Nicholas Dean Lodge

Conventional Fishing Equipment List

This is a quick basic reference list of equipment you should bring along with you on your trip. We do have all the equipment required to fish our waters at the lodge but please feel free to bring your favorite rods, reel, and lures.


  • Steelhead and Salmon (except Chinooks) 8 to 12 feet rated 10 to 25 lb line
  • Chinooks (Kings) 8 to 12 feet rated 25 to 40 lb line
  • Trout and Char 6 to 10 feet rated 4 to 10 lb line
Note: It is your choice to use rods designed for Bait Casting, Spinning, and/or Center Pin Styles of fishing.


  • Steelhead and Salmon (except Chinooks) capacity 150+ yards 12 to 20 lb test
  • Chinooks (Kings) capacity 150+ yards 30 to 40 lb test
  • Trout and Char capacity 100+ yards 6 to 8 pound test
Note: It is your choice to use Bait Casting, Spinning and/or Center Pin Style reels although different reels excel in different types of fishing.


There are two choices of line that we use at Nicholas Dean Lodge the first and the most popular being monofilament and the second is multifilament. Monofilament fishing line has been used for generations with great success the brand most recommended by Nicholas Dean Lodge is Maxima Chameleon or Ultra Green.
  • Steelhead and Salmon (except Chinooks) 12 to 20 pound test
  • Chinooks (King) 30 to 40 pound test
  • Trout and Char 4 to 8 pound test
Multifilament lines (similar structure to rope) have been around for thousands of year and were eclipsed by monofilament after World War II. They used to be quite bulky and difficult to cast. The new micro-fibers have greatly reduced it’s diameter and have made it a good option to mono filament being about 2 to 4 times strong by diameter than monofilament. Nicholas Dean Lodge recommends Berkley Fire Line for use on spinning reels and Power-Pro for use on bait casting reels.
  • Steelhead and Salmon (except Chinooks) 20 to 30 pound test
  • Chinooks (King) 40 to 60 pound test
  • Trout and Char 8 to 14 pound test


We like to use monofilament line for leaders and preferably we use Maxima Ultra-Green and Maxima Flouro-Carbon.
  • Steelhead and Salmon (except Chinooks) 10 to 25 pound
  • Chinooks (King) 30 to 60 pound
  • Trout and Char 4 to 10 pound test


There are many brands of hooks on the market but the three best are Gamakatsu, Diachii, and Owner. We primarily us Octopus Style hooks for most of our fishing applications in sizes ranging from 4 to 7/0. For Spoons, Spinner, and Plug Fishing we Siwash Style hooks in sizes 2 to 7/0.


We use many different styles of weights and sinkers at Nicholas Dean Lodge depending on which style of fishing we are doing. Below is a simplified list.
  • Split Shot Sinkers in medium to large sizes
  • Coiled Pencil Lead that can be cut to weight (requires Rubber Tubing)
  • Pyramid and Slab Sinkers in Weights 2 to 12 ounces
  • Spherical Sinkers in Weights 1 to 10 ounces
  • Slinky Weights in ¼ ounce to 3 ounces


We use a variety of generally tubular shaped elongated floats for fishing in many of our streams. Popular floats include Gibbs Tech (Dink) Foam Floats, Dremmil, Thill, and custom made balsa floats. A variety of sizes are useful.


We use a variety of baits but mostly we use salmon roe either a chunks of skein cut to appropriate sizes depending on the fishery or single eggs put into spawn sacks with anywhere between 3 to 10 eggs. We also use Sand Shrimp, Regular shrimp and in Estuary Fisheries below tidal boundaries Sardine, Herring, and Anchovy fillets as plug wrappings. Note: It is illegal to use Fin Fish for bait in Freshwater for Salmonids in British Columbia.

Terminal Gear

A variety of snaps and swivels are required for our local fisheries and are as follows:
  • Barrel Swivels in small, medium, and large sizes
  • 3 way Swivels in medium and large sizes
  • Duo-Lock Snaps in 25 pound, 35, pound, 55 pound, and 65 pound


There is a huge variety of lures used for Salmon and Steelhead with everything from pieces of painted foam, soft plastic, flashing metal spoons, and odd looking plugs. Below we will have a look at the general groups. Drift Bobbers which are painted pieces of buoyant material that are used to help suspend offerings off the bottom of the river. They come in a vast array of sizes, colors, and with our without wings. Have a good selection of popular sizes and colors. Beau-macs Cheaters tend to come in a better variety of colors and the wings are usually a lot more durable than the competitors. Some of our favorite cheater colors are Orange and Black, Black Rainbow, Chartreuse and Orange, Blue, and Pearle Clown. We also like to carry markers and paint markers to modify our drift bobbers to our preferred colors. Soft Plastics are available in an unbelievable range of sizes and colors but the two most commonly used in Steelhead and Salmon fishing are roe imitations and the Rubber Worm. Roe imitations are available in a wide range of sizes and patterns with the two most popular being the single egg (Jensen Eggs) and Roe Clusters (Gooey Bob). Carry a variety of sizes in colors red, orange, and pink. Rubber Worms come in a variety of shapes and sizes but the best for Steelhead fishing are between 3 to 8 inches in length, have a soft texture, and undulate in the water. Carry a selection of colors in pink, orange, purple, and black. Yarn fishes great by itself or can be added onto drift bobber, and soft plastics to add color and movement. Carry a wide variety of colors including pink, peach, orange, white, red, chartreuse, purple, and black. Spoons come in a huge variety of sizes, body shapes and colors. For most of our fishing purposes we use casting spoons and two general varieties are preferred. First and most useful are the elliptical spoons such as the Gibbs Coho, Little Cleos, Mor-Tac, and BC Steel. Secondly are the elongated spoons such as the Gibbs Crocodile, and the Luhr Jehnsen Krocodile. Carry a good variety of sizes (widths and lengths) and have the base finishes of Silver, Copper, and Gold. Useful colors include plain silver, blue and silver, chartreuse and silver, pink and silver, plain copper, copper red stripe, plain gold, and gold red stripe. Many other Colors work well also. Carrying paint markers along can allow for experimentation with colors. Plugs come in many shapes and sizes but two varieties are most popular in salmon and Steelhead fishing. The short fat stubby type plugs such as the Hot Shot, Wiggle Wart, and Tadpolly. The long banana shaped plugs like the Kwikfish and Flat fish. Carry a variety of sizes and colors in both styles. Popular colors include chartreuse and silver, orange and silver, pink, orange, red, pearl clown, and many others. Carrying paint markers along can be useful in adjusting colors to suit conditions.

Additional Equipment Required

  • Waders
  • Wading Boots
  • Rain Gear
  • Fishing Vest
  • Warm Clothing
  • Thermal Socks
  • Gloves
  • Knife
  • Pliers
  • Line Nippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hook File
  • Hat
  • Sun Screen
  • Lip Balm