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: Hows late August in Smithers?

08-03-2005, 07:21 AM
I noticed there is a single-handed casting competition at the fair in Smithers on Aug 27th with some notable names on the attendance list. Now I am all for friendly competition and it's a good reason for these guys to go but somehow I wonder if there isn't an alterior motive... one day competition, four days steelheading :smokin:

How's the summer run fishing in late August?

08-03-2005, 07:54 AM
I have fished up there the last week of August twice. Once we had fairly good fishing and the other time was a total bust, there were just not many fish around. I think it is worth a try but not as consistent as later in the year.

08-03-2005, 08:05 AM
yes, iffiness is not something to factor into such a long distance journey, thanks

Late September / early October then?

08-03-2005, 09:00 AM
I have been washed out in early september and in late september and in all of october. There are no sure deals re Skeena country. Too much tributary logging in the last 15 years is having a cumulative effect up there. From a wash out standpoint early is better but not a guarantee, and the August run can be abundant or absent a real crap shoot for a journey of that many miles!

beau purvis
08-03-2005, 11:47 AM
fished there in 03 starting about aug 25.started working area below old hazelton on Skeena.Not much going on in Aug but around begin of sept was.Fished once before start sept 4.caught nice hot fish starting first day.Was blown out on one river 2nd day but had great day on another that was in fine shape.Beau

08-03-2005, 02:56 PM
Sadly I have it on very good authority there will be no fish anywhere near the Smithers area until September 19th. No need for anyone to be up there before the 19th.

I've got some business up in that area starting on the 7th and it is a tragedy the fish won't show up until the 19th, the day after I leave. :(

08-03-2005, 10:34 PM
I truly feel for you 'tip. Perhaps I could offer my services and take your place on this god forsaken business trip. Only for you my friend would I make such an offer.

08-04-2005, 10:30 AM

I always knew you were a kind and giving man. Alas, I would never be able to live with myself should I take you up on your offer. Just knowing I was at home and comfortable while you were braving the cold and fishless Canadian wilderness would be too much for me.


08-04-2005, 01:15 PM

It would be no bother. My home river is the Skagit. I am used to being cold and fishless.