Rivers We Fly Fish
Nicholas Dean Lodge is blessed with being located in the Lower Skeena Watershed which boasts numerous productive Steelhead and Salmon Streams. We are also are only a short traveling distance from the Nass Watershed, and the Remote Coastal streams. No matter what sort of stream you prefer to fish we can find it in our guiding territory, from huge broad braded rivers like the Skeena and Nass, small rainforest rivers, classic gravel cobble Steelhead streams, rich coastal estuaries, to meandering brooks. Nicholas Dean Lodge knows were and when to fish these streams for all 5 species of Pacific Salmon, Trophy Steelhead, Trout, and Char.
Copper (Zymoetz) River – Classified
The Copper River is a premier Steelhead and Chinook River that also has Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, and Bull Trout. It fishes exceptionally well with the fly and is world renowned as a Dry Fly Steelhead Stream. It is a mid-sized river with mainly a boulder cobble bottom with a few ledge rock pools. The main tributary to the Copper is the Clore River which boasts good runs of Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, and Bull Trout and is very similar to the Copper River but scaled down in size. We fish the Copper in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Kalum (Kitsumkalum) River – Classified
The Kalum River is world renowned for its huge Chinook Salmon which can tip the scales at over 100 pounds, not to mention the chance at catching huge Steelhead up to 40 pounds. The Kalum also has healthy runs of Coho, Chum, Pink, and Sockeye, along with Coastal Cutthroat, Rainbows, Dolly Varden, and Bull Trout. It is a mid-sized river with a gravel, cobble bottom, and some boulder fields. It has many long sweeping runs ideally suited for swing a fly on a long line. We fish the Kalum in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Skeena River – Classified
The Skeena River is a huge broad flowing river which is fed by many famous tributaries which include the Babine, Bulkley, Copper, Kalum, Kispiox, Morice, and Sustut and many others. This means that all the Steelhead and Salmon headed for the tributaries must pass through the lower part of the Skeena were Nicholas Dean Lodge is located which results in us having first opportunity to catch those fish only a day or two out of the ocean at the peak of their condition. The Skeena watershed is known for it’s huge Steelhead and Chinook Salmon but also has large runs of Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon. Coastal Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Rainbow, and Bull Trout are also available in good numbers throughout the year. We fish the Skeena in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Kitimat River – Non-Classified
The Kitimat River has abundant enhanced runs of Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, Chum, and Pink Salmon. The Kitimat is located very close to the ocean and is known for it’s productivity due in part to the Hatchery located on the lower end of the River. We drift the Kitimat and stop and fish many of its long broad gravel, cobble runs, and fish it’s numerous fish holding pockets from the boat. It is the perfect river to take a novice fly angler to hone their skills on the unbelievably abundant Chum and Pink run. We fish the Kitimat in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Lower Skeena Tributaries – Non-Classified
The Lower Skeena Tributaries are medium to small rivers that are blessed with some of the most spectacular Scenery in the world. They have unbelievably large Coho Salmon which can approach 30 pounds in size, there are also small runs of spring Steelhead, and Trout and Char available year round. They have long sandy bottomed pools with lots of woody structure in their lower ends, with cobble, gravel bottom pools in the upper ends, and a few rock strewn runs as well. We fish the Lower Skeena Tributaries in the Spring, and Fall.
Nass Tributaries (Meziadin, & Bell-Irving) – Non-Classified
The Meziadin and Bell-Irving Rivers boast healthy runs of Steelhead, Coho, and Chinook Salmon. The Meziadin also has a large lake in it’s headwaters which produces a huge run of Sockeye salmon which in turn feeds a healthy population of Rainbow Trout, and Bull Trout. They are booth rivers that have a variety of Characteristics but the Bell-Irving has much more fishable water with almost endless miles of gravel, cobble classic swinging Steelhead runs. We fish the Nass Tributaries primarily in the fall for Steelhead.
Remote Coastal Rivers Classified and Non-Classified
The remote coastal rivers of Northwestern British Columbia host superb runs of giant Coho (silver) Salmon and some of them also have excellent runs of highly aggressive Steelhead. The estuaries of offer a chance at catching Coho by sight fishing pods of fish with floating lines and streamer patterns. The streams themselves offer a unique opportunity of sight fishing dry flies for steelhead and watching them rise off the bottom and inhale the fly. Traditional wet fly swing is also highly effective along with high stick nymphing the pocket water and heads of pools in low water conditions. Large Sea-run Coastal Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char are also available. We fish the Remote Coastal Rivers primarily by helicopter but some are accessible by boat as well.