Thursday, May 14, 2009

486th Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

Remote Coastal Steelhead fishing at its best! Sonja Sorbo hooked this huge 20 lb buck in a deep pocket at the head of a shallow riffle on one of our favourite small streams. Dustin Kovacvich Photo

Hello Anglers,

After a break in my fishing reports over the last while, I'm back with much exciting news! First off, I must formally congratulate Dustin and his wife Ruby, on their new addition to the family, Cayleigh Marie Kovacvich. Cayleigh was born on March 22, 2009 around 6:30 am, and weighed 7 lbs, 1 ounce. I'm happy to report that Cayleigh, Ruby and Dustin are doing well, and that as of this writing, Cayleigh does not yet have a fly rod in her hands, but given a few more months, I'm sure that she'll have the double spey down before she can say Daddy! Be sure to check out our updated blog site at to see photos of Cayleigh, Ruby and Dustin, along with other updated fishing news.

Our Spring Steelhead opener during the last week of March posed difficult angling conditions, as we were greeted with temperatures well below zero and river levels very low and clear. Many of our favourite pools and holding water were virtually inaccessible by usual means, unless anglers were willing to embark on lengthy and often challenging hikes through snow up to one's waist. Now, as most anglers can probably attest, the measure of a good guide and lodge can often be judged on how hard its staff work to ensure clients have an enjoyable trip, and one that maximizes angling opportunity which, in these conditions, was no easy feat! To get around this, we simply had to improvise...

Our solution: a snowmobile placed strategically at the take out location, to ferry clients and our 12' Aire rafts up the river valley and a farmer's field, to trucks waiting nearby. Not an easy day by any stretch, but realistically, this logistical maneouvre made all the difference, as most fish were caught mid way through the drift in deep, slower moving pools that afforded Steelhead some security. Taft Ring, a new client of ours, fared out best during these tough conditions, with several Steelhead landed during the week, the largest of which was in the 22 lb range. Taft had a particularly deft touch when it came to manipulating his fly on the swing - most of his grabs occurred just after twitching his rod tip, to animate his fly in the slow moving currents. Congratulations Taft, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Certainly one of the highlights this Spring was having the opportunity to fish and spend time with renowned angler, Lani Waller. It is obvious that Lani is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the subject of Steelhead fly fishing, and he conveys this knowledge and a love of Steelhead quite well through his stories, accumulated over many years spent on the water. His new book, entitled "A Steelheader's Way" is a great read, and one that combines Lani's advanced knowledge of Steelhead fly fishing tactics, with a unique philosophical perspective on Steelhead. I highly recommend adding Lani's book to your personal library if you're a serious Steelhead angler. Lani can be reached at

Finally, I'm pleased to say that we've now made the transition to spectacular Yellow Cedar Lodge (! This move has been a long time in the making for us, and we have been extremely impressed with the accommodations, service, and dining provided for our guests by Alf and Simone Leslie. Riverfront mountain views, private rooms with ensuite washrooms, amenities including a hot tub, sauna, games room and patio, and spectacularly prepared meals all combine to give guests a 5 star appeal. Paired up with the unparalleled knowledge our guides have of our local waters, Steelhead and Salmon fishing trips simply don't get much better. For those of you who would like a little more information on Yellow Cedar Lodge, or our first class fishing packages, please contact me today by email (, or by phone (250-635-5295).

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels...

Chad Black
Operations Manager
Nicholas Dean Lodge

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yellow Cedar Lodge - An Update!

An impressive view of Yellow Cedar Lodge's inviting exterior...

Yellow Cedar Lodge has proved to be a fantastic fit here at the tail end of our Spring season, and has certainly been well received by clients. Though Dustin and I were smitten with the lodge building and its accommodations at first sight, if we knew what Alf and Simone's cooking was like, we also would have fallen easily for the culinary delights coming out of the kitchen! Wild, smoked Pacific Salmon served over sweet potato ravioli, and roasted chicken on a bed of risotto are just a few of the many incredible entrees Alf and Simone create, which, along with homemade salad dressings and dessert combine to make Yellow Cedar Lodge a destination for some of the finest dining available in the north!

The lounge just above the dining area is a great place to sit down and enjoy your favourite book, catch up on emails, or simply chat with friends.

Comfortable beds and spacious rooms with ensuite washrooms provide the ultimate in comfort and privacy after a great day of fishing.

A New Addition to the Kovacvich Family!

I am happy to report that Ruby and Dustin are now the very proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, named Cayleigh Marie Kovacvich! Cayleigh was born on Sunday March 22 around 6:30 am, and was 7 lbs, 1 ounce.

A few months back, Ruby and I were talking about just how excited Dustin was about the baby, and the length of time it was going to take before there was a fishing rod in his or her hands! I suggested, jokingly, that it was going to take less than a year. But, as you can see from the photo, we were clearly wrong - Cayleigh was born with a fishing rod already in her hands!

Kidding aside, Ruby and Dustin will no doubt be great parents and create a warm, loving family atmosphere for Cayleigh in the coming years. Join me in a toast for Ruby, Dustin and Cayleigh!