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Kalum River Lodge Canada Salmon & Steelhead Fly Fishing

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Fly Fishing Skeena, Kitimat & Kalum Rivers

The Kalum River Lodge, located in the Skeena region of the northwestern portion of British Columbia near Terrace, is a world-famous Salmon lodge in the heart of some of the finest waters in the world. The Skeena River and its tributaries such as the Kalum River, Kitimat River, Nass system, and a host of smaller coastal rivers offer the freshwater fly fishing angler some incredible sport. With over twenty rivers to fish, the Kalum River Lodge is in the perfect location for anglers, meaning you spend more time fishing and less time travelling. Fish migrating to the Bulkley, Babine, Kispiox, Sustat, and Morice swim right past its front door.

The Skeena region and the Kalum River Lodge offers diversity and a long season that starts in early spring and continues through to late fall. Renowned for its run of Steelhead, the largest anywhere globally, it’s also home to all five species of Pacific Salmon. They all run the various river systems at different times during the season, adding incredible variety to a day on the water. As well as significant numbers of fish, the system is home to some true giants and holds the world record for both Steelhead on the fly and conventional tackle and two world records for Chinook, King Salmon. The fishing, combined with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, will not only make your experience all the more pleasurable but will also leave an everlasting impression.

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Steelhead

A Steelhead is a sea-run Rainbow Trout that usually returns to freshwater to spawn after two to three years at sea. The Skeena features the world’s most extensive run of these fish and holds the world record captured on rod and line. With their stunning chrome silver bodies and hard, acrobatic fighting displays, they’re one of the most sought after fish by freshwater fly fishing anglers. The spring run of these fish is between March and the end of May, and the summer run between July and November. They can weigh anywhere between 10lb and 35lb, with an average weight on around 15lb.

Chinook Salmon

The Chinook, also known as the King or Spring Salmon, are one of the most popular with anglers. They grow the largest, fight the hardest and possess extreme power. The Skeena River had produced fish to over 90lb, with two world record claims weighing in at 92lb and 99lb. They can be an intimidating challenge for even the most seasoned fly angler, and many get left with broken tackle after battling with these river monsters. The spring season for the Chinook runs from April to June and the summer run from June to early August.

Coho Salmon

The Coho are the most aggressive of all the Salmon species. Their willingness to hit an angler’s fly, combined with the fact they often get found in large numbers, are wonderfully marked and fight incredibly hard, all make them an excellent target for fly anglers. One of the great things about fishing for Coho’s is that on many of the smaller clear rivers, they can be sight fished, which is, without doubt, one of the best ways to catch any Salmon. The peak time for these fish runs between August and November, and they average around 15lb, although specimens to over 30lb get landed every season.

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Sockeye

The Sockeye migrate up the Skeena in large numbers, and they can be abundant, providing anglers who fish for them with many hook-up opportunities per day. Averaging between 4lb to 7lb, they are one of the smaller Salmon species, but what they lack in size, they make up for in fighting ability. Pound for pound, they’re one tough fish, jumping, running and turning, testing an angler’s skill. The peak time for these fish is from mid-July to September.

Chum Salmon

The Chum Salmon are comparable with King Salmon; they’re equally powerful, aggressive and return to the coastal rivers in large numbers. Their distinct colouring makes them unique, and they’re also popular amongst fly fishers, who have landed Chums to over 30lb through the seasons. Anglers fishing between July and August will stand the best chance of catching Chum and can expect Salmon averaging around 15lb.

Pink Salmon

Like the Chum, the most abundant of all Salmon species, the Pink Salmon is one of the smallest, only averaging between 4lb and 7lb. The male fish get distinguished by a large hump that develops on their backs soon after entering the river, and these plentiful fish can provide some excellent sport. Freshwater fly anglers can expect many hook-ups per day, especially when fishing between the peak months of July to September.

Char & Trout

Char, Cutthroat and Bull Trout inhabit all the northern rivers in British Columbia, adding more variety to an already diverse fishery. They can be expected all year round and offer something different amongst the Salmon.

Fishing Guides

Freshwater fly fishing anglers travel from all around the world to fish the legendary waters of British Columbia, the Skeena and its tributaries as it’s one of the few places in the world where you can catch Steelhead and all five species of Salmon in a week. This fantastic experience brings many anglers back year after year. Depending on which river you’re fishing, the time of year and for what species, the most effective fly fishing methods are using double-handed rods and Spey lines. In some parts, it’s also vital to have heavy sinking tips as the Salmon can often be found tight to the bottom. For targeting the giant Salmon species and Steelhead, you will need long casts, heavy lines and large weighted flies. Each time you cast your fly on the water, there’s the potential it could be snaffled by a Salmon of a lifetime, with migrating, record fish swimming up the rivers and tributaries all day, every day.

Kalum River Lodge has a team of excellent guides who have a wealth of knowledge on the techniques and tactics needed to fish Canada’s legendary Salmon rivers. They’re there to ensure that all travelling fly anglers enjoy the best fishing experience possible and can tailor their guiding expertise to cater for novice fisherman through to the experts. The guides will work with you as much or as little as you require, but one thing is for sure, and that is all they will go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime.

Peak Salmon Season

One of the many great things about the Skeena region and the Kalum River Lodge is the length of the season. Whereas many other destinations in the world have limited weeks, the season in British Columbia runs from early spring and continues through to late Fall.

Spring Salmon Season

The first trips for Steelhead begin in mid-March and continue until early May; it’s possible to catch some of the biggest fish that inhabit the waterways at this time of year. From late April to early May, the Steelhead are joined by the Chinook Salmon, and the last few weeks of May and the first few weeks of June can be an excellent time to catch the biggest of the species. The Chinook record for the May fishery is a monster of 83lb. As well as the Kalum, there are a host of other coastal rivers which welcome fresh runs of spring Steelhead, with these fish being extra lively and offering some wonderful sport. In addition to this, there is some first-class Trout fishing to be enjoyed as the fish move around the rivers chasing emerging salmon fry.

Summer Salmon Season

Summer Chinook fishing starts around the middle of June and goes through until August, and at this time of year, the river sees the most significant numbers of fish and the largest specimens. It was at this time of year when world recording breaking fish of 99lb was landed. By mid-July, Steelhead, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon all populate the rivers, and this is the ideal time for anglers to catch a variety of species in one trip. From early August to September, the main run of summer Steelhead, Coho, Sockeye and Pink Salmon all begin to migrate. At this time of year, the river is easy to wade and the weather and water conditions are generally very stable.

