Exploring the unspoiled rivers of the Queen Charlotte Islands is like stepping into a fishermans fantasy. As we wandered through the mossy green rainforest we felt as though we were in a fairy tale ourselves. The giant hemlocks had such life and personality they seemed alive. Dense spruce and cedar groves breathed as we passed through. Eventually we were swallowed into a world where anything seemed possible. Our west coast fairy tale had begun. We are here in pursuit of giant, chrome, wild steelhead.
The Queen Charlotte Islands truly represents the passion for steelhead that many speak of. Its remote rugged landscape, and unique ancient forests put you into the perfect mindset to cast a fly to natures most covenant freshwater fish. This is the Canadian Galapagos. Its rivers are small and teaming with Steelhead, salmon, and cutthroat trout.
We are starting our trip by fishing the Tlell, and Yakoun Rivers which are both on the larger Graham Island. These are true wilderness streams that cut through a dense canopy of spruce trees some of which are over 700 years old. There are no established trails or boat launches to the rivers, just logging roads that sometimes come close.
The steelhead in the Yakoun can be as big as any other watershed in B.C. In fact over 35 percent of all adult steelhead returning to the Yakoun are three-salt fish, and 30 percent are 4-salts. That means over half the adult population of steelhead returning to the Yakoun are 3- and 4-years-old. This equates to a great potential for large fish.
We have pursued sea trout from the southern tip of Tierra Del Fuego, to the south west corner of Alaska’s tundra, all the way to the undiscovered rivers of Kamchaka. We have never found a more spectacular fishery as is found in the rainforests of the Queen Charlotte Islands. We will be fishing here for the next 2 weeks so stay tuned as we will keep you updated on our adventures.