Nicholas Dean Outdoors is pleased to offer numerous fishing packages for each of the main seasons on the world-renowned Skeena River and its tributaries in 2013. Depending on the species and time of year, we can create an adventure package that is unique and meets your exacting specifications. To provide a customer-focused experience of the highest quality, we offer 5 day packages for up to 8-10 clients in the Summer and no more than 6-8 in the Spring and Fall. Here’s an overview of peak fishing times for Steelhead and Salmon on the Lower Skeena River and its tributaries, by month:
With an incredible number of fishing options available to anglers each year, we suggest taking a look at our Seasons and Packages brochure to get a better idea of which fishery you might like best. This general information brochure will give you a concise look at each fishery we offer, as well as dates and booking details. Of course, if you want to discuss anything in further detail, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time!
Once you’ve determined the fishery you’re interested in, we encourage you to look at our more in-depth descriptions below. There, you’ll find detailed brochures for each fishery, including river fishing options, a rough itinerary, inclusions and exclusions, and specific weeks. Rates for 2013 are as follows, based on 5 days of guided fishing and 6 nights:
- Inclusive Lodge Package: $4150.00 CDN plus taxes/angler – double room; $4450.00 CDN plus taxes/angler – single room (if available)
- Skeena Camp Package: $2750.00 CDN plus taxes/angler
March 24 to May 24, 2013
Classic Northwest Steelheading at its best. We guide on many wild and scenic rivers ranging from small, not-to-be-named coastal rivers, to medium sized rivers like the Kalum for large, wild Steelhead. Adventure Steelhead – our newest program and the product of years of exploration, offers anglers the chance to target Steelhead up to and over 20 lbs in remote waters at the heart of the British Columbia wilderness. Quickly becoming a guest favourite, this program is designed for the adventurous angler seeking a Steelhead trip that is quite literally off the beaten path. Mid way through the season, aggressive Spring Chinook begin to show and add an exciting dimension. We have very limited space during this popular season. Note: accommodations and dining provided by Pioneer Fishing Lodge during the 2013 Spring Season.
April 21 to August 3, 2013
Looking for big game fly fishing in freshwater? Like the challenge of hooking and landing big, sea-run fish? If so, we have just the package for you. The Skeena region offers the fly fisher prime opportunities to target chrome-bright, aggressive Chinook (King) Salmon in two seasons.
June 16 to August 3, 2013
Trophy Chinook season in Northwestern British Columbia is when we do battle with the giants of the Skeena. The rivers are full of massive Chinook (King) Salmon, which average an astounding 20 to 50 pounds. Fish over 70 pounds are caught every year and there is even a chance at a Salmon over 100 pounds. These fish are fresh from the sea and in peak condition. They are chrome bright and extremely powerful. Expect sore arms and hot thumbs!
August 4 to September 7, 2013
Simply put, Northwestern British Columbia’s Skeena River is the Steelhead and Salmon superhighway. In summer and fall the lower main channel Skeena hosts vast numbers of migrating Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chums, and Pinks headed for numerous upriver tributaries. To take full advantage of this prolific fishery and offer a high-quality, high-value fishing adventure, Nicholas Dean Outdoors has developed an on-river Skeena Camp package. Renowned rivers such as the Babine, Kispiox, Sustut, Bulkley, Morice, Copper (Zymoetz) and Kalum enter the Skeena above our camp and all fish bound for these rivers must pass directly in front of us before reaching their spawning grounds. Only a day or two out of the ocean, at the peak of their size, strength and beauty, these are among the biggest and most aggressive Steelhead and Salmon on Earth. To hook one of these fish on the fly in the broad, lower Skeena is to touch the heart of the wilderness – an experience not to be forgotten!
August 4 to 31, 2013
If you’re after the ultimate Trout – the meanest, hottest, sea-lice covered, Monster Steelhead – you’ll want to be on the lower Skeena and tributaries during this season. These awesome fish average 8 to 15 pounds, 20 pounds is not uncommon, and a world record catch is not beyond imagination. It’s typical for even average fish to go on unstoppable runs, leaping all the way. These ultra-chrome rockets have left many an angler with shaking hands and wanting more. There is also the added bonus of being able to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon during this time.
September 1 to November 2, 2013
This is the season that has made the Skeena justifiably famous. Fish wild rivers for huge, aggressive Steelhead. Our fall fish are surface-oriented and in the right conditions can readily be taken with waking dry flies. We fish some of the most beautiful wilderness rivers in the world. Towering, snow-capped mountains rising over 3000 feet above meandering streams surrounded in the orange, red and green of British Columbia’s coastal autumn make for an experience that you’ll never forget. It doesn’t get any better!
Summer Coho: August 4 to 31, 2013 | Fall Coho: September 1 to October 31, 2013
Skeena Coho average 10 pounds, commonly reach 20 pounds and world record 30-plus fish are always present. We fish some of the most beautiful wilderness rivers in the world. Towering, snow-capped mountains rising over 3000 feet abovemeandering streams surrounded in the orange, red and green of BC’s coastal autumn make for an experience you’ll never forget. If that’s not enough, many of our Coho rivers also host Steelhead during this season. It doesn’t get any better!
April 7 to November 2, 2013
Nicholas Dean Outdoors offers many unique helicopter fishing options for the adventure-minded angler. Helicopters allow the opportunity to fish untouched expanses of spectacular wilderness rivers that teem with Trophy Steelhead and Salmon.