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Fly fishing for Steelhead on the Copper river

Rivers in Western Canada - Copper River


How to get there

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The Copper is practically just outside Terrace. To get there, there are several options. The most frequently used approach is from Prince George in the East on Highway 16, a.k.a Yellow Head Highway, via Houston, Smithers, New Hazelton to Terrace. Just to give you an idea of the distance: Prince George to Terrace: 500 kms; Vancouver to Prince George: almost 800 kms, or, if you start in Seattle, another 300 kms.

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Another option would be to start from Vancouver Island and take the ferry from Port Hardy via the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert. This is rather costly (ferry), but a beautiful trip in good weather conditions. Finally, you could also fly to Terrace.

nice pool
fast copper water

The Copper is definitely one of the most beautiful and most promising rivers. I must admit I have never fished the lower parts of the Copper so far. I usually start fishing upstream about 35 kms above the junction of the Copper into the Skeena. Up there, the Copper is clear most of the time. On the Copper, I have succeeded in taking steelhead casting dry flies upstream.

 Copper Steelhead
good copper steelhead

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Finally, let me mention that fishing the Copper as described above takes you about 40 kms away from the highway. If anything goes wrong with your car, you may have to wait several days for help. In 2013 I had two tires blow out on me which is no fun if you just have one spare. It would be a good idea to inform your landlord or a flyshop on what you are planning, and by when you expect to be back. Don't forget to always inform them of your return - otherwise you might be the object of a big, and possibly costly, search.

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Fabisch fly fishing english

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  • 90542 Eckental / Germany
  • Phone 011 49 9126 288640
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