Good News Alert
It’s time to look forward to summer 2019 adventures &, if you have not already done so, book your fabulous fishing adventure with us today! There has been some confusion over what the limits are for the upcoming summer salmon fishing season in BC. The Canadian Federal Government agency that regulates the number of salmon our guests can retain/take home, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO), has recently enacted some new conservation measures that restrict the retaining of Chinook/King salmon in certain areas in BC at specific times. However, the good news for our guests is that the 2019 DFO Regulations for fish retention at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC) will remain the same as they have been for over 30 years. You can catch & keep/take home 8 salmon (up to 4 can be Chinook & the rest of your limit of a total 8 can be made up of other salmon species, coho, chum & pink). You can also catch & retain 2 halibut & 4 lingcod, & your daily limit is ½ these numbers. You will be bringing home a nice box of fresh fish filets to enjoy over the BBQ as you recount the stories of your amazing aquatic adventures with family & friends!
For more details on all the 2019 DFO BC sport fishing regulations click here.
Don’t procrastinate, today is the day & now is the time! We all know it’s never a good idea to put things off…especially if you have the opportunity to spend precious time with family, friends &/or colleagues amidst the pristine natural splendour of the rugged & remote BC coast.
So, to book your amazing fishing trip with us this is all you need to do:
1. Call 800-663 2644, Text 604-938-3677, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Choose a date: Weekends – Thurs-Sun July 11-14, 18-21, Aug 22-25.
Mid-Week – Sun-Thurs July 14-18, 21-25, or Aug 18-22.
3. We will send you an invoice & you can confirm your reservation with a $1,000/person deposit.
The balance is due 90 days before your trip.
4. Plan your arrival in Vancouver the night before your scheduled charter flight on Seair Seaplanes at the South Vancouver Airport Seaplane Terminal – Departure is 9:45 AM. Check-in is 8:45 AM
5. On your departure from the lodge you will return to Vancouver at approx. 3:00 PM – DO NOT book flights to your home destination until after 5:30 PM to allow for delays & the transfer to the adjacent main Vancouver (YVR) International Terminal.
6. Complete your trip pre-registration form here.
7. If you are planning on staying overnight in Vancouver the day before (highly recommended) &/or a day after your trip with us book your hotel early. Our recommended Airport hotels with discounts are found here.
2019 Guest, Lodge, Travel & Registration Information can be found on our website here.
If you have any questions or difficulties with any of this trip information, please contact Simon by Text: 604-938-3677 or Cathy Call: 800-663-2644 from anywhere in North America including Hawaii & Alaska.
Often, we are asked where Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club guests come from?
Canada & the USA mainly, but over our 35 years of operation, Barbara & her son, Simon, have welcomed guests from around the world. European guests have favoured us with many repeat visits, & we have regular guests from Mexico, Central & South America as well as from Asian cities such as Tokyo & Hong Kong. One of the lesser known places has been Lesotho, so you never know what kind of characters from around the globe that you will meet at the lodge & make lasting friendships. We look forward to hearing from you soon to plan your fishing adventure of a lifetime! Don’t delay as our last remaining spots are filling up fast but there is still time to make it happen so lets do it!
We are often asked what makes the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC) the best lodge in the world to come on a fishing trip for trophy salmon, halibut, lingcod & other bottom fish? What makes us such a special place to spend your valuable time & money? What sets us apart from all the other places to fish in the world, other lodges & all the other vacations you could possibly go on?
Here is a summary of some of the main features about the fishing & our lodge experience that makes us stand out as your ultimate destination trophy fishing location.
Trophy Sized Fish
The salmon returning to our waters each summer to spawn are from a unique gene pool which results in the salmon growing bigger & fatter than those in any other watershed in the world. Records are made & broken each summer & this is why most people who fish for salmon have heard of Rivers Inlet.
Lots of Fish
Rivers Inlet is a destination for tens of thousands of salmon specifically returning every summer to the 9 major river systems in our huge watershed. We are also a funnelling point for feeding salmon migrating down the Pacific west coast to the hundreds of rivers systems as far away as California. This combination of returning & migrating runs makes for the most consistent salmon fishing anywhere in the world.
No Roads, No Crowds
There is no road access to Rivers Inlet so there are no crowds. Rivers Inlet is unique because access is by floatplane only & that pretty much eliminates everyone except you at our lodge fishing in un-crowded waters.
