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Fly fishing for Steelhead on the Copper river

Rivers in Western Canada - Copper River


How to Get to The Copper in BC, Canada

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The Copper River is practically nextdoor to the town of Terrace. There are several ways of getting there. The one used the most by travelers in cars or RVs is the approach from the east. You should, however, be aware of the fact that many dirt roads are just not made to accommodate RVs, no matter how useful these vehicles may be for traveling. On my RV trips to BC we always went up the Copper from Terrace, which gave us the attribute "crazy Germans". Coming from Prince George going westward, you use Highway #16, a.k.a. Yellow Head Highway, and you reach Terrace via Houston, Smithers, and New Hazelton. In numbers: Prince George to Terrace is a ride of 550 km. From Vancouver to Prince George makes 800 km, and if you start out in Seattle, add another 300 km

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Another possibility would be to go via Vancouver Island, using the ferry from Port Hardy through the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert. From there to Terrace is a mere 150 km. Using the ferry, however, is not exactly cheap, especially if you are traveling with an RV. If you´re not in too much of a hurry, going by road is less expensive.

Of course, you can also fly to Terrace. If you are planning on staying only 10 days or less, I would advise you to do so.

nice pool
fast copper water

Fly fishing the Copper river for Steelhead in British Columbia Canada

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The Copper certainly is one of the most beautiful and most promising rivers to flyfish for steelhead in B.C., especially because it is relatively easy to get there. I must admit to never having fished the lower Copper, although it is but 5 km from Terrace. My activities with nymphs and dries commence about 35 km upstream from its junction into the Skeena. Up there, the Copper remains clear most of the time, and best of all: I´ve been able to catch steelhead fishing dry flies upstream dead drift.

 Copper Steelhead
good copper steelhead

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I must turn your attention to the fact that the good spots you can reach by car are 40 km or even more from the next highway. If any part of your vehicle gives in, you may have to wait several days for help. In 2013 two tires blew out on me. Quite a nuisance with only one spare. It is definitely advisable to inform someone (at your motel or fly shop) where you intend to go and when you intend to be back. Also, please report back as soon as you do return. Otherwise you might be in for a few hundred bucks to compensate people for an unnecessary search party.

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