Fall Salmon Season

The Fall is associated with Coho and Steelhead and is a perfect time for those who wish to combine great fishing with a wilderness experience and breathtaking scenery. Anglers can often experience several different rivers in one trip.

Salmon Fishing Tackle

Rods for fishing the Skeena need to be between 7-weight and 9-weight, with single-handed switch and double-handed rods all used. You can match these with a suitable large arbor fly fishing reel that can hold at least 200 yards of backing.

Line wise, shooting heads with loops or weight forward fly lines with interchangeable tips are perfect. The Skagit’s are popular with the Spey casters for casting the larger sink tips and flies. A variety of leader and tippet materials in light, medium, heavy and extra heavy should cover most water conditions you will encounter. For some water, you can also use the Mow tips with a floater and a short sinking tip for getting behind larger rocks.

There’s a whole host of fly patterns that work well for Steelhead and Salmon, Intruders, Pick ‘Yer Pockets, leeches, shrimp patterns and Popsicles, to name a few. Popular colours include Black, purple, blue, pink, orange and chartreuse. Single barbless hooks are mandatory, and for most conditions, a size two hook is sufficient.

The wading isn’t difficult on the Skeena, but a good set of chest waders is recommended for warmth and to manage deep water when you need to. Given the climate in Canada and the fact that temperatures can be variable even in the summer, it’s a good idea to bring plenty of layers.

Accommodation

In keeping with Kalum River Lodges commitment to provide accommodation, food and hospitality to the highest standard in 2017, they opened their brand new lodge on the banks of the Skeena river, the ‘Wild Rivers Lodge’. This bespoke new lodge boasts stunning views of the world-renowned Skeena River and the surrounding mountains.

All guests can enjoy single rooms with a luxurious queen or double bed and a private ensuite bathroom.

The lodge has a large open plan living/dining area that becomes the focal point each day for customers to relax and unwind after a great days fishing.

After a full day of fishing, guests can enjoy a delicious gourmet-style home-cooked meal in the lodges grand dining room. The food at this lodge is incredible, and Deanna, one of the owners, is a fantastic cook, and the freshly cooked meals can compete with top restaurants.

Another advantage of staying at Wild River Lodge is that even after a full day of fishing, you can fish from right outside the accommodation doors if you wish.

To find out more about the Skeena River and the Wild Rivers Lodge in Canada, visit our YouTube channel.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

DAY 1: (Sunday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Arrive Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Arrive
Terrace

On arrival, a representative from Kalum River Lodge will be waiting to drive you the 30-minute transfer to Kalum River Lodge.

Overnight Accommodation: Kalum River Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAYS 2 to 7: Fishing Days (Monday to Saturday)

Over the next 6 days, after breakfast, you will depart with your guides to different river systems and sections, all dependent on the time of year, species available and preferred fishing methods. Fishing is from the bank, wading and drift fishing. Each day subject to the time of year you will be fishing for the species of your choice. The main rivers you will fish are the Skeena, Kitimat and the Kalum Rivers. Access to the fishing areas is with a combination of four-wheel drives, trailer boats and jet boats, but due to the perfect location of our lodge, you can be fishing within 5 to 45 minutes from setting out.

Overnight Accommodation: Kalum River Lodge (Single Room) F/B

DAY 8: (Sunday)

After breakfast, your guides will transfer you all back to Terrace airport for your return flight home.

Depart Terrace

Arrive Vancouver Depart Vancouver

DAY 9: (Monday)

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from April to October.

Chum Salmon

Season: 20th July to 18 August
Peak: July and August
Weight: 10lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 15lb

Sockeye / Red Salmon

Season: 25th July to 1st September
Peak: August
Weight: 4lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 6lb

Pink Salmon (All Years)

Season: 25th July to 18th September
Peak: August
Weight: 2lb to 7lb
Average Weight: 5lb

Coho / Silver Salmon

Season: 1st Aug to 29th October
Peak: September
Weight: 10lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 14lb

King / Chinook Salmon

Season: 20th April to 1st June and 15th June to 15th August
Peak: May and July
Weight: 10lb to 96lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Steelhead

Season: 1st April to 15th May and 1st August to 29th October
Peak: September
Weight: 10lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 14lb

Package Details

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£5,541
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Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing tackle
  • All meals at Lodge
  • Soft drinks
  • Canadian taxes

Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing licence
  • Canadian eTA

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights either in Vancouver or Terrace
  • Add on Sturgeon fishing in Chilliwack

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David

10 out 10 I had a great trip so a huge thank you to you and all your staff, plus Andrew at the lodge as they were amazing hosts providing top class fishing and food. Love to come back someday.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi David, thanks for all the great feedback I will surely pass on these comments to our lodge and staff, its so nice for us and them as everyone does work hard to make sure you receive the holiday of a lifetime. Regards Peter

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John

Great trip. Good company, well organised and a lot of fun. The Lodge was clean and comfortable and the food was spot on.

I struggled with the fishing on the first day but after working on the techniques with the help of the knowledgable guides I ended up catching my share of some fantastic fish..

I rarely see my backing but on this trip I had to repair the knot connecting it to the fly line as it had been ripped through the rod rings so many times.

The usual set up was a double handed rod and heavy sink tips. I stuck with a 10ft single handed 8 weight and a Teeny T 300 line. I'm glad I did, it may have been harder work but it was a lot of fun as the week progressed.

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John

Thank you for taking the time to complete your feed back form, plus your comments during the trip and via e-mail. All these points help us to maintain and constantly improve the customer service we provide to everyone.

I loved the comment about catching your share of the fish :) as from now on we can only refer to you as Steelhead John, being the group leader with this species.

You fished hard and worked well all week so you deserved every fish that you caught.

As requested I will look at getting you added to the trip again next year as I am sure that the unfinished business you have involves some huge Kings on the Kalum River, as that day with Ken was a real day to remember.

Talk soon kind regards Peter

Response from Resort Manager

It is good to hear such positive guest feedback.

All of us at the Kalum River Lodge really enjoyed your hosted week.
It was good to see everyone catching some super fish and for a few lucky anglers some nice early season Steelhead.

We look forward to next year's hosted trip and judging from the feedback, several of this years group will be back again for some more great fishing.

