Euchiniko Lakes Ranch is a beautiful, full service lodge located on what is considered to be the finest stretches of the Blackwater River, offering a combination of daily wade and float fishing trips through a pristine angling paradise.
Set in the middle of a British Columbia wilderness, the river itself is beautiful, lined with lodgepole pines and absolutely stuffed with rainbow trout!
The Blackwater River is a wonderful destination for both serious and novice anglers. Each riffle and tail-out harbors native trout that average more than a pound and often closer to two. 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 most 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 and dozens of fish every day. The guides’ intimate knowledge of the water, combined with experienced instructional skills, virtually guarantee success. But for many, the quality fly fishing becomes only an accent to the beauty and solitude of this isolated outdoor adventure.
Your hosts, Dave and Maureen Harrington, have been the only lodge operating wade/float trips on this stretch of the Blackwater for over 12 years. Dave is an experienced and dedicated fly fisherman, and a true professional. Dave, Maureen and their staff provide a quality wilderness lodge operation, complete with superb meals, comfortable lodging and a flyrodding experience worth every penny. This versatile destination allows you to select the number of days that you will be fishing, is limited to a maximum of eight anglers, and includes virtually everything but your personal tackle and fishing license. Guests are met in Prince George, British Columbia, where they are driven the four hours to the lodge, often in time for a few hours of fishing.
This is a wilderness dry fly experience beyond your wildest expectations. It is one of the most prolific trout fisheries on the North American continent, and the food is good, to boot. You’ll see plenty of wildlife, enjoy top quality guides and staff, and end every day tired of catching fish. The log cabins are very comfortable and perfectly suited to anglers who are looking for a secluded wilderness experience. Give us a call and we will fill you in on the Harringtons little piece of dry fly fishing heaven.
Reservations & Rates
The cost of the week-long Euchiniko Lakes Ranch package is $4,050.00 USD per person
• 5 day packages are $3,240.00 USD per person
Included in your angling package at the Euchiniko Lakes Ranch is round trip auto transfer from Prince George to lodge and all lodge accommodations as well as all meals (with wine at dinner). Also included are daily guided fishing, 6% Canadian GST (Goods & Service Tax) taxes, use of boats, motors, rafts, and atvs.
Not included in your angling package at Euchiniko Lakes Ranch are non-resident angling licenses are not included in the price of your trip (though licenses can be purchased at the lodge). Flies, liquor (a limited selection of flies are available on-site along with beer and wine, however, hard liquor must be purchased prior to arrival at lodge), gratuities, items of personal nature, international airfares and flight between Vancouver and Prince George.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
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Seasons at Euchiniko Lakes Ranch
Euchiniko Lake Lodge is located 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. Elevations vary from 2,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level, creating a climate that offers snow in winter and warm, dry summers.
The Coast Mountains to the west of the region tend to protect the Cariboo Region from coastal rainfall, creating a drier continental four-season climate with summer months temperatures averaging between 60 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime hours. However, this is mountain country and thunder storms can develop in the afternoons and drench the countryside. 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 times ready to adjust to varying weather conditions.
The answer to the question about 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 and each day outfitter, Dave Harrington, chooses several different float trip options depending on the water conditions.
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, making wading possibilities a bit more limited, it is a prime time to fish the Blackwater. This 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 great problem, unless the previous few weeks have been abnormally wet.
Whatever your seasonal preferences are, or your schedule allows, the Blackwater provides a great combination of excellent fly fishing, wonderful hospitality all in a true wilderness setting.
In 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 and stonefly hatches are still heavy, and most fishing is with large yellow and orange dry 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 odd dip. Caddis and mayflies are active on the water. The day length is now about 5AM to 10PM (a little more darkness for sleeping).
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, the fish can become 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, with warm, clear days.
Mid August, typically, 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. The good news is the mosquitoes are virtually non-existent, 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 in amazing pieces of water that were otherwise inaccessible, or not conducive to dry fly fishing under higher water conditions.
In 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!
So there you have it - 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 weather 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.
Getting to Euchiniko Lakes Ranch
In most cases you will fly from home to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) where you will clear immigrations and customs. From Vacnouver you will take a relatively short domestic flight to Prince George, your end destination, before transferring to the lodge by auto.
You must claim your luggage on your first point of entry into Canada and clear immigrations and customs. Failure to claim your luggage will result
in your luggage not showing up at your end destination.
Specific Flight Details:
Reservations at a Vancouver, British Columbia hotel are not included in your package and should be made by you or your travel agent when you book your airline reservations
You should plan to depart Vancouver via Air Canada airlines (1-888-247-2262) at 1:05 p.m. which will have you arriving in Prince George at 2:08 p.m. After a 4-hour drive to the lodge, anglers will find themselves at the Ranch which is located right in the heart of the Blackwater River.
Full Fishing Days:
Following lunch and a brief orientation, on the day of your arrival, you will have time to settle into your cabin and prepare for an afternoon of unparalleled dry-fly fishing. The Harrington's have great water adjacent to camp and are very flexible with the fishing schedule.
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 - this affords a lot of time to wade and explore the incredibly productive runs, riffles and pools of the Blackwater. Lunch is served on the river and anglers return to camp at approximately 6:00 p.m., following a great day of fishing.
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.
Departure Day from Lodge:
Guests will be driven back to Prince George to connect with Air Canada flights departing at 2:40 p.m. that afternoon. Some fishermen may want to overnight in Vancouver in order to take advantage of fine dining, or some of the other great tourist destinations the city has to offer.
Lodging at Euchiniko Lakes Ranch
Euchiniko Lakes Ranch is the perfect mix of rustic and modern.
Great attention and effort has gone into making guests comfortable and secure 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, and 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 and a chance to soak it all up.
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 and relaxing atmosphere for anyone looking to get away from it all. Euchiniko is an ideal place for a family reunion, company retreat or where a group of eight or more friends can get away.
Fishing at Euchiniko Lakes Ranch
Each morning guests are awakened by a knock on the door and a hot carafe of fresh coffee to help nock the morning cobwebs out. A home cooked breakfast is ready at the lodge by 8:00 a.m.
Each day will involve a short shuttle to the river put-in sight followed by floating and fishing your way down several miles of a different stretch of the Blackwater each and ever day. The emphasis is on the fishing, and
does not involve long drifts between prime stretches of water - this affords a lot of time to wade and explore the incredibly productive runs, riffles and pools of the home water.
Your angling day may 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 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. Guests 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.