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Fly-In Fishing Lodge in the Yukon Wilderness | CA-GCL001

Fish for Lake Trout, Northern Pike and Arctic Grayling in Canada’s Yukon Territory

Overview

This fly-in fishing lodge in Yukon is far removed from the rest of the world and speaks to anglers who seek seclusion, personal service, and tremendous fishing. Located on Toobally Lake in the southeast corner of Yukon, this is one of the last true wilderness areas left in North America. The fishing for lake trout, northern pike, and arctic grayling is exceptional. You need to come here!

Highlights

  • Fly-in Fishing Lodge Yukon
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Pristine Wilderness Setting
  • Experienced Fishing Guides
  • Amazing Homecooked Meals
  • Toobally Lake
  • Smith River
  • Lake Trout
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Northern Pike
  • Whitefish

 

For over 25 years, the Canadian owners of this fly-in fishing lodge have welcomed anglers from all over the world. They live here in Yukon and are thrilled to share their knowledge of the area and fishing experience with you. They’ve been guiding you here for decades and know how to get you onto the fish. The lodge is located on lower Toobally Lake, with access to upper Toobally Lake. The Upper Smith River connects these two lakes, giving you access to an incredible amount of fishable water without costly fly-outs. You will make new fishing memories that will last a lifetime, and you will want to return to Yukon year after year.

Lower and Upper Toobally lakes are very deep and have a lot of structure. There are large shallow shoals scattered throughout the two lakes, with deep channels reaching depths of over 250 feet, making for some of the best trophy lake trout, and northern pike habitats that the north of Canada has to offer. The Smith River that connects the two lakes is teeming with Arctic Grayling, Whitefish, as well as Lake Trout and Northern Pike. For a change of pace, there is a hike-in lake near the lodge that has a pike too. The fish are all here waiting for you and within easy reach from the lodge. 

Tastefully decorated, the main lodge is where all meals are served, and it is a great place to relax after a long day on the water. Internet service is available if you need to stay in touch with home. Meals are hearty home-style, all prepared fresh by an expert cook who has gained a reputation in the industry for her baking and main courses. Wine is served with dinner, and fresh baked goods and coffee are always available. On the last evening of your stay, a traditional Thanksgiving-type meal with all the trimmings will be served. You will feel right at home.

Like the main lodge, all guest cabins are handcrafted log buildings from native timber. Cleaned daily, the guest cabins are comfortable, cozy and stocked with everything you might need. Cabins have electricity and a wood stove for cooler mornings. A separate shower house with an endless supply of hot water is situated close to the guest cabins.

This area of southeast Yukon is a wild, pristine environment devoid of roads or industry of any kind. The area surrounding the lodge is a mecca for waterfowl and wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see moose, bears, and other wildlife right from the lodge. The forest surrounding the lake is all old-growth, with some of the larger trees being over 300 years old. The entire Toobally lakes watershed is home to the widest variety of bird species in the entire Yukon Territory. Some bird species you will see include trumpeter swans, bald and golden eagles, ospreys, a wide variety of songbirds, and year-round residents.

The lodge hosts a maximum of 8 guests per week, but 4 guests are typical and preferred, which allows your hosts to focus on giving each guest the best possible fishing experience and personalized service. This is a small-group fishing adventure at its finest! Hosting fewer anglers means that the fishing pressure here is light and very sustainable. 

The lodge has had a catch and release program in place for decades, and the result is that the larger fish are always here waiting for you. Catching 50-100 fish per day is common. Yukon is truly one of the great wilderness areas in Canada, and the fishing here is as good as it gets. When are you coming?!

Availability June - September
Duration 7 days
Departs From Watson Lake, YT
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 4-8 people
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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  • Local Guides
  • Fast & secure payment
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

For pricing, please check the information below.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Return flights from Watson Lake Yukon to the Lodge
  • All meals, accommodation and housekeeping
  • Guide services (if choosing a guided package)
  • Boats, motors, fuel
  • Fly and spinning rods/reels and all lures/ flies
  • Feel free to bring your own gear
  • Internet service

What to bring

  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece clothing
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Hiking boots
  • Wet shoes
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Hat & gloves
  • Insect repellent
  • Full packing list provided at booking

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages, but a bottle of wine is served with dinner
  • Fishing licenses (available for purchase online)
  • Transportation from your home city to Watson Lake Yukon
  • Shuttle bus service between Whitehorse and Watson Lake is available
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

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Itinerary

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Information

These 7-day packages are offered as guided or unguided. 

For those not hiring a guide, you will be shown around and given an introduction to the best fishing spots on your first day.

