The Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge is located in the middle of some of the best wilderness trout fishing in the world. A fly-out lodge in northern British Columbia was discovered in the late 60’s when Ray Collingwood was dropped off by a bush pilot on the Firesteel River after hearing of its legendary fishing. Ray built the lodge’s first cabin in 1969 and now, together with his daughter Carrie and their staff, Spatsizi continues to provide a select group of anglers with access to one of the world’s most spectacular trout fishing destinations.
Winston Field Advisor, Todd Moen, visited the Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge several years ago and featured them in Issue # 33 of Catch Magazine. "The opportunity to meet and film the Collingwood Family at Spatsizi Lodge was an incredible experience for me as a filmmaker. The lodge sits in the remotest of remote northern B.C.’s Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park, nearly 2 million acres of protected land that includes the upper reaches of the Stikine River. Once there, settled into the Lodge on the banks of Laslui Lake at the headwaters of the Stikine, I discovered that the best way to film, and what they relied on daily, would be in the air. Billy Labonte and bush pilot legend Ray Collingwood flew me into the most spectacular waters (and waters particularly special to his family) via his PA-12 Super Cruiser, a Piper floatplane. Ray is an experienced bush pilot, and it was on these flights over rugged land and waters that I learned about the Collingwood’s remarkable history and family homesteading there in northern B.C. I knew I had to get it right, I had a great story to tell in film and things just clicked. With the help of Carrie and Ray and the folks at the Spatsizi Lodge, a great film unraveled and became the featured T-Motion Theater film called “Spatsizi”. To be able to experience Spatszi Lodge with the Collingwood Family was fantastic, and to be able to tell their story was an honor."
Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge is the only outfitter licensed to guide and fly into the wild and pristine Spatsizi Wilderness Park region, an area roughly 3 times the size of Yellowstone Park. Boat and plane provide exclusive access to the most beautiful, prolific and unspoiled trout fishing in the world including the legendary Firesteel River. With only 8 fly-in guests a week, the weeklong trip merely scratches the surface of over thirty rivers, lakes and streams to choose from. Spatsizi offers a customized trip to suit your fishing preferences and with a multitude of water conditions and hatch activity available, you will be in constant pursuit of beautiful rainbow, arctic grayling, lake trout and trophy sized bull trout. Stationed floatplanes allow for spectacular scenery, fantastic fishing and a new destination each day where you can tie on anything from a huge mouse pattern to a delicate #20 Adams. Spatsizi has a full range of Boron III LS and Boron III X rods available for guests, from a 3-weight to 6-weight. A Boron III Plus 9’ 5-weight would be also be a great choice for large water, bigger bugs and big fish.
This comfortable, rustic lodge offers incomparable views while tying the next day’s flies or relaxing. Guests can stay in the four cozy log cabins that come with private baths, modern wood stoves and breathtaking mountain views. Exquisite cuisine is as important to the experience as the adventures themselves and Spatsizi guests are treated to fresh, local, homemade fare paired with the finest British Columbia wines.
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