Steelhead Fishing Trips on Northern Vancouver Island



Vancouver Island is home to some of the best winter steelhead fishing in British Columbia. These Vancouver Island steelhead fishing trips focus on targeting steelhead on Vancouver Islands’s northern region, including the Nimpkish River, the Salmon River and a variety of others lesser known but equally impressive BC steelhead systems.

Rates & Availability

Chromer is pleased to offer guided Vancouver Island steelhead fishing packages that include fishing wild rivers and accommodations in Port McNeill. This is a great trip for serious anglers in search of a new British Columbia steelhead adventure!

  • Per Day with Accommodation

    Based on two people

 Trips Include:  Full-days of guided fishing on either the Nimpkish River or other accessed rivers with licensed guide. Hotel accommodations in Port McNeill. Ground transportation from Port McNeill. Fly-fishing equipment. Wading gear. 
Not Included: GST Tax 5%. Fishing licenses. Guide gratuities.


Prime time for there trips are from mid December through late March. Packages are flexible and we do accommodate solo anglers. For available openings please contact us.

Fishing Info

When you book your trip with Chromer we’ll have you hooked up with a licensed guide who has access to these waters and many more. On a multi-day trip you could fish a different river each day, this makes the area a draw for anglers looking for river variety.

 The Nimpkish River is the largest watershed on Vancouver Island. Guided trips are done on the upper stretches, above Nimpkish Lake. The river is flows clear and offers the best fly fishing stretches.  Fish range from 5-15 pounds.

There are some lesser known smaller rivers and streams that have runs of wild steelhead which are a blast to fish. They offer good fishing for steelhead from 8-15 pounds. These rivers usually see very little pressure and some have long runs perfect for swinging flies. These smaller rivers come into shape extremely fast in high water situations.


Port McNeill is about a 6 hour road trip from Vancouver, this includes a two hour ferry ride from the mainland (Vancouver) to Vancouver Island. When you book with Chromer we’ll prepare travel plans, driving instructions and ferry information for you. You can also opt for flying to Port Hardy.  There are daily flights and we can arrange for our guide to pick you up there.  Flight time is about an hour.


When is the best steelhead fishing on northern Vancouver Island?  

Like with all winter steelhead fishing in British Columbia that is a difficult question to answer. The fishing certainly fluctuates from week to week and sometimes from day to day. It is very dependant on temperature and river levels. To hit that perfect day isn’t easy with winter steelheading, you need some luck and some good timing to have optimal conditions. We’ll try to get you into the best possible dates available, the rest we leave in the hands of the fish and weather gods.

Whats the best way to get to northern Vancouver Island in the winter?  

There are daily flights from Vancouver to Port Hardy. We can arrange for our guide to pick you up in Hardy. You can also drive, that takes about 7.5 hours from Vancouver that includes a ferry crossing.

What is an average day of winter steelhead fishing like?  

Usually cold and wet with the chance at a fish or two. If you’re looking for numbers this isn’t a trip you’ll enjoy. If you’re interested in fishing some rarely touched water for wild winter steelhead in a remote part of the world then this might be the trip for you. Trips are either drift trips by raft or walk-n-wade, all depending on the rivers you’ll fish and their condition.

Why should we book our trip through Chromer Sport Fishing?  

Trust your trip with us and be confident you’ll be fishing with the best guides in British Columbia. We don’t offer crummy fishing trips, we’re the real deal, getting our clients into prime dates at BC’s hottest fishing spots. If you appreciate honest local expertise, a fully licensed business with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and fair pricing then you need look no further.
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