Guided Access to All The Skeena System Has to Offer
Stan Doll has more than 40 years’ experience guiding and fishing the Skeena region, and is locally known as one of the most experienced steelhead and salmon anglers in the game. Stan’s coveted BC outfitting permits allow Skeena Wilderness Fishing Charters to guide anglers on all the classified waters in the region! Guests stay at Stan’s beautiful home in Terrace, BC – located right in the heart of the Skeena watershed with access to the main Skeena and all the tributaries including both the Kalum and Copper rivers. Anglers can pursue steelhead, chinook, coho, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon depending on the time of year. Skeena Wilderness hosts guests year-round and can accommodate hardcore anglers looking for late fall and early spring dates – great fishing-focused program!
Packages are based out of Stan Doll’s beautiful home in Terrace, BC. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and cozy – the perfect place to relax after a day of fishing. There are two guest rooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs. Breakfast and dinner are served at the house and lunch are on the water with your guide. Enjoy Canadian cuisine this beautiful place. For the ambitious fly tyers, there’s a fly tying table set up and ready to go.
Food and Beverages
Hot breakfast, river lunches, and Canadian influenced dinners are included. Alcoholic beverages are not included and guests are welcome to bring their own beer, wine, and spirits.
Typical Length of Stay
(6) nights with five (5) fishing days or Seven (7) nights with six (6) fishing days.
Non-angling Activities and Options
Due to the lodge’s excellent location, there are opportunities for many non-angling activities. Whale watching tours can be arranged to view grey, humpback, and killer whales. Or take a jet boat tour on the Skeena and gaze at the beautiful scenery and wildlife that British Columbia has to offer – bears, moose, deer, and eagles all make their home in BC wilderness. A little north of Terrace, you can find an ancient Native American village that was entombed by lava hundreds of years ago. Now a national park, there are beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous water pools. Kincolith and Kasan are other Native American villages that have totem poles and gift shops.
Internet / Communications
There is Wi-Fi at the house and cell service for most networks.
How To Get There
Guests must book flights into Terrace, British Columbia (YXT), which can be accessed via a number of daily commercial flights from Vancouver, B.C.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
If possible, it’s preferred all guests arrive on Sunday afternoon. There are morning, afternoon, and evening flights into Terrace from Vancouver. Skeena Wilderness will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the house. Dinner is not offered on arrival day and this is on your own. There is a liquor store, tackle shop, and several pubs nearby for some food, spirits, and last minute fishing items.
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Canada. Anglers are also required to purchase a British Columbia freshwater fishing license. We do recommend doing that online prior to arrival at the lodge. You can purchase that general freshwater license online by clicking this link. Depending on the fishery for the day you may have to purchase an additional classified waters permit and that can be done while at the lodge.
Drunk Driving or 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.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
A true family business, Stan Doll brought his sons up in the fishing life, and today they both work along with him as guides. This is truly a year-round operation that focuses on one of the last truly wild fisheries in North America. The lower Skeena River system offers fly anglers the opportunity to fish for all five species of Pacific salmon and some of the wildest, and potentially largest, summer and winter steelhead in the world.
Although it is year-round fishing at Skeena Wilderness Fishing Charters, different times of the season can be more productive for different species. Most of the fishing is done by wading and swinging flies. With over 40 years of fishing clients on the Skeena River and surrounding rivers and tributaries, the guide team at Skeena Wilderness is one of the best in the region. Helicopter fly outs can be arranged in advance or while on-site. Following is a timeline of best times for each catch:
March and April: Steelhead and trout fishing
May: Steelhead and chinook salmon
June: chinook salmon
July: Chinook, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon
August: Steelhead, sockeye, pink, chinook, and coho salmon
September: Steelhead and coho salmon
October: Steelhead and coho salmon
November and December: Steelhead
Boats and Equipment Required
Skeena Wilderness Fishing Charters utilizes Alumaweld and Wooldridge jet boats. If guests do not have the fly fishing gear, Skeena Wilderness can provide rods, reels, and does offer flies for purchase.
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. All prices listed below are per person, quoted in Canadian dollars. Rates listed below DO NOT include Canadian sales tax or fishing licenses. Sales tax will be added to final YD invoice. Please contact Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
6 Nights / 5 Days of guided fishing (Double Occupancy) = $5,595.00 CAD per person
7 Nights / 6 Days of guided fishing (Double Occupancy) = $6,595.00 CAD per person
*Cost for the helicopter fly-ins can vary based on a number of logistical factors and are typically booked onsite at the lodge based on current conditions.
- Transportation to and from the Terrace airport
- All accommodations as specified
- All guided fishing as specified in your package
- Three meals per day
- All non-alcoholic beverages
- Transportation to and from the river each day
- Use of fishing equipment if needed
- Canadian Sales Tax
What’s Not Included:
- International Flights to and from Terrace, BC
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for guides and house staff
- British Columbia fishing license and classified water fees
- Waders, warm weather clothing, and flies
Skeena Wilderness Fishing Charters (British Columbia)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all Skeena Wilderness Fishing Charters packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. If a reservation is cancelled outside of 180 days (six months) from the start of the trip, deposits will be refunded minus a $300.00 per guest cancellation fee charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. If a reservation is cancelled between 90 to 30 days prior to the start of the trip, payments can be transferred to new dates for the following year minus a $500.00 cancellation fee retained by the lodge and a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. No penalty will be assessed if the client has an immediate replacement at the time of cancellation. For cancellations inside of 30 days from the start of trip, the deposit will not be refunded, but if space is available, your booking may be transferred to a date later in the same season (minus a $300.00 per guest cancellation fee charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 cancellation fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing). Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.