This is the dream trip for anglers in search of coastal chrome steelhead and chinook salmon that hammer a swung flies. Fish the legendary Dean River on British Columbia’s central coast for summer steelhead and huge chinook (king) salmon. Our unique lodge on the Dean River is situated on the lower stretches of the river and combines guided and self-guided fishing with comfortable cabin accommodations and superb hospitality.
Chromer is pleased to have partnered with BC West Lodge on the Dean River to bring you BC’s premier steelhead fishing experience. We have secured a number of spaces that our exclusive to our clients during prime steelhead weeks in August. Look no further if you’re in search of the best dates on the Dean, we have you covered!
The season on the Dean runs from early July to late August with a maximum of 12 guests per week making for extremely limited availability. Please contact us early for availability or eligibility for our Dean waiting list.
This classic steelhead lodge is nestled in the native coastal forest near the Dean River delta. Neat landscaping and paths connect the group of buildings, and a footpath allows a beautiful 10-minute walk to the river. Guests sleep in comfortable, wood-heated cabins that all have running water and very comfortable beds. Several of our cabins house two anglers, and one cabin provides lodging for four anglers—perfect for a group of four that would like to ‘stick together’ during the week. The lodge clubhouse provides a comfortable spot for relaxing, unwinding after a day’s ﬁshing, and enjoying the meals.
“Enjoyed the fishing, lodging , staff and hospitality at BC West Dean Lodge, thank you for setting it up!”
“Getting Chromer to put together your trip is a no-brainer. Yos Gladstone seems to know everyone in the BC sport fishing industry, and has a sixth sense for putting you where need to be at the right time to put those lunkers on the line. Don’t bother trying to put it all together yourself, call Chromer, and get a customized itinerary that maximizes you’re chances. On top of it all, you get courteous and personal service.”
“I’d highly recommend anyone looking for a BC steelhead trip to contact Chromer Sport Fishing and the services of Justin and Yos. From the initial inquiry to assisting with trip plans to making sure all the guides treated myself and Mike with some extra attention it was nothing but excellent. Nice to book with some local guys who know the rivers and the programs of. Thanks again for the great trip!”
Dean River steelhead don’t fool around, they crush flies, they torch drags and they will bury you into your backing within a blink of an eye. This is a special run of fish, arguably the hardest fighting strain of steelhead found in British Columbia. If you’re looking for superstar steelhead, you’ll find them on the Dean. What makes Dean River steelhead so hot? Every Dean River steelhead has to navigate the Dean canyon – a narrow, steep section of river with strong flows. For a Dean River steelhead to successfully make it to spawn, they must travel through the canyon, creating a bread of strong resilient fish that are like no other on the British Columbia coast.
Steelhead Fishing on the Dean – What makes Dean River steelhead so hot? Every Dean River steelhead has to navigate the Dean canyon – a narrow, steep section of river with strong flows. For a Dean River steelhead to successfully make it to spawn, they must travel through the canyon, creating a bread of strong resilient fish that are like no other on the British Columbia coast. Half of your days you’re fishing with a guide below the canyon, and half of your days you’re fishing on your own above the canyon. On your unguided days you and a partner will fish together and always be in radio contact with the lodge. You need to be comfortable wading on your own and reading water.
Salmon Fishing on the Dean – Although the Dean is best known for its steelhead fishing the chinook fishing is just as mind-blowing. If you’re looking for a big wild fish experience on the fly this is about as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world. From the beginning of June into early July our Dean River trips focus on fishing the wild chinook (king) salmon that enter the Dean on their migration home. From an angling standpoint, there are just a couple of ways in which Dean River chinook salmon are different from the river’s steelhead – they’re bigger, and they’re more powerful!
To begin your trip you’ll travel from Vancouver to Bella Coola with Pacific Coastal Airlines. These flights depart from Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal and are about an hour in length. From Bella Coola to the Dean lodge you’ll travel aboard a chartered helicopter. The helicopter flight is included in the price of your trip. Once you book we’ll assist in all your travel plans, ensuring a seamless trip to the Dean. We’ll also send you information on fishing licenses, a detailed steelhead gear guide and are always here to assist in travel plans. All reasons why we are the trusted source for fishing in BC, you can depend on a full-service trip when you book with us.
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