Trolling, jigging, or fly fishing are all great methods to catch fish at this wilderness lodge in Yukon. Each method has its advantages at different times of the year.

Day of arrival - You will board the floatplane at Watson Lake, and arrive at the main lodge around noon. Everyone is assigned cabins and given an orientation of the facilities. Coffee and lunch are provided. The rest of the day can be spent fishing, although quite often guests like to settle in and unpack that first afternoon.  Your week will be customized to your preferences and what you want to experience.  Here is an example:

Day 1 - The first full day is spent on the lake targeting lake trout and pike. Depending on weather we might have a shore lunch.

Day 2 - We will target lake trout in the morning and then head to the river and spend the day there fishing for arctic grayling. Guests will have the option to hike into Jacks Lake if they want to try it out for pike.  2 guests will be accompanied by a guide.  This hike can be done later in the week as well.

Day 3 -  We pack up and take you to the Upper Toobally Lake lodge outpost. This is about a 12-mile run by jet boat up the Smith river to upper Toobally lake.  We will fish the upper Smith river for grayling and lake trout on this day. A freshly caught fish dinner is a tradition on this day.  You will stay in the log cabins here overnight.

Day 4 -  Is spent fishing the upper lake for lake trout and pike. This area really has to be seen to be appreciated. It's a one in a million location.

Day 5 - Is the reverse of day 3. We travel back to the main lodge on Lower Toobally Lake, fishing the Smith River as we go.

Day 6 - There will be another opportunity for guests to hike into Jacks Lake. This day is very flexible. You can go after lake trout, and northern pike, or spend the day on the river fishing for arctic grayling.

Departure Day - Guests will pack up after breakfast, then we will spend the morning chasing lake trout or pike before we say our goodbyes. The float plane will arrive around noon to take you back to Watson Lake.

Medium-heavy, fast-action rods spooled with 20 lb mono or braided line are preferred for lake trout. The top choices are the T-60 Flatfish, Eppinger Husky Senior, and Junior spoons. Don’t forget to bring a few Five of Diamonds spoons, big plugs and crankbaits too.

Medium-heavy, fast-action rods with spin casting reels and 20-30 lb mono or braided line work best for this type of fishing. One to two-ounce, tube or bucktail jigs work very well. White, chartreuse, and black colored jigs are the most popular. Bondy Baits are another great lure for the lakers. These big heavy baits are very effective when slowly dragged on or near the bottom of the lake. They are simply irresistible to big lakers and mimic the baitfish and ciscoes that inhabit Toobally Lakes. Slowly drifting over the steeper drop-offs with a big jig is one of the most exciting ways to fish for lake trout.

A lot of fly fishers are surprised to find out that lake trout can be readily taken on a fly rod. From ice-out in late May through the first half of July, the top of the water column remains within the temperature range lake trout prefer. Large schools of lake trout can often be seen cruising across shallow shoals searching for prey. Deceivers, jointed saltwater rigs, rabbit fur strip streamers, and Clouser minnow patterns are all top producers for the fly fisherman. 8-10 weight fly rods with large arbor reels are a must for these fish. Your guides are expert fly fishers, too, and will offer tips and instructions if you want to try it out or improve your skills.

A personal ‘one on one’ guided trip option is available and is especially popular with fly fishers. This type of trip is suited for experienced fly fishermen who want more casting room in the boat, but it’s also great for new anglers wanting complete fly fishing instruction from your guide.

For Northern Pike, the most exciting method is casting into the shallows and drop-offs where the pike is lurking to ambush their prey.

Spoons are always a good first choice, as well as large jigs and floating or shallow-running crankbaits.

Good steel leaders are a must for these aggressive predators. Fly fishermen will do well casting big streamers early in the season when the big pike are waiting in the shallows and along the weed lines.

For Arctic Grayling, the fly fisherman will do very well using dark nymph and bead head patterns or dry flies like elk hair caddis or stimulators with a floating line. 3-4 weight rods are best. Spin casting using ultra-light gear, with small spoons, jigs, and spinners, is also a great way to catch grayling.

Prices

Prices 2023:

  • $5780  / per person per week (Fully Guided, 2 anglers per guide)

  • $7895 / per person per week (Fully Guided, 1 angler per guide)

  • $4580 / per person per week (Unguided, Main Lodge)

Please note: all prices are per person, in USD.

Payment Details

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

All bookings require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person in order to confirm dates, with the balance due at least 45 days prior to your trip date. While deposits are non-refundable, they are transferable to another date (subject to availability) or another person within 24 months.