VANCOUVER ISLAND STEELHEAD FISHING

THE BEST STEELHEAD FISHING ON VANCOUVER ISLAND BC

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.

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

The Babine River is a very exclusive package with minimal space available during prime dates. Please contact us for availability.
  • Fish with our pro team of Van Isle fishing guides.
  • Guides are licensed on many different rivers.
  • Access remote steelhead rivers by raft.
  • Trips offered November to April.

VANCOUVER ISLAND GUIDED DAY

$800 priced in CDN for 1-2 people
THE TRIP:  The winter-runs of steelhead on Vancouver Island have long been the focus of serious anglers in search of fishing opportunities during BC’s winter months. Chromer represents a variety of Vancouver Island’s top steelhead guides, giving you access to all the top Island rivers including the Gold, Nimpkish and Salmon. Please note we are no longer offering packages but can book multiple days and make accommodation suggestions. Vancouver Island steelhead trips are offered late November to early April.
LOCATION: We have guides on all the best Vancouver Island steelhead rivers. Regardless of where you want to fish on Vancouver Island our network of top steelhead guides with the local knowledge will get you there. Most trips are based out of Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s central west coast, this gives you easy access to central and northern rivers.
INCLUSIONS: Trip inclusions do vary from location to location. Most guided day trips include a full 8 hour day fishing by raft, transportation from Campbell River, fishing & wading gear.

These steelhead packages are offered from late November to early April each winter season. Getting to Vancouver Island is relatively easy, you can fly but most people opt to drive from Vancouver, using the ferry service from BC Ferries. The ferry ride is 1.5-2 hours and vehicles are permitted. Once you arrive on Vancouver Island the town of Campbell River, where the Gold River trips originate from is only about a 1.5 hour drive. Port McNeill, where the Nimpkish River trips originate from, is a bit further, with a 4 hour drive. Upon booking your trip we’ll send you all the travel information, what to bring and will organize for meet your guide upon arrival to Vancouver Island. 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.

The crew at Chromer has spent a lot of time fishing the winter steelhead of Vancouver Island. Some of our trips have been epic, with preferred conditions and strong runs of winter steelies. Other trips have been tough, with low water conditions due to cold weather. Like with all our winter river fisheries it has to all do with timing and hitting it right, and that can be hard to do. If you’re serious about a Vancouver Island winter steelhead trip we’d suggest you give us a call so we can run through the options and the pros and cons of each with you prior to making any decisions.
  • Guide access to a variety of central and northern steelhead rivers on Vancouver Island.
  • Guided days offer raft access to remote sections of rivers that see little fishing pressure.
  • Prime Vancouver Island steelhead dates are December through April.

Vancouver Island is home to plenty of rivers that maintain wild steelhead runs, but none are as famous as the Gold River.  The Gold River empties into Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island’s central west coast.  It is a wild river, void of dams or hatchery steelhead. Winter steelhead fishing on Vancouver Island and on the Gold River does come without challenges though.  The weather is often cool and wet and sometimes inconsistent water levels force fish to move around.  The rewards for anglers up to the challenge are spectacular though.  Gold River steelhead pull hard and are true ‘chromers’, wild and bright ranging from 5 to 25 pounds. 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. Along with the Nimpkish there are some lesser known smaller rivers and streams that have runs of wild winter steelhead. They offer good fishing for steelhead from 8-15 pounds. These rivers usually see very little pressure and will definitely be an added bonus to fish while on northern Vancouver Island and are often a great option as these smaller rivers come into shape extremely fast in high water situations.

Vancouver Island has a land area of 31,000 square kilometres, thats a lot of wild country to cover and there are steelhead rivers winding their way through the southern, central and northern reaches of the island. If you’re planning a fishing trip let us know what you’d like to do and we’ll make some suggestions on where to stay. Generally most of our clients are fishing with us out of Campbell River, located on the central east coast of Vancouver Island. Campbell River has lots of accommodation options and it is a central point, giving access to the Gold River to the west and the Nimpkish and the Salmon rivers to the north.

  • We suggest you stay in Campbell River, accessible by car or flight from Vancouver.
  • Lots of accommodations options, we’ll send you some suggestions upon booking.

There’s also steelhead fishing in Tofino, we offer trips there during a small window in November/December. Please note, as of 2018 we are no longer booking hotel accommodations for clients on Vancouver Island, but will still be happy to make some suggests for you to compliment your Vancouver Island steelhead adventure.

“Trusting our steelhead trips to Yos and his team at Chromer Sport Fishing is easy. Its been a pleasure to deal with a professional outfitter with local knowhow.”
LEE PALMER
PORTLAND, OREGON

 

“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.”

ANDREW S
VANCOUVER, BC

 

 

“A wonderful adventure to Vancouver Island perfectly arranged by Yos Gladstone of Chromer Sport Fishing. I couldn’t recommend his services and the guiding knowledge of Curtis Smith more, both are incredibly professional and a joy to fish with, thank you!”
MICHAEL DELL
IPSWITCH, ENGLAND

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