Fly Fishing Vs. Ocean Fishing: Which is the Right Package For You?

Thinking about planning a bucket-list-worthy trip to one of the best fishing lodges in BC? At Sointula Lodge, we have several package options for guests to choose from; Ocean Fishing, Fly Fishing, and Wilderness Tour packages. Each of these packages is available in both 4-day and 5-day trips.

While Sointula Lodge is known for being one of British Columbia’s premier luxury fishing lodges, you certainly don’t have to cast a line during your visit. If you prefer to spend your time hiking, spotting wildlife, or otherwise exploring all that Malcolm Island and the surrounding waters have to offer, you can book one of our Wilderness Tour packages. These customizable trips allow guests to choose their adventures, whether that includes fishing or not.

Of course, if you are dreaming of spending your time casting a line in search of salmon, halibut, and more, you’ll want to book one of our fishing packages. But should you book the Fly Fishing or Ocean Fishing package? Keep reading to learn more about each option, and how to choose the right package for you.

Ocean Fishing Package

Our 4- and 5-day Ocean Fishing packages are our classic packages. On this trip, you’ll fish in the calm, protected waters of the British Columbia coast. Here, you’ll find all 5 species of Pacific salmon, including Chinook, Pink, Sockeye, Chum, and Coho, as well as lingcod, halibut, and more. 

With our Ocean Fishing packages, you’ll spend each day of your trip on the water, alongside an experienced guide and just 2 to 3 other guests. In addition to any fishing gear you need and your daily excursions, your package fee also includes all accommodations, food, drinks, gear, and other activities. You can also add our High Seas package for $500 per boat. This package includes a day on the high seas, fishing off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

All of our fishing trips are beginner-friendly. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or casting a line for the very first time, our experienced guides will help ensure that your trip is successful and memorable.

Fly Fishing Package

Our new Fly Fishing package takes guests to remote, untouched watersheds, where you can fish for wild Sea-run Cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. You’ll head into the Great Bear Forest, where you’ll use fly reels to fish for a variety of unique species, including the famous 5 species of Pacific salmon. Your experienced guide will take you to some of the most challenging and exhilarating fisheries on British Columbia’s coast.

As with our other packages, your Fly Fishing package includes all gear, guided excursions, lodging, food, and more.

Which Package is Right for You?

The truth is, you can’t go wrong when booking any of the packages that Sointula Lodge has to offer. However, which package is right for you depends on a variety of factors.

First, consider how long you’d like to be gone. If you’re short on time or have to travel on specific dates, your decision between a 4- or 5-day trip may be made for you! Our trip lengths rotate throughout the season

After deciding whether you’ll book a 4- or 5-day trip, it’s time to consider which package you’d like to book. If you know that someone in your group won’t want to spend their entire trip fishing, or if you’re dreaming of enjoying some other activities during your trip, our Wilderness Tour package might be the best option. But if you do want to fish, you’ll need to choose between our Ocean Fishing and Fly Fishing packages.

Fly Fishing is more technically challenging. While our guides can help you hone your skills, if you’re brand new to fishing, our Ocean Fishing package might be the better choice. However, experienced fishermen up for a unique challenge in one of the most famous and unique destinations in the world might want to consider our Fly Fishing package.

Does your group include a mix of experienced fishermen and novices? Take a vote and choose your package. But don’t fret if your vote doesn’t get picked! Our experienced guides truly go above and beyond to make sure that every guest has an incredible trip. While your choice of package might influence how you spend your day, it won’t change the fact that your visit is certain to be incredible!

Planning Your Stay at the Best Fishing Lodges in BC

Ready to start planning your visit to one of the best fishing lodges in BC? Now that you know a little more about your package options, it’s time to book your next trip to Sointula Lodge.

We still have a few spots available for some of our Summer 2022 trips. Check out our calendar to see which dates and packages are available. Planning ahead for next year’s adventure? Keep checking back — we’ll be releasing our Summer 2023 dates later this year!