Our fishing program at BC West is fairly unique in that it combines guided fishing on the Dean below the canyon with self guided fishing on the water above the canyon. This format isn’t for everyone, but if you’re the type who enjoys help from a guide but also wants some time on your own, it’s probably right up your alley.
The 7 Best Things About Fishing Self-guided on the Upper Dean
- Driving ATVs is fun. Our guests use 4-wheelers to access the runs on the Upper Dean, and there’s no shame in admitting that it’s pretty fun driving around the woods on your own ATV.
- You control your schedule. Want to leave late and come in early? No problem. Want to get up in the dark and be the first one on the water? That’s fine with us.
- Fish the water how you want to fish it. If you like bouncing around and fishing a bunch of runs, you can do that. If you want to fish a dry through a run, then a light tip, then a heavy tip, you can do that too.
- It’s easy to read. The water on the Upper Dean is extremely accessible, and there aren’t a lot of secret spots. If you know the basics of reading steelhead holding water, you’ll have success here.
- Hang with your buddies. Many guests fish the Upper Dean in pairs or in a small group. You and your friends can come up with the game plan for the day, and spend as much time together, or apart, as you like.
- Do it on your own. There’s nothing like picking a piece of water, reading it well, choosing your gear, fishing it as you want to fish it, and landing a beautiful chome steelhead…all on your own. This is gratifying fishing.
- Experience solitude in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You’re outside, on on your own, in an incredibly stunning place. That experience alone is worth the price of admission.