As the daylight increases in British Columbia Mother Nature starts to slowly emerge from the depths of winter and we start to eagerly anticipate the upcoming spring steelhead season in March, April and early May. If you’ve not had the opportunity to fish the Skeena and the remote BC coast at this time of year, you’re missing out!
The Skeena’s Spring Steelhead
The season at Nicholas Dean opens up targeting the super chrome, bright Steelhead on the Skeena’s broad riffles and tailouts, where light tips and longer rods are the name of the game. Then, it’s on to the bruisers of the Kalum, Kitimat and several remote coastal rivers. In addition to seeing some of the largest fish of the season, fishing in the spring is simply a great way to start off your angling year.
The Untouched Adventure – the Wildest of Steelhead, Limited Space
Swinging flies across the dark water of BCs remote coast for the brightest of Spring Steelhead, just off the tides is the scenario. You know where the holding spot is and where the fish have to be, and anticipation mounts as your fly swings through the taking spot… Over the past two years, Nicholas Dean have been developing a separate, exclusive programme on the remote coast that’s limited to two guests per week. Lead by Head Guide and Nicholas Dean fishing machine, Dustin Kovacvich, Dustin will share his extensive knowledge of the BC coast with you, and the amazing steelhead that inhabit them.
Candidly, it’s not for those who want to sit in a boat or drift down a river leisurely. It’s for those who want to experience a different side of nature, where hiking through the remote coastal wilderness is the norm. Investing a little ‘sweat equity,’ as we like to say. And the rewards – and certainly the experience – can be truly spectacular.The window for fishing the remote coast is very narrow and timing can be everything – the best fishing usually falls within a very short 3 to 4 week span. There are only two rods left in our Untouched Adventure season, take advantage of this rare opportunity and experience the raw beauty and pristine fishing available in the remote wilds of BC!
New guide joins the NDL Team
Pierrot is the newest addition to the Nicholas Dean guide team and comes with a rather impressive resume. Born and raised in the Skeena region, Pierrot has been fishing since he was 10 years old, when he landed his first Chinook salmon, has been fly fishing since he was 13, and has guided for the last 8 seasons. A dedicated and passionate guide, Pierrot is an excellent casting instructor who excels at reading water, knowing where the fish are, and working with guests on the water. His strong customer-first work ethic makes him a natural complement to our Nicholas Dean team.
Looking to fish in the prime of the 2019 season? We have fantastic autumn space that should not be missed. This includes mid and late August availability, which is great for those looking to target multiple species during their stay through to prime September space, which is highly sought after because this is usually the best time to visit for steelhead and coho.
2019 season availability
Please contact us for availability and suitable weeks based on what you would like to pursue. The following is what is currently available:
- July 28 to August 4 6 rods
- August 4 to 10 4 rods
- August 11 to 17 2 rods
- November 3 to 9 6 rods
Price to include 7 nights’ stay, 6 full days guiding fishing, fishing licences and tax: CAD$6,934 per rod.
If you would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact Peter McLeod or Steffan Jones or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.