The Yakoun River is one of the most remote winter steelhead fisheries in British Columbia. Located on in Haida Gwaii, aka. the Queen Charlotte Islands, this is a last frontier of steelhead fishing. Accessed by an extremely limited amount of anglers every winter, the Yakoun holds big steelhead, and is recognized as one of the finest winter steelhead fishing locations anywhere in BC.
Chromer Sport Fishing is pleased to have partnered with the premier steelhead fishing operation on Haida Gwaii and now offers full-week lodge package packed with steelhead fishing on the Yakoun and Copper rivers. These are fully guided steelhead adventures to one of the most remote areas of British Columbia’s north coast. An excellent trip for experienced steelhead anglers looking for a new challenge in a stunning part of the world, Haida Gwaii! Trip dates from early January to late March.
The oceanside lodge you’ll be staying in while on your Haida Gwaii steelhead adventure is nestled on five acres of secluded beach and surrounded by the old growth rainforests found no where else in the world. With a sensational view of the Hecate Strait, this is a beautifully renovated cedar lodge offering you a warm a comfortable atmosphere. These Haida Gwaii steelhead adventures are limited to a maximum of six guests per week and the lodge accommodates this number perfectly. The lodge is a short drive from the Sandspit airport, where you’ll be picked up on arrival day.
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If you’re looking for the ultimate winter steelhead challenge then this just might be your trip. Haida Gwaii is a chain of islands off the northern coast of British Columbia and although it is best known for its summer salmon fishing, there is some excellent winter steelhead fishing to be had as well. The most well known river is the Yakoun, but there are lots of other rivers home to ocean fresh steelhead as well. More on all that below…
The Yakoun doesn’t have huge numbers of returning steelhead but the ones that do are beasts. If you’re willing to put your time in the Yakoun will reward you with a 15-20 pound winter steelhead. The river is accessed best by walk-n-wade fishing. Sometimes a raft will be used on guided day trips but expect to do some bush-wacking. The river itself is very easy to wade and the fishing is not terribly technical. The fish hold in shallow riffles and tailouts of runs. A swung fly is effective as is conventional gear fishing. Anglers can expect one or two hookups a day on average while fishing the Yakoun during prime months. On this package you’ll also have the opportunity to fish Haida Gwaii’s lesser known and smaller secret steelhead rivers. Pallant Creek is a beautiful little stream with crystal clear water perfect for sight fishing its wild winter-run steelhead. Along with Pallant Creek there are also several other smaller rivers you’ll have the chance. These are wild untouched steelhead rivers in on of the most remote and rugged settings found anywhere in the world. You’ll just have to come steelhead fishing in Haida Gwaii to find out what they’re all about!
The Copper River is the closest river to the lodge with only a five-minute drive time to its outflow into the ocean. A difficult stream to read and explore and one where you will have a huge advantage in being guided. This small river surrounded by old growth forests is rarely access by other anglers and although sometimes challenging to fish it can offer big rewards when a 15 pound steelhead erupts from its shallow tea coloured water.
These steelhead packages are offered from early January to late March each season and are limited to a maximum of six guests per week. You’ll fly from Vancouver to Sandspit, on Haida Gwaii. The flight is about two hours in length and Air Canada services Sandspit with daily flights through the winter months making for easy travel plans from Vancouver. Upon booking your trip we’ll send you all the travel information, what to bring and will organize for a pickup on your arrival in Sandspit. 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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