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BC West Lodge | Steelhead Fly Fishing River Dean | Canada


Tour code: CAN013

The River Dean in Canada, BC West, is famous for its fly fishing for both Kings and Steelheads. This lodge is located less than a mile from the mouth of the world famous Dean River, where stories of hard takes and the relentless runs of the “super” Steelhead are hard to comprehend.

The Dean River is considered by many to be the premier Steelhead River in British Columbia. A medium sized river it is dwarfed by the towering backdrop of mountainous snow-covered peaks from every perspective.

To fish in these surroundings is simply awe-inspiring and the scale of the surroundings has to be experienced to be believed. What makes the Dean different from other similar rivers is a narrow and fearsome gorge, which is impassible by fish until the river subsides in mid-summer.

Even then it prevents all but the strongest fish from ascending to the upper river and quite possibly this has led to a genetic strain of King Salmon and Steelhead which are almost unstoppable. Come July and August the focus shifts from the Kings to the Steelhead, which will now be running the rapids and resting in the pools above the falls. This is a much more intimate part of the river and the Steelhead will readily take a dry fly skated along the surface.

BC West is the only lodge on the Dean where guests get to fish both – below and above the canyon. Below the canyon, you fish huge runs in search of the freshest of fish within a mile of the sea. Above the canyon, you fish more classic Steelhead holding water.

If you have any questions on the Steelhead fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.












BC West Lodge

BC West is located in the woods, on the right bank of the lower Dean river, which provides stunning views of Kimsquit peak. The whole lodge is made up of several separate guest buildings along with shower and drying rooms.

The guest cabins have running water, comfortable beds and heating. Several of the cabins house two anglers and one cabin provides lodging for four anglers – perfect for a group of four that would like to ‘stick together’ during the week.

The main lodge building includes the kitchen and dining room. The dining room has loads of natural light and is the spot for breakfast and the main mid-day meal.

A separate large cabin with a casual seating area is the main clubhouse, which provides the main indoor lounge area at the lodge. Comfortable couches, a wood stove, fishing pictures and a fly tying area – all greet you upon entry into the clubhouse. In addition, the light evening meals are served in the clubhouse. It’s a room with character like no other and the site of many a fish tale.

Constructed in the summer of 2007, the combination shower house/drying room provides comfortable central shower facilities and a heated room to ensure, that waders and raingear are dry in the morning following a hard rain or a wade that got just a little too deep.

The main formal sit down meal is served at lunch time in the main lodge and is accompanied by excellent wines. The late meals follow an international theme and multiple dishes are served buffet style in the clubhouse. The food at BC West is absolutely fabulous by any standards.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & quad rooms
Telephone: Satellite (Chargeable)
Internet: Limited access
Laundry: Included
Power: 110 Volt (Generated)
Meals: At lodge
Alcohol: Limited beer and wine with meals
Cash Accepted: Canadian dollar
Species Information
Season: 13th June to 30th August
Peak: July & August
Weight: 10LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 14LB
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: 13th June to 30th August
Peak: June & July
Weight: 10LB to 50LB
Average Weight: 25LB


The below itinerary is only a suggested one, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with additional days in Vancouver or Bella Coola to go bear watching, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Vancouver.

On arrival in Vancouver take a taxi to your overnight hotel. Overnight Accommodation: Vancouver Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 2: (Friday)

In the morning take a taxi back to Vancouver south terminal for your flight to Bella Coola.

Depart Vancouver, Arrive Bella Coola

On arrival in Bella Coola take a taxi to your overnight hotel.. Overnight Accommodation: Bella Coola Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 3: Fishing Day (Saturday)

In the morning take a taxi back to Bella Coola for your flight out to the lodge.

Depart Bella Coola, Arrive Dean

On arrival, you will be transferred to the lodge. Once unpacked and ready, you can spend the rest of the day fishing.

Overnight Accommodation: BC West (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 4 TO 9: Fishing Days (Sunday to Friday)

The unique fishing program here is targeted towards experienced anglers and combines fully guided and self-guided fishing as well as fishing both above and below the Dean River ‘falls’. On a typical day, fishing starts around 6 AM until 12:30 PM where you return to the lodge for lunch. Start fishing again around 4 PM and fish until around 9 PM.  On days when you fish below the falls which are fully guided, you fish long broad runs that stretch literally to the mouth of the river. On days when self-guided fishing above the falls is a more classic technique for targeting holding fish producing the best results.

Overnight Accommodation: BC West (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 10: (Saturday)

After breakfast, you will be transferred back for the return flight to Bella Coola.

Depart Dean, Arrive Bella Coola

Depart Bella Coola, Arrive Vancouver

Depart Vancouver

DAY 11: (Sunday)

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
16/06/2022 26/06/2022 11 10 6 £6,337 On Request Sold Out N/A
23/06/2022 03/07/2022 11 10 6 £6,337 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/06/2022 10/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/07/2022 17/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Sold Out N/A
14/07/2022 24/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/07/2022 31/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/07/2022 07/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Sold Out N/A
04/08/2022 14/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Enquire Now N/A
11/08/2022 21/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,237 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Lodge transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing
  • All meals at lodge
  • Limited beer and wine with meals at the lodge
  • Fishing licence
  • Canadian taxes

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff


  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Vancouver or Bella Coola to go bear watching

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. The Canadian Government announced that from 15th March 2016 certain visitors flying into Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

If you do not normally require a visa to enter Canada (e.g. British Citizens), you will need to get an eTA.

The cost to apply for an eTA is $7 (CAD) per person, which is paid at the time of application.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax from Canada

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Vancouver (approx 10hrs)  Vancouver – Bella Coola (approx 70 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Bella Coola – BC West Lodge (approx 30 mins)


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