Ski Northern BC this Winter
For a dusting of powder and charm.
@adriennecomeau, a fly fishing guide, photographer and instructor for Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness and Lodge in Northern BC, shares her favourite fly fishing scenes from the north.
“Late afternoon gold as the late afternoon sun and mist rising off the water combine for spectacular light. Skeena means “river of mists” and the river certainly lives up to its name year round.”
“Winter fishing in Haida Gwaii during a snowstorm is incredibly beautiful but also dangerous. The snow is wet and heavy, causing branches to break and trees to come crashing into the river.”
“A typical rainstorm in Northern BC. Winter steelhead anglers need to be prepared to get wet. Good waterproof jackets and lightweight layers are essential for spending all day in the rain.”
“Skeena Spey guide Justin Berry fighting a chrome winter steelhead on a Skeena tributary. After a long season winter is the time for local guides to get out on the water and fish for themselves.”
“A gorgeous late fall sunset on the water. The solitude and tranquility of fly fishing in the off season in Northern BC is that much more enhanced when the rain or snow lets up and light like this finishes off the day.”
“Every different bend in the river offers new perspectives of the stunning mountains. Fly fishing such big water can feel overwhelming, but the structure of the river is ideal for it. Fish tend to stay close to shore in softer currents, and are well within range.”
“Lizzie Niska with a perfect example of a chrome Skeena steelhead. Every year anglers from all over the world travel to the Skeena and its tributaries in search of these magnificent creatures.”
“The smaller coastal streams in Northern BC offer a more intimate experience. With steeper gradient, these streams are nestled deep in valleys and canyons and require some effort to access.”
Adrienne is a BC born and raised photographer, guide and hostess for Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge, a fly fishing outfitter in Terrace, BC dedicated to spey casting for steelhead and chinook salmon. She has been fly fishing for fifteen years and working in the fly fishing industry for over ten of those years as a fly shop bum and guide, as well as a casting and fly tying instructor. In addition to having her photography published in a number of fly fishing magazines and catalogues, Adrienne has also had several articles in print and appeared in several shows. Her passion lies with spey casting for steelhead, but she is happy to cast at anything willing to eat a fly. She is on the pro-staff teams for G.Loomis Canada, Hatch Outdoors and Pistil Designs, and is a Grassroots Ambassador for Eddie Bauer.
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