Haa-Nee-Naa Lodge is an owner-operated, first class fishing destination located on British Columbia’s North West Coast. Owners Clayton Vanier, Robyn Bertrand and Jason Bowers are very passionate about the Lodge and it’s unique location at Dundas Island. Clayton, one of the original founders of the lodge, has been building the business for 22 years and has recently partnered with long-time staff members Robyn and Jason.
“Happy to call Dundas home during the summer, there is really no place we would rather be. We are committed to offering first class service and hospitality and are passionate about providing anglers with the opportunity to experience the incredible fishery that we have on Dundas Island, making memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Clayton, Jason & Robyn
Clayton Vanier aka “Longhorn”
One of the pioneers of Sport Fishing on Dundas Island, few have explored the fishery as thoroughly as Clay. A passionate angler and entrepreneur, Clay has been guiding and operating the Lodge of an impressive 22 years, gradually growing the business over time. Clayton’s incredible enthusiasm for fishing is infectious – after a day on the water with Clay you will understand why the Lodge has been successful for all these years. During the winter months, when not working on the Lodge, his passion for angling takes him to various locations on the North Coast Steelhead fishing and South to the Bahamas in the pursuit of bonefish on the flats.
Jason Bowers aka “198”
A fixture on the water at Haa-Nee-Naa for seven seasons, Jason returns this year as an owner and guide. Jason’s passion for all things fishing is clear in every aspect of his life. In 2003 Jason graduated as a Fisheries Technician, a career which would find him working on may of the rivers and lakes in the West Kootenays. Beginning his guiding career in Northern Ontario, the pursuit of a broad spectrum of Canadian Game Fish took Jason to remote lakes and rivers in Northern Saskatchewan and the North West Territories. Having logged many hours on the NW Coast, Jason is also a well-rounded salt-water guide. Spending every moment he can on the water, when not at the Lodge Jason can be found stalking Steelhead throughout Western Washington, Idaho, and B.C.
Robyn Bertrand aka “Bobblehead”
Robyn has been with the Lodge since 2003, working summers while she completed her BSc. in Food and Business Management at the University of Alberta. Robyn’s career has taken her to remote Fishing and Ski Lodges throughout BC, providing a valuable range of experience and perspective. Returning in 2015 for her 10th season at the Lodge, Robyn is now an owner and remains a cornerstone of the operation. Robyn very much enjoys meeting and hosting all of our Lodge guests and friends. When she manages to escape the office she can be found cooking and entertaining friends and family, and pursuing Steelhead and other worldly species from the North Coast of British Columbia to the shorelines of Mexico and the Bahamas.
Paul Williams aka “Two Dogs”
Paul is kicking off his third season at Haa-Nee-Naa. Originally from Australia, he is now proud to call Canada home. Through his career as a Chef, Paul has been able to explore the globe cooking, fishing and skiing in places that many people only dream of visiting. His enthusiasm for working in unique, isolated environments and meeting new people from around the world make Paul an invaluable team member. While at the lodge, Paul will often be the first boat on the water in the morning in pursuit of a large Chinook salmon, getting in a few hours on the water before starting in the kitchen for the day. Paul is also a passionate surfer and snowboarder, traveling great distances in opposite directions in the pursuit of the perfect wave and fresh powder.
Danny Merth aka “Nugget”
Danny is entering his 5th year as a guide at Haa-Nee-Naa. His knowledge and passion for fishing defy his young years. Fishing has shaped who Dan is and there is never a moment when he is not thinking about fish – his last bite and the next one. Dan is perfectly in his element on Dundas. His favorite part of the day is the morning’s first pass with a fresh herring at any of the Dundas Island hot spots. When he is not at the lodge Dan spends as much time as he can pursuing fall Salmon and Steelhead throughout B.C. Dan is currently enrolled at B.C.I.T in Burnaby, B.C taking Forestry.
JT Ward aka “D-30”
JT is entering his 1st full season as a guide and 4th year at Haa-Nee-Naa. JT is as hardworking and focused as they come and it shows on the water when he is guiding. In the course of the last three years, JT has received extensive training from our senior guides and demonstrated remarkable skill last season as a part-time guide. We look forward to having JT on the water full-time in 2015. JT is currently enrolled at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C taking Athletic & Exercise Therapy. He volunteers with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League as a member of their athletic training team.
Larry Proteau aka “Black Fly”
2015 will be Black Fly’s third season as a part time guide at the Lodge. Having recently retired from his 37 year career with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, Larry is now spending more time guiding and pursuing his passion for the North Coast and its fisheries. Larry has fished up and down the B.C. Coast, his last 15 years focusing on the waters surrounding Prince Rupert including Dundas Island. Larry has been an active member of the Sport Fishing Advisory Board for twelve years, volunteers his time with the Eby Street Fish Hatchery – helping to manage and undertake local fish enhancement projects, and also sits on the executive for his local Rod & Gun Club. Larry has a wealth of Coastal knowledge and is a great member of our guiding team.
Brady Ward aka “Muffler Man”
We are very pleased to have Brady returning for his second season as Dockhand and Barista at Haa-Nee-Naa. Brady is always enthusiastic when delivering morning coffee and having the opportunity to see the morning’s catch. The youngest of 5 kids, Brady is a great team player and always willing to lend a hand. Brady does a great job of taking care of the unguided guests at the Lodge, ensuring that their boats are well equipped and that the anglers leave the dock with confidence. When he is not at the lodge, Brady plays hockey for the 100 Mile House Wranglers Junior Hockey Club.