Euchiniko Lakes Ranch (B.C.)

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    Euchiniko Lakes Ranch Overview

    This beautiful, full service lodge is located on what is considered to be the finest stretch of the Blackwater River on the eastern shores of Euchiniko Lake, 300 miles north of Vancouver. Euchiniko Lakes Ranch offers a combination of both wade fishing and daily float trips through a pristine angling paradise, located in the middle of gorgeous British Columbia wilderness. The ranch is situated in the Central Fraser Plateau, British Columbia Canada in the Province’s Cariboo Region.

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    Dry Fly Heaven

    The Blackwater River is perhaps the most consistent dry fly fishery in North America! Not too many lodges can honestly boast of offering phenomenal, high volume dry fly fishing for an entire season. Anglers, regardless of skill level, can expect to catch dozens of 14-18 inch wild rainbows every day using large, high floating dries such as elk hair caddis, stimulators, humpies, grasshoppers, and other terrestrial patterns.

    PERFECT for Novice Anglers & Families

    What truly sets the Blackwater apart from all other renowned trout rivers is the fact that these rainbows will rise freely to dry flies "all day long" throughout the season, rarely requiring an angler to fish with streamers or nymphs. The other bonus is the reliable and temperate weather patterns that seldom require more than a long-sleeved shirt. There is no shortage of fish in the river, and anglers’ average dozens of fish every day – perfect style of fishing for families, youngsters, and total novices. The guides' intimate knowledge of the river, combined with experienced instructional skills, virtually guarantee success.

    Cozy Cabins in True Northern Wilderness

    Guests stay in one of three cozy cabins stationed around a huge track of manicured lawn. Each cabin is unique and built from local logs, hand-hewed and painstakingly fitted by Dave Harrington. The cabins feature wood stoves for heat, a full modern bathroom with flush toilet, shower, vanity and sink. The cabins are quite spacious and each one is uniquely different in its design, layout and decoration. A small kitchen and sitting area with sofa, chairs and coffee table round-out these cozy little cabins in the woods. All the cabins feature a covered front porch with plenty of hooks to hang waders and gear as well as chairs to relax in with a glass wine or read a book.

    Euchiniko Lakes Ranch Description

    This beautiful, full service lodge is located on what is considered to be the finest stretch of the Blackwater River on the eastern shores of Euchiniko Lake, 300 miles north of Vancouver. Euchiniko Lakes Ranch offers a combination of both wade fishing and daily float trips through a pristine angling paradise, located in the middle of gorgeous British Columbia wilderness. The ranch is situated in the Central Fraser Plateau, British Columbia Canada in the Province’s Cariboo Region. The Cariboo is an area of high plateaus surrounded by mountains and gorgeous pine forests with elevations varying from 2,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level.

    The river valley itself is gorgeous, lined with lodgepole pines and absolutely stuffed with trout! The Blackwater River is a wonderful destination for both serious and novice anglers as each riffle and tail-out harbors zillions of eager, cooperative and native trout. It's a dry fly fisherman's dream come true, with extremely prolific hatches during June, July, August and September.

    What truly sets the Blackwater apart from all other renowned trout rivers is the fact that these rainbows will rise freely to dry flies "all day long" throughout the season, rarely requiring an angler to fish with streamers or nymphs. The other bonus is the reliable and temperate weather patterns that seldom require more than a long-sleeved shirt. There is no shortage of fish in the river, and anglers’ average dozens of fish every day – perfect style of fishing for families, youngsters, and total novices. The guides' intimate knowledge of the river, combined with experienced instructional skills, virtually guarantee success.

    Your hosts Dave and Maureen Harrington have been the only lodge operating wade/float trips on this stretch of the Blackwater over 13 years. Dave is an experienced and dedicated fly fisherman, and a true professional. Dave and his guides provide a quality wilderness camp experience, complete with superb dinner meals, and a fly fishing experience worth every cent.

    Dave and Maureen’s versatile operation is limited to eight anglers, and includes virtually everything but your personal tackle, liquor and fishing license. You'll see plenty of wildlife, enjoy top quality guides and staff, and end every day tired of catching fish. Give us a call and we will fill you in on the Harrington’s little piece of dry fly fishing heaven.

    The Fishing

    The Blackwater River is perhaps the most consistent dry fly fishery in North America! Not too many lodges can honestly boast of offering phenomenal, high volume dry fly fishing for an entire season. Anglers, regardless of skill level, can expect to catch dozens of 14-18 inch wild rainbows every day using large, high floating dries such as elk hair caddis, stimulators, humpies, grasshoppers, and other terrestrial patterns.

    All fishing is done by floating and/or wading easily readable pockets, riffles, and pools of the Blackwater. The ranch uses self bailing inflatable rafts for floating the river, stopping at all the good holes for wading or fishing from the boat. After the first day of fishing is done, guides park the boats at a designated area on the river and travel back to the lodge via ATV. The next day of fishing would see you travel ling back down to where you left the boat and fishing from there – and so on for the remainder of the week. The idea is to fish a different piece of water every day. The ranch also has several smaller lakes accessed via ATV that can pull up some great feisty rainbows on dry flies as well as woolly buggers.