Best regards
Andrew
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Hayes

Was a trip to remember. A1 lounge, Meals and guides. Andrew and Deanne make you feel at home. Seen a monster steelhead lost. Guide said it was the biggest one he had ever seen.
Robert Hayes

Response from Sportquest Holidays

HI Robert, it was great talking to you on the phone as it is also a special place for me. I personally can not wait to go back, I think its fair to say that I have both King and Steelhead fever :)

Look forward in getting you back out there twice next year buddy.

Thanks for choosing to travel with Sportquest Holidays.

Kind Regards Peter

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David

This is a particularly difficult trip to rate or comment scrupulously fair on.The 'hype' on the Skeena and Kalum Rivers is so broadly broadcast, one expects the trip to compare perhaps even with Bristol Bay and/or Villa Maria. Whilst I do not doubt the presence/existence of the leviathan Steelheads and Salmon having seen numerous photographs of them over the years we did not see anything of size other than the few Chinook approaching and having reached the end of their time. The carcasses on the River banks were adequate testament to the numbers of fish in the Skeena system.
The scenery was spectacular and the Rivers majestic - however with the lowest water recorded for many years and the highest temperatures it was fairly clear that fly-fishing would be extremely difficult. The fish (all species?) were almost glued to the bottom and fishing hard for up to 8 hours a day for three of our days - without a touch - proved to be particularly discouraging. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful but could do little to put us on to fish that simply were not moving or there in abundance.

Andrew and Deanna were exemplary hosts and did their utmost to make us feel at home.
The food was first class and we were well looked after. As stated in the beginning of this piece of feedback, I have found it very difficult to write in a way that would give a true reflection of the Kalum Lodge Adventure. I have, for example rated the fishing as 'adequate' whilst in effect it was poor - accepting perhaps that this was attributable to the poor weather during our stay.
I trust this 'report' will be read in the spirit in which it is intended.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

David, thanks for a very fair report, there is nothing more annoying than very bad weather conditions for fishing, you go in peak times and then as you quite rightly said with the lowest water levels and high temperatures for many many years means that you have a huge challenge to try and catch anything. You quite correctly pointed out the fishing on these rivers is world famous and it would be great to have you all back another year so you can see the rivers true potential. Although we can not control the weather I do like all customers to have a good time so I will sort you out all a deal on your next trip. Kind Regards Peter

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Richard

Travelled in September and enjoyed the trip from start to finish, fishing was hard do to low water.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Richard, thanks for your kind comments, it is so nice to hear that you enjoyed the trip even though the fishing conditions were not good. We look forward in having you back with us soon, regards Peter

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Robert

Everything was fantastic, loved the fishing only had one mess up on the way back. I had to pay for my transfer from lodge to airport (Taxi) apart from that you have to check this place out.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Robert, glad you enjoyed the trip the fishing is great when the water levels are normal. I am sorry about the transfer, we have sent you a cheque to reimburse you for this. Have no idea why that happened as it has never happened before. Some miss communication between the taxi and the lodge I think. However glad it all got sorted and it did not distract from the total trip. See you again soon regards Peter

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David

Andrew and Deana are great. Weather was bad low water for the time of year. But that is the game so they say. We fished one spot for two days. They say the fish move so we needn't. In the nicest way, Andrew is a bit crazy. We got on well and will keep in touch with them and still have in finished business with the Steelheads!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

David, thanks for travelling with us again and thanks for the feedback. I am so sorry that the water levels for the three of you were so so low. As you know the river was not in the right conditions for fishing, this did not just effect our lodge but the whole watershed. As you said you have unfinished business so we need to get you boys back out there again soon.

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Robin

Travelled part of a group of three rods.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Robin thanks for filling in the feedback form, we hope to see you back someday soon. Regards Peter

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Andrew

Great lodge, food, hosting and guiding thanks Sportquest

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Andrew, thanks for booking with us and we are glad you both had a great time, both Andrew and his partner do an amazing job in looking after all our guests. Hope to see you again soon, regards Peter

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JOHN

HAD A GREAT TIME, EVERYTHING GOOD AND LOOK FORWARD TO SORTING OUT ANOTHER ONE IN DUE COURSE.

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John

Thanks for joining us on the trip, your company was entertaining as always. I am glad that you and everyone else had a great time, it was also good to see that you finally got to land some of the bigger fish that you had been hooking all week. It seemed at one point that the biggest fish in the river wanted to make a dive for your flies so they could give you a good run all over the river. Hey but thats part of the fun of fishing.

I look forward in having you along on another fly fishing trip soon.

Kind Regards Peter

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Nigel

Nigel & Shelagh had a fabulous holiday, excellent accommodation, really good company, food Wonderful and looked after exceptionally well.

It was everything we expected plus a bit more

Many thanks

Nigel & Shelagh

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Nigel & Shelagh

Or should I say the duke and duchess :)

It was a please having you both on the trip, your spirit and love for life was a real pleasure to have on a group trip.

I trust you caught all the fish you wished for?

Love to have you both with us on another trip again soon, what sort of fly fishing holiday do you both fancy next I wonder

Kind Regards Peter

Response from Resort Manager

Dear Nigel and Shelagh,

We are very pleased to hear that you had a super holiday. It was a pleasure having you at the lodge. Both Deanna and I really enjoyed our time with you.

Hopefully we will see you again for another week of great fishing and relaxing in the Honeymoon Suite.

Best wishes

Andrew and Deanna
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Ken

The first day I thought I had died and gone to fishing heaven !!!!!!
By the second day I knew I had

Regards Ken

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ken

If I remember correctly each day heaven just got better and better. I can still hear the little squeaks as the fish walked you down the river each time :)

Look forward in having you along for the ride again soon for some fishing holidays.

Kind Regards Peter

Response from Resort Manager

Dear Ken,

I remember your big smile when you returned to the lodge each day and the tales of the big fish that were hooked but sadly got away.

Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again sometime - you have some unfinished business with some large fish!!

With kind regards

Deanna
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Tony

Just a note to thank you for a very enjoyable trip.

The hospitality shown to us all by Andrew and Deanne was exceptional. The patience and knowledge of the guiding again was excellent and informative. As a beginner I learnt more about spay casting and salmon fishing than, as an occasional fly fisherman, I had in the last ten years.

The group led by Peter and Tracy was very friendly and made me feel most welcome.

This was my first trip with Sportquest and it will not be my last.

