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Join Jim at his favourite fishing lodge in north/central B.C. for five days' fishing.
We've chosen these dates to coincide with good dry-fly fishing on the Quesnel and Horsefly Rivers, and good dry-fly fishing on one or more of the great lakes in the area

(too secret to mention by name!)


The fishing at this time will be for resident rainbow trout running 12 to 18 inches in the rivers, with the potential for considerably larger fish in the lakes.


On the Horsefly River there's a combination of fishing on the drift from inflatable fly-fishing rafts and walk-and-wade fishing in the prime spots.


On the upper Quesnel River the fishing is mostly from drift boats.


On the lower Quesnel River a jet boat is used to move from spot to spot and the fishing is all done on foot, walking and wading in shallow water.


On the lakes the fishing is from pontoon boats - one per angler which, are provided by the lodge.







Northern Lights Lodge Hosted Trip

June 30 - July 6, 2024


Northern Lights is our favourite fly-fishing lodge,

partly because of the fishing, and partly because of the atmosphere of the lodge and the
hospitality of the people who run it.

Long-time owners Skeed and Sharon Borkowski have the know-how to make your
experience something you'll always remember.

 Skeed will keep us entertained and Sharon and staff will keep us extremely well-fed.


Northern Lights Lodge was the headquarters for several episodes of

Fly Fusion TV, which Jim co-hosted with Derek Bird,
including one of the most popular episodes, "Eden."

The lodge can be reached by a four-hour drive on paved highway from Kamloops, B.C.,
or by flights from Vancouver to Williams Lake, where guests are met at the airport. 

It's an "exotic trip" without the prohibitively high cost of getting there. 

When you're at Northern Lights, you never wish you were somewhere else.


Northern Lights was named Fly Fusion Magazine's

"lodge of the year" in 2010

More about the lodge? Visit

Questions for us or to secure your spot, send us an email.

What to expect....
This trip is ideal for people of varying levels of fly-fishing experience. While not suited for someone who has never fly fished, it's a great choice for people with some, even if limited, experience.

Our trip is aimed at prime dry-fly season on the upper Quesnel and Horsefly Rivers. It is golden stonefly time, which is the favoured hatch on these streams. The fish will be wild native Quesnel and Horsefly strain rainbow trout, and at this time of year typically run 12- to 18 inches -long. There are always a few bull trout around also. Along with the river fishing, a trip to one of the area's many small lakes is also on the menu. The fish are larger in the lakes and there should be some opportunity to do some sight-fishing in the clear water.  Northern Lights is a place where solitude is part of the fly-fishing equation and it's rare to see other anglers on any of these waters at any time of year. A visit to the fascinating nearby ghost town of Quesnel Forks can also be arranged for folks interested in the gold-mining history of this part of the Cariboo.

Northern Lights 2024

Six nights' accommodation, five days fishing, including both river and lake days.  

Tentative Itinerary:

Three days drifting upper Quesnel River (drift boat), Horsefly River (inflatable raft), and lower Quesnel River (jet boat), plus two days on lakes (pontoon boats provided)


Cost: $4500 (Cdn) plus 5% GST

What's included....

- all lodging, guiding, meals, beer, wine

- pickup from and return to Williams Lake airport, if required.


What's not included....

- travel to the lodge   (drive directly to lodge or fly to Williams Lake for pickup)

- licenses

- gratuities

- 5% government accommodation tax (on lodging only)


More about the lodge? Visit


Questions for us or to secure your spot, send us an email.


Northern Lights Lodge

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