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David Higman is an experienced Steelhead angler who has fished extensively in BC, and if you’ve followed David Lambroughton’s “Fly Fishing Dreams” calendar over the years, you might recognize him from its pages.  David and his Dad, Dan Higman, encountered many fresh Spring Steelhead on the Skeena, hooking seven on their first day.  Adam Tavender Photo
In part two of our Spring Steelhead season photo essay, we’ll look at photos taken during mid April on the Skeena River and its tributaries  At this time of year, we’ll typically fish the Skeena, Kalum, Lower Copper, and Kitimat Rivers, as well as several unmentionable remote coastal streams that flow directly into the Ocean.  Why unmentionable?  Because very few anglers fish these sorts of places and, on average, the Steelhead in them can be quite large.  These types of streams offer a high quality, true wilderness experience with just the rivers, fish, old growth trees and vistas of the coastal BC rainforest.  Access, weather and timing are all variables that are perhaps even more important to consider than fishing the mainstem Skeena and other larger rivers, and sometimes it seems these elements can conspire against you.  But, when all these elements align – and they often do – the experience is a rich and very rewarding one… 

A great sunset on a clear night from the patio of Yellow Cedar Lodge.  Brian Flegg photo
Coastal BC mountains in all their glory – yes, the scenery is good here too!  Brian Flegg photo

Doug Flegg has been fishing with us every Spring for the past 6 years, and is always keen for a hike in to remote rivers off the northern BC coast, or others close to home.  Brian Flegg photo

Searching for a chromer on the Skeena…Brian Flegg Photo

Mike Kenyon and his wife Yvonne Williams are long time repeat guests who have fished with us every Spring for as long as we can remember.  [Back in 2007, Yvonne caught her first Steelhead while fishing with us – a 28 lb broad shouldered buck on the mainstem Skeena!]  Both Mike and Yvonne have fished at a lot of different lodges and destinations globally, and we’re flattered that they choose to join us each year.  Here, Mike is into a good fish on the mainstem Skeena.  Brian Flegg photo

Gotta love bright Spring chrome.  Brian Flegg Photo

This bright Steelhead made Mike’s day.  The only problem – having a guy as big as Dustin makes fish look much smaller than they actually are!  Brian Flegg photo

One of my favourite types of shots in Steelhead photography.  Despite seeing a number of these Steelhead portraits over the years, each one is inherently different, with so many different variables at play – angle of the sun, water clarity, depth of water the fish is in etc.  One thing is for certain – Steelhead are exceptionally beautiful creatures.  Brian Flegg photo

Now that’s what you call a V loop! Brian Flegg photo

Ted Simon, a toxicologist from Georgia, joined us for the first time this Spring.  He’s pictured here with a bright fish caught on a favourite remote coastal river.  Ted Simon photo

A remote coastal river.  Who wouldn’t want to fish here?  Ted Simon photo

Ted Simon with a chromer on the “big” river – the Skeena. Because of its large size, many clients are often intimidated by the Skeena until they realize the majority of the fish travel between 10 to 40 ft from shore.  Identify the fish lane, make short casts and you’ll find fish.  Well done Ted!  Ted Simon photo

Greg Buck and a guest exploring the aquamarine flows of the Kalum.  Adam Tavender photo

Smaller rivers just have that intimate feel to them and, for me, the adrenaline rush is particularly heightened as your fly swims convincingly through the bucket…Yvonne Williams photo

Doug Flegg with a good one from the coast…

…And another one.  On this day, Doug hooked five bright Steelhead less than a mile from the salt…

Mike Trainor landed this bright doe while fishing on the mainstem Skeena.  Mike Trainor photo
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What guests come back to every night at Yellow Cedar Lodge – absolutely stunning food.  Red Seal chef Alf Leslie knows what he’s doing in the kitchen…Adam Tavender photo

The wader room at Yellow Cedar Lodge is always a busy time in the mornings and bustling with anticipation as clients get ready for the day.  The wader room has a gas fireplace that kicks out a lot of heat, ensuring that waders, jackets and your fishing gear are dry and ready for the adventure that awaits you.  Adam Tavender photo