this river has a tendancy to have a false edge in the winter down on the lower river, a body can be in deep before they realize they are in trouble.
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RJB, you guys been having a ton of snow and cold this year?
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WINTER is still here..........

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RJB, you guys been having a ton of snow and cold this year?
We just went through a nasty bit that just broke three days ago. Kitimat is supposed to get about 20 cm in the next two days. I have not been to Kitimat this winter but some of my customers tell me they have about 5 feet of snow on the ground.
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winter...

Im anxious to get out that way again. I did a trip a few weeks ago, was brutal -10 until the sun came out. Im thinking there will be lots of ice buildup as it was just starting to form when i was there. We've had a nasty cold snap for the last 2 weeks. Personally im waiting, though it is raining lots, which should bump up some fresh fish. Hmmm whats a guy to do?
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Thanks again for the info everyone. I am really looking forward to the trip no matter what conditions we come across....its all about the experience!! Although I am hopefull to feel the tug as I have yet to get one here in Ontario. It would be something to loose the 'spey virginity' on the skeena!!!

Thanks again everyone!

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Thanks again for the info everyone. I am really looking forward to the trip no matter what conditions we come across....its all about the experience!! Although I am hopefull to feel the tug as I have yet to get one here in Ontario. It would be something to loose the 'spey virginity' on the skeena!!!

Thanks again everyone!

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It is warmer than what was predicted today. The long range is for a continuing warming trend. You may just hit this right.
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Thanks again for the info everyone. I am really looking forward to the trip no matter what conditions we come across....its all about the experience!! Although I am hopefull to feel the tug as I have yet to get one here in Ontario. It would be something to loose the 'spey virginity' on the skeena!!!

Thanks again everyone!

Josh
Good luck Josh, let us know how it goes!
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You might want to add a pair of light bearpaws to your kit. I recall (too well!) walking in to a run around Terrace just about this time of year on the (frozen) crust and having a sh... ah, strenuous trip out, falling through in hip deep snow about every second step. Afternoon was quite warm....

Do check out the lower Kitimat for sea run cutts. It has a good run, and you won't find a prettier trout anywhere in the world, IMO.

Have fun, and tight lines,

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I just talked with one of my customers from Kitimat said there was lots of snow on the ground but the river upper and lower is open. There is a beaten path through the snow to the river town side of the bridge going below the bridge. Sounds like you are good to go.
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update

Just sitting at the Vancouver Airport waiting for my connection to Toronto.

What an unbelievable trip. Terrace and surrounding areas are pure heaven and the rivers are something else.

Fishing was tough for the most part but I fully expected it going into. The weather was on the plus side of 10 degrees celcius for most if not all days I was there. I think I was one good rain event from hitting the jackpot though....such is fishing! I did manage to land a overwinter fish and was spanked hard by a fresh fish on the Skeena. I also did manage to cross off some other fish species from the list as well. I learned a tonn and the casting/fishing improved leaps and bounds.

I am truly lucky to have a friend that lives there and knows his way around but if anyone that is thinking of heading up there, don't hesitate to experience the Skeena system.

Can't wait to go back next year!

Thanks again for all who helped with info along the way! Much appreciated!

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