A big thank you to all concerned.

Kind regards
Tony

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Tony

Thank you for all our kind words about both the lodge, guides and our services. It was also a pleasure in having you with us as spending time with likeminded people sharing a passion is always a pleasure.

I loved having you with us on the first day of fishing as I still can remember you catching your first salmon before any of us had even stepped in to the water.

I will be collating all the pictures and distributing out to everyone soon.

I look forward in managing any future bookings for yourself in the future. We have lots of fly fishing holidays to tempt you

Tight Lines Peter



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Jim And Billy

Nearest things too heaven with out being there and if this is heaven I have no problems about ever going there.

Just rebooked to return again for our third trip as we can not get enough

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Jim & Billy

It was a pleasure to talk to you again about your trip. I know both us Andrew and Deanna love having you guys over. You are always a pleasure to deal with.

I look forward to more pictures and will put some on our website once we receive them.

I have already rebooked your weeks for next year.

Thank you for your continued support and custom kind regards Peter

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Cyril

Hi Peter,Just quick email firstly to thank you for supplying me a first class fishing experience. my Holiday to Kalum Lodge ,was excellent.

Great Lodge second to none immaculate very professional home from home.
Great Food to die for and Andrew and Wife brilliant team.

Great Fishing shame about barbless hooks , I lost three very large fish of a lifetime ,but rules are rules.

Guides all of them brilliant and learnt a lot.

Scenery to die for.

I only have one criticism we had dinner after fishing we chatted about the day and had a great social evening,but it was not discussed in detail all our options and detail of the different waters were we could fish for the next day.

I felt I missed the chance of fishing a different water ,I found out to late to choose .
If you want to catch fish Kalum Lodge is the place
If you want a fishing holiday of a lifetime Kalum Lodge




Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your feedback and I look forward chatting on the phone to you.

Shame you lost a few good fish but as you say rules are rules, however the good thing is there are alway plenty more fish of a lifetime in the river waiting to eat your fly again.

I look forward in assisting you again on another great Salmon fishing trip.

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Timothy

I thought the holiday was superb as in 2014. The lodge had a friendly family atmosphere and the local guides were excellent. I caught 51 fish for the week with the highlight being the very last day. The combination of the run of fresh, sea-liced Sockeye Salmon, The large Coho Salmon and achieving my ambition of catching two Steelhead made for the best days fishing of my life.

I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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Tim it was such great news to hear that you finally got what you wanted some Steelhead action. Even when I spoke to John he said one of the highlights of his trip was being there when you caught those 2 fish as they meant so much to you.

Again thank you for your custom and I am sure we will get you on to the fish next year but in Norway this time.

Again thanks a lot Regards Peter

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John

Another memorable week at The Kalum River Lodge. Great fishing and a great lodge. Very many thanks to Deanna and Andrew for looking after us so well and to Andrew, Pierrot and Glen for the expert guiding.

A brief fishing report from my perspective as requested:

A memorable week, what I really like is the variety of fishing on offer from the 40 metre wide Kitimat to the 400 metre wide Lower Skeena. Plus a challenging day on the fast flowing Kalum and then the runs on the Upper Skeena.

Fishing wise I landed 55 fish, (24 Pink, 15 Chum, 9 Sockeye, 3 Dolly Varden, 2 Coho, 1 Chinook and 1 Steelhead). I had brief encounters (some not so brief) with at least the same number of fish again that did not make the bank.

My fishing highlights were:
A 25lb Chum on the first day.
The first 5 fish on the second day being 5 different species.
Seeing Tim completely made up landing a steelhead lunchtime on the last day after 2 years of trying and then catching a 12lb Steelhead myself to complete a week grand slam.

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John it was a pleasure to have you as always. So glad Steelhead John got a few more fish. I bet you are already looking forward to your return trip in just over 1 months time (Prime Steelhead time)

Give me a call when you are free as it will be great to have a chat.

Thanks for your continued business

Regards Peter

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Tom

Peter/Mel/Mike,

We had a fantastic holiday and everything ran like clockwork as usual thanks to Mel and the team at sportsquest in summary world class fishing if not the best, in a superb and faultlessly run lodge – what more could one ask for !

We had tonnes of fish – 191 between the 2 of us for the week hooked and played and 56 landed. Not bad given we spent 3 full days purely chasing Steelheads and had a half day off.

I’ll be going back next year, maybe a week or so later and will speak with Mark and Ron to see if they want to come. Maybe we can sort out the arrangements in a week or two.

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Hey so glad you liked it or should I say loved it. I said you would not believe just how good the fishing was and how much you would enjoy fighting those Chum Salmon.

Just give me a call when you are free and we can look at sorting out dates for the return trip next year.

Pleasure as always Regards Peter

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Burns

It was an unforgettable fishing experience I have never seen and caught so many different species of salmon, the scenery was stunning and the guides and hospitality at the lodge were excellent.

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Paul, thanks for the feedback as it is much appreciated, plus also for taking the time to talk to me on the phone after your trip.

I am happy that you both enjoyed the holiday, it is certainly a great place and Andrew and his team look after everyone very well.

Just like to say again thanks for your custom as it is much appreciated and look forward in booking the next trip up with you both.

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Albert

My recent trip with Sportquest to Kalum Lodge was a lifetime experience fulfilled.

I found the accommodation was very good and I have to say that the food was brilliant, which together created a good atmosphere at the lodge.

The scenery was magnificent with the snow capped mountains, tree lined river scene.

I really enjoyed the fishing and want to express my thanks to all the guides who all looked after us well making sure they put us on fish, which resulted in me catching my largest salmon to date.

This experience is one that I will never forget and could only be put down to a combination of reasons I have expressed. A big thank you to everyone involved.

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Albert.

Thanks for your feedback and chat on the phone, it was good to hear that you had a great time and congratulations on your record Salmon.

We do appreciate your business as we understand that you do have a choice when booking and are glad that you choose Sportquest Holidays.

See you on the river bank soon.

Regards Peter

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John

Everyone on the trip including myself had a great time with lots of fish. I have never caught so many salmon in a week and did not even think that was possible.

The lodge, guides and all the staff made the whole trip a very memorable one.

The only constructive criticism and tips for other travellers would be. The pre trip information for first time travellers could be a little clearer in what to take and not to take. The licencing that you have to complete online before travelling I found a bit confusing so a bit more detail in that would be helpful.

