Noel Gyger

The photo of the week shows a beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River doe Steelhead landed by Rob Vodola. It is never too late in the season to go fishing for these gems! Don't let the poor weather stop you.


Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report

4012 Best Street, Terrace BC V8G 5R8, Canada

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated December 23 – December 30, 2007

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Happy New Year everyone! Winter Steelheading is in full swing although the cold weather has slowed it down a bit. Sometimes it only means shorter fishing days but the "determined" fishermen are still getting out there. Some would say they're "crazy"! The Zymoetz (Copper) River closes to angling above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below Zymoetz Canyon) at the end of the month (January 1 to June 15). So get out and enjoy before the closure. To be clear just the upper reaches of the river are closed one still may angle on the very low end, just make sure you fish below the boundary at the first canyon. The Kalum River is open to angling all winter although access to some pools are difficult as to the extreme low water and snow. The Kitimat River is open all winter also and if we get some warmer weather fishing for Trout should be OK.


- Translations from English to German and English to French are now posted on three web pages (Home Page, My History and Special Guided Trips)

NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.


Craig Murray

Ron Wakita

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.

FISHING THIS WEEK: (POOR due to cold weather)

LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Where: Angler: (none reported this week)

WEATHER: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High to -4 degrees C. Region normal: Max. Temp. -1 degrees C. Min. Temp. -6 degrees C. Sunrise 8:57 am Sunset 4:17 pm

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

For current Terrace weather information please cast on:

WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena is very low and in good shape although sections of the river are frozen over. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape but ice is starting to form. Also some parts of the river are completely frozen over. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in excellent shape. Kitimat River is low and clean.




SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean. Frozen over in spots. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch if you can "brave" the weather.

KALUM RIVER: The water, both upper and lower sections are in excellent shape and fishing for Steelhead is good.

This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in poor shape today, with moderate to heavy ice flows and fishing for Steelhead is poor. Just a little too cold. The upper section closes at the end of the month (December 31) but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.

AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: Water conditions are not very good. At times the river is full of slush and ice.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Hardly anyone has been out fishing on the ocean. It is just too cold.

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables®ion=1

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort

One of Nimmo Bay's fabulous lunch hideouts. After a morning of fabulous fishing, you have this to look forward to. A gourmet picnic on a remote west coast Vancouver Island beach. The wine is at the proper temperature, the food is prepared to perfection and the coffee & tea is just what you ordered.

There are few nicer places on this earth, especially those places where there are no other people to impose on your most memorable moments.

When the snow is on the ground and the ice is on the water, moments like this keep us focused on what is to come when spring and summer arrive.

For those of you who have not called Noel to reserve your Heli-fishing adventure for 2008, it is time to do just that. Get a jump start in the new year and commit to your angling odyssey as soon as possible. You'll be glad you did.

Craig Murray, Owner

Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)

To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Note from Noel: This year in 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.


2005/2007 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:

Effective April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007

2006/2007 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

Effective April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007

NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL's


Everyone is reminded to read the article by Chad Black titled "A Trophy Coho" posted on December 17, 2007


To: Nimmo Bay Resort: "You'll experience an elevation of the body, of the spirit, and of the soul.", Tim Floyd, Former Head Coach, Chicago Bulls

To: Nicholas Dean Lodge: "First time Salmon fishing, heavy learning curve, enjoyed ourselves immensely – thanks to all."" – Jim Purcell and Don Berggren, Ontario

To: Randy's River Guiding: "Hi to all fisher friends around the world, since 1996 we know Noel Gyger and Randy Marshall and we would like to thank both of them for the great time we had out on the river together and that it will be even better in next years.

We have seen lots of wildlife, rivers and even the ocean.

Where ever I made a cast I caught isn't that something?

I by myself caught over the years more than 100 Steelhead and there was even one over 30 pounds.

All I know about fishing in BC I learned from Randy and due to Noel I have had the chance to fish the Copper and the Kalum more than once, so I wish both of them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and some more good years fishing together. All the best to all fisher friend too." Guy and Astrid, Luxembourg


The photo above was sent to me by Richard Masef. He and his wife Christina were being guided by my nephew Justin Gyger in July 2004. She is very proud of her BIG Chinook (King) Salmon she landed. The fish weighed 61-pounds. Thank you for sending it Richard.

