Go Active Fishing has teamed up with a number of different Lodges in West Canada to offer our clients the best opportunities to catch steelhead on fly. The guiding team which we have chosen are very experienced and we have a policy of one guide to two guests to ensure your trip is memorable.
The locations and times that we have chosen reflect when runs of fish are at their best. It is essential that you are on the water when the fish are running so we arrange your travel to maximise your catch results.
We will be using the following lodges for your enjoyment depending on the time of year and optimum times for fresh running fish. We offer exceptional fishing for King, Chum and Steelhead.
This lodge holds valuable rod days specifically on the finest king salmon and steelhead fisheries on the coast. By utilizing base camps (luxury camping), and float planes we have access to 3 major waterways on the coast, each offering extremely productive king salmon and steelhead opportunities.
For the king salmon program, depending on the week, you will fish Douglas channel, Gardner Canal, and or Portland inlet for unique small coastal rivers teaming with King Salmon. Out of our main lodge in Smuthers we also target kings at the mouth of major tributaries on the upper Skeena. This operation is the only guided service offering trips to the upper Skeena for king salmon. The skeena fish move through the lower river quickly but after they make it to Kitwanga the bright fish slow down and hold in picture perfect spey water.
Bulkley Basecamp's niche is bringing you high end trips to unique coastal rivers where you spey ﬁsh for tide fresh chinook in small, intimate rivers. This experience represents the finest king salmon on the fly fishing available anywhere in North America. Get away from the crowds and live riverside in style. The lodge will go to great lengths to put you on the best waters to give you the best opportunity for catching. Bulkley Basecamp holds the best classified rod days for king salmon on the fly in BC. If you love the outdoors and enjoy fishing rivers that you can have all to yourself, inquire about one of our summer camps.
For steelhead Bulkley Basecamp has set up a signature camp on the lower Bulkley strategically placed to access the Skeena, Bulkley canyons, and offer short heli-trips to the Babine river, and extreme upper Skeena. Since every week in the fall runs the risk of a rainstorm - blow out, our guests also have days available on the Morice river. The Morice rarely ever blows out ensuring all our steelheaders get out and fish good water day in and day out. If you appreciate long days on the river, incredible camp water, exclusive rivers and the best variety steelhead package in BC you will want to hit this camp for a week.
Frontier Farwest Lodge
Frontier Farwest lodge has become one of the premiere destinations for steelhead in the world. Luxury meets rustic as you fish your way through 150 miles of named runs. The lodge boasts a brand new post and beam facility and offers single occupancy cabins to 12 guests a week. If you prefer to get out of the luxury of the main lodge we have two separate steelhead camps in the upper and lower Bulkley canyons. Sturdy wall tents on prime water puts you in the centre of the best water available on the Bulkley river. Fish from dawn till dusk and target aggressive, fresh, chrome steelhead as they negotiate the class 4 rapids of the canyons. Over a week's stay you will also have the opportunity to fish the Upper Morice river famous for its long glassy glides, and Hemingway-esque dry fly water. You can stay two nights at our Morice River Lodge, which has remote jet-boat only access with all the comforts of home. On crystal clear waters, you will find yourself sight casting to a multitude of steelhead. The specialized logistics, and attentions to detail make it effortless to fish through all this incredible water with ease. No other lodge has put more effort into developing a fishing program than Frontier Farwest. Go Active Fishing have many fishing operations around the world, but this one is indeed a very special experience that should not be missed.
Copper Bay Lodge
Located on Haida Gwaii in the northwest coast of British Columbia Copper Bay Lodge is a stand-alone operation offering more steelhead variety and solitude than you will ever find again. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, this beautiful beachfront lodge overlooks the Hecate Strait. The rivers of Haida Gwaii present a challenging, and very interesting scenario for fly fisherman. With its ancient, old growth forests looming overhead you have to put thought into every single cast you make. No matter how experienced of an angler you are, you will leave these islands much improved.
This lodge is slowly building a cult following. Regular visits from Bob Clay, Justin Miller, Jeff Bright, Bill Marts, Tom Derry, Ed Exum and many other Steelhead gurus who have been bitten by the allure of the small streams of Haida Gwaii. Potential for 20 pound plus tide fresh fish in small shallow creeks is enough to keep anyone's spirits high even through the toughest conditions. The great thing about this area is the variety of water available. Some creeks only fish after a lot of rain, while other fish better when the weather is dry. That means no matter what happens you will be fishing amazing water all to yourself.
If you like to get off the grid, and enjoy swinging flies near the ocean, you won't find a better destination to try.
Babine Steelhead Lodge
The Lodge is located in the upper reaches of the Babine River. Situated near many of the most fabled runs and very secluded, it’s the ideal location to target big trophy steelhead. With steelhead averaging over 10 pounds, fish to 20 caught with regularity and the occasional 30+ pounder, this is truly a fly fisherman's paradise.
