Because the Skeena and its tributaries receive such diverse runs of fish, Nicholas Dean Outdoors is able to offer a number of different packages to meet your expectations. Spring Steelhead and Chinook, Summer Steelhead and Salmon, Fall Steelhead and Trophy Coho are but a small number of the packages available. A camp set up along the banks of the Skeena River provides anglers with a quality angling experience in the heart of the wilderness at a lower price. Nicholas Dean Outdorrs (NDO) has access to over 50 of the best rivers and lakes in the Lower Skeena region - as well as the near shore Pacific Ocean throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and early Winter seasons. In case one river is not fishable, there are many others to choose from. The highly qualified angling guides at NDO know the Skeena, Kalum, Copper, Kitimat, Bell-Irving, Lower Skeena Tributaries, and Nass River Tributaries intimately, ensuring that you have the best chance possible at landing one of the many world record fish that migrate upriver each year. NDO also fishes several remote coastal rivers for the ultimate in wilderness fishing. Places where there are no roads, no development. Only old growth forests, pristine, gin-clear rivers, and large, wild steelhead.

Typical Length of Stay

Nicholas Dean Outdoors offers six night and seven day packages, with five days of guided fishing. To provide a customer-focused experience of the highest quality, NDO only takes up to ten clients in the Summer, and no more than eight in the Spring and Fall.

Accommodations and Lodging

Yellow Cedar Lodge AccommodationNicholas Dean Outdoor clients stay at the Yellow Cedar Lodge. The lodge features a number of single and double bed rooms, each with en suite washrooms and shower facilities for your comfort. Each room is furnished with comfortable beds, feather du vets and pillows, closets, dressers and reading lights. The main dining area in the lodge features two large cedar tables over a high, vaulted ceiling where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Located beside the dining area is a full service bar, where you can sample house wines, sip on a glass of scotch, or exchange stories about the big one that got away. Above the dining area and bar is a lounge complete with comfortable leather sofas and a high definition television.

After your gourmet dinner, you might consider taking advantage of one of the lodge’s many amenities. Both the hot tub and sauna are a great way to warm up after a day of wading in a cold river, and playing a game of darts or pool in the games room with friends is a popular pursuit. For those warm Summer nights, many guests enjoy sitting on the large wrap around porch with a cigar or two, while taking in the impressive mountains vistas and sunsets over the Skeena. A gym and equipment room is also available if you’d like to keep up with your workout routine while away from home.

The Yellow Cedar Lodge has a heated mud and changing room where you will keep your fishing gear and clothing, and a fish house where some of your catch may be smoked and stored. Wireless internet is also available for the executive that needs connectivity to the office. We are sure that you will enjoy this comfortable, first class environment.

Food and Beverages

At Yellow Cedar Lodge you will enjoy the cooking of Red Seal Chef, Alf Leslie. Alf is a master chef who goes to great lengths in providing the best in fine dining. Using only the freshest ingredients, Alf makes home made breads and desserts, and prepares sumptuous meals including wild Salmon and Halibut from the Pacific Ocean.

To ensure that you are fueled up for a full day of fishing ahead, Alf prepares a hearty breakfast, including a combination of eggs, cereal, fresh fruit, toast, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. For Lunch, you are welcome to take full advantage of the “lunch bar,” as you customize that perfect lunch for on the river. A variety of meats and cheeses, fruits and vegetables, snacks, water and juice are available, as are thermoses of hot coffee or tea to go. Dinners are always spectacular and it would be difficult to find better fine dining anywhere in northwest BC. Start with a homemade soup or salad, such as carrot and ginger soup with a fresh chive chantilly, or caramelized pear and asparagus salad. Then, you’re on to the main course, which might be Pacific rim marinated wild Coho Salmon served with home made sweet potato ravioli in a cilantro cream sauce and baby bok choy, or char-grilled lamb chops in a rye whisky demi-glaze served with confit potatoes and char grilled vegetables. To satisfy that sweet tooth, Alf might serve amaretto creme brulee, maple pecan pie with fresh whipped cream, or molten chocolate cake served with ruby port. After an adventurous day in the outdoors, most clients tend to work up quite a large appetite, and we are certain you will be very satisfied with Alf’s meals and maybe a few pounds heavier when you leave.

Fishing Information

Spring SteelheadIf you enjoy long line casts using a double haul and big water, there is the Skeena River, or small gin clear streams, sight casting to Spring Steelhead, or skating a dry fly across a coastal river pool, the lodge can provide a different experience every day of the week for you. Nicholas Dean Lodge likes to plan a diverse experience for you, rafting, drift boat, hiking, jet boat or helicopter, Yellow Dog and the lodge can prepare a trip of a life time!

