Rod & Ski
Fish & Heli-ski on the same day!
What is the Rod & Ski Club?
Heliski velvety, smooth, spring corn snow in the morning and fish for +15kg (50lbs) spring salmon in the afternoon!
It doesn't get any better!
- Min. ability Strong Intermediate
- Group size 3 or 4 persons
- Groups per heli 1 or 2
- Season Spring, Summer
Bella Coola and its unparalleled, rugged, and angulated terrain are perfect for spring/summer corn snow skiing and boarding. The runs are, on average, 3000 vertical feet (900 meters) long and groomed to perfection by nature. Simply put, we will follow the sun around to find the ideal conditions. So don't forget your sunscreen!
In the afternoon, we will be river fishing for the great Chinook Salmon (sometimes also known as King Salmon). These mighty fish average in size from 25lbs (12kg) to 35lbs (16kg), but catching Salmon up to 50lbs (23kg) is possible. You will also have the opportunity to catch Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Dolly Varden with an average size of 2-4 lbs (1.5kg). The Bella Coola Valley is rightfully famous for its river fishing and compares favourably to internationally known rivers throughout BC and Alaska.
To fish we will be floating the Atnarko River in McKenzie Drift Boats. These boats are stable and offer a comfortable platform from which to cast as well as to enjoy the stunning valley scenery. The fishing technique we use is plugging and casting with a plug, bait, and lures. Fly-fishing is possible but more challenging due to river depth, speed, and fish holding. But hey, it is really up to you and your technique.
All fishing equipment is included in your tour: waders, rods, reels, bait, plugs and lures. However please bring your own fishing equipment if you prefer or if you want to fly fish as we will not be supplying fly fishing gear. Just remember, big rods and reels are needed, fast sinking fly line and 20 + lb (8 kg +) line is recommended.
Preparation of fish for shipping is available locally. This can be by freezing the fish or smoking them. The daily per person quota is four Salmon and only one of those can be over 65 cm in length.
Fish species in our rivers and their seasons
Each season sees a return of all five Pacific Salmon species, as well as the seasonal movements of resident species throughout the river system.
Sea Run Cutthroat Trout: April - May
Spring / King Salmon: May - July
Pink Salmon: July - August
Sockeye Salmon: July - August
Chum Salmon: August - October
Coho / Silver Salmon: September - October
Resident Rainbow, Cutthroat and Bull Trout are in season year round.
See what Mountain Life Magazine said about their trip to Bella Coola! Click here: Fly-Fishing and Heli-Skiing article.