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Spring is an antsy time of year for us in the Bulkley Valley.  After a pretty small snow pack year the spring is really dragging on.  The ice on the river is just letting go and the fish are counting the days until they can finally spawn and try to get the hell out of here. 

We take the next two months to stay on top of equipment maintenance.  All our boats are off to the shop, camps...

Fishing guides are certainly a breed of there own. Here are a few kinds you will run into.  

Alaskan short termer- these guys just want to see Alaska and come up green as can be. They maybe last 2 seasons before setting into a “real job” back home.

Trout Bums- These guys are lifers in the guiding world and usually end up in Montana, Alaska, and at some point Chile in the winters...

With some late cancelations we had some work to do last month but as of last week the 2013 season is 100% full capacity.  Congratulations to everyone who got a space whether you are doing a day trip with Ray MaKowichuk, fishing the canyon, or joining us at the lodge.  

With Steelhead season in our sights the excitement level is starting to build.  Right now in the Skeena system and...

Low and behold, after 2 seasons of flood level fishing, the Bulkley River has been blessed by the grace of God a low water year. How does that translate to fishing you ask? it has been incredible. Fishing low water has been pure joy for our guide team. To see runs that we haven’t been able to fish since 2010 has been exciting, exhilarating, and very productive.

Fishing in low water is...

There are many great trout fisheries in BC based on salmon including the renowned Chilko and Stellako fisheries.  However in the Bulkley Valley we are blessed with the Rainbow Alley fishery located on Babine Lake, only an hour away from the town of Smithers (when roads are good).  It is a small river in between Babine Lake, and Nilkitwa Lake and is actually considered to be the upper Babine...

The history of fly fishing on the the Bulkley and Morice rivers comes down to three legendary men, who each pioneered a section of the most productive steelhead waters on the west coast. The Miami heat have there big 3 with Lebron, Wade and Bosh, and the Bulkley Valley has our big 3 with Schadrech, Britton, and Makowichuk. The Bulkleys big 3 had many challenges to overcome to to create a week...

Right now the world of spey fishing is advancing at an extremely fast pace. The market is being flooded with new rods, and new lines some of which are ringing very high on the price tag side of things. $1000 spey rods are becoming something that we don’t even flinch at anymore. Does that mean that your old spey rod is pretty much completely outdated now? Yes, it pretty much does. Just like...

It's the middle of Nov, I'm sitting at my computer on a Tues morning and it's a beautiful, sunny day in the mid 40 degree range. The Bulkley River and many other steelhead rivers are low and clear yet most fishermen are wearing another hat these days, rod and reel retired to dark closets and cold attics. But, the fish haven't "retired" or "hibernated."

They're still there wondering...

The steelhead season is upon us and Frontier Farwest is scrambling to get everything in order for our first week of clients. Although no one likes the preseason scramble, in most cases its inevitable. Our new lodge is near completion and is going to be a pleasure to operate out of.

We think we have thought of everything but as any entrepreneur knows, things tend to pop us very quickly...

Due to a very long winter, and extremely late spring we were left with less that adequate water conditions thus far in our fishing season. This turned our attention to find other things to do than fishing. Somewhat of a daunting task considering our appetite for fly fishing. However, left with little choice we tried.

Someone told us that our new lodge on the Morice River was smack in...

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