Letter from the President
2015 will long be remembered for the incredible runs of salmon, the addition of the new dock weigh-in program, stunning weather and so many smiling faces. From the time Peregrine Lodge opened we were full to the brim on every trip- an incredibly successful year for both the company and especially the amazing angling encountered by our guests. June fishing was second to none for the hefty numbers of salmon and some boats were bragging that they were catching forty plus fish a day! The resident massage therapist was kept extremely busy relieving a few achy arms after a busy day of superb fishing.
With such an overwhelming abundance of sea life in our waters beginning with the salmon, halibut, needlefish, soaring eagles to the stunning backdrop of humpbacks breaching and bubble feeding within a few feet of the boats, the fishing grounds were like a page torn from National Geographic magazine.
Throughout the season and trip after trip guests were returning at the end of the day with overflowing fish tubs. The copious amounts of salmon and halibut being caught were not only a testament to our anglers skill-set but also the larger runs of salmon and halibut that were running right past our front door. Naden was the hot spot for the entire season, and I have never witnessed in my 27 seasons of fishing the Haida Gwaii extracting this voluminous amount of tyees.
The “Winner Takes All Pool” was a huge hit and addition to our daily pool and so many of our guests were eager to have the opportunity to win a trip to Peregrine lodge. The excitement each trip was revving up and you could feel the competition building throughout the season. I would like to congratulate Jon Toigo for his superb angling skills and for taking it all.
We had a mere thirty days prior to opening to ready the new dock facility and I must commend everyone involved in this project for making sure that this new addition was met with success. With plenty of enthusiasm by all the employees we were able to complete the hundreds of smaller details that make the weigh-in celebrations perfect to reap the rewards after a hardy day of fishing.
It was definitely a year of projects for Peregrine, including the new fish pack building and facility, the new dock weigh-in building and program, combined with the purchase of new furniture and the addition of more games in the sports lounge. The lodge was also freshened with new carpet installed throughout the premises. Our guest services department also stepped it up a notch with our guests left thankful for the steamy hot cloths on boat arrival and the cashmere hot water bottles to tuck up with at night.
We are already extremely busy with sales, projects and a few impressive renovations under tow at the lodge for the 2016 season, and a few surprises too! I am always eager to welcome all of you, both guests and employees, back for another spectacular season of fishing and adventure to a place we all call home. Tight lines and bent rods always,
” …arrive as our guests, leave as family.”