Steelhead Excursions is a highly personalized family operated steelhead lodge that is run out of the home of Bob and Jill Hull on the Bulkley River. Bob is one of the most experienced and respected steelhead guides on the Bulkley River and enjoys a very loyal client base most of whom fly fish with him every season. Bob and Jill have modified their home so that six anglers can all enjoy their own private rooms and three shared baths.
Bob works with two other expert steelhead guides and each day anglers depart the lodge with jet boats in tow. The Bulkley River has multiple beats and more than 60 miles of prime fishing water. Anglers fish two per guide and the crew takes pride in improving their guest’s fishing skills.
Steelhead Excursions is located in north-central B.C., near the town of Smithers.
Steelhead Excursions offers 20+ years of steelhead guiding experience. Bob Hull, the owner of Steelhead Excursions, started guiding the Bulkley River in 1986. The Bulkley River is a Skeena River tributary and is considered one of the best steelhead fly fishing rivers in the world. From late August through mid-October, the Bulkley River is as good a dry fly and greased line steelhead fly fishery as exists. As the season progresses and water temperatures drop, anglers spend more time fly fishing light type III and VI sink tips. The steelhead fly fishing can remain excellent through the second week in November and later if water conditions permit. Bulkley River steelhead are known for their willingness to move to a fly and range from 4 to 24 pounds, with the average steelhead typically weighing in around 10 pounds.
Anglers depart the lodge each morning with jet boats in tow to a number of different put-ins. Most often anglers will fly fish two per guide but in rare instances there could be three anglers per boat. All of the guides at Steelhead Excursions are excellent instructors and pride themselves on improving their guest’s fly fishing skills.
Accommodations and Meals:
Steelhead Excursions offers “Bed and Breakfast Style” accommodations which include six bedrooms with double or queen-size beds, three full bathrooms, lounging area, and a fly-tying bench.
Sample Full Week Itinerary:
Day 1 (Wed): Arrive Smithers on evening flight – pick up and head to lodge
Days 2-7: 6 full days guided fishing
Day 8 (Wed): Return to Smithers for the morning flight home.
Typical Daily Schedule:
Early morning breakfast (roughly 6:00AM).
Trailer the jet boats to a boat launch (5-35 minutes).
Fish until noon, have hot lunch on shore: soup, bread, salad, cookies, coffee or tea.
Fish until late afternoon, returning to accommodations by 6:00PM.
Showers and cocktails.
Sit down to a delicious home style meal, 7:00PM.
Relax and sleep.
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