Nicholas Dean Lodge

Rivers We Gear 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 River

The Copper River is one of the world's premier Steelhead Rivers. It is a mid-sized river with mainly a boulder cobble bottom and a few ledge rock pools. The main tributary to the Copper is the Clore River which boasts good runs of Steelhead 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. Copper (zymoetz) river

Kalum (Kitsumkalum) River - Classified River

The Kalum River is world renowned for its monster Chinook Salmon which can tip the scales at over 80 pounds, not to mention the chance at catching huge Steelhead over 30 pounds. The Kalum also has healthy runs of Coho Salmon and resident populations of Coastal Cutthroat, Rainbows, Dolly Varden, and Bull Trout. It is a mid-sized river with a gravel, cobble bottom, and some boulder fields. We fish the Kalum in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Kalum (Kitsumkalum) River

Skeena River - Classified River

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. Skeena River

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 angler to hone their skills on the unbelievably abundant Chum and Pink run. We fish the Kitimat in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Kitimat River

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, with abundant Trout and Char populations. 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 Fall. Nass Tributaries

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 offer a chance at catching Coho by sight fishing to pods of fish. The streams themselves offer a unique opportunity of sight fishing for steelhead and watching them rise off the bottom and inhale your fly. 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 and hike-in as well. Remote coastal rivers