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TV / Wi-Fi

There is no TV, but in-lodge wifi internet access is provided.

Private Rooms

Each private room has a queen and single bed plus a shower-equipped bathroom.


What We Provide

Optional Items

The lodge’s maximum capacity is 4-6 adult guests

Morning mist in Cramer Pass – the view from our deck

Fishing in British Columbia 

A little about our weather: Our climate is typical of a coastal marine environment. You can expect wet weather and cool temperatures almost any time of the year. Spring, summer, and early fall high temperatures average in the high 50’s to low 60’s (14-18 C). Low temperatures are in the mid 40’s to low 50’s (7-12 C). Even though the waters are generally calm and sheltered, you should bring warm clothes, hats, gloves, and rain gear. Those 5 AM rides when going fishing for British Columbia king salmon are cool, even on a warm summer day.

Of course, when the sun does come out, you should have plenty of sun protection. Polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and a billed hat are good to have in almost any weather. Shorts are rarely worn, even in summer, but they’re nice to have if you’re just hanging out at the lodge. Warm and waterproof footgear is recommended.

Fly fishing rods and reels for our guests’ use

What We Provide

Saltwater Fishing Gear: The lodge has salmon fishing and halibut gear for our guests. Our typical setup is a 9’ mooching rod with a single action (a.k.a. “knucklebuster”) reel. If you’re more comfortable with a level wind or your own gear, feel free to bring it.

Fly-Fishing Gear: We have a selection of 5, 6, and 8-wt. rods and reels with both floating/sinktip and sinking lines. We provide flies and fly-tying materials. We have a selection of waders and boots for most sizes.

If you have a very large or small foot or body size, please let us know well in advance. Depending on how large or small the foot or wader size is, we may or may not be able to provide properly fitted waders/boots.

Conventional Fishing Gear: We have a selection of spinning rods and lures for our guests’ use. As with fly-fishing, we have waders and boots in various sizes.

Optional Items You Can Also Bring

Fly-Fishing: If you’re bringing your own tackle, a 5-wt. or 6-wt. rod is good for trout, or an 8-wt. for coho. If possible, bring a spool loaded with floating line and one with a good sink tip. A medium to fast sinker (type III or higher) is highly recommended.

A casting lesson

Good British Columbia fly patterns include muddler minnow, woolly bugger, clouser minnow, and for coho, marauder, tyrant, general practitioner, and polly wog-all in bright colors-work well. Use a #2 or #4 size hook for salmon and #8 or #10 for trout.

Because of the 12kg/25 lb. luggage limit on the floatplane flights, most guests prefer to use our waders and boots. However, you’re welcome to bring your own.

Conventional Freshwater Fishing: If you’re bringing your own gear for trout and/or silver salmon, a good light-to-medium-weight spinning or casting setup is recommended (on the heavier side for salmon).

As far as lures, a good lure selection of sizes and colors is suggested. Bright pink, red, and chartreuse are popular with the fish. Spinners in #2-4 (Mepps/Roostertail type) sizes are good. Only lures with single, barbless hooks may be used. If your lures have a barbed hook, the barbs may be clipped or pinched down.

Fly-rods at rest in the afternoon shade

Miscellaneous: Please note that for travel to fishing lodges BC, full passports (not cards) are required for ALL guests traveling by air from Seattle to Blackfish Lodge. As mentioned, we provide flotation suits, so you don’t need to bring life vests or the like. Do bring your favorite reading materials, toiletries, and adequate changes of clothing. Because we’re in a remote location, your cellphone will NOT work. The lodge has wifi internet access for guest use, so feel free to bring your laptop or tablet.

Mealtimes are very informal. If you’re bringing any liquor to the lodge from the U.S., Canadian customs regulations allow 40 oz (1.14 liters) of hard liquor or 52 oz. (1.5 liters) of wine per person.

One final thing to note when you’re packing is that, if you’re arriving from the Seattle area via floatplane, Northwest Seaplanes has a strict baggage weight limit of 25 lbs. (12 kg) per person. Northwest Seaplanes will bring up to 80 lbs. of fish back to Seattle at no charge.


