Accommodations: Rustic Deluxe
Family: Sweetwater Travel
Location: British Columbia
Phone for reservations: 800-410-1222 ask for Gary or Paul
Species: Steelhead, Dolly Varden, Kings, Rainbows
|The Steelhead Valhalla Lodge - BC
British Columbia Steelhead Trophy Fishing
The Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is nestled in the trees along the banks of the Sustut River five miles upstream from the Sustut's confluence with the Skeena River. The Skeena River System has been labeled the largest producing river for trophy steelhead in the world!
Because it is located more than 100 miles from civilization 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 Columbia'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 encouraged 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 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.
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.
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.
The Lodging & Food
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, foam mattresses and warm bedding.
The meals are hearty and home-cooked, including breads and pastries, and are served family-style. Domestic Canadian wines are served with evening meals. Lunches are served by your guide along the river.
Bookings are for September – October….Monday to Monday. Price for 2014 is $7,200 pp dbl occ.
Package price includes: Round-trip private air charter from Smithers, accommodations, meals, and 5% GST . Package price is based on double occupancy cabins. Single supplements (accommodations only) for an additional charge of $1,500 plus GST are available if space allows.
Not included in package price: Flight to and from Smithers, hotel and meals in Smithers, pop and alcohol for consumption at the lodge, fishing licenses, Steelhead stamps (Approximately $400 C.A.D. plus GST) and staff gratuities.
Call 800-410-1222 & ask for Gary or Paul or email above. We’ll do all we can to get you “in”.