Nicholas Dean Lodge

426th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Monday, January 29, 2007 to Monday, February 05, 2007


Sky Richard fights a Steelhead amongst flurries and mini-icebergs.

Sky Richard cradles 13 lbs of Winter Steelhead.

Cam Thiessen with a Feeder Spring from the Ocean around Prince Rupert.


Fish Tales

The weather in the Skeena Region finally stabilized somewhat last week, with temperatures of – 2 to -4 degrees C during the day and – 6 to – 8 at night. Accordingly, river levels dropped to more consistent winter flows and made wading easier in certain sections of the Skeena. A few of the Nicholas Dean guides have been out fishing the past week and have reported decent fishing in the Skeena Tributaries. Sky Richard was doing some winter reconnaissance, swinging fry patterns on a dry line for Cutthroats and Bull Trout early in the week and had a few pleasant surprises. After catching a few small Cutthroat, he hooked into a much larger fish that fought surprisingly hard, given the cold water temperatures. After getting the fish into the shallows, he had the pleasure of admiring a very healthy 28 inch Bull Trout before releasing it. He also caught 2 resident Rainbow Trout and 2 Steelhead of about 7 and 9 pounds. Not too bad for a day’s fishing!

Since last weekend, when I had the good fortune of hooking and landing those two bright, chrome Steelhead, I have developed a bit of a “Steelhead Fever.” Even during the week I really wanted to get out fishing and have another crack at those fish that I know are holding in the smooth glides and riffles – but alas, as the cliche goes – there just weren’t enough hours in the day. However, on Saturday, Sky and I found ourselves trekking to the river amidst flurries so thick that you could hardly see to the other bank. With our rod guides freezing after every 6 or 8 casts, we began the slow and methodical cast, step, cast rhythm that is common to wet fly fishing. Although the fish were a little harder to come by, they were there…

It was a classic case of the Master outfishing the Student, as Sky caught a gorgeous 12-13 pound chrome Steelhead and a nice Bull Trout of 22 inches. What else can I say? The guides know their stuff.

On the Ocean front, Dustin made his “weekly” trip to Prince Rupert with Cam Thiessen, another of Nicholas Dean’s great guides. Even though it was a little windy with some good chop on the water, they managed to hook 4 Chinooks and landed 2, which were 12 and 14 pounds each. Apparently the crabbing was also fantastic, as the guys came home with a limit of huge Dungeness crabs. I can just taste the Steak and Seafood dinner now!

On a different note, a lot of the spaces for the 2007 season at Nicholas Dean Lodge are quickly being booked. However, we do have some space available in June and early July for some hard fighting, chrome Chinook Salmon averaging 20 to 40 pounds with a chance of catching fish up to 70 pounds! And if you’re interested in doing some Ocean fishing for aggressive Chinooks and other ground fish such as Halibut, Ling Cod and Snapper, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels.

Chad Black – Operations Manager


Fishing Conditions

The chart below provides an overview on the current river fishing conditions by fish species:

Fish Species Poor Marginal Fair Good Excellent
Steelhead
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon Out of season
Pink Salmon Out of season
Sockeye Salmon Out of season
Chum Salmon Out of season
Halibut Out of season
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

Fishing in the Skeena Region has been relatively good for Steelhead, and Bull Trout to a lesser extent. Winter temperatures have become more stable, which has reduced the amount of ice flow in the region’s rivers and made it easier to present your fly or lure to the fish.