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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for the trip of a life time

My friend and fishing buddy of 35 years are both turning 50 in 2015 and beginning to plan an extended fishing trip. The focus of the trip would be to find world class swinging for steelhead plus what ever else we pull off in a 3 week trip. We would appreciate any suggestions as to where, when and what. My friend has spent a lot of time on Vancouver Island so he'd like to go somewhere new, I'd like to avoid crowds. He has a camper van and neither of us has a problem living out of a bag, so first class is not a requirement but a nice lodge is not out of the question for a portion of the trip either. Any one who has any experience's or just dream trip they always wanted to do, we would really like to hear about it.
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Silver Hilton, then lug the camper around Smithers/Terrace for as long as you can

Issue with lack of crowding in world class steelheading is expense, such as the Lower Babine, Damdochax, etc

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x2 Smithers, camped and fished there for three weeks last fall with my buddy, so many rivers to fish within a 2 hour drive, fantastic trip.
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Prince of Wales Island in Alaska in May. No crowds at all. Lots of fish.


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Fish wild alaska....name of an out fitter. They got a spring steelie trip that looks killer..also the summer/ fall salmon looks awsome too. the trips all seem reasonable...look it up...fishwildalaska.com ...I would love to do it myself!

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 05:48 PM
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What Time of Year? Assume Summer and Not Spring

For B.C.:
If Spring, recommend the Terrace area for the Kalum, Lower Copper and Skeena.

If Summer or Fall, the Smithers area where you would have opportunities on the Bulkley, Morice and hopefully the upper Copper.

For sure would recommend spending several days with guides to learn the area. Suggest getting on booking now if planning to go this year.

Brent recommended the Silver Hilton which is super but somebody almost have to die for a replacement to get a rod slot.

Got to check the B.C. regs since us 'non-resident aliens' have weekend fishing restrictions. While there are places you can walk in, better fishing water by jet boat.

If you have not been to Alaska, there are some fishing packages that could work that would provide both fresh and salt water alternatives. King run has really tanked for the last several years so targeting silvers might be a better alternative. Steelhead alternatives are there but rod slots at best places tight.

Have fished Prince of Wales for steelhead which can be tricky because of dirtballs hogging the best beats when the fish are in and even vandalizing other fisherman's vehicles on the road system. Maybe it is a non prob now but...

Good luck and Best Fishes...detailed planning for your trip is key.

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No mention of the time of the year so I assume that's not an issue.

For pure numbers .... The Deschutes River in North/Centeral Oregon from Maupin on down to Mac's Canyon mid August-end of September?). Below there you're on foot, but tons of BLM mini river camp sites (many with 'potties).

Google the BLM river map, it's dead on from spot to spot, what you'll find (camping wise), etc. Shameless plug for one of the boards supporters. Contact Mark B. at flyfishusa and book a several day trip.

I'm a tight-wad when it comes to spending money on this sort of thing, but Charlie and I got, how to put this without going over the top: "All expectations were exceeded" will work. Both of us hooked released at least 25 fish and not a clue as to how many more missed/lost.

Total hoot was Charlie and I know how to fish with 2handers so just a 'Mark, point us out where to stand/wade.'** Morning of day 2: "Mark, go get your rod and enjoy, I think the two of us are wired in.'


Both he and I can be feisty (sp?) personalities at times, or so I'm told.

He did, and went and got my video camera. Walk back and filmed him hook/release about 7 fish in 20'ish minutes. Sent him the casette and he put same on to a DVD.

Great watch of 4'ish days of this is 'working very well.'

** For me, even then, 'balance' was going to hell in a hand cart. No improvement, worse as time's gone on; step into water and the tip of the wading staff goes first.

Great boat float yesterday and (Fred, you are a dumb stupid ..... string of four letter words) and didn't pull one of my wading staffs out of the Jeep and into the boat. You know you're 'over the hill when you're using the butt of a 'long rod' for a wading staff and a (far younger) man takes your hand to get you back to shore over 'river snot covered rocks.'

Ah well, fluffed 3 fish ....


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If you are looking at the skeena/smithers area and enjoy shooting as well I would take a long look at 'skeena meadows'. They are not a guide service but provide all the lodging/meals (huts on the river) and shooting if you want. Prices seem pretty reasonable and the location is well situated between smithers and terrace. You can't really beat the skeena in september.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 12:21 PM
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Dream Trip

This will be a mixed bag of 2H and SH fishing. After Labor Day, head to Deschutes, go east to the Snake, go through Yellowstone Park and fish in the Cody area, go up over Dead Indian pass and spend three or four days at Hunter Peak Ranch on the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. North into Montana and take your pick--Yellowstone, Madison, or Missouri. Then head back through Idaho.

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