Northern Lights Lodge Hosted Trips

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2 very different trips

Perfect for novice to advanced fly fishers.

Join your hosts - Jim and Lynda McLennan

Northern Lights Lodge Hosted Trips

Join us in July or September 2019, for four days of fishing 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....
These trips are ideal for people of varying levels of fly-fishing experience. While not suited for someone who has never fly fished, they are great choices for people with some, even if limited, experience.

The two trips are both attractive, but are quite different. There is more variety to the fishing in July. It's high-summer and summer fly-fishing methods are the name of the game with dries, nymphs and streamers all effective for the river-resident rainbows. The September trip is based upon 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 spawn. 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.

July 2020

In July we'll fish the upper Quesnel River from driftboats, access the lower Quesnel River via jet-boat, and the Horsefly River from inflatable rafts. The experiences are very different from one another.
The Quesnel is a large river, but with two personalities: the upper is gentle and mainly slow-flowing;
the lower is in a canyon with fast water, deep pools and big boulders.
The Horsefly is a beautiful textbook medium-sized trout-river.
On all three we'll fish with dry flies and nymphs for the resident, native rainbow trout as well as streamers for bull trout. . On the upper Quesnel the fishing is almost entirely from the drift boat, on the Horsefly the fishing is a mix of wade-fishing and drift fishing, and on the lower Quesnel the fishing is all done by getting out of the jetboat and fishing on foot.

- 4 days guided fishing on Quesnel and Horsefly Rivers

based on double occupancy     

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Check out a short video on the Northern Lights Lodge and fishing opportunities

September  2020

In September we'll fish the Mitchell and Horsefly 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 fishing in September is driven by the arrival of sockeye salmon to the Quesnel system. The sockeye spawn in the lake's tributaries, and rainbows and bull trout from the lake follow them to feed on the eggs. It's very much like an Alaska fishing experience - fishing with egg and flesh-patterns for larger-than-average fish. The rainbows run 12 to 22-inches, and the bull trout from 24 to 34-inches. The fishing on the Horsefly is a mix of fishing on the drift and walk/wade fishing during stops. On the Mitchell the fishing is all done by walking and wading.

- 4 days guided fishing on the Mitchell and Horsefly Rivers

based on double occupancy

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 the Quesnel River: