Tracey John Hittel reports. With the rivers in full blown out conditions, we sit and wait for the drop and clean, current color and texture resemble chocolate milk. Yes 200mm of rain in a short period took us from the lowest water levels of the year to a log jam moving tumble. All spawned out Salmon cannot fight the rage of the river and out to sea they go and waiting for them a biomass of hunger. This bump has also pushed many fish into the Steelhead Rivers and once things clear up we shall have a bonanza. The past two weeks were a busy one and attached are fresh Steelhead from anglers, Connor and his wingman Fergal from Ireland, Dave from the UK, Martin from Ireland, Mr. Yamada from Japan and Reghard from South Africa.
Also attached are pictures of fresh Coho. Jerome and Patrick ventured into coastal streams fishing only a few miles from the sea, so these fish are fresh, not to mention the numerous pods of Humpback Whales in the Douglas Channel, Sea Lions, Elephant Seals as well Dolphins following the boat as we venture home from the day on the Channel.
David from the UK asked many questions about Bears and upon arrival at the Lodge in Kitimat he watched a Kermode Bear walk right in front of him, not bad for the first time in BC fishing. Kermode Bears are extremely rare and are pure white, instead of the usual color of black as they are Black Bears. As well Doc Fergal walking out of the lodge after dinner and a small Black Bear crosses his path, at his feet! As well mom Grizzly and her two cubs looking for a midnight snack waking up the lodge patrons with the bang and crash of a metal dumpster bin, as she tosses it like a cardboard box. She will soon bed down for the winter.
Arriving guests this week are from Japan and Vancouver as our target is Steelhead on the fly.
If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Tracey John, you can contact him through www.kitimatlodge.com .