The most memorable fish you will see in your lifetime.

Surrounded by pristine wilderness, this rustic lodge overlooks the Hecate Strait. The rivers of Haida Gwaii present a challenging, and very interesting scenario for fly fisherman. With its ancient, old growth forests looming overhead you have to put thought into every single cast you make. No matter how experienced of an angler you are, you will leave these islands much improved.
These are small coastal rivers that take on Massive BC steelhead in good catchable numbers. We put in a lot of work, hiking, exploring and swinging beautiful runs, and in the end we are rewarded with some of the most memorable fish you will see in your lifetime. This is a trip for fisherman who still believe its important to target wild steelhead on rivers that are rarely if ever fished.

Why Fish at Copper Bay Lodge?

No question there is a lot of competition for your hard earned dollars when it comes to fishing during the winter months. Most anglers have settled into a routine of heading south to warm climate salt water fishing. However before you pull the trigger on yet another bone fishing trip understand that there is something very special happening in Haida Gwaii.

It as a destination you should want to visit even if it didn’t have such great fishing opportunities. One thing all our guests agree on is that returning from Haida Gwaii feels like returning with a new secret. It is an eye opening experience that will stick with you in many ways beyond more fish pictures on your phone.

Copper Bay Lodge will tour you through the islands in a way that connects you to the fish, the landscape and the culture in a meaningful way that will stay with you long after you return home. This trip is about the overall experience and one that should not be missed.

Haida Gwaii floats off the coast of British Columbia like a long wedge of pie. It is a 100-kilometers in the north tapering down to a narrow point. Of the archipelago’s approximately 350 islands, over 200 lie within the boundaries of Gwaii Haanas park, which comprises the southern third of the chain.

Haida Gwaii has been dubbed the “Galapagos of the north” for the many endemic species and subspecies that evolved there while it was an ice-free refuge. Widespread species that are completely distinctive genetically such as the hairy woodpecker, saw-whet owl, Steller’s jay, Peale’s peregrine falcon, black bear, and pine marten—are all found here and nowhere else in the world. These remote islands are home to one of the oldest traceable populations on Earth.

The Haida have probably lived there since the end of the last ice age, 11,000 to 13,000 years ago. Its wild coastlines and old-growth forests are home to a wealth of animal life – 750,000 seabirds, 20 species of whale and dolphin as well as a rich Haida history. The Haida phrase for this is yah’guudang – respect for all living things.

The Lodge

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Your Guides

  • Derek Botchford 
Owner Operator
  • Scott Baker-McGarva
 Local Expert
  • Evan Quaas
 Local Expert
  • Hello World
  • Derek Botchford 
Owner Operator

    As owner operator of the the lodge it is my job to ensure your trip is a successful one. From the moment you book with us I will be at the ready to assist you in anything that may arise with regards to your trip. On the water I will give you every tip I have learned about fishing these rivers.

    One of the most important factors of fishing Haida Gwaii is water levels. I take great effort in studying water levels and how they effect the runs we fish. My belief is on any given day one river, or even one piece is water is extremely productive and its my job to find it and put you there.

  • Scott Baker-McGarva
 The Macgyver

    As owner operator of the the lodge it is my job to ensure your trip is a successful one. From the moment you book with us I will be at the ready to assist you in anything that may arise with regards to your trip. On the water I will give you every tip I have learned about fishing these rivers.

    One of the most important factors of fishing Haida Gwaii is water levels. I take great effort in studying water levels and how they effect the runs we fish. My belief is on any given day one river, or even one piece is water is extremely productive and its my job to find it and put you there.

The Daily Routine

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Exclusive Amenities and Facilities

Exclusive Amenities

  • Island’s traditional cuisine
  • Sensational views of the Hecate Strait
  • Gourmet North American dishes matched with wines
  • Five acres of secluded beach

Facilities

  • Essentials
  • Breakfast
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Essentials
  • Breakfast
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Essentials
  • Breakfast
  • Indoor fireplace

Accommodation Types

  • Single Rooms
  • 1 Queen size Bed
  • 
Private Bath
  • Double Rooms
  • 2 Queen size Bed
  • 
Private Bath
  • Cabin
  • For 4–6 Anglers
  • 
Queen size Beds
  • Private Bath

How to Get There?

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What equipments and documents should I bring?

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Packages and Rates

8 days on the water.

All trips run from Sat. to Sat. during the Steelhead Season (from Nov.14 – Apr. 14).


What’s Included?

  • Transportation to and from Sandspit Airport.
  • Shared room and private room accommodation available.
  • Delicious family style, home-cooked meals served with wine.
  • Fully guided fishing & all fishing gear (except waders and boots).

What’s not Included?

  • Transportation to and from Sandspit Airport.
  • Shared room and private room accommodation available.
  • Delicious family style, home-cooked meals served with wine.
  • Fully guided fishing & all fishing gear (except waders and boots).

Weight Allowance

Due to safety measures, and weight restrictions on the airplanes, there is a maximum weight allowance of two bags at 50 pounds per person.

Making Reservations

A 50% deposit is due within 14 days of reserving rod space to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival.

Ready for an Epic Adventure? Contact Us to Book

call us tel:+18778469153

send derek an email

Derek Botchford 
Owner Operator