Widely considered to be the finest and most exclusive steelhead fly fishing lodge in the world, the Silver Hilton has jet boat access to more than twenty miles of pristine trophy steelhead water. Babine River steelhead range from 8 pounds to over 30 pounds and are among the purest strain of wild steelhead remaining in North America. Often the Babine River produces the largest steelhead of all Skeena River tributaries.
Silver Hilton Lodge features two fully staffed, five-star steelhead lodges located approximately seven miles apart. The Main Camp fly fishes for steelhead eight rods per week on the two lower beats. The upper Triple Header camp takes four rods per week on the upper reach. Anglers fly fish four per guide and rotate through all the beats, ensuring ample solitude stream side. Due to a high rate of repeat clients, availability is typically limited to early and late in the season. This is the most sought-after steelhead fly fishing lodge in all of British Columbia. All packages include round-trip, private helicopter transportation from Smithers, BC to the lodge.
Location: Silver Hilton is located on the Babine River in northern British Columbia roughly 45 minutes from Smithers by aircraft.
Fishing Program: Silver Hilton has guiding access to over twenty miles of the pristine Babine River. As a result of the remote wilderness location you will seldom see any anglers other than the lodge guests on the river. Fully equipped 22’ jet sleds are used to move you up and down river and you will fish approximately eight hours each day. There are six full days of guided steelhead fly fishing at each location. While limited instruction is available, the program is best suited to knowledgeable, independent anglers. In addition to your six guide days you may fish on your own the afternoon you arrive at camp.
Angler Rotation and Fishing “Beats”: There are three mains “beats” or sections of the lower Babine River fished by Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge.
The Upper Beat goes from Triple Header pool upriver to the “Gate Pool” and beyond if conditions permit. This is the “regular” beat fished by the four anglers staying at Triple Header. The Middle Beat goes from just below the Triple Header pool down river to “Double Stripe”. The Lower Beat goes from “Red Bandana” downstream to Skating Rink” and beyond if conditions permit. These last two beats are the “regular” beats fished by the eight anglers staying at the Main Camp.
All anglers will rotate among these three main beats in the following manner: Twice each week the four anglers staying at Triple Header will come down and fish the middle beat; on the same days four anglers from the Main Camp will come up and fish the beat normally covered by the four anglers at Triple Header. In addition, each group of four anglers fishing at the Main Camp will rotate between the middle and lower beats on the days they are not fishing the upper beat of Triple Header.
Also, the four anglers staying at Triple Header and fishing that beat for the day, may come down in the afternoon and fish portions of the middle beat after it has been vacated by the Main Camp anglers fishing it that day. Anglers are allowed to bring two set up rods with them each day. Many anglers will elect to have one dry line rod and one tip rod.
Accommodations and Meals: Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge consists of two locations strategically situated about seven miles apart. Both sit right on the banks of the Babine. Both facilities are full service, complete with guides, cook, and other staff as needed. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main dining room at both the Main Camp and Triple Header. Hot lunches are eaten stream side.
“The Main Camp” takes eight guests per week in Weeks 2-8 and nine guests per week in Weeks 1 and 9. Accommodations are in double occupancy cabins. Each cabin has its own bathroom.
“Triple Header” takes four guests per week. All guests have single rooms. There are two shared bathrooms.
Note: For Week #1 (Sept 3rd - 10th) and Week #9 (Oct 29th - Nov 5th), Triple Header is Closed.
Day 1: Arrive Smithers and overnight (hotel not included).
Day 2: Fly from Smithers to lodge via helicopter charter flight. You may fish ½ day unguided.
Days 3-8: Full days fishing.
Day 9: Take helicopter flight back to Smithers and overnight or continue home.
2020 Rates: $6,445-$9,805 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, meals, spirits and wine at lodge, round-trip transportation between Smithers and the lodge via private helicopter charter, guiding, BC taxes, donation.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Smithers, accommodations and meals in Smithers, beer, fishing licenses, staff & guide gratuities, satellite phone calls, flies.
Season: September – early November
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Smithers, BC
Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.