Heli-Fishing in British Columbia
Set approximately 2 hours east of Prince George, British Columbia, Crescent Spur Lodge is located within the Canadian Northern Rockies and Cariboo Mountains. With the lodge’s remote location and access to virtually untouched rivers, streams, and alpine lakes via helicopter, Crescent Spur provides anglers and adventurers the opportunity to access some of the most remote and unpressured bull and rainbow trout fisheries in Canada. Paired with a relaxed, high-end lodge setting, Crescent Spur is the perfect location for travelers looking to experience this remote and pristine wilderness setting.
The 14,000-square-foot lodge is the perfect base for adventure and accessing the incredible landscape and surrounding area. The lodge features 17 guest rooms and can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests at a time, with the option for both single and double-occupancy private rooms. The ranch-style lodge features hand-hewn fir logs, a common lounge, full-service bar, sauna, hot tub, fireplaces, and everything you need for a high-end, relaxing stay.
Food and Beverages
Crescent Spur Lodge prides itself on delivering an exceptional culinary experience during each guest’s stay. A casual family-style breakfast is served each morning with a variety of healthy and hearty options. Lunch will typically be packed along picnic style by your guides each day during your daily adventures. After your day on the water, drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served as you unwind from your day in the wilderness. Dinner is served in plated service each evening in the communal dining room featuring sustainable meats, seafoods, fresh produce, sides, and delicious desserts.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For any guests interested in exploring the vast surrounding wilderness area, Crescent Spur does offer some fantastic remote heli-hiking and mountaineering options. Guests have the option to hike along ridgelines, alpine lakes and explore the expansive and breathtaking areas of the Northern Rockies and Cariboo Mountain Ranges.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available in the lodge. Cell phone reception throughout the area is available, but any guests will want to be sure their coverage partners with the local provider, Telus.
How To Get There
Most guests will choose to travel via air by flying to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to begin and then taking a domestic flight on the first day of their trip to Prince George Airport (YXS). Nonstop daily service is offered for these domestic flights with Air Canada and Westjet. Upon arrival at Prince George, Crescent Spur will meet you and transfer you the approximate 2-hour shuttle ride to the lodge.
After your stay, the scheduled transfer will depart for Prince George Airport. The lodge asks that all guests book their departing flights on the morning of your outgoing day, and recommend you allow at least 1.5 hours in between your connection from the Vancouver Airport back home.
A passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Canada. Anglers are also required to purchase a British Columbia freshwater fishing license and we do recommend doing this online prior to arrival.
Drunk Driving or other Criminal Record
Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information.
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Due to the remote location and most fishing areas being accessed via helicopter, Crescent Spur guests have the opportunity to fish pristine and untouched areas each day. Because of the extremely low angling pressure and untouched habitat, anglers can expect large, willing bull trout and rainbows available throughout their stay. Crescent Spur has access to many location options daily, including crystal clear freestone rivers, smaller streams, and float tube options on unfished high mountain alpine lakes. Fishing is done with a variety of different techniques including streamers, nymphs, and classic dry fly fishing, all in crystal clear waters and sight fishing opportunities.
During the days of your trip that anglers will be targeting bull trout in the high mountain freestone streams, it is not uncommon to fish a few different locations. Pilots and guides will do “heli-bumps” and hop between different fishing locations each day. When fishing for the vibrant rainbow trout in high mountain alpine lakes, anglers will access these fisheries via float tubes with guides with the possibility of switching lakes mid-day. At times the guides will also use jet boats to fish the larger tributaries that feed into the Fraser River. Regardless of your daily adventure, the Crescent Spur guides have access to multiple fishing scenarios to keep anglers in remote fishing locations, beautifully scenic areas, and untouched opportunities for bull trout and rainbows.
Boats and Equipment
When accessing fishing locations via helicopter, most of the fishing is done by wading in the clear rivers and streams within the area. Depending upon the day and preferences of anglers, guides do have access to some incredibly remote and untouched high alpine lakes as well and will utilize float tubes to access different areas of each lake.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Shorter stays can be accommodated based on availability as long as you either arrive or depart on a Friday or pay an additional transfer fee. The lodge does have a 4-night minimum stay.
Five (5) night/ Four (4) fishing day package: $9,600.00 CAD plus taxes per person
- Scheduled airport transfers between Prince George Airport and Crescent Spur Lodge
- Dinner and safety training on the incoming day
- Four days of heli-accessed rivers, streams, and alpine lake fishing, and boat-assisted river fishing
- Private room accommodations
- All gourmet meals
What’s Not Included:
- Roundtrip airfare to Prince George Airport (YXS)
- Alcohol (available for purchase at the lodge)
- Retail purchases
- Boots and waders (bring your own)
- Private airport transfers outside or recommended arrival/departure days and times
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Licenses
- Rods, reels, and terminal tackle
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
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