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Kitimat River, BC Fishing Update.

Posted on May 20th, 2010

tracey_john_hittel_graphicTracey John Hittel reports.  Our spring Steelhead season has come to a close and the Chinook Salmon are trickling in, and are they ever fresh.

Our last pair of anglers of the season, the father and son combo made my Steelhead finale a rewarding, as well a challenging one as the fellas wanted to Spey cast the entire week, did I mention that they have never spey fished. A hour of practice on the Lodge lawn and next morning we were fishing the local streams for fresh Chinook and late season Steelhead.

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Terry and Chad spent many hours walking and casting the long pools and combing the riffles to feel the tug of a trophy fish, not to mention donating many flies to the Kitimat River. So one evening after dinner we tied up 10 flies, one black pattern and one pink.

After many smaller Cutthroat, medium sized Dolly Varden and Bull Trout, Chad got the tug of the trip, a large Steelhead was fooled with his secret weapon and out of the water this double red striped 20lb male jumped, then making a quick run to shore and upstream, the fight was short and sweet. Unfortunately the hook pulled and the line went limp. Yes a butt kicking experience. Terry also had a large fish take his fly twice in the same pool but the brute eluded him each time.

The week together was awesome for me, and the guys are now trained up on Spey fishing. You know when you drop clients off at the airport and you give hugs instead of handshakes the experience was successful. It may sound corny, but clients do leave as friends. River conditions are now very high and logs are rushing down the Kitimat River as I write this report, we are in the freshet!

Summer guests have the opportunity to hike, fish, spa, and tour while in the Kitimat Valley so contact us if you have any questions.

If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Tracey John Hittel, you can contact him at, tjhittel@telus.net .

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