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The expression "winter steelhead fishing" doesn't come close to truly defining a sport that finds you waist deep in river water that is a mere 6° above freezing when you discover that you have on a pair leaky waders.  It is the month of March and while most of northern British Columbia's fabled...
Reflecting back on our winter steelhead season on Haida Gwaii its hard not to smile.  We had great river conditions, and solid returns of steelhead. This trip is one that tends to linger with you for a few months after the fact as you come to terms with how unique this environment and fishery is...
Winter fish have small strike zones which means your fly has to get down quick and start working at the right depth to seduce a reaction. The more in tune you are with what your fly is doing right off the bat the more successful you will be. Being methodical in this type of water doesn’t mean...
After a season guiding on the tea colored waters of Haida Gwaii, I decided it was time to  research to see if they were making any lens colors that we could utilize.  Stalking the Yakoun river in the winter posed many challenges for us, as we are guides who rely heavily on seeing fish.  We had...
Although sight casting to any fish in general is relatively the same, winter steelhead offer even more challenges than most.  Anyone who has winter steelhead fished much knows that the climate and water conditions are very unstable, and this reflects directly on the attitude of the fish you are...
Fishing the Yakoun River on Haida Gwaii The Yakoun River flows north for approximately 60 km from its source in Yakoun Lake to its entry into Massett Inlet, near Port Clements, Graham Island, Q.C.I.  Masset inlet is a surprisingly large inlet in which many rivers flow into.  The Yakoun river is...
As spey fishing grows more popular each year, people are realizing that the sport of steelheading is no longer for experts, fishing addicts, or elitists.  It is accessible to everyone, and with a little practice and a good mentor you can be quite successful, right out of the gates.  Many people...
It’s early morning in Sandspit, Haida Gwaii, and Neil Goodwin is slowly guiding us away from the dock. The bow of his 25 foot whaler is pointed towards the labyrinth of  mossy trees that give shape to the mesmeric rain forests of the Queen Charlotte Islands, where Neil lives year round.  He...
It seems like summer is finally here, the fishing has been consistently good all season and the only thing that’s changed is the number of layers you have to wear.  2011 is shaping up to be one of the best starts to a west coast Haida Gwaii fishing season in recent history. By the reports we’ve...
How to release Steelhead properly Although catch and release fishing is a valuable conservation tool in Haida Gwaii that can lead to more and bigger steelhead in the fishery, just because a fish swims away doesn't mean that it lives to be caught another day.  I have worked in Alaska for over 10...

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