What to Bring for the Bulkley

Fishing on the Bulkley

COME PREPARED! Fishing in September and October on the Bulkley River can be a mixed blessing. The weather can vary from early season summer-like weather to snow storms in October with temperature ranges from 70 degrees F. to 32 degrees F. The water temperature will fall from an early season high near 56 degrees to as low as 36 to 38 degrees F. No two years are the same, so it is necessary to… be prepared!

The following is a list of necessities to bring for steelhead fishing on the Bulkley

  • Polypropylene underwear… several layers
  • Liner socks… polypropylene recommended. These thin socks, made of the same material as your underwear, can make a real difference in keeping your feet warm. Plus they don’t take up a lot of room in your waders.
  • Wool socks… several pairs
  • Polar fleece pants and jackets (wind resistant is good!)
  • Rain jacket with hood
  • Hat with brim and wool hat as well
  • Gloves… several pairs: wool, liners, etc.
  • Extra clothing… to carry in the boat
  • Camera with extra film or digital cards
  • Polaroid sunglasses!
  • Waders… that don’t leak yet …and a repair kit
  • Cleats are not necessary… they also wreak havoc with the floors of the boats! Good felt is necessary. The newer style of wading boot without felt is not good for wading on the Bulkley.
  • Wading boots with good felt soles… don’t even come without felt soles!
  • Wading staff with lanyard
  • Wading belt… it can save your life! This is not a placid trout stream. A wading belt can also be the difference between getting totally wet and staying somewhat dry if you lose your footing, trip and take a dunking!

While the dry fly fishing on the Bulkley can be fantastic, sometimes river and weather conditions are not suitable for dry fly fishing. When that happens, the angler and guides must be prepared to fish with sunk wet fly, nymph, etc.

Fishing Tackle…

  • Rods… single- or double-handed rods in line weights from #8 to #11.
  • Reels and lines to match your rods.
  • Lines to get the most out of your time on the water.
  • Bring a floating line for dry fly… the line that we recommend for single-handed rods is the Scientific Anglers Steelhead line… a dream to cast and mend!
  • For speyfishing, bring some lines from Rio or Air Flo… there are lots of good lines and try them until you find the ones that work for you and your rod. Skagit lines are very popular and easy to cast.
  • There are lots of newer lines for double-handed rods on the market, but make sure that you have tried a brand new line before you come or bring several different kinds with you. The line companies also sell sink tips in different sink rates that you can loop onto your spey lines if you don’t make your own. Check them out!
  • Bring some sink tips for your lines in two different sink rates such as Type 3 and Type 6. We have also been using Type 8 sink rate heads. Depending where you fish and the water conditions, the Type 6 may be hooking on the bottom or the Type 3 isn’t getting down there.  T-8 and T-11 are also very popular.
  • While you can fish a sunk fly on the dry line, a sink tip is often a necessity in order to get the fly down to the fish. Be prepared!
  • Flies… bring your favorite dry flies and wet flies …ask us if you need some advice on patterns to bring!

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