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SEPTEMBER 2021: DEAN RIVER, CANADA

“There is no steelhead experience that equals the Dean River.” – that’s what’s promised on the Lower Dean River Lodge’s website. Taking a closer look and talking to many of my flyfishing friends made it clear: This is where I want to experience first class steelhead fishing. All the better: My friend Christoph Hottgenroth is coming along.

From the Lodge’s website:
On the Dean anglers enjoy summer weather, few bugs, water temps a constant 50º, snowcapped peaks and granite rock faces in every direction, old growth forests, an unparalleled guiding and lodging experience and finally the finest summer run steelhead fishing anywhere.
Dean River steelhead return in incredible numbers beginning June 20 and enter the river without stopping until the close of the season October 1. The lodge operates for steelhead on the fly within 20 miles of the salt, so fish are blazing hot. They are often sea lice laden and as silver as ocean fish. The average fish is 10-12 lbs. but some reach 25-30 lbs. They take the fly readily from the time spring runoff ends in mid June to the end of the fishing season on September 30.

Dean River Chinook enter the river in June and July and can reach 60 lbs. These powerful wild salmon can be caught on flies and are a challenging quarry in the fast flowing Dean.

Northern Coho salmon enter the Dean in late August and September and can reach 20 lbs. Due to DFO's terrible management of the salmon resource we require that all salmon be released.

Images from the website of the lodge