5 days ago
Good News ReleaseAfter much anticipation, speculation, rumours & delays, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) Canada has finally released the sport fishing regulations for this summer. You may have already heard rumours that there are conservation concerns regarding some Chinook/King salmon runs in BC & that there may be some adjustments to the catch limits in specific areas. Many of you may have even heard incorrectly that “salmon fishing in BC is closed”. We are reaching out to assure you that this is NOT the case.
Apr 10, 2019
Hatchery Update 2019We have had a long history of salmon enhancement in Rivers Inlet. Over 35 years ago we decided that we needed to take things into our own hands & enhance the salmon runs in our area using our own initiative. We formed an association of lodges on the central B.C. coast with the sole purpose of using our own resources to start a private hatchery program. The Rivers Inlet North Coast Salmon Enhancement Association (RINCSEA) was formed.
Mar 26, 2019
Where to Fish at Rivers InletOne of the many great things about Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club is the extremely close proximity to several excellent fishing spots. The lodge is literally minutes away from some of the best fishing on the Canadian West Coast. My family & I have been coming to Rivers Inlet for many years now & have gotten to know the area quite well on our numerous trips. Although there are really no bad fishing spots in the area, & time on the water is always a pleasure whether the fish are biting or not, here are a few of our favorites.
Mar 4, 2019
Spring Is In The Air!With the record cold snowy winter still continuing its grip on us, it is hard to believe that it is already March 1st. Believe it or not, spring is just a few weeks away so eventually it IS going to get warmer, but by the most recent forecast not this week! NOW is the time to plan your fishing trip - if you have not already done so. Already calendars are getting filled up & it becomes harder & harder to coordinate dates even for just a group of 2 of you! Contact us anytime to make your plans.
Jan 18, 2019
Happy New Year!We hope that you had a fabulous time with friends & family over the holiday season. With the coming of the New Year most of us are back to work & reflecting on the year that was. Of course, as tradition would have it, naturally we are all curious as to what type of “resolutions” our friends & family have made?
Nov 20, 2018
Happy Holidays!It isn’t really until the first snowflake flies in my face that I completely let go of summer & officially start to embrace the fall/winter season. With Halloween & Canadian Thanksgiving now behind us, & American Thanksgiving on the horizon, “Holiday Season” is officially upon us. Now is the time to reflect on the year that has passed.
Oct 22, 2018
Summer 2018 Fishing ReportIt is hard to believe we have already been back from the fishing lodge for over a month now. We have all settled into our regular lives but have great memories of the successes of our 35th summer at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club (RISC). We are straight back into the office here & already getting ramped up & making bookings for summer 2019. When the Kelly Family started the Lodge back in 1986, we had no idea we would become one of the longest running & most successful fishing operations in the world.
Sep 24, 2018
Our 35th Fishing Season is a WrapWe are just back home after an amazing summer at the Lodge. The Kelly Family started the Lodge back in 1984 so we marked the milestone of our 35th summer of operation with the usual fun, adventure & shenanigans.
Jul 31, 2018
Fishing Report August 2018We are well into our season here at the Lodge hosting our 5th group. The fishing was strong to start, tapered off last week but they are back with a vengeance for this trip! The big news has been the sunny weather. We have seen hardly a drop of rain all summer & that makes for some great boating conditions & spectacular sunsets.
May 24, 2018
Almost Sold Out. Book Now!We are looking forward to another great fishing season. It’s time to get out of the office & on the water to start fishing! Summer 2018 will be the 35th since the Kelly Family established the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club in 1984. The crew is very busy at this time of year as we fill up the last few remaining spots on our 2018 season’s calendar. If you have not booked your trip yet, please contact us today & we will fit you in.
Apr 18, 2018
Water, Water Everywhere!Our fish possession limits are among some of the most liberal anywhere on the Pacific Coast. The good news is that the limits for this season remain almost the same as in previous years with a couple of recently announced minor changes.
