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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Dean river for first timer...

My cousin from the east coast got in touch recently to say he wants to fish the Dean. He thought I would know everything there is to know about it, being a west coast steelheader, (california based), but in fact I know nothing at all about BC and the Dean.
Thing is, if I can actually get him to buy a plane ticket, I am pretty sure I can get a hall pass to make the trip.
Thus I am seeking info on the Dean... when to go, where to stay, fishing with guides, doing some DIY, etc. Basically anything that would help plan a first trip to the dean.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 07:45 PM
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Dean info

Use the search function. A ton of info on the dean!!
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I have never been but 2 considerations to get you started are: The river is fly in or boat in only and super remote. I think non canadian residents need to enter a draw to fish it unguided.
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Do your homework

This is one of the hardest rivers around to do it yourself. It's very remote, has a ton of bears(black and grizzly) and some very challenging whitewater to boot. Rowing a fully loaded raft down the upper river can be difficult to say the least. Search for a lodge that has openings(this will be difficult), or if you are doing it yourself and have entered the draw(anybody not from BC has to enter the draw to fish the river) do your homework and be prepared.
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Thanks everyone, I am getting the picture that this is not the place to go for and type of DIY, and that I will have to plan ahead for a lodge spot if I am to get one at all.

Great how everyone on this board is so helpfull!

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I might be able to help you on lodge spot. Give me your info and I can forward to you or we can talk. I have been maybe 13 times and once for the whole season +

Klick on the miiddle gallery below.. then klick on page 7 in my speypages gallery...then on photo titled "38" [ length] for one fish of many that I have taken from the Dean. Depending of time of year you may also look at the photo titled "perfects"..In first one of gallery...I caught that in my regular last week july time slot.

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Black wells dean river lodge

Great place, yes it is expensive,but if you can, worth it. The lodge is on the lower river-below the canyon. The fish are fresh out of the salt, never seen a fly or felt a hook, and very aggressive. The Blackwell family runs an amazing operation, the guides are April Vokey and Steve Morrow. Spent a week there 2 years ago, and want to go back.


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The one time I have been to the Dean was a DIY trip. It's a bit of a logistical challenge, but nothing that can't be overcome with some careful considerations. As Americans, we can only fish the river for 7, or maybe it is 8, days.

As others have said, the river is very remote and the country is wild, so having good backcountry and river skills is a must. That being said, it is one of the coolest places I have ever spent time. Can't wait until we go back.
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Contact BC West. You could consider camping around Hotel river right, however, that Bear thing is a reality, but should not be a problem with the proper precautions taken. Purchase a small two man raft, you can row over to river left and hike up. As for drifting from Giants down, it would be advisable to have some class 4 experience under your belt. The best bet is BC West they spend time both below the canyon as well as above, up to the motor deadline, via quads. Great river, hot fresh fish!
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If you're not a BC resident, DIY means entering the lottery, so you may get a trip, or you may not. Getting into one of the lodges can be almost as difficult as the DIY lottery. DIY is no more difficult than other wilderness fly in trips that involve bears and rapids. We had no bear problems; I blow my referee's whistle, and they go away. Hang food at night. The rapids were longer and more intimidating than I expected, one of our 3-man party capsized once due to operator error, but the channel is navigable. The lodges use long, narrow jet sleds, so it's doable.

The best season is the summer months of July and Augst. Expect mosquitoes and black flies. Weather can be 90* and a mix of bug dope and sun screen or wearing rain gear whenever you're out of the tent. It varies.

I didn't catch as many fish as on an Alaskan float trip, but the fish I did catch were steelhead, so it was worth it.

A first trip with a lodge and guide would inform you as to whether you should even plan a DIY trip.

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The Dean.... a magical place! Hodson's lodge, lower and upper camp. Most lodges are tight to get into on the Dean. Good luck with your search, that's a trip of a lifetime!
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planning a DIY trip myself with one friend. lottery opens I think april 1
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