Nestled in the majestic coastal mountains near Terrace, British Columbia, the mighty Skeena River and its tributaries form the major arteries that fork through stands of old growth forest and steep valley walls. It is in this river system that some of the strongest run of large, wild steelhead and salmon left in the world return. Each year, steelhead, chinook (Kings), coho (silvers), sockeye, pink and chum salmon ascend the Lower Skeena from the Pacific Ocean and join the trophy trout and char that reside in river year-round. It is here that Nicholas Dean is strategically situated to provide anglers with world class guided fishing adventures, along with first class accommodations at their partner facility, Pioneer Fishing Lodge. Savor the gourmet, home cooked meals provided by Pioneer Lodge and share your day’s stories with a few friends over a glass of scotch as you relax in the comfort of the lodge.
Imagine yourself airing out a long cast with your spey rod on one of the Kalum River’s best runs for trophy steelhead, or skating a dry fly across the tailout of a boulder-studded pool on the Copper River for its aggressive steelhead. Or, try tackling the giant Chinook of the Skeena River, fish over 60 lbs that can melt a reel with line spooling runs, or sight fishing for acrobatic coho as they take your fly in a large swirl. All in the shadow of towering, snow-capped mountains and untouched coastal rainforests where bald eagles, grizzly bears and other wildlife roam free.
Fishing Program: Nicholas Dean has access to over 50 of the best rivers and lakes in the Lower Skeena region, and the near shore Pacific Ocean throughout the spring, summer, fall and early winter seasons. In case one river is not fishable, there are many others to choose from. Their highly qualified angling guides know the Skeena, Kalum, Copper, Kitimat, Bell-Irving, Lower Skeena Tributaries and Nass River Tributaries intimately, ensuring that you have the best chance possible at landing one of the many world record fish that migrate upriver each year. You may also fish several remote coastal rivers for the ultimate in wilderness fishing. Places where there are no roads, no development. Only old growth forests, pristine, gin-clear rivers, and large, wild steelhead and salmon.
Accommodations and Meals: Accommodations are at Pioneer Fishing Lodge, which consists of several traditional log buildings. The main lodge building is the heart of the operation and captures the real essence of the Canadian wilderness. It houses the communal socializing and dining area as well as the large commercial kitchen. The large lounge area has luxurious La-Z-Boy sofas surrounding a toasty log burner - perfect for relaxing after a hard day on the river and the ideal place to exchange fishing tales. After dinner, feel free to just relax in the lodge, maybe reading the selection of local interest books, tie a few flies or return to your cabin, a short walk away, to catch up on probably some much needed sleep.
The guest accommodations are comprised of comfortable and relaxing log cabins. The cabins are designed to sleep 2 people with minimal intrusion and disturbance. Each guest will enjoy their own private bedroom, with a deluxe double bed with quality linens. Two guests share a shower room which is supplied with abundant hot water. The showers are powerful, with no added chemicals, just pure spring water – just what is needed to invigorate the body at the end of a long day.
You can enjoy a cooked breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast to set you up for the day - or something in between! Lunch is taken on the river and might be a BBQ or a personal picnic hamper full of goodies. Hot and cold drinks will be available all day. In late afternoon, return to the lodge and join your hosts and fellow guests for a hearty 3 course home cooked supper! Specialties include beef bourguignon, halibut and slow roasted lamb shank.
2020 Rate: CAD $5,595 plus tax per person for a 6 night/5 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, transfers between Terrace airport and the lodge, BC taxes
Not Included: Airfare to/from Terrace, staff and guide gratuities, alcohol, fishing licenses
Species: Steelhead, salmon, trout and char
Season: March through October
Capacity: 8 anglers
Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.
Map: Terrace, B.C.