British Columbia – Nicholas Dean Lodge

An outstanding fishing lodge, reasonably priced, with access to over 50 rivers and lakes in the lower Skeena region

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Nicholas Dean Lodge has access to over 50 of the best rivers and lakes in the Lower Skeena region and the near shore Pacific Ocean. Although guests will only be able to fish a fraction of the available water during a typical holiday, you will have unparalleled opportunities to fish in the style that you prefer, for the species that you wish to catch in the best available rivers to suit the local conditions. If the options seem bewildering to the outsider, rest assured: the team of highly qualified and knowledgeable guides will make sure you are fishing the best beats available.

Location & Environment

Nicholas Dean Lodge is nestled amongst the majestic coastal mountains near Terrace in British Columbia. The mighty Skeena River and its tributaries form the major arteries which fork through expanses of old growth forest and steep valley walls, making for spectacular backdrops. Nicholas Dean Lodge is strategically positioned, allowing anglers to take full advantage of the Skeena system that boasts some of the world’s strongest runs of large wild steelhead and salmon. Each year, steelhead, chinook (kings), coho (silvers), sockeye, pink, and chum salmon ascend the Lower Skeena from the Pacific Ocean and join the trophy trout and char that reside in these rivers all year round.

Nicholas Dean Lodge-One of many tranquil and secluded rivers to fish.
Nicholas Dean Lodge-One of many tranquil and secluded rivers to fish.

The Fishing

The fishing options at Nicholas Dean lodge are as wide and varied as the rivers that can be fished. The specific runs of fish are seasonal, but the variety is such that regardless of when you come there will always be the possibility of some exciting fishing. Many of the rivers are ideally suited for fly fishermen who want to wade: however should you prefer to fish from a boat or use spinning gear there are places and stretches to suit all requirements.

Skeena tributary Steelhead Enjoying some warm summer fishing conditions
Skeena tributary Steelhead and Enjoying some warm summer fishing conditions

 

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The Rivers

The rivers below are just a taste of the variety of waters that can be fished whilst staying at Nicholas Dean Lodge.

  • Skeena River
    The Skeena is a huge broad flowing river which is fed by many famous tributaries which include the Babine, Bulkley, Copper, Kalum, Kispiox, Morice and Sustut amongst others. All the steelhead and salmon, headed for the tributaries, must pass through the lower part of the Skeena, where Nicholas Dean Lodge is located.
  • Copper (Zymoetz) River
    The Copper River is a premier steelhead and chinook river that also has coho salmon, pink salmon, and bull trout. It fishes exceptionally well with the fly and is world-renowned as a dry fly steelhead stream. It is a mid-sized river with mainly a boulder cobble bottom with a few ledge rock pools.
  • Kalum (Kitsumkalum) River
    The Kalum River is world-renowned for its huge chinook salmon which can tip the scales at over 100 pounds, not to mention the chance of catching equally large steelhead up to 40 pounds. It is a mid-sized river with a gravel cobble bottom and some boulder fields. It has many long sweeping runs ideally suited for swinging a fly on a long line. >
  • Kitimat River
    The Kitimat is located very close to the ocean and is known for its productivity, in part due to the hatchery located on the lower end of the river. It is the perfect river for novice fly anglers to hone their skills on the unbelievably abundant chum and pink salmon runs.
  • Nass Tributaries (Meziadin & Bell-Irving Rivers)
    Both are rivers that have a wide variety of ‘fishy’ characteristics but the Bell-Irving has the most fishable water with almost endless miles of gravel and classic swinging steelhead runs. The Nass tributaries are fished primarily in the autumn for steelhead.
Our Testimonial

"I’ve had the fortunate opportunity of having fished some of the most desirable fishing destinations in the world, from the Arctic Circle to Central America to New Zealand. The quality of guides and variety of waters offered at Nicholas Dean was without question a peer to any lodge in any region I've visited. The guides were exceptional in every regard, highly experienced and personable. I felt confident every day that I’d have access to waters in prime form as the lodge accesses over 20 rivers, each with differing water conditions. Overall wonderful fishing, lodging, and value! Definitely worthy of a return. "
Adrien Schnee - Alberta Canada/ Chiang Mai Thailand
Nicholas Dean Lodge Nicholas Dean lodge dining room
Nicholas Dean Lodge and Nicholas Dean lodge dining room

 

Nicholas Dean Lodge

Nicholas Dean has recently moved its accommodation to Pioneer Lodge which provides anglers with a dedicated fishing lodge with comfortable and cosy surroundings. Guest accommodations are comprised of comfortable and relaxing log cabins or apartment style suites.  The cabins are designed to accommodate two people with minimal intrusion and disturbance.  Each guest will enjoy their own private bedroom with a deluxe double bed and quality linen. 

There is an airy lobby area with drink making facilities and a covered open deck with seating for those who wish to relax al fresco.  Apartment suites offer similar amenities as the cabins in one large, spacious room.  Meals are taken in the main dining area of the lodge, a nice spacious room with high vaulted ceilings and a great place to enjoy good company and a few drinks reminiscing over the days events. The lodge has a newly renovated heated dry/wader room where you can leave your fishing gear and clothing ensuring that it will be totally dry the next day. Wireless internet is available for all guests.

Nicholas Dean Lodge-One of many tranquil and secluded rivers to fish.
Nicholas Dean Lodge-One of many tranquil and secluded rivers to fish.

Best Time To Go

The table below is indicative of what species you might expect to catch during the various seasons of the year.

March Steelhead Wrap up warm as the days are cold. Fresh run chrome steelhead will be running and there is a chance of a king salmon from around mid-April. Sea-run cutthroat trout, dolly varden char, bull trout and small steelhead are all available and it is not uncommon to catch 10-30 trout in a day.
Steelhead & chrome kings. The rivers will still be strong so landing big kings and powerful steelhead is a challenge. Summer temperatures make this a very pleasant time of year.
April Steelhead
May Steelhead and kings
June Kings
July Kings, sockeye, pinks and chum The rivers really are at their peak in terms of activity. Teeming with all the different species of pacific salmon the fishing can be very prolific. It is a beautiful time to enjoy the fishing and everything that summer in British Columbia has to offer.
August Kings, sockeye, pinks, chum, silvers and steelhead
September Kings, pinks, silvers and steelhead The steelhead will be settling into their pools and the rivers will have dropped. This is the time to skate a dry fly. Prime time for tackling the hard fighting and numerous coho.
October Silvers and steelhead
November Steelhead The time of year when ‘real’ steelheaders make their name. Not for the weak in spirit but for those brave enough to face the chilly temperatures it is the time to do battle with a trophy fish.
December Steelhead

Getting There

To get to Nicholas Dean Lodge guests typically fly to Vancouver and take a connecting flight to Terrace. You will be collected at Terrace and driven to the lodge in anticipation of your first days fishing the following morning.

A huge Skeena King King Salmon & Steelhead fly collection
A huge Skeena King and King Salmon & Steelhead fly collection

 

Availability and Pricing for the 2016 Season

Season: The season runs from March-December
Rate:
  • Shared room rate: $4750.00 CDN plus taxes/angler
  • Single room rate: $5135.00 CDN plus taxes/angler
Package Includes:
  • Six (x6) nights
  • Five (x5) days fly fishing - approx 9 hours/day.
  • Price includes accommodation.
  • Includes transportation from Terrace Airport.
  • All meals.
  • A reasonable supply of loan tackle is available.
Note: Price does not include gratuities, fish licenses or alcoholic drinks.

If you would like to know more about this trip, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to British Columbia, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942
justin@wherewisemenfish.com

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Telephone: 646 797 2945
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