Preparing for Your Trip
A trip to the coastal rain forest of Northwestern British Columbia is always exciting and can be extremely enjoyable providing you are prepared. Being a coastal climate, the locals always say “If you don’t like the weather just wait ten minutes and it will change”. Its is usually a wet climate, overcast, sun and cloud, rain, snow, hail and wind. Also depending on which river you are on the climate varies. All this being said we will attempt to prepare you for this trip based on our knowledge of the environment, the types of fishing we will be doing.
Clothing for the River
The layered approach is the best way to go and we will describe them below:
Layer 1: Next to the skin use a wicking material that breathes and remove moisture from the skin. Many of the outdoor companies provide this performance materials and it really keeps you comfortable and dry through the day. This will be in the form of a long sleeves T-Shirt and Long Underwear.
Layer 2: Usually a cotton sweater, long sleeved or a cotton long sleeve shirt.
Layer 3: Polar Fleece sweater which is available in different weights. We recommend that you bring a lighter weight and a medium at least. If you are fishing early spring or late fall you may want a heavier polar fleece sweater. For the legs you can also use a polar fleece pant of varying weights depending on river water temperature. Obviously if you are using a Gortex Wader in the late fall you will want a heavy fleece pant. If you are using neoprene waders then a lighter fleece may work well.
Layer 4: Gortex Fishing Jacket (Patagonia, Orvis, Simms, Bare, etc.) they all make excellent Gortex fishing jackets with hoods. We do not recommend fishing vests since they tend to get really wet in a continuous rain, instead the Gortex jackets all have the pockets and storage for fly boxes, tippets, leaders, etc. For waders we recommend a Gortex Wader with a built in Neoprene Sock and separate wading boots without cleats (or with screw in cleats for hiking). Popular manufacturers of this are Orvis, Simms and Bare. If you are using Gortex waders then polar fleece pants under them in the spring and fall will be required. Gortex is very light weight and does not limit flexibility, it also breathes to keep you cool in those warm summer days. Or you can use Neoprene waders from 2mm to 4mm thick depending on the time of year. They keep you warm in the cold seasons, but in the summer they tend to be too hot. They also limit your flexibility if you are doing lots of hiking along the rivers. They work, but for maximum enjoyment we do recommend Gortex.
Hat and Polarized Sun Glasses: Make sure you have both not only for protection from the sun on your head and eyes, but for safety from the barbless flies that hurt when the hit your head or eye. Either a baseball style hat or full rim hat works well, especially if its oil skin for those rainy days. For sunglasses use a high quality polarized lense so you eyes do not get tired looking into the river all day.
Polar Fleece Fingerless Gloves: For those cold spring and fall days you may want to use polar fleece gloves with the finger end cut off. Most of the fly fishing gear manufacturers make them and they work excellent. If you are fishing in March or early April, late October or November, you may want to bring a pair of full polar fleece mittens with you so you can warm you hands on the side of the river. Also, a polar fleece hat that covers your ears may not be a bad idea as well.
The lodge provides a wader room for all your fishing gear, to be hung up at the end of the day to dry.
Clothing for the Lodge
It is very informal at Yellow Cedar Lodge, so bring comfortable clothes to lounge around in when you get up in the morning and after you get back from the river. The lodge provides fresh towels and sheets on the day of your arrival. Soap and shampoo is provided as well, you have to bring the rest of your toiletries.
Most of our customers, especially fly fishers bring their own fly rods and fly lines. Whereas, the conventional fishers use the lodge’s equipment. We have complete equipment for both the fly fisher and the conventional fisher if you do have your own preferred equipment.
Fly Fishing Gear
- 7-9 Weight Single Hand Rod with a weight forward steelhead taper
- 7-8 Weight Spey Rod, two handed rod
- 3-5 Weight Single Handed Rod for trout fishing
The lodge supplies all rods as required for either Skeena Chinook Fishing or Drift Fishing for Steelhead
Each of our guides will bring a digital camera to the river to photograph that trophy fish of yours, however we find that most customers also bring their own. In addition most customers bring a camcorder to capture the true feeling of the fight, or the beauty of the area.
It is always a good idea to have protection from mosquitoes and black flies, even though they are not bad, they are on the occasional day. In addition, when the sun does come out it seems to be intense so a good sun block, SPF30 or better should be brought along.
Items that are useful to bring along on your trip are as follows:
- A nap sack to carry your personal stuff, camera, sun screen etc.
- Hand sanitizer, a small bottle in case you are handling fish
- Hook Sharpener, you don’t want to loose the big one because of a dull hook
- Various lengths of sink tips, from 5’ to 15’ and if you are into fishing for big Chinook, then a 20’ tip might be needed.
- Spools of tippet, various sizes
- Maybe your favorite flies that you want to try on these BC Steelhead or Salmon, you never know you may have the secret weapon in your fly box