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TRIP INFORMATION

We provide a comprehensive list of essential tackle, clothing, travel notes and essential items in our pre-trip PDF which is forwarded to all our guests, but the following notes provide a basic overview:

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION IN SMITHERS

Guests are advised to arrive in Smithers on Air Jazz (a subsidiary of Air Canada) the day BEFORE their helicopter transfer into Damdochax.  Guests will be met at the Smithers airport and transferred to their hotel of choice.  Please be sure to advise us of your hotel choice prior to arrival, or request assistance in reserving accommodation.

We advise that guests make return flight reservations from Smithers and Vancouver no earlier than the day AFTER departure from Damdochax.  Our charter flights are weather dependent, and we cannot guarantee arrival in Smithers in time to ensure same day departure.

Accommodation choices in Smithers are, in order of choice, the Stork’s Nest Inn, the Hudson Bay Lodge, and the Aspen Motor Inn.

Guests are collected from overnight accommodation at 9.00 a.m. on the morning of helicopter transfer to camp. There will be time in transfer to purchase licences and tackle from Oscars flyshop, visit the liquor store, etc.  Subject to weather and flying conditions, our flight to Damdochax will leave at approximately 12 p.m., arriving in camp at approximately 1 p.m.

Guests departing Damdochax will be met at Smithers and transferred back to their hotel.  The following morning guests will be transferred to Smithers airport.

 

FISHING REGULATIONS & LICENSES

All anglers are required to buy a basic angling licence, and must also purchase a classified waters licence before fishing on the Damdochax River.

Also note that a Steelhead surcharge stamp is required at all times when fishing for Steelhead, or when fishing classified waters during the period when Steelhead are known to be present.

To view the British Columbia 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, go to http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations.  You will be able to purchase your license directly from Oscars on the morning of departure from Smithers to camp: http://oscarssports.com

B.C Law stipulates that all rivers/streams in the province are to be fished at all times with single barbless hooks, therefore; please ensure that all your flies conform to this regulation.  We release all of our Steelhead with the utmost care and attention to their health.  Your guide will advise you on best practices for catch and release on the Damdochax river.

 

FLY & TACKLE INFORMATION

We provide a comprehensive list of essential tackle, clothing and other items in the pre-trip P.D.F information which we forward to all our guests, but the following notes will provide a basic overview:

Damdochax is a small to medium sized river, and usually flows with great clarity. Therefore; our fish prefer smaller, sparser flies. With that in mind, bring flies smaller than you might fish for Steelhead elsewhere, as well as your regular Steelhead patterns. Traditional Spey style, sparsely tied low-water patterns often are very effective in sizes from 4-8, particularly in normal or reduced river flows.

We use a combination of single hand and double hand rods at Damdochax, dependent on the runs and pools we fish, and in conjunction with angler preference.  The ideal and most versatile rod is a 12-13’6″ double hand rod, capable of casting modern Skagit style/compact heads.  Reels should carry a minimum of 100 yards of backing. For high water events and to fish deeper, we recommend interchangeable tip systems (such as the MOW system) as the quickest and most efficient solution.  We fish a lot of floating and intermediate tips at Damdochax but recommend guests always have other sinking tips in their leader wallet.  A useful addition to tackle is a spool of T-11, (or equivalent sinking line) so that tip lengths can be constructed according to conditions.

Damdochax is situated in virgin pacific coastal rain forest, and as the name suggests it can get wet out here!  We suggest the use of high quality, lightweight modern clothing designed for layering, with fleece tops and leggings as undergarments.  Gore-Tex chest waders, studded boots (either felt or rubber) with gravel guards, and a multi pocket short fishing jacket.  As much of our fishing is walk and wade, we suggest that you do NOT bring neoprene waders, as they are not breathable.

We do not provide loaner clothing, however; we do provide rods and reels for guest’s use.  Should you require these items please let us know at your earliest convenience, so that we can ensure we have reserved tackle for your use.

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