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Skeena River, British Columbia, Canada

They call steelhead the fish of a thousand casts probably because in most steelhead rivers their numbers are so small that one needs a thousand casts on average to hook one. However, fishing for steelhead in some of BC’s most famous rivers is a totally different game. If you go during the right time of year with a good guide and boat your possibilities of success will multiply. This is not to mention the fantastic fishing chinook, coho, chum, sockeye and pink salmon that run up the same rivers. Of all the steelhead and salmon rivers in Canada, the Skeena River is undoubtedly the king. Among its tributaries it boasts some of the best steelhead rivers in the world. These include the legendary Babine River, the Sustut, the Kispiox, the Copper, Kitsumkalum, the Bulkley, and the Maurice. To reach these rivers returning steelhead and salmon must run up the Skeena. In essence the Skeena is a super highway for these fish returning to their natal waters to spawn. As a result virtually year round you will find one or another anadramous fish in the Skeena.

Steel head, salmón coho y chum: 7 to 9 weight one or two hand rods with a selection of floating, intermediate and sinking lines down to a type 8. Effective flies include intruders in a variety of colors, egg sucking leaches, wooly buggers o large dry flies such as polywogs or bombers. Spinning rods of up to 3 meters with 15 to 20 lb test lines. Lures such as Nº 2 Silver Fox in orange, pink, red or chartruse, Spin and glows. 

Chinook salmon: 9 to 11 weight one or two hand rods with skagit lines and interchangeable sink tips form a type 3 down to a type 8. Large streamers such as intruders in pink, blue, orange, purple, chartreuse, egg imitations such as fat freddies.

Depending on the program we offer various lodging options including hotels in the middle of town or a comfortable riverside lodge. 

To get to Terrace most guests fly commercial from Vancouver to Terrace. If you are coming from the lower 48, Canada or Alaska, Terrace is well connected by highway.

Location: The Skeena river is located om the west coast of Canada in the heart of British Columbia. Our center of operations for this program is Terrace.  

Season: All year

Best dates: 

Chinook & Sockeye Salmon: Mid-June to Mid-July

Coho Salmon: Mid-September to mid- October

Chum Salmon: Mid – July to Mid- August

Steelhead: March – April, August to November

Nº of rods permitted: NA

Fishing technics allowed: Fly and artificial lures

Species available: Steelhead, king or chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon and dolly varden.

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