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SUSKEENA LODGE

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Suskeena Lodge is one of the finest Steelhead lodges in British Columbia.

Located on the Sustat River, it is a remote wilderness fishing lodge which provides the opportunity to fish for large Steelhead in gin-clear water with no crowds.

  • Season: mid August to mid October
  • Wilderness Steelhead fishing on the Sustut River
  • Remote fly-out camp by private air charter
  • Ideal for individuals or groups
  • Average temperature: 0℃ in winter, 15℃ in warmer months

The lodge caters for nine anglers staying in twin-occupancy log cabins with en-suite facilities, a log-stove and a sitting area. In addition, there is an additional shower block with three showers and facilities, should there be a rush for the shower. These cabins are very comfortable and the rooms have plenty of storage space and drying facilities close to the stove. All cabins have a small front porch ideal for getting your gear on and off in the morning and evening as well as checking tackle.

These cabins complement the main lodge where you take your meals and enjoy a beer in front of a big open fire after a day's fishing, all set within secluded forested wilderness close to the river. Meals are delicious and designed to sustain outdoor activity. They are served with a selection of wines.

Please note there is no beer in the lodge and all guest are advised to bring their own.

With no road access, the lodge is reached via a private charter from the nearby town of Smithers.

WIFI is available in the lodge but bring your own laptop or tablet.

This is a fishing lodge for those wanting to catch big Steelhead and up until recently, it has been the venue for the select few 'in-the-know'. If you want to increase your chances of hooking an elusive 30 lb Steelhead in crystal clear water, then this is the place to head to as the Sustat has the largest average Steelhead of any river in the Skeena system.

Anglers at Suskeena Lodge fish three to a jet-boat or drift-boat with one guide. The guides stay on the same beats each day and the guests progress through the beats with each allocated guide.

The Sustat has three beats and there is one beat on the main Skeena River. The lower beat on the Sustat and the beat on the Skeena are regarded as the same beat. Each group of three anglers fish together for each day and are advised to remain together.

Skate dry flies or swing heavy tubes using double-handed rods is a popular method to tackle these waters. Rods in the 7-9# range are ideal with a choice of heavy tips to get the fly down.

The Sustat River is a real jewel and a best-kept secret except for a few hardcore Steelheaders, hence there are few anglers. The water is very clear and is generally one of the last rivers to become un-fishable in poor weather. The Steelhead are thick shouldered and very strong, a perfect build to survive the winter in the river.

A typical day starts after breakfast when you meet your guide and head off around 8:00-8:30am and fish through until 1:00pm. Lunchtime is usually an informal meal at the riverside - soups, meats, breads and salads. You get back to the lodge around 5:30pm and then get ready for a beer and the evening meal at 7:00pm.

Regulations dictate that on the Sustat River, only single-barbless hooks can be used and all Steelhead are 'catch and release'.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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CONTACT OUR AUSTRALIAN OFFICE

Fly direct to Vancouver and take a one-hour evening flight to Smithers. Stay overnight and then take a fifty-minute charter-flight to the lodge the next day.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au