The Skeena River system is certainly one of the finest anadromous waterways in the entire world.  Every year the Skeena sees record numbers of wild Steelhead and all five species of salmon - King (Chinook), Coho, Pink, Sockeye and Chum.  Although the main Skeena and its tributaries rank highly among the Salmon and Steelhead rivers of the world, the Terrace region of BC remains an affordable haven which is little known outside of North America.  Pioneer Fishing Lodge (PFL) specializes in professionally guided steelhead and salmon fly fishing on the Skeena and her tributaries.  At PFL, you will not only find a relaxed & friendly atmosphere but also a professional approach to all aspects of salmon and steelhead fly fishing.

Typical Length of Stay

The standard package at PFL is seven nights full board accommodation with six days of professional guided fishing; however custom packages can be arranged.  Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Pioneer Main LodgePFL consists of several traditional log buildings providing guests with an authentic Canadian log cabin experience combined with all of the luxurious touches expected from a premier lodge.  Your hosts and owners, Jezz and Pip Crosby, are passionate about the level of customer service and hospitality they provide.  Each individual guest's satisfaction is of paramount importance to them, and it shows.

The main lodge building is the heart of the operation and captures the real essence of the Canadian wilderness.  It houses the communal socializing and dining area as well as a large commercial kitchen.  The large lounge area has luxurious La-Z-Boy sofas surrounding a toasty log stove - a perfect spot for relaxing after a day on the river and the ideal place for exchanging fishing tales while admiring the scale model of the World Record King Salmon, caught by a previous guest in 2001.

The dining tables and chairs were purchased locally and were specially selected for the lodge, the large high backed chairs aid relaxation and comfort at meal times. After dinner guests are welcome to just kick back and relax in the lodge - maybe read through one of the local interest books from the lodge library, tie a few flies at the lodge fly tying station, or have a cocktail with your partner.

Guests are hosed in comfortable and relaxing log cabins.  Each cabin is designed to accommodate one or two people with minimal intrusion and disturbance.  Each guest will enjoy their own private bedroom with a deluxe double bed and quality linens.  Guests share a shower room which is supplied with abundant hot water from a private, licensed well.  The showers are delightfully powerful with no added chemicals, just pure water - just what is needed to invigorate the body at the end of a long day! There is also an airy lobby area with drink making facilities and a covered open deck with seating for those who wish to relax outdoors!

For a more luxurious experience PFL also offers the Boat House. The Boat House is a 'loft' space that can accommodate a couple very comfortably and can also take groups of up to four or five people, ideal for a family or a group of friends.  It is also popular with corporate clients.  The Boat House has a well equipped kitchen with a large electric range/cooker, refrigerator, kettle, coffee maker, toaster, crockery, glassware etc. The Boat House also has a private sitting room with a double sofa bed and an additional large sofa. The sitting room has a large flat screen HD television with a wide range of satellite channels as well as relatively high speed internet access!  There is also a dining table & chairs.

Food and Beverages

PFL produces great home cooked food and is locally sourced where possible.  Start your day off with either a cooked breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast.  Both options are available each morning to set you up for the day.  Anglers’ lunch is taken on the river each day. A personal picnic hamper is provided each day and consists of freshly made sandwiches, fresh fruit, granola bars, chocolate bars as well as lots of cold water to avoid dehydration.  During the Spring and Fall seasons, guests are given the option of having either hot soup or coffee/tea to take to the river to keep the chill off.

Hot and cold drinks at PFL are available throughout the day. In late afternoon, return to the lodge and join your hosts and fellow guests for a hearty three course home cooked supper!  Specialties include Bison Bourgogne, local Halibut, Elk BBQ and the Lodges' popular 'Spice Night'!

Fishing Information

Releasing a Typical Skeena System SteelheadWhatever your ability, whether a complete beginner or the seasoned angler, PFL can provide a fly fishing experience you won't soon forget! They have a team of licensed local guides and professionals that will share their fly fishing expertise with you and put you on the fish.

