The Queen Charlottes islands.
The Queen Charlotte Islands are accessed by ferry from Prince Rupert to the Skidegate Landing Ferry Terminal on Graham Island, by air from Vancouver to Sandspit on Moresby Island (770 km), and by air from Prince Rupert to Sandspit. Other commercial air services (including float planes and helicopters) are available at Sandspit, Queen Charlotte City and Masset. A 20-minute ferry ride connects Graham and Moresby Islands which was our first destination to the Copper river.
The Copper is situated 30 minutes south of Sandspit, and is easily accessible by car on most its length. The upper part opens May 1st for trout.
This first river on my journey was a dream come true: steelhead hooked but lost and dozens of cuttroath trout and rainbows not even after half a day of fishing!!!! The upper part of this small size stream is a trout heaven, lots of logs and jams for hiding places, and fish jumping out of the water for a fry pattern. The depth ranges from 3 to 7 feet deep. Small gradient. Dry flies definitely an option.
MORESBY CAMP/ PALLANT CREEK
After an amazing day on the Copper, we kept driving towards the end of the road to Moresby camp. This camp is an old logging operation that now is getting a make over into a beautiful campsite. Popular spot for trolling salmon, Cumshewa inlet is the gateway to the southern part of the island only accessible by boat.
This small size stream is the only crystal clear river on the island, it supports a healty population of trout manily after May 1st when the water comes up . Fed by Mosquito lake, there is a canyon in the last kilometer that is very difficult to walk around.The upper part is heaven tough harder access at spots.
Shady Grove Creek
The most mystical place I have ever been !!! Only accessible by a 20 km boat ride, this mountainous Island is home to an ancient Haida village, and one of the largest displays of totem poles in these mystical islands. There is also an old cemetery dated from 1880 which is a reminder of how quickly diseases could exterminate a whole population back in those days.Fishing was good for cuttroaths .A few big bites made me wonder if Steelhead were close to the tidal water still after late April..signs of seals at high tide in the river confirmed that idea.There is a road following the river for about 2 kms which makes the access a little easier.
The Hiellen is located in the north part of the island and as far as the road can take you on the island. Near an area called tow hill, this small but rocky stream supports a healthy population of dollie Varden and cutties.
This medium sized, low gradient river flows on the east side of the island and is a big drainage where 4 creeks flows into.
Easily accessible by a trail network called Anvil trail that is about 2-3 hours to do the whole tour. A perfect way to spend a full day walk and wade.Lots of cuttroaths and rainbows on dries or fry pattern, this river has awesome for steelhead as well in the late winter / early spring.
By far the biggest stream on the island, the Yakoun starts at Yakoun lake and flows for about 40 kms. Best steelhead fishing known in the Northwest, the Yakoun is loaded with huge cuttroath up to 5 lbs that are very aggressive and provides many days with 15+ fish landed.
The upper part opens after April 30th and is loaded with fish eager to eat anything either at the surface or just below the surface. Perfect stream to drift with a raft for a full day expedition. Upper river possible for half day trips from Queen Charlotte city.