August 18-23, 2013 --- Skeena River, British Columbia
Darren and I spend a day on the Kitimat looking for Coho (we find pinks by the gazillion), and a few days on the Skeena looking for steelhead. Conditions are tough; the rivers are "low and dirty" due to recent rains. Anecdotal evidence is not encouraging. On about day three, I experience the locomotive take, cartwheeling, way into the backing, jumping in the middle of the river fish, but just as we're approaching the net, the chrome hen comes undone. Made all the more memorable since as it turned out this was my only confirmed take from a steelface on the trip. We get fair numbers of salmon along the way. I do a couple days on the Copper on my own. Beautiful river; also out of shape but I figure that I would give it a go regardless: beats watching TV. I end up with a couple coho one day and a decent hard tugging chum the next, but that was it. Do not observe any other fisherfolks catching anything either (and I had a fair bit of time to observe). Great hospitality as always at The Steelhead House. Sounds like it had been a hot, dry summer in the Skeena Valley, and that I arrived just in time for some much needed rain. Memorable moments? Flat tire on the Copper (good thing I could access the web on my iphone for instructions; no manual for the rented SUV.... might have been able to figure it out anyway, but not sure); River the dog alerting us to the black bear and her two cubs on the island down from Terrace; Darrens' flurry of close encounters with a trio of steelhead.... and.... the one that got away.