Steelhead anglers around the world view British Columbia as piscatorial Shangri-La. Its beautiful scenery, wild rivers, and large fish that are fond of swung flies make it a Spey-caster’s dream. Steelhead can be present in the Skeena river system 12 months out of the year, and instructor Pete Kutzer and I were lucky enough, in a short time, to bring to hand and witness many of the wonders Terrace, British Columbia has to offer.
Last winter, the newly Orvis-endorsed Skeena Salmon Lodge invited us to visit and see if they would be a good location for hosted trips and a steelhead school. Head guide and fishing manager Maurice and lodge owner Marcel graciously hosted us for three days. We fished a Skeena tributary called the Kitimat and two tributaries of the Nass River, the Cranberry and the Bell-Irving. The Cranberry is a small river, but the fish certainly don’t seem to mind. The Bell-Irving is a larger river with great swinging water around every bend. Even thought the trip was short, we can’t wait to get back.
Watch this space or check Orvis Travel for an announcement of the 2016 Skeena Steelhead School dates and information.