    Coffee is on by 7:00 a.m. and breakfast is served in the lodge at around 8:00 a.m. Each day will involve a short shuttle to the river followed by floating and fishing your way down several miles of a different stretch of the Blackwater. The emphasis is on the fishing, and does not involve long drifts between prime stretches of water.

    Anglers can fish from dawn until dark or as long as their energy level and enthusiasm will last. Lunch sites are situated on the best runs of the river, and while breakfast or dinner is being prepared, fishermen are encouraged to enjoy as much angling as possible.

    Your angling day may also involve motoring up the home lake to an upriver section of the Blackwater River or taking a vehicle to distant, seldom-if-ever-fished lake to some incredible still-water fishing for big rainbows on dry flies and streamers. There are an amazing selection of daily fishing trips to choose from and Dave Harrington and his guides will help you decide which best suits your fishing tastes.

    Lunch sites are situated on the best runs of the river and usually consist of sandwiches, chips, homemade cookies, water, sodas and fresh fruit. You can expect to be back to the lodge sometime between around 6:00 p.m. with plenty of time to take a shower, have a cocktail, enjoy some tasty appetizers before dinner is served at approximately 7:30 p.m. Complimentary wine is served with dinner. Maureen Harrington is an extremely talented chef and her wonderful meals are all homemade. Most of the vegetables in Maureen’s dishes come from her amazingly productive organic greenhouse.

    After dinner guests can tie flies, play horseshoes, take a walk, enjoy the campfire or play cards. Anglers are welcome to fish after dinner on their own at one of the home water beats. You can literally fish from dawn until dark or as long as their energy level and enthusiasm will last and fishermen are encouraged to enjoy as much angling as possible. The Harrington’s have great water adjacent to camp and are very flexible with the fishing schedule.

    Accommodations

    Euchiniko Lakes Ranch is the perfect mix of rustic and modern. Great attention and effort has gone into making guests comfortable and organized without losing the feel of being in the great northern woods.

    Guests stay in one of three cozy cabins stationed around a huge track of manicured lawn. Each cabin is unique and built from local logs, hand-hewed and painstakingly fitted by Dave Harrington. The cabins feature wood stoves for heat, a full modern bathroom with flush toilet, shower, vanity and sink. The cabins are quite spacious and each one is uniquely different in its design, layout and decoration. A small kitchen and sitting area with sofa, chairs and coffee table round-out these cozy little cabins in the woods. All the cabins feature a covered front porch with plenty of hooks to hang waders and gear as well as chairs to relax in with a glass wine or read a book.

    As an alternative to the cabins there are four very nice rooms in the main lodge that folks can stay in, although, the cabins seem to be the most popular choice among returning guests. You'll enjoy hearty home cooked meals - the freshest organic vegetables picked right from the garden and freshly baked pastries every day. Meals are served family style at one big handmade table and diners are accompanied by complimentary wine.

    At the end of the day snuggle up to the fireplace in the main lodge to share the day’s events, enjoy a delicious appetizer and adult beverage. You'll be right at home. The Harringtons and their crew pride themselves on offering a comfortable, warm, hospitable and relaxing atmosphere. Euchiniko is an ideal place for a family reunion, company retreat or where a group of eight or more friends can get away.

    Travel

    Guests first travel to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) before making a one hour and fifteen minute connection with Air Canada to Prince George, B.C. The flight from Vancouver to Prince George typically departs around 2:00PM. Upon arrival into Prince George, a representative from the lodge picks up guests and provides ground transfer approximately four hours to the lodge in comfortable lodge vehicles.

    Depending on your city of origin, it is usually possible to travel all the way to Prince George and onward to the lodge in one day. East coasters may be required to overnight in Vancouver if there is not ample time to make the 2:00PM commercial connection to Prince George.

    On the return, guests are driven back to Prince George to connect with Air Canada flights departing at approximately 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Most travelers will want to overnight in Vancouver in order to make a civilized connection home the following day and/or to take advantage of a little time in the gorgeous and stimulating city.

    Sample Itinerary

    Euchiniko Lakes Ranch operates 7 night / 6 day, 6 night / 5 day, and 5 night / 4 day fishing packages based on the following arrival and departure schedule:

    7 Nights / 6 Days: Saturday – Saturday
    6 Nights / 5 Days: Sunday – Saturday
    5 Nights / 4 Days: Monday – Saturday

    The following itinerary represents the 7 night / 6 day fishing package:

    Saturday
    Upon arrival into Vancouver, travelers must clear customs, collect their luggage, and re-check on board a commercial flight with Air Canada bound for Price George, B.C., at approximately 2:00PM. Once on the ground in Prince George, guests are collected by a representative from the lodge and driven approximately four hours to Euchiniko Lakes Ranch.

    Sunday - Friday
    Six full days of guided fishing on the Blackwater River from Euchiniko Lakes Ranch!

    Saturday
    Following a leisurely morning, guests are returned to Price George for a commercial flight with Air Canada back to Vancouver at approximately 2:30. Most guests elect to overnight in Vancouver before heading home the following day (Sunday).

    When to Go

    Euchiniko Lakes Ranch is open from approximately June 15 – September 30 each summer.