*** If any of you have special fishing photos, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.

2007 TV SHOW SCHEDULE FOR SPORTFISHING BC with host Mark Pendlington

CHANNEL Friday Saturday Sunday

Sportsnet Pacific 6:30 AM PST

(9:30 AM EST)

Knowledge Network 1:30 PM PST

(4:30 PM EST) 1:30 PM PST

(4:30 PM EST) 11:30 PM PST

(2:30 PM EST)

A Channel 7:00 AM PST

(10:00 AM EST)

World Fishing Network Check local listings

CATCH & RELEASE FORMULA: Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches) Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

MARKETPLACE (Sportfishing related items only please) Contact me anytime to list your items

Buy, sell, trade or swap your item or items by listing them here today

Your Ad will receive LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL exposure:

• Your Ad will be posted on my website

• Your Ad will be promoted in my Weekly Fishing Reports

• Your Ad will be posted on other websites who host my fishing reports

Examples of what to list: Boats and accessories, Motors, Vehicles, Air Craft, Rods, Reels, Tackle, Real Estate (i.e. fishing lodge), Rentals (Cabins Cottages), Lakeshore, Tourist accommodation, ATV, RV's, RV sites, Taxidermy, Books, Magazines, Videos, Photographs, Antiques, Artwork, Clothing, Employment, Trade/Swap and Wanted, Help Wanted, etc.

For Sale: Do you want to get into the angling guide business and want to purchase classified rod days? I have 450 Skeena 2 rod days and license for sale. Contact Chris in Austria via e-mail

For Sale: 20 foot Jetcraft. This boat is in immaculate shape. It has 158 hours on it. Power is a 350 cubic inch Chevy with a 3 stage Kodiak jet. Lockable storage in the bow, built in fish tank in the bow with running water, lockable side tray on the port side, Humming Bird sounder/fishfinder, rod holders, sleeper seats on port side, pedestal helmsman seat, storage box seat, has heater and defroster. Tandem TI trailer with bearing buddies and brakes on all 4 wheels. Deluxe in every way! $28,000. For more information Terrace BC call Ted 250-635-5072

Wanted to buy: 18-20 foot flat bottom jet boat with centre console, motor and trailer a bonus but not mandatory. Peachland BC Contact Rob 250-767-6456 or 250-864-8644 or or Rick 250-212-2314

For Sale: magnificent Fishing Lodge in the heart of Patagonia. Located in what probably is the very best spot for salmon runs in the whole South American continent. Ask for full information by contacting Carlos Hernandez of Hunting & Fishing in South America via e-mail

Wanted to buy: large arbour reel for 9-10 wt Spey rod. Would consider a used one in good condition. Terrace BC E-mail Rick Morrison

For Sale: 12 foot Port-a-bote folding boat. $1000. Terrace BC Phone 250-631-3161

For Sale: 16 foot Aluminum boat with a 40hp Evinrude. Boat, trailer and motor $1500. Complete with Hummingbird sounder, VHF marine radio, downriggers $2000. Kitimat BC E-mail

For Sale: Three 20 foot Custom Flat Bottom Jet Sleds (build by Dennis Farnsworth) with Mercury 90hp/65 Jet and trailers. $8000 each OBO Houston BC E-mail James Britton

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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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The photo of the week shows a beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River doe Steelhead landed by Rob Vodola.  It is never too late in the season to go fishing for these gems!  Don’t let the poor weather stop you
The photo of the week shows a beautiful Zymoetz (Copper) River doe Steelhead landed by Rob Vodola. It is never too late in the season to go fishing for these gems! Don’t let the poor weather stop you

Christina and Justin with a BIG Skeena River Chinook landed in July 2004.  It weighed 64 pounds.
Christina and Justin with a BIG Skeena River Chinook landed in July 2004. It weighed 64 pounds.

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Noel Gyger

About The Author: Captain Noel Gyger

Company: Noel Gyger Guided Fishing Adventures

Area Reporting: Northwest British Columbia Canada

Bio: My fishing and guiding history I was born in Smithers, B.C. Canada on December 25, 1946. I grew up there and fished the whole northwest area with my Grandpa, Percival (Percy) Benjamin Emerson. He loved to fly fish. His favorite Trout fly was the Royal Coachman. He built a cabin on Babine Lake where I spent most of my summer school holidays fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks to him, I am hooked on "Sportfishing" and I've come to love every aspect of it. My lifetime goals are to save the wild Salmon, Steelhead and Trout of the entire northwest area of British Columbia and establish a "Quality" sport fishing guiding industry. These are lofty goals but I will strive every day to achieve them. They are "my life long calling". I have been married for 39 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. I am the owner of Noel Gyger - Weekly Fishing Report and Guided Fishing Adventures of 4012 Best Street, Terrace, BC Canada V8G 5R8 Tel/Fax (250) 635-2568 Cell (250) 631-2678 E-mail Website I started fishing the Terrace area in the 1970's. On May 24, 1983 I assisted my friend to land an 83-pound Chinook on the Kalum River. It was the river record. That experience changed my life and I started into the fish guiding industry and began exploring and fishing rivers by jet boat. I pioneered drift boats on the Kalum and Kitimat Rivers and taught many folks how to row them. I've owned a fishing lodge and guide business (Northwest Fishing Guides & Lodge) along with my wife from 1986 to 2001 when we sold it and retired but my love for the industry is just too great and after five years - I am back.

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