Steelhead fishing in British Columbia: The Valhalla Lodge
Trophy British Columbia Steelhead Fishing!
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"Not just a fishing trip, but an adventure."
Robert Herman-Smith, U.K.
"Food and hosts wonderful. Itrsquo;s nice to know there are still good folks around. Had a good week, wish I could stay longer."
Carson Wade, Newfoundland
"Prettiest river I ever fished!"
David Jackman Jr., USA
The Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is nestled in the trees along the banks of the Sustut River five miles upstream from the Sustutrsquo;s confluence with the Skeena River. The Skeena River System has been labeled the largest producing river for trophy steelhead in the world!
The Sustut River is regarded as the crown jewel of steelhead fishing on the Skeena watershed.
Because it is located more than 100 miles from civilisation and accessible only by plane, the Sustut is the least fished of all the famous Skeena tributaries. The Sustut originates in Sustut and Johansen Lakes in the Omineca Mountains with the Pacific Ocean about 275 miles downstream from the junction of the Skeena and Sustut Rivers. While casting to and landing great steelhead you may enjoy the added benefit of seeing eagles, moose, bears and everything that British Columbiarsquo;s beauty has to offer. The scenery is simply unbelievable - every run offers unique vistas and is waiting for you.
The Skeena River system in northern British Columbia has long been known as the "Valhalla" for anglers from all over the world who wish to test their skill against the mightiest of steelhead trout. The Skeena river is the largest producer of trophy-sized steelhead in the world, with the annual run ranging from 25,000 to 40,000.
Over five million Pacific salmon pass through on their journey to the spawning grounds each season. The largest freshwater rod-and-reel caught steelhead came from the Skeena system, as did the largest fly-caught steelhead.
The Province of British Columbia has officially recognized the steelhead trout as a trophy fish. A catch-and-release sport fishing ethic has been encourages with emphasis placed on returning fish to the river so that they may spawn and perpetuate their splendid race. Steelhead Valhalla Lodge requires that all steelhead be released.
Guests at Steelhead Valhalla fish the lower 20 miles of the river. The upper 80 miles are utilized exclusively for salmon and steelhead spawning and rearing, key to the tremendous productivity of the Sustut River.
Sustut River Salmon Fly and Lure Fishing
By the time King Salmon reach the Sustut they are eager to take a fly or lure. King Salmon run from 10 to 50 pounds and average 25-30. This is a great venue for anyone interested in a quality wilderness salmon fishing adventure.
Sustut River Steelhead Fly Fishing
Sustut steelhead average 15 pounds, with many running 20 pounds and larger. The females generally run from eight to 20 pounds, while the males normally range from 14 to over 30.
Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout Fishing
We also have a fair number of Dolly Varden char that average around two pounds, and a few rainbows that run from a pound to three pounds.
British Columbia Fishing Season
Prime fly fishing for steelhead is from late August through mid-October. There is no certain week or time during this period when we can predict that the fishing will be best. Best fishing is determined by water levels and the weather.
Skeena River System Fishing Lodge
Located on the banks of the Sustut River, the Steelhead Valhalla Lodge consists of a log lodge, five cozy log sleeping cabins, and a wash-house complete with showers sinks and indoor toilets. The lodge has a modern kitchen, an expansive open-beam dining room, fully supplies fly tying benches and a small lounge area. Buildings were hand-crafted of logs available on site.
The five guest cabins are designed for two persons each. The cabins are carpeted, have electric lights (powered by a generator), wood airtight heaters, mattresses and warm bedding.
Best Times to Go
Availability and Pricing for the 2015 Season
If you would like to know more about the Valhalla Lodge, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Background reading for your trip:
"A passion for Steelhead" by Dec HoganOur Comments:
This book is simply amazing. The title is absolutely perfect because Dec Hogan not only gives in depth and sound instruction on all things related to fly fishing for steelhead, he instils his own love for the sport into the reader. From the life history of a steelhead egg to his own history of how he became consumed with learning everything he could. Excellent colour photography accompanied with diagrams and instruction, this book is a must have for anyone considering a trip to a Steelhead River.
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