Trip Description: A winter or spring steelheading trip to Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is unlike any other and represents one of the most unique and challenging venues we have found. These remote islands, located sixty miles offshore from the mouth of the Skeena, receive more than 200 inches of rain per year and offer an abundance of little known wild winter steelhead streams. These rivers are known for their extremely bright hard fighting fish, lots of woody debris, tannin stained waters, and challenging casting due to lots of low hanging branches. For experienced anglers that like fisheries where technical skills are rewarded this may be the ultimate venue.
Anglers will often fish four separate systems during their week-long stay and move between both Morseby and Graham islands by ferry. While these rivers rise and fall quickly, the systems varying natures and locations make it so that one river is too high another might just be getting high enough to fish well. Accordingly, this is a very flexible program that morphs in accordance with the prevailing conditions. With three very experienced guides typically servicing four anglers this as physical and rewarding a trip as one can imagine and encountering another angler is the great exception rather than the norm.
Fishing Program: Due to the small size of the stream, the anglers tend to fish one on one with their guide. The majority of the fishing is done on foot with a fair amount of hiking required. Fishing Haida Gwaii is a unique steelhead experience that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. Over a seven day trip you will have the opportunity to fish four or five steelhead streams each offering unique challenges and rewards. One common denominator is that you will roll cast or spey cast 100% of the time often with short spey rods or best yet an 8 wt. switch rod.
Each morning anglers will depart by truck with the guide and fellow anglers. At times the drives are long and incorporate a ferry ride. Other times you can be on prime water in ten minutes. Once the river is reached virtually all beats of water are reached by hiking. Hikes vary widely in length but all the regional terrain features fallen trees, mud and at time snow making best suited to anglers who are good on their feet. Cleats are mandatory due to the slippery nature of the abundant woody debris.
Accommodations and Meals: Copper Bay Lodge is a 2,000 square foot facility that overlooks a large pristine and seemingly private section of beach south of the town of Sandspit. The lodge has two single occupancy guest bedrooms and one double occupancy guest bedroom. There are two shared bathrooms. Delicious and thoughtfully prepared meals are served in the main dining which is adjacent a comfortable main living room where appetizers are severed each evening. During your stay anglers might also overnight in the town of Tlell on Graham Island. These accommodations are more simple but considerably closer to systems like the Yakoun, Tlell and Mamin. Here your guides will prepare your meals for you and guest are welcome to pitch in if they like.
2019 Rate: $5,350 per person for a 7 night/6 ½ day package
Included: Accommodations and meals, wine and beer with dinner, guided fishing, transfers between airport and the lodge, BC taxes.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Queen Charlotte Islands, fishing license, hard alcohol, guide gratuities, fly-out fishing.
Season: January - March
Capacity: 3-5 anglers
Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.
Map: Sandspit, BC