What to expect in August?

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As the summer winds gently blow warm air off the Pacific so comes with it one of our finest fisheries of the season.  It’s NORTHERN time:  when large, hooked nosed coho begin their journey past Dundas Island.  These large coho can grow in excess of 18 pounds and boy do they fight!  Cartwheeling through the air and making long screaming runs they are a true testament to what is still wild and pure.  Plentiful and very aggressive, they are significantly different in appearance to the early run fish.  Shiny blue backs are replaced by olive greens with noses hooked in preparation for their upcoming spawning battle.  After a long 3 or 4 year journey into the open Pacific these perfect specimens are destined to northern rivers like the Skeena, Nass, Kitwanga or the Kwinamass, just to name a few of the local watersheds.  This is exciting fishing which tests light tackle to the max!  Many guests prefer to put down the mooching rods and jig buzz bombs or Stingsildas with even lighter tackle while others enjoy bucktailing or casting a fly.  Whichever method you choose they can all be very successful and produce some heart-stopping excitement.  As table fare, coho salmon is one of the finest.  Lean, bright red meat lends itself nicely to the smoker or on the BBQ. 

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Combine this coho action with the fabulous bottom fishing and it makes August a great time of year to come enjoy Haa-Nee-Naa Lodge.  Remote by nature, Dundas Island has very few local anglers or charter boats making the long trek to our waters in August and early September.  It is remote, quiet and exciting, everything that you expect out of a fly-in fishing trip.  When the day is done you can look forward to our fabulous hostess preparing you a specialty cocktail and après-fishing treats on the back deck.  A great way to wind down after a long hard day on the water, after all catching big coho and halibut and be very stressful!  

A Day at the Lodge

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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.

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