Bella Coola Grizzlie Bears at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
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Guided Fly-Fishing in Bella Coola

Fly-Fishing in Bella Coola. Photo: Mike Wigle.

Fly-Fishing in Bella Coola 

The Bella Coola Valley is a remarkable location for beginner/intermediate recreational fishermen. This is due to the stunning setting. A deep, lush, coastal valley surrounded by towering snowcapped and glaciated mountains. Here fisherman can encounter grizzly bears, deer, wolves and eagles at any given moment. The wilderness setting this brings to the angler is very distinctive.

The Bella Coola, the Talchako and the Atnarko Rivers are the main water flows in the valley and these rivers have always had a healthy population of resident and migrating fish stocks. In addition, there are many tributary streams and creeks that run into these two rivers. The Bella Coola and the Talchako Rivers are glaciated which makes the river silty most of the year. The Atnarko River flows through a series of lakes and therefore runs clear, the exception being during spring snow melt or during extreme rainfall. From Tweedsmuir Park Lodge you can access excellent water only a short walk away. Or you can drive and walk into many hot spots on both rivers.

Although no guide is needed for this activity, we do recommend hiring one of our local guides as they have a wealth of local knowledge and will definitely improve your changes of success. 

River Boat Guided Fishing

Simply the best and most enjoyable way to go fishing. With the McKenzie Drift Boat it is possible to access the entire river system. You can fish from the boat as well as stop at all the best fishing holes, including many hard to reach spots. The McKenzie Drift Boats are exceptionally comfortable, and ideal for these rivers. The drift is guided by an expert oarsman with many years of experience fishing these waters.

Fishing equipment and technique depend on the season and fish species. For salmon we most often plug, bait or lure fish. For trout we use lighter gear such as spin casting or fly fishing gear. It is really up to you, your experience and your own technique. Please bring your own equipment, if you prefer, especially if you want to fly fish for salmon. We do not supply heavy fly equipment. 

All fishing equipment is included, however, you need to buy a fishing licence! To save time, you can get it online here, just remember to bring the receipt.

River Drift Fishing Package

- A full day of guided fishing is 6-7 hours

- For 1 person: $495. 2 people: $575. 3 people: $625 (rates exclude tax)

Walking and Car Accessed Fishing Package

- A full day of guided fishing is 6-7 hours

- For 1 person: $380. For 2 people: $430. 3 people: $460 (rates exclude tax)

Rates are exclusive of tax: 2.5% for International guests & 5% for Canadian residents.

We strongly recommend pre-booking this tour prior to your arrival to ensure there is availability. Please contact us by email or toll free 1.877.982.2407 for reservations or to design a custom tour.

Self Guided Fishing

We recommend hiring a guide in order to find the best spots, but for those keen to fish on your own we do rent equipment at the following rates:

Rod & Reel is $30 per day plus tax. Waders and fishing boots $30 per day plus tax.

The lodge also sells fishing licenses, lures and flies.

Species in our Rivers and their Seasons

Each season sees a return of all five Pacific Salmon species, as well as the seasonal movements of resident species throughout the river system.

Sea Run Cutthroat Trout: April - May

Spring / King Salmon: May - July

Pink Salmon: July - August

Sockeye Salmon: July - August

Chum Salmon: August - October

Coho / Silver Salmon: September - October

Resident Rainbow, Cutthroat and Bull Trout are in season year round.

Check out this great article in Mountain Life Magazine about heli-skiing in the morning, then fly-fishing in Bella Coola in the afternoon!

We are strong supporters of catch and release for any of our resident fish species. Visit the online fishing synopsis for more important details.

Make your reservation today! Call toll free 1.877.982.2407 or email us.