Kitimat Lodge - November fish and look forward to april fishing

Well the November snow has finally hit the mountains and making its way closer to the majestic Skeena and Kitimat valleys.

This fall the Steelhead and Coho fishing was off the charts and pictured below are a few of the snaps we took of our clients from England, USA and Japan. Also, Steve hardy from Austria (orange jacket) with a beautiful northern coho this fall.

All the Steelhead and Coho were in great shape and hot, making for epic fights on the Spey rods.

April will be your next opportunity for Steelhead, so please book your group early as space is already limited for this short season. Thanks again to all our guides and lodge staff and our new and repeat clients.

Have a good winter!

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 News from Oscars in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada - part 16 - LAST ONE 2018


Fishing Report, November 1, 2015

This will be our last fishing report of the 2018 fishing season. The Oscar’s Team would like thank everyone for the continued support throughout this season. It was a unique season from years previous due to dry weather, tighter fishing regulations and closures due to massive forest fires.

Even with those challenges, many of us was still able to hook into some big lurkers, had tight lines, lost a lure here and there, but most importantly had a good time with friends and family while fishing. We are already looking forward to the 2019 fishing season and the tight lines ahead. Tune in next year and fish on!


All rivers in our area are experiencing much lower than normal streamflow. We will need more precipitation to bring the water levels up to “normal” levels. What a difference from last year when we experienced some major high water. Until we get some more water, be very careful out there.


Fishing has been decent. The fish have most definitely pooled up at this point. Use a heavier sink tips and slightly larger flies. Water is extremely low and clear. Not a lot of jet boats seen on the river which is probably not a bad idea and should just be parked for the season at this point.


Low and clear. Fishing has been really good up higher. Some bigger fish caught in the Morice this year, which is encouraging.


The Kispiox is dropping again after it experienced a couple of bumps due to precipitation. Fishing has been challenging because of low, clear water.


Skeena has been fishing rather well. Low and clear as well.


Turnover on the lakes, depending on your elevation is either here or lurking. If going out on the lakes, try lower elevation lakes for smaller trout using an ultra-light spinner or 4-6wt fly rod with leech patterns or chironomids. Afternoon fishing is best when the water is warming up a little, but that is if the lake hasn’t turned over yet.

Each lake is going to be at a different stage of turnover depending on regional daily temperature, volume of water and oxygen usage of both flora and fauna. However, in short, it is almost time to hang it up for the ice-free season and start getting things together for the ice fishing season.

We will try to post some ice fishing reports this winter depending if we can get out of the shop or off the ski hill. There are a lot of opportunities locally for some fun and successful ice fishing.  Until then, enjoy the remaining threads of the ice-free lake fishing season and see you next year.


News from Oscars in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada - part 15


Fishing Report, October 4, 2018

Fall is here to stay with winter lurking around the corner. The mornings have been cold which has helped lower the water temperatures. However with colder water temperatures, it means colder fingers when fishing those early mornings!

So not re-organize your fly boxes! Come check the Plan D Fly Boxes now in stock at Oscar’s! We absolutely love their medium and large size boxes designed for intruder type flies. You just slide the eye of the fly onto the stainless steel hook and insert the fly’s hook into the slotted foam. This keeps everything neat and tidy.

Plan D Fly Boxes also have tube fly boxes. Super innovative and simple idea to keep your tube flies organized. Stop by the store today to learn more about this great product.



Bulkley River:

I am sure that you are getting tired of hearing this, just as I am getting tired of writing it, but the Bulkley River is extremely low and will probably stay that way unless something drastic changes. This is as low as some of the old-timers have ever seen it for this time of year. The only nice thing about it being this low is that some of us can now retrieve the lures we lost in the beginning of the season! But on a serious note, it is dangerously low so please be careful when angling on all local rivers.

Fishing has been rather good for some. Again, there are some big fish around this year, but you definitely need to be putting in the time.  People have been having success on smaller, more traditional bugs. Slow sink tip or floating tip with a slightly weighted fly has brought home the bacon recently.

With the river being so low, we have heard of multiple crashes on the Bulkley. Not a bad idea to leave the jet boat at home. If you do chose to go on the water with a boat, please go slow and be alert for extreme water hazards.


Morice River:

The word must be out because the Morice has been super busy. Even though it is low like all regional rivers, there have been some good reports of fish being caught.

Kispiox River:

Low and unfishable; probably going to be like this for the rest of the season.


Skeena River:

There has been a recent up-tick in fishing on the Skeena. It is currently fishing well with some big gators being caught.



