Naden Harbour

Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii


Photo of the Day

Posted July 31, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

Even Rob couldn't make this fish look small! A nice 39lb spring to finish off the trip for the big man in the middle.

Dolf Vermeulen

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Hooked on hogs

Posted July 31, 2016 by Sarah Bauer

Trip Date: July 27-31

There were tears of joy today. Guide Jorgen admitted to shedding more than a few when angler Alan pulled in a 60-pound Chinook at Parker Point, marking the largest fish landed so far for the Peregrine Lodge season. 

"I mean, this is what we try to go out and do every day," said Jorgen. "This is our goal every day." 

Alan was equally floored. "Wow, amazing," he said. "This is a once in a lifetime fish!" 

It was that exhilarating sense of witness to incredible acts of nature which defined this happy trip of guests. Translation: there were a lot of huge fish. 

With patchy fog, shocks of lightning and pods of orca crossing paths with humpback whales, Day 1 was mystic in weather and tales on the water. 

Coho were plentiful and at a good size, while the Springs were epic, including a 45-pound beauty landed by angler Morris at Cape Naden with guide Tyler at his side. 

Guests John M. and Melissa were treated to a memorable day on the water with a 32-pound Chinook played by John and guided by Butcher at Snake Rock. 

"It's an honour and a pleasure to come up here and experience this," said John at weigh-in. 

"It's a double honour and pleasure to catch my first Tyee!" 

Welcome to the club, John! And also welcome to angler Scott, who hooked into a 30-pound Spring with guide Jake Henderson. These are the fish we tell stories about for all our lives. 

Day 2 presented wind, but no deterrent for our hearty anglers. Brothers-in-law Scott and Dominic shared some incredible Spring action with a 37-pound and 36-pound back to back between the two of them. 

"Couldn't have done it without the captain," said Scott later on, pointing to guide Jake Henderson. 

"I thought I had the prize pool today, especially the family bet, but then with ten minutes left in the day Scott gets one a pound bigger than mine," said Dominic. 

"I was happy for him though, very happy!" 

The friendly family competition was also firing up over at Snake Rock, where return guest Craig pulled a 33-pound Chinook into the boat with his wife Katie and her father Ron and brother Patrick. 

Another Tyee for the books was landed by guest Robby with fishing partner Ian and guide Mike C. there to cheer him on at Bird Rock.  The big ones were cross-grounds this trip, which was good news for our guests who were able to quickly fill their limits on salmon and enjoy steady bites throughout their day. 

No steadier success was found than on Day 3, when return guests from Utah Kevin and Tyler got into five Tyees between them with guide Dan at Cape Naden, including a 44-pound giant which was released to its waters by Tyler. 

And to think he almost missed it: Tyler had been feeling sick and was brought out later in the day on our support boat with photographer Dolf. As the two neared Dan and Kevin, they heard the guys had two Tyee on and saw them hook into another. 

"It better not stop when I get on that boat," Tyler had said. Shortly after, he got into his 44 and 32! 

Craig was back at it again on Day 3 with guide Butcher and family on board at Parker Point, where he landed a thrilling 52-pound Spring. 

And over at Cape Naden, guest Kathryn was getting into a 43-pound Chinook with guide Mike O.; it was a bite with perfect timing.

"I told Mike that we wanted to go back to the lodge in fifteen minutes, and then - boom - just like that, it bit!" 

It goes to show that you never know what's out there. And isn't that just how it should be? 

Day 4 produced the epic 60-pounder, as well as a monster hog at 41-pounds by guest Scott, landed at Snake Rock. That's three for three for Scott this trip. 

Coming in close to the forty mark on Day 4 was a 39-pound Chinook played at Naden Harbour by angler Robert G., guided by Jake Hillier. 

These are the fish of a lifetime. What does tomorrow have in store for our new guests? 

Here's to big bites and epic fights - Talk to you soon! 

Sarah Bauer

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Photo of the Day

Posted July 30, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

This was the start of something BIG! Kevin poses with his first Tyee of the day at noon. Three hours later him, Tyler, and guide Dan had landed a staggering 4 tyee and 1 hog!! 44lb release, 35lb release, 34lb retained, 32lb release, 31lb release

Dolf Vermeulen

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Photo of the Day

Posted July 29, 2016 by Dolf Vermeulen

Call them the tyee-tandem!! Brother in laws Scott and Dominic battled it out with 37lb and 36lb springs, respectively.

Dolf Vermeulen

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Call them the Tyee Toigo's

Posted July 28, 2016 by Sarah Bauer

  Trip Date: July 24-28

Twenty-eight years is long enough to experience children becoming adults, friends becoming family, and anglers becoming really, really  good at what they do. Peregrine Lodge is fortunate to have welcomed the Toigo family back for their twenty-eighth season to make more memories and catch more salmon!

This group brings energy, spirit and more than a couple fresh faces to the lodge, as well as a bit of luck in the fishing department judging by the vast number of Springs in the high twenties to early forties landed over the past three days.
With flat seas and moderate weather, Day 1 was prime for salmon play. At Cape Naden, first time salmon fisher Darcelle pulled in a 40-pound Chinook with her dad Sultan and guide Jake Hendo on board.

"She did a great job on the rod!" said Jake later at weigh-in.

The monstrous beauty was released back to the ocean; it was Darcelle's third Spring of the day and the duo wound up with six Chinook in the boat by the afternoon.

At Snake Rock, guest Brody Toigo handled the rod on a 44-pound Spring, also released with the assistance of guide Mike O.

When asked about the fight, seasoned angler Brody said "Yeah, it was a good one! I would say it was pretty textbook,  boat-run, boat-run, then we finally got it in. It went for three good runs."

The releases on Day 1 were spectacular and plentiful; a 36-pound, 33-pound, 31-pound and a 27-pound, all landed at Snake Rock or Cape Naden, the two hot spots of the trip.

Day 2 was Hali Day, with two enormous plays a 71-pound and a 64-pound, as well as productive Tyee action and some Orca sightseeing for many of our lucky guests.

Stacks of Coho hit the dock over Day 1 and 2 to round out those limits, which were filled easily this trip thanks to the plentiful run from the northwestern winds over the previous trip.

Day 3 included a lively play at Snake Rock with guest Buz at the rod of a 43-pound Spring, released after measurements and photos.

"Huge run, porpoised out of the water a few, just awesome," commented guide Schwartz. "The the run was a hundred yards, probably more. Humongous."

Humongous memories with the Toigo's this year. Here's to many more to come.

And also, here's to big bites and epic fights - Talk to you soon!

Sarah Bauer

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