Vancouver Island Steelhead Trips


Guided winter steelhead fishing on northern vancouver island

Vancouver Island is home to some of the best winter steelhead fishing in North America. Wild bright steelhead on isolated smaller rivers is what this fishery is all about. Guided fishing on the Nimpkish River, the Salmon River and a variety of others lesser known but equally impressive steelhead rivers near the towns Port McNeill and Port Hardy.

These are steelhead trips for the dedicated angler, who doesn’t mind a little wet, a little work and a little cold in return for ocean bright drag-burning winter steelhead!


Gold River Guided Trip Pricing

Chromer is pleased to offer guided steelhead packages to northern Vancouver Island that include days on wild rivers and accommodations in Port McNeill. This is a great trip for serious steelhead anglers in search of a new adventure!

Fishing & Accommodation Package for One or Two Anglers
One Day / One Night Package $800 CDN
Two Day / Two Night Package $1600 CDN
Three Day / Three Night Package $2400 CDN
Four Day / Four Night Package $3200 CDN
Five Day / Five Night Package $4000 CDN
 Trips Include:  Full-days of guided fishing on either the Nimpkish River or other accessed rivers with licensed guide. Hotel accommodations in Port McNeill. Ground transportation from Port McNeill. Fly-fishing equipment. Wading gear. 
Not Included: GST Tax 5%. Fishing licenses. Guide gratuities.


Package Accommodations

We’ll arrange all your accommodations for your steelhead trip to Vancouver Island. We use a variety of hotels, including the Black Bear Inn, pictured below, in Port McNeill.

Fishing Info

Steelhead Fishing on Vancouver Island

When you book your trip with Chromer we’ll have you hooked up with a licensed guide who has access to these waters and many more. On a multi-day trip you could fish a different river each day, this makes the area a draw for anglers looking for river variety.

Nimpkish River:  The Nimpkish River is the largest watershed on Vancouver Island. Guided trips are done on the upper stretches, above Nimpkish Lake. The river is flows clear and offers the best fly fishing stretches.  Fish range from 5-15 pounds.

Other Options:  There are some lesser known smaller rivers and streams that have runs of wild steelhead which are a blast to fish. They offer good fishing for steelhead from 8-15 pounds. These rivers usually see very little pressure and some have long runs perfect for swinging flies. These smaller rivers come into shape extremely fast in high water situations.

Planning your Vancouver Island Steelhead Trip

There are a few things to consider when planning you Vancouver Island steelhead trip and like always Chromer Sport Fishing is there to help you with the details.

Accommodations:  We recommend staying in the town of Port McNeill. There are several hotels/motels there with a few dining options. If you would like us to arrange accommodations please let us know.

Travel:  Port McNeill is about a 6 hour road trip from Vancouver, this includes a two hour ferry ride from the mainland (Vancouver) to Vancouver Island. When you book with Chromer we’ll prepare travel plans, driving instructions and ferry information for you. You can also opt for flying to Port Hardy.  There are daily flights and we can arrange for our guide to pick you up there.  Flight time is about an hour.

Weather:  This is a factor when steelhead fishing anywhere. Often on northern Vancouver Island you are dealing with cold, wet weather during the winter months. This is obviously beyond our control, but be prepared for some cool days on the river.


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