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About Us

Derek Botchford and Andrea Soto would like to welcome you to Copper Bay Lodge on the little-known waters of Haida Gwaii. We have been chasing fish together all over the world from Chile’s Patagonia to the spring creeks of New Zealand, all the way down to Tierra Del Fuego. A few years ago we purchased Frontier Farwest Steelhead Lodge on the Bulkley River.  Since then we have gone on to purchase Morice River Lodge and now Copper Bay Lodge. 

Our philosophy has remained the same: The basis of a good operation starts with the fishing program. Copper Bay Lodge exemplifies this tenfold, as it is in the heart of the best winter wild steelheading in the world. Both Andrea and I are passionate about our steelhead fishing. When we first visited the private, secluded beach where Copper Bay Lodge sits, we were completely enamored.

It is as remote and as beautiful as any location we have encountered in the world. After successfully operating in the Bulkley Valley for a few years, we wanted to diversify our program with a winter fishery. When we met Maria Ernst in Sandspit, Haida Gwaii, and became aware of Copper Bay Lodge we knew we had found our picture-perfect operation. 

There are two features we love most about this operation: We have several rivers to ourselves -- no one else fishes them -- and we cater only to small groups of four anglers per week. This gives us the opportunity to explore the island's small creeks with very little pressure on the fish.  

The next crucial ingredient to a successful lodge is the service it provides. We have learned these skills from the best in the industry. We are extremely detail-oriented, and will provide you with an experience you will never forget.

The lodges where we have worked have always maintained a loyal clientele, and our lodge on the Bulkley River exemplifies this fact. Building client loyalty is at the forefront of every single decision we make. From the moment you book with us until the time you leave, we will do everything we can to make your trip exactly what you desire it to be.

We can guarantee that while fishing with us, you will never have to deal with large egos or arrogant personalities. You will have to deal with friendly attitudes, an extremely hard work ethic, and large portions of gourmet food.

Andrea maintains an extremely clean and organized lodge. She ensures that each meal is well thought-out and prepared with care and detail. Her joy and exuberance for life is contagious. To be greeted each morning and evening with her big smile and sincere kind words makes everyone’s day.

We truly take pride in our operation and look forward to hosting your week at Copper Bay Lodge.

Our exceptional resources, small size, beachfront accommodations, knowledgeable team, and philosophy -- that your trip is all about you, the customer -- will result in a truly special B.C angling adventure.