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Northern Lights Lodge Hosted Trip



Perfect for novice to advanced fly fishers.

Join your hosts - Jim and Lynda McLennan


Northern Lights Lodge Hosted Trips

Safety precautions and protocols

Northern Lights provides individual rooms for solo guests, and a large "great room," allowing for appropriate distancing during meals and socializing.

Join us Aug. 29, 2021, at Northern Lights Lodge in B.C.'s spectacular Cariboo country. Northern Lights is one of our favourite fly-fishing lodges, partly because of the fishing, and partly because of the atmosphere of the lodge and the hospitality of the people who run it. Long-time owners Skeed and Sharon Borkowski have the know-how to make your experience something you'll always remember. Skeed will keep us entertained and Sharon and staff will keep us extremely well-fed.

Northern Lights Lodge was the headquarters for several episodes of

Fly Fusion TV, which Jim co-hosts with Derek Bird, including
one of the most popular episodes, "Eden."

The lodge can be reached by a four-hour drive from Kamloops, B.C., or flights from Vancouver to Williams Lake, where guests are met at the airport. It's an "exotic trip" without the prohibitively high cost of getting there. When you're at Northern Lights, you never wish you were somewhere else.

Northern Lights was named Fly Fusion Magazine's

"lodge of the year" in 2010

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Questions for us or to secure your spot, send us an email.

What to expect....
This trip is ideal for people of varying levels of fly-fishing experience. While not suited for someone who has never fly fished, it's a great choice for people with some, even if limited, experience.

There two different and distinct types of fishing. One is "conventional" fishing with dry flies and nymphs for rainbows. The other is based on the return of sockeye salmon to Quesnel Lake's tributaries to spawn, and the rainbow trout that follow them up the streams from the lake to feed on eggs.
Bull trout are always around, sometimes in surprising numbers. This is a place where solitude is part of the fly-fishing equation and it's rare to see other anglers on any of these streams at any time of year. A visit to the ghost town of Quesnel Forks can also be arranged for folks interested in the gold-mining history of this part of the Cariboo.

What's included....

- five nights' lodging

- four days' guided fly fishing

- pickup from and return to Williams Lake airport, if required.

- food, beer/wine

What's not included....

- travel to the lodge   (drive directly to lodge or fly to Williams Lake for pickup)

- licenses

- gratuities

- 5% government accommodation tax

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Questions for us or to secure your spot, send us an email.

In September, depending on conditions and recent fishing we'll choose from the Horsefly, Mitchell, Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers. The fishing can be with dry flies for resident rainbows generally running 12 to 18 inches in length, or, depending on the size and timing of the sockeye run, fishing with egg flies for larger lake rainbows that follow spawning sockeye up tributary rivers.

The Horsefly River is a short boat ride from the lodge and the Mitchell River is a 1 1/2 hour boat trip to the north end of the lake where the Mitchell enters the lake. From there a smaller jet boat takes us up the Mitchell. The Upper Quesnel is a drift-boat trip a short distance from the lodge, and the upper Cariboo is a jet-boat trip.

The fishing on the Horsefly is a mix of fishing on the drift and walk/wade fishing during stops. The upper Quesnel provides fishing from a conventional driftboat.
On the Mitchell River and lower Quesnel River the fishing is all done when the boat is stopped and we walk and wade. 

Send us an email to secure your spot.

More information about the lodge?      Visit

Questions for us or to secure your spot, send us an email.

Watch an episode of Fly Fusion TV filmed on this water