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: skeena area reports?

09-22-2003, 04:24 PM
Hoping someone has an idea of how the fishing is in thia area. Do to go up there in a couple of weeks and don't have an idea of what's going on. Thanks in advance for any information.

09-22-2003, 10:48 PM
The general consensus is "slower than the past few years", some say really slow, others just say slower than the last few bonanza years...

Heading up for 2 weeks this week-end to find out for myself.


09-23-2003, 08:59 PM
thanks for the info,I'm heading up next week and appreciate your response.


09-27-2003, 05:38 PM
I just got back from the Bulkley last night (Sept/26), and it was very slow all week (two hookups in five days). The river was a deep green for the last eight or nine days--I couldn't see my boots standing in two feet of water. The fish are there but difficult to find because of water conditions. It seemed to be clearing somewhat before I left, so fishing conditions will pick up. One good rod I know caught seven fish in one day the week previous to my arrival but didn't catch anything after conditions worsened.

09-27-2003, 08:26 PM
Thanks for the info,I'm still 5 days away and th extended forecast is for rain after what looks like a shot of good weather. They can always be wrong and it might move more fish.


09-28-2003, 09:25 PM
The morice was up with the rains but still not too bad this week, before that it was really low and green. The weather was clear and 16 degrees today. The whole system was full of thousands of pinks for last couple of weeks so most of the good holding water was full of aggresive spawners. Now that the pinks are starting to die off and the water has come up a bit it will hopefully pick up. Just watch out for the bears. With all the pinks, the blacks and grizz are making their presence felt. Had a three year old griz boar false charge me from about 50 metrers last Saturday, then ran into him again Tuesday night. Going out tomorrow hopefully, will let you know more then.

09-29-2003, 01:06 PM
All reports as of Friday.

Bulkley from Quick to Telkwa -- Water is high but 4-5' of vis. Should have dropped by now unless headwater rains this weekend. Fishing is S-L-O-W in this stretch. Of the 30+ people we "interviewed" on Thursday and Friday, there were three fish caught.

Telkwa to Smithers -- 2' of vis. as the Telkwa was puking. On Sunday last, it was fishing well and we found some fish. All last week it was marginal at best water wise and the fishing was poor. Only heard of a fish or two a day hooked on that stretch.

Kispiox -- going in and out. On Wednesday it was dropping and clearing and fishing was decent. On Thursday it was up 2' and zero vis. Should have dropped into shape by now. Reports are not many fish but enough to make it worth your while. All we caught were smaller fish in the 9-15 pound range. Did hear of a 41" buck though on Wednesday.

Word of warning --- Do not attempt the Rodeo Grounds to lower Bridge float unless 1) the water is down, 2) you have a large raft and 3) you are good on the sticks. At high water there is a very, very nasty class 5 near the bottom. It has already claimed a couple grand in equiptment and could easily claim a life.


10-02-2003, 06:12 PM
My trip overlapped with Sinktip's, but my buddy and I stayed a few days longer. In spite of superb water conditions on the Bulkley last Saturday-Tuesday (below the Telkwa around Smithers), fishing remained S-L-O-W. What I saw and heard was a lot of binary scores, even the guide boats were posting zeros and ones. We fished the Skeena one day and my pal the fish magnet managed to pull a nice 15lb buck out of a no-flow, foot deep tailout while trying to work his sinktip out and wet his fly. Other than that we hooked nothing on the Skeena.

10-04-2003, 12:46 PM
An aquaintance just returned from the Morice and did quite well during the last week. Sure, the fish are smaller but it's possibly the most beautiful stream in the world.