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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for a BC newbie

Hi all,

Firstly i'm a newbie to this forum, so i'd just thought I better say hello first.I'm from Cheshire, England and fish on the Ribble in Lancashire for salmon and seatrout. It's what we call a river, but looking at the Skeena, you might call it a creek !

Anyway, i've done some steeheading on the Trinity and Klamath and had some success on the fly, so me and my buddy are headed for Smithers mid September. Have done loads of research, got maps ( BC Backroad Map book), understand the new rules and broke the bank to book a guided day on the Bulkley. So two questions:

1. Where the hell do we start on the Bulkley for walk in fishing?
2. We've got one day on the Kitimat for Coho, to avoid the no Canadian weekend rules. Where would you start on that river?

I don't expect to put right on to your hard won secret holes ( 7 years on the Trinity finding out the hard way ) so I understand no one ' gives it away ' but we have 8 days to realise an ambition and 12 months to cry over the credit card balance.

Please give your thoughts generously to this worthy cause and if anyone ever wants Trinity/Klamath advice, I can reciprocate,

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Richard
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 11:47 AM
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First things first, the Kitimat is 4 hours drive from the Bulkley. If you are planning on fishing there for a day as the Bulkley is closed on the weekend, you should consider fishing the mainstem Skeena instead. There are sections of the river that are open to non residents on the weekend- do some research. Also be prepared as the Skeena will make your home rivers feel like small spring creeks.
As for fishing in Smithers, I think that you will find river access fairly easy to figure out. The Bulkley runs straight through town and there is a bridge over it as the highway runs through town also. There are good put ins and take outs every 8 to 10 miles down the entire length of the river(approximately 100 miles long). That being said there are also a lot of unaccessabile areas as there is private land through out the entire length of the river. In British Columbia you are legal to walk along the river bank, below the high water mark, and could do so for the entire length of river if it was possible. As long as you do not access the river on private land you can fish most places.
As you are guided for a day you will be shown some water to fish on your own, but take into account that the river is large and the guide will have you in a boat to access the river. Out of the entire day with the guide there might only be a couple of areas to fish later as access might not be possible.
One last thing- there is an area down river from Smithers called Trout Creek(maybe 20 minutes drive). Be very careful here as it looks like public access but is not. It is privately owned, and the owner is known to be confrontational at best and an a$$hole at worst. Stories of threats and firearms are true. It can be very good fishing at times, if you do fish in the area make sure NOT TO PARK ANYWHERE NEAR THE OLD STORE. Park on the highway and access the river well UPSTREAM of the old store and the parking lot.
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Good walk and wade access around Quick/Telkwa. I believe that the Troll of Trout Creek has kicked the bucket.

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Many thanks gents, much appreciated and just what I hoped for, cheers !
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I've only done W&W, is there a shuttle service or are guys without 2 vehicles just using cabs?

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I usually camp at the golf course in Smithers. When fishing by myself I often drive up to Telkwa, float to Smithers (there is a tiny pullout right at the golf course) and then call a cab back to the Telkwa bridge and retrieve my truck. About a twenty dollar cab ride.

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"One last thing- there is an area down river from Smithers called Trout Creek(maybe 20 minutes drive). Be very careful here as it looks like public access but is not. It is privately owned, and the owner is known to be confrontational at best and an a$$hole at worst. Stories of threats and firearms are true. It can be very good fishing at times, if you do fish in the area make sure NOT TO PARK ANYWHERE NEAR THE OLD STORE. Park on the highway and access the river well UPSTREAM of the old store and the parking lot."

I met the present owner, Tom, a couple of times and he indeed is quite a figure. But after talking to him he allowed us to park at the bridge near Trout Creek and even gave us some fishing advice, altough I fished that spot several times in the past.
It's a good idea to bribe him. I bought some Dutch smoked eel but he mentioned that his daughter is rather fond on chocolate.
But don't park your car or go fishing without his approval!!!!
And don't use too light leaders! He hates anglers who loose their steelhead because of that!

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Why don't we draw these non residents a map, showing them exactly where to go.
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Why don't we draw these non residents a map, showing them exactly where to go.
The Bulkley is a BIG river. If you feel that it is overcrowded maybe you need to fish a few other rivers for perspective. To a certain degree more love=more protection. I will continue to give GENERAL information to anyone that asks nicely.
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Why don't we draw these non residents a map, showing them exactly where to go.
Will the rocks we need to stand on be highlighted on said map?
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He's asking for info about the Bulkley, let him have it (...it's the Bulkley, not the _____insert secret river here______). Seems like a decent chap, just as long as he keeps moving downriver and doesn't drag fish on the beach, we should all be willing to throw him a bone.

The Bulkley parallels hwy 16 from Houston to Hazelton. That is a ton of water. At no point is the river more than 5km from the highway and along most of the route it is less than 2km. Popular areas are Walcott, Quick, Telkwa, downtown Smithers and anywhere near Moricetown along the road.
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