Prior to our founding in 1985, the premier destinations for salmon fishing in British Columbia were areas such as Campbell River and River’s Inlet.
At the time, the remote Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii) were virtually unknown to even the most well-travelled angler. Its isolated location kept it undiscovered by the sport fishing community, and Langara Island, a small dot of land atop the far northwest tip of this archipelago, was the most isolated of all.
But there was evidence, and a few local fish stories, suggesting there could be a sport fishery here more abundant than any other on the West Coast: Langara Island had been a popular commercial fishery for decades, and once supported a sizeable population of Haida people prior to the arrival of European explorers — archeological surveys of the area found a number of abandoned Haida village sites and fishing outposts.
With this knowledge, and fueled by an adventurous spirit, this group of friends hatched a plan to venture north to these remote waters, and took a chance on this small island named Langara.