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Tasmania to Smithers

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I am lucky enought to have the opportunity to be heading to Smithers in September this year and am looking for some tips for cheap accomodation and also what guide books to pick up for the Bulkley and Kispiox Rivers. I will probably be self guided for most of the trip but would hope to get one days guided fishing in - can anyone recommend a good guide?

I shall be bringing a 13wt 13ft spey rod - what sort of tips should i be using?

I have done some steelheading before in 2009 in Idaho mostly on the Clearwater and SAlmon Rivers where i hooked up with a bunch of great guys some of whom frequent this board - anyone i know going to be up there at that time?

Appreciate any advice you folk can provide.

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Is that a mis-type? a 13 weight!?

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Is that a mis-type? a 13 weight!?
My question too; for King Salmon ... maybe.




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Guess i'll give a more appropriate response.

I fished up there for almost 4 weeks last year, the entire time using the 12'6" 7 weight. Should really be trying to get a fish on a dry if you're there in september as its prime.

Bring a full range of tips of very light to 12-15 feet of t14 just in case the river nukes on you (as it does).

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13 wt is over kill. A 6, 7, or 8 wt will be a better fit. Floating tips or a full floating line is all you need in Sept. unless rains blow out the river you're fishing. Then a 15' type III or VI tip will do just fine, or any of the sinking poly leaders.

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Guys, I think yall should focus on the rest of his post rather than the obvious mistype. I am pretty sure there isnt a single 13wt spey rod on the market, especially not one 13' in length.
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Thanks for the replies guys. Correct on the typo, should read 9#

Floating line and floating flies - all good news - just like my time at the Clearwater and Salmon

How about recommendations to stay, guides and guidebooks? Really appreciate your assistance.

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In case you go down with your flies, think Black & Blue!
Have fun there, I'll be in the neighbourhood in that period.
Smithers and Hazelton have some payable motels, so that is no problem.

The Kispiox however is something different! The Kispiox band ask NRA's now $100 per day to access their land beside the river for the last 25 or 30 mile so be aware!

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If you are DIY in the region, the Backroads Mapbook for Northern BC is a must have!
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g'day mate,

I went from perth to smithers last year but had someone hold my hand the entire time. this gentleman was my guide, my cook and my saviour. we 'met' through a fishing forum and had a common interest in salmon flies. I was lucky enough to stay in his winnebago for a week and spent the entire time fishing the kispiox (above our colonial mates).

one thing I would not do is fish alone.

fair enough... we've the most poisonous and bitey things in the world, true... but there were bears. and as paranoid as that may sound a fella was attacked the last couple days we were there. the bear broke nearly every bone in his body and he had his jaw knocked clean off. the fellas here will attest to that horror story.

so please, find someone to fish with while you're there.
they won't be too many aussies so I don't reckon you'll have any trouble finding people as interested in you as you will be in them.

good luck, you lucky bugger...

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g'day mate,

I went from perth to smithers last year but had someone hold my hand the entire time. this gentleman was my guide, my cook and my saviour. we 'met' through a fishing forum and had a common interest in salmon flies. I was lucky enough to stay in his winnebago for a week and spent the entire time fishing the kispiox (above our colonial mates).

one thing I would not do is fish alone.

fair enough... we've the most poisonous and bitey things in the world, true... but there were bears. and as paranoid as that may sound a fella was attacked the last couple days we were there. the bear broke nearly every bone in his body and he had his jaw knocked clean off. the fellas here will attest to that horror story.

so please, find someone to fish with while you're there.
they won't be too many aussies so I don't reckon you'll have any trouble finding people as interested in you as you will be in them.

good luck, you lucky bugger...

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Bears are a reality everywhere in the north. For the most part travelling in groups, making lot's of noise, and being aware of your surroundings makes for a pleasant bear free fishing day.
Pick up a can of bear spray from the local fishing shop when you are in town if it makes you feel better, but practice using it and remember you can't take it home on the plane with you.
I have a can of spray with me at all times and my dog. Depending on where I'm going I'll pack a rifle as well.
The story about the guy no longer having a lower jaw is true and how he crawled out to the road is a testament of a persons will to live........But those snakes you guys have really scare the crap out of me !

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Bear attack

I was at the Kispiox too last year and each day we saw a grizzley mother with her cubs. From a distance and from our car.
Blackies were everywhere near the river.
But the attack was at the Morice, not the Kispiox.
Shawn is is right about fishing alone, it's no fun, you want to share your moments with someone.
And spend some money on bearspray!!

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I fished by myself for over a week there last year further west...however, I don't think I'd be in a rush to fish the Kispiox by myself after seeing the paw print that Dimitri and I found on it one day...no thanks

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