March 20 – March 26, 2022
Lower Skeena Spring Steelhead
Nicholas Dean Outdoors
at Skeena River House
with host Jeff Bright

 

THE SKEENA WILL ALWAYS BE MOST FAMOUS for its fall fishing, but wise anglers know the treasures spring can hold. For river conditions, late March–early April weeks are often the year's most dependable — air and water temperatures are warming from winter, while precipitation falls as snow on the ridges, keeping the rivers low and clean. And what the season lacks in numbers of fish, it can make up in size. The spring run often features some of the largest steelhead of the year. Fresh off the tides, they are impressive fish worth every effort to find. We'll search the scenic lower mainstem's broad riffles and runs with light sink tips — a thoroughly pleasing way to fish some of the best swing water in the Pacific Northwest.

For a look at just how good it can be, check out this entertaining film from this week in 2013 by our friends at Salmon Junkies.

Target rivers: Mainstem Skeena, Kitimat

Group size: 8 anglers, including host; 2 anglers per guide; total program capacity 8 anglers

Accommodations: Single occupancy with private bath, wifi

2022 rate: 6195 CAD + 5% GST + 48 CAD room tax

(USD accepted; please inquire for currency exchange quote)

Includes: 5 days guided fishing, 6 nights accommodation, all meals, airport transfers

Not included: Round trip airfare to Terrace, BC (YXT), licensing, gratuities, alcoholic beverages

Upgrade options: 6-day / 7-night package available for 7195 CAD + 5% GST + 56 CAD room tax

Availability: full

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Nicholas Dean Outdoors

 

Established in 2002, Nicholas Dean Outdoors is located in the northwestern corner of British Columbia near the Alaskan border — a scenic region with arguably the best steelhead and salmon fishing in the world. NDO owns government-allotted guiding licenses and rod days on the Lower Skeena region’s best classified waters, including the Upper Zymoetz, Lower Zymoetz, Kalum, Lower Skeena (Skeena 2) and a section of the Upper Skeena (Skeena 4). NDO also guides on over 50 unclassified rivers, lakes and streams, such as the Kitimat, Nass, Bell-Irving, Meziadin, Kasiks, Exstew and Exchamsiks. With this a wide-ranging portfolio, NDO guests enjoy a variety of the top fishing opportunities available in the region. Additionally, if less than desirable fishing conditions are encountered, NDO's highly knowledgeable, locally-based guides can nearly always find fishable water.

Skeena River House

 

Previously operated as Z-Boat Lodge, Skeena River House is now a cozy riverside B&B and NDO's temporary early-spring home while Yellow Cedar Lodge accommodates heli-skiiers.

Additional Information & Resources

Nicholas Dean Outdoors
Skeena River House
BC Fishing Regulations & License Information