Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is the Lower of the two Sustut Lodges. The lodge was fully renovated in 2018 and cabins are now are a mix of single and double accomodations—each with a private bathroom and shower. With a helicopter on-site this fishing program offers a broad range of opportunities and exploratory angling. And, for those that like to fish longer hours, it also features one of the finest home pools of any steelhead lodge. When it comes to the Sustut, think gin-clear water, a wide open valley and the largest race of steelhead in British Columbia.
Anglers fly fish three per guide boat and in addition to the primary beats of the Sustut River, many fish a gorgeous section of the upper Skeena River. For the trophy steelhead angler in search of true solitude, few places in the world can compare to Steelhead Valhalla.
Location: Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is located on the Sustut River in Northern British Columbia roughly 50 minutes northeast of Smithers by aircraft.
Fishing Program: Anglers at Steelhead Valhalla Lodge fly fish three per boat/guide. There are three beats on the Sustut River as well as one beat on the mainstem Skeena River. Each guide fishes the same beat every day and anglers cycle through all beats twice during their stay. The lower beat of the Sustut River and the mainstem Skeena River are each fished once and considered part of the same beat and the same guide is responsible for both sections. Due to the beat rotation it is recommended that angling parties of three guests remain with the same group each day. Note that early and late in the season the mainstem Skeena may not be in the rotation.
Anglers depart the lodge at 8:30 AM, have a streamside lunch at 1:00 PM and return to the lodge at 5:30 PM. The Sustut River fishes well with dry flies, especially before October 1st. After late September the river cools quickly and warm clothing and bootfoot waders are recommended. Spey anglers fly fish a wide range of tips from type 3 through type 8 as well as T14. 12 to 20 pound maxima is used, as Sustut River steelhead are large. Many seasons the steelhead average around 14 pounds; steelhead over 30 pounds are landed each season. The Sustut River mandates single barbless hooks and all steelhead must be released unharmed.
Fishery: The Sustut River is a wilderness jewel that is largely unknown except among a core group of steelhead fly fishers that return to the river on an annual basis hoping to crack the magic 30 pound mark. The Sustut River has several advantages, no crowds, clear water (it is generally the last river to blow out) and large steelhead built for a long cold winter.
The steelhead are all wild, large on average, and at times numerous. They run on average twenty miles a day during their migration to their spawning grounds. They reach the Sustut River less than a week after they arrive on the Bulkley, Babine, Kispiox, etc. These wild steelhead will be in the river for 6-8 months and have a very stocky build to enable over-wintering.
The Sustut River valley offers stunning views, contrasting distant peaks against low lying native trees in fall colors along the river. It, in combination with the mainstem Skeena River, offers a remarkable diversity of productive water types.
Accommodations and Meals: Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is the lower of the two lodges overlooking the Sustut River. The lodge was fully renovated in 2018 and cabins are now a mix of single and double accommodations—each with a private bathroom and shower.
The main lodge is a custom-built rustic log building with an expansive open-beam dining room, a fully equipped fly-tying area, and ample room to sit and enjoy drinks by the fire. With nine anglers, the atmosphere is just right.
All meals are served in the main lodge and prepared by the lodge chef. Meals are a blend of homemade breads, homemade desserts, meat, fish, and vegetables. Wine is served with dinner. After breakfast, clients depart for their day on the river and lunch is prepared at the lodge each morning or by the guide on the river. Lunch consists of homemade soups, sandwiches, bread, and salads. If you have any dietary requests, please be certain to let us know ahead of time so that we can accommodate them.
Day 1: Arrive Smithers and overnight.
Day 2: Fly from Smithers the lodge via charter flight. May fish ½ day on arrival.
Days 3-8: Full days fishing (three anglers per boat).
Day 9: After breakfast fly to Smithers and overnight.
Day 10: Depart Smithers for home.
2020 Rate: $7,300 plus tax per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations, meals and sodas at the lodge, round-trip charter flight between Smithers and the lodge, guided fishing, limited wine with dinner, BC taxes
Not Included: Roundtrip airfare to Smithers, accommodations and meals in Smithers, beer and alcohol, staff and guide gratuities, fishing licenses, flies
Season: September – October
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Smithers, BC
Time: The time in British Columbia is Pacific Standard Time.