The fishing season begins in April and finishes in early November. Spring runoff brings fresh runs of Steelhead into many of our northern rivers. Spring Steelhead average 10-14lbs. with the occasional fish over 20lbs. July brings the big Kings the largest of the salmon species.
By mid July sockeye and pink salmon are starting to arrive in large numbers. Early August the Skeena has all 5 species of salmon as well as the Steelhead. The Steelhead are migrating up the Skeena in large numbers thru mid Sept. With fish on record over 30 lbs any angler has the chance at a fish of a lifetime. From early September the rivers are filling up with Coho (Silvers), providing excellent fishing as well as incredible wilderness scenery.
Kalum River Lodge is located in the heart of the fishing area with all our rivers easily accessible for day trips. Clients are picked up at the Terrace airport with daily flights from Vancouver B.C. Both Air Canada and Hawk Air provide service to the area. For a complete list of suggested tackle you may e-mail or give us a call.
One of the preferred methods for fly fishing the North West is Spey casting. Single handed rods will work as well, for those that prefer to use them. A 9 weight rod is well suited for most of the fishing you will do. We use both sinking and floating lines depending on the waters we are fishing. Floating lines can be fished with long leaders and weighted flies. Sinking lines such as teeny 200-400 will cover most water you will fish. Versa-tip lines are also popular as you only require one spool.
Tapered leaders work best 12-30 lb depending on the species you are pursuing. You should have a large arbour reel with 200-300 m of 30 lb backing. Gel spun works well; it is thin, strong and abrasion resistant. For hook size use 2/0, 1/0-2. Single barb less hooks are mandatory in this area.
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