Apart from that I have a great time and I am already looking to rebook for next year.

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Hi John thanks for the feedback and also the time on the phone, I appreciate as always people giving us their views and tips on how we can improve any of the holiday experience. As you know its something I am passionate about is making sure that the total service / package received from Sportquest Holidays is 100% as this is what everyone says is the difference between us and our competition.

I will sit down with Mike and give the pre trip info a overhaul and take the points you made onboard.

I will also get you paperwork sorted for the return trip next year, as I am sure with prior experience this time you will be doubly prepared this time.

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John

I had a great time fishing in a such a gorgeous part of the world.
Caught some nice fish and felt welcome each day.
A special thanks to the expert guides for their guidance and help in making this a trip to remember. Deanna's attention to our food needs was nothing short of exceptional.
Overall an outstanding trip. Thanks again for everything.

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The guiding is first class swell as Deanna's legendary cooking.

Thanks for the feedback

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Andy

I didn't really know what to expect from my holiday, with people I didn't know and who didn't know me, wow! I can honestly say it was the best holiday I've ever had, the friendliness and warmth of all the people there made me feel very comfortable from day 1, the professionalism of the guides gave me great confidence, and their advice and help to a novice like me helped me to catch some fantastic fish, and the food was beautiful, no wonder those guys can't wait to sit down for dinner every evening!

I was already missing all of you by the time I got to Vancouver, but I'll definitely be coming back, I'm going to book at the same time as Sid and Jim. Speak to you soon, take care and thanks for a fabulous experience.

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Thank you for the destination review, it is very much appreciated.

Kind regards

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John

For a five star fishing experience come and fish and enjoy the hospitality of Deanna and Andrew.

This has been a truly exceptional days of fantastic fishing.

Andrew is a very experienced professional guide and host.

A memorable and great fishing experience.

Deanna's hospitality and fantastic cooking ended each day very pleasantly.

Thank you for the best fishing experience

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Wow such kind words thank you for the feedback.

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David

The whole package was superb from the moment I arrived, I felt comfortable and at home.

The hosts are excellent at their jobs. Andrew and Peirrot’s guiding was attentive and aimed at giving you the best experience.

Had one of the best fishing experiences ever.

Thank you

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David it was great having you both, Thank you for the kind words lets hope to see you again soon.

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Matt

The most fun you can have with your clothes on!! Fantastic week with awesome fishing, company, food and friends.

One off a grand slam.

Can’t wait to come back

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Thank you for the feedback, do not know what to say to that :)

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Mathew

Thanks for another great fishing adventure.

Watching a 50lb Chinook strip my fly line and bend my hook straight will live with me forever.

The food, as always, was out of this world.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing and fishing with you soon.

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Thanks for the feedback shame about the big one but a good excuse to return.

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John

Lodge was first rate a huge thank you to Andrew & Deanna

I really enjoyed the holiday and the company of the fellow Sportquest Travellers.

The fishing on the Skeena was slow due to the weather and I only managed 1 take in 2 days fishing, luckily this resulted in a fresh Steelhead around 10lb.

However we had lots of action on the Kalum, in 1 day landed 2 Kings (Chinooks) and lost a further 2 Kings.

On the Kitimat River I had in 3 days fishing, 11 Chum 24 Pinks and at least lost the same amount.

It is a real benefit of this trip that if one river is not fishing well there are other options to fish.

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John

Thank you for your feedback and comments which are always very much appreciated. Andrew & Deanna always take such good care of our customers.

As you mentioned a real benefit of this lodge is the access to several rivers, so if some are not fishing as well as they should you can be taken to others to make sure you keep catching.

Also thanks for the pictures I will added them to a report this week.

Look forward in catching up on the telephone.

Regards Peter

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Steve

We both had a great time and the fishing was spot on.

The hospitality is great both Andrew & Deanna took such good care of us.

A couple of suggestions on the trip.

An option to opt for a better hotel in Vancouver would be good

I suggested to Andrew that an option to have a break day would be welcome to some.

6 days straight fishing for 8-9 hours a day plus travel gets hard by the end of the week.

If this was 3 days on 1 day off and three days back fishing it would be much better.

On the day off there may be a masters fishing class, massage ( I had one on the last night because I asked for it) yoga for stiff men, quad bike trip, shooting, other trip options or just a pure day of rest.

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Steve

Thanks for the customer feedback and for taking the time to talk to me on the telephone.

As discussed, I am glad you both had a great time and caught all that you wished for, even though you still have a score to settle with a big King that straightened your hook :)

In relation to your suggestions:

Hotels in Vancouver, we can book any hotels you wish for. We try to pick an average hotel to give a compromise between standards and cost. We understand that everyone has different tastes and requirements, so sorry if we did not make it clear that you could pick any hotel you wished for in Vancouver.

For the rest days, yes this is a great idea, however with the current lodge we only have enough spaces each week really for anglers. So we need to charge for everyday as a fishing day to fill our commitments. However with the additional new lodge that will open next season. We will then have the flexibility to take bookings for just solid fishing weeks, or for people who wish to mix things up a little, having free time to explore the delights of Terrace.

It was a pleasure in managing your bookings and I look forward ing dealing with you again soon.

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Paul

As usual from Kalum River lodge the service, food, guides and banter was excellent.

Fishing was a bit more challenging than last year mainly due to heavy rain fall in the mountains upstream, having said that I still caught 28 fish and lost as many.

Should anyone stay an extra night (on the way out/back) at the Raddison in Vancouver there is a free shuttle provided by the hotel for guests staying there so no need to pay for a taxi, when you leave the airport head across the road to the multi story car park and to the right you will see a bus stop and a courtesy phone to use to call the hotel.

Also if you are staying the extra day in Vancouver the Canning factory museum at Steveston, Richmond Vancouver is well worth a visit.

Only issue we had the flight back was delayed for nearly 3hrs and we circled over oxford for 20mins and passport control took over an hour to clear. Other than that which I might add is out of the control of SportQuest it was well organised and a thoroughly enjoyable trip. We will defiantly be returning.

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Paul

Thank you for the feedback it is very much appreciated, plus the travel tips is what future customers will find very beneficial.

Glad you both still had a good time even though mother nature tried to make the stakes a bit harder this year.

I will pass on our kind comments to the lodge and all the staff.

Regards Peter

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Dave

The variety and quality of the fishing was outstanding, although I know it was a relatively quiet week compared to some on the Skeena system. It would still take me 20 years to catch that many in Scotland!

