For anglers looking for short stays, great accommodations and most importantly, the ability to fly into the Upper Copper with an expert guide, this is the program. Head guide and lodge owner Jim Britton is a second-generation steelhead guide from the Bulkley Valley with more than 30 years of local steelhead guiding experience. Jim also has what few other have: the ultra-coveted rights and rod days to heli-guide the uppermost reaches of the Copper River. Were there ever a steelhead paradise, this is it. Guests will fly in roughly 20 minutes from Smithers and then inflate a small raft to facilitate the day’s downstream travel. Guests will wade fish prime runs, many of which are clear and intimate and renowned for excellent dry fly fishing. When this section of river is in shape and firing, it is truly some the best steelhead fishing in the world. Guests might also be able to fly into the Babine and Upper Skeena. If guests would like to extend their stays and branch out beyond the Upper Copper, Jim can also jet-boat fish them on the Morice (where Jim’s family ran a lodge for more than 30 years) or the Skeena. This unique fishing program is built around private parties of 2-4 anglers who enjoy single occupancy rooms at a great home with stunning mountain view. Recommended stay lengths are from two to four days.
Location: Silver Seekers Lodge is located downstream of Smithers B.C. in the Bulkley River Valley.
Fishing Program: On helicopter fly-out days to the Upper Copper, guests will be dropped with their guide and small raft. The raft will be used to float down the river, with several portages. The chopper will then pick up guests at the end of the day and take them back to Smithers. On non-fly-out days, guests will trailer jet boats to the Skeena or the Morice and use them to move about to prime runs. In all cases, guests with swing flies down and across while wading. No fishing will be done from the boats and all steelhead will be released unharmed.
Jim Britton is a second-generation steelhead guide with 30 years of experience in the Smithers region. When Jim needs a second guide, he calls on Tony Harris who has 40 years of experience in the region. Both are skilled, laid-back guys to spend time on the water with.
Accommodations and meals: Silver Seekers Lodge was built as a private residence in an incredible location with sweeping views of Hudson Bay Mountain. The lodge is at the end of a road boarding a wilderness area and has a small pond with wild trout. The lodge has five bedrooms enabling guests to get their own bedrooms. Your host Jim Britton will prepare delicious, healthy, locally sourced homestyle meals for you on site. Breakfasts and lunches will be made to order. This is a very sweet set up for private parties of two to four anglers.
Day 1: Arrive in Smithers and transfer to the lodge.
Day 2: Full day of fly-out fishing on the Upper Copper.
Days 3: Full day of guided jet boat fishing on the Morice River.
Day 4: Full day of fly-out fishing on the Upper Copper.
Day 5: Depart the lodge and Smithers for Vancouver.
2019 Rate: $3,375 plus tax per person for a 3 night/3 day package (helicopter time will be additional and paid on-site)
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guiding, round-trip transfers between Smithers and lodge, BC taxes.
Not Included: Airfare, fishing licenses, staff & guide gratuities, helicopter time, alcohol, arrival and departure taxes.
Season: September - October
Capacity: 2-4 anglers
Map: Smithers, BC
Time: British Columbia time is the same as U.S. Pacific Time Zone.