Fishing Lodges British Columbia
The Pitt River Valley Location:
The Fly Fishing Lodge our location is not far from one of Canada’s largest cities. But you’d never know it by looking at the unspoiled wilderness view we have, or by wading in the pristine, uncrowded waters of the Pitt River.
You can thank a lack of easy access for the isolation.
Vancouver, which is just a three hour drive North of Seattle, Washington, sits on a large delta that extends out into the Strait of Georgia, just North of the U.S. border crossing, at Blaine. The Fraser, North America’s most productive salmon river, runs through the heart of the big city, and you will pass over it when you fly in to Vancouver International Airport.
The lower Pitt River flows into the Fraser, just a 30 minute drive out of Vancouver, and it is near here that your journey into the remote wilderness of the Pitt River Valley begins.
Our boat makes regular shuttle runs to Grant Narrows Regional Park, at the southern end of Pitt Lake, a long, narrow wedge of water that splits two rugged mountain ranges. Sheer cliffs plunge right into the water, making road access to the northern end of Pitt Lake impossible. And frequent high winds keep small boaters away.
After a 45 minute boat ride across what is the largest tidal lake in the world, you disembark at a log sorting ground that is part of a seasonal operation. At first glance it is not a pretty sight, but herds of elk are seen in the forest not far from here, black bears can sometimes be seen hunting along the shoreline towards a magical birding area known as Red Slough, and the mouth of the Pitt River isn’t far off, sheltered by ancient cottonwoods.
We take our guests by truck up a winding gravel road, skirting the river at times, until we reach The Fly Fishing Lodge, located on a bluff overlooking untouched wilderness.
We chose this spot for its unparalleled view of snow capped mountains in three parks, and of the river below, which braids across the valley floor, just five minutes away. We fish in the runs you can see upstream from the lodge, and downstream for more than 30 kilometers to where the river hits the lake. Our guides know the entire river intimately and depending on water conditions they will take you where you have the best chance to hit into big salmon, trout or char.
We’ll always try to get you back to The Fly Fishing Lodge while there is still enough light left to enjoy the view – hopefully with a smile on your face that says, now those were big fish!