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RESERVATION POLICY

All persons on a guided trip will be required to sign a liability waiver. A Credit Card deposit is required to hold the booking. The card will be charged at the time of booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A deposit of 50% payable by Visa, MasterCard or cheque, within 2 days of booking will confirm your reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to your trip. We are a small operation and cancellations significantly affect us. Once you have booked a trip with us our lives are on hold for you. Therefore, we uphold a strict cancellation policy. We will happily refund your deposit, less a 15% cancellation fee if you cancel at least 90 days prior to arrival. Post this time we regret that no refund is possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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LOCATION

  • What Airport do I fly into to get to Whistler or Squamish, BC?

    Closest Airport: Vancouver International Airport - YVR Other options include: Abbotsford Airport - YXX (Canada) Seattle Airport - Seattle Tacoma International Airport or Sea-Tac (USA).

  • How far is Squamish from Vancouver?

    About 40 mi. / 80 km. or a 1 hour drive.

  • How far is Squamish from Whistler?

    About 33mi / 50 km or a 40 minute drive.

  • Where are you located?

    Our head office is located in Squamish, British Columbia, however, we are a mobile guide service that will pick up in Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton. We are in the Pacific Time Zone (-08:00 GMT). Click here for a map of our location.

  • Are the fish wild/natural or stocked/planted in your area?

    All fish are wild in our targeted rivers and streams. Some lakes have been stocked annually, bi-annually, or historically with trout. Some of these lakes are located right in the Whistler Village area. Alta Lake has Cutthroat trout up to 24". If you would like to catch only wild fish, please let us know in advance and we will only go to waters with wild fish.

  • How big are the rainbow trout?

    The average rainbow in local lakes is 8-14 inches (20-30 cm). A great trout would be anything over 16" (40cm) . An exceptional trout is anything that breaks 20" (50cm). Destination fly-in lakes and rivers, the average trout is 14" (35cm) and many reach 16-18", however, there are many, many, many fish.

  • How big are the Char (Dolly Varden Char and bull trout)?

    These are the largest fish in our rivers besides salmon. Char average 18", however, most bull trout are well into the 20" range and reach into the 30" range and weigh up to 15lbs.

  • What size of fly rod do you recommend for trout in your area?

    We like to use 9-9.5' 5wt fly rods; however, a 4 - 7 wt in a 9-9.5' length will do fine for most fish. Read more gear hints here!

  • What fly lines do you recommend for river fishing?

    We recommend a WF floating fly line and a sink tip line. Type III or IV sink tip is used at on most trips and for most char fly fishing situations, however, we can use up to a 400gr. or type IV or V sink tip if pursuing large salmon and steelhead. Read more fly fishing gear hints here!

  • What flies do you recommend?

    We supply all flies to our guests, however, if you would like to bring or tie some of your own, we suggest: Please note that all hooks must be barbless by law when fishing rivers in British Columbia.

    For Trout : Chironomid patterns(Buzzers) in black, brown, olives; Mayfly nymphs and dry flies; caddis nymph and dry flies; damsel nymph and dragon nymphs. Hook sizes #8-#16.

    For Salmon: Squamish Poachers, Kelsey's Hope, Popsicles, General Practitioners, Clouser minnows, Egg sucking leechs / wooly buggers, articulating leeches. Flies with purple, pink, and chartreuse are commonly used. Hook Sizes #2 through #8

    For Char: Sculpin patterns, fry patterns (chum fry), large leech patterns, egg patterns, and egg sucking wooly buggers. Hook Sizes #2-#8

  •  I hate Mosquitos and Black Flies. Are the bugs bad where you fish?

    Compared to Northern Ontario, I do not believe the bugs to be bad, however, every season is different. While river fishing we generally do not deal with bugs. Lake fishing is a different story. Mosquitos can be annoying in May and June depending on temperatures, precipitation, and standing water. By July and August they are barely noticable most years. If you plan to go stillwater fishing I would bring some repellent but wash your hands before touching equipment and flies

  • I am a beginner. How long does it take to learn to cast in order to catch a fish?

    We will have you fly casting for fish on the same day of your trip. Keep in mind that fly fishing is more difficult than spin fishing and 1 fish landed on the fly is a great day.

  • What should I bring?

    We supply all fly fishing and related tackle on all of our trips as well as waders, boots, and float tubes if lake fishing. You will be required to outfit yourself with the proper clothing for the fly fishing season you are here and rain gear. If you require clothing on this list, please let us know and we will provide, in most cases, what you can not or did not bring.

  • Do you offer fly fishing year-round?

    Yes. We offer guided fly fishing trips in Whistler and Squamish area year round for different species of salmonids. Depending on the time of year you are here in the Vancouver - Whistler area you may have the option to catch trout, salmon, steelhead, or char.

  • How much time do I need?

    If you require pick-up in Vancouver you will need a full day fishing trip (10 hours). If you are able to depart from Squamish or Whistler, 5-8 hours. For the greatest wilderness experience, heli-fishing and float plane fly-in fishing are available both requiring approximately 8-10 hours. There are also multi day fly fishing trips available.

  • Do you offer other fishing methods besides Fly Fishing?

    Yes. We offer spin fishing and drift fishing for those who would prefer not to fly fish. We can also arrange ocean salmon fishing trips in Howe Sound.

  • Do you supply food on your trips?

    We supply a great lunch on our full day trips fly fishing trips.

  • Should I Tip the Guide (Gillie)?

    Guiding is included in the Service Industry and it is customary in North America to "Tip" for good service. If you are happy with your guiding experience feel free to tip the guide although it is not necessary. If you are going to Tip the guide(gillie), an amount of approximately $5-$10 per hour of guide service is more than acceptable. Read a third party view on Tipping a Guide here

  • Will I see bears and should I be concerned?

    Depending on the season we have a chance on coming into contact with bears. During the salmon season, bears often roam the same rivers that we fly fish. Generally we evaluate our original plan and change our destination if we think that bears are active in the area. Your guide will be outfitted with bear spray and will give you instructions on what to do if you should encounter a bear on your trip briefing.

  • How many fish can I expect to catch?

    None if you aren't on the water! and that is all we can guarantee for numbers of fish! Read On!

  • Is catching fish guaranteed?

    No. We can offer you this guarantee: We guarantee to provide a positive wilderness fly fishing experience to all of our guests' beginner, intermediate, and advanced fisherpersons alike. Fish, being fish, are not guaranteed.

  • How much notice do you need to take my group fishing?

    The more notice the better, however, at least 24 - 48 hours for up to 3 anglers. For groups greater that 3 anglers, we prefer to have 2 weeks notice as a minimum

  • Do you take large groups?

    Yes. We can accommodate large groups for day trips, fly-in trips, and overnight trips to our partner lodges and resorts.

  • What are your booking policies?

    Visa or Mastercard are required to make the booking, however, cash is due on the day of the trip unless it is multiple days or pre-arrangements have been made.

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