Fly Fishing Rivers

Guided fly fishing on four BC wilderness rivers.

Dry fly fishing at it's best!

Northern Lights Lodge specializes in guided fly fishing vacations on world-class rivers in BC, Canada! Experience catching wild native Rainbow trout that have likely never been caught before. This is fly fishing in its purest form. This unique strain of Rainbow Trout do not spawn until they are seven to eight years old. That means they do not go through the stress of spawning during this period. In fact, they do nothing but grow, requiring them to become voracious feeders in order to survive in their completely natural environment. They live to be 12 to 13 years old and have been described by Fishery Biologists as being a "landlocked Steelhead".

Four Wild Rivers

From mid-June to mid-October, our professional guides focus on four magnificent rivers in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. These unique rivers produce some of the finest Rainbow Trout dry fly fishing on the planet. Let us introduce you to 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 37 inch Rainbow caught on one of our prime rivers 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 into the mid 30 inch range.

Guided fly fishing for large rainbow trout in BC
large BC trout caught by fly fishing at Northern Lights Lodge

Large, Aggressive Trout...

In late July, we begin guided fly fishing on the incredible Mitchell River. The Mitchell River 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 in a wilderness setting that is second to none. A six to eight weight rod with zero X tippet is highly recommended. That said, 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.) Get ready for plenty of hook-ups, an abundance of wildlife and a wonderful experience you will not forget!

BIG Trout Gorging Eggs...

If you are looking for large numbers of large fish, try fishing egg patterns & streamers behind spawning salmon in Sept & early Oct. This is a time to cast amid the spectacle of spawning salmon! 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 approx. 500 miles to Quesnel Lake. Migrating through Quesnel Lake the Salmon draw large Rainbow and Bull Trout from the lake up the tributaries where the 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.

Large rainbow trout amid salmon

Cast to Massive Trout Amid Spawning Salmon…

Fly Fusion TV and Scientific Anglers teamed up to produce six short films based on their popular television series. In the first episode, aptly titled Eden, cohosts Jim McLennan and Derek Bird stay with us at Northern Lights Lodge and explore a remote river deep in the Cariboo Mountains. Here they fish among spawning salmon and catch large Rainbows and Bull Trout and where the only other anglers on the stream are the grizzly bears.

Stillwater & Rivers - Guided Fly Fishing Combo

During the last two weeks of June and first week of July, experience our combination guided stillwater and river fishing package. We'll expose you to some remarkable dry fly fishing. Typically, during this time, the lakes experience prolific Chironomid and Mayfly hatches. Meanwhile, the Quesnel River releases a variety of Caddis and Stoneflies. Having 15 to 24 inch wild native Trout explode on your dry fly pattern is an experience you'll not forget.

Guided fly fishing adventures at Northern Lights Lodge

“This is an experience that is hard to find. You will likely not see another angler on our waters. That’s because Northern Lights Lodge is the only fly fishing lodge in the area. As a result, we hold over 70% of the licensed rod days in this 2,000,0000+ acre watershed.”

Northern Lights Lodge encourages a 100% catch & release policy using single barbless hooks.