Steelhead Valhalla Lodge

The Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is nestled in the trees along the banks of the Sustut River five miles upstream from the Sustut's confluence with the Skeena River. The Skeena River System has been labeled the largest producing river for trophy steelhead in the world and the Sustut has the largest average steelhead of any river in the world!  The river is more than 100 miles from civilization and the only access is by plane.  The crystal clear river provides outstanding opportunities for traditional fly fishing on the swing.  Massive fish over 30 pounds are a very real possibility.  This is a very special trip with a limited number of opportunities each year.  There is a wait list for prime dates but cancellations do happen.  Montana Angler GM Hank Welles has fished the Sustut annually for several seasons and can provide a detailed description of what to expect on this trip as well as help anglers secure cancellation spots or join the waitlist.  

Rates

$7300 per angler per week (based on double occupancy) Single supplements for accommodations only are an additional $1500 plus tax if space allows

Includes: meals, wine (served with dinner), private air charter from Smithers, guide service, double occupancy rooms

Not Included: transportation to Smithers, hotel in Smithers, alcohol (can purchase and fly in from Smithers), fishing equipment and flies, gratuities, taxes, fishing licenses and steelhead stamps, helicopter time (if needed or wanted)

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Smithers and overnight.
Day 2: Fly from Smithers to Lodge via private charter flight. Can fish on own if desired.
Days 3-8: Full days fishing (3 anglers per boat).
Day 9: After breakfast fly to Smithers and depart via flight home OR overnight.
Day 10: Depart Smithers for home.

Deposit, Final Payment and Cancellation Policy

A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of the booking to secure and hold your reservation. Your reservation cannot be guaranteed without a deposit. The balance of the trip (full payment) is due 120 days prior to your departure. All deposits are nonrefundable unless client is replaced. Full payment is not refundable unless client is replaced. Full payment or deposit may be transferred to another client for the original dates. We the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $500 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance from your travel agent in the unforeseen event that you have to cancel. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant/angler has read and accepts the DEPOSIT, FINAL PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY written above. Full payment is required for reservations made after July 15 in order to secure the reservation.

Returning Guests:  Deposits are due by November 30 for previous guests who have reserved preferred weeks ahead of time.

 

Fishing

Anglers fish three anglers per guide on three different beats of the Sustut River and one unique day on the upper Skeena.  Anglers rotate through the three beats during the trip. Beats are accessed via jet boat but all fishing is done while wading. On low water years helicopters and rafts are used to access certain stretches of the river. (Helicopter time is an additional cost paid directly to the chopper service). Anglers depart the lodge at 8:30 am and return at 5:30 pm.  Spey rods are the most effective and traditional swing tactics are most effective.  This is a fly fishing only river, all flies must be single barbless hooks.

Call for a more in depth conversation on equipment and tactics. We are always happy to talk steelhead fishing with you!

Accommodations

Located on the banks of the Sustut River, the Steelhead Valhalla Lodge consists of a log lodge, five cozy log sleeping cabins, and a wash-house complete with showers sinks and indoor toilets. The lodge has a modern kitchen, an expansive open-beam dining room, fully supplies fly tying benches and a small lounge area. Buildings were hand-crafted of logs available on site.  The five guest cabins are designed for two persons each. The cabins have wood floors, have electric lights (powered by a generator), wood airtight heaters, foam mattresses and warm bedding.  In addition all of our cabins have en suite bathrooms.  The meals are hearty and home-cooked, including breads and pastries, and are served family-style. Domestic Canadian wines are served with evening meals. Lunches are served by your guide along the river, which generally consist of a hearty soup and sandwich.

For the remote nature of the lodge the comforts are unparalleled.