Mar 29, 2018
Happy Easter 2018!Best Wishes to you & your family over the holiday weekend. Happy Easter from all of us at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club.
Mar 9, 2018
See You at The Show!Come down & seen Simon & Stephanie today or this weekend at the 72nd running of the Fred Hall Long Beach Show. You will find us in our usual spot a booth # 442. It would be great to see you, chat fishing & get you set up for the fishing adventure of a lifetime this summer at the Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club. We still have some dates available but we are filling up fast so don't delay in making your plans. Call/Text us if you are going to stop by 604-938-3677. If you won't be at the Show then contact us anytime to book your summer trip.
Feb 28, 2018
Spring is Coming!There have been some signs of spring with March looming on the horizon. It seems we are almost there but not quite yet as this week we are in the midst of, hopefully, the last cold snap of the winter. In this “deep freeze” it is hard to imagine the lazy hazy days of summer but NOW is the time to plan your trip for a number of reasons.
Jan 9, 2018
Happy New Year 2018!Wow … what a year it was! From the amazing fishing we had in 2017 to the huge resurgence in the economy world-wide, things have never been better in the destination fishing travel business. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests for their loyal patronage & dedication to the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club. You are what have made us so successful over the years & we look forward to celebrating our 35th anniversary with you in summer 2018!
Dec 12, 2017
Season's Greetings!Season’s Greetings from Barbara Kelly, Simon Kelly, Cathy Drew, Stephanie d’Artois & the Crew. We wish you a happy, healthy & prosperous 2018.
Nov 23, 2017
Making Plans - Fishing 2018It’s that time of year when families & friends in the USA get together for Thanksgiving, & we send everyone happy wishes for simple pleasures & sweet memories. At the Sportsman’s Club, we are closing the books on the 2017 fishing season & making plans for fishing in 2018, our 35th anniversary season.
Oct 10, 2017
Fishing Report 2017Greetings to all of you. We hope our Canadian friends & clients had a Happy Thanksgiving & that you were able to spend time with special people & that your weekend feasting involved some of your catch from the Lodge this summer. We can’t believe that it is already October!
Sep 15, 2017
2017 Season is a Wrap!WOW is all we can say … what a summer it was! 2017 will go down as the legendary season of all seasons with mostly sunny weather & record catches. The season’s fishing report will follow soon so please stay tuned for that.
Jun 26, 2017
Early Season FishingThis is our last week in the office here in town before we head up to the lodge with the rig-up crew. First we fly to Port Hardy & spend a day prepping & provisioning our 6 bigger guide boats. We then run them into the lodge in the calm water at first light. This 5 hour adventure in open ocean conditions takes us through some of the most breathtaking scenery on the BC coast & is definitely a highlight.
May 26, 2017
Almost Sold out for the 2017 Season!We are looking forward to another great fishing season, the 35th since the Kelly Family established the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club. Our Team is very busy at this time of year when we wind up the winter sales & marketing season, & get going with the fishing season’s operations.
May 5, 2017
See You At The Show!River Inlet Sportsman's Club is proud to be a part of the Oak Tree Gun Club 2017 Summer Blast May 6th & 7th - 2017.
Apr 14, 2017
Happy Easter!Recent predictions by the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) are for another record run of salmon in our area in summer 2017. They are also predicting larger fish as more 5 & 6 year old Chinook/King salmon will be part of the mix. This positive outlook appears to be the result of a “perfect storm” of cooler ocean temperatures (resulting in more food & better ocean survival) less commercial fishing pressure for many years & the overall improvement in stewardship of spawning habitat.
Mar 2, 2017
Spring Has Sprung... AlmostJust when we thought spring was upon us & that things were thawing out a bit here in the Pacific Northwest, we are DEEP into another cold snap … hopefully our last one! What a winter it has been with record rain, snow & storm conditions all over North America. All this bodes well for the returning salmon runs all over the Western Pacific with an abundance of water in the rivers & more to come with the soon to melt snow pack.
