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BULKLEY RIVER

Michael Brackenhofer

Frontier Farwests newest addition : Michael Brackenhofer, born 24.May, 1965 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Michael comes to us after guiding many years at Bell 2 lodge on the Bell Irving. He has extensive knowledge about all our species of fish here in BC.  He has fished the river systems of the Thompson, Fraser, Chilko, Skeena, Nass and Stikine watershed.

Michael became hooked on ocean going fish in 1994. He had traveled to Norway interested to learn how to fish for Atlantic salmon. Armed with single hand rods and a newly purchased 14 foot spey rod, which he had no idea how to cast, his work was cut out for him. His first attempts at spey casting came on the well known Gaula River. It was here he met a Scottish Gillie that mentored Michael, and taught him not only to cast but the methodology behind anadromous fish. It was after countless hours of work he finally hooked one of the great salmon there and from then on was hooked on chasing silver. He spends most of his time specializing in British Columbia salmon fishing; ever since he caught his first salmon.

Michael has guided nine years of the best British Columbia salmon fishing for steelhead on the Bulkley, Morice, the Bell Irving, Upper Nass and Stikine tributaries utilizing everything from jet boats, rafts, drift boats and helicopter. Michael doesn't just think out of the box, he rips the box up and ties steelhead flies out of it. He looks at a river one square foot at a time and is very methodical about his approach to learning water. After time spent on a section of water while British Columbia salmon fishing, Michael can tell you every detail of depth, speed, structure and can very accurately employ the best strategy to hook steelhead consistently.