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.

What we do is put anglers like yourself into the best possible trips here in British Columbia. There is no substitute for local experience, our team is made up of working guides, all with an incredible background of fishing in BC. Our network of steelhead lodges and operations throughout the province ensures you fish with only the top guys, you get prime time dates and honest local advice you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Have a read thought our information here on the Dean River and if I can be of assistance in a trip please contact me through the form on the bottom of this page. We look forward to earning your business this season.
Yos Gladstone

Owner | Operator | Licensed Guide

BC fishing Guide Yos Gladstone



The unique Dean River fishing program runs from late June to late August each year. This trip to BC’s central coast is really targeted towards experienced anglers, and combines fully-guided and self-guided fishing. It also offers fishing on the lower Dean River and the area above the Dean River ‘Falls’. It certainly is one of the most well-rounded programs on the entire river, giving you first shot at fish entering the system.

To get to the lodge you’ll fly from Vancouver to the small coastal community of Bella Coola. From there you’ll board a helicopter for the short hop into the valley and get settled in to the lodge. The sections of river near the lodge are broad runs that stretch right to estuary in the Dean Channel. In this lower section of river, fish are continually moving from the salt to their spawning grounds upriver- each run is constantly being replenished with hot fish, fresh from the ocean. Above the falls lies the classic ‘holding water’- a smaller, more intimate river that rewards classic techniques for targeting holding fish.
Solo anglers can be paired up with others for accommodations and guided days. As the seasons change so does the fishing, the early season dates are focused on Chinook (King) salmon while the middle dates offer combo fishing for chinooks and steelhead. Later season dates the focus is strictly on wild summer-run steelhead. Packages includes7 nights and 6 1/2 days of fishing on the Dean, meals, lodging, flies, beer and wine, Dean River Classified Waters licenses and a charter flight from Bella Coola to our lodge. Space is limited to 12 anglers per week, so if you’re interested in dates it is a good idea to contact us early.



Book your Dean River steelhead trip with the local experts, we’ll take care of all your travel plans and ensure you get the best possible dates. This trip is offered in very limited quantities, the season is only a few short weeks and sells out each year. Dean River packages include six and a half (6.5) days of fishing, seven (7) nights accommodation, round trip transportation from Bella Coola BC, all meals, beer & wine and ground transportation. Trips run from Saturday to Saturday beginning in mid June through early September. Not included is travel to Bella Coola British Columbia, gratuities, fishing license and taxes. Pricing subject to change in USD.

    Starting price

    $5995 USD

“We book our yearly steelhead trip with Yos at Chromer Sport Fishing on the simple basis of service. Every year he goes out of his way to ensure we have a smooth trip, that we fish with some great guides and always get our preferred week. If you’re on the hunt for a fishing trip in British Columbia, I’d highly recommend Chromer.”

Natalie P – Seattle, Washington



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.
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. 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!



Getting to the Dean River is relatively easy. You’ll fly from Vancouver to Bella Coola BC, about a 45 minute flight. In Bella Coola you’ll board a helicopter for your transfer into the Dean River. Flights leave directly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Bella Coola. This makes for an easy connection either domestically or internationally. No shuttles or transfers and if you need an overnight in Vancouver there is the Vancouver Fairmont Airport Hotel, right in the international terminal.
Chinook dates are June through mid July. Combo chinook and steelhead dates are mid July to mid early August. Prime steelhead dates are early August through to early September. This program does book out 100% each season, it is advised if you’d like to book to inquire early as space is extremely limited.



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.
The lodge program focuses on maximizing your time fishing the Dean River, and gives you access to the lower river and the first push of fish that come into the lower system. You will enjoy a half-day of fishing on arrival day, then six full days of Dean River fishing. This comprehensive program ensures you get the most out of your trip.
Solo anglers are welcome, as there are amenities to facilitate solo anglers who are looking for a steelhead trip but don’t want to pay double occupancy fees. For more information on Dean River packages or for up-to-date seasonal availability please contact us via email, or call toll-free 1-877-902-3393.

“If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in some of the most beautiful places BC has to offer then Chromer Sport Fishing is who you need to be with. The Chromer Team is great to deal with making everything easy and enjoyable. I would not deal with anyone else for this type of trip, there is no one better.”

Russ M – Vancouver, BC

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Getting started planning a Dean Steelhead trip is easy, simply fill out our online contact form or shoot us an email or call our office toll-free 1-877-902-3393. We’ll get back to you right away with seasonal availability and specific pricing. We look forward to earning your business, thank you.