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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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My dad is responsible for making me the outdoors person that I am today. He took me on fishing trips ever since I was old enough to hold a rod in my hands. My favorite trips were to Canada where we were dropped off on a lake by a floatplane and fished for a week before they would come back and pick us up.

He has been a gear fisherman his whole life until last year when he decided it was time to join his son and pick up a spey rod. I took him to the Grande Rhonde for his first steelhead last year and that's all he has been talking about since then.

He is getting ready to retire in two years and I'd like to return the favor to him with a trip to BC for steelhead as a retirement gift. So I'd like to get some ideas from all of you for rivers, times, and possible lodges. I wouldn't mind doing a lodge/guided trip but also like the DIY thing as well. Is it possible to hire a guide for a few days on different rivers and then maybe have 4 or 5 DIY days? Guide recommendations? I would like the experience to be one of those "once in a lifetime" trips to show him how much I appreciated all the things he shared and taught me.

I've looked at the Dean, Kispiox, Babine, Bulkley, Copper, Sustut, etc. Where would you go, or have gone, that you had such a great time that you'd do it again?

Thanks for help with the research,
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 05:11 PM
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Bc fishing

Go to I have been fishing with and helping this young man get his guiding service going for the last 3 years. His name is Jerome Wohe. He has a great diversity of steelhead and salmon fishing available. I leave for Bc tomorrow to fish a spring run of Steelhead. Will be back up the first of July for King salmon. Again back up in aug for the early fish going up the Skeena, back in early Sep to help him set up his tent camp on the Bell Irving and then back the last two weeks in Oct. His rates are affordable(2500/week), but you will be comfortable and warm. He and his assistant are great fishermen. Pretty tough to go up on your own, and most guides are allready booked for this year. IF you decide on your own is your only option, send me a PM and I,ll help you out. I'm back the 25th of april. Dave Wilder
I think the tent camp on the Bell Irving is the most fun. An awesome easy to fish river with NO competion.
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You can DIY on the Bulkley/Morice and the Kispiox fishing out of Smithers. The Kispiox has road access. Clearly lodges are a better option your first time out. I have never done a DIY trip (thus I can't give you a lot of specifics on access points), but I know folks that have, mostly guides from the Northwest US. If you scout around the NW fly shops you will find some guys who have done it.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the replies and p.m.'s, I appreciate it and please keep the ideas coming. The reason I'm thinking about going the DIY way is because of the possibility of bad conditions. I'd hate to be locked into a lodge and have the water blown out on that river and have no place to fish. I'm a very experienced steelheader and don't have a problem with reading water but am more concerned about access to the river. Do the lodges have most of the best pieces of each river "locked up"?

What about doing a float down the Dean? I'm experienced on the oars of a raft and driftboat so I'm not to concerned about big water if that's the case on the Dean.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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After doing some more research I've narrowed it down to the Dean or Babine. I'm concerned with how often it seems the Dean blows out. If the Dean than I'd probably go with Hodson's lodge or Norlakes on the Babine. I'd like to go to the Silver Hilton but it looks as though getting a reservation for a good week is out of the question. Anyone have any first hand experience with any of these lodges?
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Norlakes Lodge on the Babine is great. Beautiful water, big fish, great food. If the river blows, you still have some water options on the top end above the tribs.

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Ken Morrish at Fly Water Travel in Ashland,Or knows more about steelhead options than anyone. He has access to all the lodges. So if you have decided to go the lodge route, I'd recommend you call Ken. The river least likely to blow out is the Sustut.
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No brainer, the Dean at Stewarts, or Sustut at the Suskeena Then of course there is the Thompson, Umpqua.................but if it's the holy grail you looking for the first two are about as good as it gets.

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