Terrace has the largest Chinook (King) salmon in the world. The raw power of these fish is extraordinary. Head Guide Stan Doll has beached fish over eighty pounds and has been beaten by King salmon larger than that. He has also guided many other fishermen to fish of these dimensions over the course of a guiding career that has lasted more than a quarter of a century. Stan will get you tackled up, get your hook into Chinook, and coach you as you do the rest. This fishing experience is electric and athletic -- a once in a lifetime experience. Come and experience it!
Sockeye: there are millions of them during a year of good returns to the Skeena. Only recently opened to sports fishers, and formerly considered to be non-biters, the small, but speedy salmon can be fooled into taking a fly or lure. Like the pink salmon, the sockeye is fine table fare and a welcome surprise on a day when fishing for the other species is slow. A fast sinking line is best for sockeye since these beautiful, blue-backed creatures prefer a fly fished close to the bottom. Pinks, which range from four to eight pounds normally, are best taken on a trout rod or light spinning gear. In the places we catch them they are still bright and firm.
For years Northern Coho -- the largest of the species, by the way - were frustratingly difficult to catch with a fly. This was particularly irritating since they are wonderful fish to play on a fly rod. In the last decade we have honed our fishing technique to the point of where these finely proportioned salmon are a mainstay in our guiding. Clients have hooked as many as thirty a day. Through this kind of fishing is not the norm, we guarantee enough Coho in one day to please any angler. Coho are wonderful game fish in fresh water and dazzling fish in the sea. Of course, casting spoons for Coho is a time tested technique. If you wish to angle them that way, we'll put you on the right run. Recently we have begun seeking our salt water fly fishing opportunities in estuaries and bays. You may wish to join us on such and adventure!
Our Boats and Guides
"Getting to the fishing is at least half the fun," says Skeena Wilderness's senior guide and owner (Chief Executive Officer) Stan Doll. After the first day out you'll agree heartily. Whether it means roaring down the Skeena in our inboard, covered jet boat, jetting up a river in a sled, bouncing through white water in our Mackenzie style aluminium drift boat, drifting over pellucid pools in a double ended drift raft, or cutting through the salty chop in our regal Grady White outboard, getting there is always an exhilarating adventure. We get you to the fishing quickly and safely while ensuring your comfort. Come ride with us!
Born in Terrace, Stan Doll began fishing almost as soon as he was able. He was one of those kids with a talent for fishing: a natural with an innate ability to read water and find fish. Fishing the rivers accessible by bike, Stan still managed to catch hundreds of salmon from the Skeena, Kitsumkalum and the Copper rivers.
Stan was drifting the rivers at fourteen by the time he was sixteen he had his driver's license, the use of a power boat, and access to all the rivers on the lower Skeena. By the time he was a young man, Stan had beached a staggering number of Chinook salmon, the largest weighing in at 86 pounds, as well as more, and larger, steelhead than even the most dedicated steel header can expect in a lifetime of angling - including a trophy male of 32 pounds.
At 60 Stan Doll enjoys a well deserved reputation as the premier Chinook guide in Terrace. With 36 years of fishing journals and forty years of angling experience behind him. Stan is arguably the most productive steelhead and Coho guide in Skeena, and unquestionably one of the area's most skilled boatsmen as well. Stan Doll has had a profound enthusiasm and love of fishing and the outdoors, qualities he enjoys sharing with others, as his two sons will tell you.
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