This year I spent my first week in Terrace learning something new, spey or two handed fly casting. Learning something new can always be frustrating but when it all comes together it can be very rewarding. I somewhat taught myself how to do the “Snap T” and the reverse “Snap T”. Maybe look it up on you tube if your curious because what I do is not the right way. I was casting a 14ft 6inch 9 wt rod with matching reel. Some say a size bigger than your rod in the reel is good. Bigger reel: more line and the skagit shooting heads are huge diameter. The 9 wt was a little over kill for steelhead but I will down size my rod later when I get the hang of it and maybe go a little shorter in length. Maybe I will try a 12 foot rod in an 8 wt; I tried one of these and it was truly a dream to cast. We were trying out the Skagit Mow tips; you can get these in a variety of different sink rates and tip lengths. They worked pretty good in the smaller rivers but for the big rivers a long section of just T14 (10-15ft) is what it took to drag the line down to where the steelies are (bottom). All the lines we used were made by RIO; my favorite fly lines on the Spey and Single hand setups.
We mostly fished the Kitamat river and another river in the area. Hooking fish in both rivers and landing one . We also spent sometime on the Kalum River where we were camping but only got one grab which was probably an early spring because I never saw it. It ripped me out to my backing and just kept going! The flies that worked for me were a huge Purple Intruder and a huge Black n Blue Intruder. This is about all I know about this style of fishing for now, more to come in the future.