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For Fly Fishing
(These items can be purchased in our Fly and Tackle Shop)

  • 5 - 6 weight fly rod
  • Local fly patterns
  • Reel with floating, sinking and sink-tip lines
  • Lots of backing on reels
  • 9 - 9 ½ ft. Tapered leaders 4X or 5X tippet material
  • Nippers and hemostats, or, needle-nose pliers
  • Fly floatant
  • Split shot
  • Polarized sunglasses

Personal Gear

  • Dress in Layers to accommodate 40 - 80 degrees F
  • Raingear (jacket and pants)
  • Chest waders and wading boots
  • Hat
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera and plenty of film
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Flashlight
  • Lip balm

While flyfishing is by far the most effective method of angling in this region, we appreciate that some of our guests enjoy other methods. Listed below is the equipment you'll need for conventional methods. However, for those coming to experience our trophy waters, many of which are catch and release and "Fly Only," be prepared to be converted!

Other Types of Angling Methods

Trolling is common and productive on Quesnel Lake. Trolling, with or without down riggers, is good all season. Because the waters are glacially fed, the temperature remains fairly constant all season.

Equipment List for Trolling

  • Steelhead Rod
  • Level Wind Reel, usually with 10 to 15 pound test line
  • Lures -- Rapala and Apex (we carry a good selection of the local's choices)
  • Mooching Sinker - ¼ oz. To 4 oz.
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Personal Gear (see list above)

Spin Casting
During the months of July, August and September are the best times on the big lake. Try your luck spin casting the feeder stream mouths.

Equipment List for Spin Casting

  • Equipment List for Spin Casting
  • Medium to heavy rod
  • Reel with 8 to 12 pound test line
  • Lures - Spoons and Spinners (we carry a good selection of the local's choices)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Personal Gear (see list above)

Elysia Resort & Lodge, on beautiful Quesnel Lake, is "highly recommended" by Fodor's British Columbia and Canada Travel Guides, "endorsed" by Kaufman's Streamborn Inc, recipient of the 2008 Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Business Excellence Tourism Award.

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Fishing Lodge at Quesnel Lake in the Cariboo region of BC, Canada. Complete sportfishing adventures, romantic getaways and vacation packages. Nature based adventures and excursions, paddling, jet boating trips and river drifts on rivers, creeks and stillwaters.

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