Friday, August 31, 2012

Open Week on the Bulkley River BC

I got the word recently from BC Steelhead guide Andre Laporte that he has an open week this fall on the Bulkley River. Andre has been guiding the Bulkley River for over 20 years and is also well known for tying the famous Bulkley Mouse dry fly. He is one of the best guides in the valley and knows how to find fish in low or high water, and everything in between. 

The week is 6 days of fishing from September 30th through October 5th. This is an absolutely prime week of Steelhead fishing on the Bulkley. Water temps are typically in the low - mid 50s, making all swung fly presentations -- including skated dry flies -- very effective. Andre specializes in fishing the remote canyon stretches of the Bulkley that receive very little pressure. The fish counts on the Skeena river are looking exceptional this year and good number of steelhead are already being caught in the Bulkley. Fishing should be fantastic by late September!

The cost of the trip is normally $3300 per person for the week, but is being offered at $2900 per person and there are 2 spaces available.

This includes:
6 days of guided Steelhead fishing on the world famous Bulkley River
number of hours at clients discretion
(typically 10 hour days, 7:30am to 5:30pm)
Ground transportation to and from the Smithers airport
Ground transportation around Smithers for supplies and incidental items
Ground transportation to and from your hotel to the river for each day of fishing
Fishing from a new & modern Wooldridge jet boat
Spey casting instruction if requested
Shore lunch on the river each day
home made soups
fresh sandwiches
fruit & snacks
Souvenir digital photographs

Addition items that are not included:
Fishing License, Steelhead Stamp and Classified Permits
Ground or air transportation to Smithers
air transportation available through Air Canada
Hotel accommodations
Recommended accommodations:
Hudson's Bay Lodge
Storks Nest Inn
Morning and evening meals

If you are interested in this rare opportunity, please contact me via email at

To help sweeten the deal I will offer a 15% discount on any of my own custom bamboo spey or single hand rods, or custom reels ordered when booking.

The Bulkley is truly an amazing river and Andre is an equally standout guide. If you've ever thought about taking a British Columbia Steelhead trip, I'd strongly encourage you to consider this great deal!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cap and Ring Reel Seats Done

It has taken me a while but I have finally finished a new batch of my cap and ring reel seat hardware.

This should be enough to last a little while...

For more information on the reel seats or to order some visit the website Reel Seats.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sneak Peak!

Here's a sneak peak of a really cool project I am working on with my good friend Shawn Bratt.

Once this reel is finished (which is should be by mid September) I'll post a full write up on the very cool story behind this awesome reel.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo Essay

I just got home last night from an awesome trip to Seattle. I got to watch a good friend get married on a beautiful boat in Puget Sound, spend some time with my sister, and fish for steelhead. All good things.

I spent a few days fishing the Cowlitz river in SW Washington and a few late evenings/ early mornings fishing the Skykomish river north of Seattle. The Skykomish river holds a very special place in my heart as it is the first river I fished for anadromous fish many years ago. While fishing with my good friend Ben Grady, we snapped a few photos. This is a photo essay from the trip. Hope you enjoy.

Back in action!

OK Folks, so I slacked off pretty seriously with the blog. For which I apologize. But I am back at the keyboard and intend to update the blog on a relatively frequent basis.

First off I would like to announce that I have finally gotten off my duff and created a website for my business the Confluence Rod Company. Please stop by and let me know what you think.

The website is far from complete. I still have a great deal of content to add which will happen slowly over the coming weeks.

To kick off the blog, lets start with a video. I'm still very new to this editing business so don't beat me up too bad.

Spey1 from Mark Shamburg on Vimeo.