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River Fishing from a lodge north of Vancouver Island

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Fly Fishing for Salmon and Trout in rivers from a floating lodge in the Broughton Archipelago

Overview

This floating fishing lodge is the perfect destination for your next British Columbia river fishing adventure. Located just northeast of Vancouver Island, it is in a prime location for coho and pink salmon fishing, not to mention the sea-run cutthroat trout that return to the rivers and streams every year. There are also resident cutthroat trout and rainbows here, plus a dolly varden. The fly fishing for trout and salmon is exceptional on these remote BC rivers and will provide some of the most exciting ‘fish until your arms fall off’ fishing you have ever had.

Highlights

  • British Columbia Coastal River Fishing
  • Fly-in Floating Fishing Lodge
  • West Coast Wilderness Setting
  • Fly Fishing Guides
  • Wakeman River
  • Broughton Archipelago
  • Vancouver Island
  • Coho Salmon
  • Pink Salmon
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Dolly Varden
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Killer Whales

 

This floating lodge, located on Baker Island, is just a short floatplane ride from Port Hardy, BC. It is a family-run lodge with a strong history of exceptional customer service, very small groups, and a tremendous reputation for fishing in both the saltwater and the region’s rivers and streams. You can easily split your time and fish the ocean on some days and the rivers on others.  

The Broughton Archipelago is a remarkable cluster of islands, channels, inlets, lagoons, fjords, and bays located in between the British Columbia mainland and the northeastern side of Vancouver Island. The lodge is in a prime position to access rarely-fished rivers. You can fly fish or spin cast for coho salmon, pink salmon, and native sea-run coastal cutthroat trout and dolly varden in a true wilderness location. 

Guided freshwater fishing trips may include walk & wade options or the use of rafts to access the remote rivers on the nearby BC mainland.

If fishing a larger river is on your mind, you’ll want to take advantage of the Wakeman River float trip. This river is designated as Class 2 BC Classified Water, and this lodge is only 1 of 2 outfitters authorized to fish the spectacularly beautiful and legendary Wakeman. You will rarely see other anglers on this remote BC river, and you will access it using inflatable rafts. The Wakeman River is a BC gem. It runs clear in the spring and turns to a striking jade green color in mid- and late-summer. 

Guests have often noted the Wakeman River as the highlight of their freshwater fly fishing trip in British Columbia.

These remote BC rivers and small streams are very special and offer a true wilderness fishing experience for salmon and trout. Fly fishers will be thrilled with the picturesque pools, innumerable runs, and the once-in-a-lifetime river fishing that is found here.

Availability Early June - October
Duration 3-7 nights
Departs From Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, Port Hardy BC
Group maximum 4-6 people
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's Included

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Included

  • Return flights from Vancouver BC to Port Hardy BC
  • Return floatplane flights from Port Hardy to the Lodge OR Direct return flights from Seattle Washington to the Lodge
  • All meals, soft beverages
  • Accommodations
  • Beer and wine with dinner
  • Guide services (rivers and ocean)
  • Boats, motors, fuel
  • All fly fishing rods, reels, tackle, flies and licenses
  • Feel free to bring your own gear of course
  • Waders and boots
  • Internet service

What to bring

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

Not Included

  • Additional alcoholic beverages, such as hard liquor
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

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INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 778 348 1676

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Itinerary

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River Fishing

Fly fishing in the rivers of British Columbia and the types of trout and salmon available will vary throughout the year. These remote freshwater river fishing locations are all within a 10-50 minute boat ride from the lodge. Some access and hiking along the rivers require short to moderate hikes. Most anglers should have appropriate mobility, but you can get onto the cutthroat trout, dollies, rainbow trout, and salmon without too much effort.

The local streams and rivers here are all catch-and-release and are some of the most beautiful, productive, and unpressured waters you’ve never heard of! You will fish the small streams or bigger rivers using dry flies, wet flies, and nymphs, or spinning gear, too, if you like.

