Experience Mouth-Watering Canadian Streams and Rivers
Fly Fishing British Columbia
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Fly fishing in British Columbia
Blackfish Lodge is licensed and insured for all freshwater fishing.
Float & Fish Trip
Saltwater Fly Fishing
The lodge’s maximum capacity is 4-6 adult guests
A small stream reveals a large fish – very gratifying
A visiting fishing writer, describing one of our smaller streams, wrote “…I nearly gasped! There before me was the most picturesque pool one could ever imagine…This spot will be recorded in my memory banks as the single most beautiful pool I have ever had the pleasure to fish.” For the full text of this article, please click here.
Fly fishing in British Columbia is full of variety. Our fishing spots are located within a 10-50 minute boat ride from the lodge. Some of these locations require short to moderate hikes, so guests should have the appropriate physical mobility necessary to reach these locations. Blackfish Lodge is licensed and insured for all freshwater fishing.
Great Variety of Water
The local streams, lakes, and rivers are 100% catch-and-release and are, indeed, some of the most beautiful, productive, and unpressured waters you’ve never heard of. Fish small streams or bigger water, dry flies or wet. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find yourself hooking resident and/or searun cutthroat trout, dolly varden char and a few rainbow trout. You’ll also find silver, and pink salmon, small numbers of chinook salmon, and, if you’re really lucky, maybe a steelhead.
Float & Fish Trip
If larger water is on your mind, you’ll want to take our full-day Wakeman River float trip. Designated as Class 2 Classified Waters by the BC government, we are one of only two lodges authorized to fish the spectacularly beautiful and legendary Wakeman. Again, rarely will you see other anglers. Clear in the spring and turning to a striking jade green color in the mid-and late-summer, the Wakeman has often been noted as the highlight of our guests´ trip.
Your Wakeman day starts off with a 50-minute boat ride from the lodge to Kingcome Inlet and up into Wakeman Sound. The float trip starts with a short truck ride up the river to your put-in spot. Then, you and your guide will enjoy a great day—-fishing innumerable pools and runs. After hooking salmon, trout, or dollies (depending on the season), you’ll come back to the lodge for another great dinner.
Hooking a searun cutthroat on a fly
A resident cutthroat trout being released back into the wild
Experts and Novices are Welcome
We have water and fishing opportunities to satisfy every skill level. Experienced anglers will appreciate the variety and challenges of the different streams and waters that we fish.
We are very pleased to provide fly tying and casting instruction to first-timers or beginning anglers. We’ve taught many a guest who had never touched a fly rod before. We’ll teach casting basics and have you (if you wish) tie a fly or two. Then we’ll go out on the water.
More often than not, you’ll land your first fly-caught fish.
Our guides will take you into lovely small streams where the sighting of another angler would be an extraordinary event. Tying into a leaping, twisting, running silver salmon, or a lovely native coastal cutthroat trout in a stream that you might be able to cross in two jumps is quite an angling thrill.
Saltwater Fly Fishing
Saltwater fly fishing for searun cutthroats and salmon is becoming a popular part of the fly angler’s repertoire. Fishing the estuaries and rock piles for cutts can stir up some nonstop action. The estuaries can also produce some excellent fishing for silvers and pinks waiting to enter the streams. Furthermore, silvers can be fished in other saltwater areas around kelp beds and tidal rips.
Chris Bennett, lodge owner/guide readies the gear for a day on the river
Should you want even more variety and excitement fly fishing British Columbia, with advance notice, floatplane and/or helicopter charters can be arranged (significant extra charges apply) that will take you right from the lodge to fish nearby pristine and rarely fished lakes and streams.
Gorgeous Wakeman River
What People are Saying
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
August 11, 2022
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