Here are a few words about our experience of the fishing in Terrace B.C and the stay at the Pioneer lodge 28/9 ? 5/10 2014. Overall the package works very well with an individual pickup at the airport, a short transfer to the lodge and a personal greeting upon arrival. The lodge is robust and comfortable with the sleeping accommodation in small log cabins and across the yard, the main lodge for meals and socializing. Food and sleeping quarters are generally of high class and the lodge really works for a group of fly fishermen.
During our week the conditions were far from ideal but the guides did their best to find good waters to all the clients. From my perspective, I had the best days hiking the smaller streams and rivers in hunt for the illusive steelhead. To hike the area I would say that you need to be reasonable fit and have a sure footing due to slippery conditions. Single hand rods in 6-8 weight and a full floating line with a long leader was the best choice. As for flies, the best patterns were small weighted streamers in candy colors as light blue and pink with a lot of flash.
The best experience of the week was fishing the amazing Copper river (one of the tributaries to Skeena) about 40 km upstream. After an adventurous hike through ancient forest we reached a couple of spectacular pools that according to our guide were stocked with steelhead. He was right of course and we hooked about 10 and landed 7 steelhead, the biggest of about 15 pounds, during the day.
We spent our last day fishing the superb and scenic Kasiks river. After a short drive our guide landed his jet boat and we began an upstream journey to seemingly endless schools of Coho salmon. The scenery was indeed breathtaking with steep rock faces, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. Fishing was almost too good, with plenty of 10-20 pound salmon striking our weighted streamers from all angles. After 12-15 fish each (I actually lost count) we called it a day, took a cup of coffee and just enjoyed the moment?
To summon it up; despite less than ideal conditions we had an fantastic week of fishing the Terrace area, just imagine the possibilities with the mighty Skeena and all the tributaries clear and fishable..
I can strongly recommend a trip to Terrace B.C and a fishing experience of a lifetime?.
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