“Tight lines and screaming reels,” my favorite catch phrase for signing off on a weekly report, could not be more accurate than for this past week. The fishing in the Skeena and its tributaries is on fire. Pink, Sockeye, Coho and Chinooks have been making a strong appearance on the Skeena, and when in combination with the famous Skeena Summer Steelhead, you never know what the next pull on your fly will be. Take for example Jeff Paffrath and his family and friends. They had been out fishing in the Queen Charlottes for Chinook and Coho, but wanted a change of pace, something different, so our guides took them to a few of their favorite spots. Jeff and the gang quickly understood why the Skeena is such an incredible fishery. Between the 6 of them, they landed between 250 and 300 fish in one day. The ever numerous Pinks provided the bulk of the action, but the crew also landed about 20 early run Coho and 50 scrappy Sockeye. But, as always, the best is always saved for last…
Dusty Schad was letting his fly swing slowly through the riffle when he felt his line stop suddenly. It could have been any type of Salmon, but both he and the guides knew right away that this was no Salmon. Fresh chrome, bullet chrome, white chrome are all words used to describe fresh Skeena Steelhead, and this was no different. After a rod bucking, line peeling fight, Sky Richard tailed 20 lbs of Summer Steelhead for Dusty. Certainly a great way to etch into your mind a memorable encounter with one the ghosts of the Skeena…and to foster that feeling of Steelhead fever…
Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…
Nicholas Dean Lodge
and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Reliable Guide and Charters
The Kitimat River continues to produce an abnormally large number of Pink Salmon. It is also producing a larger than normal amount of Coho for this time of year. The river conditions are excellent although it is higher than the average yearly river heights. The height of the river during the early migration of the Coho return has a major effect on the Coho fishery in both the Kitimat River fishery and the Douglas Channel harbour fishery.