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I took a trip north to Skeena country this fall with good friends Adrian Cortes (Fshnazn) and Steve Turner. It was my first return trip to the region in 7 years and gladly, we weren't disappointed. We traveled in Steve's new F150 with his 16' Clackacraft in tow. With three of us traveling together we were able to drive straight through by splitting driving duties. The entire trip went perfectly with some flies tied, steelhead caught, abundant wildlife seen, and memories made. While Adrian had tied a box full of his in hand Classics, he became so enamored with the surface steelhead take that he spent most of his time skating and becoming a surface steelhead fanatic like yours truly. In fact he came up with the phrase "the tug may be the drug, but the surface steelhead attack is like crack"!

I've put a 3 part story together on my blog so those posts can be referred to for further detail. I just wanted to post up some pictures here to tell the story.

Tying flies on the road (photos by Steve Turner):



Visits with Bill McMillan and James Reid on the way up (photos by Steve Turner):






James's shop:



Beautiful waters (photos by Steve Turner):


 

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A few fish were caught (photos by Steve Turner and Adrian Cortes):





Adrian's flies (photos by Steve Turner):




Adrian's favorite, the greaseliner - the fly that got the most action for him (photo by Steve Turner):


The Black and Blue Little Wang in action (photo by Steve Turner):


All in all, a blessed trip!
 

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It's about time Todd! I've been waiting to read your write up after Adrian wet my noodle with his stories. Seriously, just giving you a hard time though. That trip is what it's all about. Look forward to your write up.
 

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Nice posts, thank you for not hot spotting.

When were you there? "Treasure Island" sure looked gooey but wouldn't give up the ghost no matter how far I fished down it... Good to hear it did produce
 

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Guys:
Thanks for your comments and happy that you "came along for the ride" with our pics and stories. I guess the next best thing to being in Skeena country is reliving it through pictures and stories that bring the memories back to life.

Blessings,
Todd
 

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Looks like a miserable time! Glad you guys were able to endure such hardships and return safely home, as well as warn the rest of us off from contemplating such a foolish endeavor.

Seriously, the photos are gorgeous and really capture the feeling of a good road trip with friends. Happy you guys were fortunate to enjoy such an obviously special trip together. Thanks for sharing too
JB
 

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Thanks for sharing that with us , enjoyed it
 

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It has been a couple of years since my most recent trip to the wonderful streams of the Skeena drainage. Your text and photographs remind me that I should get back up to that very special area in the not too distant future.

Glad you enjoyed your trip.
 
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