    The Coast Mountains to the west of the region tend to protect the Cariboo Region from coastal rainfall, creating a drier climate with summer month temperatures averaging between 60 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime hours. However, this is mountain country and thunder storms can develop in the afternoons any week of the season. For the most part, expect crisp mornings, partially cloudy to bright mountain-sunny days and cool nights. Anglers should dress in layers and have their raingear handy at all time ready to adjust varying weather conditions.

    The best time to visit the Blackwater is - anytime from the middle of June through the end of September! The fly-fishing is consistent throughout the season. Each day, Dave Harrington chooses several different float trip options depending on the water conditions and seasonality of when you choose to visit.

    June
    At the season opening, in mid-June, the days are at their longest with daylight from four in the morning to nearly eleven at night, allowing lots of time to enjoy the outdoors and long hours for fish to feed. Although the early season offers somewhat higher water levels and wading possibilities that are found to be limited to some degree, this is a prime time to fish the Blackwater. June is probably the heaviest feeding period of the year with prolific stonefly, caddis and occasional mayfly hatches as well. Keep in mind the weather can still be variable with occasional cool days and afternoon thundershowers. There will likely be a few mosquitoes around camps and lunch stops, but they are generally not a huge problem unless the previous few weeks have been abnormally wet.

    July
    The days shorten slightly and the weather tends to become warmer and drier with occasional thundershowers and water temperatures in the 60 to 65 degree range. Caddis hatches are still heavy, and most fishing is with large yellow and orange patterns.
    Near the middle of July, in most summers, the river levels continue to drop and water temperatures increase to around 65 degrees, becoming very nice for wet wading and the occasional swim. Caddis and mayflies are active on the water. The day length is now about 5AM to 10PM.

    Early August
    By the first of August the water will be near its warmest and can even be over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is generally the time period when, on warm years, we notice the fish becoming a bit temperamental. The next week or so can often be the most difficult fishing, but we have found ways to improve success over the years. This is also the most comfortable time of the year on the Blackwater. The weather is the warmest and driest and the water is at its warmest.

    Mid August
    Marks the point when the water and the weather begin to cool down. The days are a little shorter, getting light at about six in the morning and turning dark at about nine at night. With cooler temperatures, guests spend a little more time enjoying the evening campfire before retiring. The good news is the mosquitoes are virtually nonexistent and the trout are just as hungry as ever! The fish are feeding more actively again with the drop in water temperature and readily attack large attractor patterns. They also seem to show a lot more size. Typically, this part of the season is Lower Blackwater time which translates into the fish being even more heavily concentrated and more access to amazing pieces of water that were otherwise inaccessible or not conducive to dry fly fishing under higher water conditions.

    September
    The days become even shorter with daylight hours from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dry flies still do well and this is also a great time for nymphs and streamers. The Blackwater usually experiences stable weather in the fall, and as the nights grow longer, frost becomes more frequent. By mid-month fall colors are abundant. Wet wading is over by the end of August.

    All Season
    Anytime is a great time to fish the Blackwater. You'll experience gradual changes from the long, warm early summer days, to fall colors and starry nights. The Blackwater’s climate is moderate due to its location in the central Fraser Plateau in the lee of the coastal mountains, which take the steam out of any Pacific weather system. Whatever your seasonal preferences are, or your schedule allows, the Blackwater provides a great combination of excellent fly fishing.

    2012 RATES

    7 nights/6 days (Sat to Sat) $3,965 USD per person
    6 nights/5 days (Sun to Sat) $3,665 USD per person
    5 nights/4 days (Mon to Sat) $3,265 USD per person

    What's Included
    Specified nights single or double occupancy accommodations; Specified days of private or shared guided fishing; Round driving transfer from Prince George to lodge; 12% Canadian HST (Harmonic Sales Tax) taxes

    What's Not Included
    Airfare to Vancouver & onward to Price George, British Columbia; Alcoholic beverages; Fishing licenses; Gratuities; Laundry service; Equipment rentals, Flies & Terminal Tackle

    Terms & Conditions

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Euchiniko Lakes Ranch’s policy follows: A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm all reservations. Final payment is due 60 days from departure. All payments are non-refundable unless replacement clients are found. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.

    Consider Travel Insurance!

    Given the inherent strict refund policies associated with nearly all fishing packages, we cannot stress the importance of obtaining travel insurance to protect your investment. Travelers can obtain coverage for pre-existing health problems (related to yourself, your family, business partners, or your traveling partners), emergency evacuation, lost baggage, delay, life insurance packages; even “no questions asked” or “for work reasons” coverage.

    We will provide you with more detailed information about travel insurance from our sponsored provider, Travel Guard, when you book a trip with Tailwaters Travel. We can conveniently process a very comprehensive insurance policy for you in-house after asking a few simple questions.

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    Non-Angling Activities

    The non-angling activities at Euchiniko Lakes Ranch are quite extensive, perfect for guests that don’t want to fish every day. There is horseback riding, ATV exploring, hiking on the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail, power boating, canoeing, nature/interpretative walks, photography, and cooking lessons by Maureen Harrington.