It was the beginning of the new era of remote northern coastal BC fly-in fishing lodges when the Kelly family established the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club in 1984. They saw so much potential in the Rivers Inlet area with world-class trophy fishing in un-crowded, calm waters only 90 minutes by direct floatplane flight from Vancouver BC. At that time, there were only a few lodges on the central/northern BC coast but nobody was “doing it right” in terms of quality of equipment & service. We came on the scene & set a higher level of lodge experience which became the new standard that we have maintained to this day.
We are owner operated which makes a huge difference in any business. Barbara Kelly open the lodge in 1984 with her 2 sons. Her son Simon and his wife Stephanie now carry on the tradition of running a family style operation. Our passion, attention to details, pursuit of excellence & general enthusiasm for making your trip with us the best experience ever is evident from the moment you step on our docks & in every facet of our operation.
Over the past 35+ seasons our very willing & eager young staff have helped to make our fishing lodge an overwhelmingly successful operation. For that personal touch, we only hold 36 guests at one time & you will be pampered by our 15 staff who take care of your every need during your stay. Many have now been with us now for multiple summers & almost all are returning next summer. They are our biggest asset & are an integral part of helping us to deliver our guests the Sportsman’s Club experience. Some of our guests have been fishing with us since the beginning & return every summer with their friends, family & business associates sometimes on multiple trips. You are not a number at the Sportsman’s Club, we get to know all of our guests by name. We offer intimacy, isolation, exceptional service, first-class equipment, spectacular scenery, whale watching & wildlife viewing in a remote wilderness setting. Come join us & let the Kelly family show you the ultimate fishing adventure & create memories that will last a lifetime!