FISHING TRIP CANADA

British Columbia
Overview

Overview
British Columbia is a prime destination for fly-fishing. We have chosen a lodge which is managed by a well-known guide and which is located near the best stretches of the region’s rivers. This lodge, which sits in the Skeena River watershed, is at the centre of a real playground for fishing the five species of Pacific salmon and gives you the chance to have a go the legendary steelhead. Come with us and discover the Kitimat, Zymoetz(Copper), Gitnadiox, Kalum, Kwinamass and Skeena rivers, nestling in the magnificent landscapes of British Columbia.

Your itinerary : 8 days, 7 nights, 6 days fishing

Day 1 : Arrival at Terrace airport. Transfer to the Lodge.
Day 2 to 7 : 6 days guided fishing
Day 8 : After breakfast, departure from the Lodge to Terrace

Air Transport
Flight from Europe to Vancouver in British Columbia with Air Canada. Then a domestic flight from Vancouver to Terrace (one and a half hours).
Our guide will meet you at the airport to take you to the Lodge.

Geography

Fishing areas

The Skeena
The Skeena originates south of the wild and unspoiled Spatsizi Plateau. It flows south through the Skeena mountains before turning west and flowing into the Pacific Ocean near the town of Prince Rupert. The Skeena and its tributaries are home to a large number of fish species and its territory has a wide variety of flora and fauna. The five species of Pacific Salmon are all present in the Skeena as are rainbow trout and around twenty other species of freshwater fish. The Skeena is in second position, just after the Fraser, for the number of Sockeye salmon which come back in their millions each year. It is also home to Chinook salmon, Coho weighing up to 15kg, as well as steelhead and trout.

The Copper (Zymoetz)
The Copper River is famous for dry fly-fishing and is excellent for autumn steelhead.

The Kalum
The Kalum offers fantastic landscapes and is an ideal spot for King salmon. It is also famous for its runs of Steelhead and Coho. Steelhead of fifteen pounds are not rare and the biggest specimens can reach 20 pounds. You will also find Dolly Varden and Cut-throat trout. The river has excellent potential for steelhead in spring and in autumn.

The Kitimat
The Kitimat has a good density of Salmon and Steelhead. Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden are also present.

Accommodation

Accommodation
You will be staying in a cosy and comfortable traditional ranch-style house, which is perfect for a group of anglers. Breakfast and dinner will be at the Lodge and lunch is by the river-side. The Lodge is located near the Skeena River.

The fish

The Fish

Salmon
King Salmon or Chinook (June, July)
Fishing for Kings in British Columbia is truly spectacular. The King, also known as Chinook or Spring, is the biggest of the five Pacific species and can weigh up to 60 pounds.

The Coho or Silver Salmon (from July to November)
The Silver, which migrates every year to the Skeena and its tributaries, can be fished with different methods. Famous for its silver colour, it earned its name of Silver Salmon and is one of the most interesting fish to catch.

Sockeye Salmon (July, August)
The Skeena sockeye runs are among the biggest in the world. The Sockeye, with its tasty red flesh, is an attractive and stimulating species to fish.

The Steelhead
There are excellent opportunities in British Columbia for steelhead during both the spring and autumn runs. These fish are famous for the spectacular fight they put up and this, together with their beauty, explain why anglers from all over the world come to British Columbia in spring and autumn. The Copper River (Zymoetz) and the Kalum River have an impressive quantity of these majestic fish. Each year numerous steelhead ranging from 15 to 20 pounds are caught, with an average weight of 10/12 pounds.

Fishing seasons

Fishing seasons

– April-mid-May : Steelhead
– June: Chinook
– July-August: Chinook, Sockeye, Pink, Coho
– August-September: Steelhead, Coho
– October-mid-November : Steelhead, Coho

Useful Info

Administrative requirements
French citizens : you must give a reason for your visit (tourism etc), be in good health, have enough funds to support yourself during your stay, have a booking for a return trip to your home country or another (or have the means to buy the ticket) , and have a valid passport with an expiry date at least one day after your return.
No visa is required for a stay of less than 6 months.
Other nationalities : please contact your embassy

Health requirements : no vaccinations required

Language: Although Canada is officially bilingual (English/French), the Yukon in English-speaking

Time: 9 hours behind France (when it’s noon in France it’s 3am in the Yukon)

Climate : Temperate in the south to subarctic an arctic in the north

Currency: Canadian dollar

Electricity : As everywhere in North America, 110V. The outlets are different and require an adaptor. These are available in travel shops or in duty-free shops in airport and you will need one if you plan to bring a hair-dryer or an electric razor.

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