Season 2


Bella Coola, British Columbia

by Susie Lee

We loaded up the drift boat with all our gear as my fishing guide, Les Koroluk from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge rowed me down the jade silt colored waters of the Bella Coola River.

Over the summer, I have come to love fishing and the beautiful rugged outdoors. Since there are no motorized boats allowed on the Bella Coola River, I was going to experience a different type of fishing, river drift fishing. As we made our way down the river, I enjoyed the scenic ride through the lush green forest with the backdrop of snow-capped glacier mountains. As Les paddled, I soaked in the quietness of the rugged wilderness. I appreciated the skill and stamina it took Les to move and hold the boat steady in the Bella Coola River because of the strong currents and eddies.

The Bella Coola River is one of the best places to go river fishing because of an all-year round stock of resident fish, such as Rainbow, Cutthroat and Bull Trout. During the spawning season there are migrating fish, such as Sockeye, King, Pink, Coho, and Chum Salmon. As we kept moving down the river, I saw plenty of bald eagles hovering over our boat or perched on the treetops. I waved to every fisherman who was standing on the river’s edge in fishing holes. It was so picturesque that it reminded me of the movie, “A River Runs Through It”.

Les cast both our lines out and I sat holding the rod at a 45 degree angle. I familiarized myself with how my weight felt like in the drift and if I felt something different, it probably meant I had a fish. As I was sitting, drifting and talking, I felt a bite, so I set the hook hard with a long strike and quickly began to fight the fish. Les advised me to lower my rod tip on the water’s surface and lure the fish toward the boat, this way the fish would stay calm. Les slowly rowed the boat to shore and I smoothly placed the salmon into the net. I ended up catching 2 Coho Salmon that day in a short span of 45 minutes. Not to bad for novice angler.


  • Silver Salmon is another name given to Coho Salmon
  • They can grow up to 38 inches in length
  • They can weigh up to 31 pounds
  • They are bluish black with black spots on the back
  • The inside of their mouth is black with white gums



Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Toll Free Canada / USA: 1.877.982.2407
From June 1st - October 15th Tel/Fax: 1.250.982.2407 OR
Any other time Tel: 1.604.905.4994

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Episode 5 Guide: Bella Coola

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Tallheo Cannery
Tallheo Cannery
Odegaard Falls
Odegaard Falls
Drift Fishing
Drift Fishing
Snorkelling / Bear Viewing
Snorkelling / Bear Viewing
Prawning and Crabbing
Prawning and Crabbing

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