Skeena Spey Riverside is run by Brian and Lizzie Niska and their superb team. They have undertaken a lengthy upgrade to the lodge to offer fine accommodation and a warm and friendy atmosphere. The lodge sits right on the Skeena river with its own dock just two minutes walk from your cabin. The key to Skeena Spey is its location and staff who are all mad-keen fishers anxious to ensure your success. The lodge has its own fleet of boats most of which leave from the dock but at times they will trailer guests to further away beats. At Skeena Spey, you will enjoy the best chance of mint fresh fish.
You could fish from Skeena Spey Lodge almsot year round if you are a hard-core steelheader ready to brave the cold for the freshest of fish. The lodge can target spring steelhead, the huge, mint Kings, the fresh autumn steelhead and the Silver salmon all departing from their dock right by the lodge.
The lodge has fine, spacious A-frame cabins and ensuite bathrooms. Each cabin is set up for fisherman, with hanging for waders, excellent heating, lots of space and great bathrooms. The lodge is warm and friendly with superb, enthusiastic staff. There is no doubt you will be well looked after.
Double-handed rods with multi-tip lines and quality reels with plenty of backing, over 400 yards for the Kings, is the standard equipment. Good quality waders and clothing based around a layer system to cope with changable weather. Bring a boat bag to leave your extra layers, cameras, fly boxes etc.
It is a very easy journey to Skeena Spey Lodge via Vancouver and on to Terrace. There are a few flights a day. On arrival in Terrace a member of the lodge staff will meet you and drive you the 15-minutes to the lodge where you can settle in and make some casts on Home Pool if you wish. The return journey is equally simple or, if guests are going elsewhere, the hire car facility is just a few minutes away with Smithers, another steelhead gateway, just three hours down the road.
Rates are subject to quotation but a sample is CAN $325 pp per night + tax based on shared accommodation and CAN $750 pp per day for guided fishing based on shared guide + tax. So as an example, a 7 night/6 day stay with a shared cabin and shared guide would be $6,775 ex license, alcohol or tips.
In October of 2016 Tarquin Millington-Drake spent two to three weeks in British Columbia getting caught up on all matters steelhead. It had been 18 years since he last visited BC where he used to take a group to the Sustut every year until duty called to operate the Ponoi.