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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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In my ongoing quest for a honeymoon destination this lodge has popped up and I was wondering if anyone has been there before and could share their experience with me. We are looking at the first or second week of August. They have been wonderful with communicating with me but I want to hear from others as well.

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Hi Brayden,

I started visiting the lower Skeena area in 2005, choosing to work with Dustin Kovacvich, the head guide, whom I met at a trade show in the Bay area. I chose Nicholas Dean Lodge because I felt there was a heavy emphasis on the fishing and I wanted to explore some remote river areas beyond the main stem Skeena and its large tributaries. I helped the lodge pioneer their late spring 'small streams' program, and as a repeat customer I have enjoyed fishing with all the regular guiding staff Dustin, Skye Richards, Greg Buck , Jeff Langley and Chad Black - all fabulously knowledgeable local anglers.

I notice Nicholas Dean have gained recognition as Fly Fusion Magazines 2012 Lodge of the year award, and have recorded that fact on their home page, interestingly superimposed on a picture of me fighting my first BC steelie (a 17lb male) - I think you will be well informed and very well accommodated for your trip.

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You're also not going to find a nicer lodge in the area. The Yellow Cedar is absolutely stunning. I'm pretty good friends with the ex-house keeper (now a guide for NDL) and got to stay there while visiting him. It's an incredible lodge (a Heli-Ski Lodge in the winter, if that tells you anything).

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I fished with NDL in early Nov. Everything was top notch, very professional and welcoming.

Dustin, Chad and the other guides are great people to fish and spend time with and the accomodations were very clean, warm and nicely finished - my wife who isn't a big fisher would have been very comfortable. The food that Alf and his staff prepares....wow! Hot tub at the end of the day was very welcoming especially with a rum and coke.

What I really liked was the diversity of experiences and rivers we had access too - the local knowledge they possess is without par and if the weather conditions get a little hairy, it's that knowledge that will keep you into fish and on decent water.
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Thanks for all the information guys. Has anyone been there early to mid August? It says there is a decent run of steel but it sounds pretty early to me.
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Yes I have been there at that time and fished some of the bars on the main stem. The catch is very probably a mixed bag - steelies, sockeye, silvers, Pinks, and perhaps an occasional chum or Chinook. There is a real sense of the Skeena being an anadromous super highway at that time of year - we even had visits from moose and a black bear. The steelies are definitely red hot at that time, usually silver grey and bright white along the flanks, often carrying lice. I landed good number of fish in the 10-16lbs range, and was embarrassed by plenty of others large and small, heading for the horizon, jumping , tumbling, tearing up gear.
Its hard to describe silvers in the teens of pounds as a teens of pounds as a 'by catch', but......

Again I would suggest talking to the lodge in order to understand where their program would place you - I imagine there might be days on the main stem, and opportunities to fish some of the tributaries too




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I stayed there four years ago in August. The Skeena was turbid from heavy rains, so the fishing was only fair, not hot. Also fished a trib which was good for steelhead and early coho salmon. Guides were good, and the lodge food was excellent.

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Thumbs up NDL is a winner!

Have been going with NDL for years and started when they were at their old place in Terrace before they moved their operation to the Yellow Cedar Lodge. Will be there again next April for steelhead. Guides Dustin, Greg and Sky are super.

Fishing is great and the food is really good too. Congrats on selecting a bride who agreed to go to a fishing location for the honeymoon! August should be a great fall setting as well.


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I have been talking with chad for months! I will be staying at the Lodge in 2013 and it will offer fishign several different bodies of water. This will aloow me to go where we can fish, and not getting stuck on the main stem constantly! I'm a quick judge of character and he seems to be a outstanding person and very personal. I know he is there to fill the lodge but he knows how to take care of ppl!

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Ditto on the staff at NDL.
You are fishing from/before sun up and returning at/after sun down.
They will not cheat you of fishing opprtunities and the Lodge dining and atsmosphere is first rate.
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Can you give me an idea of what the trip cost all inclusive including airfare.
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