Dean River Steelhead Fishing Lodge in British Columbia

The steelhead on the Dean River in British Columbia are fresh from the ocean. You could be fishing within a mile and a half from the salt.

  • The Dean River is world renowned fly fishing for Steelhead.
  • Fish the Lower Dean – the mouth, 1 1/2 miles up to the Canyon.
  • You can also fish the Upper Dean – from the Canyon up to 5 Mile.
  • Most anglers use Spey rods, but a single-handed rod will be just fine.

British Columbia

The Dean River

To fish the Dean River is a privilege, and this outfitter is among the best. Known in the world of steelhead fishing for having the hottest, strongest fish around…. Dean River steelhead are fresh from the ocean and they CRUSH flies!

Not a trip for beginners, if you’ve never fished for steelhead or salmon before, ask us to recommend a different trip

The Fish

This is a steelhead trip, but if your timing is right there could be some salmon in the river.

When to Go

You’ll want to fish the Dean River in the summer, it can be hit or miss otherwise.

You can go earlier, but if you really want to hit the peak for steelhead (and who doesn’t), fish in July or August. A bonus if you fish towards the end of August, is you might start picking up some Coho’s…. but you’re there for the steelhead.

The Lodge

You’ll be staying in a comfortable cabin with a wood stove, and there is a clubhouse for relaxing after a hard day of fighting fish. There is a drying room where you can hang your gear to dry out, and a hot shower.

Boats and vehicles are in great shape and you won’t have any problems getting to the fishing. Most guests bring their own gear, but there is a good supply of flies, leaders and tips, as well as loaner waders, wading boots, rods and reels at the lodge.

The Guides

The guides are top-notch, knowledgeable, and professional. When it comes down to it, they arrived at the Dean for the same reason as you…. to experience some of the best steelhead fishing in the world.

Getting There

You will either fly or drive to Vancouver, British Columbia where you will jump on a Pacific Coastal Airlines flight to Bella Coola, BC. Once you hit the ground there, travel to the lodge on the Dean using a chartered helicopter. The helicopter flight is included in the price of your trip.




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