Nicholas Dean Lodge

428th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, March 13, 2007 to Monday, March 19, 2007


Early Spring and Early Winter Steelheading often involves frozen guides, but if you can tolerate this…

Keith Kaneko Photo

…Then the rewards often come in shades of chrome and purple

A solitary angler swings his wet fly through an unnamed Nass Valley Tributary


Fish Tales

For the past week in the Skeena Region, it legitimately seems like spring has come. Temperatures have hovered around the 0 degree Celsius mark at night, and during the day, temperatures have averaged 4-5. More precipitation in the form of rain has been seen, which has caused rivers to rise a little higher than their typical low winter flows. With a little colour in the water, called “Steelhead Green” by hard-core Steelhead fishers, fishing conditions have been ideal. As is too often the case though, I haven’t made it to the river as much as I would like. With the days getting longer, however, perhaps evening fishing might become a little more feasible!

Still, I must not complain too much, as I did actually get to go fishing on Saturday of last weekend…As Sky and I drove up the logging road into the Lower Copper Valley, it was perhaps even more evident that spring had arrived. After turning a corner, the road became littered with potholes and large, cobble rocks. It didn’t take long to figure out why – a roaring creek from the side of the mountain had made its way to the road and had breached the small culvert that was designed to contain it. The result was an impassable, 5 foot deep channel through the road, which changed our plans for fishing a little further upstream.

At any rate, Sky and I eventually made it to our destination: a long, smooth pool covered with large boulders in the tailout – perfect holding water for Winter Steelhead. Although we both covered every likely looking spot with our Egg Sucking Leeches and Tandem Trailer Leeches,we did not get any hook ups in the pool. I will be honest though – I think that any self respecting fish would have been sulking on the bottom, because the process of learning how to Spey cast was not going all that well for me. However, there are some great teachers here at the lodge, including Sky. That day, he really gave me some great pointers, which I really appreciated. So now I will have to practise as much as possible on the Skeena and Tribs – it’s a hard “job” but someone has to do it, right?

If you like the idea of casting to Trophy Steelhead with light fishing pressure and a hint of frost in the air, then our Spring Steelhead or Early Winter Steelhead Packages are for you. There are only a few weeks available in these fantastic seasons, so please get in touch with me if you are interested.

I hope that you all are doing well and that you are enjoying the reports. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch with 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 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

With recent rainfall and higher water levels, fresh Steelhead and Sea Run Cutthroat Trout will likely continue to pulse through the Skeena and its Tributaries. Bull Trout are receptive to streamers, spoons, spinners, and smaller flies which imitate salmon fry, which will hatch in large numbers in the upcoming weeks and months.