Jeff and Kathryn Hickman’s, Kimsquit Bay Lodge (formerly Blackwell’s) is the only lodge that concentrates exclusively on the lower Dean River beneath the falls. Here anglers stake out the best runs on the lower two miles of river and successfully target the brightest and hardest to handle steelhead and kings in the world. If you are looking for a chance to tangle with sea-liced fish fresh from the sea and are okay with hooking fish that might leave you shaking and beaten, this is the place. In June anglers target the rivers supercharged kings and as July progresses the ratio shifts to primarily steelhead. With great guides and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, this is a one of kind angling experience.
Location: The Dean River is located at the end of the Dean Channel on a remote section of the BC coast just north of Bella Coola.
Fishing Program: Guests at Kimsquit Bay Lodge fish three per guide. Guest move about in modern aluminum Dean River style boats with new 40 hp jet drive motors. That boats are very comfortable, low sides and shallow draft make getting in and out easy while throwing a minimal wake. Anglers are guided in legendary runs with names like Instant Backing, Archaeological, Sub-Tidal, Ross Island, Eagle’s Nest and the Cutbank These are all great swing runs and hold tremendous potential for hooking what many consider to the hottest anadromous fish in the world. The lodge fishes a standard 8:00 AM -5:30 PM schedule with lunch served on the river.
Kimsquit Bay Lodge is strictly catch and release only. They encourage anglers to handle all fish with care. They use soft mesh landing nets whenever possible and do their best to keep the fish wet and in the water.
Accommodations and Meals: Kimsquit Bay Lodge sits nestled in the trees, perched above the turquoise waters of Kimsquit Bay. It has a comfortable, intimate family feel. The lodge offers sweeping views of glaciated, snow-capped mountains rising high above the salt chuck Dean Channel. Guest cabins are double occupancy, each with their own private bathroom and flushing toilet. The home-style dining room and comfortable lounge will feel like you’re in your own cabin, a home away from home.
Day 1: Arrive Vancouver, transfer to float plane terminal and fly two hours into lodge.
Day 2-7: Six full days guided fishing.
Day 8: Unguided walk and wade fishing or enjoy other activities. Depart for Vancouver late afternoon and continue home or overnight in or Vancouver.
2019 Rates: $5,150-$6,150 plus tax per person for a 7 night/6 day package plus $1,500 RT charter flight
Included: Accommodations and meals at lodge, alcohol, float plane charter between Vancouver and the lodge, 6 days guided fishing, one day non-guided, BC taxes.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Vancouver, all fishing licenses, staff and guide gratuities.
Species: Summer steelhead, chinook salmon
Season: Mid-June - August
Capacity: 6 anglers
Map: Kimsquit Bay
Time: U.S. Pacific Standard Time