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.


THE TRIP:  Chromer is pleased to have partnered with BC West Lodge on the Dean River to bring you BC’s premier summer steelhead & chinook fishing experience. We have secured a number of spaces that our exclusive to our clients during prime steelhead weeks in July & August, so look no further if you’re in search of the best dates on the Dean, we have you covered! You’ll fish on a guided and self-guided program and spend a week swinging flies to the hottest steelhead in BC! For the best available dates be sure to contact us early as this season does sell out.

LOCATION: Fly from Vancouver to Bella Coola, BC. From there you’ll board a lodge helicopter for the scenic flight through the Bella Coola valley and into the Dean River. The lodge is located on the lower Dean River giving you access to the lower sections of river and fishing above the canyon.

DATES:  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.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:  Pricing varies depending on what Dean River week you’d like, as does availability, so use any of the contact forms on this page to request a detailed quote and get our latest season openings.

If you’re looking for a first-class BC steelhead fishing trip, then my crew and I have you covered. We offer prime dates on all the top BC steelhead rivers! Nothing beats local expertise and our incredible network of guides, lodges and camps will have you fishing with the best steelhead programs in BC. Feel free to use the contact form on this page or email me directly to get planning your next BC steelhead trip, you can see them all here, we look forward to earning your business.

Yos Gladstone

Owner | Operator | Licensed Guide

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.
  • Fish sections on the lower Dean River and above the Dean Canyon.
  • Dean River steelhead are regarded as the hottest brightest summer run of fish in BC!
  • Prime chinook dates are June & July. Prime steelhead dates are July & August.
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!
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.
  • Stay at the comfortable BC West Lodge on the lower Dean River.
  • Transportation Bella Coola included in the package price for easy travel plans.
Solo anglers are welcome. There is amenities to facilitate solo anglers who are coming to fish with us on the Dean River. Please let us know your group size when sending an inquiry form.

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. This is the only lodge on the Dean where guests fish both below and above the canyon. Below the canyon, we cover huge runs in search of the freshest of the fresh – fish within a mile and a half of the salt, often in on the previous tide. Above the canyon we cover more classic steelhead holding water, including runs that provide opportunities to fish dry flies. 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.

“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.”


“The organization was impeccable and made it the easiest trip to get ready for and enjoy. I would thoroughly recommend Chromer Sport Fishing to anyone wanting the fishing trip of a lifetime.”



“Chromer Sport Fishing treated my buddy and I like royalty. Yos and Tommy are the guys to fish with in BC. We look forward to fishing with you again and I highly recommend the guys at Chromer.”


“It is the second time Chromer Sport fishing arranges my fishing trip in BC, and it seems to be the way to go. Outside the fishing, they take care of any problems that may show up. I am 100% satisfied with their services. Fishing in BC is out of the ordinarily, strong fishes, lots of hook ups and great size. I’m coming back”

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Getting started planning a trip is easy, simply fill out our online contact form 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.