The Bulkley River has long been regarded as one of the premier Steelhead fly fishing rivers in the world. The Bulkley is a tributary of the world famous Skeena river, home to the largest run of wild Steelhead in the world. The Bulkley offers close to 100 miles of perfect fly water ranging from shallow gravel bars to glassy tail outs in ledge rock canyon pools. Long regarded for its dry fly fishing the Bulkley is home to some of the most aggressive Steelhead on the planet. The Bulkley fishes from late August right through November with September and October being regarded as prime time.
We have a long connection with the Bulkley as most of our guides have either guided at the following operations or spent seasons living on the rivers bank. It was the first river we booked destination anglers on.
Whistler Flyfishing is fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of Bulkley experiences ranging from canyon camp outs to five star dinning and riverside cabins. Let our staff of experts put their experience to work providing you with the ideal Bulkley River fishing experience.
Here are the folks we work with:
Maxwells Steelhead Guides
Denise Maxwell offers day trips on the Smithers and Telkwa section of the river. This is an excellent choice for anglers that enjoy the freedom and comfort of staying in a Smithers hotel.
Price is $550us + hst per person per day
Bulkley River Lodge
There is something special about the Bulkley River Lodge. It might be the cozy lodge living room or dining area, Whitey’s after dinner entertainment, Melissa’s friendly smile or Bunky’s jokes. I think it is the feeling of family you get when you stay at the lodge and the knowledge that you are spending your day with some of the fishiest folk around. Guides fish the full length of the Bulkley mixing in jet boat time with relaxing river drifts.
The price for a weeks angling at Bulkley River Lodge is $5000 us + hst
Frontier Farwest Lodge
The largest operation on the Bulkley is also one of the very best. Based out of their historic riverside lodge in Telkwa BC, Frontier Far West owners Mike and Derrek are on the water daily,putting their guests on the best possible water. With a great group of guides and friendly lodge staff a trip to Frontier Far West is sure to be a memorable experience. Each week their lodge guests are treated to a variety of river drifts from the Morice right down to the lower river near the mouth of the Suskwa river. A weeks stay at Frontier Far west includes at least one two day canyon float trip camping in the lower river. The lodge maintains two comfortable camping sites in the lower river enabling their guests access to these seldom fished sections of prime Steelhead water.
the price for a weeks angling at FFW is $4850 CDN + hst and includes transfer from the Smithers airport, a week of guided fishing in drift boats/rafts,accommodations, meals and alcohol.
Frontier Farwest Canyon Drifts
For those guests looking to experience the best fishing on the Bulkley but not really looking for a full lodge week Whistler Flyfishing has some unique 4 day hosted canyon floats including a special spey improvement float with Brian Niska. This is the ultimate opportunity to improve your speycasting while experiencing a stretch of the Bulkley that few anglers get to fish. The Canyon floats are done over 4 days and three nights with the first and third night staying in Frontiers comfortable canyon camps complete with heated wall tents. When staying at these camps anglers can fish till dark and also have the opportunity to hit the water early before breakfast.
The price for the 4 day canyon float on the lower Bulkley is $3200 CDN+ hst Whistler Flyfishing has a select few spaces available for these spey improvement drifts featuring instruction from Brian Niska.
Please call the fly shop at 1-888-822-3474 for more information