Limited Party Size

Parties of 4-6 may have exclusive use of the lodge. The lodge’s maximum capacity is 4-6 adult guests.


We’re pleased to offer our guests the use of our lovely sauna.

Upright piano

Upright piano for those who like music during their time at the lodge.


We have a widely varied collection of CDs, You’re also welcome to bring your own music CDs.

Wheelchair Accessible

Additionally, the lodge is wheelchair accessible (be sure to coordinate with any air or boat travel).

Family-style Meals

Meals are served and cooked family-style.

All-day Fishing Meals

We’ll make sure that there is a generous supply of food and hot and cold drinks on the boat.

Quality Food & Drink

We believe that providing ample, high quality, and delicious food adds to the overall pleasure of your visit.

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What People are Saying

  • star rating  After a long pandemic absence, I was able to return to Blackfish. I've missed my annual visit and wanted to share it with my youngest brother. It was a great... read more

    Steve P
    August 11, 2022

    star rating  This was my fishing trip to Canada with my son, and the experience was nothing short of amazing! Chris and Hannah, the owners of Blackfish Lodge, were some of... read more

    July 25, 2022
  • star rating  Fun family fishing trip. We had so much fun, My 7 year old grandson caught his 1st fish. He was pretty happy catching it was right off the dock.... read more

    July 13, 2022

    star rating  My dad and I stayed at blackfish lodge for a week and had an amazing experience!

    Chris was really attentive to the list of things we wanted to accomplish... read more

    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  Staff and fishing guides were absolutely wonderful. Food was excellent. This was a great family trip with teenagers. Wifi available but we were so busy enjoying the... read more

    August 21, 2019

    star rating  My wife and I wanted to take our two grown daughters and two oldest grandsons (ages 10 & 9 respectively) on a unique family vacation that would hopefully provide them... read more

    August 17, 2019
  • star rating  Chris and Hannah and their staff and guides made our stay a real pleasure, we particularly appreciated Chris's patience, kindness and expertise. A wonderful secluded location, delicious fresh meals, lovely... read more

    Michael W
    August 15, 2019

    star rating  The best we had before!Unique place and the best hosts ever!Great lovley and hand made kitchen .Super perfect also the guiding,the guest only has to say what he wnt to... read more

    July 21, 2019
  • star rating  If you think the best places are hard to get too, and away from it all, this is the place for you! Getting here by float plane is an adventure... read more

    September 24, 2018

    star rating  My buddy and I had a wonderful time. I have worked in customer service for 30+ years.
    Everyone at Blackfish made us feel welcome, comfortable and appreciated.
    The fishing was... read more

    Darren Z
    September 24, 2018
  • star rating  Blackfish Lodge and the staff there are really exceptional. The experience we had was phenomenal from the beginning of the trip till the end. The views from float plane ride... read more

    September 14, 2018

    star rating  Had a wonderful time.The food was fantastic, really very, very good. If the lodge were a nearby restaurant I would be frequenting it! Loved the chef.All of the staff was... read more

    August 24, 2018
  • star rating  For the 2nd time I had a fantastic trip to the lodge. The staff, accommodations, food, guides were awesome! I know the rest of my group had a... read more

    Mario V G
    August 20, 2018

    star rating  There are not enough superlatives to describe the experiences at the lodge. There were great days of fishing and slow days of fishing but everyday was phenomenal for sites of... read more

    Patrick L
    July 27, 2018
  • star rating  The food was 5 Star amazing and all homemade and in most cases from something harvested or grown on site. Rooms were super comfy and hospitality of staff was like... read more

    Pamela R
    July 8, 2018

    star rating  Met every expectation, and more, for 3 fly fishing friends from Glasgow looking to experience a fishing adventure of a lifetime. Awesome landscapes. Friendly, helpful and generous hosts. Fantastic ,... read more

    September 14, 2017

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