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Annual BC steelhead trip

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I figured I would share some pics from annual BC steelhead trip.  After last years trip of floods, mudslides, frozen river  and 6 days of fishable water over 3 weeks.  I arrived this year to historic low flows but some of the best runs in recent history.  They closed commercial salmon fishing and most recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena system this year due to low returns.  Not surprisingly the lack of sockeye nets in the lower Skeena system led to unreal returns of steelhead!! Fished parts of 7 or 8 rivers I. Two weeks.  Sometimes several in a day as fish were caught at mouths of smaller rivers where they met other rivers.  Just a few fish as averaged over 7 fish to hand each day

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1 hour ago, Redneck Tourist said:

wow great pics! Man those are some nice ones there! Looks like they were hitting on a variety of different lures? Bait too?

We caught fish on beads, spoons, spinners and rubber worms under the float either with or without a jig head.  British Colombia has a single barbless hook and artificial lure only for all steelhead fishing and has been catch and release only for last 15+ years.  

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8 hours ago, gabeskillzz05 said:

Awesome. West coast steelhead is a bucketlist trip for me. 

Same here. I don't know why but it is something that I want to do. 

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In the world of destination fishing trips this one is an easy diy trip.  Two airports located about 2hrs drive from each other provide access.  Airfare from NY area runs approx $550.  Hotels/motels run $60-80 a night.  License is roughly $50 with an additional $17 a day to fish the “classified rivers”.  Truck rental runs $80 and you can rent rafts in town.  From either Smithers or terrace you have access to over 20 rivers within a 3hr drive.  Given that a week at one of the high end lodges costs over $5k plus airfare you can easily do two weeks for less than half that price with 2 guys.

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3 hours ago, vce12342000 said:

niceeeeeee fish's 

Your missing if you accept it or not is to catch a trout you got one week to accomplish this mission good luck,,,,,,,,:)

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Sweet Matt.

 

Truly a trip of a lifetime with those huge beautiful steelies.

 

Thanks for your recent help with our trip. As per usual your advice was spot on.

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On 11/23/2018 at 11:10 PM, Rapidfflow0 said:

I figured I would share some pics from annual BC steelhead trip.  After last years trip of floods, mudslides, frozen river  and 6 days of fishable water over 3 weeks.  I arrived this year to historic low flows but some of the best runs in recent history.  They closed commercial salmon fishing and most recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena system this year due to low returns.  Not surprisingly the lack of sockeye nets in the lower Skeena system led to unreal returns of steelhead!! Fished parts of 7 or 8 rivers I. Two weeks.  Sometimes several in a day as fish were caught at mouths of smaller rivers where they met other rivers.  Just a few fish as averaged over 7 fish to hand each day

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great report & pics , bring us up to date on the tackle ( baitcaster , spin reel, rods ) used for this trip as well as the gloves , thanks for sharing 

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Before getting into the rods and reels and such, I should note that in the interest of full disclosure I work with Shimano, Gloomis and Simms.  

Reels:

tranx 300’s with 20lb Max cuatro

twin power 3000/4000 with 10 power pro prototype line and 20lb max cuatro

Islander centerpin reel

3-Tand vixen fly reel with airflo rage head on it

 

rods:

spinnning rod was Loomis E6x 1084 steelhead rod.  This was a last minute addition to the trip.  Loomis was nice enough to drop ship a couple to the camp for me.  I was concerned about the low water and whether I would be able to fish spoons as much as I prefer to.  Turns out I was correct and the spinning rods and spinners put a bunch of extra fish on the bank especially in the big fast moving water of the main stem Skeena 

 

spoon rod/worm/jig under a float is Loomis str 1263C.  This is my favorite spoon rod for out there it allows me to throw the spoons a long way and the extra length helps with mending line and keeping line off the water.

 

float rods:

Loomis IMX 1363.  The extra 10 inches over the 1263 makes a big difference in keeping line off the water when running floats.  The more line you can keep off the water The more natural drift you can get with a float and bead combo.

 

Loomis prototype centerpin rod.  A new toy I’ve been working on with Loomis which was a lot of fun when the baitcaster wasn’t necessary for super long casts with the float.

 

spey rod:

loomis asquith 13’6” 7/8 spey rod.  I only fish the Spey rod on certain sections of the mainstem Skeena where shallow fast moving water makes it difficult to properly present  with conventional gear.  

 

Clothing is all simms 

bulkley jacket

g-4 waders 

Gloves are guide windbloc foldover mitten.  I really like these as I can quickly snap back the thumb and the mitten part and make them a pair of fingerless gloves in seconds.  Yet when rowing or when finger tips get cold I can convert them right back to full fleece lined mittens.  Plus they have a space to put a handwarmer in them for when it gets extremely cold.  The only thing I wish is the snap closures were a little better but if you take a second and make sure they are fully snapped they rarely open up.  

Hope this helps

 

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