A good reason for going back next year, which I have already booked!

The professionalism of Andrew and Deanna in running and organising the lodge and the fishing was exemplary and the guiding excellent. Also if you are looking to book a fishing holiday do not look any further than Sportquest Holidays.

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Dave

Thank you for your feedback and perfect scores all round. So nice when customers come back with glowing remarks and great reports. I knew you would like this trip and yes it's great that you will be going back. (Paperwork is all in the post) :)

I am sure next year you will find more huge King Salmon that will want to take the fly.

Thank you again for your custom and continued support it is always much appreciated by me and the staff.

Regards Peter

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David

Memorable moments: catching my first Sockeye Salmon. Watching a Bald eagle catch his breakfast then having to drag it to shore then 3 other Bald eagles chased him off. Also a Chum Salmon jumping at me and nearly hitting me twice! I hooked a Steelhead he went up and down the river then as I got him head up and ready to net, he looked at me and spat the hook out!

I saw a bear come crashing out of the woods and into the river to catch his dinner which he did! I did't have my camera with me (as cameras are a kiss of death).

I did not do any drift boat fishing I was about the only one. On Thursday the 4th August we were taken to the Kalum River and put among Joe Public who were Combat fishing. All my times I have been guided down on the Fraser River this has never happened. What done to it for us was 2 girls about 14 years old came along and in 30 mins had about 4 fish - we still stayed put - Glen was moaning on Thursday and Saturday that he could not get to a good spot on the Skeena River on Saturday as some guys must have got there about 6AM and stayed all day and killed every fish they caught.

These moments did not in anyway distract from the brilliant time that I had. This was just a dropped stitch in life's tapestry.

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David

Thank you so much for your customer feedback and great scores for everyone. It is always very much appreciated as is you rebooking for the 2018 season. I am sure Andrew and Deanna are already looking forward to you returning.

It was als a great pleasure in talking to you about the adventure, I would love to see some of your pictures if you had any available.

Regards Peter

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Geoffrey

Memorable moment: fishing Kitimat and catching lots of Salmon.

Need to know: up at 4:30AM , on river at 6AM.

More info on tackle + clothing for specific time of year, so as not to take too much unneeded luggage.

Travel rods to fit in suitcase saving £120 excess.

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Geoffrey

It was nice to catch up with you on the return from your Salmon fishing adventure. Also we appreciate you taking the time to compl;ate the customer review. I have noted your comments in relation to info on Tackle and clothing. I will go through this with Andrew the owner.

In relation to travel rods, I can personally recommend the Scot Mckenzie travel rods as they are the ones I use. Fantastic rods and they fit inside your normal bags.

It will be good to have you back next year, so if you do consider the trip feel free to contact me personally and I will take good care of you again.

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Peter

What a great adventure both Salmon fishing and then Sturgeon fishing afterwards.

Very well organised

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Peter

It was a great talking to you on return of your fishing adventure in Canada. I am so happy that you both enjoyed the Salmon fishing first, before moving onto the Sturgeon fishing on the Frazer River.

I hope to have you both back travelling with us very soon.

Kind Regards Peter

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John

Fishing was great.

Opportunity to catch so many different fish.

I would advise all anglers to use Skagit lines.

I think travellers should be informed that the Kalum River is difficult to wade.

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John

It was great to chat with you again even though you were fishing at the time. Thanks for the feedback and comments. I have noted all your points and we will endear to make sure we pass on this information to everyone.

So glad you both enjoyed the holiday and it will be great to have you both back with us next year.

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John

The Kalum River Lodge put huge effort into making their guests welcome; catering for individual needs be that dietary concerning food or direction and tuition with fishing for those "like me" that needed it.

The conditions for fishing were challenging, but Andrew and Deanna delivered an outstanding package.

The Sturgeon fishing was "awesome" to quote a favourite Canadian word.

The Coast hotel was comfortable and we did dine there through our choice and it was expensive but ok.

The only gap in the holiday was perhaps for Sportquest in the documentation to make clear that Cascade were responsible for arranging transfer to/from Vancouver.

We did not have a pick up time and the hotel did not know about our transfer.

In the end Melanie gave me the contact and we spoke to Marc (Cascade) once we knew they were the organiser.

All in all the holiday was an amazing trip and one I would love to do again soon.

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John

Thank you so much for your feedback and also taking the time to chat on the telephone. It was great listening to your stories about all the big fish as it sounds like you both had an amazing holiday. I can also see from the pictures you kindly sent through that the fishing was very enjoyable.

I am sorry that there was some confusion about who and when the transfers were talking place on the return, I am not sure what happened and why there was the concern as we have always used cascade to run the transfers. I will have to look in to this further.
I know you both would like to return next year, but understand that it classes with the family holiday thats already booked. Never mind we can always look at the following year as the lodges and fishing will still be there.

Once again, thank you for your custom as it is alway very much appreciated.

Regards Peter

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Robin

We had a great time fishing both Kalum River Lodge and Sturgeon fishing in Chilliwack, the staff and the fishing made for a great two centre holiday.

The only issue was flights as we had to pay $350 excess baggage on the flight to + back from Terrace, as they said that it was over their allowance. We were within British Airways limits, but not Westjet + the information we had did not highlight this.

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Robin

Thank you for your feedback I am so glad that you both had a great time and the fishing was as you wished for.

I am so sorry for the flights as I have no idea what they are doing. First the issue of one of you being down graded in class of seat to then charge you for excess baggage on the return.

The rules of the baggage is as the flights are booked as a through fare (E.G one ticket) the babe allowance should be as per the international allowance, so we have no idea what or why they charged you.

Please accept our apologies over this, but we do have no control over the airlines as they do seem to be law unto themselves.

Thank you for the excellent scores on everything apart from the flights as these score mean a lot to both me and all the staff.

Also thank you for your custom, it will be a pleasure in managing your next fishing adventure.

Regards Peter

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Daniel

Had an amazing holiday with my farther salmon fishing at Kalum River Lodge and then Sturgeon Fishing on the Frazer River on the return. The fishing, organisation and staff was all perfect.

The only issue was British Airways.

Booked Business Class flights + had to go out Premium Economy Class. Down to British Airways not Sportquest Holidays, otherwise all very good.

Would not fly with British Airways again - can you book Air Canada Business Class from Manchester?

