Happy Father's Day!

Looking For The Perfect Father's Day or Graduation Present?

Are you looking for a unique present for your father, or anyone in your life? What about the gift of a fishing adventure to the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC) to reward that hard working student who is about to graduate? Look no further than 2021 fishing trip to our fly-in lodge in rugged & remote Rivers Inlet BC. Access is by 90-minute direct first class seaplane flight from Vancouver. This journey is like a “time machine” that whisks you away to another world, our pristine wilderness location in the WHO listed Great Bear Rainforest. A father & son/daughter/family fishing adventure of a lifetime will create memories that will last forever. It’s time to plan to have some fun & take this unique opportunity to really get away from it all. It doesn’t get much better than relaxing & enjoying uninterrupted quality time with family amidst the pristine splendour of the rugged & remote BC coast.

The world-renowned fishing action in Rivers Inlet is both exciting & challenging. Chasing those hard fighting trophy sized salmon & halibut is part of the bonding experience. Also, we are beyond the reach of the road & cell phone service so that adds to the remote experience. We have satellite Internet & phone back at the lodge. However, to have a real getaway we recommend that you avoid using it unless it is an emergency.
Wide open spaces, calm waters & air as fresh as you will find anywhere on the planet awaits you in Rivers Inlet. As many of you know, we offer intimacy, isolation, exceptional service, first-class equipment, spectacular scenery, whale watching, wildlife viewing & world-class salmon & halibut fishing in our remote wilderness setting. Also, we offer the most valuable thing of all, precious time with those who are the closest to us & create memories that will last a lifetime!

If you have not already booked your summer 2021 fishing trip, don’t delay in contacting us to get the dates to suit your schedule.
Call Cathy at 1 (800) 663 2644    Email: info@riversinlet.com
 Call/Text Simon & Stephanie: 604-938-3677  

A 35 year Father & Son Journey at RISC – by Dave & Chris.

From Father Dave … “Father’s Day” & it’s inherent saga which incorporates the continuum of one’s journey from the relationship of first, Father to Son/(Daughter) & ultimately as the rules of the universe take place, the time when the baton is passed & becomes Son/(Daughter) to Father. A lot takes place in between life’s beginning & eventually, the end. Nurturing of the relationship at hand is of the utmost importance & there are so many variables that present themselves along the way. It takes a lot of work, understanding, willingness for flexibility & compassion.

With the relationship that my son, Chris, & I have developed over good times & turbulent periods, we both have had to be capable of creating respect for one another & pondering who we are as two entities promoting the same positive alliance & heartfelt kinship.
Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC) enters the picture with it’s uniqueness of being a special fishing lodge in the middle of a beautiful wilderness on the B.C. Coast & ultimately, having become a long standing nurturing ground for our personal relationship as a Father & Son over visiting for multiple years, over 35 in fact!

The essential nature of this family operated lodge provides so many facets of a well run adventure facility lending to clients being looked after in respect to their individual needs & particularly providing a safe environment. All this under a philosophy where the clients are looked after from the moment they are flown from Vancouver to the lodge in Rivers Inlet & return. Chris & I both have busy lives & the fishing trip has become an annual focal point knowing that “this is our time” to grasp life & enjoy the preparation for the trip, meeting in Vancouver, flying to Rivers Inlet & then setting foot on the floating docks of the lodge, settling in to our comfortable assigned rustic room, & then directed to our reliable fishing boat (stable boat, dependable outboard motor, reliable communication radio, serviceable down riggers & thank God for the trustworthy GPS)! Now enters the concept of this being a fishing adventure with the realization we are dealing with the ocean & all the natural elements that come into play; tides, wind, currents, fog, open-water & to our advantage, lots of protective islands where you can find calm waters in case the weather turns. Now, the Father & Son relationship is further nurtured & expanded upon through having to rely upon one another in a very meaningful manner to insure a positive experience vs. “disaster”. In a quiet way, one rediscovers the respect & love for one another that gratefully permeates the heart & soul. “Yes” we are Father & Son & now the father at age 82 passing the baton to the Son, now Son & Father. We can’t wait to get back up to RISC in Summer 2021!

From Son Chris … With life being so busy, you look forward to certain moments. I so look forward to arriving in Vancouver & preparing for the upcoming trip to Rivers Inlet. The ritual is that Dad & I hit a local fishing supply store in Richmond, then head to Rodney’s Oyster Bar in downtown Vancouver for Oysters & our favourite drinks. After a good nights sleep at the Airport Hotel, we look forward to the seaplane flight from Vancouver to the lodge. The scenery en-route is spectacular & then on arrival you experience a wonderful greeting from the staff all lined up on the dock & from friends old & new. When you make this annual trip a ritual for over 35 years with one of your closest friends, your Father, there becomes plethora of stories & moments. I can’t think of a better bonding experience than sharing the gift of fishing with my father. From navigating through the Inlet to some of our favourite spots, to making a toast to the “great catch” that was just landed. As I look back on all the great times we have had, it makes me very thankful that it was shared with my Dad. So many stories, so many memories, so many good time over 35 years.
Thanks DAD! Your loving son Chris.

Guest Testimonial
First Time at the Sportsman’s Club - Feet Banks

It isn’t fishing if you don’t get up early! When that bugle calls at 5:30AM at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club, I’ve never leaped from bed faster. Time to hook into some beauties. But first, hot coffee, a gourmet breakfast, some weather & ocean condition insights from our Host Simon & the Guides, & we’re on the water by 6:00 AM. Just as the sky lightens enough to see Calvert Island off in the distance & knowing that after a quick boat ride, we would be there in time for the morning feed. So started another day of the most exciting salmon fishing of my life. As the only born & raised B.C. angler in my party of 3, it’s up to me to show Todd (Alberta) & Jonny (Ontario) the magic of going for Pacific salmon in one of the most remote & beautiful stretches of Coast line any of us had ever seen. Certainly, we don’t get our lines down quite as efficiently as the Sportsman’s guides, but by the time the sun hits we’re trolling one rod at 69 ft. & the other 30 ft. we’ve already got a nice northern Coho in the boat…with lots more to come. They old saying is, “they call it fishing, not catching” but we all know that as incredible as a day on the water always is, it’s always nice to roll back to the docks with fish in your boat to show the rest of the guests, preferably something impressive. My 17.5-pound coho wasn’t quite big enough to get my name on the summer leader-board, but it was still the best fish of my life, so far. (Extra stoked to haul this one in on a Sandlance spoon handmade by my buddy Andy at AP Tackleworks in Victoria. Good work Andy!!) Of course, time on the water is integral when you’re fishing & that’s the other great thing about the Sportsman’s Club. You’re living, eating, sleeping, & relaxing on the water in a floating village tucked into a picturesque & protected west coast bay. That connection, to the ocean & the coast, is an integral part of the overall experience. The five-star meals & post dinner drinks & fishing stories aren’t too shabby either. And while I was able to teach Jon & Todd a few tricks for ocean fishing it’s imperative to let the record show that we hooked into way more fish & had much better “luck” out on the water with Guide Jacob, a Sportsman’s veteran who worked his way up through the ranks from dock host to top guide while still in his teens. That’s that value of a proper guide, someone who fishes & lives on the water all summer, or all year long. You learn something new every time you get out onto the water, sometimes it’s a trick to better land a lunker & sometimes it’s just learning to appreciate the magic of just being outside, slowing life down, & partaking in an activity that’s as old as civilization itself. Fish on!!! - Feet Banks

Recipe - Cedar Planked Salmon


-3 (12 inch) untreated cedar planks
-â…“ cup vegetable oil
-1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
-1 teaspoon sesame oil
-â…“ cup soy sauce
-¼ cup chopped green onions
-1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-2 (2 pound) salmon fillets, skin removed

Step 1
Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water. Soak longer if you have time.

Step 2
In a shallow dish, stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.

Step 3
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.

Step 4
Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill.