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As good as it gets – Lower Skeena Valley / Fall 2016

November 26th, 2015 - steffen


2 available rods 3 – 10 September

Looking for the quintessential British Columbia angling experience? If so, this is your great chance. You will fish a number of wild rivers, including the remote and intimate upper Copper, a true steelhead Mecca. We’ll swing wet flies and, with favorable conditions, fish dries. Fall-run Skeena steelhead are free-rising and will readily pounce on a waking fly — undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills in flyfishing. This adventure also features the exciting opportunity to fish select lower Skeena streams. And – depending on flows, the scenic Kasiks, Exchamsiks and Exstew.

First class accommodations/ lodge environment at Pioneer Fishing Lodge

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Skeena River Summer Camp – Some of the cheapest fishing on the Skeena Best

November 23rd, 2015 - steffen


A unique opportunity: fish the Skeena from sunup to sundown for the biggest Salmon and Steelhead on the planet. Simply put, British Columbia’s Skeena River is a superfish superhighway — a thoroughfare for the largest Salmon & Steelhead in the world. In summer and fall the lower main channel Skeena hosts vast numbers of migrating Chinook, Steelhead Coho, Sockeye, Chums and Pinks headed for numerous upriver tributaries. To take full advantage of this prolific fishery and offer a high-quality, high-value fishing adventure – for both novice and seasoned anglers alike – Salmon Junkies offers an on-river Skeena Camp Package in 2015.

Why the Skeena Summer Camp?

Because you can hook into and sometimes land big, bright fish like this.  Jeff Bright bested this 18 lb buck after a long, dogged fight that took him well into the backing.  Strong rods, heavy gauge hooks and tippets down to 20 or even 25 lbs are common tools required to land these fish.

Coho salmon – an incredible game fish in their own right – start to show up frequently on the Skeena in late July/early August.  Aggressive, high flying and acrobatic, these fish average 8 to 15 lbs and often fight so hard they’re mistaken for Steelhead.

If there’s one thing that may have jumped out at you by looking at these photos, it’s likely the brightness of the fish.  That’s because they’re arguably some of the freshest, strongest Salmon and Steelhead you’ll ever encounter – anywhere!  Fish with sea lice are a daily occurrence, so you know these fish aren’t far from the salt.  And, they act accordingly

Detailed description of the program:

Salmon and Steelhead fishing on the Lower Skeena is unparalleled. Renowned rivers such as the Babine, Kispiox, Sustut, Bulkley, Morice, Copper and Kalum enter the Skeena above our camp and all fish bound for these rivers must pass directly in front of us before reaching their spawning grounds. Only a day or two out of the ocean, at the peak of their size, strength and beauty, these are among the biggest and most aggressive Salmon and Steelhead on Earth. To hook one of these fish on the fly in the broad Lower Skeena is to touch the heart of the wilderness — an experience not to be forgotten!

A comfortable camp amidst 
spectacular scenery

The scenery at our Skeena Camp is nothing short of spectacular: soaring, snow-capped mountains, a large wild river, numerous waterfalls and abundant wildlife are your backdrop as you cast for the Skeena’s legendary wild Salmon and Steelhead.

The camp consists of single and two-person sleeping tents with cots and pads, communal dining and gear tents, privy and propane-heated water with shower tent. Aside from personal items and fishing gear, guests need only bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and towel. Guided fishing is from 8am–5pm; hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining tent. The gear tent is also equipped with a propane heater to dry off wet clothing or chase the chill.


Guests will stay at the on-river Skeena camp for the duration of their stay.  On arrival, our staff will pick clients up at the airport, stop in the town of Terrace to pick up any supplies, then transport clients to the river, where camp staff will be waiting to receive them.  After an orientation in camp, guests are welcome to string their rods together and fish for the remainder of the day.  Guests will stay at the camp until the morning of their departure day (no fishing on departure day), and we will coordinate to pick up guests off the river and transport them to the airport.

Note: pick up from the Terrace, BC airport is at 3 pm on arrival days for transfer to the camp, so guest flights should arrive in the afternoon, prior to 3 pm.  On departure day, guests will leave the camp just after breakfast at approximately 8 am, so flights departing Terrace, BC between 10:30 am and 12 noon are recommended.

A sample day in camp would be as follows:

BEFORE 7:00 AM: If guests are early risers they can fish before breakfast. This will be unguided fishing.

7:00 AM Breakfast is served; consisting of eggs, bacon, ham, pancakes, french toast, fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, fruit juice, etc.

8:00 AM: Guided fishing begins.

12:00 PM: Lunch is served; consisting of soup, cold sandwiches, hamburgers, smokies, salads, cold and

hot beverages, etc.

5:00 PM: Guided fishing ends.

6:00 PM: Dinner is served; consisting of home-style main courses such as stew, ham, steak along with vegetables and potatoes or rice. There will also be salads, desert and hot and cold beverages.

AFTER 6:00 PM: If guests wish to fish they may do so. Guides will not be held responsible for looking after evening anglers.

10:00 PM: We recommend that guests turn in for the evening. If guests wish to stay up later we ask they be as quiet as possible so as not to prevent others from sleeping.

Target rivers include: Mainstem Skeena exclusively, in and around the Skeena Camp location.

River access:  Jet boat.

Accommodations: Tentet camp located on strategic hot spot on the skeena river

Weekly package: for SJ guests, a standard 6 day/7 nights package, from Saturday to Saturday

Don’t miss your opportunity to join in on some of the best fishing available on the Skeena in 2016!

If you have questions about the Skeena Camp or want to join us for the fishing adventure of a lifetime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Steffen Juhl


November 20th, 2015 - steffen


There is a mind-boggling array of fly lines on the market – all with different names; “Spey”, “Skagit”, “Scandinavian”, for example. Knowing which one to choose for the two-handed spey rod you have is very bewildering. We are will try to make it all a little easier to understand with this small information.


A good rule of thumb with all types of spey lines is that the shorter the head length, the easier they are to cast. Use your rod length as an indication of “easy”. A spey line that has a head 3 times longer than the rod is easier to cast (for example a 12 ft rod with 36 ft head length) than a line with a head that is 5 or 6 times longer than the rod. Another advantage with shorter head length lines is that you can use them in much more restricted spaces than longer head lines. A long head spey line is more difficult to cast, and needs more space behind the caster, however they are more efficient at fishing (spending less time stripping in line between casts) and are a delight to use (when a caster is good enough).

There are three different types of lines that you will hear talk about: “Spey”, “Scandinavian” (usually abbreviated to “Scandi”) and Skagit”. Each of these has an advantage over the others in certain situations. If you know what the advantages of each of these groups are, you can choose the type of line you need much more effectively.


In the old days anglers used heavy double tapers to cast the long two handed spey rods. However these are not the best line for producing easy casts, so spey lines started to get developed. Spey lines are usually lines that have a fairly long head length – something in excess of 50 ft, and usually with an integrated running line. There are many different types of spey lines; Short belly lines, mid belly lines and long belly lines, and the aforementioned document “Understanding Spey Lines” covers the differences in more detail.

The advantage a Spey line has over the Scandinavian and Skagit type lines is versatility. Spey lines are a good choice for anglers that are going to fish in multiple destinations, for a variety of species and in all seasons.


As the name suggests, Scandinavian style heads originated in Scandinavia. They are usually shooting heads with long front tapers, and they are very pleasant to cast. The heads are short and usually no longer than three times the length of the rod, thus they are much easier to cast than Spey lines, and very good for smaller rivers and tight casting situations. The main disadvantages with this type of head is that they don’t cast heavy flies and fast sinking tips well, and that there is a lot of fishing time wasted at the end of each cast stripping the line back (if you make along cast!).


Skagit lines/heads are short and heavy – even shorter than Scandinavian lines in most cases; working on a ratio of less than three times the rod length. Skagit lines do need a front tip added (whether floating or sinking) before they are ready to fish. They are the newest design of spey line on the market and the strength of Skagit lines is that they lift weight very easily. Anyone fishing large or heavy flies will find nothing casts these easier than a Skagit line. Likewise, a fast sinking tip is far easier to cast on the end of a Skagit line than either of the other two types. Also, as Skagit heads are so short, they are the easiest of all spey line designs to cast, and certainly the best for the tightest of back casting spaces.

The disadvantage with Skagit lines is that they don’t have the same kind of presentation as the other two types, and tend to be clunkier when they land. Because they are so short, they also have a lot of stripping in after each cast has fished out.

The first part of choosing a spey line is always going to be choosing the best taper for the situation you are fishing. Many casters prefer shooting head options so they can interchange between Scandinavian and Skagit heads as they fish different seasons or species, and only need a single reel and a shooting line to do this.

