For anglers interested in fishing for wild steelhead in a truly remote wilderness setting, this program should be on your short list. Located north of the Skeena watershed, Nass River Steelhead Co. is an intimate four person camp tucked into an old growth forest on the banks of the mighty Nass not far from the confluence of the Damdochax. The nearest road is 150 km away and moose and wolves abound. In addition to five great runs within a short distance of camp, the camp fishes more than eight miles of water accessing key runs by raft and jet boat. Nass steelhead average 10-15 pounds but fish in the 20 pound class are not uncommon. These fish tend to be aggressive and when conditions align, catch rates can be impressive.
Location: The camp is located 135 miles up the Nass River in northwest British Columbia. Guests fly 1 hour 15 minutes north of Terrace by helicopter to reach the camp.
Fishing Program: This program centers around groups of two anglers rotating back and forth between a 10 km float in 11 ½ ft. Aire rafts and accessing the five prime runs near camp via jet boat. The raft and jet boat are rotated between the group of two anglers. Each group of two will have their own guide and all guests will be able to fish with both guides throughout the course of their week. Fishing days tend to be long with most guests getting more than 10 hours a day on the water. All fishing will be traditional down and across swing fishing that will be done while wading. Seven and eight weight spey rods are popular as are Skagit heads and a range of moderate sink tips. All steelhead must be released unharmed and we encourage guests to handle these valuable fish with the utmost care, limiting the time they spend out of water to a few seconds at most.
Accommodations and Meals: Nass River Steelhead Co. is a simple yet comfortable tent camp tucked in the wood not far from the river. The camp’s main building is a hard walled 16 ft. by 22 ft. cookhouse that also doubles as the lounge. Camp also features a hot shower, outhouse and three 12 ft. by 14 ft. wall tents with four foot covered porches. The tents sit on cedar wood decks and are equipped with wood burning stoves for added comfort. All tents are double occupancy. The bedding is mummy style sleeping bags that are 6 ft. 4 in. in length and are rated to minus 30 Celsius. The cedar wood beds are twin style with 8 in. pillow-top mattresses. Each tent is equipped with shelves for storage and coat hangers to hang waders, jackets and other gear.
Day 1: Fly to Vancouver and overnight at elected accommodations.
Day 2: Arrive in Terrace, BC mid-morning. Guests will be greeted at the airport and shuttled to the helicopter hangar. Fly into camp, have lunch and fish a full afternoon session.
Day 3: First full day guided fishing begins. Coffee on at 6 AM, breakfast at 6:30 AM. Two guests will go for a float and two guests will enjoy the home water. Guests that floated will be whisked back to camp via jetboat at the end of the fishing day. Dinner is served at 7:30 PM.
Day 4: Rotate the groups fishing itinerary from the previous day.
Day 5: Rotate the groups fishing itinerary from the previous day.
Day 6: Rotate the groups fishing itinerary from the previous day.
Day 7: Rotate the groups fishing itinerary from the previous day.
Day 8: Last full day of guided fishing. Rotate itinerary.
Day 9: Guests will be split up on the home runs and get a few hours fishing in the morning after breakfast. Mid-morning all guests will be asked to be back in camp to pack up their belongings and enjoy a light lunch. Depart to Terrace and then to Vancouver.
2019 Rate: $7,500 plus tax per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals in camp, guiding, loaner rods and reels, transfers to from Terrace airport, standard helicopter flights, flies.
Not Included: Airfare to Vancouver/Terrace, overnight accommodations in Vancouver, alcohol, fishing license and steelhead stamp, gratuities.
Season: September - October
Capacity: Four anglers
Map: Terrace BC
Time: Pacific Standard Time