Accommodation & transportation
It is a 9 hours flight to Vancouver and there I board a domestic flight of 1.5 hours up north in a Dash-800 propeller plane.
I need a 4x4 pickup truck with an open trunk in the back to carry 2 pontoons and those trucks are large enough for 4 people and their luggage.
The first night I prefer to stay in a local motel in Smithers and the next morning I do some early shopping and then off to the Kispiox Steelhead Camp.
The 2nd week we transfer from the cabins of Kispiox Steelhead Camp to a motel near the Morice River. Close to that motel is a kind of restaurant where we can have breakfast and a Seven-Eleven where a lunch can be purchased. It is a simple motel with good beds and a bathroom with shower and toilet.
The Morice, and also the Bulkley River are easily accessible from this motel, and again I will use the pontoons to reach some very nice pools which are normally not accessible when walking in by foot!
Places like that there are also known to everyone and sometimes relatively crowded.
The Kispiox Steelhead Camp is located within walking distance of the Kispiox River and has 2-, 4- and 6-person cabins. The larger cabins have their own cellar, kitchen with cooking facilities, toilet and shower and 3 or 2 bedrooms. The small two-person cabins have only cooking facilities and two beds. Toilet and shower are in a separate latrine.
All cabins have a wood stove.
The Kispiox is a fairly easy river for rafting and it is a river that attracts large and heavy steelhead and where there is a serious chance on a 25-pounder! Unfortunately, the Kispiox is also sensitive to heavy rain or melt water, resulting in high and colored water so that fly-fishing sometimes can be difficult.
I can get to places by using the pontoons that otherwise can never be reached. The number of places where the river is easily accessible from the roads, are limited and known to everyone. Thanks to the pontoons, I have lots of places to choose which we do not have to share with other fishermen.
In 2018 I sold my pontoons.
I prefer to be there between mid-September and mid-October. Usually the autumn is comparable to the one we have in the Netherlands, but I have experienced temperatures up to 25 degrees in British Columbia, but also rain, frost and snow, so we do need good warm and rainproof clothing. And when it is very cold we can make a safe fire along the river where you can warm yourself