SKEENA SPEY RIVERSIDE WILDERNESS & LODGE, TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Quick Facts
Season

March—November

Species

Wild steelhead; wild chinook, silver, pink, and chum salmon; dolly varden char

Accommodations

Main lodge supported by multiple single and double-occupancy A-frame cabins

Max Occupancy

Lodge sleeps 25 people; max 15 guided anglers

The Experience

The legendary Skeena River is one of the world’s greatest salmon and steelhead highways. Fish traverse the system for most of the year. Great shots at steelhead ranging to 20 pounds or more; chances to battle chinook salmon averaging about 25 pounds, with some true giants ranging past the 50-pound mark. Lodge located on the banks of the Skeena, offering walk-to dawn patrol and post-dinner fishing options. Guests may book for single nights or full weeks. Private boat launch. First-time fly-fishers and families welcome.

If you are into spey rods and swung flies, Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge and the Skeena River are the places to be. This legendary waterway feeds other vaunted steelhead and salmon rivers, including the Bulkley, Babine, Kalum, Kispiox and Morice . . . and all of the fish heading to those systems swim right by Skeena Spey’s front door. Fishing here gives you the best chance to catch a personal best steelhead or king salmon. Each year, 20-pound and larger steelhead are hooked; chinook salmon to 40 or 50 pounds are a distinct possibility. Larger chinook are fought and lost.

Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge

OVERVIEW

Brian Niska’s Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge is located just outside Terrace, British Columbia and offers some of the best fishing guides in the province. Niska’s team prides itself on catching big steelhead and salmon, but is equally schooled in welcoming new anglers to the sport . . . and getting them hooked into their first fish. Experienced anglers will appreciate the guide team’s willingness to advance their casting and fish catching skills. Anglers here mostly fish the Skeena, but guides also target several prime tributaries. Guests can stay as long as they want, whether that’s one day, a week or longer. Anglers stay in recently renovated A-frame cabins and eat family style meals and swap stories with other fishy guests at the main lodge.

THE FISHING

Many guides and anglers consider the Skeena River to be the best steelhead and salmon river in the world, and certainly the Pacific Northwest’s standout fishery. Anglers from around the world are drawn here to test their skills against some of the biggest and strongest steelhead and salmon on the planet. The Skeena and its equally famous tributaries offer great options nearly year round. Fresh fish enter the system in March and keep pushing through into November. Skeena Spey and its guides focus primarily on the Skeena, but are happy to hit other productive systems, including the Kitimat, when conditions merit a change.

BOATS & EQUIPMENT

A mix of seven jet boats, including 21-foot long Kingfisher Shallow Water Extremes outfitted with 200 and 300 hp engines. These boats, along with a 20-foot Woolridge and a 24-foot SVF Warhorse, ferry anglers to the best runs, upstream or downstream from the lodge, sailing over the cobblestone in just inches of water. When accessing very difficult to reach water Niska employs inflatable Solar boats that weigh just 150 pounds and are outfitted with 25 hp jet engines. What does all this mean? No prime run or fish is unreachable when fishing with Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge.

ACCOMMODATION

Fourteen A-frame cabins, nestled in the woods along the banks of the Skeena, offer the perfect place to unwind and rest after long days on the water. Guests may book for single night stays or as long as they like. Deluxe and classic cabins are available and rates are based on double occupancy. Guests enjoy an unpretentious, family friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

CUISINE

Anglers enjoy large portions of rustic fare served family style in the main lodge. Most of the produce comes from on-site organic gardens.

TRAVEL

Anglers take direct flights from Vancouver, British Columbia to Terrace. Lodge is located 17 miles from Terrace. Lodge staff picks up anglers from the airport and transports them to Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge.

Feel free to contact us at Gils Fly Fishing International for more information.

RATES/PACKAGES

Shared Deluxe cabin: $6,925 (CAD) for 7-night/6-day package, based on double occupancy and shared guide.

Shared Classic cabin: $6,540 (CAD) for 7-night/6-day package, based on double occupancy and shared guide.

INCLUDED

Accommodations and meals at the lodge, on-river lunches, guiding, flies, BC taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Terrace, fishing licenses, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities.

TERMS (DEPOSITS AND REFUNDS)

Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit. Balance must be received before the start of your trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival in order to receive a full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency at GFFI’s discretion.