Have a Malcolm Island vacation planned for 2023? You might be using the holidays as an excuse to gift your family members or friends with some of the gear that they’ll need during your adventure. But what exactly do you need to pack for a British Columbia fishing excursion? 

For most of the excursions you’ll find on the island, much of the gear that you’ll need is provided. This includes fishing gear like rods and reels, lures, and bait. If you book an all-inclusive package with Malcolm Island’s luxury fishing resort, Sointula Lodge, all of this and more is provided for you. You’ll receive a float coat that’s perfect for staying warm and dry, all of your gear, as well as your food, lodging, activities, and more during your stay.

If you’re planning to stay in Sointula hotels, but still want to enjoy a day or two of fishing, you can book a charter instead. Randy’s Fishing Charters offers fishing excursions to many of the island’s most popular spots. North Island Adventures also offers fishing charters in addition to wildlife photography excursions around the Broughton Archipelago.

While both of these companies and Sointula Lodge may provide the fishing gear you’ll need, there are a few things you’ll want to bring along. From rain gear to keep you dry to a good pair of boots, keep reading to learn what gear you’ll actually need to pack for your Malcolm Island fishing adventure.

Waterproof Outer Layers

At Sointula Lodge, guests receive both float coats and rubber pants to wear while on the water. These can help protect your clothing from rain and from splashes while you’re reeling in a record halibut or leaning over the edge to watch an orca swim by.

But while these are great for keeping you dry, it’s a good idea to bring your own rain gear as well. A waterproof outer shell, in particular, can help to keep your clothes dry both while you’re on the water and while getting to and from the boat or exploring Malcolm Island on foot.

While many jackets claim to be “water-resistant,” consider investing in a high-quality waterproof jacket. You’ll want one that not only keeps you dry, but will also hold up to heavy use. In addition to keeping you dry, these are also great for blocking wind on a cold day. Don’t forget to size up your rain jacket to make sure that you can wear several warm layers underneath.

Waterproof Hiking Boots

Another waterproof item you’ll definitely want to have on hand during your next visit to Malcolm Island is a pair of waterproof hiking boots. These will serve several important purposes during your trip.

First, they will help to keep your socks and your feet warm and dry while on the water. While temperatures often reach into the 70s (Fahrenheit) during the summer months, mornings may be chilly, and rain or splash from the water can lower the temperature and leave you chilled.

A great pair of hiking boots will also give you better grip and balance while on the boat. This is key when you’re trying to reel in a big fish! If you’ll be investing in new boots before your visit, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to break them in. The last thing you want to do is wind up with blisters on your first day!

Of course, those boots will also be perfect for enjoying one of Malcolm Island’s hiking trails.

A Warm, Packable Down Jacket

As we’ve mentioned, temperatures often vary widely during the day in Sointula, particularly during the summer months. As a result, you may find yourself adding or removing layers throughout your day. 

While you can use a variety of types of clothing to layer up for a day on the water, down jackets are a great choice. Worn beneath a waterproof outer shell, these can provide warmth without weighing you down and adding bulk. Many pack down into small pouches, allowing you to stash them in your bag when you aren’t wearing them. Plus, if you’re traveling by seaplane, these are a great lightweight option that won’t overload your bag!

Want to get the most bang for your buck? If you’ll also be investing in a waterproof jacket for your trip, look for two-in-one options. These may feature a down jacket as a base layer, with a waterproof shell that zips over the top. Besides saving you some money, these are also more convenient to wear, as they zip together to create one single jacket.

Wicking Base Layers

A cotton t-shirt and leggings may seem like a comfortable base layer for your time on the water. But if you want to stay warm and dry throughout the day, consider investing in some better base layers.

Merino wool and synthetic options help to wick away sweat and moisture that will otherwise leave you chilled. Many of these also adapt to your body temperature, keeping you warm when it’s cold or cool when temperatures rise. 

A Good Pair of Polarized Sunglasses

Want to get a great view of a passing whale or that fish on your line? You’ll definitely want to have a pair of polarized sunglasses with you!

Unlike regular sunglasses, these help to cut down on glare to give you a great view of what’s beneath the surface of the water. While most polarized sunglasses will get the job done, some brands, like Costa, have created specialized polarized sunglasses designed specifically for fishing and other water activities.

Worried about losing your sunglasses on the water? Consider purchasing a strap that keeps them secured around your neck when you’re not wearing them.

Polarized sunglasses also make for a great gift idea for the outdoor enthusiast on your list!

Packing the Right Gear for Your Malcolm Island Fishing Adventure

While most of the gear you need will be provided when you book a Malcolm Island fishing charter or a stay at Sointula Lodge, having these items along can help you stay comfortable and dry during your visit.

Ready to enjoy a fishing adventure on Malcolm Island? Check out the island’s fishing charter options to find the right choice for your visit!