The broad expanse of the Skeena River flows by you, brimming with millions of salmon. Fish flip and roll around you, your 8 weight rod bends in a sharp arc yet again, as a 9 pound sea lice covered shining white silver Sockeye cartwheels and shoots back and forth in front of you., fighting for its life like an aspiring steelhead. As a bonus you may have also caught a bunch of pinks, a couple steelhead, a Coho or two, and maybe a Chinook and Chum also. If numbers, variety, and size of fish are important to you then our Sockeye season on the Skeena is something you’ll want to experience. This is also a great novice fly fishery because of the sheer numbers of fish that run up the Skeena during this time, and the easy, short casts (less than 50 feet) required.
The numerous, feisty pink salmon is a great fish for beginning fly fishers because of its willingness to chase down and savagely attack almost any pink and/or red flies, with a tenacious battle afterwards. Most of the streams we fish support large runs of pink salmon mixed in with Sockeye, Coho, Steelhead, Chum, and Chinooks. Pink salmon are readily available on all our river systems from July 15 to September 15. The Northwestern BC weather is at its finest this time of year with average temperatures between 70 to 80 degrees with long, bright sunny days being the norm.