Located on the clear flowing upper reaches of the famed Babine River, Billy LaBonte's Babine Norlakes Lodge is a classic fly fishing camp for the serious steelheader. With the longest season of any BC steelhead camp, Babine Norlakes takes pride in creating an operation that involves fly fishing hard and playing hard each and every day of the season.
With a range of 17 miles, anglers relentlessly fly fish the river’s prime holding water before returning to camp for drinks, a hearty meal, and the coveted roaring bonfire. And while all anglers will have the opportunity to fly fish the lodge’s lower satellite waters, three anglers, through the process of a random drawing, will get to spend two full days on these waters with an overnight at the cozy, four person satellite camp.
Steelhead anglers sleep in comfortable, heated bunk cabins with detached communal shower and outhouses. For serious anglers keen on putting the big ones on the beach and having a good time in the process, this is the place.
Location: Babine Norlakes Steelhead Camp is set very near the bank of the remote upper reaches of the Babine River.
Fishing Program: Steelhead anglers will be transported up and down the river via jet boat. Typically there will be one guide for every three to four steelhead anglers and your guides and boats will rotate. Anglers will be dropped solo or in tandem at prime steelhead holes. As a result anglers must be prepared to fly fish alone and should request a detailed briefing of the particular pool, its high percentage water, the most appropriate sink tip, etc. before the guide continues on his way to shuttle other anglers. Also be sure to get a rough understanding of how much time you will spend at each run so you can manage your time and tactics appropriately. For anglers visiting the Babine river before mid-October we also find it handy to have both a dry fly and sink tip rod rigged at all times as many holes will be well suited to two passes through with differing techniques. All Babine steelhead are wild and must be released unharmed as quickly as possible. Babine Norlakes employs a "Keep 'em Wet" policy.
Early in the week three anglers will be selected by random drawing to spend two days fly fishing the lower “satellite” waters and spend one night at a simple cabin situated on prime steelhead water. Regardless of being selected in this drawing, all anglers will have the chance to fly fish these lower waters at least once during their stay.
Accommodations and Meals: Babine Norlakes Steelhead Camp is set very near the bank of the remote upper reaches of the Babine River. Anglers share four cabins that sleep two guests each and one cabin that sleeps three. Each cabin has 24 hour light, heat, bedding, ample storage space and filtered drinking water. The lodge has a separate shower building with two oversized shower stalls and ample hot, hhigh-pressurewater. To the rear of the cabins are four outhouses that are popular after breakfast. Hearty meals are served in the main lodge.
After breakfast anglers will pack their own lunches. Lunch normally includes homemade soups and stews that are delicious. Fresh pastries and homemade sandwiches are also provided, along with a thermos of the beverage of your choice. Since the lunches were prepared by our staff earlier in the day, no fishing time is lost coming back to camp to eat, or waiting while the guides prepare lunch. Typically this is a fast moving bunch so please don’t dally in the morning or you will keep the rest of the group waiting! Evening campfires are a tradition here. If you are a musician, consider bringing your instrument!
Day 1: Arrive Smithers, BC and overnight (hotel not included in package price).
Day 2: Travel to lodge via van and jet boat and fish full day.
Days 3-7: Full days of guided fishing on the Babine River via jet boat.
Day 8: Fish half day in the morning and transfer to Smithers in the afternoon. Overnight in Smithers or continue home.
2019 Rate: $7,155 per person for a 6 night/6 ½ day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, round-trip transfers between Smithers and the lodge, guiding, $250 contribution to the Babine River Foundation, BC taxes.
Not Included: Airfare, accommodations and meals in Smithers, alcohol, BC fishing licenses, tackle, staff and guide gratuities.
Season: September - November
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Smithers, BC
Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.