A Day at the Lodge


What makes Haa-Nee-Naa different?  To us it is the little things, the details that make the difference, from the careful choice of bait to having a fresh coffee when you need it most… we pay special care and attention to the details, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

10552554_362529610561676_5377339183749184700_nA typical day at the Lodge begins with a 5am wake-up call to the sweet sounds of Patsy Cline – a tradition at the Lodge for over 20 years. When the music plays you know that the coffee is ready and it is time for breakfast.  Guests enjoy a full continental breakfast with the choice of cereals, fruit, yogurt, meats and cheeses, hot waffles, and a variety of fresh baking.  After a quick breakfast it is time to gear up and get out on the water.

The morning’s fishing starts at the freshie grounds.  There is no better way to start the day than jigging fresh bait for the day’s fishing.  Guests and guides descend on the freshie grounds while the sun is still low in the sky, stocking up for the day, then it is time to head to the fishing grounds – a short boat ride away.

IMG_2267By 10am, the Haa-Nee-Naa coffee boat is a welcome sight.  Brady and Peter visit each guest and guide boat every morning, delivering a fresh selection of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and a hot baked treat from Paul in the kitchen.  For an extra special treat, ask for a ‘Haa-Nee-Naa Coffee’.  The morning treat is just right to tide you over until lunch time.  Brady and Peter will also pick up your morning’s catch and take it back to the Lodge for speedy processing, ensuring you travel home with the finest quality fish.

At lunch time you’ll get a radio call from the Lodge asking if you’d like to come in for lunch or stay out on the water.  Guests staying on the water are treated to the same hot lunch served at the Lodge daily, delivered to the fishing grounds – another opportunity to pick up your catch and keep it fresh.  Guests who return to the Lodge enjoy a casual seated lunch, a chance to warm up and regroup for the afternoon’s fish.

DSC_0459Our friendly Lodge staff invite guests to come back to the Lodge at 5pm daily for happy-hour and hors d’oeuvres on the back dock.  A great opportunity to take photos and exchange stories after a fun day’s fishing.  Robyn always has a new gourmet treat in store for guests coming in off the water – usually fresh off the BBQ.

Dinner is served at 5:30pm at our group dining table.  Look forward to fresh chef prepared meals served in our welcoming dining room.  Meal time is always lively with accounts of the day’s adventures and misadventures.  Meals showcase the beautiful variety of seafood that is available in British Columbia, from Albacore tuna to Chinook Salmon to Halibut, as well as traditional Alberta Beef favourites, rack of Lamb, and many other delicacies.

After dinner guests have the opportunity to get right back out on the water for an unguided evening fish until 10pm.  After a long day on the water you may decide you’d rather kick back on the front dock with a glass of wine and a cigar instead, or relax by the wood stove and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the comfort of the Lodge.


Before you know it you will be dreaming of the days adventures and waking up again to the sweet sounds of Patsy Cline……


60 More Sleeps….

It has been a busy school-filled and not enough fishing-filled offseason for myself.  Although I tried to get out most weekends fishing, it was still not enough to satisfy my addiction.  Like most diehard anglers, I can never get enough time on the water.  After 100 straight days fishing on Dundas Island last summer, the first thing I did when I returned home to Vancouver was go fishing the very next morning. Tough one to explain to my girlfriend………

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to return to Haa-Nee-Naa and Dundas Island every summer.  This will be my 5th season and I am more excited than ever!  Being able to do what I love while creating lifelong friendships with staff and guests year after year is truly an amazing experience.  Looking at my calendar it is 60 more sleeps until my arrival on Dundas Island!  I feel like a 7-year-old kid counting down the days until Christmas morning, and underneath the tree are hungry Chinook salmon.

Currently I am in Maui on vacation, seeing all the Humpback whales and that distinct ocean smell has got me thinking about the upcoming HNNL season. The morning boat ride to herring rocks, the first stringer of freshies, a Chinook’s big aggressive head shakes beneath the boat, feisty Coho dancing on the surface and chef Paul’s warm breakfast creations on the water are all memories that get me through the offseason and give me something to look forward to.

I can’t wait until that first floatplane arrives and guests pile off the plane because this means only one thing… FISH ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all this summer,

                                                                           – Danny Merth, “Nugget”