Close to Fishing
The Sportsman’s Club is only minutes away from some of the most productive fishing grounds in Rivers Inlet where some of the world’s largest Chinook/King & coho/silver salmon are caught. At other lodges there can be a long boat ride to the fishing grounds & then you are out for the day. At our lodge you can come & go throughout the day for hot meals, re-provisioning, re-grouping etc. & get then you can fish after dinner until dark.
Well Equipped Boats
Our standard boats are 17 ft. with new 40 HP Yamaha motors, radios,GPS/sounders, electric bilge pumps & downriggers. Our fleet has good speed & range allowing you to fish anywhere in our 35 mile inlet. This area includes Calvert Island off-shore from the mouth of Rivers Inlet, all the way up to the head of the Inlet. However you rarely need to travel far as the best fishing is usually only minutes from the lodge.
We have many different types of tackle option & combinations. You can do everything from “old school” top-water drift mooching with light tackle & bait (herring), or downriggers & hardware when the fish go deeper. We also have all the gear for bottom fishing for halibut & lingcod (& a variety of tasty bottom dwellers) as well as spin-casters & fly-rods for that ultra-light tackle experience. All bait & tackle is included in your trip package. We have everything, you bring nothing.
Our basic package is self-guided. On arrival & multiple times/day we offer informative complimentary fishing & safety clinics. However, we also have Transport Canada qualified guides available at extra cost (guides are pre-booked). The 2 of you can fish with a guide in our regular fleet of 17 ft. boats or for an additional cost you can upgrade to one of our larger Boston Whalers that holds up to 3 & 4 people. Guiding can be booked for 1 day or every day of your trip (except the last day) but needs to be pre-booked as they typically sell out.
Custom Fish Processing
Our professional guides personally cut up your catch while you watch from the nearby lounge. Guests instruct the guides as to filleting & portioning etc. The fish are vacuum packaged & flash frozen in our brand new state of the art blast freezer. Packaging for travel home is in an airline approved insulated waxed fish box. We also offer the services of St Jean’s Cannery . For an additional cost, you can for have all or part of your catch custom processed in a variety of ways.
Years in Business
Family owned & operated for over 30 years. The Kelly Family established the lodge in 1984. Being owner/operated affords our customers a very high level of service. Our attention to all the little details is what makes for a fabulous fishing adventure. We really care & it shows in every aspect of our operation.
Each summer almost all our staff return for another season. Their knowledge, experience & sincere level of care is what allows us to deliver such a high level of customer service.
We fly directly from Vancouver in sleek, modern, & fast Cessna Caravan seaplanes. This first-class trip takes only 90 minutes & you land right at the lodge with typically no delays or plane changes.
Private Fishing Lodge
We are a private facility catering only to our guests. There is no public access to our facilities. We are not a marina, we are an exclusive high end lodge.
We recommend that you try & disconnect from the outside world during your stay, but it is right there at your finger tips if you want/need to stay in touch.
Double occupancy rooms with a private entrance to a cedar-lined room with en-suite bathrooms & very comfortable double beds (single or triple rooms may be available on booking your trip).
All chef prepared hearty meals are included as well as a hot late-night snack.
Set times for dining in our cozy private dining room where the round tables allow for great conversations (arrangements may be made for packed lunches or dining at other times). We are not a public restaurant/pub with random people coming & going.
Alcoholic beverages available at liquor store prices. There is hidden savings in our wholesale bottle “self-service” alcohol purchasing system. Complimentary wine with dinner.
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 tbsp apricot jam
-1 1/2 lbs side of salmon, about 1-in. thick
-1/2 tsp salt
-PREHEAT barbecue to medium.
-COMBINE vinegar with jam in a small saucepan and set over medium-high. Boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture turns syrupy and reduces by half, about 10 min.
-OIL grill. Sprinkle salmon with salt and season with fresh pepper. Barbecue, skin-side down, with lid open, until a knife tip inserted into the thickest part of fish and held for 10 seconds feels warm, 15 to 17 minutes for every inch of thickness. Brush with vinegar mixture, then transfer to a platter.
Serve with Indian Lentil Mango Salad
RECIPE – Indian Lentil Mango Salad
-18 oz (1 1/4 cup) can lentils, drained and rinsed
-1 red onion, coarsely chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp coriander
-1/4 cup lime juice
-2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves