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.View of the Main Salmon River as we left. This was one of the better air quality days.A stop along the 3 parks of Jasper, Banff and Mount Robson. This is an amazing drive. The 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.Lit up by the sun, wet power lines from a passing storm along the Yellowhead HYW 16.Morning fog along the Bulkey River. An early morning scenic flight out of Tyhee Lake with Alpine Lakes Air, Telkwa BC.View from the Bulkley river. Smithers lies just below the mountain.Jerry flew into Smithers and joined us. He is no slouch in his fishing skills, as seen here by one of his catches.The path to a trusted hole.Terry 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!On to the Skeena river, wide with large cobble rock bars.Praying, ahem, I mean adding the perfect fly to their spey rods.The old totem poles near Hazelton and Kispiox are worth a look.Leaving Smithers. We will be back!