General Information 
The Tree River has long been known to produce the largest Arctic char in the world and the Plummer’s program has exclusive access to the best fly water on the river. There are about five miles of fishable water that the guides focus on from the Tree River Outpost, including the three miles upstream of camp leading to an impassable waterfall. This is certainly the main focus of fly anglers. The water is an intimidating mix of giant class five rapids and tight pocket water with many defined pools mixed in. The water is accessed by hiking upstream of the camp with your guide. The water below camp flattens out and there are a few classic swing runs with a few seams that can safely be fished by wading. The guides do like to use the boats to fish several of the deeper, slow runs below the rapids and downstream of the outpost to access water that you cannot reach from the bank.

The char are typically very aggressive early in the summer and get a bit pickier and can be tougher to feed in August when the water drops and the fish have been in the system for a bit. The fish in July are bright and fresh from the ocean with an iridescent olive and pink hue with red spots. During August the males look like pumpkins – super colorful with deep oranges and reds!

The fishing on the Tree is a mix of swinging flies in classic runs and twitching flies along the edge of heavy water in tight pockets. Bright steelhead patterns are the name of the game with short, heavy sink tips and big rods to keep the fish out of the rapids!

Boats and Equipment Required                                                      
There are two Lund boats that are stationed at the Tree River camp. These boats are used for ferrying anglers who are hiking up the river to the other side and also used to fish some of the deeper slow runs with clients below the rapids. The Tree River Outpost is accessed from Great Bear Lake Lodge via one of two otter floatplanes.