Depending on the time of year, you’ll find yourself hooking resident and/or sea-run cutthroat trout, dolly varden char, and occasionally rainbow trout. You’ll also find silver/coho salmon, pink salmon, plus small numbers of chinook salmon, and, if you’re really lucky, maybe a steelhead.

Here you will find freshwater river fishing opportunities to satisfy every skill level. Experienced anglers will appreciate the variety and challenges of the different streams and waters that you will fish. 

And, of course, beginning fly anglers will be provided full instruction and support. Your guides may take you into small remote streams, where the sighting of another angler would be an extraordinary event. Tying into a leaping, twisting, running silver salmon or a lovely native coastal cutthroat trout in a stream that you might be able to cross in two jumps is quite a thrill for any angler. Fishing paradise found!

If you want to fish the remote Wakeman River, your day starts off with a 50-minute boat ride from the lodge into Kingcome Inlet and then up into Wakeman Sound. The float trip starts with a short truck ride up the river to your put-in spot. Then, you and your guide will enjoy an amazing day - fishing the innumerable pools and runs of the Wakeman. After catching salmon, trout, or dolly varden, you’ll come back to the lodge for another great dinner. In the evening, you can take advantage of the fly-tying table at the lodge, check out the cedar sauna or just sit back and watch the sunset from your cabin on the dock.

This unique floating lodge was designed and built as a solid floating structure that provides cozy, personal, and comfortable accommodations for small groups. Using red and yellow cedar from the nearby forest, the lumber for the lodge was milled on-site. A woodstove heats the lodge with solar power, and a generator provides electricity. The lodge has a kitchen, dining area, and a great room, all with spectacular views and even a piano. Guests also have use of the lovely cedar sauna, which is perfect for enjoying after a day of fly fishing and adventures.

Decorated in a true west coast theme, the main lodge is where all meals are served, and it is a great place to relax after a long day of fishing and exploring the waters of the Broughton Archipelago and coastal rivers. There is Internet service available too if you need to stay in touch with home. Meals are all hearty, with a focus on local seafood, plus a greenhouse on-site for fresh salads and herbs. All meals and baking are prepared fresh daily by an expert on-site chef. 

Local BC wine is served with dinner, and fresh baked goods and coffee or tea are always available. Meals are served family-style, and local seafood delicacies such as fresh crab, prawns, salmon, snapper, or halibut may be on the menu. You will feel right at home here!

If fishing in the local rivers is not enough, the Broughton Archipelago and the waters surrounding northern Vancouver Island are home to many marine mammals, such as Orcas or Killer Whales, seals, dolphins, porpoises, as well as Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Grey Whales. An exciting wildlife cruise is always an option if your arms are too sore from catching fish.

The lodge hosts a maximum of 4 guests at a time, or up to 6 guests for family groups, which allows your hosts to focus on giving you the best possible fishing experience and personalized service at the lodge and on the water. This is a small group coastal and river fishing adventure at its finest in one of the most spectacular wilderness areas of the British Columbia coast.

Prices (2024):

  • $5060 USD / per person for 3 nights
  • $6040 USD / per person for 4 nights
  • $7090 USD / per person for 5 nights
  • $7920 USD / per person for 6 nights
  • $9350 USD / per person for 7 nights

Single supplement, add 30% to all rates.

Children under 12 years receive a 50% discount, not including airfare.  Please inquire.

Please inquire for rates without air transportation.

All prices are per person, in USD. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Payment Details

BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

All bookings require a non-refundable deposit of 50% in order to confirm dates, with the balance due at least 45 days prior to your trip date. The initial 50% deposit is non-refundable.

If for any reason, a cancellation occurs prior to the final payment, the initial payment is not lost, but is held and can be used as deposit payment for any future trip at the then-applicable rates.

If the cancellation occurs after the final payment has been made, you have two options:

  1. We will refund the final payment less a 3.5% service fee and any airline cancellation fees;

  2. The final payment is retained on the account and, together with the initial payment, will be considered as full payment for any future trip of the same length as initially reserved regardless of any future price increases.

No refunds of any kind will be issued if cancellation occurs within seven (7) days or less, prior to the arrival date.