The Sutton River is world reknown for its abundance of those beautiful trophy brookies. You will have the opportunity to catch both native and sea-run speckle trout in this river. A real treat!
SUTTON RIVER SPECKLE TROUT ~ float trip
Thank you for your interest in the incredible Sutton River. I must say, it’s not surprising as the Sutton is an amazing fishery that offers not only the size of fish people search for, but the quantity of big fish as well.
Have a look for yourself. It’s a little teaser before we go on to speak of how we can get you up there.
Here’s how we do it!
~ Call in and choose the dates that suit the group, length of stay on the river or at camp and confirm with a deposit of $500 per person
~ Pack your things now…100 lbs of gear allowed per person. it’s tight I know, but it’s a long way and we need to maximize on the weight of the airplanes.
~ Now get yourself to Hearst where our float plane base and office is. We are located 16 miles west of the town of Hearst on HWY 11. Most people drive up the day before the flight as we begin flying at 7am.
~ Your flight will take approx. 2.5 hrs and get you to Hawley lake where the Sutton river begins. Here, you will be greeted by Albert and his family who operates his own camp on the lake for those who choose to stay at one base camp rather than float the river entirely. Your things will get loaded into the canoes (16” and 17’ royalex) and you’ll be on your way. If weather allows a good morning flight, you should be on the river by lunch time.
~ You will need at least 7 days for the 75 miles of the Sutton, most groups choose up to 10. This is completely up to you and will be determined upon booking the trip.
~ the day of your pick up, the plane will get you and the canoes, drop the canoes off at Hawley lake for the next crew and fly you back home to Carey lake (base)
Simple enough??? Wait ! I forgot to mention that you must mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that you might not want to fish anywhere else…ever…
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BEST TIME ?
The best time to be on the river is anytime between the last week of July right into the first week of September. Why?? The sea-run trout are found throughout the river near the 25th of July, and September, well the fishing is still phenomenal, but the coastal weather gets temperamental….so we like to stay away from the end of the month.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE ?
You may choose to go with a minimum of 2 people or a group of 8. You will get 1 canoe per 2 people. The number of people will not affect your cost.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND ON THE RIVER?
The river is approximately 75 miles. You will need at least 7 days for a comfortable trip. Choosing a longer stay allows you to stay at least two nights in the same location once or twice during your trip. Once you get to the honey holes, it’s nice to set up and just wade from there. We have people that are avid paddlers and some who aren’t used to rivers at all…makes no difference…the river is mild, no white water…you can wade 80% of the river. A fly-fishing dream! The length of your stay will not affect the cost.
WILL I RUN INTO POLAR BEARS IN THE POLAR BEAR PROVINCIAL PARK??
Yes, that’s right…..Polar Bears. The bears are there and the population has been on an incline in this area (despite what WWF would like you to believe) We issue shot gun permits for transporting a 12 gauge shot gun per canoe. Many groups also bring a “bear banger” and that seems to be enough to scare it away IF you see one. IMPORTANT – at this time of year, the bears are not in an aggressive state, they are done hunting and they are plump and well fed. But they are wild polar bears and they are curious. Not everyone sees them on the river, but you need to be well aware, prepared and it is YOUR choice to choose this trip knowing there is a good possibility you will run into one.
Mike Borger report and reference below.
Starting off on Hawley lake, where you can also fish for lake trout, you will make your way into the Hudson Bay lowlands, through Polar Bear provincial park. The float trip takes at least 7 days. You will find yourself paddling some of the most clean and clear waters offered this far north. With no rapids nor white water to battle, the Sutton is a great river if you’re looking for a place to concentrate on the fishing rather than the canoeing. Its crystal clear waters and pebble bottom allows you to see the trout as they race beneath the canoe. It is not uncommon to reel in close to 100 fish daily. 3-5 lbs brookies on fly rods or spinning reels. All you need to know is to get big tackle and strong tackle. Single barbless hooks are required. We strongly recommend to purchase a conservation licence for this trip. Having a few for dinner and the experience of catching them is more than enough to complete this amazing Far North adventure.
There are two ways to enjoy this vacation!