Grand Varzuga 2016 – A true paradise

November 18th, 2015 - steffen


Join us to rewarding and famous Varzuga River – one of the most prolific and exciting salmon rivers in the world. Salmon Junkies has an exclusive long-term lease on more than 30 km of the most attractive and enjoyable salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula. This charming section of river gives access to the most prestigious and remote part of Varzuga, from the Yzia tributary down to the junction with Pana River = 30 Km of fast rapids sections and kilometres of prime fly water for only 10 rods weekly

The Grand Varzuga camp accommodates up to 10 guests in single rooms over five cabins. There is a central shower and washing block, plus a cosy centrally placed dinning house with a veranda overlooking the river.

Grand Varzuga is located about 15 km upstream of the Pana tributary. Here the river is medium sized at 30 to 65 metres wide with kilometres of fast runs and awesome fly water. The biggest Varzuga salmon are actually ‘designed’ to reach this very remote part of the river.

The Grand Varzuga beat is so remote you will feel you have finally come to ‘Salmon heaven’! Close to the camp there is plenty of good fly fishing water.

Join Salmon Junkies on our Grand Varzuga program and you could learn more about Atlantic salmon fishing in one week than you will in a lifetime of fishing Norwegian or Scottish rivers. Average catch per rod 23 – 27 Salmon per rod.

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Grand Varzuga travel itinerary: This is how you will spend your week in Grand Varzuga

  • Sunday/Day 1: Pick up service at your Hotel in Murmansk at 12.00 a.m. Following a 2 hour bus journey to Kirovsk airport, you will take a 50 minute helicopter flight to Grand Varzuga. Sunday evening fishing will take place 1–4 km upstream from the camp under a schedule directed by the camp manager.
  • Monday/Day 2:Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Tuesday/Day 3: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Wednesday/Day 4: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Thursday/Day 5: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Friday/Day 6: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Saturday/Day 7: Salmon fishing – Grand Varzuga
  • Sunday/Day 8: Return to Murmansk via Kirovsk Airport, arriving Murmansk in the afternoon.

Available rods for 2016

22/5 – 29/5 – 2 open rods

12/6 – 19/6 – 2 open rods

We feel confident that our Grand Varzuga program represents some of the most interesting AND cheapest salmon fishing on the Kola Peninsula.

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Best Spring Steelhead and Chinook Program on the Planet

November 16th, 2015 - steffen

Chinook 117

We are now opening bookings for our spring Steelhead and Chinook program 2016, where we will be chasing the largest and meanest Steelhead and Chinook in the world.

We are very excited to announce that for 2016 we have secured full exclusivity for the European market. That means you will now be able to fish Skeena mainstem and select tributaries in a full 6 day package in the company of some of the best and most hardcore Canadian Steelhead and Chinook guides available.

Skeena: super-sized steelhead and world record Chinook

Skeena. It is a powerful and evocative word. To the indigenous peoples of British Columbia’s north coast region it is the “River of Mists.” To fly fishers around the globe it is a dream destination offering nearly boundless opportunities to pursue what are among the largest sea-run fish on the planet. In Skeena country early spring typically offers the year’s most dependable conditions for tempting Steelhead with a fly. During late March and early April, as winter gives way to spring, precipitation falls as snow on the ridges and the rivers remain at winter height; flowing low and green in the valley bottoms and warming slowly with each lengthening day. The conditions are perfect for swinging big swimming flies on sinking tip lines and triggering the natural aggression of the Skeena’s legendary super-sized Steelhead.

Fly fishing for Chinooks is a full on activity and not for the fainthearted, but for fly fishers after the juiciest kicks in fresh water there is not much else to top it. It should be on the CV of every Salmon Junkie. We will target the Kitimat, Copper, Kalum and Skeena rivers, depending on conditions. Skeena region Chinook average 20 to 40 pounds and range up to 80 pounds — and perhaps beyond. The Skeena’s biggest have been known to reach 100 pounds!

What to expect? Chinook. Why not watch our small movie and judge for yourself?

Many people believe that the Skeena watershed is easily accessible with easy-going fishing, but that is not the case if you want to get to the fish. Many of the best rivers and spots are more or less impossible to access without a guide, and the only way to get there is by power full jet boat and local knowledge. Some of the most attractive rivers are licensed with limited access for only a small number of people. Salmon Junkies has access to all classified water plus well-selected numbers of coastal rivers. Skeena has become quite a popular destination, even more so after we launched our short movie, but to fish it requires extremely talented guides who can manoeuvre and pick the right spots for any given time or situation. We dare to say that we have the best team of Steelhead guides and they are willing to share their deepest secrets by leading you to the fish.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join in on some of the best fishing available on the Skeena in 2016!   If you have questions about some of our Skeena Programs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Steffen Juhl

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