Nicholas Dean Lodge

427th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, March 06, 2007 to Monday, March 12, 2007


The Skeena at last light

Jeff Bright, Ruger and a Winter Steelhead

Sunset on the Nass River


Fish Tales

Hello again from the staff here at Nicholas Dean Lodge. My apologies on not sending out the report for the last month, but we have been developing a program for delivering a new, higher quality report. I hope that you like the new design and welcome your feedback. So, starting from where I left off…

The last few reports that I have written have mostly been to do with fish that are caught and the local conditions. And while I will say a little of that nature in this report, I may digress just a little to a few other topics.

Earlier this week, I received a Spey Rod that I purchased a few weeks ago and, as such, I wanted to give it a bit of a try. So yesterday I managed to get out to the Copper River to see just how well this Spey Rod, or angler, could cast. After passing over the river on the highway, I could see chunks of ice floating downriver – probably not the best conditions, but I still wanted to give it a try. To say that my observations from the bridge were accurate is a bit of an understatement. There was more ice than I really could have imagined. So, the drift of my fly went sort of like this: while I set up the swing, the fly would be down deep, but after tightening the line, the fly would rise up in the water, then jump over a mini-iceburg, go back down in the water and come back up again. Not exactly the most effective presentation for Steelhead. Still, it was a lot of fun being able to see the river during its different moods and trying something new.

Which brings me to my next topic:

Fishing means different things to different people. To me, I love the idea of going out and airing long casts over riffles and pools, and the take of a Steelhead or Salmon on the swing, or any other fish for that matter. I also love the knuckle-busting runs that they make when hooked. But more than anything, I love going out for the whole experience – seeing a river sparkle with snow-capped mountains in the background, feeling the snow and wind in your face, sharing a laugh with friends after going for a swim in the river (we’ve all done it – admit it), and seeing your brother catch his first fish on a fly. And well, if the fish decide to bite, that is all the better.

Let me go even one step further. On the wall of my girlfriend’s house back in Toronto, there is a poster that has a few different monsters on it that resemble Orcs from the Lord of the Rings. And on this poster is the title, “Where the wild things are.” I don’t think that I could say it any better myself – truly wild fish in a wild, rugged environment is, by all accounts, spectacular.

And finally, one of my absolutely favourite quotes from Roderick Haig-Brown:

“But the steelhead, with the brightness of the sea still on him, is livest of all the river’s life. When you have made your cast for him, you are no longer a careless observer. As you mend the cast and work your fly well down to him though the cold water, your whole mind is with it, picturing its drift, guiding its swing, holding it where you know he will be. And when the shock of his take jars through to your forearms and you lift the rod to its bend, you know that in a moment the strength of his leaping body will shatter the water to brilliance, however dark the day.”

– Roderick Haig-Brown, from: A River Never Sleeps

Nicholas Dean Lodge has recently had a week of prime time fishing for Spring Steelhead come available, from April 16 to 22, 2007. We are offering 15% off our 2007 rates – an incredible value. There have already been a few spots requested and I’m expecting that the remaining spaces will go fast, so please give me a call if you are interested. Your own adventure in Wild Skeena Country fishing for the world’s largest Salmon and Steelhead is only an email or phone call away…

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 Out of season
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 was good early this week, but the combination of cool night temperatures and warm days have contributed to considerable amounts of ice in the river. Fishing will likely be difficult until this clears.