Dec 12th, 2019
Located in the greater Terrace region on the banks of the lower Skeena, Skeena River Lodge is a hardcore fly fishing operation dedicated to the pursuit of BC’s strongest sea-run steelhead and salmon. Owner Jeroen Wohe, originally from Holland, is a highly skilled, passionate professional who has spent years fishing and guiding the waters of BC as well as the trophy Atlantic salmon rivers of Russia’s Kola peninsula.
His main lodge, located 15 minutes upstream of Terrace, caters to four to six anglers depending on the week and represents a great value for serious anglers. During September and October he runs four anglers at the main lodge focusing on the Copper, Skeena and Kalum as well as running four additional anglers out of the Nass Base Camp on the Bell Irving.
For more information please contact Ken or Charles at 800.552.2729
Top reasons to go:
1. A nearly year-round lodge where swing anglers can target large sea-bright fish.
2. Excellent guides and boats.
3. Access to the Skeena, Kalum, Copper and Kitimat.
4. A great value.
5. Some guests can have their own rooms.
6. Fish for spring steelhead, summer kings and fall steelhead.
Where is the lodge?
The lodge is located in the Skeena River valley, approximately 16 miles upstream of Terrace, BC.
How do I get there?
To get to Skeena River Lodge guests will need to arrange flights to Terrace, BC which will require initially flying to Vancouver, BC. The lodge asks that guests book a late afternoon / evening arrival. A lodge representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you 25 minutes to the lodge. A trip to the liquor store is offered on the way.
Do I need a Visa?
Guests do not need a visa but will need a valid passport.
When should I go?
Skeena River Lodge enjoys a long season. Mid-March through the end of April is spring steelhead season. Mid-June through early August is the time to battle large chinook. By mid-August the lodge is targeting summer steelhead and that season continues until the end of October.
Where do they fish?
Depending on the time of year and conditions, guests may fish the Skeena, Kitimat, Copper or Kalum rivers in addition to a few lesser-known systems that shall remain nameless.
Where do we stay?
Guests stay in comfortable single and double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms.
Who is best suited to this destination?
This trip is best suited to anglers that like to fish hard for fresh anadromous fish. Guests will be swinging flies, most often with spey rods, while wading. The spring season requires being able to fish through varying degrees of wet and/or cold weather. Chinook anglers should be prepared to throw long, heavy sink tips and heavy flies. If you are after white tablecloths and fine dining, this is not the place but if you want to fish hard and strategically with great guides at a reasonable rate, this is our top pick.
What is a typical day like?
The guides like to be on the water at first light so guests should plan to be up early. A continental breakfast selection and coffee are available in the lodge. The guides will expect to pick everyone up already in their waders with their fishing gear ready for the day. A heated wader drying building makes this early pick-up much easier. After fishing a few hours in the morning, guides will heat up breakfast sandwiches and make fresh coffee on the river for a mid-morning refuel.
Lunch is taken on the river at midday whenever the guests are feeling the need for a break and something to eat. Guests should plan on fishing all afternoon unless they’ve expressed a desire to get back a little earlier. Everyone is generally back to the lodge in time for cocktails and appetizers. Dinner is served around 7:00 – 7:30PM.
What are the meals like?
While not fancy, the meals are thoughtfully prepared and generous. Dinners are served on the spacious dining table in a glass-walled dining room. If guests want to eat a breakfast before the guides pick you up, there will be eggs, fruit yogurt and bread products available and you can make yourself whatever you like before your pick-up time. After dinner is cleaned up all the staff leaves for the evening.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere?
The lodge is casual and guests are made to feel like family coming home. The focus is on fishing and making everyone feel welcome. It is a lightly hosted atmosphere as guest have the place to themselves after dinner is cleaned up.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
Jeroen Wohe, owner of Skeena River Lodge, will usually be on-site to welcome guests as they return from fishing. After debriefing with guests and guides, Jeroen will make a game plan for the following days’ fishing. Once guests are settled on a plan and sitting down to dinner, Jeroen will depart for the night. Friday night is usually family night, with the Wohe family and guides joining the last night meal.
Is there internet and cell service?
Cell service is extremely spotty at the lodge. Wifi at the lodge is provided by satellite internet.
How do they fish?
All fishing is swinging flies while wading. Sink tips are used for most seasons and they may be very light with unweighted tube flies or quite heavy with large, heavy flies. Guests that are proficient with spey rods will often have more success. The lodge trailers both jet boats and rafts to various put-ins.
How many fish will I catch?
The nature of swinging flies for any anadromous fish is that there is a lot of variation in catch rates. That said, we feel that guests should go into the trip with the expectation that hooking 1 – 1.5 fish per day is a great trip.
What are the guides like?
The guides are full-time professional fish hunters. Given variations in personality, the guides all do their best to put their clients onto the best water at the best times. Jeroen has intentionally fostered a team attitude amongst his guide staff in order for them all to have the most success.
Will we see other anglers?
Depending on the river and the time of year, yes you will see other anglers on the water. The rivers are not busy by American standards and everyone conforms to downstream fishing ethics.
Is there wade fishing?
All fishing is done while wading.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
The shortest drive is around 15 minutes and the longest will be 45 – 50 minutes.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge does not provide equipment but all of the guides will have back-up rods and reels.
Does the lodge provide flies?
The guides are prepared to provide flies if necessary. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flies. Hand-tied flies for your trip are available for purchase with a pre-order.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
In the spring season I like to fish 7-weight spey rods in the 12.5’ to 14’ range. I’ll almost always bring an 8-weight around 13’ – 14’ if it gets windy. Summer chinook fishing is time to break out the big sticks. 9 and 10-weight spey rods are the norm in lengths 13’ – 15’. Fall steelhead fishing is time to bring back the 7 and 8-weight rods. I like to string up two rods in the fall so that I’m able to fish a floating line or a sink-tip throughout the day.
What are the top flies?
Skeena River Lodge relies heavily on tube flies for the majority of their fishing. The size, color and weight of those tubes will vary with season and species.
Are there other activities?
No, this lodge is focused on fishing.
What is the cost?
$4,000 – $4,600 plus tax per person for a 7 night / 6 day package.
Are there hidden expenses?
On top of the package price guests are expected to pay for alcohol, fishing licenses and gratuities.
What is the cancellation policy?
In the event a cancellation is necessary all deposits will be non-refundable unless a suitable replacement is found.
Do I need trip insurance?
Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
This trip could combine with additional operations in the Skeena drainage.
Are there special skills required?
The ability to cast a spey rod with sink-tips is helpful. Guests are best served by a willingness to fish confidently for long periods in between fish.
What are the physical demands?
While not strenuous, guests need to be able to wade all day and climb safely in and out of jet boats and rafts. The rocks on the main Skeena tend to be large and somewhat awkward.
Dangers and annoyances?
Rafting, jet boating and wading all come with some risk but they are negligible. There are black bears in the area, but they are not a serious concern. Biting insects are rarely an issue and are primarily limited to the summer months.