Fortress Lake, BC: Trophy Brook Trout

Join us September 6th-9th, 2024

The fly fishing and scenery you'll experience at Fortress Lake Wilderness Retreat are second to none, that might only be rivalled by the scenery you'll experience on the Helicopter Ride in. Fly Fisherman Magazine described the flight as "an IMAX Movie coming to life" and we can assure you that is still down playing just how incredible the flight is. You'll fly past the Columbia Glacier (the only place in North America where water drains to 3 different oceans) as well as 7/9 of the highest peaks in the Candian Rockies. Between filming and guiding we've done heli-fishing flights all over the Canadian Rockies and even in Pyrenees in Europe, and nothing we've seen even remotely compares to the flight into Fortress.

Once you're there, the trophy brook trout will leave you so stunned, you might forget about the helicopter ride in though. It's a special fishery and a special place when they can make you quickly forget about the most scenic ride of your life, when you become hyper focused on the most gorgeous giant brook trout you've ever laid eyes on.


Fortress Lake

Located in Hamber Provincial Park, sitting at 4400' while the mountains surrounding the lake stretch above 10 000'. The region is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Getting to
Fortress Lake
  • Fly into Calgary International Airport
  • Drive to Cline River Heli Pad (3 hours from Calgary)
  • Heli Flight to Fortress (1.5 hours from Cline River Heli Pad)

Mountain Views

Fortress Accommodations

The Yurts at Fortress Lake are your home away from home. They're as comfy & cozy as you could ever hope for and the sky light with the night view of the stars is just a cherry on top

Primary Species

Brook Trout

Experience the thrill of landing trophy brook trout in Fortress Lake! Originally stocked with genetically pure, world record strain Nipigon Coaster Brook Trout in the 1930s, this productive mountain lake is bursting with life. As the only fish to be found on this lake, there's an exceptional growth rate of approximately 2 pounds in their third year. You can expect to reel in brook trout ranging from 3 to 6 pounds, with some even larger specimens lurking beneath the surface. There trout put up a spirited fight with their impressive weight. Don't miss the chance to land your personal best—the lake record stands at a whopping 11 3/4 pounds!

2024 Pricing

Inquire about our exclusive special pricing for our 4 Day 3 Night Hosted Trip by contacting the shop!

Included in the Price:

  • 1.5 Hour Helicopter ride from Cline River Heli pad to the lodge
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days of Guided Fishing with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Breakfasts served at the main cabin
  • Lunches can either be packed for you or served at the main cabin
  • Dinners are prepared by Fortress Lake's chef who works their BBQ magic to prepare beef tenderloin, steak, chicken, rack of lamb, ribs, etc. Enjoy your favorite items while relaxing with a beverage of your choice. They serve a complimentary glass of house wine or a beer with supper.
  • Use of power boats, canoes, and kayaks
  • Access to waders/boots many styles of Orvis rods and reels for all guests to use
  • Comprehensive Pre-trip Planning/packing packet
  • Trip Host

Not Included in the Price:

  • International Airfare & ground transportation to Cline River Heli pad
  • Guide & Lodge Staff Gratuities
  • British Columbia Fishing License

If you love Brook Trout half as much as we do Fortress Lake needs to be on your bucket list! It's an incredible place, with incredible people, food, and some spectacular Brookies!

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