Nicholas Dean Outfitters & Lodge

Steelhead fishing and more on the Skeena system, British Columbia

Nicholas Dean Outfitters Lodge; Nicholas Dean Lodge and Outfitters offer anglers the fly fishing experience of a lifetime. They are based on the Skeena system in British Columbia, Canada, and include the Copper and Kalum rivers in their portfolio. These rivers have a healthy run of wild salmon (coho/silvers, chum, Chinook/kings, pinks), steelhead and trout species.

Fantastic fishing on the Skeena, Copper, Kalum Rivers and more…

The guides at Nicholas Dean have been fishing the Skeena River including the myriad of tributaries in the area (Copper, Kalum etc.) and remote coastal rivers for wild steelhead and Pacific salmon for decades.

They have one of the longest fishing seasons of any lodge in North America. With over 54 rivers, lakes and salt water estuary destinations the guides have the unique ability to plan a different experience daily. From long line casts and big water on the Skeena River, to small gin clear streams, sight casting to Steelhead and coho, or skating a dry fly across a coastal river pool.

They also offer different modes of access from rafting, drift boat, hiking, jet boat or helicopter. Even when bad weather makes fishing conditions tricky in one area, you will simply be moved to another watershed.

The charming and comfortable Yellow Cedar Lodge

NDO purchased the incredible Yellow Cedar Lodge in April 2020, to offer the finest in accommodations in Terrace. Right on the banks of the Skeena, Yellow Cedar Lodge features large, vaulted ceilings to highlight impressive mountain views, numerous amenities and a large, wraparound deck for guests to take in the majestic riverscape.
Yellow Cedar Lodge’s spacious dining room has two large tables and several smaller custom cedar tables, plenty of room for you to relax, unwind and enjoy your favourite cab, and savour the fine dining from our experienced culinary team. The bar – adjoining the dining room – is well stocked with wine, beer and spirits for your enjoyment. 

Guest accommodations are comprised of both single and double rooms, with comfortable double or king beds, and quality linen. Each room is equipped with its own private shower, which is supplied with abundant hot water from our private, licensed well. The showers are powerful, with no added chemicals, just pure spring water – just what is needed to refresh the body at the end of a long day. Each room has ample storage for your clothes and luggage and is just steps away from all the amenities that YCL has to offer.

The lodge has a state of the art, custom wader room that was just updated in May 2020. Built with locally milled cedar, the wader room is where you will keep your fishing gear and clothing for the duration of your trip. You are provided with a large, roomy stall, where you can leave your rods, reels and personal gear, then hang up your waders, jacket and other layers to dry overnight in front of the gas fireplace.


Explore the Lower Skeena watershed

Nicholas Dean Outfitters are based just off the Kalum River on the outskirts of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It is blessed with being located in the Lower Skeena watershed that boasts numerous productive steelhead and salmon rivers and produces some of the biggest wild steelhead and Pacific salmon in the world.

It is a short distance from the Copper, Nass and Kitimat watersheds and remote coastal streams. No matter what sort of river you have a preference for it can be located within their guiding territory. Nicholas Dean knows where and when to fish these rivers for large wild steelhead, all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, bull trout, sea-run cutthroat and dolly varden.

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