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Daniel

Thanks for the customer feedback and also the amazing scores for both Sportquest and the lodge staff, it is very much appreciated. The score for the flights is totally understandable considering all the issues caused by British Airways.

When they over sell the plane then have to down grade customer who have purchased a higher class ticket is nothing short of disgusting. (We are trying to encourage ALL customers to check in online before arriving at the airport as this goes a very long way to prevent them getting down graded.

We are processing the claim against BA and we will keep you informed. In relation to alternative flights yes we can book Air Canada plus others, so once you and your father are ready, just let me know and I can sort out everything for you both again.

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William

Best part of my holiday: hooking and playing Steelhead and Coho - they really battle!

Another amazing 2 weeks of fishing and can not wait to return next year.

Suggestions: Better information on fly lines, rods and flies.

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William

As normal thank you for the feedback and taking the time to tap;k to me on the telephone.

I have today been looking through all your pictures and it looks like you and your brother had an amazing time, no wonder you are booked to return next year.

Thank you for pointing out the update required on the fly lines and flies. I have spoken to Andrew the owner and together we are working on this right now.

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James

The best part: The fact that the next cast on any day may be a fish of a life time, both me and my brother had an amazing time, Feels like a second home to us both.

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James

Thanks for the feedback and pictures, also the same comment that your brother made about the tackle list. All things being sorted as we speak.

I have booked you both on for 2 weeks again same time next year.

Thanks for your continued custom as it is very much appreciated.

Regards Peter

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Peter

Had 4 out of 6 days good fishing. 2 out of 6 days impacted of high and dirty water, which caught the guides by surprise. So of the guides looked a bit lost due to the dirty water, while others went to other rivers and had a better results.

Still managed to catch plenty of fish and really enjoyed everyones company.

Would be better to have a shorter connection in Vancouver.

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Peter

Thanks for the feedback and also your comments on the telephone, as it is always good to catch up with customers on thiner return.

Shame about the last 2 days fishing with dirty water. Its been a struggle this year due to low water so once some rain came it was bound to flash flood through. I will talk to Andrew about the guides and what happened, so thanks for talking to me about that.

In relation to the connection time, there is not much we can do about it. As we can not get you to the lode earlier as the other customers need time to leave and then everything to be fully cleaned before the new customers arrive. Its just down to the time needed and also the limit of flight options available from the airlines.

Thanks again for your feedback and I look forward arranging your next year travel plans again.

Regards Peter

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Tom

Great fishing!

Great location!

Great accommodation!

Perfect!

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Tom quite a simple feedback but one we can not fault as it does not get much better than that.

As always it was great to chat to you on the telephone.

I look forward in planning and booking all your next year fishing trips. Plus hopefully we will get to fish together.

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Krzysztof

I really enjoyed my stay at the Kalum River Lodge.
Andrew & Deanna were excellent hosts.

They run a very organised, professional operation.
I was made to feel very welcome.

The accommodation and facilities were first class.
The guides were very patient, knowledgeable and helpful.
The fishing was challenging but rewarding.

Overall an enjoyable week.

I look forward to booking through Sportquest Holidays again in the future.

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Krzysztof

Thank you for taking the time and your great customer feedback.

I look forward in catching up with you this week to talk through your holiday and also see if you have any nice pictures you would like to share.

Again thank you for booking with Sportquest holidays we love what we do, but we could never do it without you, so your custom is always very much appreciated.

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Marek

Deanna and Andrew, the guides and the whole team at Kalum Lodge were first class! Welcoming, very patient (as this was my first time fishing for salmon and steelhead),

Informative and made the whole holiday truly 'a trip of a lifetime' even though I lost three 'fish of a lifetime' the guides kept on reminding me.

My thanks to Sportquest, from start to finish excellent service.

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Marek

Thank you for such a nice review and comments about the lodge and staff, I will catch up with you later this week and talk to you more about your holiday experiences.

I hope you also have some great pictures that you would like to share.

I look forward in talking to you soon and also helping you organise another fishing adventure.

Kind Regards

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Andrzej

Sportquest and Kalum River Lodge service was super excellent as was Air Canada.. Many thanks!

The fishing however was disappointing, too few species in the river at this time of year, the guides agreed. I caught 6 fish in a week, only one 10 lbs.

For first time Salmon anglers it is not a good time to go.

For die hard Steelhead anglers it is a perfect time.

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Andrzej

Thank you for your customer feedback, I will try and catch up with you sometime this week and go through all the details.

Yes for first time anglers you would be far better off going in the summer months at peak season when we have lots of different salmon species running. I notice that you have all requested to return next year but in the summer, so this is something we can talk about when we get to speak.

You did well to get 6 fish as this is your first trip and first time as a salmon angler.

Again thank you for your custom and comments as we can not do any of this without customers like yourself.

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David

Another great week with Kalum River Lodge. The new Wild Rivers Lodge is an outstanding base and the single en suite rooms are great. Nothing is too much trouble for Deanna and Andrew and the operation runs like clockwork with excellent food, fishing, guides and company. It was great to join up with anglers from so many places and I shared fishing and beers with people from Canada, Australia, Spain and Argentina during the 6 days of my trip.

The fishing this time was mostly focussed on the Kitimat and there were plenty of pinks and chum salmon hooked and sometimes landed on a river which has a great variety of fishing spots to reach with the drift boats.

Already booked again for 2018, so it must have been good!

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Dave

Thanks for your feedback as it is very much appreciated. So so glad to hear you had a good time, having said that everyone always has a great time with Andrew and Deanna as they do take good care of everyone.

Likewise the feedback about the new accommodation is amazing and seems to have gone down well with everyone.

Lastly thanks for booking a return trip and this time also having an extra 2 days fishing :

Kind Regards Peter

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Leighton

Absolutely excellent experience fishing at Kalum River Lodge superbly organised by sportquest.
Everything run like clockwork from start to finish.

The lodge is superb, accommodation and meals excellent and it really is a home from home experience with the hospitality provided by Andrew and Deanna.
The fishing was great, the guides were exceptionally good and gave their all to get us amongst the fish.

Would love to return and would highly recommend the services of sportquest and Kalum River Lodge

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Leighton Thanks for the feedback and also the pictures I will use some in the report.

It was a pleasure to deal with you both and we do hope to take care of you again on your next adventure.