It is that time of year where the fish are trying to bulk up before the lakes turn and winter comes in. Lakes around Houston and Hazelton have been fishing well in the late afternoon to early evening when the water temperatures are a bit warmer. Ice is starting to form around backwater pools and shallow shorelines. It won’t be long before the turnover hits and the good fishing is done for the season.

The higher alpine lakes are starting to slow down, so target mid-alpine to lower, in-valley lakes of medium size. The smaller lakes can be productive as well, like Dunalter near Houston. Trout this time of year can be caught on both ultralight spin tackle and on the fly (4-6wt). Fish are looking for high protein, big meals to try to fatten up.

On the fly, leech (green, blacks, maroons) patterns are typically a go-to, as well as October Caddis and Mahogany Duns. For spin tackle, a smaller Vibrex Blue-Fox or Meeps will get the attention of a hungry trout quite easily. Come into the store to talk about fall trout tackle, as we have all the gear for your fishing needs.

If you are interested in lake fishing, try some local favorites:

  • Call Lake (Smithers area) – Brook Trout
  • Duckwing Lake (Moricetown area) – Rainbow Trout
  • Kitseguecla Lake (between Smithers and Moricetown) – Cutthroat Trout
  • Klinger Lake (Houston area) – Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout

For more information on late season fall fishing, check out the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s blog “Late Season Fly Fishing: An Unexpected Treasure.” This article has some great tips to help you be successful either on the river or lake.

British Columbia 2019 - The Holy Grail of Steelhead & Salmon

Dear Salmon Junkies

I hope your fishing season have been awarding with bags full of good fishing memories from the past season and maybe some new friendships, with brothers stung by the same bug like the rest of us – The notorious “anadromous bug”.

This time of the year it's also high time to look ahead and secure your fishing trips for 2019. To hopefully make your planning a bit easier, I'm pleased again to offer THE prime weeks for all of my weeks with our long-term BC partner - award-winning Skeena outfitter Nicholas Dean Outdoor. Join us chasing the largest and meanest Steelhead and Chinook in the world, in the company of some of the best and most hardcore fishing guides available on Skeena – Guides who are more than willing to share their deepest secrets by leading YOU to the fish.

Skeena Spring: Super-sized and rough Steelhead
Countless of people now at days believe that the Skeena watershed is easily accessible with easy-going fishing, but that is not true if you really want to get to the fish. Many of the best rivers and spots are impossible to access without a guide and special license, and the only way to get there is by powerful jet boats and local knowledge.


Some of the most attractive rivers are licensed with limited access. Salmon Junkies has access to all classified water plus well-selected numbers of coastal rivers. Skeena river has become quite a popular destination for a growing group of international hardcore Spey Jedi´s, and even more so after we launched our short movies during the last years – If you haven’t seen them, watch some of our films check out the links here and below…/skeena-the-biggest-and-meanest-…/

Available Spring weeks 2019 - 6 days fishing / 7 Nights accommodation at Pioneer lodge
24 March to 31 March
31 March to 7 April
7 April to 14 April

“Seven rivers” – Our Highly Exclusive Remote Coastal Steelhead Program
The ultimate trip for the profound and committed Steelheader who likes a bit of sweat with their Steelhead. During 5 days you will daily discover premium fly-fishing Steelhead water with numerous holding pools in the most stunning scenery with an abundance of wildlife ever present. If the idea of going on a wilderness adventure to target large, wild Steelhead in remote areas on lightly fished streams gets your blood racing, then our new remote coastal Steelhead package is what you’re looking for.

The remote coastal wilderness Steelhead streams of British Columbia hold exceptional spring Steelhead opportunities located in the stunning fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest. There are numerous streams – accessed by walk in, ocean boat, fixed wing air craft and helicopter – that vary from medium sized rivers best suited for swinging flies with a Spey rod to small, intimate streams where you can sight fish for 5 to 20 pound Steelhead and fish for them with a light switch or single handed rod.

Guests will stay at Pioneer Fishing Lodge as a home base for arrival days and departure nights, and then stay in remote camps or bed and breakfasts as required during the week, depending on weather, water conditions and which rivers are fishing best.

Getting to the various coastal rivers is half the experience in its own right! Depending on the target rivers fished, we will use a 21 ft Boston Whaler, 20 ft Harbercraft jet boat.
Given the remote nature of the trip, there is the possibility of encountering bears, wolves, foxes and other animals of the furry kind. Your guide will have bear spray and bear bangers on hand at all times and will also instruct you on how to use these.

For the 2019 season, space will be limited to two guests per week in the following weeks:
April 14 to 21 April
April 21 to 28 April
April 28 to 5 May

Fitness Requirements: Due to the remote, physically demanding nature of the fishing program, guests must be reasonably fit and capable of hiking through dense woods without any trails. Typical distances travelled daily are between 3 and 6 km.

