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My name is Brent Allen - from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. I am wanting fish the Skeena in August and try casting for fish. From what I understand the use of jigs are popular. Any tips would be appreciated, on how to fish the river. I am using a 12 foot Ugly Stick and a Abu Garcia 9000.

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With a rod and reel of that size, might I suggest plunking or Barfishing. I have heard that barfing is a rather good method to use on that river. :) Spreaders, Spin and glows and bait if allowed there. I am not sure about the bait thing though, I have never fished the Skeena. I am sure that someone would let you know about the regs if that is the route you would like to go. Alos a good idea to call a local tackle shop or 2 from the skeena area and see what they tell you. ;)
 

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like big steel said, barfishing would be better suited to that size of gear. That rod would be to long and the reel to large for lure casting. Use 14 - 20 oz weights on a spreader bar. 4/0 hooks with a salmon beed then a large spinin glow, 25-30lb leader. No roe or bait allowed! Stick it in the rod holder, grab ur lawn chair and sit back! Put a cow bell on the rod so u dont need to stare at the tip all day and just wait for the bell to start jingling! Look up barfishing on the internet and get the low down. A good selection of spinin glows is good. Change up every so often! U have all day so experiment.

Good luck and tight lines!
 

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When bar fishing on the Skeena you can get away with 3-6 ounces of lead the river has lost of boulders for your wieghts to hang up on. It's quite different than bar fishing on the Fraser, water is generaly a lot cleaner so use smaller spin glos, lettuce and tomato always worked the best for me. I would stay away from using the big spreader bars on the skeena because of the water clarity the fish are more likely to get spooked, stick to three way swivels or us a loop knot. Im pretty sure you are able to use bait but check the regs to see, have good bait, fresh salmon roe cured with borax was my first choice. Have fun! :)
 
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