is a fantastic time to angle for both steelhead and coho
salmon plus resident Cutthroat, Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden
Char in northwest British Columbia Canada.
Let’s talk about the Coho salmon first.
You too can make this dream a reality if you come here
to angle for these beautiful salmon.
When hooked they jump, roll and tumble, wrapping
themselves up in you line, like a pretty package.
The rolling and tumbling is a Coho characteristic!
The Americans know them as “silvers”....but we call
them “Yo Ho”...the Coho!.
The Skeena river and its many tributaries are fortunate
to have many large runs of these “silver” beauties.
The first migrating Coho are of average size but later,
in October, the “larger” Coho start to appear.
We call these larger fish “northerns” because, not
only is their average weight higher, they also have the
distinctive large “hooked” nose that we commonly refer to
as the “northern nose”.
Even the females have the hooked nose although not as
prominent as the male.
The regular Coho average between 6 and 12-pounds but
the “northerns” average between 12 and 20-pounds with the
odd fish weighing more than 25-pounds.
Northwest Fishing Guides lodge record fish weighed an
This fish was landed by a repeat guest, Mr. Jack
Baikowitz, in middle October 1995 in the Kasiks river.
Mr. Baikowitz now wants to be called
“Mr. Coho” from now on.
20 x 30 inch poster
photo of this record fish hangs on the wall at the
Yo Ho!...that’s the “battle cry” in the fall that
most of us yell when the Coho start coming.
This is a very exciting time of year.
The Coho arrive into the Skeena system at the beginning
The smaller Coho enter the river first as they have the
furthest to travel.
The “BIG” Chinook Salmon runs are coming to an end
and all but over.
Even though there are still Chinook Salmon in the
rivers, most are getting too dark and usually are left alone
to spawn, preferring to angle for brighter fish.
If you talking “table fare”...why would anyone want
to kill a dark fish?
Everyone’s attention turn to the bright silver Coho
A good angler can hook many more Coho than Chinook.
Nature dictated that the smaller fish will be more
What a great way to end the salmon season...with
“blow-out” Coho fishing.
This is the most “anti” combat angling area you can
find anywhere, especially in the fall.
Many time when fishing for Coho you will be the only
person in the pool.
I am referring to the isolated coastal rivers, only
accessible by jet-boat, near Terrace.
My favorite river is the Kasiks.
The jet-boat ride up this river is fantastic.
For 8 miles you wind your way upstream through mountain
flanks that touches the river on both sides.
Slate gray rock faces confined the river to a narrow
A thousand tiny waterfall skittered down the rock faces
plunging into the small river.
Even though the runs are strong in our area, it is
still wise to practice conservation.
We want these Coho here forever.
Please lean the correct way to catch and release and
teach your friends.
It will work for Coho as well as it has been proven to
work for Steelhead.
Do not stress a fish by playing it too long (usually
caused by using too light a line) or dragging it in too
quickly, so that it beats its head on the rocks.
Keep the fish off the rocks and in deep water.
The angler should be wearing chest waders or at least
hip waders so he can accomplish this. Use
“barbless” hooks or hooks that have small barbs, such as
To assist in landing a fish use a glove or sock to grip
For a large fish use a glove on both hands.
Do not pick them up only by the tail
and lift them high into the air as this puts too much
stress on their backbone.
Keep the fish horizontal by supporting the belly with
the other hand.
Do not use a landing net as the mesh can cause
excessive scale loss and split fins.
Try and keep their head in the water as much as
possible, then hold them up for a quick “kiss” and photo
then let them go.
Take the hook out gently.
If you do this correctly you will not need the pliers.
If the fish has the strength to wiggle its tail, let it
“kick” out of your hand and swim, do not hold it back.
If you keep a fish to eat, make sure that it is silver
Do not keep a dark fish as it is probably too near to
spawning and the meat will not make good table fare.
One basic rule applies when fishing for Coho: if
you can’t see them rolling, don’t fish.
Coho like just about any terminal tackle that is
Presentation is everything.
And to have some fun with the colors they should be
silver, blue or green.
I love using the flyrod in a weight 8 or 9 or a light
spinning rod and reel
filled with 12-pound test and a jig as terminal tackle.
