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Smoke from forest fires were thick and unfriendly. Due to fires, my friends Terry & Jerry Myers had been evacuated from their Idaho mountain ranch home. Terry spoke to me about a long time desire to fish the Bulkley river in British Columbia, Canada. She asked if I would be interested in going along on this adventure she dubbed “the need to breathe tour”.  A road trip with a fun friend to Canada? Yes could not slip out of my lips fast enough. We packed up their truck with a pop up camper and navigating north to our destination of Smithers, Canada.©ilonaView of the Main Salmon River as we left. This was one of the better air quality days.©ilona-sbc4A stop along the 3 parks of Jasper, Banff and Mount Robson. This is an amazing drive.©ilona-sbc17 ©ilona-sbc5The Ancient Forest trail near McBride, B.C. The scent, along with the stretch of our legs in this green cedar forest is well worth the stop.©ilona-sbc3Lit up by the sun, wet power lines from a passing storm along the Yellowhead HYW 16.©ilona-sbc10Morning fog along the Bulkey River.©ilona-sbc11 ©ilona-sbc9©ilona-sbc25An early morning scenic flight out of Tyhee Lake with Alpine Lakes Air, Telkwa BC.©ilona-sbc2View from the Bulkley river. Smithers lies just below the mountain.©ilona-sbc24©ilona-sbc14Jerry flew into Smithers and joined us. He is no slouch in his fishing skills, as seen here by one of his catches.©ilona-sbc23The path to a trusted hole.©ilona-sbc©ilona-sbc26©ilona-sbc1Terry is an amazing fisher woman, frankly she is a fishing stud. I have had long time fishermen tell me they are envious of her skills. Terry charmed at her favorite store in Smithers, Oscars Sports. We learned about flies, rods and the coveted fishing spots. I think they offered her a job, truth be told she would have worked there for free!©ilona-sbc18On to the Skeena river, wide with large cobble rock bars.©ilona-sbc15Praying, ahem, I mean adding the perfect fly to their spey rods.©ilona-sbc19©ilona-sbc6©ilona-sbc22The old totem poles near Hazelton and Kispiox are worth a look.©ilona-sbc21Leaving Smithers. We will be back!©ilona-sbc20