Normally when our winter steelhead program in Haida Gwaii shuts down we get some free time to catch up on things, but this year one program rolled right into the next. We worked with guide/outfitter Nomads of the North in Terrace BC and longtime friend Mike VanWormer (AKA VDubs). As usual he produced incredible trips for guests lucky enough to go. The April spring fishery worked out perfectly for us.
Going on at the same time as this was our Kings of Spring program targeting one of the earliest chinook runs on the coast. This can only be compared to permit fishing in its difficult nature, yet each and every fish caught and landed one was never to be forgotten. The weather stayed pleasant, yet on the cool side and the fish were by no means easy, but they...
When you walk into Telly's Grill, you can already get a sense of what this restaurant will look like once it is fully completed. At first glance, you notice the details on the ceiling.
Straps that have gone through a kiln are placed creatively on the ceiling and wall. Giving a modern but homey feel, the restaurant reflects an inviting feeling, allowing you to feel like everyone is welcome. And that is exactly what owner and chef Peter Karnouskos wants.
"I really wanted a warm, comforting place that anybody can come to," he said. Telly's Grill will be filled with traditional Mediterranean dishes as well as a twist to some of your favourites.
"I designed the menu around what I love to eat. I designed the menu to be based around comfort food.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Ok we may be last minute shoppers but our gifts are WAY better than a pear tree and turtle doves. We would like to thank all our friends, readers and guests for a great year. We will work hard in 2017 to improve in all facets of the industry. In the meatime if you need to get out and grab some last minute gifts or stocking stuffers for someone who loves fishing as much as we do, check our our gift guide for 2016 Christmas. If nothing else the hobby of flyfishing is great for gadgets and new items that aren't quite must haves but make things a lot of fun.
The end of the season is an awesome time of the year for the staff. It signals the time to step back from the draining season and get back to basics on the rivers. Great friends throwing some lines, catching a few fish and sharing in some old and new memories. You never know what the weather will do and this year it was high and brown from a rain on snow event creating the largest flows since spring freshet. Oh well, we still made it work! A good friend of mine from my days in Alaska came to visit and put together this great photo blog for your enjoyment. New and old friends alike enjoying some time off in the north. Photos by Chris Coyne.
I try not to build high expectations for any trip. But sometimes it is impossible for me not to attach some goals to another adventure. This trip had been 50 years in the making and 5 years of saving for it. My wife, Judy, and I planned to celebrate our 50th (Gold) wedding anniversary at Isla Holbox, Mexico. We planned it to coincide with the presence of large and baby tarpon literally surrounding the island. Tarpon are found close by; to the East, South, West and North of our second honeymoon location. I proposed to Judy again down on one knee (I wasn’t 100% sure I was able to stand back up—I did). I asked her if she would be willing to be my wife for the rest of our lives. She said YES! She accepted another wedding ring from me. It was all a surprise for her....
This fall was as predictable as picking lottery numbers. The weather came in constant waves, boats died en masse, fish were there one day and gone the next and each day brought some new set of problems around the lodge. We often found ourselves on the @epicwaters instagram account using #seasonfromhell or #soyouwanttobeaguide to describe the onslaught. That said, we wouldn't trade it for the world and the good moments far made up for the struggle (#thestruggleisreal). We had phenominal heli days, exceptional tent camp fishing and some lodge days that revialed any in the past. Here's a small peak into my season. ~Stevie