Bulkley Basecamp British Columbia

The Bulkley Basecamp is a new under-the-radar program created by Derek Botchford, owner of Frontier Farwest Lodge. At its core, this operation is the single most versatile/agile operation in the Skeena watershed, enabling guests easy driving access to the lower Bulkley and Skeena near Hazelton, as well as more involved access to the Morice, Babine and upper Skeena. For anglers keen to charter a helicopter during their stay, this program is truly in a class by itself offering guests the ability to go where the fishing is best during their stay. We really hope guests will take advantage of this unique heli-fishing option while staying at the Basecamp. Bulkley Basecamp consists of a complex of deluxe wall tents with a large safari style tent serving as the main dining/cook tent. Anglers will sleep two per wall tent within earshot of the river. This camp will be limited to six anglers per week and will be managed by Steve Morrow.

Location: The Bulkley Basecamp sits on the Telkwa River near New Hazelton, BC.

Fishing Program: The Bulkley Basecamp has a wide range of available fishing options designed to enable its anglers the best chance at adapting to the ever changing conditions in the region. The two most basic pillars of the program will entail fishing reaches of the lower Bulkley and the main Skeena near Hazleton and the mouth of the Kispiox. Both venues are near the Bulkley Basecamp and will be easy to reach early in the morning. Additionally anglers can purchase classified water tags and fish the home waters of the Suskwa unguided on weekdays. Please note that guests need to figure their way around the home waters on their own (which is easy), as guiding on the Suskwa is illegal and strictly enforced. Last but certainly not least, all anglers will have the option to charter a helicopter and fish the remote upper reaches of the Skeena or the upper Babine with a guide. While these helicopter dates will add a significant cost to the trip, guests can heli-fish as much as they like without reserving the days in advance. This type of pay-as-you-go flexibility is unique to this program and makes the Bulkley Basecamp BC’s most versatile trophy steelhead program. When fishing the upper Skeena there will be a $350 per person rod leasing fee and the fee will be $300 per person when fishing the Babine. Helicopter time and classified water licensing will be in addition to these fees. All fees will be paid on-site.

All fishing will be traditional down and across swing fishing and all fishing will be done while wading. All fish must be released unharmed.

Accommodations and Meals: Bulkley Basecamp is a comfortable tent camp consisting of three double occupancy wall tents and one single occupancy tent all with wood burning stoves, comfortable bedding and towels. The camp also has a main safari style dining/cook tent as well as bar cabin with a covered outside seating area and heaters. The facility has spacious porches, a fire circle, two cedar hot shower facilities and two vented cedar outhouses.

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Smithers and overnight at elected accommodations (not included).
Day 2: Your guides will pick you up at 7:30AM and take you straight to the river for a full day of guided fishing.
Day 3-7: Full days of guided fishing.
Day 8: Depart the lodge in the morning for the Smithers airport and home.

Rates and Details

2020 Rate: $6,500 per person for a 6 night/6 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at camp, guiding, round-trip transfers between Smithers and lodge, GST, hotel tax, limited wine and beer with dinner.

Not Included: Airfare, accommodations and meals in Smithers, fishing licenses, staff & guide gratuities, arrival and departure taxes, leasing fees for upper Skeena and Babine rod days ($350 and $300 respectively), helicopter time, hard alcohol and beer. 

Species: Steelhead

Season: September - October

Capacity: Six anglers

Map: New Hazelton, BC

Time: Pacific Standard Time