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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated October 12 – October 19, 2008 :cheers:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been about normal all week for this time of year. When it did rain most of it stayed in the mountain tops as snow. Just about all of the rivers are in good fishable shape for both Steelhead and Coho. We had a good bump of high water at the beginning of the week and this brought in some fresh Coho and Steelhead. The big Skeena River is a bit slow for “summer-run” Steelhead as most of the runs are now into their home tributary rivers. The fall and winter runs are still coming in. Coho fishing on the main stem remains pretty good at times. The Kalum is consistent for Steelhead fishing. Coho fishing is average so far for this year. The big northerns are coming in now. The Kalum River closed to guiding on October 15. The Kasiks and Exchamsiks and Exstew are fishing fair for Coho. The Zymoetz (Copper) River has been fishing well. The Kitimat River Coho fishing is peaking. Many of the fish in all of the rivers are in their spawning colours now. Coho closes to angling on October 31. Please check out the Ron Wakita detailed report below.

Randy Marshall had a good scrap on his hands with this wild Steelhead on the Kalum River on October 17, 2008. Cast here for a direct link to the Video Clip 0055 Randy Marshall - Tail Walking Steelhead New Oct 17/08. See below re Kalum River for a little more detail about our day.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead, Coho and Trout for river. Coho, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 20-pound Steelhead. Angler: Jake Bippart. Where: Skeena tributary.

WATER CONDITIONS: Skeena is in good shape. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape. The Kalum, Kitimat and smaller coastal streams are also in good shape.

SKEENA RIVER: is normal height and in good shape. The water has been steadily dropping since Tuesday. Fishing for Steelhead remains only “fair” as most of the summer-run fish have already gone through. The fall Steelhead will be coming next with most of them heading for the Kalum River. Coho fishing can still be very good in the lower river. The big Northerns are coming in now. Coho fishing up river will be slower as most of the fish are already in their tributary rivers.

KALUM RIVER: The water is normal height and in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead and Coho (Silver) Salmon are coming in now. The larger fish are coming in now. We locals call these fish “Northerns”. A Coho weighing over 20-pounds is not uncommon. Fishing for Coho closes October 31.

I fished with Randy Marshall of Randy’s River Guiding on October 17th. We landed five Steelhead and four Coho (Silver) Salmon. Randy landed four Steelhead and I landed only one. I didn’t land any Coho. I didn’t fish too hard but there is no way in this world that I could ever out-fish Randy no matter how hard I tried. He is not only a good friend and an extraordinary fishing guide he is one of the best fisherman I have ever known. Book his guiding services and judge for yourself.

This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.

KASIKS RIVER: Lots of Coho are in now although it is difficult to judge the size of the run. Most of the fish are high up in the system now. Water heights have been good just about all week.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Lots of Coho are in now but most are a long way up river. They like to gather in the big pools higher up and finding those pools takes a lot of work and a lot of running around in a jet boat. Sometimes, depending on how much rain we get, they move even higher up river to where jet boats cannot go.

EXSTEW RIVER: The water is normal height but a little clouded up at times. Sometimes this is a big advantage as the Coho do not spook when the water is this way.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: When the water is in shape lots of Steelhead are being caught with both the fly and spin rod.

KINCOLITH RIVER: Coho should be coming in on high tides and should be dispersed throughout the whole river. With each high water the fish move further up the river.

ISHKHEENICKH RIVER: This is a fantastic river for Coho this time of year. The water needs to be rising and falling to keep the fish moving up river.

MEZIADIN RIVER: Both Steelhead and Coho can be hooked on the same day plus numerous local trout and Dolly Varden char. To clarify: Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon are only allowed at the very low end of the river below the boundary sign (you are actually fishing the clean seam of the Meziadin River in the Nass River). Trout fishing is available throughout the whole river and lake. Please check the fishing regulations.

CRANBERRY RIVER: Both Steelhead and Coho can be hooked on the same day. Access to this river is not very good.

ECSTALL RIVER: Coho should be coming in now with the higher tides.


Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

Home page: www.noelgyger.ca


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