Rods: Single-handed, switch and double-handed rods are used in the Skeena region. Ideal rods are 7 to 9 weight.
Reels: Large arbor reels with at least 200 yards of backing.
Line: Skagit’s are popular with the Spey casters for casting the heavier sink tips and flies. Shooting heads with loops or weight forward lines with interchangeable tips work well.
Leaders/Tippet: We use a variety of sink tips such as Type 3-8 sink tips (10 to 15 feet) or Mow-tips from T8 to T17. To cover most water conditions Mow tips a variety in light, medium, heavy and extra heavy in 10 to 12.5. For some water you can also use the Mow tips with a floater and short sinking tip for getting behind larger rocks. Monofilament tippet, 15 and 20lb is ideal.
Flies: Intruders, Pic ‘Yer Pockets, Popsicles, as well as Leech and shrimp patterns to name but a few! Many fly patterns entice Steelhead and salmon to bite. Some of our favourite colours are black, purple, blue, pink and chartreuse. Single barbless hooks are mandatory here in BC. For most conditions a size 2 hook works well. We have a great selection of flies for anglers to peruse at the lodge.
The lodge has a full range of equipment including Spey rods, switch rods and single handed rods with reels and lines. Our guests who do not wish to bring their own equipment or buy a rod just for this holiday are welcome to use our equipment during their stay. We also have a full range of terminal tackle including flies and lures available at the lodge. Guests are responsible for the loss of or damage to any of the lodge’s fishing equipment.
Chest waders are best and wader boots with felt or Vibram soles. Studded boots are generally not necessary on Skeena region rivers.
Warm clothing is recommended. Even summer temperatures can be variable. Layers work well as you can add or remove accordingly. Guests should bring a wader jacket or waterproof coat to wear over waders.
AND DON’T FORGET………
- Your favourite fishing hat
- Camera and/or phone
- Sun glasses (glasses should be worn when fly fishing)
- Slippers or indoor shoes to wear in the lodge