Kind Regards

Peter

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John

Another fun week on The Skeena River. Many thanks to Deanna and Andrew for hosting so well and to the experienced and helpful guiding team.

The restrictions imposed by the fisheries office, due to the lower than normal salmon runs, actually meant that there were no issues finding top spots on the river and there were still plenty of fish to be caught. I managed to land 35 pinks, 6 sockeye, 3 coho and one stunningly beautiful high teens steelhead. As usual many more than this were lost - I must replace those teflon hooks.

The new lodge is brilliant. Having well appointed, single, en suite rooms is a real game changer. The communal areas work really well and the food was delicious.

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Hi John

It was great to chat again with you on the telephone. Thanks for the feedback I will make sure your kind comments are passed on to the lodge and guides.

Yes everyone seems to be very impressed with the new lodge and SINGLE rooms seem to be going down a storm.

I will see you in the airport in a few weeks time and lets go chase some Atlantics.

Regards Peter

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Tony

The trip was pretty awesome: the location, the lodge , the experience of Andrew and the other guides Glen, Cody & Pierrot was excellent.

I caught a few pinks , vast majority of my fish were chum, also a coho and sockeye, missed out on a king but saw one landed alongside of me. Many fish still sea liced. The coho and sockeye bars of silver.

The majority of the catch the Chum Salmon were amazing so so powerful, many of them jumping multiple times and screaming off downstream and you had to follow.. The biggest fish "conservatively estimated" by the guide at 25lbs with a few in that range over the week, 49 salmon landed and without doubt more than that in contact but lost through inexperience. Learning to Spey cast and the technique for landing the fish was priority the first couple of days. As the week went on with the expert guidance on hand the lessons learned made landing more fish possible, the best day being the last with 16 fish. Early starts up at 4.30am because of the weather 31 degrees and sunny not a problem to the guides they wanted to get you out there with the best opportunity to catch.

The hospitality at the lodge is second to none a home from home with the most wonderful home cooking and baking by Deanna and Cory. So good the belt had to go out a notch upon returning home.

Fantastic trip and yes I am going back !

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Tony & Ali

So glad you both had a fab time, I just knew you would love this place, a little shame about the unusual weather being so hot as you will not believe just how amazing the fishing is with real perfect conditions.

Andrew & Denna and their team do such a good job as can be seen by all the amazing testimonials on our website. The first class operations always stand out head and shoulders over the rest.

We would love to have you back, give me a call ASAP as we have VERY little space for 2018, plus we can ties you up with some Sturgeon fishing on the way back.

Now that makes a real perfect holiday.....

Look forward in talking to you both soon. PS Argentina will seem strange without you there this year....

Regards Peter

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Tim

The new lodge is even better than the previous one. The single large room for socialising and eating is an improvement and the views over the Skeena are spectacular.

The first week of August when I was there was the hottest week in northern BC for over a hundred years. This meant the rivers were cloudy with glacial sediment and the fishing for other than pink salmon went off a bit after 11.00 a.m.. Andrew did what he could to compensate - moving breakfast forward to 5.00 a.m. and concentrating on the shady spots.

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Hi Tim Thanks for the customer feedback and the chance to talk on the phone after returning from your trip.

Everyone is very happy with the new lodge which is good news, yes a shame this year the fishing was a little tougher than normal but as you said its the hottest weather for over 100 years, so that was always going to make the fishing more hard work.

Thanks for your continued custom and I look forward in seeing you next time,

Regards Peter

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Bob

Andrew and Deanna were the perfect hosts and the lodge is first class. The organisation each day was slick and professional and could not be faulted.

Unfortunately this year the fishing was disappointing due to the weather and a poor salmon run.

However it has just made me want to go back for more.

Everything with Sportquest was also first class from start to finish.

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Bob

Thanks for taking the time to chat on the phone, glad you enjoyed the trip even though the fishing was tough. As you said both Andrew and Deanna do a great job in such a stunning lodge.

We have rebooked you for next season and I am sure the fishing will be back to normal and then you will see just how amazing our fishing is.
Thanks for your continued support

Regards Peter

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James

Got off to a bad start with flight from London to Montreal being delayed by over an hour which meant we arrived 1 day late. minus our bags....

The fishing for Salmon was poor due to a decrease in the numbers of fish running in the river. The last day of our holiday saved the whole trip when we moved on to go Sturgeon fishing with a nice fish up to 330LBs

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James

So sorry about the flight delays and then the airline losing your luggage, I am glad it did all eventually turn up.

Yes the Salmon fishing for Pacific's in Canada this year has been tough. This is very very unusal so I am sure it will be back to normal again next year.

Congratulations on the Sturgeon a stunning fish.

Just also a thank you to say thanks for completing the customer feedback as they are very important, also to say a huge thank you for your continued support.

Tight Lines Peter

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Geoff

Another nice time at Kalum River Lodge. Weather made fishing tougher than normal as we had 30 heat most days.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Geoff was good talking to you and thanks as always for both your feedback and custom. Shame that the weather made the week a tough one, as they say the week before our customers had an amazing week apart from the last day which is when this unseasonal weather came in.
Again thanks for your support talk soon
Regards Peter

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Andrzej

I travel with Sportquest Holidays because their travel organisation is faultless this is my 3rd trip. The accommodation and fishing at Kalum River Lodge was excellent although a fewer salmon than previously however it still is an exciting and memorable trip. I have already rebooked again for next year.

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Andrzej. Thank you again for both your custom, support and feedback. It is nice to receive such appreciation as the staff in the offices do work hard to try and provide customers with the whole holiday experience. We are so pleased that you are returning again with us next year and I am sure there will be lots of obliging salmon especially those huge Chum Salmon just waiting to attack your flies.
Talk soon regards Peter

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Bryn

Overall the trip was superb. Andrew Deanne hospitality was second to none. A couple of guides were superb, could not do enough for you - Luke and Geoff. You could tell Glen is getting ready to finish, attention to details not as good. Maybe Andrew needs to slow down a bit when guiding, everything is 'flat out.' Main criticism was waiting morning and night while guides shuttled vehicles to bottom of river. 1 hr every day wasted, 6 hrs in total - nearly a days lost fishing time. When you pay top dollar for a trip, you want to be fishing max time.

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Bryn

Thanks for your feedback as it is very much appreciated. I have passed yours and everyones else comments about the waiting around, this was new for this season I I agree it is not as good as before.

We will look at trying to get that addressed.

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