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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and I are starting to plan a "trip of a life time " for our 60th birthday in 2010 and are looking at going to BC for a fall steelhead trip. We are both competent with our two handed rods and two of the places we are looking at are the ZBoat Lodge and the Silver Hilton . Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. jeffp
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Hands down, Silver Hilton. A true wilderness experience in a Class 1 B.C. Park. The Silver Hilton has almost exclusive access to the portion of the Babine they fish. A few steelhead every year are caught that weigh in the 30lb. range. A true first class experience.
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Babine hands down, especially for something as special as your 60th. It's an amazing river

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not sure i agree with the "hands down" choice brent(have you even fished the Kalum?)-both are sweet options. Obviously the Hilton on that remote section of the Babine is one of the best Steelhead fisheries in the world(arguably the best). However don't discount fall fishing on the Kalum and Zboat is a good value when compared to the price of the SH. The Kalum is one of my favoiurite rivers with lots of big fish in the fall and some of the nicest flywater around.

Either would be good options depending on week availability and budget.

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[QUOTE=Whistler;243294]not sure i agree with the "hands down" choice brent(have you even fished the Kalum?)

Or any other steelhead river?

there are alot of good options in that area.
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Go with Silver Hilton
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I've never been there, but I spent a week on the Dean last year with a guy who basically spends 12 months a year traveling the world staying at swank resorts and fishing for everything from tarpon to steelhead. Based on his description, I cannot think of a better place for a couple to spend time celebrating something together. I think his exact words were "it isn't a lodge, it's an entire experience." I've also discussed it with another guy who has been there (similar level of destination fishing experience, too) who when discussing lodges referred to the SH saying "oh, that one's special."

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I would have to agree, the Silver Hilton should command a high position on your list, however, you may want to look into the Sustut. The Suskeena lodge is well worth a look see and a tad less expensive. Of course there is always Stewarts and BC West on the Dean with those freaking fish and Mandy sure can cook! Nice dilemma to have. Tough decision

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Smile Can't go wrong with either.

Congrats! Have fished both and will fish final week again with Lani Waller at the SH.


Silver Hilton - Guides are absolutely tops
http://www.silverhilton.com/
Start in Smithers, B.C. and take helo to the remote Lodge on the Babine. Fly fishing only. Will NEED to have wading staffs. Each of you would be placed on your own water and equipped with a radio to call when hooked up so that Mark, David, Sean or Billy could do the netting and help with the all important photo.

Nicholas Dean Lodge - Guides are outstanding too
http://www.nicholasdean.com/
Start in Terrace, B.C. Short drive by vehicle to the Lodge close to town. Wading is easier, but wading staffs recommended. Host is Chad Black. Guides are Dustin, Chad and Sky.

For your 60th, suggest the SH for such a very special occasion. You will not be bothered by any other fisherman on your beats. Great fishy water, fun other guests and a super host and a great bar.


Fun indeed.

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Anyone know what the price tag is for a trip to the Silver Hilton? I haven't heard back from anyone through their website and some of the numbers mentioned on this site are a few years old now.
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Also, am I missing something here or will availability also be an issue? My limited experience with these lodges (Silver Hilton, Sustut, Bell Irving) is that they have huge percentages of repeat customers with limited space for new guests. Good luck though - I've got the same bug.

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Call Ken Morrish at Flywater Travel, they are the booking agents now.

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not sure i agree with the "hands down" choice brent(have you even fished the Kalum?)-both are sweet options. Obviously the Hilton on that remote section of the Babine is one of the best Steelhead fisheries in the world(arguably the best). However don't discount fall fishing on the Kalum and Zboat is a good value when compared to the price of the SH. The Kalum is one of my favoiurite rivers with lots of big fish in the fall and some of the nicest flywater around.

Either would be good options depending on week availability and budget.
Brian, forgot to mention that you fish Kalum in off season when there is no guiding, and most of your fish are taken out of 4-6 runs(most likely less) on a 6 mile short river. Now change the picture a bit, and add six more guides with their jet boats, and a few crazy anglers(like myself) fighting over same 4-6 runs...
I know you and Scott(Zboat) are good buddies, but to imply that Kalum offers a quality experience
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Something else to think about

There is one important point to discuss about the SH and lodges on the Babine and the Sustut VS lodges elsewhere. The clients are dropped off and are out of line of sight of guide and boat for long periods of time.
For some anglers this is the only way to fish, you get your own piece of water and a feeling like you are the only one on the river. You do have contact with a radio and the guide could literally be there in seconds to a minute or so.
That being said I have met people who did not feel at ease with the difficult nature of the wading and the number of bears in the area. These two factors and the possibility of the guide and boat not being nearby were an issue.
It does not matter if you have a radio on you or not if you fall in. You should be thinking about swimming to shore, and calling the guide on a wet radio is way down the priority list. The other scenerio is a large bear walking up your side of the river and the guide is busy landing a fish for someone else. He will probably get to you in time, and the noise of the boat alone will most likely scare the bear away anyway, but I think that your wife might have misgivings about this.
The client to guide ratio on the Sustut and Babine is usually 3 or 4 to one guide. Both these rivers are tight confined rivers in sections that demand anglers be split up to get good fishing. Other lodges in the Skeena area keep the client to guide ratio to 2:1, this and the open nature of the rivers give the guides line of sight to both anglers at all times.
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Exclamation Re Silver Hilton - better act fast!

Recommend you contact [email protected] ASAP and get on the waiting list for the Silver Hilton.

You might have a chance for Week #1 or Week #9. FWIW - Took me years to move up to Week #8 at the Main Lodge.

The SH truly is a wonderful place and your wife would love it too since the cabins and main lodge are absolutely outstanding. Food too! Fishing is not bad either...<g>

Good luck!
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