|British Columbia has been at the top of places I love to visit.. Spectacular scenery and amazing rivers teaming with seagoing salmonids and light fishing pressure are all key draws for me. In 1999 upon graduating from college I spent 2 months on the Skeena region, basically being a steelhead bum, floating and fishing the most famed of Steelhead Rivers. Since then the I have felt a strong connection to this area and have now named both of our children after Skeena River Tributaries.. |
I have been working on photo book documenting the worlds best sea run fly fishing, and in need of some better imagery of all Salmon species, I relished the thought of another excuse to get back North. Last week was the opportunity, and knowing that the weather would be more hospitable, compared to my most recent Fall and Spring Steelhead trips up there, I knew my wife Natih would love to be up there as well. She's an accomplished angler, but being born and raised in a tropical climate, harsh conditions and frozen waders doesn't really work for her. This was great opportunity to get up there in early August during the warmest time of the year and give us the best window to catch all of the 5 salmon species. We stayed with our friends at Spey Lodge who we've known since they started their guide business up there since the early 2000's. As always the service and hospitality were top notch and the food is as good as it gets.
The weather was toasty initially with temps reaching the low 90's, but quickly cooled throughout the week with rain showers consistent each of the last 4 days and highs flirting in the low 60's. In 7 days of fishing we never fished the same water twice. Hitting multiple tribs of the Skeena and the Skeena itself as well as a few other drainages. About 60% of the fish we landed had Sea Lice on them and we met our goal of tangling with all 5 species of Salmon and did manage to run into a few summer run steelhead as well. We fished Sage One 2-Handers, with Rio and Airflo lines loaded on Hatch Reels.. I was also able to demo the Canon 1DX and a 400MM Canon lens, which was really cool... And we were head to toe Simms waders, boots, layering and outerwear. All of our gear performed flawlessly. The trip was desperately needed for both of us and it was perfect in every way.
I've included a few of the highlights. Enjoy,
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