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Hey all, I am currently working in Kitimat and am planning on staying out here during my week off in June. Would be June 7-14th. Plan on renting a car and getting a room in Terrace for the week and just enjoy some exploring and swinging. Looking for any recommendations as per fishing at that time. Recommendations as per a good motel/hotel. Any good guides in the area. Any shops/places to get flies? I will be doing as much research/homework myself but any small tips as a starting point would be much appreciated. Also be happy to have some company on the water if anyone local is willing to join me. I'll cover the coffee, and the food and drinks afterwards :) Also what minimum equipment would be recommended for that time? I'm gonna be limited as per what I can bring and therefore will be just the basics, maybe with a back up rod and reel.

Again any info would be appreciated, not looking for any secrets. Just maybe some tips on where to start my homework. Also any info on hotels/motels in Terrace would be awesome. If anyone knows a good affordable place with a pub nearby thats ideal :)

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Best Western Terrace, free breakfast, bar downstairs, Don Diego's across the street. Have to go Don Diego's...best place to eat in Terrace, often need a reservation but it is worth it.
 

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Best Western Terrace, free breakfast, bar downstairs, Don Diego's across the street. Have to go Don Diego's...best to place to eat in Terrace, often need a reservation but it is worth it.
Not any more Mumfords is the place to spend your money new Chef is awesome all food sourced locally 6 beers on tap from local micro brews. Motel is connected to the pub next door.
 

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That time of year Skeena is likely blown. The river you're staying in now is likely more fishable. Most people are targeting the big chinooks. I hope you have some robust gear.

re: guides in Terrace. I personally would only consider Jeroen Wohe at Skeena River Lodge or Wally Faetz(sp?) at Spey Lodge. Two highly knowledgeable spey-focused lodges. They don't guide by the day...just week-long packages so I'm not sure that's what you're looking for.
 
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That time of year Skeena is likely blown. The river you're staying in now is likely more fishable. Most people are targeting the big chinooks. I hope you have some robust gear.

re: guides in Terrace. I personally would only consider Jeroen Wohe at Skeena River Lodge or Wally Spaetz(sp?) at Spey Lodge. Two highly knowledgeable spey-focused lodges. They don't guide by the day...just week-long packages so I'm not sure that's what you're looking for.
This is good advice. You can park along the highway and fish the Kitty for chinook. That's prime time on that river. Just don't plan on being alone. There'll be center-pinners everywhere. If you find a run, stay with it and let the nookie come to you. It's also true that Wally Faetz is too busy to do day trips but he is one of the best in the business anywhere.
 

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Thanks for the replies all. Mumfords looks and sounds pretty good, and the motel attached seems quite decent and reasonably priced. Definitely a good option.
The fishability of the Skeena is the one thing I was most afraid of. I have had a hard time finding out about run off and now I gotta really consider if its worth it or not. Not sure I want to stay out here just to fish the Kitimat. Especially if I'm gonna have a hard time finding a spot to fish. Any of the other tribs in the area that may fare better? Not only looking at the big fish, would be thrilled just to get into Dollies, and cutts and the like. Am really thinking of bringing up a single hander for that reason.

Again thanks for the info. It's all very appreciated, I got a lot of thinking to do in the next day or so as I gotta have the paperwork into my contractor asap so they dont book my flights home.

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The timing is a gamble. This years freshnet is starting very slowly. As a rule of thumb. We get high water for about 3 weeks after it warms up north. The snow pack up in Atlin has more bearing on how high the water gets and the duration of the high water.
 

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Once again thanks! I decided that I'm gonna do it anyhow, filled out the paperwork to cancel my flight home for that week. Afterall who knows when I will get another chance to come out here. Obviously gonna be hoping for fishable water on the Skeena but if not then there is hope in the Kitimat and other rivers. Worst comes to worst it is a beautiful river. Now comes the fun of finding a reasonably priced accommodation and rental car. As well as the research on the waters.

Thanks all! Still of course open to any info anyone may be willing to help me with. Especially just on stuff like flies and the like.

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Might be worth chatting with Nicholas Dean about a one day guided trip. Early June isn't prime so they might be able to do it.

Also, lots of trout fishing to be had, and people aren't to reluctant to share where if you call around.

Copper river motel is dirt cheap but out in the boonies, I think the Rainbow Inn is cheap too
 

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Thanks Brent! Definitely gonna have to check with Nicholas dean Lodge.
Trout are also in the plan knowing that the big waters may not be so great. Plus being from Ontario would be a chance to check a few new species off the list if I can get into some Dollies, Cutts etc. Not to mention a single hand rod and reel dont take up much extra space in the luggage.

Thanks for the accommodation ideas had seen both of them online. Both seem decent though the Copper is a bit far out for what I want with this trip. Seeing as this is my turnaround week I want to be close to town to be able to enjoy a few pubs and such in the evenings :hihi:

Thanks again!

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Copper River Motel isn't far out of town and is recommended

I'm a huge fan of the CRM. I've stayed in the Copper River Motel for over ten years. It's close to the mouth of the Copper(duh), but even if you're fishing elsewhere or spending time in town it's only 12 minutes to Lakelse Drive and Safeway, the booze store and tackle shops.

The rooms are comfortable, super clean and have microwaves, coffee pots, fridges and free WiFi. The mattresses are firm and the rooms are quiet. You can wash and dry laundry on premises for a couple a bucks a load. There's a small tackle selection and snack foods at reception as well.

Proprietors Gloria and James let anglers print out their classified licenses at reception and are as helpful as their predecessors, the Kumpholts. These owner-operated places come with a lot of positive energy and customer service.

... and if your day's fishing takes you east upstream on the Skeena towards the Hazeltons, you've got a 12 minute headstart on the rest of the pack!
 

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Just for a note, you can't fish the Skeena above Cedarvale until mid June, and you're pretty well guaranteed that the copper is going to be out in that time of year. A better fall option for sure
 

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try harriannas if you are into south asian food, it is some of the best
This is an excellent choice. Make sure to order your seating time and what you want to eat early in the day. Each meal is made from scratch so it could take a couple hours to get your meal if you don't call ahead.
 

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Your going at a great time.

Suggest you download the B.C. fishing regs before you go.

When you get to Smithers recommend you go to Oscars on main street to get the latest on the fishing in the area.

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Best fishes...Taft
 
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