With over 54 rivers, lakes and salt water estuary destinations you can fly fish a different river or location every day, even if you come out multiple times in one year, ensuring the experience is different every day. With the wild salmon and steelhead population the lodge also offers a diverse range of species to target, each one requiring a different presentation, style and strategy. Depending on the time of year, you decide the adventure you want based on the species you are targeting.

The lodge has highly qualified fly fishing guides and the most knowledgeable fly fishing service available in the area. The lodge's policy is one guide for two clients and destinations where you may not see another angler or person all day on the river. The guides provide the tackle you need throughout the day and the lodge can provide fly fishing equipment such as Spey Rods, and single handed fly rods.

Yellow Cedar Lodge, Nicholas Deans' base of operations, is located in the Northwest British Columbia Coastal Rainforest so the weather is moderate most of the year; but at times can experience lots of rain, snow and sun. You need to come prepared with the right clothing and the layering system works best. Polar fleece, gortex, foot and hand warmers also make the day enjoyable if the weather does not cooperate. This one of the most beautiful locations, with the rugged mountains climbing 10,000 feet plus straight out of the ocean, snow capped peak, towering cedar trees that are thousand of years old, and dense rain forest, some of the last rain forest in North America. The wildlife is abundant and if you are lucky, you may even spot the rare Komode Bear or Spirit Bear (an albino Black Bear) which brings you good luck and fortune, who knows you might hook the world record Steelhead right after the sighting.

Boats and Equipment

Nicholas Dean uses 12' Aire Rafts, 18' NRS Rafts, ClackaCraft Drift Boats, 16’ Custom Jet Sleds with 40HP Yamaha Jet Drives, and a 22 ft. Woolridge Jet Sled. Nicholas Dean Lodge guides on over 50 rivers in Northern BC, requiring very diverse river access and transportation. Some of the bigger rivers are accessed with Jet Boats, whereas, the remote coastal river which require helicopter transportation the smaller Aire rafts are used.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking LandscapesJust in case you or your significant other might want to do some non-fishing related activities on your trip, the lodge can also set up any number of outdoor adventures.

White water rafting on the Copper River, hiking the coastal BC mountains, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, helicopter tours, and mountain biking are popular pursuits in the area and provide an exciting alternative to fishing in the summer months.

How To Get There

Your final flight destination is Terrace, British Columbia, which can be accessed via a number of daily commercial flights from Vancouver, B.C.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the lodge. Yellow Cedar Lodge is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the airport.

2013 Package Rates

All prices are per person. Nicholas Dean Outdoors offers six night and seven day packages, with five days of guided fishing. Rates listed below DO NOT include Canadian sales tax or fishing licenses. **Rates are listed in Canadian Dollars. The exchange rate can and does change frequently, so be sure to check this prior to departure.

Accommodation Double
Main Lodge Package $4,150 CDN $4,450 CDN
Skeena Camp Package $2,750 CDN ----
Helicopter Fishing Package * TBA * TBA

* Cost for the Helicopter Options vary based on a number of logistical factors. Each expedition will be quoted based on the particulars of the trip. Please Call Yellow Dog for Details.

** Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Transportation to and from the Terrace Airport
  • All Accommodations and all Meals
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Professionally guided fishing while on the river
  • A reasonable amount of fishing tackle

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from original destination to Terrace, B.C.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Canadian sales tax
  • Gratuities for staff and guides
  • British Columbia Fishing Licenses
  • Fish Coolers and care/preparation of your "in season" catch for return trip

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Fish Packaging (not applicable March - May and November)
The lodge will gladly clean "in-season" Salmon, if you would like to take home some of your catch. Extra costs are incurred for coolers and dry ice (approximately $35 per guest) and vacuum sealing ($35 for fish under 30", $45 for fish over 30"). Guides will leave the river one hour early to process your Salmon. Please keep in mind the baggage limits for the airlines as extra baggage and/or weight can incur additional fees from the airlines.

Species In Season - British Columbia (Skeena Region)

Species Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov.
Steelhead Good Best Good   Good Best Best Best Good
Chinook Salmon (Kings)   Good Good Best Best Best      
Coho Salmon           Good Best Best  
Sockeye Salmon         Best Best      
Chum Salmon         Best Best      
Pink Salmon         Best Best      
Cutthroat Good Best Best Good Good Best Best Best Good
Dolly Varden Good Best Best Good Good Best Best Best Good


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