Nicholas Dean Lodge

475th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, May 27, 2008 to Monday, June 02, 2008


Matt Landry holds one of several chrome Chinook Salmon he caught one day in tidewater with guide Dustin Kovacvich. In this environment, even fish as “small” as 20 lbs will go on long, line-peeling runs. Dustin Kovacvich Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

Slowly, but surely, fishing conditions are starting to improve in the Skeena region. While the Skeena and many of its tributary rivers are still high, water levels are now starting to drop, and should become more fishable as long as the current weather conditions hold. For the most part, the weather has been pleasant, with hot, sunny days mixed in with cooler, overcast days. This trend in weather tends to moderate the flows, as warmer weather induces melting and higher river flows, while overcast days and cool nights tend to have the opposite effect. As with most fishing for migratory Salmon (and Steelhead for that matter), fish are often more receptive to flies and lures on a dropping or clearing river. As the Skeena continues to drop, we anticipate the fishing to improve as access to some of the best water becomes available.

In the meantime, you can bet that the guides and myself will be spending as much time scouting on the rivers and lakes near Terrace as humanly possible (and a busy work schedule will allow!). This is the time of year when we try to get out on our own, to learn new waters and techniques, and to ascertain how the high waters of Spring might influence the fishing at our favourite holes. The Kitimat River, for example, is a river whose character changes nearly every year. The majority of strata making up its stream bed is easily erodable, and at high flows, this means that cut banks tend to recede and slough into the water, bringing with it several trees which can sometimes act as sweepers. Clearly, one must adapt to these ever changing conditions to determine those pools which will produce best, and more importantly, the safest route to navigate the river. Call it due dilligence or whatever you like – it is certainly a fun way to spend a day!

During the past few days, I’ve also forced myself to sit down and do some much needed fly tying. While I’m still working on some garish, flashy marabou concoctions for Chinook, my immediate attention is being focused on lake patterns for bruiser Rainbow Trout. Ever since Sky stopped by last week to tell me of the great day he had on a remote lake, I’ve been itching to try it. Thirty to forty fish, all in one small lake, in remote, rugged wilderness (having seen several, several bears on the way there), all 18 to 25 inches, is simply hard to beat. So hard to beat, actually, that I worked over the weekend to make space for a day of fishing this week. Can’t wait…and more on this in next week’s report!

Finally, be sure to check out our NEW promotions section of the report below, and in future reports. Featured in this space will be promotions available for select weeks during the 2008 season – weeks that offer some of the best fishing and value here at Nicholas Dean Lodge. Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…

Chad Black

Operations Manager

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***NEW*** NICHOLAS DEAN LODGE PROMOTIONS

Chinook Salmon have long been called the “King” of Salmon, and for very good reason. These fish are the largest of the Pacific Salmonids, and can reach weights of 100 lbs or more. Science has shown that the largest of these species, for some unknown reason, spend an extra year in the Ocean, giving them more time to feed and grow. The Skeena River, in particular, is blessed with a robust run of these large multi year fish and, as a result, can provide some of the very best Chinook fishing in the world. And, because these massive fish are concentrated in the margins of the river, you have a better chance of hooking into a trophy here than anywhere else. So if you’ve ever considered going on a trip for large, tackle busting fish, and you have some holiday time booked off this year in June or July, this is your opportunity. We are now offering a 5% discount off the regular main lodge package rates for the following weeks:

~ June 29 to July 5, 2008

~ July 6 to 12, 2008

~ July 13 to 19, 2008

These dates are set in the middle of our prime time Chinook fishing season, and we expect that the remaining spaces will fill up quickly. Contact me at the lodge at (250) 635-5295 or email me at chadblack@nicholasdean.com to reserve your space today. Who knows, you could be the next angler in line to set one of the “Nicholas Dean Lodge 2008 Records,” or, better yet, a world record…

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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

Chinook Salmon: 25 lbs, Caught by Bob Cusick of Edmonton, Alberta 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 Out of season
Chinook Salmon
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

Chinook Salmon fishing has been fair over the last week, owing to higher water conditions. Look for Chinook fishing to improve over the next few weeks as water levels reach more appropriate heights. I’ve heard reports of good Halibut fishing recently, and fishing with a knowledgeable guide such as Ernie Webb (www.erniesoutdoors.com) will drastically improve your odds of hooking into more and larger fish. Fishing in lakes for resident Rainbow Trout has been nothing short of epic, as fish have responded well to fiery brown leeches fished slow on a sink tip or, in some cases, with an erratic action.