19.09.2013: Gitnadiox & Skeena
I wake up at 5:30 AM and after breakfast, we head to Gitnadiox. It's a fantastic river located in a national park, and Stan is the only guide licensed to fish there. // But even there, there's high water due to continuous rain. We try for two hours without success.
Then we go to the Skeena River and make around 1000 casts. I catch a small coho salmon. Next, I hook into a big king salmon that slowly takes 200 meters of line before snapping the leader. I think it was hooked in the tail.
Jim and Bill with Kori were back at the Lower Copper and hooked four Steelheads, losing three or four. The water there is murky but still fishable. Great, as I'll be going there with Kori tomorrow.
20.09.2013; Copper River
Jim, Bill, Kori, and I head to the Copper River; we start very early to be the first ones on the river. Unfortunately, the water is more turbid than the day before, but it's still somewhat fishable.
We give it a try, but without success. In the afternoon, the water becomes even murkier and unfishable. I caught a silver salmon, and no one else got anything. Damn.
I'm slowly getting frustrated and considering what to do and how to avoid the weather since I still have several fishing days ahead. // Smithers could be an option; it's not raining there, and the rivers should be fishable. Three Americans I met on the Copper and also Bill and Jim had been to Kispiox and Babine before. They faced challenging conditions and barely caught any Steelheads.
Bill is 84 years old and still a true Steelheader; he wades through the river like a young man. Two really great guys whom I had a lot of fun with. // The weather forecast predicts improvement. Today it's only lightly drizzling occasionally. Stan suggests fishing at Kasiks for one or two days. There may not be many Steelheads there, but there's a strong run of silver salmon.
21.09.2013: Kasiks River
Kasiks is located about 40 miles south of Terrace, towards the coast. It's a tributary of the Skeena River. It has a spring run but no Steelheads in the summer; instead, it has silver salmon.
Normally, the river is navigable by jet boat only in the spring, but due to the widespread high water conditions, even Kasiks has a lot of water. This river never gets muddy and remains clear. It's only about five or six kilometers long, with water originating from springs and waterfalls cascading down the rock walls. So currently, Kasiks is the only clear and fishable river. Additionally, it's beautiful, truly a natural gem.
In the morning, we are all optimistic as there was no rain overnight. We plan to first go to the Kalum River and check its water conditions. Unfortunately: the water is extremely murky. We're disappointed and decide to head to Kasiks.
There, we catch 12 silver salmon, some of them quite large. The rain persists throughout the day. We spot a black bear twice.
22.09.2013: Kasiks River
All the rivers around Terrace, including Copper, have high water and are muddy. So, Kori and I head to Kasiks, where I catch many silver salmon