Frontier Steelhead Experience is what we consider to be the best steelhead opportunity for both experts and beginners alike. Bulkley River : Largest return of wild steelhead of any of the Skeena Tribs. Primary focus for us is the Bulkley Canyons which offer very challenging jet boat access giving us the solitude and privacy we desire. The very large, hot, dry fly eating fish are the bonus. Morice River : Our lodge on the upper Morice is jet boat access only. Each guest will spend 2 nights fishing these beats. This is the single best dry fly fishery in the world.
Rivers in Western Canada - Morice River
There are a handful of destinations around the world that everyone who travels to fish has either been to, or is planning to go. This is one of those places. Luxury meets rustic as you fish your way through miles of named runs while staying at two different lodges during a weeks stay. The main lodge boasts a spectacular, modern, post and beam facility and offers single occupancy cabins to 12 guests a week private bathrooms with heated floors. What makes the Frontier Steelhead Experience so unique and special is that the typical week allows you the opportunity to fish the Upper Morice river.
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The Morice River is a favourite destination for many steelhead anglers. The Morice is named after Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice , a Catholic missionary who pioneered his faith in the Bulkley Valley during the early s. Logging trucks are active along this route, so use caution. All have pit toilets and organized camping spots. The middle river points are only a minute drive from Houston, so motel accommodation is another option, especially in the poor and wet weather conditions that seems to be part of fall steelhead fishing. You can split a room with a buddy, put in a full day of fishing, come back and get warm and well-fed in your room, and in the morning climb into dry waders for another day of fishing! And, if you prefer lodge accommodation and a guided service, Frontier Farwest Lodge are the people to call, offering a full package for the Morice and Bulkley Rivers. Cohos spawn and die; steelheads hold in over-wintering pools until early spring, and then spawn. The chance for dry-fly action is what brings seasoned steelheaders to the Morice. The best opportunities for floating-line fishing are usually in September, when the water is still warm and the fish active.
When the Morice River joins the much smaller Bulkley River, near the town of Houston in central British Columbia, it takes on that little stream's name. After joining the Skeena at Hazelton, the Bulkley gives up its name to this larger river. What sets the Bulkley River apart from other rivers is its steelhead's penchant for taking the dryfly. The Bulkley River has fine natural habitat for caddis , stoneflies and mayflies. Steelhead smolts in the Morice River often spend an extra year in the river and they feed heavily on these aquatic insects. This imprints a "trouty" aspect in its steelhead parr and it remains with the adults returning after their ocean voyage. Steelhead willing to rise to a fly on the surface are called "Players". These fish are highly regarded by anglers who take up the challenge and try to induce the steelhead to strike. Although steelhead will often rise several times to a fly they won't always take.