Fishwest is pleased to announce the addition of the beautiful Bulkley River Lodge to our destination travel lineup!
Located on the banks of one of North America’s most productive steelhead fisheries, the Bulkley River Lodge provides anglers with a variety of fishing environments and conditions as well as an unparelleled lodge experience. The two and a half month fishing season at the Bulkley River Lodge runs from early September to mid November, providing guests with weather ranging from short sleeves and sun to snow, gloves, and layers. The steelhead fishing on the Bulkley River is some of the best steelhead fishing in the world and it’s only a short flight from Vancouver, a major hub for international travelers. The fishing is very productive regardless of your preferred method. Whether you’re on a mission to catch a steelhead on a dry fly or you like swinging large intruders, the fish in the Bulkley are willing to eat. In addition to the incredible fishing, the Bulkley River Lodge is internationally recognized as a leader in steelhead conservation. The Bulkley River ecosystem is a thriving habitat for many species and the lodge strives to be as low impact on the local environment as possible.
- 7 nights of accommodation at the Bulkley River Lodge
- 7 days of guided Steelhead fishing using drift and/or jet boat (two guests per guide)
- Deluxe meals prepared by our professional chef
- Airport transfers to and from the Smithers airport
- Premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, including wine with dinner
- Fishing license
The Bulkley is a tributary of the Skeena river system which is home to one of the most prolific steelhead runs in the world. The river cuts through the Bulkley Valley as it winds through the forests and canyons of British Columbia on its way to the Skeena and then the coast.
The fish in the Bulkley are some of the most aggressive steelhead around. It is not uncommon to land fish on skated dry flies early in the season and as the temperatures drop anglers typically transition to sink tips and larger flies. No matter your fly preference, the fish of the Bulkley are more willing to investigate and eat a variety of flies, unlike the fish in many other locations. Many of the anglers who visit the Bulkley utilize two-handed spey rods to cover more ground and reach those fish just out of single handed casting distance. Whether you’re an experienced spey caster or a newcomer to the two-handed approach, the guides of the Bulkley River will have you swinging flies to hungry fish in no time at all.
A typical day of fishing begins bright and early with coffee and breakfast. Guests will then make their way to the dry room where wet gear is stored after a day on the water. Depending on which section of the river you will be fishing, anglers will meet their guides on the front lawn and head out on jet boats docked at the property. Anglers will be also shuttled to rafts or jet boats located a short drive from the lodge. In between fishing runs guests will enjoy scenic sections of the river, as well as encounters with the diverse wildlife of British Columbia. Guides are limited to two anglers per boat and most of the fishing is done by foot. Your guide will provide sandwiches and soup midday, followed by more fishing. As your day comes to an end, you’re met by one of the lodge staff with your cocktail of choice.
After returning to the lodge, guests can hang up their wet gear, get cleaned up and head to the lodge of appetizers and stories of the day’s adventures. After appetizers, dinner is typically served around seven and you can expect the meals served at the lodge to be some of the best meals you’ve ever had in your life.
The lodge is located about 20 miles outside of Smithers, British Columbia and around 140 miles from the coast so the fish are guaranteed to be fresh and full of life. The lodge is situated on the banks of a remote section of the river allowing for unrivaled privacy and access. There are four cabins on the lodge property, in addition to the main lodge, the drying room, and the guide quarters. Each of the guest cabins is designed for double occupancy, allowing for a total of 8 guests per week. Each cabin is equipped with wireless internet access, a full size bathroom, and a spacious front porch with a front row view of the river. Inside the main lodge you will find the dining area as well as a cozy lounge where appetizers are served after guests return from fishing.
Not included in your trip
Gratuities and air transportation to and from Smithers, BC.
There are several flights daily from Vancouver, BC to Smithers airport. Please note: Our guests arrive the night before their trip and usually stay at the Storks Nest or the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. To make reservations at Storks Nest, call 1 250 847 3831 or Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, 1 250 847 4581.
Please call the Bulkley River Lodge on the evening of your arrival to review your pick-up time and fishing arrangements for the following morning. We will shuttle you back to the airport on the morning of your departure.
Bulkley River Lodge Cancellation Policy
In the event a cancellation is necessary all deposits will be nonrefundable unless a suitable replacement is found. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended
A deposit of 50% of your trip total is due on or before Jan 15 to secure your reservation. This deposit is non-refundable. Final balance is due June 15.