Blackwater Float Trip
BLACKWATER FLOAT TRIP
The Blackwater River Fishing: The Blackwater (or West
Road as it is called on most maps) drains a vast hinterland in the
northern Cariboo/Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Sharing
headwaters with the world's most famous summer steelhead stream, the
Dean River, the Blackwater flows east through the Fraser Plateau
collecting runoff from expansive grasslands,
muskeg swamps, scattered pine and aspen forests and countless trout
filled lakes. The area is at the northern end of the interior dry belt,
in the lee of the coastal mountains, which disperse Pacific weather
systems, moderate weather conditions create spectacular cloud formations
and breathtaking sunsets. The amount of water surface in the upper
watershed collects a great deal of solar heat on the long summer days
giving the river a very warm temperature (up to 20C/70F) which promotes
the rich insect life which in turn supports the ample rainbow trout
population. "Wet" wading conditions are the rule through mid August and
waders are often donned only for passing weather systems.
The Blackwater River is home to an abundant population of
rainbow trout averaging 10-14 inches, with the largest just over 20
inches. They attack dry flies readily and anglers are rarely tempted to
fish by any other method. At season opening, June 15, the stoneflies
and caddis flies are thick. The caddis continue throughout the summer.
The first couple of weeks can involve some amazing stonefly activity
and the long, early summer days provide ample opportunity to release
more native rainbow trout than you ever imagined. While rafts are used
for transport, the majority of the fishing is done while wading.
Blackwater River Accommodation:
This is a comfortable camping trip. The Blackwater Company
will provide you with all camping equipment, including a quality air
mattress as well as a brand new sleeping bag, which they will later
donate to charity.
Blackwater River Travel:
Anglers will fly into Quesnel via Vancouver the day before the trip begins.
Blackwater River Climate:
Temperatures typically range from the mid 60's to the mid
80's. In the summer it is usually quite warm during the day and cool in
the evening. However, it is important for guests to be prepared for
cold rainy conditions throughout the season.
Guiding for six days and five nights, meals, wine with dinner, all sleeping/camping gear.
Fishing license (approximately $185 CAD – credit
cards accepted), beer and alcohol, transportation from airport to your
hotel, staff and guide gratuities.