Experience Mouth-Watering Canadian Streams and Rivers

Fly Fishing British Columbia

When’s the best time to come fly fishing in B.C.?

Best Time to Fish

When’s the best time to come salmon fishing in BC?  Click here for a month-by-month description of our season.

Fly fishing in British Columbia

Blackfish Lodge is licensed and insured for all freshwater fishing.

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Great Variety

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.

Wakeman River
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.

Small Streams

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

Fly-In Fishing

Add some vertical excitement to your stay! Get great aerial views of the gorgeous area, fish in places only accessible by helicopter, have lunch on a glacier!
A day of heli-fishing/sightseeing is a great way to enhance the variety of your stay with us. Our dock was specifically designed to accommodate a helicopter, so you and your guide will be picked up, and returned to, the comfort of your Blackfish Lodge base.
Helicopter days must typically be reserved 90 days in advance and are strictly on a space available basis. Helicopters used can accommodate a maximum of two guests plus guide and pilot. Please contact us directly for pricing.

Gorgeous Wakeman River


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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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