Written by: Hank Welles, Montana Angler
As September rolls around each year, I can start to feel the chill in the air each morning, causing my mind to drift to another place: British Columbia, where big, wild, trophy steelhead are lurking in the cold, clean currents of one of BC’s finest steelhead rivers, the Sustut. This jewel of a river produces some of the largest wild steelhead in the world. Fish average roughly fifteen pounds with multiple fish in 30-pound range being caught each fall.
Every year, in mid to late September, I fish this fairly unknown remote tributary of the Skeena river system for a week with my friends Rick and Stu. With no road access for almost 100 miles, the only access is via small plane to a tiny gravel runway hidden in the bush a few miles from the river. Because of this anglers can’t reasonably fish the Sustut on their own, and there are two small lodges on the river. This was an incredible year, and, as you’ll see, some incredible steelhead came to hand.
Hank Welles is the general manager of Montana Angler, an Orvis-endorsed Fly Fishing Expedition in Bozeman, Montana.