British Columbia Steelhead Trophy Fishing

The Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is nestled in the trees along the banks of the Sustut River five miles upstream from the Sustut's confluence with the Skeena River.  It's home to the largest race of steelhead anywhere in the world.  Steelhead average 14 pounds and routinely reach deep into the high 20's.
The Susut River is one of five Class 1 steelhead waters in British Columbia.  That designation is reserved for rivers with wilderness status and fishing that is as fine as it gets.   Add attributes like crystal clear water, aggressive fish that love dries and scenery that is simply jaw dropping and you'll get a better sense of why our availability is so limited.

The Sustut River: Crown Jewel of the Skeena

Why?  Because it is located more than 100 miles from civilization and accessible only by plane or helicopter--actually cheaper and more effective to fish with a lodge than do a DIY trip.   The Sustut originates in Sustut and Johansen Lakes in the Omineca Mountains with the Pacific Ocean about 275 miles downstream from the junction of the Skeena and Sustut Rivers.
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The Beauty of British Columbia, Canada

The Sustut is crystal clear and full of game.  In a normal week you will likely eagles, bears, moose, fox and if you are lucky, wolves.  The scenery is expansive and well lit so that fishing is a pleasure.  Unlike other rivers in the Skeena, the Sustut is one where you will not escape views of the mountains.  There's no river more stunning.


Steelhead Valhalla Lodge is owned and managed by Jeff Vermillion of Sweetwater Travel Company.  Every year since the purchase of the lodge we have made improvements and are proud to say that at long last we have made all of the updates we hoped for. 

Additionally we feel that part of what makes the river special is the management and cooperation between both lodges. This cooperation between both insures that there is a fair rotation of boats, no additional pressure on the fishery and that the two lodges can share costs whenever possible. The Sustut is a special place. We intend to work to keep it that way.
Sweetwater Travel owns and operates fishing lodges around the world. At each of our operations, we have set rigorous standards for the angling experience as well as the lodging and dining experience. In addition to our dedication to providing a high quality angling experience, we have actively worked to conserve the fisheries where we operate. We have established the Taimen Conservation Fund in Mongolia to preserve one of the world’s strongest, and last remaining, Taimen populations. In Brazil, we are working with the Moore Foundation to set aside thousands of acres of land into a conservation easement to insure perpetual protection of the Agua Boa watershed.

Here in B.C., we have been instrumental in developing the Northern Rivers Conservation Trust. For more information on our conservation activities as well as our other fishing operations around the world, please visit our website,

Please be certain to call me if you have any questions at all or just want to chat. We hope you will give us a chance at your business as we will make every effort to insure that your trips to Steelhead Valhalla get better every year. We look forward to many years of fishing with you.

Jeff, Dan and Pat Vermillion