Jan 31, 2017
Where Does The Time Go?It’s already almost the end of January, do you ask yourself, ‘where does the time go’? At the Rivers Inlet Sportsman’s Club, we are already looking forward to another great fishing season in 2017.
Dec 12, 2016
Family TimeWe are getting our first real blast of winter weather this week in the Pacific N. W., & the big chill is a wake-up call that the holiday season is fast approaching. With these holiday festivities you are able to have more family time. However, this is not always easy to arrange these days.
Nov 14, 2016
Rain Rain Go Away!Rain, rain, rain & more rain is what has been on the “menu” for the past month here in British Columbia. In fact, we have broken the record books for the most consecutive days of rain since they started documenting the weather in the 1930’s!
Oct 7, 2016
Guest Thanks 2016Thanks again for joining us at the Sportsman's Club this past summer. All in all it was the best fishing we have seen in years. We hope that you have fond memories of your adventures with us, & that you are re-counting the stories while BBQing your catch with family & friends.
Sep 20, 2016
Fishing Report 2016Another fishing season is over, & many of our guests are counting the days until they come back in 2017. After a slower start to the fishing season than we expected, the good fishing has been memorable in its abundance of salmon. It's not been unusual to hear, it's the best fishing I've experienced anywhere in my whole life
Aug 2, 2016
Early Season Fishing Report 2016Our Sportsman's Club guests are loving the action out on the water. Yesterday was a good day and many guests came in with their limit of fish. However, last year's record of a 64 lbs Chinook still stands - but there is still time in the season to break this
Jun 27, 2016
Special Time At Sportsman's ClubWe get asked all the time what makes a trip to the Sportsman’s Club so “special”. There are a few things that define the experience with us.The world class salmon and halibut fishing puts us on the map for sure.
May 26, 2016
Still Time To Plan A Family Fishing AdventureIt's holiday time in Canada & the USA – a time when family & friends gather & rejoice that another winter is over & maybe plan some summer fun together.
May 6, 2016
Rig-Up Has Begun!With arrival of our Chief of Lodge Maintenance John Salo (& wife Jenny) in Rivers Inlet last week & the first delivery from the freight barge, rig-up for the season has officially begun. This week, our new section of dock to extend the pier is being towed to Rivers Inlet from Vancouver Island where it was constructed.
Apr 5, 2016
Fishing Plans 2016With spring break coming to an end, families will be preparing for the graduations, sports activities, & summer holidays. For those of you who have not already made your 2016 fishing plans, don't forget that a trip to the Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club is a gift with so many memories attached that they will last a lifetime.
Mar 3, 2016
Come Down And See Us At The Fred Hall Shows!Just a reminder that we are attending the upcoming Sportsman's Shows. We will be at the Fred Hall Long Beach Show March 2-6. Our booth # is 435. Next is the San Diego/Del Mar Show March 17-20. Our booth # is 217.
Feb 19, 2016
Catching Trophy Chinook/King Salmon using Downriggers and HoochiesPart of our amazing fishing success these past few seasons has been refinements we continually make to our tackle, techniques & training regime. For almost 30 years we were a traditionally top-water bait fishery.
Jan 13, 2016
On The Road Again!We trust that you had a wonderful time with friends & family over the holiday season. 2016 is here & our 33rd. fishing season is rapidly approaching
Dec 16, 2015
Season's GreetingsIt's that time of year again when everyone seems to be overwhelmed with the festive season: gifts, parties, family get-togethers (if possible), getaways etc. At the Sportsman's Club we are in the same boat (excuse the pun).
Nov 24, 2015
Salmon Fishing - The First TimerThis year, we had lots of “first timers” at the Sportsman's Club. Most of them came with “old timers” as their new guests. They were filled with anticipation & expectations having heard all the stories about the adventures that await them in Rivers Inlet.
Oct 7, 2015
Fishing Report 2015This summer, the most consistent & overall best fishing was only minutes away from the lodge. This reminded us of why we located the Sportsman’s Club in our tranquil bay in calm waters at the ocean end of Rivers Inlet.