Babine Steelhead Lodge

The Babine is a Skeena River tributary and one of the most famous wilderness steelhead rivers in the world. From early September through early to mid October, the Babine is an excellent dry fly and greased line fishery and as the season progresses and water temperatures drop, anglers spend more time fishing a variety of sink tips. The fishing can remain xcellent through the second week in November and later if water conditions permit. Babine fish are known the world over for their size and range from 7 to over 30 pounds, with the average fish most seasons weighing in around 12 lbs.

Babine Steelhead Lodge Travel:
To get to Babine Steelhead Lodge you will need to make travel arrangements to and from Smithers, BC via Vancouver. Packages at the lodge run from Saturday to Friday. You should plan on arriving in Smithers on Friday night and spending the night at the Hudson Bay Lodge (250) 663-5040. Please call the lodge upon arrival in the Smithers airport and they will send a complementary shuttle to pick you up. Saturday morning shortly before 8:00 a.m. Barry and Wendy Chanasyk, your hosts at Babine Steelhead Lodge, will pick you up and transfer you to the lodge. The drive takes roughly 1.5 hours.

The following Friday you should plan to depart Smithers on the evening the flight to Vancouver that typically departs around 7:00 p.m.

Note: You will be responsible for making and paying for this reservation and we recommend making both your air and overnight reservations well in advance, as this is the most popular time to visit the area.

Babine Steelhead Lodge Documentation:
A valid US passport is required for entry into Canada!

Babine Steelhead Lodge Fishing Program:
The Babine is a Skeena River tributary and one of the most famous wilderness steelhead rivers in the world. From early September through early to mid October, the Babine is an excellent dry fly and greased line fishery and as the season progresses and water temperatures drop, anglers spend more time fishing a variety of sink tips. The fishing can remain excellent through the second week in November and later if water conditions permit. Babine fish are known the world over for their size and range from 7 to over 30 pounds, with the average fish most seasons weighing in around 12 lbs. Anglers will be transported up and down the river via jet boat. Typically there will be one guide for every four anglers and most anglers will be dropped solo or in tandem at fishing holes. As a result anglers must be prepared to fish alone and should insist on a detailed briefing of the particular pool, its high percentage water, the most appropriate sink tip etc. before the guide continues on his way to shuttle other anglers. Also be sure to get a rough understanding of how much time you will spend at each run so you can manage your time and tactics appropriately. For anglers visiting the river before mid-October we also find it handy to have both a dry fly and sink tip rod rigged at all times as many holes will be well suited to two passes through with differing techniques. All Babine fish are wild and must be released unharmed as quickly as possible.

Babine Steelhead Lodge Accommodation and Meals:
Babine Steelhead Lodge is set very near the bank of the remote upper reaches of the Babine River. Anglers share cabins that sleep four guests each and each cabin has its own attached 3/4 bath. All cabins are connected by attractive wooden boardwalks. The lodge has a separate shower house and drying room for fishing gear. Excellent meals prepared by a rofessional chef are served in the main lodge. The main lodge also has a lovely living room with views of the river.Please bring whatever alcohol you would like for the week. The Hudson Bay Lodge has a liquor store on the lower level.

Babine Steelhead Lodge Climate:
While the weather can be mild, always be prepared for cold when visiting the interior reaches of British Columbia in the fall.Rain and snow can occur at almost anytime and typical day temperatures range from 30-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Included:
Food, accommodations, guiding, transfers from Smithers airport or hotel to the lodge, and limited wine with dinner.

Not Included:
Airfare, gratuities, alcohol, licenses (roughly $420 Canadian that can be paid by credit card), arrival and departure taxes.