Murphy's Riverside Lodge
Stamp River, Vancouver Island
his will be our eighth season on the Stamp River. It is the most exciting of all Canadian Rivers to fish during September and October. The river has a truly spectacular fall run of silver (coho) and king (chinook) salmon. Steelhead are also taken, especially in late season. The remarkable thing about the Stamp is that it is sight fishing, where anglers cast to constantly passing schools of salmon. We're talking hot fish here, incredibly strong and fast! It is great fly fishery, however, spinning gear is also very effective. Anglers are moved on the stream by jet boat and fish, two to a guide, fishing either by wading or from the anchored boat, depending on the water. The lodge offers first class accommodations and meals. There is an 18 hole golf course nearby, perfect for an after fishing game.
Huge schools of fish start entering the Stamp River in early September. These fish are primarily Coho and Chinook salmon. Generally the Stamp River gets a return of about 60,000 Coho and 40,000 Chinook in the month of September and early October. Minutes from the lodge you have access to some of the greatest fishing in North America. It is not uncommon to have 2000 fish go by you in a morning. These fish are nickel bright and easily caught with flies or gear. During low flows the best method is Fly fishing with a sink tip and during higher flows, conventional gear works a little better.
The Stamp River is a major indicator river for the whole west coast of Vancouver Island when it comes to Chinook and Coho Salmon. Fisheries and Oceans Canada make a considerable investment in counting the salmon that come up the river. A viewing/counting platform is installed at Stamp Falls annually, whereby physical counts of each species of salmon are done both manually and automatically. Thanks to such a system, daily counts are added up on a weekly basis, which in turn are used by regional managers as an in season management tool, and give us better information to help you plan your Canada fishing excursion.
After enjoying a day of great fishing, relax in a world class lodge for the evening. The lodge is a spectacular peeled log structure with a floor to ceiling fireplace in the great room. Anglers are accommodated in spacious twin bedded rooms with private baths. Enjoy full breakfasts, stream side lunches, and the truly gourmet five course dinners. Those who wish can enjoy golf nearby, view waterfalls, hike, and go bear watching.
Example Rates - subject to change by operator
5 Nights Lodging / 5 Days Fishing
CAN$ 2,200.00 per person double occupancy
Trips Runs Sunday Through After Fishing Friday
October Steelhead - space available, call today!
Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia. Pick up rental van or car. Cross to Vancouver Island on the Nanaimo Ferry. Drive a short distance to Port Alberni where the lodge is located. Get settled then hors d'oeuvres and a 5 course dinner.
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday:
Early breakfast. Met by guides at lodge and transported to the river where jet boats are boarded. River may be fished from the jet boat or by wading. Lunch on the river. Afternoon fishing session then return to lodge mid-afternoon. Time to relax or play golf, returning for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner.
Breakfast. Morning fishing session. Lunch on the river. Afternoon fishing session. Depart after fishing in time to catch the Nanaimo ferry back to Vancouver. Overnight and dinner in Vancouver (not included).
Rates include: All meals and
lodging, stream side lunch, hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour,
daily guided jet boat fishing.
Not Included: Transportation to the lodge, hotels and meals other than at lodge, fishing license, tackle, liquor, 3,5% Canadian Good and Service Tax and items of personal nature.