Dean River DIY

#1
Anyone have any insight they would like to share? Ill buy ya a beer or three so I can pick your brain, I want to get the ball rolling and start making moves in the right direction to make it happen in the next couple summers... PMs welcome

Thanks
 
#2
Quickly while i have a moment... I'm mostly interested in your raft setup, and logistics of travel/float as well as any tips on the permit process. I've been sniffing around the lodges via email and I'm not sure that's the right call for me personally. Anyways my limited google searching hasn't turned up much except trip reports and the like. Thanks.
 

BDD

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#3
I would really like to do this trip as well. My preliminary research shows there are three types of anglers fishing the Dean; 1) with a guide, 2) DIY where you get dropped off for a week and basically fish the same run or two the entire time, and 3) DIY where you get dropped off up river and float down to the take out spot where a pre-arranged flight picks you up. I really don't want to fish one run for an entire week and am not looking to have my hand held by a guide for a week so the third option makes the most sense to me. I'm working on getting some lightweight boats that can be flown in and rowed down for a future trip. I know there are others on the board who have done this trip and can offer much better advice than I did.
 

JesseC

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#4
I would really like to do this trip as well. My preliminary research shows there are three types of anglers fishing the Dean; 1) with a guide, 2) DIY where you get dropped off for a week and basically fish the same run or two the entire time, and 3) DIY where you get dropped off up river and float down to the take out spot where a pre-arranged flight picks you up. I really don't want to fish one run for an entire week and am not looking to have my hand held by a guide for a week so the third option makes the most sense to me. I'm working on getting some lightweight boats that can be flown in and rowed down for a future trip. I know there are others on the board who have done this trip and can offer much better advice than I did.

If anyone wants to do the fly in row down thing - drop me a PM. I'm game!
 

BDD

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#7
Although kayaking may be fun, there is no steelhead fishing up that far and leads to DD's comment about the regulations. That is certainly something to consider as it is by permit only, Class 1 waters I believe.
 

David Dalan

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#8
I belive the draw for the Dean covers the most famous section. If your not from BC, you'd have to win to DIY fish it. With a guide you could buy a class 1 and fish with the guide. But I am no expert, never been there.
 

Chris Bellows

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#9
I would really like to do this trip as well. My preliminary research shows there are three types of anglers fishing the Dean... 2) DIY where you get dropped off for a week and basically fish the same run or two the entire time...
i've done option 2 and there is far more than one or two runs you can fish. while the floating end of things is ideal, there's something to be said about having a set camp and just fishing hard and becoming familiar with some great water over 8 days, just stopping to eat, sleep, and s#$%.

we hit it on a down year and everyone was bitchin' about the fishing... i rose 5 fish the first day so a bad year up there is pretty amazing.
 
#10
Thanks for the PM's and replies. I have a lot to work with, really appreciate it. The beer offer still stands to anyone who has first hand DIY float experience I'd like to pick your brain a bit. But I guess the first step is simply entering the dean river draw and work from there.
 
#11
Although kayaking may be fun, there is no steelhead fishing up that far and leads to DD's comment about the regulations. That is certainly something to consider as it is by permit only, Class 1 waters I believe.
Those fish get farther up the hill than you think they do, and there's no way in fook I was remotely serious. Check the link I provided, you'd need to be a world class kayaker to even think about dropping in that flow above the second canyon.
 

BDD

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#12
Chris, I am sure there are more than one or two runs to fish during the week but the guys that I talked to said that was all they did; meaning they camped at one spot and basically fished a couple runs that they could access from camp. While you would certainly get intimately familiar with a couple of runs after fishing them for a week, my personal preference would be to explore, especially the first time. It would drive me crazy not to what what runs lied below me if I did not have access to them.

Constucteur, certainly those fish go past the fishing deadline, not disputing that at all.
 
#15
I just returned from our first DIY float on the Dean. It was a life affirming experience. Wow.

Feel free to PM me and I'd be happy to share my thoughts on logistics over a beer or phone.

Joe