Steelhead Fishing the Remote Yakoun River



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.

Rates & Availability

Chromer Sport Fishing is pleased to have partnered with the premier steelhead fishing operation on Haida Gwaii and now offers a seven day lodge package packed with steelhead fishing the Yakoun and Copper rivers. These are fully guided all-inclusive steelhead adventures to one of the most remote destinations anywhere in Canada.

  • Six Day / Seven Night Lodge Package

Trips Include:  Six full-days of guided fishing, three of which will be on the Yakoun River. Seven nights lodge accommodations. Home cooked meals with wine. Airport pickup and transfers from Sandspit.
Not Included: GST Tax 5%. Fishing licenses. Guide gratuities. Alcoholic beverages (BYOB). Airfare from Vancouver.


Yakoun steelhead packages run from mid December to mid March. Space is limited to only four anglers per week so to get prime weeks be sure to contact us early.

Lodge Info

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.

Fishing Info

The Yakoun River is quite easily the most unique winter-run steelhead fisheries in British Columbia. This remote river is located on Graham Island in Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. This is an untamed river, with very little pressure set in one of the most spectacular rainforests found anywhere.

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.

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.

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!


Although extremely remote, Haida Gwaii is fairly easy to get to. There is a daily flight from Vancouver during the winter months. The flight is less than two hours and we’ll send you suggested flights making for easy travel plans.


I’m looking for a unique steelhead trip, is this it?  

You better believe it. This is one of the most unique steelhead trips anywhere in the world, a west coast winter steelhead experience like no other. This is not a trip we recommend for beginner steelhead anglers but if you have some experience and are looking for something new this is a superb package.

How many days will we fish the Yakoun River?  

Typically packages include three full-days of the six days on the Yakoun. This is the only package in Haida Gwaii that offers days on the Yakoun and some other lesser known, but equally impressive steelhead rivers. Having access to these other rivers gives you the ability to fish the best water all week long.

What size group can the lodge accommodate?  

Only four anglers per week. This is an extremely limited package, with few rod days, so there is very little pressure on the rivers and only four people staying at the lodge.

How many steelhead will I have a chance at during the week?  

Tough questions to answer. Conditions and fishing does fluctuate on a weekly basis, with fishing going from epic to rather slow without warning. You will be fishing with professional, experienced guides who spend their entire winter season on the Yakoun, so every opportunity for the best fishing will be provided.

I’ve haven’t done much steelhead fishing, is this a good trip for me?  

Probably not. This is a trip that requires some technical fishing in a harsh climate. Not the best introduction to steelhead fishing but definitely a super option for seasoned anglers looking for a new experience.

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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