Nicholas Dean Lodge

482nd Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, November 11, 2008 to Monday, December 01, 2008


NEW for 2009! Beginning April 20, 2009, we will be teaming up with Yellow Cedar Lodge to provide our clients with first class dining and accommodations – a great complement to the diverse angling experiences we already offer! Yellow Cedar Lodge Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

This week we are pleased to announce some very exciting news. Actually, we’re ecstatic! Beginning April 20, 2009, we will be teaming up with Alf and Simone Leslie of Yellow Cedar Lodge, to provide our clients with the very best in dining and accommodations in northwest British Columbia. Yellow Cedar Lodge is an impressive facility that is situated on the banks of the majestic Skeena River, on the outskirts of Terrace. Here, the lodge sits amidst impressive mountain views and a wilderness setting – an ideal spot for anglers to relax in comfort after a great day of fishing. The lodge itself is appropriately named given its construction of beautifully crafted yellow cedar posts and beams, which give it a unique character and class of its own.

The lodge features a large dining area and adjoining bar, a mixture of private single and double beds with ensuite washrooms, a bar/games room, lounge, gym with cardio equipment and weights, a sauna, hot tub and a large covered porch overlooking the river. Dining is a major highlight at Yellow Cedar Lodge, as Alf is a master Red Seal Chef who goes to great length in providing gourmet, home cooked meals. Using the freshest ingredients, Alf makes home made breads and desserts, and prepares sumptuous meals including wild Salmon and Halibut from the Pacific Ocean, only a short distance away. Look for more information about Yellow Cedar Lodge in upcoming reports, or, visit our blog site at nicholasdean.blogspot.com to see additional photos of this first class facility!

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…

Chad Black

Operations Manager

Nicholas Dean Lodge

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Nicholas Dean Lodge 2008 Season Records To Date:

Steelhead: 25 lbs, Caught by Chris Gilles of Arizona, on the Skeena River

Chinook Salmon: 70 lbs, Caught by Bill Stanberry of Texas, on the Skeena River

Coho Salmon: 20 lbs, Tommy Strom of Norway, 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
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

If you enjoy crisp, sunny winter weather, you’d probably enjoy the local conditions in Terrace right now – but not so much if you’re an angler. Though it’s nice to be out on the river when there’s blue skies and no rain, temperatures have dropped below zero, making Steelhead and Trout fishing just a little tougher, owing to iced guides and frozen reels (and hands!). Still, if you can take advantage of the days when temperatures rise above the freezing mark, the fish are certainly there and will take a well presented fly or lure. This time of year, water temperatures are also dropping substantially, so looking for fish in different water types than you would in the Summer or Fall is a major consideration. Deep, slower moving pools are often great places to target Steelhead this time of year, provided that your presentation is close to the bottom. Trout fishing for Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, Cutthroat and Rainbows can be very productive as well, and fishing either small single egg patterns, heavily weighted nymphs, or large streamers is the best way to target these fish.