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'.