BC in B/W

A British Columbia, Canada adventure for steelhead, coho, chum, chinook, sockeye, cutthroat - even sturgeon.

By Martin Joergensen

The sturgeon is a a beautiful fish in spite of its ancient strangeness.
Baiting - waitingBaiting - waiting
One reason (of many) why I flyfish rather than bait fish: the waiting time. Watching a rod tip for hours is not my kind of thrill. But sure: hooking and fighting the fish is equally fun.
Timid monster
The sturgeon have a timid, gentle appearance and is a fascinting group of fish. This small specimen is obviously just waiting to be returned to the water - which it will be right after this shot.
Timid monster
A small sturgeaon returns to the depths of the Fraser River near Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.
The Global BaitFisher
One of my 100 lbs (50 kilo) sturgeon prior to its release. It is our guide Fred Helmer of Fred\'s Fishing Adventures to the left, myself to the right and the sturgeon all over the place. And no, it was NOT caught on a fly!
The Global BaitFisher
Baitcasting reelsBaitcasting reels
The sturgeon boats are equipped with some really nice baitcasting gear.
The Harrison River is a beatiful, clear tributary to the Fraser. We fished it for pacific salmon together with fly fishing guide Jens Erik Skaaning - of Danish heritage, actually.
Fly fishing guide Jens Erik Skaaning's boat beached on the banks of the Harrison while we fish.
Low clouds...
...or high fog. This is actually the fog lifting as the sun burns it off to reveal another beautiful, sunny British Columbia day.
Low clouds...
Coho hunterCoho hunter
Ole hunting for milling coho in a quiet backwater on the Harrison.
Jens Erik Skaaning's pattern for Pacific Salmon. This fly did well for us, as did a small beaded sculpin pattern. Erik calls the pattern "Egg and Eye"
Ole and the cohoOle and the coho
Ole into a coho on the Harrison
Fred's Custom Tackle in Chilliwack close to the Vedder has a large selection of tackle - catering both to spin fishers and fly fishers.
Spey rod on the VedderSpey rod on the Vedder
Ole casting for a King Salmon on the Vedder near Chilliwack
Vedder at sundown
We tried the Vedder for Kings close to Chilliwack. I hooked one, but lost it after it had taken a powerful run downstream. Apart from that we had no luck. But the river sure was beautiful and easily accessible.
Vedder at sundown
Unknown BC riverUnknown BC river
When flying over British Columbia you see so many rivers that you know that no one would be able to fish them in a lifetime.
Terrace view
The promising view from Terrace's small airport.
Terrace view
Foggy rideFoggy ride
We did a lot of car driving and had a lot of fog. This picture combines both.
Driving in Canada is like driving in the US: you notice how the roads and cities are built for cars. Great when you're driving, but poor pedestrians!
Ole fixing his line late at night before the first fishing day in the Terrace area.
Skeena bridge
We took a walk from the Desiderata Lodge into Terrace and back crossing the old railway bridge and the newer road bridge - seen here - over the Skeena.
Skeena bridge
Boat launchBoat launch
Fellow angler Ken from Vancouver and our guide Gill McKean from the Westcoast Fishing Adventures launching the boat into the Mighty Skeena.
Skeena tributary
A view up one of the many tributaries to the Skeena.
Skeena tributary
Ole and DonOle and Don
Ole (close) and Don (further down) fishing in the low sun over a Skeena tributary.
Don and coho
Fellow angler Don McLaughlin from Florida with a coho.
Don and coho
Papa bear was herePapa bear was here
The fresh foot prints from a smaller bear in the sand right next to the water where we were fishing.
Bank summit
Ole and Don talking tactics on the river bank.
Bank summit
Hard to imagine more beautiful settings for a fishing trip, isn't it?
Wouldn't you...
...like to be here right now? I would!
Wouldn't you...
Rick's boat moored close to the bank one of the many places where we fished for steelhead on the Skeena.
Angler in the mist
Ole probing the water close to the bank with his spey rod and leech fly on a misty morning on the Skeena.
Angler in the mist
The steelhead of the Skeena are indeed beautiful fish! This is even a small one!
Jet boat
The sturdy aluminum jet boats were just banked while we fished.
Jet boat
The owner of the Nicolas Dean Lodge - Dustin - floated a couple of clients down the Skeena.
Hell's Gate
A great run on the Skeena.
Hell's Gate
The infallible egg sucking leech was the weapon of choice for steelhead.
Close quarters
There is a good reason to use a spey rod and a spey or underhand cast when fishing with the forrest right in your back as here.
Close quarters
Snags are the order of the day when you fish fast sinking leaders and heavy flies on a rocky river like the Skeena.
Burning off
The morning fog burining off to let the sun come through.
Burning off
Deeper partDeeper part
A deeper part of the Skeena just upstream a long riffle.
From the airplane we saw many a glacier in the breathtaking Canadian landscape.
Vancouver oval skylineVancouver oval skyline
Vancouver is a fairly laid back and very nice city, not really marred by highrisers. These oval ones downtown did catch my eyes.

Great River Fishing Adventure - Fraser system sturgeon and Pacific salmon
Fred's Fishing Adventures - Fraser system sturgeon and Pacific salmon
Fred's Custom Tackle - tackle shop close to the Vedder
Desiderata Lodge/Westcoast Fishing Adventures - Skeena system steelhead and Pacific salmon
Nicholas Dean Lodge - Skeena system steelhead and Pacific salmon

City of Terrace
City of Chilliwack

Other ressources
Tourism British Columbia - information for tourists
Tourism BC - information for media and industry
Myplanet - Scandinavian specialists in Canada - and USA, New Zealand and Australia

A story with more text and color pictures plus more practical information about the fishing will follow when I get the time to write it.

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