Boundary Lodge, Canada
A great destination to fish for steelhead in a remote wilderness setting and with an experienced and trusted operator.
Boundary Lodge is owned and operated by Wally Faetz, who also owns Spey Lodge. For the months of September and October, Wally moves his operation to the remote Bell-Irving, 200 miles from Terrace.
The Bell-Irving is a tributary of the Nass and fishes well in September and October when the steelhead have negotiated the 150 miles from the sea. This is also the moment when the high-water levels of summer have dropped back with the falling autumn temperatures.
It is an extremely attractive medium-sized river that measures 40 and 80 yards across. The lodge fishes 30km of the river but frequently the pools closest to the lodge are the ones that hold the most steelhead. The pools vary from 40 to 400 yards in length and have excellent flow, making for enticing fly water.
You can begin fishing within a one minute walk of the lodge and access to further parts of the river is by jet boat or raft. All the fishing is done by wading and is straightforward in all but one or two pools.
The river is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and the riverbank is heavily forested with deciduous trees as well as cottonwoods and poplars which turn a bright yellow in autumn.
Bald eagles, beavers and waterfowl are sighted on a daily basis and it is also possible to see grizzly and black bears, moose and pine martens as well as a host of other native species.
Boundary Lodge is a wilderness lodge situated on the banks of the Bell-Irving. There are no shops or power lines for many miles so all supplies are brought in and electricity is via a generator.
The lodge has four bedrooms and one bathroom for the maximum six rods that it accommodates. There is an open plan kitchen, living and dining room and a wood-burning stove ensures that the lodge remains warm and cosy.
The food is excellent at Boundary, especially so considering the location, and the home cooking extends to breads, cookies and granola.