Premier Fly Fishing Trip for Arctic Grayling

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We believe this is the finest Arctic grayling fly fishing trip in the Yukon!

Perhaps this journey is best described not as a fishing trip but as a fishing adventure! We fish along the beautiful and historic Thirty Mile section of the Yukon River, which lies at the north end of Lake Laberge (map). It is fast flowing and crystal clear, allowing you to easily see your fish rising to the fly from depths of 5-6 feet!

Here you can drift fish, casting from our boat, or unload one of the canoes that we always carry on top and float the river in absolute peace and quiet. There are also many beautiful small islands and gravel bars where we can land, wade out a short ways and cast into the river as it flows by. We’ll cook our catch over an open fire on one special island selected for its incredible view – and of course for its great fishing!

Our journey to the Thirty Mile will take us north along Lake Laberge. Nestled between 2 mountain ranges, this is one of the most scenic lakes in the Yukon. Along the way there are beautiful long beaches varying from gray to red in colour, with some almost ivory. In places the cliffs drop almost straight into the water.

Here bald eagles are common, along with a variety of hawks and other raptors including the rare Peregrine Falcon. Frequently, we’ll see a bear or moose ambling along the beach. Sometimes we come across caribou swimming the lake – you’ll be surprised at how fast they can swim!

Once at the north end of the lake (about a 1-hour trip), we will enter the Thirty Mile, passing the abandoned gold rush village of Lower Laberge. Here on the beach lies the wreck of the paddlewheeler Casca. Along the bank are several old cabins, including the old telegraph station. A few minutes to explore and take pictures here is time well spent.

Now on the Thirty Mile – the fishing part of our adventure is about to begin!

This is probably not the fishing you’re used to – this is pristine wilderness fishing with no other boats around. The simple equation that goes with that fact is: low fishing pressure = great fishing! As we fish we’ll be drifting by eagles perched in trees overhanging the river. This is a good area to see wolves, as well as bear, moose and caribou. We have also spotted wolverines on several of our trips recently.

Later in the year, starting in August, we will see spectacular displays of the Northern Lights from our riverside campsite!

DSCF0251On multi-day trips we will have time for a number of interesting hikes. We will explore the paddlewheeler Norcom, seen in the photo to the right. She was pulled up on Shipyard Island almost 90 years ago, and amazingly, we can still walk her decks today! Another hike goes up a creek to an incredible view of the river and mountains – bring lots of film! This creek was mined many years ago, and we can try some gold panning here – you’ll be thrilled to see gold in your pan!!

This trip can be run anywhere from 1 to 5 days

$290 per person for 1 day, $385 per person per day for multi-day trips (GST not included, minimum 2 people).
Prices are in Canadian dollars. Prices do not include 5% GST.

Included in price:

  • All fishing Rods & flies
  • Sumptuous shore lunch cooked over an open fire
  • Transportation to & from hotel on multi-day trips
  • All meals on multi-day trips
  • Licensed Guide
  • Accommodation at Lake Laberge in our guest cabin or deluxe suite on multi-day trips

On overnight trips when camping is requested we also supply:interior-of-cabin

  • The finest in tents
  • North Face sleeping bags
  • Thermarest mattresses
  • Pillows
  • All food & refreshments (cooked by your guide over an open fire)

We suggest you bring:

  • A warm windproof jacket & sweater
  • A warm hat that covers your ears
  • A wide brim hat for protection from the sun
  • A raincoat
  • Hiking boots & spare socks
  • On overnight trips, a complete change of clothes plus personal toiletry items
  • For a more complete list of what you need to bring with you on a trip with us, see our gear list. To see what awaits you, see our Arctic Grayling Photo Album!

Normal departure time from your hotel is 9.00 am

Reserving a date for your Yukon flyfishing adventure is easy – just contact us by email, phone or regular post at the address below and let us know when you would like to go. Click here for booking details.

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