Nicholas Dean Lodge

467th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, March 25, 2008 to Monday, March 31, 2008


Martin Walker stares in awe at a massive Steelhead he caught last week. The 23 lb buck was one of 4 Steelhead he landed one day while fishing with head guide and lodge manager, Dustin Kovacvich. Dustin Kovacvich Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

If you were to ask Martin Walker about the idea of paying your dues when it comes to Steelhead fly fishing, he’d probably be the first to agree. On his first Spring trip last year in late March, he had a tough time connecting with fish, despite having a lot of experience under his Steelhead belt. If you’d ever see him cast one of his CND or Burkheimer rods, you’d know that this poor fishing is in no way related to his fishing ability. Arguably, the Steelhead gods just need do think of you favourably, and perhaps Martin did not have his hat on straight. His trip last week, however, was substantially different. From his first day, Martin was into Steelhead and his and Jeff Bright’s fishing only got better as the week went on. On one spectacular day, Martin landed 4 Steelhead, the largest of which was a buck estimated at 23 lbs. Then on the next day, he landed a chrome hen that was 38 inches long. All in all, the game of numbers was in Martin’s favour and you’d be hard pressed to find a week of Spring Steelhead fishing any better. He put 11 Steelhead “on the beach,” and 6 of those were between 15 and 23 lbs. Jeff Bright has called this a season of big fish, and last week was certainly not an exception.

For those of you interested in a “last minute” trip for Spring Steelhead and Chinook, there is still some space available in April and early May. Or, how about fishing during the warm Summer months for Trophy Chinook and other species of Salmon? Give me a call today to reserve your space or inquire about package options that are right for you.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…

Chad Black

Operations Manager

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Nicholas Dean Lodge 2008 Season Records To Date:

Steelhead: 23 lbs, Caught by Martin Walker of San Francisco, California 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
Coho Salmon Out of season
Pink Salmon Out of season
Sockeye Salmon Out of season
Chum Salmon Out of season
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

With low, clear water conditions and fresh fish moving up the Skeena and its tributaries, Steelhead fishing has been nothing short of superb during the last week. Guests at the lodge landed several Steelhead between 7 and 23 lbs, with most in the mid teens. Warming, sunny weather was likely a major contributing factor in elevating the aggressiveness of Steelhead towards flies presented on the swing. Though it is still a little early, spring Chinooks will be migrating up the Skeena and will be in fishable numbers towards the last few weeks of April. Bull Trout and Dolly Varden continue to aggressively pursue flies and spoons fished through the heads of runs, though Cutthroat fishing has been a little slower than normal for this time of year.