The Babine is one of those place that conjures up images of wilderness scenery and unspoiled fisheries. Images of steelhead with shoulders like line-backers are common and since the 3M videos of the 80’s, every steelheaders dream has been to reach this magical place.
Babine Steelhead Lodge itself is a little piece of magic. Seated alongside one of the most impressive pieces of camp water in the world, it’s easy to imagine yourself waist deep, swinging a skater in the late afternoon sun while your friends sip a scotch on the porch behind you. At BSL, that’s our reality.
The lodge offers guests gourmet food prepared by our trained chef, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets.
TYEE CAMP: AUG 2018
Targeting the world’s largest king salmon on the fly is a right of passage and a must do experience for any serious spey angler. Our camp is built in the heart of the best fishing on the river allowing you to walk to the best runs right from your very own tent cabin.
We have hand-picked this as the finest river in the world to catch truly giant, trophy, wild king salmon on the fly. There is no other river with fish this big that will readily take a fly. With the purchase of very special and unique rod days on this secret system, we can offer an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else on the west coast.
This is 6 days of fishing and 6 nights. With a very limited number of rod days this trip is only available to 8 anglers a year. You will spend 5 full days at our Tyee River Camp fishing as much as you like each and every day. The 6th day is spent targeting steelhead on the lower section of famed Skeena river as the fish run in daily on the tides. This combination is a spey fisherman’s dream and only available for 2 weeks in every calendar year.
Our camp is made as comfortable as possible, and considering how truly remote it is we know your expectations will be exceeded. Contact us to get on a waiting for next year (this fishery is not to be missed).
HAISLA CAMP JULY 6-26 2018
A remote river valley cuts through the heart of British Columbia’s northern coastal range, offering exceptional opportunities to target King salmon on the fly. Starting as early as June, these fish ascend the river peppered in sea lice and are the cleanest platinum, chrome kings you will ever catch in a river. Every fish is memorable and built with the speed and power to empty reels. These are the wild fish that spey fishermEn dream of.
Our river sits in a temperate valley of cedar, cottonwood, spruce and fir and is hemmed in by snowcapped peaks and hanging glaciers. It runs a clear glacial green through white water, canyons and massive glides. The setting alone is dramatic and the scenery stunning.
The runs are plentiful, pressure is minimal and the wading although deep at times is not difficult. You really couldn’t ask for better water anywhere.
The fishery is a challenging one but the reward is a fish you cant find in this condition anywhere else. Really, truly, everyone of these fish is incredible.
In addition you can expect sea-run bull trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout daily.
Our camp features wall tents for sleeping, heaters, drying tents, solar showers, out houses and epic views are all some of the things you can expect at camp. We always try to make it as comfortable as possible while maintaining a few of those things that add to the feeling of wilderness we all want on these trips.
It is 100 kilometers south west of Smithers BC. The convenient (40 minutes in a float plane) travel time feels like a stones throw from Smithers but the atmosphere couldn’t be further away.
Itinerary July 2018:
Arrive in Smithers on the evening flight the night before your trip begins and we will shuttle you to our luxury lodge for the night.
Day 1: Depart Tyee Lake (Smithers, BC) at 1:30pm (40 min flight) via Float plane landing minutes from our camp where you will be shuttled by boat to King camp. Each guest will get there own luxury tent. fish all day and overnight at camp.
Day 2: Fish a different section of the river and overnighting at camp.
Day 3: Again Fishing the river all day and overnighting at camp
Day 4: Fishing our river all day and overnighting at our luxury camp.
Day 5 : Last day of fishing and last night at camp.
Day 6: After an early breakfast fish hard until 3pm when the flight back to Smithers departs.
Day 7: Depart from Smithers for home on Air Canada
Wild Canada Fishing | Tour Code: CANGAF001
Wild Canada Fishing Prices – Hosted Packages
Prices per person (all excluding flights):
Bulkley Basecamp: GBP 6,319
Frontier Farwest Lodge: GBP 6,899
Copper Bay Lodge: GBP 5,139
Babine Steelhead Lodge: P. O. A.
Tyee Camp August 2018: GBP: P.O.A
Haisla Camp July 2018: GBP: P.O.A
All prices based on two people sharing.
Tour Style: Active – Experience required
Tour Length Bulkley Basecamp: 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing
Tour Length Frontier Farwest Lodge: 9 Days / 8 Nights / 6.5 Days Fishing
Tour Length Copper Bay Lodge: 10 Days / 9 Nights / 8 Days Fishing
Tour Length Babine Steelhead Lodge: Various Options Available
Level of Challenge: Medium / High
Bespoke Options Available.