Skeena River Salmon and Steelhead

Wild Rivers Lodge, (Kalum River's new lodge) is located on the banks of the world-renowned Skeena River in beautiful British Columbia. Surrounded by mountains and river, the setting is stunning. The Skeena River is home to the largest run of wild Steelhead in the world and also the world record.

New! Wild Rivers Lodge

Kalum River Fishing

In 1988, Andrew Rushton, owner and head guide, started Kalum River Lodge Guide Service. Almost thirty years later, in 2017, Andrew opened his second lodge, Wild Rivers Lodge on the banks of the renowned Skeena River. Their existing guide service combined with this beautiful new Lodge is a win-win combination. The Lodge is open April through early November. Wild Rivers hosts up to 12 guests. Each guest has his/her own single-occupancy room with a luxurious double or queen-size bed and a private ensuite bathroom. Take in the beautiful views of the river from the comfortable lounge or from the Lodge's spacious deck. Free Wi-Fi, and use of the Lodge phone, if needed. Delicious gourmet-style meals, plus the Lodge caters to special dietary needs. Numerous tours are available:  flightseeing - Helicopter and float plane trips, Cross the border into Hyder Alaska - a four-hour drive, whale watching in Prince Rupert, and trips to native cultural sites.
Wild Rivers Lodge
The lounge (great room) at Wild Rivers Lodge

Fishing the Skeena, Kalum and...

Kalum River Salmon Fishing

At Wild Rivers, you'll fish some of the finest steelhead and salmon rivers in the world, including the Skeena River and many of its tributaries—the Kitimat River, the Nass River system, and several smaller wilderness rivers.
Steelhead Season:  The spring run is mid-March to mid-May, followed by the summer run from late July to November. Both the Kalum and the Skeena are known for big steelhead at this time of year. The Lodge has numerous coastal rivers with fresh runs of spring steelhead.
Chinook Salmon:  Late April to early May, Chinook salmon are in the river. Early May to the first week of June provides anglers with some excellent king salmon fishing. Their record is an 83-pound king taken in May.
Pink Salmon:  Pinks are the most numerous of their salmon species and are a blast to catch on a fly. Lots of action from late July to early September.
Chum Salmon:  Want to catch a lot of salmon? These hard-fighting acrobats are underrated. Peak fishing is mid=July to mid-August with chums average 8 to 20-pounds, even some 30-pounders.
Sockeye Salmon:  About mid-July, sockeye migrate upriver to spawn and populate the river from around mid-July to early September. These acrobats are a lot of fun on a fly.
Silver Salmon:  Fly fishing for the large Northern Coho peaks here in the fall from mid-August through October. Silvers average 8 to 15-pounds, with some 20-pounders.
Dolly Varden and Cutthroat Trout:  Fishing is available on the Skeena region year-round.

Summer Fishing Season:

Kalum River Fishing

Summer Fishing:  Their main run of king salmon begins in mid-June and runs until mid-August. Over the years, their summer king sun has produced world record fish, the largest being over 99-pounds. By mid-July, steelhead, sockeye, pink and chum salmon start up the rivers. These months are a great time for anglers to experience a variety of fisheries and species all in one trip. Early August to mid-September is a great time for Skeena River fly fishing. The main run of summer steelhead are migrating, plus coho, sockeye, and pink salmon. The Skeena is an easy river to wade and fish at this time. Late summer is also a favorable time for water conditions and weather.
Fall Fishing:  Last but not least, is their fall coho and steelhead fisheries. These are quality fisheries that offer a wilderness experience, breathtaking scenery, and quality fishing. During the fall, there are numerous rivers to see and large numbers of coho salmon. Explore and fish several rivers in one trip.

Getting Here:

You'll fly into Terrace, British Columbia. At the airport, you’ll be greeted by a member of the Lodge staff and driven to the Lodge, about a 25-minute drive.

Sample Fishing Day:

Each morning after breakfast, you'll depart with your guide to different river systems and areas. Access to the fishing areas is with a combination of four-wheel drive vehicles, drift boats, rafts or jet boats. Due to the Lodge's prime location, you can be fishing within 5-to 45-minutes. Depending on the season and what species you're targeting, you'll either bank, wade or drift fish. After a full day’s fishing, you'll return to the Lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner and a relaxing evening.

2019 Rates:

USD - Rates includes 5% GST.
Double occupancy / p.p.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $4,750.00 USD
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $3,960.00 p.p.
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $2,380.00 p.p.
Daily rate (fishing only)  $630.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion:
$200.00 per day
(includes lodging and meals)

Packages include:

Roundtrip ground transfers Terrace Airport to the Lodge, single rooms with private ensuite bathroom, Wi-Fi access, all meals, fully guided fishing, 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST), and use of any required fishing equipment.

Packages do not include:

International or domestic flights, fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages or mixers, fish processing (if required), gratuities for guides and staff, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Popular Flies:

Intruders, Pic ‘Yer Pockets, Popsicles, plus, Leech and shrimp patterns. A variety of fly patterns entice steelhead and salmon to bite. Some of the Lodge's favorite colors include:   black, purple, blue, pink and chartreuse. Single barbless hooks are mandatory here in British Columbia. For most conditions, a size 2 hook works well.

Kalum River Lodge photos

Skeena River steelhead

Skeena River steelhead fishing

Kalum - summer silver salmon

Kalum Salmon Fishing

50-pound fly-caught Chinook salmon

Kalum Chinook fishing

Wild Rivers Lodge on the Skeena

Wild Rivers Lodge

Beautiful fishing country

British Columbia steelhead fishing

Wild Rivers Lodge's great room

Wild Rivers Lodge

Wild Rivers Lodge dining

Wild Rivers dining

Single occupancy rooms with ensuite bath

Kalum steelhead Fishing

Great steelhead and salmon fishing!

Skeena steelhead fishing

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