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Freshwater Fishing

Unique freshwater experience

Tofino Fish Guides Ltd. offers anglers and adventurers numerous ways to experience remote freshwater fishing in the wilderness rivers and lakes of the western slope of Vancouver Island. We specialize in remote fly in river drift trips departing by floatplane from the Tofino harbour. Drive in walk-and-wade and custom helicopter fishing trips are also available.  Our freshwater trips are catch and release and focus on flyfishing, spey and single hand. Flyfishing lessons are included if desired. Spin casting is also an option. Gourmet lunches and licenses are included.

Helicopter fishing

Cruse in style and experience ultimate access to multiple remote rivers and lakes. Fish waters that are rarely, if ever fished while enjoying an exhilarating scenic flight through the mountains of Vancouver Island. Bears, Whales and Elk are often sighted. Fishing licenses and lunch are included.


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Remote river drift - floatplane access

Take a floatplane from the Tofino harbour to a mountain lake nestled deep in the old growth forest wilderness and spend the day drifting the river to our pick up at the ocean. Enjoy the solitude by kayak or raft while searching for fish in deep green pools and shallow riffles. This is a day that will not soon be forgotten!



Winter steelhead/trout

Island steelheading is hard to beat, hunting these illusive sea run trout has addictive properties. The winter rawness of the mountain stream will engulf you.
  Spring/summer trout

Escape into the wilderness for the day and target Cutthroat trout, explore the old growth forest and paddle lake to ocean on one of BC's last unlogged watersheds.
  Fall salmon/trout

With the first rains of the fall the rivers come alive. Salmon slip in followed by hungry trout. Fall is a terrific time to view wildlife drawn by the  surge of life. 

River raft

Our NRS river raft is a safe, comfortable craft and provides guests with a stable casting platform and a great vantage point of the old growth forest that lines the river valley.

Rafting is an ideal way to go with young children & those with low mobility. The oar frame allows the guide to orient the raft in order to set you up for the perfect cast.

Enjoy the independence of drifting down the river in your personal kayak. Never kayaked before? Our experienced guides will offer instruction and assistance.

Whether you're new to kayaking or have years experience this is a fantastic way to travel and fish. Our NRS inflatable kayaks are equipped with comfortable backrests and the flat bottom design ensures stability. 

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Road trip - drive in walk-and-wade

Join us on an offroad adventure in our comfortable 4x4 as we cruise the scenic mountain logging roads on route to one of our favorite streams. Available from late September to April these trips are a great opportunity to tune up your fly cast with expert instruction in spey or single hand styles. The streams on the west coast of Vancouver Island are second to none in beauty and hold steelhead and trout. We recommend at least a moderate level of physical fitness as walking the river and wading can be relatively strenuous. Waders, boots and fly gear are available. 

Remote river drift
  $1900, 1-2 people  / $2100, 3 ppl
Helicopter fishing
 $2700, 2 ppl / 3200, 3ppl

Walk and wade

 Starting at $700, 2 ppl maximum

  • Our freshwater service is fully licensed and insured
  • Lunch and refreshments included
  • Personal fishing license included
  • Waders, boots and fishing gear included, you are welcome to bring your own.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Government sales tax (5%), personal fishing license, optional gratuity not included
  • We encourage a 1% donation to match Tofino Fish Guides in contributing to the Tofino Charter Fishing Fleet - 1% for the fish campaign. All contributions go to the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society - Please let us know if you would prefer to opt out. 
  • Prices in Canadian dollars

Pre-trip information

  • Freshwater fishing licenses - can be purchased online, click here to buy your BC freshwater fishing license. Please print your license and bring it with you on the fishing trip.
  • Food and beverages - You are encouraged to bring a lunch, Red Can Gourmet lunches can be ordered by calling 250.725.2525
  • Waders and outerwear - Please bring your waders, wading boots, and jacket if you have your own. Tofino Fish Guides can provide gear when needed.
  • Layered clothing - dressing in layers is recommended as temperatures can change throughout the day.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Meeting place and transportation will be discussed upon booking.

Tofino River Drift

Experience the west coast like very few will. This guided day trip takes you to a stunning and remote river system with a personal guide and naturalist. Board a chartered floatplane in the Tofino harbour and fly to a remote mountain lake. Once landed we will inflate our stable river kayaks and begin the meandering descent to the ocean. Along the way stop to walk in the old growth forest where trees often exceed 10 feet in diameter and life goes on uninterrupted as it has for thousands of years. The fall months offer river runners candid views of spawning salmon and the animals they attract. Trout fishing options are available upon request. Season Feb. – Nov. No prior kayaking experience is required, however it is recommended that participants are comfortable on the water and possess a moderate level of fitness and mobility as the day includes paddling and some walking on uneven river bank terrain. We offer a rafting option for those with lower mobility, river conditions permitting. 

Remote lake excursions are ideal if you yearn for a taste of wilderness adventure without the excursion of a river trip. The lake is available as a half or full day trip and is suited to a range of physical abilities. Please call of email for lake trip pricing. 

Lunch included on full day trips. 

Remote river drift cost including flight
 1-2 people  $2000
 3 people  $2200

  • Tofino river drift is a subsidiary of Tofino Fish Guides Ltd. and is fully licensed and insured
  • Guides are trained in Swift water rescue and are experienced river runners
  • We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express
  • Government sales tax (5%) and optional gratuity not included
  • Prices in Canadian dollars