Dean River Steelhead Fishing Trips


Steelhead & Salmon Flyfishing on BC’s Famed Dean River

This is the dream trip for anglers in search of coastal chrome steelhead and chinook salmon that hammer a swung flies. Fish the legendary Dean River on British Columbia’s central coast for summer steelhead and huge chinook (king) salmon. Our unique lodge on the Dean River is situated on the lower stretches of the river and combines guided and self-guided fishing with comfortable cabin accommodations and superb hospitality.

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Prime Dates at the Dean’s Premier Steelhead Lodge

Chromer is pleased to have partnered with Deneki’s BC West lodge on the Dean River to bring you BC’s premier steelhead fishing experience. We have secured a number of spaces that our exclusive to Chromer clients. If you’re looking for prime dates on the Dean you’ll find them with us!

Seven-Day Lodge Package $7295 CDN

Trips offered from late June to early September.

Trips Include:  Six days of fully guided fishing. Seven nights lodge accommodation. Chartered flight from Bella Coola to the lodge. Meals & Alcohol. Dean River Classified Waters license.
Not Included:  GST Tax 5%. Fishing licenses. Guide gratuities. Airfare from Vancouver to Bella Coola.



This classic steelhead lodge is nestled in the native coastal forest near the Dean River delta. Neat landscaping and paths connect the group of buildings, and a footpath allows a beautiful 10-minute walk to the river.

Guests sleep in comfortable, wood-heated cabins that all have running water and very comfortable beds. Several of our cabins house two anglers, and one cabin provides lodging for four anglers—perfect for a group of four that would like to ‘stick together’ during the week. The lodge clubhouse provides a comfortable spot for relaxing, unwinding after a day’s fishing, and enjoying the meals.

When you book your Dean River steelhead or salmon trip with Chromer we’ll make sure to get you into prime dates and we’ll take care of all your travel arrangements, making for a seamless vacation.

This is the premier fishing lodge on the Dean River, at Chromer we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fishing Info


Dean River steelhead don’t fool around, they crush flies, they torch drags and they will bury you into your backing within a blink of an eye. This is a special run of fish, arguably the hardest fighting strain of steelhead found in British Columbia. If you’re looking for superstar steelhead, you’ll find them on the Dean.

What makes Dean River steelhead so hot? Every Dean River steelhead has to navigate the Dean canyon – a narrow, steep section of river with strong flows. For a Dean River steelhead to successfully make it to spawn, they must travel through the canyon, creating a bread of strong resilient fish that are like no other on the British Columbia coast.


From the beginning of June into early July our Dean River trips focus on fishing the wild chinook (king) salmon that enter the Dean on their migration home. From an angling standpoint, there are just a couple of ways in which Dean River chinook salmon are different from the river’s steelhead – they’re bigger, and they’re more powerful!

Although the Dean is best known for its steelhead fishing the chinook fishing is just as mind-blowing. If you’re looking for a big wild fish experience on the fly this is about as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world. Dean salmon fishing packages follow the same itinerary as the steelhead packages but are priced slightly less.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the Dean River?     You travel to Vancouver, British Columbia and from there you connect to a Pacific Coastal Airlines flight to Bella Coola, BC.  You travel from Bella Coola to the Dean lodge on a chartered helicopter.  The helicopter flight is included in the price of your trip. Once you book we’ll assist in all your travel plans.

Where on the Dean do you fish?    We fish both the Lower Dean – the 1 1/2 miles between the Canyon and the mouth of the river, and the Upper Dean – from just above the Canyon up to 5 Mile.

How does the unguided portion of the trip work?    Half of your days you’re fishing with a guide below the canyon, and half of your days you’re fishing on your own above the canyon. On your unguided days you and a partner will fish together and always be in radio contact with the lodge. You need to be comfortable wading on your own and reading water.

How far in advance should I book my Dean River trip?     If you’re reading this and want a date let us know, there is an incredible demand for these trips so best to contact us early!

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