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The Dean River - Nakia Lodge



The Dean River Fishing:

It is widely accepted that the Dean
is home to the hottest summer
steelhead in the world. This due to many factors including the force of
the river itself, relatively warm water temperatures, and the
exceptional brightness or freshness of the average fish. From June
through September, fresh fish enter the system daily. Peak season is
considered to include the months of July and August, and anglers fishing
at Nakia Lodge during that time can be assured that they will fishing
over the freshest fish possible, for at no time will they ever be more
than 5 miles from the salt. Nakia Lodge fishes the lower river in a
guided context (four anglers in a single jet boat being dropped at
various holes) and the upper river is fished in an un-guided context
with ATV's used for access. Typically anglers will spend half their time
on the upper river and half their time on the lower river. While dry
line and dry fly fishing can be excellent, most anglers fish with
sinking tips and shooting heads.  Dean fish are known for their
willingness to move to a fly and range from 8 to 25 pounds, with the
average fish typically weighing in around 10-12 pounds.


The Dean River Travel:

To get to Nakia Lodge, anglers will need to fly into Campbell River and
overnight. Lodge owner Adam Tavender will oversee your accommodation in
Campbell River as well as your flights from there into and out of the


The Dean River Documentation:

A valid US passport or original birth certificate is required for entry into Canada!

The Dean River Accommodation and Meals:

Nakia Lodge is located in the woods on the right bank of the lower river
and has four simple guest cabins. Anglers sleep either two or four per
cabin and there is a large community cabin with a fireplace, common
shower, tying room and a comfortable sitting area for sharing drinks and
stories. In the morning and evenings the guests gather in the main
lodge for meals. Breakfast is served at about 5 AM and the mid day meal
is the largest of the day and often followed by a nap. Evening fishing
resumes at roughly 4 PM and extends until after 8PM with the evening
meal typically being served around 10PM.


The Dean River Climate:

While the weather tends to very mild, always be prepared for cold when
visiting BC. Typical day temperatures range from 50-75 degrees f. More
often than not you will start the days with several layers on and be
down to one light layer by mid day.


The Dean River Clothing:

While the weather is typically very mild, we still recommend that you
pack the following: Warm socks, polar fleece pullover, warm hat, fishing
gloves, a quality waterproof wading jacket, synthetic long underwear
and fleece pants. Cotton and quick dry shirts for warm days. Bring
casual attire for meals in the lodge.



Food, accommodations, guiding, wine with meals, overnight accommodations
in Campbell River, and float-plane charter from Campbell River to

Not Included:

Airfare to Campbell River, gratuities (see above), hard alcohol.