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.
Click here for a full trip report and tons more photos.
Hank Welles is the general manager of Montana Angler, an Orvis-endorsed Fly Fishing Expedition in Bozeman, Montana.
6 thoughts on “Photos: Incredible Steelhead on BC’s Sustut River”
There’s steelhead fishing. And then there’s steelhead fishing! The colors on those fish are striking, as are the rivers and countryside. Oh how I would love to get on those waters. Great pics, and a nice installment here.
Hi mike my name is Joshua Trainor, I’m pretty sure you are friends with my father Phil, I was looking at these photos and saw your name just wanted to say hello
Wow. What a fish!!!
Does anyone know can we find those kinds of Steelhead in Floriday? Thx
Towels, rags to hold the fish??? Come on!!
It is amazing as to how big close-ups with a very wide angle lens look.
What was the focal length of the lens that took these photo’s?
The first photo is over sharpened & this makes it looks “Photoshopped”.