Guided River Fly Fishing
Northern Lights Lodge-Dry Fly fishing at it's best.
From mid-June to mid-October, our professional guides focus on four magnificent rivers that produce some of the finest Rainbow Trout dry fly-fishing on the planet - The Horsefly River, Cariboo River, Quesnel River and Mitchell River.
The Mitchell, Horsefly and Quesnel Rivers all produce a beautiful bright colored Rainbow Trout that can crowd the 30 inch range, however, we do have a lodge record of a 33 inch Rainbow caught on the Horsefly River in September using an egg pattern.
The Cariboo River produces Rainbow Trout up to 20 inches, and, being a glacial water body, it also offers Bull Trout that will get into the mid 30 inch range. One can experience catching wild native British Columbia Rainbow Trout that have never been caught before. This is guided fly-fishing in its purest form. Another experience that is hard to find... you will likely not see another angler on our waters as Northern Lights is the only fly fishing lodge in the area & holds over 70% of the licensed rod days in this 2,000,0000+ acre watershed.
In late July, we begin fishing the incredible Mitchell River which is home to some of the largest most aggressive Wild Native Rainbow Trout in the world. This is a "clear" glacial river that produces very large Bull Trout as well in a setting that is second to none. A six to eight weight Rod with zero X tippet is highly recommended & you will still have many of your hooked fish... well... just leave. (if you don't have a rod that large, we do have loaners available at no charge)
If you are looking for large numbers of large fish, enjoy fishing egg patterns & streamers behind spawning Salmon versus dry fly fishing, Sept & early Oct. is the time for you. Plenty of hook-ups, an abundance of wildlife and a wonderful experience you will not forget. As one of our long time guides, Gordy Elliot says " The Mitchell River....It just ruins ya"
Did You Know?
The Quesnel Lake watershed is host to one of the largest Sockeye Salmon runs in the world. The Sockeye begin their journey at the mouth of the Fraser River in Vancouver & swim north approximately 450 miles to Quesnel, British Columbia, then east up the Quesnel River for another 50 miles at which point they arrive in Quesnel Lake.
Migrating through Quesnel Lake the Salmon draw the large Rainbow and Bull Trout from the lake up the various tributaries where their spawn takes place. The Horsefly River and Mitchell River, being two dominant Sockeye runs in this system, attract the largest number of trophy Rainbow and Bull Trout. While the Sockeye numbers have been down, there are still plenty of returns that pull the big trout out of the lake & up the larger tributaries.
Guided River & Stillwater Fly Fishing Combo Packages
During the last two weeks of June and first week of July, experience our combination stillwater/river guided package and be exposed to some remarkable dry fly-fishing. Typically, during this time, the Quesnel River releases a variety of Caddis & Stoneflies. Having 15 to 24 inch wild native Trout explode on your dry fly pattern is an exciting experience you'll not soon forget.
Northern Lights Lodge encourages a 100% catch & release policy using single barbless hooks.
Booking Policy: Bookings are confirmed with a 50% deposit. Balance can be paid at the end of your trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival in order to received a full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final & nonrefundable with the exception of a medical or family emergency.
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