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Fly Fisherman laying a line into the Blackwater River.

The Blackwater River, in British Columbia, is home to some of the best dry fly fishing for wild native rainbows anywhere. These aggressive Blackwater trout take drys on the surface consistently. Caddis and stonefly hatches are frequent; we use large flies, 6 to 10 size.

Most often, we fly to the river after breakfast with or without a guide, wade and fish until afternoon, then return to the lodge in time for dinner. When water levels permit, we fly into one of the better sections of the river and float with a pontoon raft and fish many great runs, being picked up at the end of the day by the float plane and returning to the lodge comforts. Catches of 50 trout are common, with a majority in the 1.5 pound range; some go up to 4 pounds. Regulations are barbless hooks, flies only. Our guides favorite dry flies are Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, and Royal Wullf in sizes 8 to 14. Madam X in size 6 & 4 is good during stonefly hatch. Most common rods used are 3 to 6 weight.

Two men in pontoon raft on the river.
Peak Times

Blackwater River - June 15 through August
Fly-outs to other waters - July through September
Outpost camps - June 15 through September
Wildlife viewing - May 20 through September
Hiking - May 20 through September
Rafting - May 20 through July
Fisherman holding a beautiful little Rainbow..
A man changes flies in the River with plane behind.

Fly Fishing the Blackwater River, British Columbia.
Experience BC's Blackwater River. Stay at Moose Lake Lodge, an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge in the wilderness of British Columbia. This can be wild rainbow trout fishing at its best. Guided or unguided trips.

Fisherman standing and fishing the river.
A man fights a trout on a tight fishing line in the middle of a river.
For reservations and information contact:
Moose Lake Lodge
Box 3310 Anahim Lake, BC V0L 1C0
Phone: (250) 742-3535
Email: mooslk@telus.net
Preferred way to contact our office is by email
Beautiful little trout held by hand.