Bear Claw Lodge is owned and run by the Allen family, one of the famous Kispiox river families who have lived and guided on the river for as long as anyone can remember! During the prime steelhead season it can be very tough to get space but outside the prime season it is ideal for families or parties who want to fish and enjoy what else the Kispiox valley has to offer. They have a very good children's programme so parents can leave children for the day in the knowledge that they are well looked after and enjoying all the the BC outdoors can provide.
The Kispiox river is a tributary of the Skeena and is the main target for guests of Bear Claw Lodge. It is famous for a healthy run of big steelhead which is why space at the lodge is so popular. But in July, there is a run of Kings and then Silvers which the guides target too for family visits.
The lodge is superbly very comfortable log structure with eight ensuite rooms (each uniquely decorated in keeping with local art and wildlife) a huge open-plan hall sitting and dining area and a superb games room. You could throw a stone into the river, it is so close. The food is superb as expected
Choice of equipment will vary according to the activities you intend to explore and Frontiers will work with you to ensure you are properly equipped. For steelhead or salmon a 12-14ft rod is best with a multi-tip line, good reel and assortment of flies. Weather is unpredidictable so layering is key.
Bear Claw is best approached flying into Smithers (usually from Vancouver) from where the lodge will collect you. It is about a 2-hour drive to the lodge, half on the main road and half up the Kispiox valley road. The lodge or guides will then drive guests to the river or whatever activity they are enjoying. Sometimes a helicopter is used with agreement with guests. It is also possible for families to hire extra vehicles if they wish.
Rates are subject to quotation but as an approximate guide accommodation is CAN $385 per night and fishing is CAN $450 to $650 per day based on shared room and guide plus taxes - 5% on fishing and 13% on accommodation.Youth package is Can $2,000.
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.
Bear Claw Lodge