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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Babine in August?

Just wondering if anyone has fished the Babine at the end of August and if there are normally some fish around that early. Some friends and I were talking about doing a short (5-day) drift on the Babine right at the end of August, but I wanted to check with the people who know here to see if our timing would be totally off.

And for anyone who has drifted the Babine, is there a good pickup point about 5 days' float down the river? I'm not sure exactly where that would put us but it might be somewhere in between the lodges. Does that sound about right?

Thanks a lot for any advice/info.

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Any thoughts anyone? Feel free to send me a PM if you don't want to post a response.

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Mike I did this float one time a dozen years ago.. We floated from the fish counting weir to a spot known as gales creek.

1. I don't know how many fish are around in August however there are probably lots of salmon around then and therefore lots of bears

2. there is some serious white water in the float so be prepared for that

3. it's my understanding that there is REALLY serious white water below gales creek

4. doing this float you have to drive to the put in leave your vehicle and arrange for a helicopter to pick you and your gear up.... if was around 1500 dollars when we did it I suspect that the costs have greatly increased.

5. thee miles into the float you run into the first glacial tributary i expect that in August it could be making the river dirty depending upon the weather

6 there are no camp sites that are easily found... you'll have to clear away underbrush to put your tent down.

if i think of anything else i'll post it later,,, and as i said this information is 12 years old any or all of it may no longer be accurate.

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A bit early

You are a long way from the salt to be looking for steelhead in August. The Babine is another 50+ km's farther up the Skeena than the Bulkley. The Bulkley is notoriously fickle for steelhead in August, maybe one year of 10 there are some fish around. The other nine years the fish start showing up the first week in September. The lodges on the Babine start going around mid September, if that tells you something.
There will be a LOT OF SOCKEYE in the Babine at the time of year of you are planning. I have seen pictures of Grizzly Falls, a constriction and drop on the river, with 6 bears in the picture. My suggestion is that the time of year and lack of steelhead means that the risk/reward for your trip makes it difficult to justify. Especially so considering the fact that you will not be floating the entire distance and will need a helicopter from Smithers to pick you up somewhere along the way.
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Kevin and Rob,
Thanks a lot for the advice. We definitely hadn't thought too much about the bears and all the salmon that would still be around. It sounds like we'd just be a bit too early to be fishing in that part of the system. And if a helicopter was $1500 about 10 years ago, who knows what it would be now with the price of gas through the roof and so forth.

Thanks again for your input. I think we might put this plan on hold until another year where we can time it better. Sounds like a good adventure though, but I'd sure hope to have a few steelhead around when I was there.

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