Nicholas Dean Lodge

Experience the finest Steelhead and Salmon fishing Northwestern British Columbia has to offer…

A World Class Fishing Destination

Nestled in the majestic coastal mountains near Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, the mighty Skeena River and its tributaries form the major arteries that fork through stands of old growth forest and steep valley walls. It is in this river system that some of the strongest runs of large, wild steelhead and salmon left in the world return. Each year, steelhead, chinook (Kings), coho (silvers), sockeye, pink, and chum salmon ascend the Lower Skeena from the Pacific Ocean and join the trophy trout and char that reside in rivers year round. It is here that Nicholas Dean is strategically situated to provide anglers with world class guided fishing adventures, along with gourmet dining, and first class accommodations at our partner facility, Pioneer Lodge.

The Experience

Imagine yourself airing out a long cast with your Spey rod on one of the Kalum River’s best runs for trophy steelhead, or skating a dry fly across the tailout of a boulder-studded pool on the Copper River for its aggressive steelhead. Or, try tackling the giant chinook of the Skeena River, fish of over 60 lbs that can melt a reel with line spooling runs, or sight fishing for acrobatic Coho as they take your fly in a large swirl. All in the shadow of towering, snow capped mountains and untouched coastal rainforests, where bald eagles, grizzly bears and other wildlife still roam free. Savour the gourmet, home cooked meals provided by Jezz and Pip Crosby at Pioneer, or share your day’s stories over a glass of scotch with a few friends as you relax in the comfort of the lodge. At Nicholas Dean, these experiences are a reality.

A Diverse Fishery

Nicholas Dean has access to over 50 of the best rivers and lakes in the Lower Skeena region, and the near shore Pacific Ocean throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and early Winter seasons. In case one river is not fishable, there are many others to choose from. Our highly qualified angling guides know the Skeena, Kalum, Copper, Kitimat, Bell-Irving, Lower Skeena Tributaries, and Nass River Tributaries intimately, ensuring that you have the best chance possible at landing one of the many world record fish that migrate upriver each year. We also fish several remote coastal rivers for the ultimate in wilderness fishing. Places where there are no roads, no development. Only old growth forests, pristine, gin-clear rivers, and large, wild steelhead and salmon.

Numerous Packages

Because the Skeena and its tributaries receive such diverse runs of fish, we are able to offer a number of different packages to meet your fishing preferences and a variety of budgets. Spring Steelhead and Chinook, Summer Steelhead and Salmon, Fall Steelhead and Trophy Coho are but a small selection of the packages available at the lodge. A camp set up along the banks of the Skeena River provides anglers with a quality angling experience in the heart of the wilderness at a cheaper price.  Whether fly fishing or conventional fishing is your preferred fishing method, we have the ability to put together a truly unique fishing experience for you.

Just in case you or your significant other might want to do some non-fishing related activities on your trip, we can also set up any number of outdoor adventures. White water rafting on the Copper River, hiking the coastal BC mountains, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, helicopter tours, and mountain biking are popular pursuits in the area and provide an exciting alternative to fishing in the summer months.

A Lodge That Cares About the Small Details

At Nicholas Dean, we believe that a successful trip is measured by the small details that make up the whole experience, which is why we strive to ensure that every aspect of your trip is first class.

We welcome you to browse through the pages of our website and to see the packages that we offer in showcasing all that the Lower Skeena region has to offer. Perhaps you might be interested in joining our fishing report list, where we publish some of the trophy fish and stories coming from the lodge, or our blog site to see the latest discussions on tackle and flies. If you’d like more information on how you can book your next trip of a lifetime, contact us directly and you’ll see why we’re as passionate as we are about the Lower Skeena region.