Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Deschutes, North Umpqua
Need Help Please
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,