With this new program we strongly believe that we have tailored THE ULTIMATE STEELHEAD TRIP for our guests who are looking for the unspoilt nature and abundant wildlife that contributes to an unforgettable fishing experience. Jump on our new wagon that will lead you to some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine Steelhead rivers.

Chinook Fishing - Definitely a game not for the fainthearted
We are very excited to announce that Salmon Junkies prime weeks for big Fresh Chinook again are open for booking. We target the Kitimat, and potentially other coastal rivers, depending on conditions for Chinook averaging 20 to 50 pounds and ranging up to 80 pounds, and beyond.


(The Skeena’s biggest have been known to reach 100 pounds!) If you want to pursue the biggest, baddest of all anadromous fish on a swung fly, this is the trip! What to expect? Chinook - Why not watch our small movie and judge for yourself?…/chinook-the-heavy-weight-ba…/ Or our latest film “Sealiced”

Prime Chinook Weeks for the really big and fresh Chinook - 6 days fishing / 7 Nights accommodation at the Pioneer lodge

June 16 to 23 July
July 23 to 30 July
July 30 to 7 July
July 7 to 17July

BANG FOR THE BUCK! Our NEW Skeena Max Program - Summer Steelhead & Salmon
A new program: Maximize swing time on the famous mainstem Skeena for the biggest steelhead on the planet — 20-pounders headed for the Babine and Sustut, 25-pounders headed for the Kispiox; most of these majestic fish migrate through the lower river in mid-August. Hook one and you’ll never forget it. The Skeena in summer is an anadromous fish superhighway; alongside the steelhead can be — depending on run timing — cartwheeling coho, huge chinook, tackle-busting chums, acrobatic sockeye and fiesty pinks — all full of fight and responsive to the fly. Each hookup holds an exciting element of surprise.

Clean, comfortable accommodations at Hidden Acres Farm & Treehouse Resort. Target rivers: Mainstem Skeena. Group size: 6 anglers. Date: August 25 to 1 September 2019 rate: 4330 CAD + GST. Includes: 6 days guided fishing, 7 nights double-occupancy cabin accommodations, all meals, airport pickup/dropoff

Skeena Fall
Fall Steelhead: Looking for the quintessential British Columbia angling experience? If so, this is your great chance. You will fish a number of wild rivers, with a opportunity to fish the remote and intimate upper Copper, a true steelhead Mecca. We’ll swing wet flies and, with favorable conditions, fish dries. Fall-run Skeena steelhead is free-rising and will readily pounce on a waking fly — undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills in fly fishing. This adventure also features the exciting opportunity to fish select lower Skeena streams. And – depending on flows, the scenic Kasiks, Exchamsiks and Exstew.

Steelhead fishing on the Lower Skeena is unparalleled. Renowned rivers such as the Babine, Kispiox, Sustut, Bulkley, Morice, Copper and Kalum enter the Skeena above our camp and all fish bound for these rivers must pass directly in front of us before reaching their spawning grounds. Only a day or two out of the ocean, at the peak of their size, strength and beauty, these are among the biggest and most aggressive Salmon and Steelhead on Earth. To hook one of these fish on the fly is to touch the heart of the true wilderness — an experience not to be forgotten!

Available Fall weeks 2019 - 6 days fishing / 7 Nights accommodation at the Pioneer lodge

August 25 to 1 September
September 1 to 8 September
September 8 to 15 September
September 15 to 22 September
September 22 to 29 September
September 29 to 6 October

Besides having the hottest, strongest Steelhead and Chinook in the world, there is so much more that define the total fishing experience to this unique frontiers – Jump on the “Skeena Wagon” and get a kick you never will forget.

Hooked or just “chasing the fly”? in any event, please contact Steffen Juhl Denne e-mail adresse bliver beskyttet mod spambots. Du skal have JavaScript aktiveret for at vise den. for more information / Bookings…

Please check also for more info, videos and photos.

Steffen Juul 
Salmon Junkies

Gert Midtgaard fisker Skena River med flere, British Columbia, Canada 

Bor og fisker ved Tracey Hittel og på Kitimat Lodge

Bor hos Tracey. Har været på Skeena og Kalum med ham. Skal hilse tilbage til dig fra Tracey

Kold klar morgen, men varmt klædt på en frisk Coho (Sølvlaks) fra Skeena River BC.
(Gert selv)


En super dag med gutterne, alle mærkede suset og en del fisk på land alle på flue.



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