The Skeena River, traditionally known as the "River of Mists", is the second largest river system in British Columbia and one of the longest un-dammed rivers in the world.  The waters are cold and fast - creating big healthy fish and plenty of them - up to 5 million spawning salmon and steelhead pass through Terrace each year and fly anglers come from around the globe to try their luck here.  The Skeena is truly an amazing and diverse fishery!

PFL holds rod days on the most productive classified sections of the Skeena and world renowned Kalum River where huge rod busting Chinook salmon and awesome steelhead abound.  They also have rod days on the Kitimat River which is classified as a 'no motor' river, so peace and tranquility are guaranteed. PFL also fishes many of the other Skeena Tributaries including the Kasiks, Exchamsiks, Exstew, and Zymacord Rivers.

Catch and Release is a fundamental part of PFL’s ethos and whilst they appreciate you may want to keep some fish, they respect these wild salmon and their habitat and wish to preserve the natural stocks, where possible, for future generations to enjoy.  Please note that there are no fish processing facilities at the lodge, however smoking can be arranged at a local facility in Terrace.

Saltwater Off-shore Fishing
Salt water fishing is also readily available from the towns of Kitimat (35 minutes) and Prince Rupert (70 miles) and PFL can arrange a day or two for you. Don't forget to pack a camera and binoculars as these B.C. waters are a rich feeding ground for a multitude of wildlife, including Humpback and Killer Whales, sea lions and dolphin.  Also, Grizzly bears and their young can often be seen feeding along the shoreline. Why not try both fresh and salt water fishing for a more extensive angling adventure?

Prince Rupert offers an excellent opportunity to fish some of the best salt water grounds in the northwest Pacific in amongst the myriad of islands surrounding the coast line and the Hecitate Strait west to the Queen Charlotte Islands.  Monster Halibut are the prized catch and can be fished for during the open season.  Recently a 324 lb. specimen was caught in Chatham Sound - only 20 miles from shore!  Arm bending 100 lb+ Halibut are an everyday possibility as well as ground fish such as Ling Cod, Red Snapper, Rock Fish, Dungeness Crab and seasonally for Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

Boats and Equipment

PFL utilizes a variety of craft to transport guests to and from fishing holes and these include 13' Saturn Rafts as well as 18 & 19 foot Harbercraft jet boats equipped with 200 hp inboard engines to get you to the hot spots quickly, safely and comfortably.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Beautiful British ColumbiaIf you or your partner don't want to fish every day PFL has an extensive seasonal eco tour portfolio, making full use of the outstanding Canadian wildlife, rivers, mountains, glaciers and rainforest. Tours can be arranged to go whale watching, be introduced to First Nations Indian Tribe arts and culture, hike to a volcano and visit a spectacular and thought provoking lava bed which lies atop over 2000 souls lost when it erupted just over 200 years ago.

Terrace has a beautiful and challenging golf course and for the more adventurous you can white water raft down the Copper or Kalum River which is a blast. There are a whole host of natural treasures to be found in the Great Bear Rain Forest and you can rely on PFL to help organize a variety of activities to compliment your fly fishing vacation!

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 at Terrace you will be met by either one of the guides or a member of the lodge staff and transferred to the lodge which is only a 20 minute drive from the airport, during this transfer you have the opportunity to visit the local liquor store to pick up your favorite tipple and, time dependent, visit the fishing store for some last minute fly or leader purchases.

2013 Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Custom packages can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay Double
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $3,900 CDN
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,200 CDN

** 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
  • Alcoholic beverages with supper
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Professionally guided fishing while on the river
  • Double handed fly rods are available
  • All conventional fishing equipment

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from original destination to Terrace, B.C.
  • 6% HST (sales tax - the lodge claims back the other 6% non-resident rebate on your behalf)
  • Additional Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for staff and guides
  • British Columbia Fishing Licenses
  • Specialized wet weather gear and waders

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

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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