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Thanks to our good friends at Deneki Outdoors (Speypages sponsors) we will be hosting a Speypages Dean River Spey Week July 3rd through 10th 2010. Join me at BC West Lodge for a prime time week chasing the fabled Dean River Chinook. These monsters will test your tackle as well as your skill and resolve, "the one that got away" is a fish that you simply couldn't stop. These fish are just a few kilometers from the ocean and the takes can be savage. As a bonus we are likely to encounter fresh early Dean steelhead as well.

There are 7 rods available for this trip. Contact me at [email protected] for more details.

See you on the Dean!

Special thanks to our Trip Sponsors (in alpha order):

HMH

Islander Reels



 

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Now this could be possible. Actually planning on being in BC around that time next summer as part of an extended fishing roadtrip.

What are we looking at cost wise??

Mike
 

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Hi Mike!

Cost for the week is $5800 USD.

Includes
- Fishing
- Lodging/Food
- Beer and wine
- Charter from Bella Coola
- Dean River Classified Waters Licenses
- Global Rescue Evacuation Coverage

Doesn't include
- BC fishing license and steelhead stamp
- Travel to Bella Coola
- Gratuties
- Liquor
 

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more info

(Note: to this daily outline we`ll add the speypages signature value-added package :D. Each day I`ll be fishing with a different group of guests and be available for casting instruction; in the evenings we`ll review digital video footage of our casting in the clubhouse during Happy Hour)


The Fishing Day

Fishing days are long at BC West! We fish a two-shift day that maximizes fishing time during low-light
hours and provides a nice break in the middle of the day.

Days start early. Our schedule is designed to have our guests on the water right around sunrise, so
depending on the time of year our light breakfast starts between 5:00 am and 5:30 am. Guests enjoy
coffee, pastries, fruit and light breakfast fare, and head on out to the river for the start of the day!

Our morning fishing shift runs from sunrise until roughly 11:30 am. After the morning shift, guests return
to the lodge for our main meal, a delicious plated lunch in our main lodge building. The break between
the fishing shifts lasts until about 4pm. Guests use this opportunity to relax after their meal, work on their
gear and often, wisely, take a nap. At 4pm guests head back out onto the river for the evening fishing shift
that runs until just before dusk.

After the evening fishing shift, guests return to the lodge for our evening meal served at 9:30pm, made up
of heavy appetizers and served in our clubhouse. Guests relax in the late evening and head back to their
cabins for some much-needed sleep at the end of a very long fishing day!

During most weeks in our season, guests alternate days fishing below and above the Dean River canyon.

Fishing below the Canyon

Guests fishing below the Dean River canyon are transported from run to run by jet boat. Fishing time is a
mix of closely-guided (guide standing near the guest as they fish through a run) and relatively unguided
(guide within 1 ½ miles of guests on the river; communication via handheld radio).

The Dean below the Canyon presents a mile and a half of big, beautiful, broad runs that provide an onramp
for fish exiting the saltwater of the Dean Channel, headed for the spawning grounds of the upper
Dean. Most fish in the lower Dean are passing through—they’re within a tide or two of the salt, and are
not yet truly ‘holding’. This provides a very unique angling opportunity—large runs with the flow and
character of typical steelhead holding water, but with a constant supply of fish moving in and out of the
run.

Just made a pass through a 200-yard run? No problem—fish it again! It’s likely that you’ll be showing
your fly to a completely new set of critters that have just moved in out of the salt.

We access the lower Dean using a custom 24-foot Dean River-style aluminum jet boat built by Mike
Forsyth in New Hazelton, BC. This vessel gives plenty of room for four guests plus guides, and does a
great job accessing the sometimes shallow, rocky shoreline of the lower Dean. Depending on guest
preference and guide availability, one or two guides accompany four guests on the lower river.

Fishing above the Canyon

Guests fishing above the canyon do so self-guided. At the beginning of the week, guests are given an
orientation on the basic layout of the upper river. They are trained on the safe operation of our 4-
wheelers, and then turned loose to fish the upper river on their own. Each guest is issued a 4-wheeler,
which is used to access the upper river via a network of trails on one side of the river. Once the guests
reach the section of river that they have chosen to fish, the leave their 4-wheeler and fish the river on foot.
In a couple locations on the upper river, small 2-man boats are placed to allow access to the side of the
river opposite the trail system.

The water above the canyon consists of a variety of runs that are relatively easy to read and quite accessible
on foot. Guests enjoy their time on the upper river since all are experienced in fishing for anadromous
fish—this is an excellent combination with the guided fishing on the lower river.

To book your week email me at [email protected] or contact Deneki
directly
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And here's a link to your Dean River trip planner!
 

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very, very, VERY COOL STUFF!

Thanks to our great sponsors we have some fun stuff to give away on the Dean next year!

Simon Gawesworth at RIO will be providing us with a line system for Dean River Chinook;

and

Bob Meiser will be building us a custom two-hander perfectly suited to Dean River Chinook!​

During Happy Hour on July 3rd we'll throw everyone's name in a hat and draw for these great gifts!

Thanks to Simon and Bob for sponsoring this trip!

Watch for updates!
 

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very, very, very cool stuff just got even more cool!

Famed British Columbia reel-makers Islander have now joined us as speypages sponsors and Dean Spey Week sponsors!

Along with the RIO line and Meiser rod, someone's gonna win an Islander LX4.8 reel!

This is a serious reel that will put the hurt on pretty much anything that swims, a must for the bruisers we'll encounter on the Dean.​

Thanks to the great folks at Islander for their sponsorship!​

And remember...there are still 3 spots left on the trip...!
 

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Looking better all the time!

Now who's gonna take up the challenge of the remaining 3 spaces???

Mike
 

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Swag update

SIMMS has now joined in on the fun as a trip sponsor (and Speypages site Sponsor too!)​

Happy Hour July 3rd 2010 someone on the trip is going to win a Headwaters Backpack! This technical fishing pack is perfect for hardcore days on the river and doubles as a great piece of trip luggage too!

Thanks to the great folks at SIMMS for their sponsorship!​

And remember...there are still 3 spots left on the trip...!
 

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HMH has joined us as our final sponsor for this great trip! They`ll be providing me with two of their Tube Fly Boxes which I will fill with a selection of chinook tube flies (including hooks) that I`ll custom tie for the trip!

Thanks to HMH for their support!​
 

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still holding steady at 2 spots remaining. We have a large SIMMS Rivershed Wading Jacket to add to our loot courtesy Franco Sirtori who is planning on joining us.

(wish I could get in on the draws!)
 

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Spoke with Bob Meiser earlier this week about the trip rod he's crafting for the Dean. He has some great ideas about customizing this rod, a 13ft 9/10. I'm certain that whoever wins it during Happy Hour on July 3rd will be proud to cast it for Dean fish Sunday morning!

We still have a couple of spots open for this trip!
 
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