You would think that after a long season in Alaska [at a fishing lodge] the last thing on my mind would be ‘to go fishing’? However, my love of fishing never seems to end after a great summer of catching plenty of Salmon and Trout.

Returning to my Seattle area home in mid September plans were immediately made to join an old friend in British Columbia to fish some of the famous Steelhead streams on the west coast. Greg Smith had invited me to come up and spend a few days fishing the Skeena River and some of it’s tributaries.

With ‘spey-rod’ in hand off I went flying into Terrence, B.C. We based out of the B&B run by Bob Clay, a famous Steelhead fisherman and maker of fine Bamboo Spey fly Rods.

There is just something about a Summer Steelhead that ranks as high on my fish list as any fish that swims in the ocean or rivers of North America. I had the opportunity to fish a day on the Skeena and a day on the Kispiox, then two days on the Buckley. It was a little cold for mid October, but below is a sample of the rewards. It won’t be the last time I fish B.C. In the Fall.

Dale with a pretty hen Steelhead

Dale with a pretty hen Steelhead

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