The jig works well in very clean water, calm or slow
moving deep pools where you know fish are holding and you
cannot see them , except for the odd “roll” or “rise”
now and then.
If you find a pool or run where you can see the fish
because the water is very clear and not that deep, your
terminal tackle choice should be a
lure such as the Lure Jensen Krocodile or a light thin
spoon weighed if needed, with split shot.
Use something thin that glides through the water and is
designed to represent small fish that the Coho think are a
threat to their spawning “reds” or area.
Sometimes a spinner such as the Blue Fox #4 or 5 is the
The spinner blades cause it to be retrieved slowly,
letting the fish have a good look at it and thereby making a
decision to strike.
With other terminal tackle, such as thin lures most
folks retrieve them too quickly.
Slow down your retrieve.
I know this will cause you to lose a few lures but you
have to be down deep and your lure has to be moving slow
enough to give the fish a chance to react.
Always keep you hook sharp.
After awhile, not matter what your using or how you
present it, the fish will spook or develop “lock jaw” and
In that case, you are advised to find another
“fresh” or un-spooked pool.
Float fishing or bottom bouncing works the best when
the water is higher, the fish are not spooked and the current
is moving at the correct speed.
Many types of terminal tackle will work when float
fishing but I think the best bait is “dime size” egg bags
fished on number 2 hooks.
October is “PRIME TIME” for “wild” B.C.
Steelhead in our area.
They are referred to as wild because there are no
hatchery steelhead in the whole Skeena river and it’s
Both conventional and fly tackle users will be in
The main rivers we fish are the Skeena, Copper and
We also fish in the Meziadin Lake.
At this time of year the lake is full of spawning
Sockeye Salmon, consequently the fishing for Dolly Varden Char
These are big Dolly’s that weigh up to 6-pounds and
Rainbows to 5-pounds.
At the end of the lake, where the lake turns into river
is the best spot in the world for steelhead and Coho fishing.
The river is
jammed with fish.
No matter how bad the weather, this river remains
fishable all the time.
Another river in our area, called the Copper, excellent
for Steelhead at this time.
Care must be taken when wading this river because the
bottom is strewn with large and small boulders and one can
trip over them if not careful.
If the water is very clean, the flyrod will hook many
Convention tackle users will have no trouble hooking up
to six or more fish per day.
Our lodge record steelhead weighed 32-pounds.
It was caught and released by Dennis Therein from the
Kalum river in 1995.
It measured 40 inches in length and had a girth of 24.5
The weight was estimated by using a formula of length x
girth squared x 1.33 devided by 1000.
We have a 20 x 30 inches poster photo of this fish at
I did not get any video footage of this fish, to
include in our season REVIEW 1995, because I
forgot my video camera.
The angling guides have their own photo album which
they call “book of honors”.
Each season, the angling guide takes at least 200 to
500 photos of his guests fish...then he selects the top 24
photos and puts them in his album.
Through the season, as he develops each roll of film,
he edits out photos that are in the album for better ones and
by the end of the season he has his “top” 24 photos that
make up his “book of honors”.
The best advertising that you can have is when a
satisfied guest tells his friend what a fantastic trip he had.
We love answering the telephone and hear the person on
the other end saying that we are “highly” recommended by
one of our previous guests.
That tells me that we must be doing something right.
Also, what is very satisfying is that many of our
guests return year after year, sometimes twice a year.
Fishing Guides house guests in a clean modern lodge on the
outskirts of Terrace.
Costs are a reasonable $325 US per full fishing day
which includes meals, lodging and guiding.
Call them at (604) 635-5295.
This number is also a fax. Their internet address is
To receive WEEKLY FISHING REPORTS and PHOTOS via e-mail
send your name and e-mail address to Noel Gyger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They have several 2-hour “year in review” feature
videos from 1987 to present for a cost of $20 US each.
To have a successful trip, you need: (1) a good
run of fish, (2) proper timing of the runs, (3)
good water and weather conditions.
We cannot control water conditions, but with so many
watersheds available, quality angling can always be found.
We will do our very best to ensure that you have a
great fishing trip.
A stay with us is more than us a “vacation” - we
With our special attention, we hope you come as a
guest, leave as a friend and return many times.