Nicholas Dean Lodge

456th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, December 04, 2007 to Monday, December 10, 2007


Paul Catanese and a few of his friends make an annual trip to the lodge each year, and their favourite time to come is for Spring Steelhead in April. Here, Paul does the “grin and grip” on a Steelhead in the mid-teens. Jerry Comingdeer Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

Like the past few weeks, the fishing has been somewhat difficult during the last week given the cool conditions in the Skeena Region. Before I left Terrace last week, it was common for temperatures to be anywhere from -10 to -20 degrees Celsius, and time would have been much better spent tying flies or re-rigging terminal gear rather than being on the rivers! After speaking with Dustin yesterday though, it appears that Terrace is starting to thaw out a little, and temperatures will be a little more tame at 0 to – 5 Celsius in the coming weeks. This should mean that the Steelhead will be “happy,” as in a little more aggressive! I first heard the term from Greg Buck earlier this spring in April. After a long, cold spell, Greg was guiding lodge regular Julian Smith on a Skeena River tributary, and air temperatures warmed quite a bit. This seemed to warm the water just a little, and Steelhead started rolling and porpoising in water that Julian had fished over numerous times and had seemed devoid of fish. I’m sure that when I talk to Greg, Sky, Dustin or Jeff Langley they’ll mention all the big Steelhead they hooked while I was gone!

Our Spring Steelhead season is fastly approaching, and if you’re thinking of a trip to the Skeena region, this season comes highly recommended. Air and water temperatures are warming, and though snow and rain may be possible in the same day, the Steelhead are present in peak numbers in Skeena tributaries and the fishing can be the best of the season. In the past, this has been one of our most popular seasons for big Steelhead, particularly big bucks, and is almost tailor-made for Spey fishing and huge flies. Also, if your preferred method of fishing is using conventional tactics, you will undoubtedly fall in love with this season! Anglers using methods such as float fishing, spoon fishing or bottom bouncing can be very successful at fishing difficult to reach places, which allows them to put their baits in front of a lot of Steelhead…

If you are interested in joining us for Spring Steelhead or for any of our numerous packages, please inquire directly to the lodge at 250.635.5295 or send us an email. We will be happy to send you a customized quotation and more information regarding the trip you desire.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels!

Chad Black

Operations Manager

Nicholas Dean Lodge

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Nicholas Dean Lodge 2007 Season Records To Date:

Steelhead: 27 lbs, Caught by Yvonne Williams of Vancouver, BC on the Skeena River

Chinook Salmon: 55 lbs, Caught by Mike Bingham of Sheridan, California on the Skeena River

Coho Salmon: 20 lbs, Caught by Derrick Ames of Fergus, Ontario on a Skeena River Tributary


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
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

Though Steelhead fishing has been difficult during the past week owing to very cold conditions, it should steadily improve over the next few weeks as temperatures rise. Trout fishing, particularly for Cutthroat trout, will likely pick up in Skeena tributaries, with egg flies and small nymphs being best bets.