Nicholas Dean Lodge

432nd Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Wednesday, April 11, 2007 to Monday, April 16, 2007
Under the expert guidance of Sky Richard, Yvonne Williams tamed this incredible 26-27 lb Buck Steelhead on her new CND Spey rod – her first Steelhead ever on the fly – and the largest fish landed this year at the lodge. Michael Kenyon Photo
Fish Tales What an incredible week it has been here at Nicholas Dean Lodge. Although I can't say that the weather seems warm enough to be considered Spring, at least it has predominantly been above the freezing mark with little to no snow! More typically, the weather has been actually very comfortable, with light to moderate rains and a few incredibly bright days that set off the mountains just perfectly. And well, this combination of warming temperatures and light rains has made the fishing very good for the guests at Nicholas Dean Lodge. First, Julian Smith, one of the most enthusiastic chaps (as he would often say with his London accent!) that I've had the chance to meet, experienced some fantastic Spring fly fishing for Steelhead. On his very first day with his guide, Greg Buck, he landed two Steelhead, including the largest fish he's ever landed: a monster that was just a hair under 23 lbs. Needless to say, Julian was very ecstatic that night, and had a very good cause for a celebration! The fishing remained very good for Julian over the rest of his stay, as he landed a total of 8 fish - a great 5 days of fishing by anyone's standards for Spring Steelhead on the fly. And then there is the story of Michael Kenyon and Yvonne Williams. Prior to coming up on their trip, Michael had stressed that he really wanted Yvonne to catch a Steelhead, and as a result, they wanted to fish rivers where they had a high probability of hooking into a lot of fish. While I think that they would probably agree when I say that the fishing was a little tougher for them - and cold - they had one very spectacular day with Sky Richard on the Skeena River. After making many fishless casts with her new CND Spey rod, Yvonne began working her way down a long, shallow tailout where the fish often hold only a few metres from shore - and felt a sharp pull on her fly. She set the barbless hook deep into the fish's mouth, and prepared herself just in case it was a big fish. And it was. After several strong runs, Yvonne skillfully manouevred the fish toward the shore until Sky gripped the gigantic tail of the buck. At 39 inches long, it was not the longest fish seen here at the lodge, but the fish was built very much like a Chinook - deep bodied with thick flanks - and was estimated in the 26-27 lb range. After posing for a few photographs, the fish was released back into the waters of the Skeena, to pursue its journery further upstream. Congratulations Yvonne on your first Steelhead on the fly - your fish truly was the fish of a lifetime! That's all the fish stories that I have for now, but I do have a few very intriguing ones for next week - stay tuned! If you are interested though in getting in on some Spring Steelhead and Springer Chinook action, please get in touch with me as there are only a few select spaces left. Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels. Chad Black Operations Manager Nicholas Dean Lodge
Fishing Conditions The chart below provides an overview on the current river fishing conditions by fish species:
Fish Species Poor Marginal Fair Good Excellent
Chinook Salmon
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout
Steelhead fishing has been incredibly productive over the last week, with numerous large fish being caught on flies, spoons, and bait. With river flows increasing due to spring rains and snowmelt, fishing will likely continue to be excellent for Steelhead in the coming weeks as long as visibility remains relatively clear. Similarly, the trout fishing has been outstanding, despite the fact that they are most often incidental catches while fishing for Steelhead. Spring Chinooks have started to make an appearance, but have not been seen in strong enough numbers to make them worth targeting.