Steelhead fishing in British Columbia: The Suskeena Lodge

Wild steelhead and salmon fly fishing at its best



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The Fishing

The Suskeena Lodge is located on the Sustut River, a tributary of the famous Skeena River. The Sustut is truly a jewel that is for most part largely unknown except among a core group of fanatics that fish the river on an annual basis hoping to crack the magic 30 pound mark for steelhead.

The Sustut River has several advantages to other rivers, no crowds, clear water and its fish are huge...built for a long cold winter. Due to its remote nature, it is too expensive for weekend travelers to visit, so there is little angling pressure and much of the water remains unfished throughout the season. The fish are all wild, large and very numerous and contrary to public opinion, steelhead are agressive and easily catchable for an angler of any skill level. Perhaps one of the greatest joys on the Sustut River is to fish the dry fly as it is without doubt one of the most exciting ways to catch a steelhead.

The Sustut is one of the finest steelhead rivers in British Columbia.

There are few rivers where it is possible to catch steelhead up 30 pounds. On the Skeena River these include the Babine, Kispiox or the Sustut. Occasionally other rivers produce these giants, but these three rivers produce them annually. The Sustut is widely regarded as one of the finest of the northern steelhead rivers in British Columbia. The fish on the Sustut are among British Columbiarsquo;s largest and average around 12 pounds, but often reach well into the high twenties. There are 30-35 pound fish landed yearly.

The river is also one of the most beautiful with a great mix of long boulder filled runs, short pockets, great side channels and unforgettable glassy dry fly guides.

23 pound steelhead from the Sustut River
The reason to go and fish on the Sustat

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The Lodge

Suskeena Lodge is located on the Sustut River in Northern British Columbia. The lodge itself is accessed by either helicopter or fixed wing Grand Caravan from the town of Smithers. At a private airstrip you will be met by Suskeena Lodge staff in a vehicle for your transfer to the lodge. Cabins are well furnished and have a stove and a bathroom with a shower, flushing toilet and sitting area. The cabins are some of the nicest we have encountered at any steelhead lodge anywhere.

The main lodge building is a charming custom built log building with ample room to relax for a drink, eat a great meal or simply to sit and enjoy drinks by the fire place. With just nine anglers, the atmosphere is just right. The lodge has great views, overlooking a prime steelhead run and a mountainside flanked with cedar, aspen, birch and alder. In the autumn, the colours are simply beautiful.

Suskeena Lodge Log cabins
Suskeena Lodge Log cabins
steelhead fishing
Our Testimonials

"The lodge in the middle of the wilderness is very spectacular, warm, comfortable, isolated and very hospitable. The staff you have there are wonderful, extremely friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and made me feel extremely welcome. Obviously as a woman in a male domain one can at times feel isolated, but here in the lodge the guides, Paul, Will and Dom made me feel very welcome, Shirley was very efficient and friendly. Peter the chef produced spectacular meals, I have never eaten so well. I found the whole experience wonderful and hope to return again soon."
WG - Liverpool, England Oct 08

"Thank you for an excellent fishing trip, it simply could not have been better. We will definitely return next year."
Joe Rayer, London

"I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience what is like to fish in British Columbia. After fishing here, you will want to return every year."
Raymond & Ann Hughes, Hong Kong

Best Times to Go

The fishing season typically runs from March to December, with the special Nass River steelhead camp expeditions starting in September and ending in November. The following is a summary of fish species by month:

Steelhead Steelhead enter the river in late June and continue to run in waves throughout the season. The average fish is 12 pounds, but some can reach up to 30 pounds.
Chinook (King) Salmon Sustut River King Salmon enter the river in June and July and can reach up to 60 pounds.
Coho (Silver) Salmon Silver Salmon enter the Sustut River in late August and September and can reach 20 pounds.

Availability and Pricing

Season: The season runs from late August to late October.
Rate: From US $6,500 + Canadian HST tax 
Package Includes:
  • Round trip private air charter from Smithers
  • Seven (x7) nights accommodation Friday-Friday (based on double occupancy).
  • Six (x6) days guided fly fishing (one guide per three anglers).
  • All meals and soft drinks.
  • All local and state taxes.
Not included in package price:
  • Flight to and from Smithers
  • Hotel in Smithers
  • Pop and alcohol for consumption at the lodge
  • Fishing licenses and steelhead stamps (Approximately $300-$400 C.A.D.) and gratuities
Note: Package price is based on double occupancy cabins. Single supplements, for an additional fee, are available if space allows. One guide is shared between 3 anglers.

If you would like to know more about The Suskeena Lodge, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell StuartJustin Maxwell Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Office: +44 (0)845 603 1552
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Background reading for your trip:

"The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing in British Columbia" by Neil Cameron, et al

Our Comments:

This book covers not just the hot spots but the hidden treasures of this fly-fishing paradise, these seven veteran anglers and noted writers reveal when to go, how to select winning destinations, which patterns are consistently most productive and much, much more. The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing in British Columbia covers them all and offers insider advice for anyone whorsquo;s yearned to cast a fly.

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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:

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Justin Maxwell-Stuart
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